Sableye

Keen Eye
Pokémon's accuracy cannot be lowered. Decreases wild encounter rate.
Type Tier
Dark / Ghost UU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 21 24 -
Atk
75
12 14 17 18
Def
75
12 14 17 18
SpA
65
11 13 16 17
SpD
65
11 13 16 17
Spe
50
9 11 14 15
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Overview

Sableye's unique type combination makes it have no weaknesses. This, however, is overshadowed by its low HP and defensive stats, meaning all neutral hits still do serious damage. Outside of Knock Off and Recover, its movepool is severely lacking. It can still abuse immunities and Recover, however, to help wall a few Choice Band Pokémon, and Knock Off is a rare and very useful move.

Name Item Nature

Knock Off

Leftovers Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Seismic Toss
~ Toxic
~ Knock Off
~ Recover
252 HP / 48 Def / 208 SpD

Standard set to most people. Knock Off every Pokémon’s item and just take care of them with Toxic. Seismic Toss covers for its terrible offenses, while Recover is there to help its below-average defenses by healing and stalling out with Toxic. Its type combination helps this set a little, seeing as it has no weaknesses, but don’t expect much from Sableye. If it had Will-O-Wisp, it could have been a little better.

Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Shadow Ball
~ Focus Punch
~ Brick Break / Hidden Power Rock
~ Fake Out / Hidden Power Rock
76 HP / 252 Atk / 180 Spe

Shadow Ball and Focus Punch hit everything at least neutral. Brick Break works to hit stuff that's already in, Fake Out can stop Pokémon at low HP, and Hidden Power Rock hits Fearow and the like hard.

Name Item Nature

Calm Mind

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Hidden Power Dark
~ Water Pulse / Ice Punch / ThunderPunch
~ Recover
252 HP / 80 SpA / 176 Spe

The move in the third slot is mostly to hit some of the bit physical Pokémon in UU. Water Pulse hits both Aggron and Gligar, for instance. Ice Punch hits Gligar harder and also covers Fearow and random Grass Pokémon. ThunderPunch still hits Aggron for neutral damage, as well as hitting Poliwrath, Tentacruel, and Walrein. Otherwise, just Calm Mind up to block special hits and then start slamming on your enemies with STAB Hidden Power Dark, Recovering off the damage.

Other Options

Well, Sableye isn’t exactly the Pokémon you look forward to if you’re looking for a myriad of attacks. Night Shade covers Gengar, Dusclops, and Misdreavus to an extent. Torment and Taunt are fun moves to use, particularly when combined with Toxic. Substitute is some random move that can be put there.

EVs

Not much you can do with Sableye here. Think about its HP and defenses on any set you're planning to make.

Checks and Counters

Any Pokémon with decent offense and the ability to hit Sableye for neutral damage can counter it, but all Pokémon have to beware of losing their item to Knock Off. After you switch one Pokémon into Sableye, that should be your general switch-in for the rest of the match, to limit the effectiveness of Knock Off. Don't get too predictable with this, however, or the Sableye user can abuse your obvious switches to get in a real heavy-hitter like Electabuzz or Hitmonlee.