Competitive Information for Basculin [X/Y]

Competitive Pokemon X/Y Movesets and Strategies for Basculin basculin
Base Stats for Basculin

Water

Abilities:
AdaptabilityAdaptability: This Pokemon's same-type attack bonus (STAB) is 2 instead of 1.5.
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Mold BreakerMold Breaker: This Pokemon's moves and their effects ignore the Abilities of other Pokemon.
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RecklessReckless: This Pokemon's attacks with recoil or crash damage have 1.2x power; not Struggle.


Evolutions / Family:
Basculin

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 Basculin? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in X/Y 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 X/Y generation metagame.


Basculin is an awesome Water-typed Pokemon. It's pretty standard to find yourself dealing with Basculin when battling in the 6th generation meta. Basculin's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.


Species: Basculin
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Adaptability
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Superpower
- Double-Edge / Return
- Crunch

Physical Sweeper Basculin (Adaptability)

Basculin is an interesting Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Basculin from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Adaptability, Basculin's same-type attack bonus (stab) is 2 instead of 1.5.

Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a considerable amount of damage.
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Basculin's attack and defense by 1 stage).
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).
Crunch is a physical 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).




Species: Basculin
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Adaptability
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Ice Beam / Icy Wind
- Round
- Mud Shot

Special Sweeper Basculin (Adaptability)

Basculin is a fabulous Special Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Basculin from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Adaptability, Basculin's same-type attack bonus (stab) is 2 instead of 1.5.

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).
Ice Beam is a special 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Mud Shot is a special 55-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).




Species: Basculin
Item: Focus Sash
Ability: Mold Breaker
Nature: Naughty (+Atk, -SpD)
EVs: 210 Hp / 210 Atk / 60 SpD / 30 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Jet
- Revenge / Aqua Tail
- Return
- Waterfall

Basculin Physical Tank (Sturdy Bass)

Basculin is a decent Physical Tank. It is meant to take a nice amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Focus Sash helps protect Basculin from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Mold Breaker, Basculin's moves and their effects ignore the abilities of other pokemon.

Aqua Jet is a physical STAB-boosted priority-increased 40-base power Water-type move (usually goes first).
Revenge is a physical 60-base power Fighting-type move (power doubles if Basculin is damaged by the target).
Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a hefty amount of damage.
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).




Species: Basculin
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Adaptability
Nature: Naughty (+Atk, -SpD)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Jet
- Zen Headbutt
- Return
- Substitute

Basculin Physical Tank (Big Bass)

Basculin is an extraordinary Physical Tank. It tries to take a considerable amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. With Adaptability, Basculin's same-type attack bonus (stab) is 2 instead of 1.5.

Aqua Jet is a physical STAB-boosted priority-increased 40-base power Water-type move (usually goes first).
Zen Headbutt is a physical 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Substitute is a status move (Basculin takes 1/4 its max hp to put in a substitute).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Basculin? These builds have been optimized for X/Y 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 X/Y generation metagame.


Species: Basculin
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Adaptability
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Superpower
- Double-Edge / Return
- Crunch

Doubles Physical Sweeper Basculin (Adaptability)

Basculin is a wonderful Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Basculin from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Adaptability, Basculin's same-type attack bonus (stab) is 2 instead of 1.5.

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).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Basculin's attack and defense by 1 stage).
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).
Crunch is a physical 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).




Species: Basculin
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Adaptability
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Round
- Mud Shot

Doubles Special Sweeper Basculin (Adaptability)

Basculin is a pretty decent Special Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Basculin from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Adaptability, Basculin's same-type attack bonus (stab) is 2 instead of 1.5.

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).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Mud Shot is a special 55-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Basculin 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
Brine
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target's HP is 50% or less.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Final Gambit
--
100%
5
Does damage equal to the user's HP. User faints.
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.
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.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
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.
Aqua Jet
40
100%
20
Usually goes first.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Bounce
85
85%
5
Bounces turn 1. Hits turn 2. 30% paralyze.
Chip Away
70
100%
20
Ignores the target's stat stage changes.
Crunch
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Endeavor
--
100%
5
Lowers the target's HP to the user's HP.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Rage
20
100%
20
Raises the user's Attack by 1 if hit during use.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Revenge
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Tackle
50
100%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thrash
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
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.
Scary Face
--
100%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Soak
--
100%
20
Changes the target's type to Water.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Tail Whip
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Basculin can perform in X/Y. 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 XY Move and Ability Combos for Basculin

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