The best moveset for Claydol in Pokémon Go

What are your best choices?

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With so many Pokémon to choose from in Pokémon Go, it can be difficult to keep ahead of all them and figuring out which ones you want to use in battle. For those looking to use Claydol, we have a few recommendations regarding that. For example, you don’t want to use this Pokémon in any of the PvP categories because there are better options. But it could be a viable option for you to use this Pokémon in smaller raids and PvE battles. In this guide, we’re going to detail the best moveset to teach Claydol in Pokémon Go so it can be the strongest version for you.

Claydol is a Ground and Psychic-type Pokémon. It will be weak against Bug, Dark, Ghost, Grass, Ice, and Water-type moves, but it is resistant against Electric, Fighting, Poison, Psychic, and Rock-type attacks. Unfortunately, those make it difficult to compete in any of the PvP categories because of its many weaknesses.

These are all of the moves Claydol can learn in Pokémon Go.

Fast moves

  • Confusion (Psychic-type) – 16 damage and 3 energy per turn (4 damage per turn) – 4 turns
  • Extrasensory (Psychic-type) – 8 damage and 3.3 energy per turn (2.6 damage per turn) – 3 turns
  • Mud slap (Ground-type) – 11 damage and 2.6 energy per turn (3.6 damage per turn) – 3 turns

Charged moves

  • Earthquake (Ground-type) – 120 damage and 65 energy
  • Earth Power (Ground-type) – 90 damage and 55 energy (10% chance to lower opponent’s defense by one rank)
  • Gyro Ball (Steel-type) – 80 damage and 60 energy
  • Ice Beam (Ice-type) – 90 damage and 55 energy
  • Psychic (Psychic-type) – 90 damage and 55 energy (10% chance to lower an opponent’s defense by one rank)
  • Shadow Ball (Ghost-type) – 100 damage and 55 energy

When it comes to picking the fast move, we highly recommend you go with confusion. While it is the attack that requires the most turns, it also produces the most damage. Extrasensory does provide the most energy, though, which is typically what you want to go with when it comes to a fast move, but Claydol is better off with having confusion.

There are several charged moves that Claydol can learn, and many of them are extremely low energy. You’re going to find it a bit overwhelming to know the best option to pick, but there are a handful of options that stand above the rest. Earth power is a terrific attack. It only requires 55 energy, but it also does 90 damage and has a 10% chance to lower an opponent’s defense by a rank. It makes it slightly better than ice beam and psychic. However, Psychic does have a STAB, as does earth power, but earth power still comes out on top. But that does make it a suitable second choice. Shadow ball is also a reasonable second charged move option, but Claydol’s STAB modifier for psychic is excellent, making it better than shadow ball.

Because Claydol is not the best for PvP, we recommend keeping it to PvE battles and raids. It has a maximum CP of 2,229, an attack of 140, a defense of 229, and a stamina of 155. You won’t be using it in five-star raids, but it could be a good choice for a three-star battle.

The best moveset to teach Claydol is the fast move confusion and the charged moves earth power and psychic.