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New Pokemon List In DLC

New Pokemon

New Pokemon List In DLC

DLC (Expansion Pass) Summary

Meta Report - What Determines Best Pokemon Tier

*This article will be updated as the ranked battle meta develops.

Isle Of Armor Is Here!

Armor

The first Expansion Pass (DLC) Isle Of Armor is officially out, and with over 100 new and returning Pokemon have joined the fray! While the influence of these new Pokemon on the meta isn't reflected in the current usage statistics, it is likely that we'll see some major changes in the next few weeks!

Check Out The DLC Pokedex Here!

Pokemon That Might Influence The Meta

※ The following is just small selection of Pokemon we think will perform well in the current ranked meta. This is not a full list of DLC Pokemon.

New PokemonReason
VolcaronaVolcarona Heavy Duty Boots remove the fear of Stealth Rock
・Excellent 135 Sp.Atk stat
MagnezoneMagnezone ・Ability Magnet Pull traps Steel-types like Corviknight
・Water types are quite common
ChanseyChansey Eviolite gives it a whopping 157 Sp. Def
・Frustrating special wall that can heal and inflict status conditions
MienshaoMienshao ・Regenerator restores health when swapping out, combines well with U-Turn
・125 Atk / 105 Speed, decent sweeper
・Can learn Knock Off
Urshifu (Single Strike Style)Urshifu (Single Strike Style) ・Decently high base stats
Wicked Blow is an 80 power STAB move that always crits
・Great base 130 Atk

Builds and rankings for the above Pokemon have been included ↓ in the tier list below!

Heaps of new Pokemon have been added with the latest The Isle Of Armor DLC, potentially having a noticeable influence on the shape of the current meta. We'll see how the meta develops in the coming weeks, but for now, we recommend trainers start raising up at least some of the above Pokemon!

Let us know in the survey below which Isle Of Armor Pokemon you think will shake up the meta the most. If we've forgotten a Pokemon here, let us know in the comments section!

What Pokemon Will Have The Biggest Impact On The Meta?

Check Out The Newest Ranked Meta Report Here!

Meta Report
Meta Report For Single Ranked Battles

Best Pokemon Tier List For Single Ranked Battle

※ The Tier List has been updated to include some Isle of Armor Pokemon. More will be added as the online meta develops, so stay tuned.

Filter The Tier Lists By Role

The Tier List is divided into 4 sections. Tap or click the appropriate button below in order to view each section.

Damage Dealers Tier List

Tanks Tier List


Best Physical Damage Dealer Tier List

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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

Dragapult is a force to be reckoned with thanks to its incredible 120 Attack stat and 142 Speed stat. The Pokemon also has a great pool of moves and possible builds to choose from, which are not limited to only physical damage.

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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 "Disguise" ability 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. Curse and Trick Room variants are also seeing increased play. This is one of the most common Pokemon in the metagame currently, so it's important to learn all of its possible builds and know how to counter them.

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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 go first & 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 & HP might be necessary.

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Excadrill (Rating: S)

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 type for dealing with Fairy types, in addition to a stellar 135 Attack stat allow this Pokemon to shine. Mold Breaker is excellent for taking out Mimikyu. It also has access to OHKO moves to threaten bulky tanks, making it great in the current meta.

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Cinderace (Rating: S)

Cinderace
Total Base Stats530
Typefire Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Libero
Changes the Pokemon's type to the type of the move it's going to use.
Best Moveset
Pyro Ball / U-Turn / High Jump Kick / Zen Headbutt
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. Its ultimate move, 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. What really catapulted Cinderace to the top recently however, is its incredibly Hidden Ability: Libero. This makes all of its attacks STAB, making it quite lethal.

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Gyarados (Rating: A)

Gyarados
Total Base Stats540
Typewater IconFlying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Spd↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Moxie
Boosts the Attack stat after knocking out any Pokémon.
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, with access to Max Airstream in the form of Bounce. With the ability Moxie, it can naturally raise its attack by defeating Pokemon.

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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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Urshifu (Single Strike) (Rating: A)

Urshifu
Total Base Stats550
Typefighting Icondark Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Spd↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Unseen Fist
If the Pokemon uses moves that make direct contact, it can attack the target even if the target protects itself.
Best Moveset
Wicked Blow / Close Combat / Sucker Punch / U-Turn
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

Urshifu, the new Pokemon added in Isle of Armor, is a relatively bulky Pokemon with excellent moves and high attack. Wicked Blow in particular always critically strikes, making it incredibly powerful with a Choice Band.

Mienshao (Rating: A)

Mienshao
Total Base Stats510
Typefighting Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Spd↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Regenerator
This Pokemon restores some of its maximum HP when it switches out.
Best Moveset
U-Turn / Knock Off / High Jump Kick / Fake Out
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

Mienshao's 125 Attack and reasonable 105 Speed allow it to maneuver around your opponents adeptly, weaseling its way in and out of the fight. Regenerator restores about 33% of its health when switching out, making it surprisingly persistent. It is a bit frail, however, so it can't take much of a beating.

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.

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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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Dracozolt (Rating: A)

Dracozolt
Total Base Stats505
Type electric IconDragon Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Hustle
Raises attack significantly, but lowers accuracy.
Best Moveset
Outrage / Earthquake / Aerial Ace / Bolt Beak
Best EV Spread
Atk 252, Speed 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Dracozolt is a good counter to Rotom and also works really well with Dynamax due to its varied move pool. Access to a flying move also gives it a speed boost post-Dynamax, allowing it to get 170 Power Bolt Beaks off more reliably.

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Braviary (Rating: A)

Dracozolt
Total Base Stats510
Type Normal IconFlying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Defiant
Sharply raises attack when its stats are lowered.
Best Moveset
Brave Bird / Close Combat / U-Turn / Bulk Up
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

Braviary is an excellent Dynamax sweeper with access to STAB Max Airstream and a great ability that can boost its attack power when its stats are lowered. Max Knuckle and U-Turn also give it a surprising amount of flexibility.

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Zeraora (Rating: A)

Zeraora
Total Base Stats600
Type electric Icon
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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Volt Absorb
Restores HP if hit by an Electric-type move.
Best Moveset
Close Combat / Plasma Fists / Grass Knot / Play Rough
Best EV Spread
Atk 252, Sp 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Zeraora's 600 total base stats, coupled with an unrivaled 143 Speed and a strong monotyping make it unstoppable. Its signature ability Plasma Fists has a power of 100, which deals devastating damage. Access to Grass Knot means it doesn't have to be so scared of Ground types, either.


Scizor (Rating: B)

Scizor
Total Base Stats500
Typebug Iconsteel Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓)
Best Ability
Technician
Powers up the Pokémon's weaker moves.
Best Moveset
Bullet Punch / U-Turn / Knock Off / Superpower
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

Scizor's Technician ability gives moves that are under 60 power a 1.5x multiplayer, meaning Bullet Punch can deal huge damage with a Choice Band equipped. STAB U-Turn also allows it to escape from battles easily. A 4x weakness to Fire and the lack of Pursuit in Gen 8 has hurt it somewhat, however. It is quite powerful in Double Battles, however.

Bisharp (Rating: B)

Bisharp
Total Base Stats490
Type dark Icon Steel Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk.↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Defiant
When a stat is lowered, it sharply raises its Attack.
Best Moveset
Iron Head / Swords Dance / Sucker Punch / Stone Edge
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

Bisharp's STAB Sucker Punch gives it a priority move that can take out major threats like Dragapult. Its ability Defiant also gives it a great attack boost when its stats are lowered, making it a good counter to Intimidate users. Consider a Life Orb or a Focus Sash if you're having trouble staying alive.

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Rillaboom (Rating: B)

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 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.

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Conkeldurr (Rating: B)

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 / Stone Edge / Mach Punch / Fire 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 Mach Punch are recommended moves here for their extra effects.

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Grimmsnarl (Rating: B)

Grimmsnarl
Total Base Stats510
Type dark IconFairy Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Light Clay
Best Ability
Prankster
Gives priority to status moves.
Best Moveset
Reflect / Light Screen / Thunder Wave / Play Rough
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Grimmsnarl has the unique role of setting up defensive buffs for your team using Light Clay and its Prankster ability. This will allow you to set up and sweep with other Pokemon. It can also be a safe counter for common dragon types like Dragapult.

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Cloyster (Rating: B)

Cloyster Icon
Total Base Stats525
Type water IconIce Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Focus Sash
Best Ability
Skill Link
Multi-hitting moves always hit the maximum number of times.
Best Moveset
Shell Smash / Icicle Spear / Liquidation / Rock Blast
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

The use of Shell Smash allows Cloyster to drastically increase its attack capabilities and take out major threats. Its high defenses also allow it take a hit before setting up to sweep.

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Diggersby (Rating: B)

Diggersby Icon
Total Base Stats423
Type Normal IconGround Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Huge Power
Boosts the Pokemon's Attack stat.
Best Moveset
Bounce / Earthquake / Giga Impact / Superpower
Best EV Spread
Atk 252, Speed 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 an Assault Vest and Dynamax it to deal massive damage. Choice Scarf builds are also possible!

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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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Centiskorch (Rating: B)

Centiskorch
Total Base Stats525
Type Fire Icon Bug Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Flash Fire

Immune to Fire-type moves, and when hit with one, raises the damage of Fire moves by 50%
Best Moveset
Knock Off / Fire Lash / Power Whip / Lunge
Best EV Spread
HP 228, Attack 252, Speed 28

Reason For Rank

This is a Gigantamax specific build which makes use of Centiskorch's decent attack stat and good movepool. It can give many steel types, including the popular Corviknight, a run for their money. G-Max Centiferno also traps opponents in for 4-5 turns, forcing them to fight you whether they like it or not. Be wary of Centiskorch's 4x Rock weakness and avoid bringing it vs. Stealth Rock users, however!

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Haxorus (Rating: B)

Haxorus
Total Base Stats600
Type Dragon Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Mold Breaker
Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities.
Best Moveset
Outrage / Iron Tail / Swords Dance / Earthquake
Best EV Spread
Atk 252, Speed 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Haxorus occupies the important role of checking Mimikyu, due to its massive attack power and Mold Breaker ability. Penetrating its Disguise, as well as Rotom's Levitate, allows it to deal well with 2 major threats in the meta. It also works well as a Dynamaxer and has a variety of move options available to it.

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Drednaw (Rating: B)

Haxorus
Total Base Stats485
Type water Icon rock Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Swift Swim

Boosts the Pokémon's Speed stat in rain.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Liquidation / Swords Dance / Head Smash
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

Drednaw has high attack and access to a strong Water GMax move which also lays Stealth Rocks around the field. This is excellent, but needs to be used relatively early in the fight in order to get the most use out of it. It works well on a Rain team, as it can't set up its own rain (as this is a Gigantamax build).

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Blastoise (Rating: B)

Blastoise
Total Base Stats530
Type water Icon
Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)
White Herb / Life Orb
Best Ability
Torrent
Increases damage of Water moves when at low health
Best Moveset
Shell Smash / Liquidation / Ice Punch / Brick Break
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Blastoise is a Shell Smash user with fairly high defensive stats and an excellent move pool. In addition to the 4 moves listed above, it also has access to Dragon, Rock, and Dark moves, meaning it's highly customizable as well.

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Durant (Rating: B)

Durant
Total Base Stats484
Type bug IconSteel Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Hustle
Attack increases by 50%, but physical moves have 20% lower accuracy.
Best Moveset
First Impression / Iron Head / Superpower / Thunder Fang
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Durant is a surprisingly strong physical attacker that has fairly decent speed. Its steel typing allows it to deal with common fairy threats, and the priority move First Impression is great for revenge kills.

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Incineroar (Rating: B)

Incineroar
Total Base Stats530
Type fire Icondark Icon
Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Weakness Policy or Life Orb
Best Ability
Intimidate
Lowers the opponent's Attack stat when entering battle
Best Moveset
Acrobatics / Flare Blitz / Darkest Lariat / Swords Dance
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Incineroar has excellent overall stats, all at the expense of its rather low 60 speed. However, this can be supplemented by Dynamaxing and using Max Airstream. This coupled with Intimidate will allow it to be a surprising mix of bulky, deadly, and (kind of) fast. There is also an Assault Vest variant of this on our detailed build page, so make sure to check that out.

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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: A)

Chandelure Icon
Total Base Stats520
Type Ghost Iconfire Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Infiltrator
Passes through the opposing Pokémon's barrier and strikes
Best Moveset
Fire Blast / Shadow Ball / Energy Ball / Trick
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Great typing and a whopping 145 Sp. Atk, along with access to strong moves like Fire Blast and Shadow Ball make Chandelure a stellar attacker. Supplementing its low speed with a Choice Scarf is also a good idea. It is also possible to do Trick Room builds here as well!

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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 / Mystical 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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Duraludon (Rating: A)

Duraludon Icon
Total Base Stats535
Type Steel IconDragon Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed ↑ / Atk ↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Light Metal
Halves the Pokemon's weight.
Best Moveset
Draco Meteor / Flash Cannon / Thunderbolt / Rock Tomb
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Sp.Def 4

Reason For Rank

Duraludon's great overall stats and great typing allow it to handle many major threats. An Assault Vest will make up for its lower Sp. Def stat, while the move Rock Tomb allows it to slow down opponents.

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Mow Rotom (Rating: A)

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Total Base Stats520
Type Electric IconGrass Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk ↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Levitate
Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Volt Switch / Shadow Ball / Leaf Storm
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252, HP 252, Speed 4

Reason For Rank

Mow Rotom is being seen more frequently in the meta these days as a direct response to Quagsire, Seismitoad, and Gastrodon, against which it can deal 4x damage. A Choice Scarf build is also worth considering!

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Glaceon (Rating: A)

Glaceon Icon
Total Base Stats535
Type Ice Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk ↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Snow Cloak
Increases evasion during Hail.
Best Moveset
Freeze-Dry / Ice Shard / Blizzard / Shadow Ball
Best EV Spread
HP 228, Sp. Attack 252, Speed 28

Reason For Rank

Glaceon's 130 Sp. Atk stat easily makes it a contender with many top tier special attackers. The move Freeze-Dry also allows it to deal super-effective damage against Water types, which are particularly common in the current meta. The EVs here are specifically adjusted to outspeed Corviknight.

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Volcarona (Rating: A)

Volcarona Icon
Total Base Stats550
Type bug Iconfire Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Heavy Duty Boots
Best Ability
Flame Body
Contact with the Pokémon may burn the attacker.
Best Moveset
Quiver Dance / Psychic / Flamethrower / Bug Buzz
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Volcarona is a staple of previous generations which always struggled against Stealth Rock due its 4x weakness. With the Heavy Duty Boots, however, it no longer has to worry about that. This Poke can even deal with pesky Toxapex due to its access to Psychic.

Magnezone (Rating: A)

Magnezone Icon
Total Base Stats535
Type electric Iconsteel Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp. Atk↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Magnet Pull
Prevents Steel-type Pokémon from escaping.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Flash Cannon / Volt Switch / Rising Voltage
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Magnezone will act as a powerful blocker to the ever-present Corviknight, trapping it and dealing massive super-effective damage. It can also deal with the newly added Skarmory, as well as pesky water types.

Alakazam (Rating: A)

Alakazam Icon
Total Base Stats500
Type psychic Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp. Atk↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Magic Guard
The Pokémon only takes damage from attacks.
Best Moveset
Dazzling Gleam / Energy Ball / Shadow Ball / Expanding Force
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

The addition of the new tutor move Expanding Force, which doubles if on Psychic Terrain, is great news for Alakazam. A standard glass cannon with great coverage, he also gets Nasty Plot this time around! Consider a Life Orb build with proper set up to make use of that as well.


Charizard (Rating: B)

Charizard Icon
Total Base Stats534
Typefire Icon Flying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed ↑ / Atk ↓)Weakness Policy
Best Ability
Solar Power
Special Attack increases by 50% in harsh sunlight, but user takes damage at the end of every turn.
Best Moveset
Fire Blast / Air Slash / Focus Blast / Solar Beam
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Charizard works very well in a setting where he can Dynamax and set up sunlight. Due to its many weaknesses, Dynamaxing and eating a super-effective move with Weakness Policy is recommended to boost your Sp. Atk even further!

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Lapras (Rating: B)

Lapras Icon
Total Base Stats535
Type water IconIce Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk.↑ / Atk↓)Weakness Policy
Best Ability
Water Absorb

When hit with a water-type move, heal instead of taking damage from it.
Best Moveset
Freeze-Dry / Substitute / Sparkling Aria / Thunderbolt
Best EV Spread
Sp.Attack 252, Defense 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Lapras doesn't have particularly excellent Sp. Atk, but it does have quite a lot of bulk and access to the stellar move Freeze-Dry. This means that it excels at taking out common tanky water types like Quagsire and Toxapex.

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Hatterene (Rating: B)

Hatterene Icon
Total Base Stats510
TypePsychic IconFairy Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Quiet (Sp.Atk↑ / Speed↓)Babiri Berry
Best Ability
Magic Bounce
Reflects status moves instead of getting hit by them.
Best Moveset
Trick Room / Psychic / Mystical Fire / Dazzling Gleam
Best EV Spread
Defense 172, HP 252, Sp.Attack 84, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

Hatterene's good typing and decent stats, coupled with Trick Room, allow it to be an extremely dangerous presence. Mirror Bounce also allows it to reflect status moves, giving it even more utility.

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Porygon-Z (Rating: B)

Porygon-Z Icon
Total Base Stats535
Type normal Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp. Atk↑ / Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Adaptability
Powers up moves of the same type as the Pokémon.
Best Moveset
Hyper Beam / Dark Pulse / Ice Beam / Thunderbolt
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Porygon-Z's excellent 135 Sp. Atk, coupled with great move coverage, allows it to take out a variety of foes. One other advantage is that it has several viable builds. In addition to the Life Orb build above, you could run Conversion, as well as the moves Conversion or Nasty Plot.

Seismitoad (Rating: B)

Seismitoad Icon
Total Base Stats509
Type water IconGround Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk↑ / Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Swift Swim
Raises speed in Rain.
Best Moveset
Hydro Pump / Earth Power / Sludge Bomb / Grass Knot
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252 / Speed 252 / HP 4

Reason For Rank

Seismitoad is a great Dynamax user, as it can set up rain for itself with Max Geyser and proc Swift Swim. Doing so, it will have massive damage using Water moves, as well as doubled speed. Capable of also raising its Sp. Atk further with Max Ooze, and a great grass move to take out water types, it is a surprisingly powerful Life Orb user.

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Toxtricity (Rating: B)

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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Lucario (Rating: B)

Butterfree
Total Base Stats525
Type Fighting IconSteel Icon

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NatureItem
Timid (Speed ↑ / Atk.↓)Focus Sash
Ability
Inner Focus
The Pokemon cannot be flinched.
Moveset
Aura Sphere / Steel Beam / Shadow Ball / Vacuum Wave
EV Spread
Sp. Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Lucario's access to STAB Steel Beam, with its 140 Power, is quite incredible. Although it's a bit slow and squishy, a Focus Sash can make sure it survives long enough to wreak incredible damage on opponents.

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Butterfree (Rating: B)

Butterfree
Total Base Stats395
Type bug IconFlying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Compound Eyes

Increases the accuracy of moves.
Best Moveset
Sleep Powder / Substitute / Quiver Dance / Hurricane
Best EV Spread
HP 204, Sp. Atk 56, Speed 252

Reason For Rank

Butterfree's Compound Eyes ability allow it to get off Sleep Powders with a 97% accuracy. Sleep -> Substitute -> Quiver Dance can make it a surprisingly threatening and annoying foe to play against.

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Fan Rotom (Rating: B)

Fan Rotom Icon
Total Base Stats520
Type electric Icon Flying Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk ↑ / Atk ↓)Sitrus Berry
Best Ability
Levitate
Immune to Ground-type moves.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Air Slash / Dark Pulse / Foul Play
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Fan Rotom is excellent because of its access to Max Airstream, allowing it to sweep if necessary. The Sitrus Berry will allow you survive and continue your sweep.

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Lanturn (Rating: B)

Lanturn Icon
Total Base Stats460
Type Water IconElectric Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk ↑ / Atk ↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Volt Absorb
Restores HP if hit by an Electric-type move.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Volt Switch / Will-o-Wisp / Ice Beam
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252, Sp. Defense 252, HP 4

Reason For Rank

Lanturn is primarily a way to deal with all variants of Rotom (except Mow). It has relatively decent bulk and, most importantly, an immunity to Electric moves! This Pokemon is definitely worth running if you have trouble dealing with Rotoms.

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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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Quagsire (Rating: A)

Quagsire
Total Base Stats430
Type water IconGround Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Defense ↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Unaware
Ignores the opponent's stat changes.
Best Moveset
Scald / Recover / Toxic / Protect
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Sp.Def 4

Reason For Rank

Quagsire is a good counter to many Rotom variants that are popping up in the meta, especially Wash and Heat. Instead of Unaware, it also has the option of running Water Absorb, making it quite pesky.

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Tangrowth (Rating: A)

Tangrowth
Total Base Stats535
TypeGrass Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Rocky Helmet
Best Ability
Regenerator
This Pokemon restores some of its maximum HP when it switches out.
Best Moveset
Giga Drain / Knock Off / Sludge Bomb / Stun Spore
Best EV Spread
Def 252, HP 252, Sp.Def 4

Reason For Rank

Tangrowth's high 125 Defense and resistances to Water, Electric, Grass, and Ground type moves make it a very potent physical wall. It struggles massively against special attackers, however, so be careful. With the ability to self heal, Leftovers aren't really necessary. If running a Sun team, consider the ability Leaf Guard as well, as it prevents status effects like Toxic.

Milotic (Rating: A)

Milotic Icon
Total Base Stats540
Type water Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Atk↓)Flame Orb
Best Ability
Marvel Scale

Increases Defense when under the effect of a status condition.
Best Moveset
Scald / Recover / Protect / Haze
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Best EV Spread
HP 244, Defense 252, Sp. Def 12

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 Flame Orb damage. With the burn triggering Marvel Scale's defensive bonus, you'll be in a good position to handle most threats.

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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.

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Rhyperior (Rating: A)

Rhyperior Icon
Total Base Stats535
Type Rock IconGround Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Brave (Atk↑ / Speed ↓)Weakness Policy
Best Ability
Solid Rock
Lowers damage when taking a super effective move.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Hammer Arm / Stone Edge / Fire Punch
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, HP 212, Sp. Def 36, Defense 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. A Choice Band is also a very viable alternative item here. Consider running it in a Trick Room party.

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Gastrodon (Rating: A)

Gastrodon
Total Base Stats475
Type water IconGround Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Defense ↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Storm Drain
Draws in all Water-type moves to itself, not taking any damage from them and boosting its Sp. Atk.
Best Moveset
Scald / Recover / Yawn / Earth Power
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Sp.Def 4

Reason For Rank

Gastrodon is an excellent counter to many common Rotom types, and its excellent ability and decent bulk allow it to be a surprisingly powerful presence in the current meta.

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Aegislash (Rating: A)

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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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Type: Null (Rating: A)

Type: Null
Total Base Stats534
Type Normal Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Relaxed (Def↑ / Speed↓)Eviolite
Best Ability
Battle Armor
This Pokemon cannot be critically hit.
Best Moveset
U-Turn / Thunder Wave / Tri Attack / Shadow Claw
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Sp.Def 4

Reason For Rank

Type: Null with an Eviolite has over 140 Def and Sp. Def, making it extremely tanky. This means that it can take a hit from almost anything and then U-Turn into a different Pokemon. Type: Null is often seen clearing a path for Durant, so using these two together.

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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 Helmet
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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Greedent (Rating: B)

Greedent Icon
Total Base Stats460
Type Normal Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Relaxed (Def ↑ / Speed ↓)Ganlon Berry
Best Ability
Cheek Pouch
Restores HP as well when the Pokemon eats a Berry.
Best Moveset
Gyro Ball / Crunch / Body Press / Stuff Cheeks
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Def 244, Speed 8, Attack 4

Reason For Rank

Greedent's ability allows it to restore health while eating a berry and the move Stuff Cheeks gives it a substantial defensive boost. This means a Ganlon Berry, which raises defense when eaten, is excellent here. Body Press then uses the defense stat to calculate damage and overpower opponents. The EV spread is specifically to outspeed Ferrothorn.

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Mandibuzz (Rating: B)

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.

Reuniclus (Rating: B)

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.

Whimsicott (Rating: B)

Whimsicott Icon
Total Base Stats480
Type Grass IconFairy Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Prankster
Gives priority to status moves.
Best Moveset
Leech Seed / Moonblast / Substitute / Protect
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Sp. Def 4

Reason For Rank

Whimsicott isn't so much a tank as it is a sticky nuisance. With Leech Seed, Protect, and Substitute, it can whittle down opponents by making use of Prankster, which gives it priority status moves. It can also learn many other great moves like Taunt, Memento, and Light Screen, so it is quite versatile as well.

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Sandaconda (Rating: B)

Sandaconda Icon
Total Base Stats510
Type Ground Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Expert Belt
Best Ability
Sand Spit

The Pokemon creates a sandstorm when hit by an attack.
Best Moveset
Stone Edge / Earthquake / Body Press / Fire Fang
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Defense 252, Speed 4

Reason For Rank

Sandaconda is an interesting Gigantamax user that can readily overwrite your opponent's weather with its ability Sand Spit. It also has a very good 125 Defense stat, which lets it take serious hits from opponents.

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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.

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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. Use of Yawn can also stop enemy Dynamax in its tracks.

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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Chansey (Rating: S)

Chansey Icon
Total Base Stats450
Type normal Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def ↑ / Atk ↓)Eviolite
Best Ability
Natural Cure
All status problems heal when it switches out.
Best Moveset
Soft-Boiled / Seismic Toss / Toxic / Thunder Wave
Best EV Spread
Def 252, HP 252, Sp.Def 4

Reason For Rank

Chansey's 105 Sp. Def, when buffed by Eviolite, makes it one of the best special walls in the game. Self-sustain via the Soft-Boiled, the ability to paralyze and poison foes, and the threat of non-negligible damage with Seismic Toss make it a formidable foe.


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
Sp. 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).

Alcremie (Rating: A)

Alcremie Icon
Total Base Stats495
Type Fairy Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Calm (Sp.Atk↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Aroma Veil
Protects itself and allies from attacks that limit their move possibilities.
Best Moveset
Recover / Dazzling Gleam / Calm Mind / Mystical Fire
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Sp.Def 236, Sp. Atk 4, Speed 20

Reason For Rank

Alcremie has good Sp. Def and can use Recover, making it a surprisingly sticky target. Calm Mind allows it to set up on unsuspecting opponents, while Mystical Fire lets it contend with Steel types.

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Glaceon (Rating: A)

Glaceon Icon
Total Base Stats535
Type Ice Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk ↑ / Atk ↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Snow Cloak
Increases evasion during Hail.
Best Moveset
Blizzard / Freeze-Dry / Mirror Coat / Ice Shard
Best EV Spread
Sp. Atk 252, Speed 28, HP 228

Reason For Rank

Glaceon has a pretty good 95 Sp. Def stat which is further augmented by equipping an Assault Vest. Unfortunately, its 65 HP is somewhat lacking, so we recommend supplementing it with EVs. The purpose of this build is to stand up against common Tanky Water types using Freeze-Dry (which deals super-effective damage to them!) whille also being able to take special hits.

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Hippowdon (Rating: A)

Hippowdon Icon
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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Gastrodon (Rating: A)

Gastrodon
Total Base Stats475
Type water IconGround Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Calm (Sp. Def↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Storm Drain
Draws in all Water-type moves to itself, not taking any damage from them and boosting its Sp. Atk.
Best Moveset
Scald / Recover / Yawn / Earth Power
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Sp. Def 252, Defense 4

Reason For Rank

Gastrodon is an excellent counter to many common Rotom types, and its excellent ability and decent bulk allow it to be a surprisingly powerful presence in the current meta. It can function as both a physical or special tank.

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Lapras (Rating: A)

Lapras
Total Base Stats535
Type water Icon Ice Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk.↑ / Atk↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Water Absorb

When hit with a water-type move, heal instead of taking damage from it.
Best Moveset
Freeze-Dry / Sparkling Aria / Thunderbolt / Ice Shard
Best EV Spread
Sp.Attack 252, HP 252, Def 4

Reason For Rank

Lapras has a great 130 HP and a fairly good 95 Sp. Def stat, allowing it to take many hits. Making Lapras hold the Assault Vest enables it to stand up against a much wider pool of Pokemon. In particular, it gives some much needed durability vs. the Rotom line, which can deal super-effective Electric damage. Freeze-Dry also allows you to deal super-effective damage vs. Water types, which are very common!

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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)

Umbreon Icon
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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Wobbuffet (Rating: B)

Wobbuffet Icon
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.

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Glalie (Rating: A)

Glalie Icon
Total Base Stats480
Type Ice Icon

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Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Moody
Randomly raises one stat by 2 stages and lowers another by 1 stage at the end of every turn.
Best Moveset
Protect / Substitute / Freeze-Dry / Sheer Cold
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, HP 252, Defense 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.

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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.

Beware Of Pokemon Speed

Speed stats will determine which Pokemon moves first in a battle. It will pay off in the long run to know if your Pokemon or your opponent will use their moves first!

Speed Stats Tier List

Pokemon With High Base Stats or Utility

Although there are some 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.

Check Out What Are Base Stats From Here!

Reason For Rank

Pelipper's Drizzle ability will allow it to summon rain. This makes the Pokemon a great addition to a rain team. It also has decent Defense stats, allowing it to tank some physical hits before switching out with U-Turn. Equip an Assault Vest in order to boost the Sp. Def or use a Damp Stone to increase the rain's duration!

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