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Pokemon Ratings

PvE Attacker Rating
2 / 5
PvP Attacker Rating
-
Defense Tier
-

Pokemon Stats

55.00 kg Weight
1.60 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
2422
ATK 166
DEF 209
STA 190

Pokemon Family

PVE Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Poison Jab and Acid are almost exactly the same; they have the same duration but different DPS and EPS.

  • Hydro Pump is optimal for the raw power and STAB, while Sludge Wave creates a full Poison-type moveset.

  • Blizzard is a solid move, but there are better candidates for Ice-type offense.
  • Acid Spray is a terrible move in raids.

PVE Defensive Moves Explanation

  • Poison Jab is only slightly better than Acid for the damage; both are usable.

  • Hydro Pump is preferred for the raw power and very early damage window.

  • Sludge Wave and Blizzard don’t have significant advantages over each other.
  • Despite being a 3-bar move, Acid Spray is too weak to be worth using.

PVE Overview

Tentacruel is typically an overlooked Pokemon in the normal games, but in GO, it's a defensive powerhouse, and Niantic’s CEO John Hanke’s favorite. For this very reason, we cannot rate it too low.

… Just kidding, we here at GamePress base our ratings solely on actual performance! Tentacruel is somewhat bulky, but its offensive ability leaves much to be desired. On defense, it’s stuck with either 1-bar charge moves, which are terrible when Tentacruel becomes demotivated, or Acid Spray, which is objectively horrible despite being a 3-bar move. On the bright side, it resists Fighting, which at least slightly annoys Machamp.

PVP Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PvP Moveset Explanation

Poison Jab+Sludge Wave and Hydro Pump

Poison Jab has 3.00 DPT (Damage Per Turn) and 3.50 EPT (Energy Per Turn), making it an good attack for PVP. Acid, meanwhile, has the same 3.00 DPT, but a meager 2.50 EPT.  Since these are Tentacruel's only two quick moves, Poison Jab should always be used as a rule. This also means that Tentacruel is forced to run a Poison-type quick move, somewhat limiting its versatility. In order to double-down on this limitation, Sludge Wave (110 Power/65 Energy) helps Tentacruel beat down anything weak/neutral to Poison, while Hydro Pump (130 Power/75 Energy) makes for a more expensive yet more powerful nuke with fairly good neutral  coverage to help seal Tentacruel's role as a closer.

Poison Jab+Sludge Wave and Blizzard

Virtually the same as above, but this set trades off the STAB power of Hydro Pump for a non-stab Blizzard (130 Power/75 Energy) in order to trade a tiny bit of neutral power for a different coverage-profile. While a bit less generally useful, it can allow Tentacruel to deal higher damage against other threats in the metagame.

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 2/5

Tentacruel is yet another Pokemon whose unique typing, good stat-spread, and workable moveset leave it with the title of "adequate" in the general Great League meta, but also grant it one or two fairly useful advantages. According to PvPoke's simulators, it can easily take Azumarill, one of the best Pokemon in the tier, in every fresh 1x1 matchup save a 0-2 shield scenario, and it also has an adequate matchup VS the oppressively powerful king of the league; Medicham. That is, of course, assuming Medicham is not packing Psychic and Tentacruel has the shield advantage or neither side has shields to spare. Despite these facts, Tentacruel functions best as a finisher, using its powerful but energy-expensive moves to rain damage down on a shield-less opponent.

Ultra League: 0/5

Tentacruel is too weak for the Ultra League

Master League: 0/4

Tentacruel is too weak for the Master League

Fast Moves

9
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Poison

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.80
0.20
10.00
11.25
14.06
10
More Info

Poison

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.80
0.60
8.75
12.50
15.63

Charge Moves

130
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Ice

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.10
1.40
0.00
1.30
41.94
52.42
54.52
130
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Water

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.30
2.10
0.00
1.30
39.39
49.24
51.21
110
More Info

Poison

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.20
1.00
0.00
1.10
34.38
42.97
37.81
20
More Info

Poison

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.00
0.70
0.00
0.61
6.67
8.33
4.04

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 50
Stardust 50,000

Other

Female Ratio 50.0 %
Male Ratio 50.0 %
Flee Rate 7.0 %
Buddy Distance 3 km
Capture Rate20.0 %

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

160% damage
160% damage
160% damage

Resistant

62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage

Raid Boss Catch Rate

Poison Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold

Water Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold
Normal Nice! Great! Excellent!
No Berry -
Curve
Razz Berry -
Curve
Golden Razz Berry -
Curve

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20012934
2001.56070
200291107
2002.5122143
4003153180
4003.5185217
4004216253
4004.5247290
6005278326
6005.5309363
6006341399
6006.5372436
8007403472
8007.5434509
8008465546
8008.5496582
10009528619
10009.5559655
100010590692
100010.5619726
130011649761
130011.5678796
130012708830
130012.5738865
160013767899
160013.5797934
160014826969
160014.58561003
1900158851038
190015.59151072
1900169441107
190016.59741142
22001710031176
220017.510331211
22001810621245
220018.510921280
25001911211315
250019.511511349
25002011801384
250020.512101418
30002112391453
300021.512691488
30002212981522
300022.513281557
35002313571591
350023.513871626
35002414161661
350024.514461695
40002514751730
400025.515051764
40002615341799
400026.515641834
45002715931868
450027.516231903
45002816521938
450028.516821972
50002917112007
500029.517412041
50003017712076
500030.517852093
60003118002111
600031.518152128
60003218302145
600032.518442163
70003318592180
700033.518742197
70003418892214
700034.519032232
80003519182249
800035.519332266
80003619482284
800036.519622301
90003719772318
900037.519922336
90003820072353
900038.520212370
100003920362387
1000039.520512405
100004020662422
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