Competitive Information for Rufflet [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon Movesets and Strategies for Rufflet rufflet
Base Stats for Rufflet

Normal / Flying

Abilities:
Keen EyeKeen Eye: This Pokemon's accuracy can't be lowered by others; ignores their evasiveness stat.
,
HustleHustle: This Pokemon's Attack is 1.5x and accuracy of its physical attacks is 0.8x.
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Sheer ForceSheer Force: This Pokemon's attacks with secondary effects have 1.3x power; nullifies the effects.


Evolutions / Family:
Rufflet
Braviary

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Rufflet? 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.


Rufflet is pretty popular Normal and Flying-typed Pokemon. Rufflet is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Rufflet is weak to Electric, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Rufflet
Item: Flyinium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Hustle
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Brave Bird / Wing Attack
- Return / Strength
- Superpower
- Shadow Claw

Physical Sweeper Rufflet (Hustle)

Rufflet is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Rufflet from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Rufflet's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Wide Lens will help improve the accuracy of Rufflet's moves. This is important since it's Hustle ability lowers the accuracy of it's moves. With Hustle, Rufflet's attack is 1.5x and accuracy of its physical attacks is 0.8x.

Brave Bird is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Flying-type move (has 33% recoil).
Wing Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Return is a physical STAB-boosted 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Strength is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Normal-type move that deals a decent amount of damage.
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Rufflet's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Shadow Claw is a physical 70-base power Ghost-type move (high critical hit ratio).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Rufflet? 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: Rufflet
Item: Flyinium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Hustle
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Brave Bird
- Return / Strength
- Rock Slide
- Superpower

Doubles Physical Sweeper Rufflet (Hustle)

Rufflet is a wonderful Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Rufflet from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Rufflet's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Wide Lens will help improve the accuracy of Rufflet's moves. This is important since it's Hustle ability lowers the accuracy of it's moves. With Hustle, Rufflet's attack is 1.5x and accuracy of its physical attacks is 0.8x.

Brave Bird is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Flying-type move (has 33% recoil).
Return is a physical STAB-boosted 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Strength is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Normal-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Rufflet's attack and defense by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Rufflet 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
Air Slash
75
95%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Heat Wave
95
90%
10
10% chance to burn the foe(s).
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Brave Bird
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Crush Claw
75
95%
10
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fly
90
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Attack
15
85%
20
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Peck
35
100%
35
No additional effect.
Pluck
60
100%
20
User steals and eats the target's Berry.
Retaliate
70
100%
5
Power doubles if an ally fainted last turn.
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)
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Sky Drop
60
100%
10
User and foe fly up turn 1. Damages on turn 2.
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Thrash
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
U-turn
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
Wing Attack
60
100%
35
No additional effect.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Bulk Up
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Defog
--
--
15
-1 evasion; clears user and target side's hazards.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
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.
Roost
--
--
10
Heals 50% HP. Flying-type removed 'til turn ends.
Scary Face
--
100%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
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.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Tailwind
--
--
15
For 4 turns, allies' Speed is doubled.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Whirlwind
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Rufflet 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 Rufflet

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