Ampharos: Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters, Stats, and Evolution

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The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. Today, there are almost 900 individual Pokémon identified by the PokéDex and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about one of them – Ampharos.

Ampharos is an Electric-type Pokémon first introduced in Generation II of the core video games. It is the second and final evolution of Mareep and Flaaffy, both introduced in Generation II as well; Ampharos can Mega Evolve into Mega Ampharos when exposed to the Ampharosite. It is weak only to Ground-type moves, and is super effective against Flying- and Water-type Pokémon. It is not immune to any moves.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed an Ampharos in any of the games. You’ll find out about its type, its powers, its strengths and weaknesses, its evolutions, and its moves. We’re going to focus on both the core games, as well as other popular video games based on the Pokémon franchise.

Best moveset

In the Pokémon GO videogame, the best moves for your Ampharos are Volt Switch and Zap Cannon if you’re battling Pokémon in Gyms. Namely, this moveset gives you the highest total DPS and is, likewise, the best moveset for PVP battles. The official description for Volt Switch reveals the following: “After making its attack, the user rushes back to switch places with a party Pokémon in waiting”; as for Zap Cannon, the attack is described as follows: “The user fires an electric blast like a cannon to inflict damage and cause paralysis.”

Weaknesses and Counters

As a pure Electric-type Pokémon, Ampharos is weak only against Grund-type moves, and is super effective against Flying- and Water-type Pokémon. It is not immune to any types of moves, and is resistant to Flying-, Steel-, Electric-type moves. It receives normal damage from Normal-, Fighting-, Poison-, Rock-, Bug-, Ghost-, Fire-, Water-, Grass-, Psychic-, Ice-, Dragon-, Dark-, Fairy-type moves.

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Stats

Ampharos’ Stats, based on the most recent available data, are:

StatsBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
HP90165 197 321 384 
Attack758595127139167186249273
Defense8594105137150185206269295
Special Attack115121135167183239266329361
Special Defense9099110142156194216279306
Speed556775107117131146209229

In Pokémon GO, Ampharos has a Base Stamina of 207, a Base Attack of 211, and a Base Defense of 169.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Static: The Pokémon is charged with static electricity, so contact with it may cause paralysis.
  • Plus: Boosts the Sp. Atk stat of the Pokémon if an ally with the Plus or Minus Ability is also in battle. (Hidden Ability)
  • Mold Breaker: Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities. (Mega Ability)

Evolutions

Ampharos was first introduced in Generation II as the second and final evolution of Mareep. Mareep first evolves into Flaaffy, staring at Level 15, and then into Ampharos, starting at Level 30. Ampharos can also Mega Evolve into Mega Ampharos when exposed to the Ampharosite during battle.

In Pokémon GO, Ampharos is also obtained by first evolving Mareep into Flaaffy, for which you need 25 Mareep Candy, and after that, Flaaffy to Ampharos, for which you need 100 Mareep Candy. Mega Ampharos is also available in the game and is obtained by having 200 Ampharos Mega Candy, but only for the first time.

Moves

As of Generation VIII, the movies that Ampharos can learn are:

  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ampharos
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ampharos
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

By leveling up

 Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1Thunder PunchElectricPhysical75100%15
1Zap CannonElectricSpecial12050%5
1Magnetic FluxElectricStatus—%20
1Dragon PulseDragonSpecial85100%10
1Fire PunchFirePhysical75100%15
1TackleNormalPhysical40100%35
1GrowlNormalStatus100%40
1Thunder WaveElectricStatus90%20
1Thunder ShockElectricSpecial40100%30
Evo.Thunder PunchElectricPhysical75100%15
4Thunder WaveElectricStatus90%20
8Thunder ShockElectricSpecial40100%30
11Cotton SporeGrassStatus100%40
16ChargeElectricStatus—%20
20Take DownNormalPhysical9085%20
25Electro BallElectricSpecial100%10
29Confuse RayGhostStatus100%10
35Power GemRockSpecial80100%20
40DischargeElectricSpecial80100%15
46Cotton GuardGrassStatus—%10
51Charge BeamElectricSpecial5090%10
57Light ScreenPsychicStatus—%30
62ThunderElectricSpecial11070%10
65Dragon PulseDragonSpecial85100%10

By TM

 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM01Focus PunchFightingPhysical150100%20
TM15Hyper BeamNormalSpecial15090%5
TM16Light ScreenPsychicStatus—%30
TM17ProtectNormalStatus—%10
TM18Rain DanceWaterStatus—%5
TM20SafeguardNormalStatus—%25
TM23Iron TailSteelPhysical10075%15
TM24ThunderboltElectricSpecial90100%15
TM25ThunderElectricSpecial11070%10
TM31Brick BreakFightingPhysical75100%15
TM32Double TeamNormalStatus—%15
TM33ReflectPsychicStatus—%20
TM34Shock WaveElectricSpecial60—%20
TM42FacadeNormalPhysical70100%20
TM43Volt SwitchElectricSpecial70100%20
TM44RestPsychicStatus—%10
TM45AttractNormalStatus100%15
TM52Focus BlastFightingSpecial12070%5
TM56FlingDarkPhysical100%10
TM57Charge BeamElectricSpecial5090%10
TM58EndureNormalStatus—%10
TM59Dragon PulseDragonSpecial85100%10
TM68Giga ImpactNormalPhysical15090%5
TM70FlashNormalStatus100%20
TM73Thunder WaveElectricStatus90%20
TM82Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TM83BulldozeGroundPhysical60100%20
TM87SwaggerNormalStatus85%15
TM90SubstituteNormalStatus—%10
TM96StrengthNormalPhysical80100%15
TM98Rock SmashFightingPhysical40100%15
TM100Rock ClimbNormalPhysical9085%20

In Pokémon GO, Ampharos can learn Charge Beam and Volt Switch as Fast Attacks, and Zap Cannon, Focus Blast, Thunder, Power Gem, Thunder Punch, Dragon Pulse, and Return as Charged Attacks. Some of these attacks depend on when you caught and evolved your Ampharos, as they are event-only attacks.

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