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Best Pokemon Tier List For Ranked Battles

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Learn the Best Pokemon to catch & breed for Ranked Battle in Pokemon Sword and Shield! This article includes a tier list of recommended Pokemon, selection criteria & more.

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The two Pokemon who seem to be currently dominating the ranked single meta are Mimikyu & Dragapult. Both of them are strong Dynamax candidates, & they're often seen together. We strongly recommend having a party that can readily deal with both of these major threats.

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Dragapult (Rating: S)

Dragapult
Total Base Stats600
TypeDragonGhost

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Clear Body
Prevents stat reduction from other Pokemon's abilities or moves.
Best Moveset
Phantom Force / Dragon Darts / U-Turn / Fire Blast
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

With an incredible 142 Speed stat & a commendable 120 Attack stat, along with a great movepool will make Dragapult a force to be reckoned with.

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Mimikyu (Rating: S)

Mimikyu Icon
Total Base Stats476
Type Ghost IconFairy Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Disguise
Negates the damage of one hit.
Best Moveset
Swords Dance / Shadow Claw / Play Rough / Substitute
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Mimikyu's unique ability, "Disguise" allows it to take one free attack without taking any damage, allowing it to set up moves such as Swords Dance to deliver a nasty comeback surprise. One of the most common Pokemon in the metagame currently, so it's worth learning how to counter it.

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Gyarados (Rating: S)

Gyarados
Total Base Stats540
Typewater IconFlying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Spd↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Intimidate
Lowers the attack stat of opposing Pokemon when entering battle.
Best Moveset
Waterfall / Ice Fang / Earthquake / Bounce
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

Gyarados has a great 125 Attack stat, as well as access to Dragon Dance, which allows him to set up and sweep opponents easily.

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Galarian Darmanitan (Rating: S)

Galarian Darmanitan
Total Base Stats480
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540
(Zen Mode)
Type Ice Icon
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Ice Iconfire Icon(Zen Mode)

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Gorilla Tactics
Only allows the use of one move, but attack is boosted.
Best Moveset
Flare Blitz / Icicle Crash / Earthquake / U-Turn
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Galarian Darmanitan's built-in Choice Band in the form of Gorilla Tactics is incredibly powerful, allowing him to take out almost anything. Seeing as it already has a Choice Band, we feel that a Choice Scarf is preferable here to outspeed and OHKO your opponent.

Other Builds

Zen Mode variants are also viable. To activate Zen Mode, Darmanitan's HP must be below 50%. So it's imperative that he survive one-shot attacks. In such cases, some points in Defense and HP might be necessary.

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Tyranitar (Rating: A)

Tyranitar
Total Base Stats600
TypeRock Icondark Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Sand Stream
Summons a sandstorm whenever this Pokemon enters battle.
Best Moveset
Stone Edge / Crunch / Earthquake / Ice Punch
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Tyranitar's base stats are simply too high to ignore. STAB Stone Edge, as well as access to Dragon Dance, Earthquake, and Crunch makes him an incredible threat. Sandstorm can some

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Dracovish (Rating: A)

Dracovish
Total Base Stats505
Type water IconDragon Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Strong Jaw
Increases the power of biting moves.
Best Moveset
Fishious Rend / Crunch / Dragon Rush / Earthquake
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Dracovish's move Fishious Rend allows it to do massive damage if it is able to attack first. This makes it ideal for breaking down slow, defensive threats like Corviknight, Toxapex, and Ferrothorn.

Choice Band VS Choice Scarf

If you want to get the element of surprise, you can switch to a Choice Scarf and outspeed targets you normally wouldn't be able to.

Conkeldurr (Rating: A)

Conkeldurr
Total Base Stats505
TypeFighting Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Flame Orb
Best Ability
Guts
Deals more damage when afflicted with a status condition.
Best Moveset
Drain Punch / Knock Off / Mach Punch / Ice Punch
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Conkeldurr's base 140 Attack is absolutely unstoppable. Although its Ability Sheer Force (removes secondary effects, damage increased by 30%) is good, we recommend the ability Guts (when afflicted with a status condition, deals 50% more damage) in conjunction with a Flame Orb. Drain Punch and Knock Off are recommended moves.

Cinderace (Rating: A)

Cinderace
Total Base Stats530
Typefire Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Blaze
Deals more damage with fire moves when at low health.
Best Moveset
Pyro Ball / U-Turn / High Jump Kick / Court Change
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Cinderace has a fairly decent Attack stat coupled with a well above average Speed, allowing him to get the first hit. The real reason he's on this list, however, is his ultimate move: Pyro Ball. Pyro Ball is a 120 Power 90 Accuracy move that can burn the target. Court Change is also a powerful move that swaps the side of field effects. Unfortunately Cinderace's Hidden Ability doesn't seem to be available yet.

Excadrill (Rating: A)

Excadrill
Total Base Stats508
Type Ground Icon
Steel Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Sand Rush
Increases speed during Sandstorms.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Iron Head / Rapid Spin / Swords Dance
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Great typing for dealing with Fairy types, in addition to a stellar 135 Attack stat allow this Pokemon to shine. A strong STAB Earthquake and Iron Head can one-hit many foes. Should be paired with Hippowdon or Tyranitar. Sand Rush is the ability of choice here!

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Rillaboom (Rating: A)

Rillaboom
Total Base Stats530
TypeGrass Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Overgrow
Deals more damage with grass moves when at low health.
Best Moveset
Drum Beating / U-Turn / Knock Off / Superpower
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Rillaboom is on the list for similar reasons as Cinderace. He is slower, but also significantly bulkier. His move pool gives him access to Drum Beating, which is only 80 Power but lowers the opponents speed, which is quite useful.

Arcanine (Rating: A)

Arcanine Icon
Total Base Stats555
Type Fire

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly(Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Flash Fire
When hit with a Fire move, take no damage and increase the power of your own Fire moves.
Best Moveset
Flare Blitz / Extreme Speed / Wild Charge / Close Combat
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Arcanine's Base Stats is well balanced with 110 Attack and 95 Speed. By using its ability Intimidate and Will-O-Wisp together, you can significantly lower the opponent's Attack.

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Aegislash (Rating: A)

Aegislash Icon
Total Base Stats520
Type Steel IconGhost Icon

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NatureItem
Adamant (Atk ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Weakness Policy
Ability
Stance Change
The Pokemon changes between defensive and offensive forms when it uses certain moves.
Moveset
Autotomize / Sacred Sword / Shadow Claw / King's Shield
EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Attack 4

Reason For Rank

Aegislash has the Stance Change ability, allowing it to fulfill a role as both physical attacker and tank. The variant here focuses on Weakness Policy and sweeping teams with buffed attack, as well as speed from Autotomize. A tankier variant is also possible.

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Diggersby (Rating: B)

Diggersby Icon
Total Base Stats423
Type Ground IconNormal Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant(Atk ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Huge Power
This Pokemon's attack is doubled.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Fire Punch / U-Turn / Quick Attack
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Don't be thrown off by its low stats, Diggersby shines because of its Hidden Ability "Huge Power", which doubles its Attack. Give it a Choice Band, along with Fire Punch or Ice Punch for coverage.

Kommo-o (Rating: B)

Kommo-o
Total Base Stats600
Type Dragonfighting Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant(Atk ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Bulletproof
Immune to moves that use balls or bombs.
Best Moveset
Close Combat / Outrage / Psychic Fangs / Dragon Dance
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Kommo-o's high Physical and Special attack capabilities makes this one of the most versatile Attackers on this list. Although can fall a bit short on HP and multiple weaknesses, Kommo-o still owns a formidable movesets and stats to be used competitively.

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Hydreigon (Rating: S)

Hydreigon Icon
Total Base Stats600
TypeDragondark Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Levitate
This Pokemon is immune to Ground-type moves.
Best Moveset
Dark Pulse / Dragon Pulse / Fire Blast / U-Turn
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Hydreigon's high Special Attack stat, coupled with a generally high base stat pool, allows him to be a formidable threat. Its dark typing can also come in handy to deal with ghost threats like Dragapult.

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Heat Rotom (Rating: S)

Heat Rotom Icon
Total Base Stats520
Type electric Iconfire Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Levitate
Immune to Ground-type moves.
Best Moveset
Overheat / Will-o-Wisp / Trick / Volt Switch
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Heat Rotom's typing and stats make it a formidable threat. It is no longer S tier because it appears that Rotom has lost Toxic in Sword and Shield. However, STAB Overheat and Volt Switch are still incredible moves. The fire type lets it demolish Ferrothorn and Corviknight, which are two common threats.

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Wash Rotom (Rating: S)

Wash Rotom Icon
Total Base Stats520
Type electric Iconwater Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Levitate
Immune to Ground-type moves.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Shadow Ball / Hydro Pump / Volt Switch
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Wash Rotom's typing is simply excellent, being weak to only the Grass type. Hydro Pump also gives amazing coverage against many bulky Ground and Rock threats.

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Togekiss (Rating: S)

Togekiss Icon
Total Base Stats545
Type Fairy IconFlying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid(Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Serene Grace
Increases the chance of secondary effects occurring.
Best Moveset
Air Slash / Flamethrower / Dazzling Gleam / Aura Sphere
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

A Togekiss with the move Nasty Plot can set up and destroy a team with ease. Adding Roost as a means of recovery is also recommended.

Other EV Allocation

If you want to stall a bit longer and power up more with Nasty Plot, 252 HP and 252 Speed are okay too.

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Chandelure (Rating: S)

Chandelure Icon
Total Base Stats545
Type Ghost Iconfire Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Flash Fire
When hit with a Fire move, take no damage and increase the power of your own Fire moves.
Best Moveset
Shadow Ball / Fire Blast / Trick / Will-o-Wisp
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Great typing and stats, along with access to strong moves like Overheat and Shadow Ball make Chandelure a great candidate for the Choice Scarf. It is also possible to do builds with Protect and Will-o-Wisp too, however.


Sylveon (Rating: A)

Sylveon Icon
Total Base Stats525
Type Fairy Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Throat Spray
Best Ability
Pixellate
Causes Normal moves to become Fairy type.
Best Moveset
Hyper Voice / Mystic Fire / Substitute / Protect
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Sylveon's Hidden Ability Pixellate causes Normal moves to become the Fairy type and deal more damage. This can lead to massive damage from the move Hyper Voice, especially when coupled with a Choice Scarf. Tankier variants with Leftovers are also quite effective.

Other EV Allocation

EV allocation recommended in the table above is for Choice Scarf user. Use if want to use Leftovers, allocate EV to 252 Sp. Attack and 252 HP.

Inteleon (Rating: A)

Inteleon Icon
Total Base Stats530
Typewater Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Torrent
Water moves do more damage when at low health.
Best Moveset
Hydro Pump / U-Turn / Ice Beam / Air Slash
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Inteleon's high Speed and Special Attack and mono-typing will make it an excellent sweeper. Consider using Life Orb or Choice Specs.

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Toxtricity (Rating: A)

Toxtricity Icon
Total Base Stats502
Typeelectric IconPoison Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Punk Rock
Increases the damage of sound-based moves and also decreases damage taken from them.
Best Moveset
Discharge / Sludge Bomb / Boomburst / Volt Switch
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Toxtricity's high Special Attack and great typing will be very useful for dealing with Fairy threats. The Electric typing will also help deal with common Water and Flying types, like Gyarados, Inteleon, MIlotic, and others. It's worth noting that you cannot outspeed a 252 Speed Gyarados, so watch out, as Earthquake will bring you down in one hit.

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Abomasnow (Rating: B)

Abomasnow Icon
Total Base Stats494
Type Grass IconIce Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk↑ / Atk ↓)Focus Sash
Best Ability
Soundproof
Immune to sound-based moves.
Best Moveset
Blizzard / Giga Drain / Focus Blast / Shadow Ball
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Abomasnow may have lost its Mega Evolution, but it can still function well by summoning hail and landing a 100% accuracy Blizzard. We recommend a Focus Sash if you plan on using it against Damage Dealers, and a Life Orb if you plan on using it VS. Tanks.

Frosmoth (Rating: B)

Frosmoth Icon
Total Base Stats475
Type bug IconIce Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Focus Sash
Best Ability
Shield Dust
Blocks the extra effects of attacks.
Best Moveset
U-Turn / Ice Beam / Dazzling Gleam / Hurricane
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Frosmoth has interesting typing, as well as a hefty Sp. Attack stat, however its two 4x weaknesses to Rock and Fire and its low base stats may hold it back.

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Corviknight (Rating: S)

Corviknight Icon
Total Base Stats495
Type Steel IconFlying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Pressure
The opponent uses double the normal PP for moves.
Best Moveset
Roost / Iron Defense / Brave Bird / Substitute
Best EV Spread
Sp. Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Corviknight has good defensive stats and access to the moves Bulk Up, Iron Defense, and Roost. Coupled with the ability Pressure, it can be a frustrating wall for some teams to deal with due to its sustain.

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Ferrothorn (Rating: S)

Ferrothorn Icon
Total Base Stats489
Type Grass IconSteel Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Sassy (Sp.Def↑ / Speed ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Iron Barbs
Deals damage back to Pokemon that hit it with physical attacks.
Best Moveset
Gyro Ball / Power Whip / Leech Seed / Protect
Best EV Spread
Sp. Defense 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Ferrothorn has incredible defensive stats, at 131 Defense and 116 Sp. Def. His extremely low speed allows him to benefit from Gyro Ball. Land a Leech Seed on certain targets and stall them out with Protect and Leftovers!

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Toxapex (Rating: S)

Toxapex Icon
Total Base Stats495
Type water IconPoison Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Black Sludge
Best Ability
Regenerator
Heals 33% HP every time it is switched out.
Best Moveset
Baneful Bunker / Recover / Liquidation / Haze
Best EV Spread
Defense 252, HP 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Toxapex is a classic defensive wall that can frustrate opponents with Regenerator and Recover. Instead of Liquidation, Toxic Spikes are also a very good choice.

Hippowdon (Rating: S)

Hippowdon Icon
Total Base Stats525
Type Ground Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Sand Stream
Summons a Sandstorm upon entering the battle.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Curse / Stealth Rock / Slack Off
Best EV Spread
Defense 252, HP 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Hippowdon has good Defense and HP, in addition to a fairly good Attack stat. He is a good Stealth Rock user and his ability to summon a Sandstorm can also be beneficial depending on the rest of your team (Excadrill is recommended).

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Galarian Corsola (Rating: S)

Galarian Corsola Icon
Total Base Stats410
Type Ghost Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Eviolite
Best Ability
Cursed Body
May disable the moves of opponents who hit it.
Best Moveset
Strength Sap / Will-o-Wisp / Night Shade / Haze
Best EV Spread
Def 252, HP 252, Sp.Def 4

Reason For Rank

Galarian Corsola being able to hold Eviolite allows it to raise its defensive stats by 50%, making it a huge threat. The move Strength Sap also allows it to restore health and wall physical attackers.

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Mandibuzz (Rating: A)

Mandibuzz Icon
Total Base Stats510
Type dark IconFlying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Overcoat
This Pokemon doesn't take damage from weather conditions.
Best Moveset
Roost / Foul Play / Taunt / Toxic
Best EV Spread
Defense 252, HP 252, Speed 4

Reason For Rank

Mandibuzz has very high defensive stats and access to the self-healing ability Roost. It also knows Foul Play, so it's capable of stopping a Swords Dance or Dragon Dance user. Overcoat allows you to bring it in vs. Sandstorm users without issue. Good counter to Hippowdon.

Milotic (Rating: A)

Milotic Icon
Total Base Stats540
Type water Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Marvel Scale
Raises Defense when inflicted with a status condition.
Best Moveset
Recover / Scald / Ice Beam / Haze
Best EV Spread
Defense 252, HP 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Milotic has great defensive stats and the ability to stop a sweeper in their tracks with Haze (reduces stat gains to normal). Access to Scald allows it to inflict Burns, and Recover allows it to heal up its Life Orb damage. With the burn triggering Marvel Scale's defensive bonus, you'll be in a good position to handle most threats. Leftovers are also possible as an alternative.

Umbreon (Rating: A)

Umbreon Icon
Total Base Stats525
Type dark Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Synchronize
The opponent gets the same status conditions as this Pokemon.
Best Moveset
Yawn / Foul Play / Wish / Protect
Best EV Spread
Defense 252, HP 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Umbreon has great Defensive stats across the board, with 110 Defense and 130 Special Defense. Its purpose is to switch in and survive attacks from sweepers long enough to Yawn them or take them out with Foul Play. Wish and the item Leftovers are recommended here.

Rhyperior (Rating: A)

Rhyperior Icon
Total Base Stats494
Type Rock IconGround Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Solid Rock
Takes less damage from supereffective attacks.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Ice Punch / Rock Blast / Fire Punch
Best EV Spread
Sp. Defense 252, Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Rhyperior's incredible Defense stat, coupled with the Ability Solid Rock make it a great physical wall. To combat being one shot by common Water and Grass special moves, Sp. Def EVs are recommended. Weakness Policy is also a very viable alternative item here.

Reuniclus (Rating: A)

Reuniclus Icon
Total Base Stats494
Type Psychic Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Flame Orb
Best Ability
Magic Guard
Protects the target from indirect damage, like burns.
Best Moveset
Trick / Calm Mind / Recover / Psychic
Best EV Spread
Defense 252, HP 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Although Reuniclus seems to have higher Special Defense than Defense, the function of Reuniclus here is more to act as a wall and disabler of massive physical threats via Burn. This is done with the Flame Orb / Trick Combo. Access to Recover and Calm Mind also help it force changes in the enemy team.

Aegislash (Rating: A)

Aegislash Icon
Total Base Stats520
Type Steel IconGhost Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def ↑ / Sp. Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Stance Change
The Pokemon changes between defensive and offensive forms when it uses certain moves.
Best Moveset
Close Combat / Shadow Claw / Iron Head / King's Shield
Best EV Spread
Defense 252, Hp 252, Attack 4

Reason For Rank

Aegislash has the Stance Change ability, allowing it to fulfill a role as both physical attacker and tank. The variant here focuses on bulk and surviving, while also still having offensive capabilities.

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Gyarados (Rating: B)

Gyarados Icon
Total Base Stats540
Type water IconFlying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Rocky Helm
Best Ability
Intimidate
Lowers opponent's attack when entering battle.
Best Moveset
Taunt / Thunder Wave / Waterfall / Crunch
Best EV Spread
Defense 252, HP 252, Attack 4

Reason For Rank

Gyarados may seem like an unexpected candidate here, but with the right EVs and item, it can be quite hard to take down. Put on a Rocky Helm and teach it Taunt and Thunder Wave in order to stop sweepers in their tracks.

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Toxapex (Rating: S)

Toxapex Icon
Total Base Stats495
Type water IconPoison Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Careful (Sp.Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Black Sludge
Best Ability
Regenerator
Heals 33% HP every time it is switched out.
Best Moveset
Baneful Bunker / Recover / Liquidation / Haze
Best EV Spread
Sp. Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Toxapex is can also be specced to have to strong Special Defense. Adjust its EVs and Nature according to your team's needs.

Snorlax (Rating: S)

Snorlax Icon
Total Base Stats540
Type Normal Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Careful (Sp.Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Thick Fat
Halves the damage of Fire and Ice moves used against it.
Best Moveset
Rest / Sleep Talk / Curse / Body Slam
Best EV Spread
Sp.Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Snorlax is a Special Defense wall with incredible HP and a powerful Attack stat. An alternative build could use the move Recycle, which allows him to use his held item multiple items in a battle. Coupled with the Gluttony ability, he can be very hard to deal with.

Other EV Allocation

252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Atk with an Impish Nature is also a good physical build which can be paired with Gluttony and Recycle. Check out our in-depth article for more possible options.

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Galarian Corsola (Rating: S)

Galarian Corsola Icon
Total Base Stats410
Type Ghost Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Calm (Sp.Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Eviolite
Best Ability
Cursed Body
May disable the moves of opponents who hit it.
Best Moveset
Strength Sap / Will-o-Wisp / Night Shade / Haze
Best EV Spread
Sp. Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Galarian Corsola being able to hold Eviolite allows it to raise its defensive stats by 50%, making it a huge threat. The move Strength Sap also allows it to restore health and wall physical attackers.

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Sylveon (Rating: A)

Sylveon Icon
Total Base Stats525
Type Fairy Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Pixellate
Causes Normal moves to become Fairy type.
Best Moveset
Hyper Voice / Wish / Protect / Mystical Fire
Best EV Spread
Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Sylveon's base 130 Special Defense allows it to act as a very formidable special wall. In addition to the above build, as a variant you could try running Rest and Snore, in addition to Calm Mind. If you're worried about being knocked out by a physical steel move, give it a Kee Berry (raises defense if hit with a physical move).

Hippowdon (Rating: A)

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Total Base Stats525
Type Ground Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Careful (Sp.Def↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Sand Stream
Summons a Sandstorm upon entering the battle.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Curse / Stealth Rock / Slack Off
Best EV Spread
Sp. Defense 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Hippowdon is typically seen as a physical wall, but he can also hold his own as a special wall as well. Run Slack Off with Leftovers to stay up as long as possible.

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Wobbuffet (Rating: A)

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Total Base Stats525
Type Psychic Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Calm (Sp.Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Shadow Tag
Prevents opponents from switching out.
Best Moveset
Counter / Mirror Coat / Encore / Destiny Bond
Best EV Spread
Sp. Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Wobbuffet is a wall that serves to trap one enemy Pokemon using its ability Shadow Tag, Encore (enemy is forced to repeat their moves) and Counter/Mirror Coat. As an alternative to Leftovers, put a berry on Wobbuffet to benefit from its massive HP pool.

Goodra (Rating: B)

Goodra Icon
Total Base Stats600
Type dragon Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Calm (Sp. Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Sap Sipper
Immune to Grass moves, also boosts attack when hit by one.
Best Moveset
Dragon Pulse / Sludge Bomb / Fire Blast / Ice Beam
Best EV Spread
Sp. Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Goodra is a highly durable Dragon type with few weakness and an excellent 150 Sp.Def stats. If you don't want to limit yourself with Assault Vest, running Toxic with Leftovers is also a possibility.

How To Catch High IV Goodra & Best Moveset, Nature, EV Allocation

Umbreon (Rating: B)

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Total Base Stats540
Type dark Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Careful (Sp.Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Synchronize
The opponent gets the same status conditions as this Pokemon.
Best Moveset
Yawn / Wish / Protect / Foul Play
Best EV Spread
Sp. Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Umbreon is a reliable Special Tank as well as a Physical Tank. Yawn, Wish, and Leftovers can all stall out a special attacker.

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Glalie (Rating: A)

Glalie Icon
Total Base Stats480
Type Ice Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Moody
Raises a random stat by 2 stages and decreases another by 1 at the end of each turn.
Best Moveset
Substitute / Protect / Ice Beam / Earthquake
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Glalie might have a unique place in the meta with its Ability "Moody", which randomly raises one of its stats sharply but lowers another at the end of every turn. Running Substitute and Protect will allow you to buy time to boost your stats.

Eiscue (Rating: A)

Eiscue Icon
Total Base Stats470
Type Ice Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Ice Face
Can sustain a physical attack without taking damage. Changes to "No Ice" form after. Can be restored in hail.
Best Moveset
Icicle Crash / Belly Drum / Waterfall / Zen Headbutt
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Speed 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Eiscue's ability acts similarly to Mimikyu, allowing it to take a free hit. However, unlike Mimikyu, it can reactivate it by using Hail again. Dynamax Ice Moves automatically trigger hail, making this Pokemon rather gimmicky, but strong against physical attackers. Be careful VS special moves.

Pelipper (Rating:B)

Pelipper Icon
Total Base Stats440
Type water IconFlying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Damp Rock
Best Ability
Drizzle
Causes rain whenever it enters battle.
Best Moveset
Scald / Roost / U-Turn / Hurricane
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Def 252, Sp. Def 4

Criteria for Choosing Best Pokemon to Breed

Pokemon Compatible for Ranked Battles

The Pokemon on this list have been strictly limited to those that are compatible with Ranked Battle matches. Certain Pokemon such as Legendaries are not compatible with the Ranked Matches. It's best to breed and train Pokemon for Ranked Battles!

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Pokemon With Specific Tactical Roles

The listed Pokemon have been selected to have a specific tactical role in your party such as damage-dealer, tank, team support or otherwise.

Pokemon With High Base Stats or Utility

Although there are exceptions, the Pokemon chosen in this list have been chosen due to their high Base Stats or utility in combat. For more details, check out the description under each Pokemon.

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Reason For Rank

Pelipper's Drizzle ability allows it to summon rain, making it a great addition to a rain team. Its decent Defense stat also allows it to take some physical hits before switching out with U-Turn. Equip an Assault Vest to boost your Special Defense OR use a Damp Stone to increase the duration of rain.

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Anonymous 16

You have the special tank Sylveon's EVs listed as def 252, hp 252, def 4. I'm ***uming the first 252 should be sp. def?

Anonymous 15

Surely Arctovish should be included in the top tier physical attackers? Fishious rend with the right set up is close to if not the hardest hitting attack in the game right now...

Anonymous 14

What about Ferrothorn and Toxapex? They are the absolute Defensive Monsters of this meta and deserve a spot

Nico 13

Also Corviknight definitely needs a spot on here as its Bulk Up set is really powerful, taking hits while getting stronger before sweeping with the feared max airstream.

Nico 12

Darmanitan is powerful, but that power comes from Gorilla Tactics. A Zen Mode set is possible, but that one absolutely needs Substitute and Belly Drum.

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