Competitive Information for Barbaracle [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Barbaracle barbaracle
Base Stats for Barbaracle

Rock / Water

Abilities:
SniperSniper: If this Pokemon strikes with a critical hit, the damage is multiplied by 1.5.
,
PickpocketPickpocket: If this Pokemon has no item, it steals the item off a Pokemon making contact with it.
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Tough ClawsTough Claws: This Pokemon's contact moves have their power multiplied by 1.3.


Evolutions / Family:
Binacle
Barbaracle

Weakness Chart for Rock/Water-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
  
  
  
2x
  
2x
0.25x
0.5x
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
4x
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 Barbaracle? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common single-battle team mates for Barbaracle in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

IncineroarIndeedee-FRaichuBlastoiseSilvally-FairyExcadrillTogekissDragapultMimikyuGengar


Barbaracle is pretty popular Rock and Water-typed Pokemon. Barbaracle is a frequent Pokemon to see in Generation 8. Barbaracle is weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Ground-typed attacks.


Species: Barbaracle
Item: Focus Sash / White Herb
Ability: Tough Claws
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 84 Hp / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 4 SpD / 164 Spe
Moveset:
- Cross Chop / Brick Break
- Liquidation
- Rock Slide / Stone Edge
- Shell Smash

Physical Sweeper Barbaracle (Popular/Trending)

Barbaracle is a phenomenal Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Barbaracle from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out (usually Shell Smash to boost Barbaracle for the following turns). With Tough Claws, Barbaracle's contact moves have their power multiplied by 1.3.

Cross Chop is a physical 100-base power Fighting-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).
Liquidation is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Water-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Stone Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Shell Smash is a status move (lowers def, spd by 1 stage; raises atk, spa, spe by 2 stages).




Species: Barbaracle
Item: Scope Lens / Life Orb
Ability: Sniper
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Liquidation / Razor Shell
- Superpower
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake

Physical Sweeper Barbaracle (Sniper)

Barbaracle is popular Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Scope Lens/Razor Claw increases Barbaracle critical hit ratio by 1 stage and combined with Barbaracle's Sniper ability will increase the amount of damage done by those critial hits. Life Orb boosts the power of Barbaracle's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sniper, if Barbaracle strikes with a critical hit the damage is multiplied by 1.5.

Liquidation is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Water-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Razor Shell is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Water-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Barbaracle's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).




Species: Barbaracle
Item: White Herb
Ability: Tough Claws
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Razor Shell
- Shell Smash
- Stone Edge
- Cross Chop

Barbaracle Physical Sweeper (Barnacles)

Barbaracle is a phenomenal Physical Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Tough Claws, Barbaracle's contact moves have their power multiplied by 1.3.

Razor Shell is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Water-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Shell Smash is a status move (lowers def, spd by 1 stage; raises atk, spa, spe by 2 stages).
Stone Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Cross Chop is a physical 100-base power Fighting-type move (high critical hit ratio).




Species: Barbaracle
Item: White Herb
Ability: Tough Claws
Nature: Impish (+Def, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Moveset:
- Razor Shell
- Shell Smash
- Stone Edge
- Earthquake

Barbaracle Physical Tank (Edgequake Barnaclehead)

Barbaracle is a spectacular Physical Tank. The purpose of this moveset is to take a great amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. With Tough Claws, Barbaracle's contact moves have their power multiplied by 1.3.

Razor Shell is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Water-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Shell Smash is a status move (lowers def, spd by 1 stage; raises atk, spa, spe by 2 stages).
Stone Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).




Species: Barbaracle
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Sniper
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 224 Atk / 172 Def / 112 Spe
Moveset:
- Shell Smash
- Rock Slide
- Dig
- Earthquake

Barbaracle Physical Sweeper (Barbaric Barnacle)

Barbaracle is a pretty decent Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Barbaracle's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sniper, if Barbaracle strikes with a critical hit the damage is multiplied by 1.5.

Shell Smash is a status move (lowers def, spd by 1 stage; raises atk, spa, spe by 2 stages).
Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Dig is a physical 80-base power Ground-type move (digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).




Species: Barbaracle
Item: White Herb
Ability: Pickpocket
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Def
Moveset:
- Razor Shell / Brick Break
- Shell Smash
- Fling / Stone Edge
- Thief / Dragon Claw

Barbaracle Physical Tank (Thiefing Barbarian)

Barbaracle is an awesome Physical Tank. It is designed to take a substantial amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. With Pickpocket, if Barbaracle has no item it steals the item off a pokemon making contact with it. I believe this barbaracle should get his shell smash off first which will activate white herb (using it) and so can use thief if the opponent is a special attacker or use a move and get hit activating pickpocket to steal their items, then use fling to discard them if it hinders your barbaracle.

Razor Shell is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Water-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).
Shell Smash is a status move (lowers def, spd by 1 stage; raises atk, spa, spe by 2 stages).
Fling is a physical 0-base power Dark-type move (flings your Barbaracle's item at the target. power varies).
Stone Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Thief is a physical 60-base power Dark-type move (if your Barbaracle has no item, it steals the target's).
Dragon Claw is a physical 80-base power Dragon-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.




Species: Barbaracle
Item: White Herb
Ability: Pickpocket
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Razor Shell
- Shell Smash
- Cross Chop
- Thief / Stone Edge

Barbaracle Physical Sweeper (Smash That!*)

Barbaracle is an interesting Physical Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Pickpocket, if Barbaracle has no item it steals the item off a pokemon making contact with it.

Razor Shell is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Water-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Shell Smash is a status move (lowers def, spd by 1 stage; raises atk, spa, spe by 2 stages).
Cross Chop is a physical 100-base power Fighting-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Thief is a physical 60-base power Dark-type move (if your Barbaracle has no item, it steals the target's).
Stone Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Barbaracle? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common double-battle team mates for Barbaracle in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

CloysterAraquanidPelipperSeismitoadKeldeoMamoswineTogekissWeezing-GalarRotom-WashPolteageistBlastoiseSilvally-Ground


Species: Barbaracle
Item: Scope Lens / Life Orb
Ability: Sniper
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake
- Liquidation
- Superpower

Doubles Physical Sweeper Barbaracle (Sniper)

Barbaracle is a fabulous Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Scope Lens/Razor Claw increases Barbaracle critical hit ratio by 1 stage and combined with Barbaracle's Sniper ability will increase the amount of damage done by those critial hits. Life Orb boosts the power of Barbaracle's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sniper, if Barbaracle strikes with a critical hit the damage is multiplied by 1.5.

Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Liquidation is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Water-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Barbaracle's attack and defense by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Barbaracle 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
Ancient Power
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Earth Power
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
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.
Mud Shot
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Muddy Water
90
85%
10
30% chance to lower the foe(s) accuracy 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.
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison the target.
Sludge Wave
95
100%
10
10% chance to poison adjacent Pokemon.
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.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Assurance
60
100%
10
Power doubles if target was damaged this turn.
Beat Up
--
100%
10
All healthy allies aid in damaging the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Brutal Swing
60
100%
20
No additional effect. Hits adjacent Pokemon.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Cross Chop
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Dragon Claw
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Fury Cutter
40
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Fury Swipes
18
80%
15
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Liquidation
85
100%
10
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Low Kick
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Night Slash
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Razor Shell
75
95%
10
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Blast
25
90%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Tomb
60
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Skull Bash
130
100%
10
Raises user's Defense by 1 on turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
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.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
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.
Rock Polish
--
--
20
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sand Attack
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
Shell Smash
--
--
15
Lowers Def, SpD by 1; raises Atk, SpA, Spe by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Stealth Rock
--
--
20
Hurts foes on switch-in. Factors Rock weakness.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Switcheroo
--
100%
10
User switches its held item with the target's.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Withdraw
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Barbaracle can perform in Sword/Shield. 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 SS Move and Ability Combos for Barbaracle

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