Competitive Information for Cranidos [X/Y]

Competitive Pokemon X/Y Movesets and Strategies for Cranidos cranidos
Base Stats for Cranidos

Rock

Abilities:
Mold BreakerMold Breaker: This Pokemon's moves and their effects ignore the Abilities of other Pokemon.
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Sheer ForceSheer Force: This Pokemon's attacks with secondary effects have 1.3x power; nullifies the effects.


Evolutions / Family:
Cranidos
Rampardos

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Cranidos? 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.


Cranidos is a decent Rock-typed Pokemon. Cranidos is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Cranidos is weak to Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Cranidos
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Mold Breaker
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Superpower
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake

Physical Sweeper Cranidos (Mold Breaker)

Cranidos is an astounding Physical Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Cranidos from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Mold Breaker, Cranidos's moves and their effects ignore the abilities of other pokemon.

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).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Cranidos'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).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Cranidos? 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: Cranidos
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Mold Breaker
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake
- Double-Edge
- Superpower

Doubles Physical Sweeper Cranidos (Mold Breaker)

Cranidos is pretty popular Physical Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Cranidos from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Mold Breaker, Cranidos's moves and their effects ignore the abilities of other pokemon.

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).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Cranidos's attack and defense by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Cranidos 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.
Dragon Pulse
85
100%
10
No additional effect.
Earth Power
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Fire Blast
110
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Flamethrower
90
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Ice Beam
90
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Incinerate
60
100%
15
Destroys the foe(s) Berry/Gem.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Shock Wave
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Thunder
110
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunderbolt
90
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Uproar
90
100%
10
Lasts 3 turns. Active Pokemon cannot fall asleep.
Assurance
60
100%
10
Power doubles if target was damaged this turn.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
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.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
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.
Fire Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Hammer Arm
100
90%
10
Lowers the user's Speed by 1.
Head Smash
150
80%
5
Has 1/2 recoil.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Power-Up Punch
40
100%
20
100% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if a foe is switching out.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Climb
90
85%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
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)
Slam
80
75%
20
No additional effect.
Smack Down
50
100%
15
Removes the target's Ground immunity.
Stomp
65
100%
20
30% chance to flinch the target.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thrash
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Focus Energy
--
--
30
Raises the user's critical hit ratio by 2.
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.
Roar
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Rock Polish
--
--
20
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Scary Face
--
100%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
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.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Whirlwind
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Cranidos 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 Cranidos

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