VGC 17 Sample Moveset & EV Spread Compendium


The optimal EV spread for a given Pokémon often depends on the roles a given team requires it to perform, so we encourage you to use these sets as guides or starting points for making your very own team. This list is far from comprehensive, so don’t let it stifle your own creativity!

Also, though a number of these sets list Hidden Power in the moveset, the appropriate IVs for these Hidden Powers are not listed, as it affects the appropriate EVs. With the advent of Hyper Training in Sun & Moon, it is possible to emulate maximum IVs without altering the IVs themselves, and it is therefore possible to essentially have 31 IVs in all stats without affecting the Hidden Power.

This document will be updated as the metagame progresses, so it will stay relevant throughout the entire season.

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Gen 1-6 Pokémon
Gen 7 Pokémon
Alolan Forms
Ultra Beasts


Specially Defensive Redirection Clefairy
Physically Defensive Redirection Clefairy


Supportive Redirection Clefable


Trick Room Redirection Parasect


Swift Swim Offensive Golduck


Sejun's Firium Z Arcanine
Dark Psiana's Sitrus Berry London International Arcanine
SamVGC's Aguav Berry Arcanine
Physical Attacking Life Orb Arcanine


Physically Bulky Trick Room Setter Slowbro


Standard Focus Sash Gengar

Ghostium Z Gengar


Standard Dragon Dance Waterium Z Gyarados


Focus Sash Support Aerodactyl


Curse-Recycle Snorlax

Trick Room Belly Drum Lax

Trick Room Pancake Lax


Scarf Politoed

Bulky Politoed


Standard Life Orb Scizor


Specially Attacking Trick Room Setter Porygon2

Mixed Attacking Trick Room Setter Porygon2


Choice Scarf Smeargle

Focus Sash Smeargle


Tailwind Glass Cannon Pelipper


Assault Vest Trick Room Support Hariyama

Guts Trick Room Support Hariyama


Trick Room Choice Specs Torkoal

Trick Room Charcoal Torkoal


Offensive Intimidate Deterrent Milotic

Bulky Rindo Berry Milotic


Choice Specs Salamence

Flyinium Z Salamence


Assault Vest Metagross

Psychium Z Metagross

Sejun's Weakness Policy Metagross


Sitrus Berry Bold Gastrodon

Maranga Berry Gastrodon


SHADEviera's Psychic Seed Drifblim


Groundium Z Garchomp


Assault Vest Garchomp

SHADEviera's Bulky Swords Dance Garchomp


Standard Sash Weavile


SHADEviera's Electrium Z Magnezone

Expert Belt Magnezone


Ghost-type Z-conversion Porygon-Z

Ice-type Z-conversion Porygon-Z


Assault Vest Gigalith

Rockium-Z Gigalith


Chlorophyll Abusing Lilligant


Darkinium Z Krookodile

Groundium Z Krookodile


Choice Scarf Vanilluxe


Standard Terrain Seed Mandibuzz


Tailwind Life Orb Talonflame

Choice Banded Talonflame


Bulky Trick Room Setter Trevenant


Dark Psiana's London International Goodra


Expert Belt Utility Incineroar

Assault Vest Incineroar


Bulky Sitrus Berry Primarina


SamVGC's Iapapa Berry Vikavolt

Trick Room Offensive Vikavolt


Dancer Pom-Pom Oricorio


Quiver Dance Ribombee


Trick Room Attacker Wishiwashi


Trick Room Assault Vest Mudsdale

Trick Room Life Orb Mudsdale


Trick Room Waterium Z Araquanid


Offensive Support Salazzle


Priority Support Comfey


Bulky Trick Room Setter Oranguru


Utility Mimikyu

Trick Room Setter Mimikyu


Life Orb Trick Room Attacker Drampa


Life Orb Trick Room Attacker Dhelmise


Aloraichium Z Alolan Raichu

Psychium Z Raichu


Life Orb Alolan Sandslash


Aurora Veil Offensive Support


Supportive Darkinium Persian


Faster Alolan Golem

Trick Room Attacking Alolan Golem


PokeAlex's London International Figy Berry Muk

Life Orb Alolan Muk


Bulky TR Setter Alolan Exeggutor

Offensive TR Setter Alolan Exeggutor

Offensive Physical TR Setter Alolan Exeggutor


Standard Alolan Marowak

Trick Room Attacker Alolan Marowak

Dark Psiana's London International Alolan Marowak

Tapu Koko

Standard Special-Attacking Life Orb Tapu Koko

Life Orb Mixed Tapu Koko

Specs Tapu Koko

Sash Supportive Tapu Koko

Shinon's Tapu Koko

Tapu Lele

Choice Scarf Tapu Lele

Faster Life Orb Tapu Lele

Bulky Modest Psychium Z Tapu Lele

Faster Timid Psychium Z Tapu Lele

SHADEviera's Bulky Choice Specs Tapu Lele

Tapu Bulu

Bulky Miracle Seed Tapu Bulu

Tapu Fini

Leftovers Calm Mind Tapu Fini

Choice Specs Tapu Fini

Bulky Sitrus Berry Tapu Fini


Special Attack-Boosting Life Orb Nihilego

Speed-Boosting Life Orb Nihilego

Focus Sash Nihilego


Tman’s Assault Vest Buzzwole

Generic Attacker Buzzwole

Trick Room Attacker Buzzwole


Fightinium Z Pheromosa

Sash Pheromosa


Scarfed Xurkitree

Tail Glow Xurkitree

Life Orb Xurkitree


Attack Boosting Tank Celesteela

Special Defence-Boosting Tank Celesteela

Dark Psiana's London International Specially Defensive Celesteela

Shinon’s Calm Celesteela


Standard Sash Kartana

Ray Rizzo's Assault Vest Kartana

Human's Scope Lens Kartana


Trick Room Life Orb Physical Guzzlord

Trick Room Choice Band Guzzlord

Trick Room Life Orb Special Guzzlord


  1. I’m loving the content this is actually just what I’ve been looking for!

  2. I want to submit my own Pelipper-spread since the one listed here seems kind of random.

    Pelipper @ Waterium Z
    Ability: Drizzle
    Level: 50
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 52 SpA / 76 SpD / 124 Spe
    Calm Nature
    IVs: 0 Atk
    – Hydro Pump
    – Ice Beam
    – Tailwind
    – Protect

    Damage Calcs:


    52 SpA Pelipper Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Garchomp: 156-188 (85.2 – 102.7%) — 18.8% chance to OHKO

    52 SpA Pelipper Hydro Vortex (185 BP) vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Koko in Rain: 202-238 (138.3 – 163%) — guaranteed OHKO


    252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 252 HP / 76+ SpD Pelipper in Psychic Terrain: 141-166 (84.4 – 99.4%) — guaranteed 2HKO

    252 Atk Garchomp Rock Slide vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Pelipper: 64-76 (38.3 – 45.5%) — guaranteed 3HKO

    Hydro Pump is chosen for good damage Hydro Vortex but if you don´t want to have a Z-Crystal on Pelipper Scald might be smarter because missing sucks (the Z-Move always hits). The EV´s are just enuogh to always survive +252 SpA Tapu Lele Psychic, just enough to outspeed max speed Tapu Koko under tailwind and the rest into SpA and 4 into Def. The idea is to get up Tailwind, fire off one big Attack with Hydro Vortex and then die for a sweeper to come in and take advantage of the rain like Tapu Koko, or Xurkitree with Thunder or Swift Swim users.

    • Always go Focus Sash on Pelipper and Glass Cannon EVs. Defensive EVs is just a waste on him, the max they will buy you is one more turn to be alive, but you will be doing crap damage. Pelipper’s job is to set up Rain and Tailwind, that’s why you go Focus Sash, in case something outspeeds you, you won’t die before Tailwinding. After you set those up you just look to do as much damage as possible till you die, this way you are gonna be more useful than surviving one more turn doing less damage, thus why the offensive IVs. Scald over Hydro Pump for accuracy since no Z-Crystal… Hydro Pump is not worth the risk, even if you miss once you are screwed. Hurricane for STAB over Ice Beam… Even a not super effective STAB Hurricane will help you a lot more times than the niche Ice Beam will do. Plus you can find Ice coverage for your team pretty easy anyway from another Pokemon.

      • Plus that Hurricane always hits during Rain. Forgot to mention that. So I don’t see any reason why you would run Ice Beam on Pelipper over a 100% accurate 110 BP STAB Move.

    • yaaaa .. you can achieve all thesame offensive calcs dropping the z move and maxing spat. Also you rose your defenses to make hits 2hkos when focus sash does the same thing.

  3. Tapu Bulu @ Assault Vest
    Adamant Nature
    EVs: 236HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 12 S.Def / 4 Spe
    – Wood Hammer
    – Horn Leech
    – Superpower
    – Nature’s Madness / Megahorn / Zen Headbutt / Rock Slide

    Defensive calcs:

    252 SpA Ninetales-Alola Blizzard vs. 236 HP / 12 SpD Assault Vest Tapu Bulu: 68-84 (38.8 – 48%) — guaranteed 3HKO after hail damage and Grassy Terrain recovery

    252+ Atk Metagross Meteor Mash vs. 236 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 152-182 (86.8 – 104%) — 25% chance to OHKO

    252+ SpA Magnezone Flash Cannon vs. 236 HP / 12 SpD Assault Vest Tapu Bulu: 104-126 (59.4 – 72%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

    252+ SpA Xurkitree Thunderbolt vs. 236 HP / 12 SpD Assault Vest Tapu Bulu: 36-42 (20.5 – 24%) — possible 6HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

    252+ SpA Arcanine Burn Up vs. 236 HP / 12 SpD Assault Vest Tapu Bulu: 140-168 (80 – 96%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

    252+ Atk Kartana Smart Strike vs. 236 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 150-176 (85.7 – 100.5%) — 6.3% chance to OHKO

    252+ Atk Gyarados Ice Fang vs. 236 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 70-84 (40 – 48%) — guaranteed 3HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

    Offensive calcs:

    252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Araquanid in Grassy Terrain: 183-216 (104.5 – 123.4%) — guaranteed OHKO

    252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Pelipper in Grassy Terrain: 169-199 (101.1 – 119.1%) — guaranteed OHKO

    252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele in Grassy Terrain: 213-252 (120.3 – 142.3%) — guaranteed OHKO

    252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Marowak-Alola in Grassy Terrain: 78-92 (46.7 – 55%) — 13.3% chance to 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

    252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Superpower vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Kartana: 120-142 (88.8 – 105.1%) — 31.3% chance to OHKO

    252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Eviolite Porygon2 in Grassy Terrain: 106-126 (55.2 – 65.6%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery

    -1 252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Horn Leech vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Gyarados in Grassy Terrain: 87-103 (51.1 – 60.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO

  4. Thank you, I’ll wait for a Trick Room Lumantis set.

  5. Garchomp @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Rough Skin
    Level: 50
    EVs: 44 HP / 252 Atk / 212 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    – Earthquake
    – Dragon Claw
    – Poison Jab
    – Rock Slide

    the listed spread actually speed ties with max speed pheromosa. you will need one more point into speed

  6. Guzzlord @ Wiki Berry
    Ability: Beast Boost
    Level: 50
    EVs: 4 HP / 100 Def / 76 SpA / 172 SpD / 156 Spe
    Calm Nature
    IVs: 0 Atk
    – Draco Meteor/Dark Pulse
    – Dark Pulse/Flamethrower
    – Wide Guard
    – Protect

    Defensive Calcs
    {252 Atk Life Orb Garchomp Dragon Claw vs. 4 HP / 100 Def Guzzlord: 250-296 (83.6 – 98.9%) — guaranteed 2HKO}
    {252+ SpA Salamence Draco Meteor vs. 4 HP / 172+ SpD Guzzlord: 252-296 (84.2 – 98.9%) guaranteed 2HKO}

    Ofensive Calcs
    {60 SpA Guzzlord Draco Meteor vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Salamence: 186-218 (109.4 – 128.2%) — guaranteed OHKO}
    {60 SpA Guzzlord Draco Meteor vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Garchomp: 176-210 (96.1 – 114.7%) — 75% chance to OHKO}

  7. The Snorlax set posted seems kind of random since Pulverizing Pancake is really not viably because it wastes a move slot with Giga Impact. Snorlax is usually used with Belly Drum+Wiki Berry+Gluttony, which hits harder than Pancake Snorlax. I personally am not very familiar with this Pokemon, so if somebody could create a new set for it that woula be great ??

    • You’re right, Belly Drum is the most viable Snorlax set at the moment. I’ve added a Belly Drum set now, thanks for letting us know that we were missing one.

  8. I don’t quite understand the Exeggutor EV distribution. You say 4 EVs are wasted by this distribution, so why not put them into Special attack, or one of the defenses?

    • In theory we waste 4 EVs, because investing the final 4 in SpAtk or one of the defences won’t increase those stats, and neither attack nor speed requires investment. However, if we were to take the 4 out of SpAtk and invest the remaining 8 in HP or one of the defences so that we use all 508 EVs, we end up with the same number of stats overall.

  9. Can you do more sets for vgc 2017, but with adamant and modest nature, for tapu/ultrabeast pokemon. Or the pokemon are only viable for competitive with specific natures that are in this post?. I am new here.

    How i need to think to create a good team for vgc?.

  10. Wish you guys would update this a little bit, it’s a great starting point for noobs like me.

    • Thanks for the feedback, we do update this document regularly without announcing changes, it’ll remain up to date throughout the season.

  11. The Ghost type Porygon-Z has its offensive calcs for Blizzard and Ice Beam, even though the set calls for neither of those moves. I am very thankful for this post, and I love this because it is great for new players to get a grasp on VGC as well as experienced players like me who are too lazy to make EV spreads for every Pokemon.

  12. An alternative to the primarina set posted above, since I didn’t like the defensive benchmarks

    Ability: Torrent
    Level: 50
    EVs: 204 HP / 60 Def / 220 SpA / 4 SpD / 20 Spe
    Modest Nature
    IVs: 0 Atk

    *252 Atk Garchomp Earthquake vs. 204 HP / 60 Def Primarina: 76-90 (41.9 – 49.7%) — guaranteed 3HKO
    *252+ SpA Life Orb Drampa Hyper Voice vs. 204 HP / 4 SpD Primarina: 75-90 (41.4 – 49.7%) — guaranteed 3HKO
    *20 spe to creep celesteela

    A slightly better scizor spread

    Ability: Technician
    Level: 50
    EVs: 252 HP / 236 Atk / 4 Def / 12 SpD / 4 Spe
    Adamant Nature

    *252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 252 HP / 12 SpD Scizor in Psychic Terrain: 75-88 (42.3 – 49.7%) — guaranteed 3HKO
    *252+ SpA Tapu Lele Shattered Psyche (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 12 SpD Scizor in Psychic Terrain: 144-171 (81.3 – 96.6%) — guaranteed 2HKO
    *atk is a jump point

    Also a bulky celesteela set I’ve been using. Beware the mirror matchup.

    Celesteela @Leftovers
    Ability: Beast Boost
    EVs: 244 HP / 4 Atk / 140 Def / 116 SpD / 4 Spe
    Careful Nature

    *Hp is a five subs after lefties number
    *252 Atk Garchomp Fire Fang vs. 244 HP / 140 Def Celesteela: 64-76 (31.5 – 37.4%) — Miniscule chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
    *252+ Atk Arcanine Flare Blitz vs. 244 HP / 140 Def Celesteela: 170-204 (83.7 – 100.4%) — 6.3% chance to OHKO
    *252+ SpA Xurkitree Thunderbolt vs. 244 HP / 116+ SpD Celesteela: 168-200 (82.7 – 98.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
    *252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. +1 244 HP / 116+ SpD Celesteela: 88-109 (43.3 – 53.6%) — 0.4% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery (no terrain)
    *+1 252 Atk Gyarados Hydro Vortex (160 BP) vs. 244 HP / 140 Def Celesteela: 169-201 (83.2 – 99%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

  13. Nature is missing from the first buzzwole set. Jolly or adamant?

    Great resource!

  14. Hey guys, we really need a Z-NaturePower Whimsicott in here. Tailwind/Taunt/Encore (not necessarily all 3) support is pretty great, and a Z-Move that can change types alongside a x3 Tapu team can be pretty awesome. If it worries Cybertron every time he sees one, I’m pretty sure it deserves a mention in here.

    Fairy and Grass type Z-NaturePower both get STAB & Terrain boost, making it pretty powerful, and Electric type Z-NP has a chance to OHKO Celesteela. And even regular NP can OHKO Gyarados. All the while being a priority offensive attack. Just watch out for Taunt & Lele.

    • Here’s my suggested set:

      Whimsicott @ Normalium Z
      Ability: Prankster
      Level: 50
      EVs: 172 HP / 252 SpA / 84 SpD
      Modest Nature
      IVs: 0 Atk
      – Nature Power
      – Encore
      – Tailwind
      – Protect


      252+ SpA Whimsicott Nature Power vs. 52 HP / 4 SpD Gyarados in Electric Terrain: 244-288 (137.8 – 162.7%) — guaranteed OHKO

      252+ SpA Whimsicott Bloom Doom (175 BP) vs. 52 HP / 4 SpD Gyarados in Grassy Terrain: 172-204 (97.1 – 115.2%) — 87.5% chance to OHKO

      252+ SpA Whimsicott Twinkle Tackle (175 BP) vs. 36 HP / 0 SpD Garchomp: 266-314 (141.4 – 167%) — guaranteed OHKO

      252+ SpA Whimsicott Bloom Doom (175 BP) vs. 36 HP / 0 SpD Garchomp in Grassy Terrain: 199-235 (105.8 – 125%) — guaranteed OHKO

      252+ SpA Whimsicott Twinkle Tackle (175 BP) vs. 28 HP / 52 SpD Assault Vest Garchomp: 168-198 (89.8 – 105.8%) — 31.3% chance to OHKO

      252+ SpA Whimsicott Nature Power vs. 4 HP / 4 SpD Salamence: 152-180 (88.8 – 105.2%) — 25% chance to OHKO

      252+ SpA Whimsicott Twinkle Tackle (175 BP) vs. 4 HP / 4 SpD Salamence: 276-326 (161.4 – 190.6%) — guaranteed OHKO

      252+ SpA Whimsicott Twinkle Tackle (175 BP) vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kartana: 133-157 (99.2 – 117.1%) — 93.8% chance to OHKO

      252+ SpA Whimsicott Gigavolt Havoc (175 BP) vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Kartana in Electric Terrain: 133-157 (99.2 – 117.1%) — 93.8% chance to OHKO


      Max SpAtk to maximize damage output, not calc’d for anything specific. Nature Power OHKOs Gyarados in Electric Terrain without the need for the Z-Move while Z-Nature Power is needed in Grassy Terrain but OHKOs only 7/8 times. Twinkle Tackle / Bloom Doom is needed to OHKO ScarfChomp, and Twinkle Tackle OHKOs AVChomp almost 1/3 times. Nature Power in Misty Terrain OHKOs Salamence 1/4 times without the need for the Z-Move. Gigavolt Havoc / Twinkle Tacklet OHKOs non Assault Vest Kartana 15/16 times.

      HP & SpDef stats are to maximize bulk while putting Whimsicott’s SpDef 1 point above its Def so help prevent Porygon2 from getting a SpAtk boost with Download. Tailwind is there if speed control becomes necessary, and Encore to discourage opponents from Protecting, and punishing those who do.

  15. The Clefairy spreads don’t seem to match up with what comes out of the damage calculator. Could you confirm if they are correct or not?

  16. Where’s my alolan dugtrio spread >:V

  17. No sets for Wigglytuff? I heard it was used somewhere abusing Competitive+Hyper Voice\Dazzling Gleam. I think that’s a pretty solid niche, as Milotic (the other Competitive User, no pun intended) has 0 spread moves and Intimidate being so common.

  18. missing a Scarf Kartana set. Just thought I’d post my personal set I like to use

    [email protected] Scarf
    Ability: Beast Boost
    EVs: 84 HP / 196 Atk / 4 Def / 20 SpD / 204 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    -Leaf Blade
    -Smart Strike
    -Sacred Sword
    -Night Slash/Razor Leaf/Guillotine

    Don’t have time to get calcs atm but it is EV’d to live P2’s Ice Beam and Jolly Garchomp’s Fire Fang and its speed investment allows it to outspeed Scarf Admant Garchomp by 1 point and Scarf Modest Lele.

  19. The curselax set has 6ev’s spare.

    • That is because they will have no effect on any of its stats except for Special Attack and speed, which you do not want to invest into since Snorlax does not use them

  20. The smeargle EV sets are inefficient unless you’re running transform. For example, 84HP/76Def/92SpD has more physical defense and special defense than what’s there right now.

  21. Please add an AV Buzzwole set. Its not as uncommon~

  22. Chimchar-Trainer

    Why use encore on a choice scarf politoed? Isn’t it troublesome to be locked into a move that doesn’t do any damage?

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