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Palafin Best Build & Moveset

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The Best Build for Palafin in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (Pokemon SV). See the recommended Move set, held items, how to distribute EV, and build up for each type.

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Palafin Summary & Review

Icon
Water
HP
100
ATK
70
DEF
72
SP. ATK
53
SP. DEF
62
SPD
100

Ability & Hidden Ability

  1. The Pokemon transforms into its Hero Form when it switches out.
  2. No Hidden Ability
    -

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Palafin Review In Match Battles

  • Can't change its Form unless it is switched out.
  • Unbeatable total Base Stats of 650.
  • [Jet Punch] is powerful.

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Palafin Best Build & Moveset

IconEVs: Atk Spe / CB Style

Tera TypeNatureAbilityItem
WaterJollyZero to HeroChoice Band
HPATKDEFSP. ATKSP. DEFSPD
Base Stats17512292x83167
EV-252--4252

Recommended Moves

  1. Water
    Physical
    60
    100
    20
  2. Water
    Physical
    120
    100
    10
  3. Water
    Physical
    60
    100
    15
  4. Ice
    Physical
    75
    100
    15

Category

Role
Build Type

Strengths & How to Use

Exhaust the opponents in Pivots and defeat them all at once

The basic stategy is to let Palafin out as the Lead, use Flip Turn, and switch out to change its form. After transforming, take advantage of its high Attack and slightly higher durability in Pivot Battles, it is powerful to defeat the opponents with Jet Punch or Wave Crash after their HP are reduced.

Wave Crash is extremely powerful

Only Dragon, Grass, and Water types can halve Water type moves, and few Pokemon can withstand Palafin's Wave Crash after its transformation. Depending on the situation, you may win the battle simply by using Wave Crash repeatedly.

Things to Keep in Mind

The actions are fixed, making it easy for the opponents to predict

Palafin is almost always put in the Lead for transformation. The opponent selects the team expecting that you will have Palafin in the Lead, so it is important to be further ahead of the opponent and have a Pokemon ready to take turns even if the opponent is trying to take the advantage.

Need to exhaust the opponents when using in Pivot Battles

After terastalizing into Water type, Wave Crash can deal a lot of damage against Pokemon that didn't enhance their durability with EVs. However, it is difficult to defeat a Pokemon that has high durability or can halve Water type moves, so it is best to reduce their HP in advance in Pivot Battles.

Easy to be withstood by Toxapex

No other moves than Outrage, can do much damage to Toxapex. Therefore, keep in mind that you may have a very hard time against a team including Toxapex and Fairy type Pokemon.

Pokemon Team Compositions

PokemonReason
Clodsire IconClodsireIt'd be stable to have a Pokemon with [Unware] that can ignore the opposing [Stats boosting Attacker]. And Ground type Clodsire is immune to Electric type which is Palafin's weakness.
Dragapult IconDragapultA high Speed Attacker that can defeat the [Stat boosting Attacker] in the Lead. And it is a Dragon type Pokemon that can halve Water and Grass moves which are Palafin's weaknesses.

Need a Pivot to deal with the high Speed opponent in the Lead

When building this style of Palafin, it is important to beaware of Meowscarada or Rotom with Choice Scarf. Especially, if the opponent uses Volt Switch in the Lead, you may lose the initiative, so it is necessary to prepare a Pokemon that can nullify Electric moves as a Pivot.

Other Suggestions

Suggested Moves

MoveReason
Close CombatA high fire Fighting move against Water types. There is a low chance to defeat a Dondozo holding [Leftovers] with two shots. But note that the damage will be halved by Toxapex.
OutrageA high firepower Dragon move that is effective against Toxapex, but beware that you may lose due to the confusion and this move is non-effective to Fairy types.

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