Competitive Information for Popplio [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon Movesets and Strategies for Popplio popplio
Base Stats for Popplio

Water

Abilities:
TorrentTorrent: At 1/3 or less of its max HP, this Pokemon's attacking stat is 1.5x with Water attacks.
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Liquid VoiceLiquid Voice: This Pokemon's sound-based moves become Water type.


Evolutions / Family:
Popplio
Brionne
Primarina

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Popplio? 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.


Popplio is an interesting Water-typed Pokemon. Popplio is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Popplio's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.


Species: Popplio
Item: Waterium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Return / Facade
- Acrobatics
- Protect

Physical Sweeper Popplio (Torrent)

Popplio is an astounding Physical Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Popplio from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Popplio's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Popplio's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks. Facade's damage doubles when the user has a status affliction.

Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a large amount of damage.
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Facade is a physical 70-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if Popplio is burn/poison/paralyzed).
Acrobatics is a physical 55-base power Flying-type move (power doubles if your Popplio has no held item).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Popplio this turn).




Species: Popplio
Item: Waterium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Moonblast
- Ice Beam
- Hyper Voice

Special Sweeper Popplio (Torrent)

Popplio is a pretty decent Special Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Popplio from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Popplio's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Popplio's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target. thaws target).
Moonblast is a special 95-base power Fairy-type move (30% chance to lower the target's special attack by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Popplio? 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.


Species: Popplio
Item: Waterium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Return / Facade
- Acrobatics
- Protect

Doubles Physical Sweeper Popplio (Torrent)

Popplio is a decent Physical Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Popplio from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Popplio's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Popplio's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks. Facade's damage doubles when the user has a status affliction.

Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a good amount of damage.
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Facade is a physical 70-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if Popplio is burn/poison/paralyzed).
Acrobatics is a physical 55-base power Flying-type move (power doubles if your Popplio has no held item).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Popplio this turn).




Species: Popplio
Item: Waterium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Hyper Voice
- Icy Wind
- Moonblast

Doubles Special Sweeper Popplio (Torrent)

Popplio is an astounding Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Popplio from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Popplio's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Popplio's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target. thaws target).
Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Moonblast is a special 95-base power Fairy-type move (30% chance to lower the target's special attack by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Popplio 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.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Disarming Voice
40
--
15
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Echoed Voice
40
100%
15
Power increases when used on consecutive turns.
Hydro Pump
110
80%
5
No additional effect.
Hyper Voice
90
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent foes.
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.
Moonblast
95
100%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Scald
80
100%
15
30% chance to burn the target. Thaws target.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Uproar
90
100%
10
Lasts 3 turns. Active Pokemon cannot fall asleep.
Water Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Water Pledge
80
100%
10
Use with Grass or Fire Pledge for added effect.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Acrobatics
55
100%
15
Power doubles if the user has no held item.
Aqua Jet
40
100%
20
Usually goes first.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
Covet
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Double Slap
15
85%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Pound
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Def by 2.
Aqua Ring
--
--
20
User recovers 1/16 max HP per turn.
Aromatic Mist
--
--
20
Raises an ally's Sp. Def by 1.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Baby-Doll Eyes
--
100%
30
Lowers the target's Attack by 1.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Encore
--
100%
5
Target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Misty Terrain
--
--
10
5 turns. Can't status,-Dragon power vs grounded.
Perish Song
--
--
5
All active Pokemon will faint in 3 turns.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sing
--
55%
15
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Wonder Room
--
--
10
For 5 turns, all Defense and Sp. Def stats switch.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Popplio 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 Popplio

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