Competitive Information for Dusknoir [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon Movesets and Strategies for Dusknoir dusknoir
Base Stats for Dusknoir

Ghost

Abilities:
PressurePressure: If this Pokemon is the target of a foe's move, that move loses one additional PP.
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FriskFrisk: On switch-in, this Pokemon identifies the held items of all opposing Pokemon.


Evolutions / Family:
Duskull
Dusclops
Dusknoir

Weakness Chart for Ghost-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.5x
2x
  
  
  
0x
  
  
2x
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
  
  
0x
0.5x
  
  
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Dusknoir? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sun/Moon Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Dusknoir in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

ZapdosShedinjaSnorlaxGallade-MegaSeismitoadGoodraSuicuneStaraptorExeggutor-AlolaMespritMalamar


Dusknoir is a marvelous Ghost-typed Pokemon. It's normal to see Dusknoir show up as a Sun/Moon opponent. Dusknoir's only type-related weaknesses are Dark and Ghost.


Species: Dusknoir
Item: Leftovers / Life Orb
Ability: Pressure
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch
- Shadow Sneak
- Pain Split / Substitute

Physical Tank Dusknoir (Analytic)

Dusknoir is an awesome Physical Tank. It is meant to take a nice amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Dusknoir last longer regaining it's stamina every turn. Life Orb boosts the power of Dusknoir's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Pressure, if Dusknoir is the target of a foe's move that move loses one additional pp.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Ice Punch is a physical 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Shadow Sneak is a physical STAB-boosted priority-increased 40-base power Ghost-type move (usually goes first).
Pain Split is a status move (shares hp of Dusknoir and target equally).
Substitute is a status move (Dusknoir takes 1/4 its max hp to put in a substitute).




Species: Dusknoir
Item: Normalium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Pressure
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Earthquake
- Fire Punch
- Brick Break

Physical Sweeper Dusknoir (Pressure)

Dusknoir is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Dusknoir's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Pressure, if Dusknoir is the target of a foe's move that move loses one additional pp.

Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Fire Punch is a physical 75-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).




Species: Dusknoir
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Pressure
Nature: Impish (+Def, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 Atk / 6 Spe
Moveset:
- Pain Split
- Rock Slide
- Toxic
- Ice Punch

Dusknoir Physical Tank (Ghost Tank)

Dusknoir is pretty popular Physical Tank. It's goal is to take a substantial amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Dusknoir last longer regaining it's it's life every turn. With Pressure, if Dusknoir is the target of a foe's move that move loses one additional pp.

Pain Split is a status move (shares hp of Dusknoir and target equally).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target; Note: Poison types can't miss with Toxic).
Ice Punch is a physical 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).




Species: Dusknoir
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Frisk
Nature: Calm (+SpD, -Atk)
EVs: 252 Hp / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Moveset:
- Infestation
- Night Shade
- Sleep Talk
- Rest

Dusknoir Special Wall (Dusktime Infestation*)

Dusknoir is a wonderful Special Wall. It is primarily designed to take a nice amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Dusknoir last longer regaining it's health every turn. With Frisk, on switch-in Dusknoir identifies the held items of all opposing pokemon.

Infestation is a special 20-base power Bug-type move (traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns).
Night Shade is a special STAB-boosted 0-base power Ghost-type move (does damage equal to your Dusknoir's level).
Sleep Talk is a status move (Dusknoir must be asleep. uses another known move).
Rest is a status move (Dusknoir sleeps 2 turns and restores hp and status).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Dusknoir? These builds have been optimized for Sun/Moon Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Dusknoir in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

ZapdosShedinjaSnorlaxGallade-MegaSeismitoadGoodraSuicuneStaraptorExeggutor-AlolaMespritMalamar


Species: Dusknoir
Item: Groundium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Pressure
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake / Bulldoze
- Rock Slide
- Double-Edge / Return
- Fire Punch

Doubles Physical Sweeper Dusknoir (Pressure)

Dusknoir is a notable Physical Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Dusknoir's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Pressure, if Dusknoir is the target of a foe's move that move loses one additional pp.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Bulldoze is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (100% chance lower adjacent pkmn speed by 1 stage).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Fire Punch is a physical 75-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Dusknoir learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Charge Beam
50
90%
10
70% chance to raise the user's Sp. Atk by 1.
Dark Pulse
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Dream Eater
100
100%
15
User gains 1/2 HP inflicted. Sleeping target only.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Future Sight
120
100%
10
Hits two turns after being used.
Hex
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target has a status ailment.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Beam
90
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Infestation
20
100%
20
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Night Shade
--
100%
15
Does damage equal to the user's level.
Ominous Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Astonish
30
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Bind
15
85%
20
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Dynamic Punch
100
50%
5
100% chance to confuse the target.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Feint Attack
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Fire Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Focus Punch
150
100%
20
Fails if the user takes damage before it hits.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Power-Up Punch
40
100%
20
100% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if a foe is switching out.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Tomb
60
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Seismic Toss
--
100%
20
Does damage equal to the user's level.
Shadow Punch
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Shadow Sneak
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Sucker Punch
70
100%
5
Usually goes first. Fails if target is not attacking.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Ally Switch
--
--
15
The user swaps positions with its ally.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Calm Mind
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk and Sp. Def by 1.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Confuse Ray
--
100%
10
Confuses the target.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Destiny Bond
--
--
5
If an opponent knocks out the user, it also faints.
Disable
--
100%
20
For 4 turns, disables the target's last move used.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Embargo
--
100%
15
For 5 turns, the target's item has no effect.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Foresight
--
--
40
Fighting, Normal hit Ghost. Evasiveness ignored.
Gravity
--
--
5
For 5 turns, negates all Ground immunities.
Grudge
--
--
5
If the user faints, the attack used loses all its PP.
Haze
--
--
30
Eliminates all stat changes.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Imprison
--
--
10
No foe can use any move known by the user.
Laser Focus
--
--
30
Until the end of the next turn, user's moves crit.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Mean Look
--
--
5
Prevents the target from switching out.
Memento
--
100%
10
Lowers target's Attack, Sp. Atk by 2. User faints.
Metronome
--
--
10
Picks a random move.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Nightmare
--
100%
15
A sleeping target is hurt by 1/4 max HP per turn.
Pain Split
--
--
20
Shares HP of user and target equally.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Psych Up
--
--
10
Copies the target's current stat stages.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Skill Swap
--
--
10
The user and the target trade Abilities.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Snatch
--
--
10
User steals certain support moves to use itself.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Telekinesis
--
--
15
For 3 turns, target floats but moves can't miss it.
Torment
--
100%
15
Target can't select the same move twice in a row.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Trick
--
100%
10
User switches its held item with the target's.
Trick Room
--
--
5
Goes last. For 5 turns, turn order is reversed.
Will-O-Wisp
--
85%
15
Burns the target.
Wonder Room
--
--
10
For 5 turns, all Defense and Sp. Def stats switch.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Dusknoir can perform in Sun/Moon. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SM Move and Ability Combos for Dusknoir

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