Sableye, The Darkness Pokémon. It digs the ground with sharpened claws to find rocks that it eats. Substances in the eaten rocks crystallize and rise up to its body surface. They lead quiet lives deep inside caverns. They are feared, however, because they are thought to steal the spirits of people when their eyes burn with a sinister glow in the darkness. It digs branching holes in caves using its sharp claws in search of food--raw gems. A SABLEYE lurks in darkness and is seen only rarely. It feeds on gemstone crystals. In darkness, its eyes sparkle with the glitter of jewels.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Sableye would have to be this:


Seismic Toss
Shadow Ball / Toxic / Taunt / Counter
Knock Off

Items Attached:


Preferred Nature:

Impish OR Careful

Strategy Using Sableye

Sableye has no weaknesses, the catch is that it has rather weak stats and is relegated to UU tier and is generally used like an inferior Dusclops. The main move it has in it's move pool is Knock Off, which always causes problems since few teams have a Pokémon with Sticky Hold (since item removal is rare). It has a wide move pool but nothing particular to choose from. Shadow Ball is good for Psychics and Ghosts who tend to have low defence, Toxic always does continuous damage and is effective in UU where viable clerics are few. Taunt can be used against slower Pokémon (such as Slowbro) to hinder their abilities. With max HP and defense Counter can deal credible damage.

EV Corner:

Work on one defence or the other to get the most use out of Sableye, do not focus on both:

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 6 SDef
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

EVs: 252 HP / 6 Def / 252 SDef
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

Some attack could be used to accommodate Shadow Ball and some speed could be used to work with Taunt but only very little.

Other Optional Sets

Sableye @ Choice Band
Trait: Keen Eye
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Focus Punch
- Shadow Ball
- Hidden Power [Flying / Rock]
- Return / Dynamic Punch / Brick Break

Short of Focus Punch and Shadow Ball it lacks the force to make this work. The main deterrent of this set is that it prevents you from using (and abusing) Knock Off.

Sableye @ Leftovers
Trait: Keen Eye
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Hidden Power [Dark]
- Recover
- Calm Mind
- Knock Off / Thunderpunch / Ice Punch / Fire Punch

Special Tank of sorts. HP Dark gets STAB and it has some offensive support, but Knock Off is still better. The downside is not having the time to set up Calm Minds with Sableye.

Other Optional Moves

Mean Look, Torment, Snatch, Fake Out, Psych Up, Body Slam. Mean Look can work with Taunt on certain Pokémon, preventing them for switching while crippling some of their move set. Torment and Snatch are situational fun moves that can work sometimes. Fake Out is handy for finishing off Reversers but not reliable or even necessary, since Sableye is immune to Reversal and Flail anyway. Psych Up is good for the slow tanks and taking advantage of what they've done. Body Slam can inflict paralysis for what it's worth.

Strategy Against Sableye

It has no weaknesses but low stats, meaning a lot of things can counter it but it doesn't have any inherent flaws. Avoiding Knock Off is the primary problem, you'll usually be forced to "waste" a Pokémon who'll sacrifice their item and then consistently switch into Knock Off from then on, unfortunately that becomes a bit too predictable. Sableye can't be KOed by unboosted attacks often so you'll need to rely on solid sweepers to take t down. Substitute blocks Knock Off so if you can set that up before it can attack you usually have it beat.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Sableye would have to be this for the Smart Contest best with Calm, Gentle, Careful, Sassy Nature:


Aerial Ace
Calm mind

Items Attached:

Green Scarf

Strategy Using Sableye

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Aerial Ace, 2nd - Scratch, 3rd - Calm mind, 4th - Psychic, 5th - Scratch/Aerial Ace

Locations in Games


Trade from SEXD (Ruby) Cave of Origin Floor 1 & Baements 1, 2 & 3, Granite Cave Basements 1 & 2, Sky Pillar Floors 1, 3 & 5, Victory Road Baement 2 (S/E)


Trade from SEXD (Col.), Snagged from Sailor Baruko in Nickledark Island

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Trade from SEXD

Animé Appearences

Sableye has had a few Animé Appearences. First it inhabited a cave and played Tricks on Ash & Co. After that Team Rocket member Cassidy obtianed one and used it to help stop Prof. Oak & Misty on several occassions

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