Pokemon GO Hisuian Samurott best moveset & is it any good?

Pokemon GO Hisuian Samurott best moveset & is it any good?
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Sara Heritage

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4th Dec 2023 15:47

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The recent Hisuian Samurott Raid Day event introduced this Water/Dark-type variant to Pokemon GO, but is it any good? And what's the best moveset to teach it? Let's find out.

Hard of heart and deft of blade, this rare form of Samurott hails from the Hisui region that appeared in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. Now, Trainers in Pokemon GO will be able to add it (and yes, a Shiny form at launch as well) to their teams in the game.

Best moveset for Hisuian Samurott in Pokemon GO

Our preferred defensive PvE moveset for Hisuian Samurott in Pokemon GO is Snarl and Razor Shell. Razor Shell has a 50% chance to decrease your opponent’s Defense by 20%, with decent energy generation, damage output and type coverage with Snarl.

If you're looking to attack in Raid Battles, go with Snarl and Dark Pulse for Dark-type damage or Waterfall and Razor Shell for Water-type damage.

As a Water type in PvP, Hisuian Samurott is outclassed by pretty much everything. However, the real kicker for Hisuian Samurott is its Dark typing. Since the start of the Season of Timeless Travels, Dark-type Pokemon have been nerfed in power thanks to Brutal Swing being broken in PvP.

For context, the only part Dark-type in the Great League Top 30 is Mandibuzz - Hisuian Samurott’s only viable match-up. Because of this, we would recommend a Fury Cutter and Icy Wind moveset to take out Mandibuzz, even if it means losing STAB.

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All moves Hisuian Samurott can learn

As a Water/Dark-type Pokemon, Hisuian Samurott is weak to Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Grass-type moves. However, this does mean it can benefit from STAB (same type attack bonus) on any Water or Dark-moves, which boosts the move damage by ×1.2.

Hisuian Samurott can learn three Fast Moves, which we've listed below:

  • Snarl (Dark)
  • Waterfall (Water)
  • Fury Cutter (Water)

Hisuian Samurott can learn four Charged Moves which we've listed below:

  • Dark Pulse (Dark)
  • X-Scissor (Bug)
  • Icy Wind (Ice)
  • Razor Shell (Water)

Surprisingly, Hisuian Samurott doesn’t seem to have its signature move, Ceaseless Edge, yet.

Is Hisuian Samurott any good?

Hisuian Samurott, while having a higher Attack stat than regular Samurott, won’t shine in Pokemon GO without a more powerful move like Ceaseless Edge or Hydro Cannon.

Interestingly, its bulkier Unovan counterpart can learn Hydro Cannon - one of the best Water-type moves in PvP. It deals out 80 damage, is easy to charge and can bait shields well. Without this, unfortunately, Hisuian Samurott is simply outclassed by other Water-type and Dark-type Pokemon like Kingler and Tyranitar, who have higher CP and stronger moves.

Even by running simulations, Hisuian Samurott gets pasted by regular Samurott. Unless the eventual debut of Ceaseless Edge gives Hisuian Samurott a buff, there are plenty of better options out there for you.

That's everything you need to know about Hisuian Samurott's best moveset! Check out our Pokemon homepage for more guides like the best Great League team or the latest Spotlight Hour schedule.

Sara is an Eevee enthusiast who writes about games, tech and entertainment. Reviews, guides, news, features? She's your gal! You can often find her hanging out with Raymond in Animal Crossing, or playing any Nindies she can get her hands on.

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