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

Sableye: Type, Powers, Strengths, Weaknesses, Evolutions and Moves

The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. Pokémon started off as a video game series and although new creatures are primarily introduced in the video games, the anime series has become as popular as the video games. As of December 2021, 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 ofthem – Sableye.

Sableye is a dual Dark- and Ghost-type Pokémon introduced in Generation III. Sableye doesn’t have any evolutions (prior or any other), but it can Mega Evolve into Mega Sableye when exposed to the Sablenite. It is weak only to Fairy-type moves, and is super effective against Ghost-, and Psychic–type Pokémon. It is immune to Normal-, Fighting-, and Psychic-type moves.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed a Sableye 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

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

In the Pokémon GO videogame, the best moves for your Sableye are Shadow Claw and Foul Play 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 Shadow Claw reveals the following: “The user slashes with a sharp claw made from shadows. This move has a heightened chance of landing a critical hit”; as for Foul Play, the attack is described as follows: “The user turns the target’s power against it. The higher the target’s Attack stat, the greater the damage it deals.”

Weaknesses and Counter

As a dual Dark- and Ghost-type Pokémon, Sableye is is weak only to Fairy-type moves, and is super effective against Ghost-, and Psychic–type Pokémon. It is immune to Normal-, Fighting-, and Psychic-type moves. It receives normal damage from Flying-, Ground-, Rock-, Bug-, Ghost-, Steel-, Fire-. Water-, Grass-, Electric-, Ice-, Dragon-, Dark-type moves.

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Powers and Abilities

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

StatsBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
HP50  125 157 241 304 
Attack75  8595127139167186249273
Defense75  8595127139167186249273
Special Attack65  7685117128149166229251
Special Defense65  7685117128149166229251
Speed50  6370102112122136199218

In Pokémon GO, Sableye has a Base Stamina of 131, a Base Attack of 141, and a Base Defense of 136.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Keen Eye: Keen eyes prevent other Pokémon from lowering this Pokémon’s accuracy. (or)
  • Stall: The Pokémon moves after all other Pokémon do.
  • Prankster: Gives priority to a status move. (Hidden Ability)
  • Magic Bounce: Reflects status moves instead of getting hit by them. (Mega Sableye)

Evolutions

Sableye was introduced in Generation III and it does not evolve from any Pokémon, nor does it further evolve into one. It does, however, have a Mega Evolution; if exposed to the Sablenite Mega Stone, Sableye evolves into Mega Sableye. This Pokémon doesn’t have any known Regional Variants.

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

In Pokémon GO, Sableye likewise doesn’t evolve from or into any other Pokémon. Mega Sableye is, as of the writing of this article, still not available in-game.

Moves

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

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

By leveling up

 Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1LeerNormalStatus100%30
1ScratchNormalPhysical40100%35
3AstonishGhostPhysical30100%15
6Confuse RayGhostStatus100%10
9Shadow SneakGhostPhysical40100%30
12Fake OutNormalPhysical40100%10
15DisableNormalStatus100%20
18DetectFightingStatus—%5
21Night ShadeGhostSpecial100%15
24Fury SwipesNormalPhysical1880%15
27Knock OffDarkPhysical65100%20
30QuashDarkStatus100%15
33Shadow ClawGhostPhysical70100%15
36Mean LookNormalStatus—%5
39Power GemRockSpecial80100%20
42Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical8090%15
45Shadow BallGhostSpecial80100%15
48Foul PlayDarkPhysical95100%15

By TM

 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM00Mega PunchNormalPhysical8085%20
TM01Mega KickNormalPhysical12075%5
TM03Fire PunchFirePhysical75100%15
TM04Ice PunchIcePhysical75100%15
TM05Thunder PunchElectricPhysical75100%15
TM15DigGroundPhysical80100%10
TM21RestPsychicStatus—%10
TM23ThiefDarkPhysical60100%25
TM24SnoreNormalSpecial50100%15
TM25ProtectNormalStatus—%10
TM27Icy WindIceSpecial5595%15
TM31AttractNormalStatus100%15
TM33Rain DanceWaterStatus—%5
TM34Sunny DayFireStatus—%5
TM38Will-O-WispFireStatus85%15
TM39FacadeNormalPhysical70100%20
TM41Helping HandNormalStatus—%20
TM43Brick BreakFightingPhysical75100%15
TM44ImprisonPsychicStatus—%10
TM48Rock TombRockPhysical6095%15
TM57PaybackDarkPhysical50100%10
TM59FlingDarkPhysical100%10
TM63Drain PunchFightingPhysical75100%10
TM65Shadow ClawGhostPhysical70100%15
TM71Wonder RoomPsychicStatus—%10
TM75Low SweepFightingPhysical65100%20
TM76RoundNormalSpecial60100%15
TM77HexGhostSpecial65100%10
TM79RetaliateNormalPhysical70100%5
TM85SnarlDarkSpecial5595%15
TR01Body SlamNormalPhysical85100%15
TR07Low KickFightingPhysical100%20
TR11PsychicPsychicSpecial90100%10
TR14MetronomeNormalStatus—%10
TR20SubstituteNormalStatus—%10
TR26EndureNormalStatus—%10
TR27Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TR30EncoreNormalStatus100%5
TR33Shadow BallGhostSpecial80100%15
TR37TauntDarkStatus100%20
TR38TrickPsychicStatus100%10
TR49Calm MindPsychicStatus—%20
TR52Gyro BallSteelPhysical100%5
TR57Poison JabPoisonPhysical80100%20
TR58Dark PulseDarkSpecial80100%15
TR63Power GemRockSpecial80100%20
TR68Nasty PlotDarkStatus—%20
TR69Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical8090%15
TR81Foul PlayDarkPhysical95100%15
TR83Ally SwitchPsychicStatus—%15
TR92Dazzling GleamFairySpecial80100%10

By transfer from another generation

 Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
Aerial AceFlyingPhysical60—%20
Captivate ×NormalStatus100%20
ConfideNormalStatus—%20
CounterFightingPhysical100%20
CutNormalPhysical5095%30
Double TeamNormalStatus—%15
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical120100%15
Dream EaterPsychicSpecial100100%15
Dynamic PunchFightingPhysical10050%5
Embargo ×DarkStatus100%15
Feint Attack ×DarkPhysical60—%20
Flash ×NormalStatus100%20
Focus PunchFightingPhysical150100%20
Foresight ×NormalStatus—%40
Frustration ×NormalPhysical100%20
Fury CutterBugPhysical4095%20
GravityPsychicStatus—%5
HeadbuttNormalPhysical70100%15
Hidden Power ×NormalSpecial60100%15
Hone ClawsDarkStatus—%15
IncinerateFireSpecial60100%15
Magic CoatPsychicStatus—%15
MimicNormalStatus—%10
MoonlightFairyStatus—%5
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial20100%10
Natural Gift ×NormalPhysical100%15
Nightmare ×GhostStatus100%15
OctazookaWaterSpecial6585%10
Ominous Wind ×GhostSpecial60100%5
Pain SplitNormalStatus—%20
Power-Up PunchFightingPhysical40100%20
Psych UpNormalStatus—%10
Punishment ×DarkPhysical100%5
Return ×NormalPhysical100%20
Rock SmashFightingPhysical40100%15
Role PlayPsychicStatus—%10
Secret Power ×NormalPhysical70100%20
Seismic TossFightingPhysical100%20
Shock WaveElectricSpecial60—%20
Signal Beam ×BugSpecial75100%15
Snatch ×DarkStatus—%10
SpiteGhostStatus100%10
SwaggerNormalStatus85%15
Telekinesis ×PsychicStatus—%15
TickleNormalStatus100%20
ToxicPoisonStatus90%10
Water PulseWaterSpecial60100%20

In Pokémon GO, Sableye can learn Shadow Claw and Feint Attack as Fast Attacks, and Power Gem, Foul Play, Shadow Sneak, Frustration, and Return as Charged Attacks. Some of these attacks depend on when you caught and evolved your Sableye, as they are event-only attacks.