Mawile, The Deceiver Pokémon. It uses its docile-looking face to lull foes into complacency, then bites with its huge, relentless jaws. It's huge jaws are actually steel horns that have been transformed. When the foe least expects it, it chomps it with its gaping jaws.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Mawile would have to be this:


Iron Defense OR Swords Dance
Baton Pass
Hidden Power Steel OR AncientPower

Items Attached:

Liechi Berry
Ganlon Berry

Preferred Nature:


Strategy Using Mawile

Putting EV's into speed allows Mawile to outrun skarmory's and weezings (though it takes 164 speed EV's to outrun a no speed Skarmory, some Skarmory's do carry speed so you may need more than 164).
Taunt screws up a non-fire blast Weezing and pretty much permanantly screws a Skarmory (due to its only offensive move usually being Drill peck).
Since Mawile is a pure steel type, its common weaknesses are fire and ground types, so common moves like Earthquake will do a lot of damage, if not faint it.
Mawile's stats doesn't make it the greatest pokemon in game (380 sum of base stats), though it can make an effective baton passer. If Mawile isn't knocked out before it gets to baton pass, one swords dance/iron defense should be enough to pass to a physical sweeper/physical wall.
In the first slot, there are two moves that could be used, HP steel (for offensive and STAB purposes) or Ancient power (for a chance to boost all stats, but its low PP may be its let down).

EV Corner:

Max out the EVs in HP and Speed for Mawile with any remaining in Defense

Strategy Against Mawile

Mawile is quite an underestimated Pokémon. Although it lacks in Speed, HP and Specials, it has decent Attack and Defence, both of which can be improved with Sword Dance and Iron Defence (and on the odd occasion, Ancient Power).
- Since most Mawiles will have Taunt Hazing away any stat boosts it makes may not be as easy as it seems. Personally, I'd suggest sending out a Pokémon with a Fire Attack immediately, forcing a switch or forcing them to see their Mawile lose all its stats.
- Earthquakes (and STAB fighting attacks) are also viable options if Mawile hasn't used Iron Defence, however you should put less reliance on them being fully effective since Mawile has decent defence and may take a couple of hits.
- Taunt could quite easily mess with Passing Mawile as well, since that would disable all of Mawile's main moves for a couple of turns and allow it to be pounded by your offence.
- Magnet Pull is okay (as far as I know it doesn't block Baton Pass though), and even Fire Punching Nosepass has a chance at Knocking Out Mawile in a couple of hits (though that's just an example of how low Mawile's Special Defence is, Nosepass would most likely get owned by HP Steel), however Mawile can just Baton Pass out of the situation so make sure you get the job done quickly, all that Magnet pull does is make sure that if it's slower it can't just switch out manually.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Mawile would have to be this for the Cool Contest best with Lonely, Adament, Naughty or Brave Nature:


Sunny Day
Fire Blast
Hyper Beam

Items Attached:

Red Scarf

Strategy Using Mawile

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Sunny day, 2nd - Flamethrower, 3rd - Sunny Day, 4th - Fire blast, 5th - Hyperbeam

Locations in Games


Granite Cave, Sky Pillar, Cave Of Origin (Ruby Only), Victory Road (Ruby & Emerald Only), Trade from R/E (Sapphire)


Trade from R/E

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Trade from R/E

Animé Appearences

Mawile has had a single Animé Appearence. In It, a Mawile fell in love with Brock's Lombre!

Episode 382: Falling in Love with Mawile! Lombre's Flower Arrrangement!!!

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