Competitive Information for Purrloin [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Purrloin purrloin
Base Stats for Purrloin

Dark

Abilities:
LimberLimber: This Pokemon cannot be paralyzed. Gaining this Ability while paralyzed cures it.
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UnburdenUnburden: Speed is doubled on held item loss; boost is lost if it switches, gets new item/Ability.
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PranksterPrankster: This Pokemon's Status moves have priority raised by 1, but Dark types are immune.


Evolutions / Family:
Purrloin
Liepard

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Purrloin? 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.


Purrloin is a remarkable Dark-typed Pokemon. Purrloin is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Purrloin is weak to Bug, Fairy, and Fighting-typed attacks.


Species: Purrloin
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Unburden
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Foul Play / Sucker Punch
- Play Rough
- Seed Bomb
- Shadow Claw

Physical Sweeper Purrloin (Unburden)

Purrloin is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Purrloin from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Purrloin's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Unburden, speed is doubled on held item loss; boost is lost if it switches gets new item/ability.

Foul Play is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Dark-type move (uses target's attack stat in damage calculation).
Sucker Punch is a physical STAB-boosted priority-increased 70-base power Dark-type move (usually goes first. fails if target is not attacking).
Play Rough is a physical 90-base power Fairy-type move (10% chance to lower the target's attack by 1 stage).
Seed Bomb is a physical 80-base power Grass-type move that deals a decent amount of damage.
Shadow Claw is a physical 70-base power Ghost-type move (high critical hit ratio).




Species: Purrloin
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Unburden
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Dark Pulse / Snarl
- Hyper Voice / Round
- Shadow Ball
- Grass Knot

Special Sweeper Purrloin (Unburden)

Purrloin is pretty popular Special Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Purrloin from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Purrloin's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Unburden, speed is doubled on held item loss; boost is lost if it switches gets new item/ability.

Dark Pulse is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Snarl is a special STAB-boosted 55-base power Dark-type move (100% chance to lower the foes special attack by 1 stage).
Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Shadow Ball is a special 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Grass Knot is a special 0-base power Grass-type move (more power the heavier the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Purrloin? 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.


Species: Purrloin
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Unburden
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Foul Play / Sucker Punch
- Play Rough
- Seed Bomb
- Shadow Claw

Doubles Physical Sweeper Purrloin (Unburden)

Purrloin is an astounding Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Purrloin from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Purrloin's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Unburden, speed is doubled on held item loss; boost is lost if it switches gets new item/ability.

Foul Play is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Dark-type move (uses target's attack stat in damage calculation).
Sucker Punch is a physical STAB-boosted priority-increased 70-base power Dark-type move (usually goes first. fails if target is not attacking).
Play Rough is a physical 90-base power Fairy-type move (10% chance to lower the target's attack by 1 stage).
Seed Bomb is a physical 80-base power Grass-type move that deals a large amount of damage.
Shadow Claw is a physical 70-base power Ghost-type move (high critical hit ratio).




Species: Purrloin
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Unburden
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Hyper Voice / Round
- Snarl / Dark Pulse
- Shadow Ball
- Grass Knot

Doubles Special Sweeper Purrloin (Unburden)

Purrloin is pretty popular Special Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Purrloin from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Purrloin's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Unburden, speed is doubled on held item loss; boost is lost if it switches gets new item/ability.

Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Snarl is a special STAB-boosted 55-base power Dark-type move (100% chance to lower the foes special attack by 1 stage).
Dark Pulse is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Shadow Ball is a special 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Grass Knot is a special 0-base power Grass-type move (more power the heavier the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Purrloin 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
Dark Pulse
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Hyper Voice
90
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent foes.
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.
Snarl
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 1.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Assurance
60
100%
10
Power doubles if target was damaged this turn.
Covet
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fake Out
40
100%
10
Hits first. First turn out only. 100% flinch chance.
Foul Play
95
100%
15
Uses target's Attack stat in damage calculation.
Fury Swipes
18
80%
15
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Gunk Shot
120
80%
5
30% chance to poison the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Night Slash
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Pay Day
40
100%
20
Scatters coins.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Play Rough
90
90%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Attack by 1.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Seed Bomb
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
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.
U-turn
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Baton Pass
--
--
40
User switches, passing stat changes and more.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Copycat
--
--
20
Uses the last move used in the battle.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Encore
--
100%
5
Target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Fake Tears
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Def by 2.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Nasty Plot
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk 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.
Sand Attack
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense 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.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Thunder Wave
--
90%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Torment
--
100%
15
Target can't select the same move twice in a row.
Trick
--
100%
10
User switches its held item with the target's.
Yawn
--
--
10
Puts the target to sleep after 1 turn.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Purrloin 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 Purrloin

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