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Tyranitar - Moveset and Competitive Build

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Find out how to breed Tyranitar in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the breeding process, recommended movesets, competitive builds, EV spreads, held items, counters and more!

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Tyranitar Overview

Total Base Stats540
Type Rock Icon Dark Icon

Best Build For Tyranitar

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

Tyranitar Strengths

Tyranitar is a beast with great overall stats (with the minor exception of its Speed). Great physical attack and access to Stone Edge and Earthquake makes it offensively dangerous.

Sandstorm Boosts Special Defense

Tyranitar's Ability causes it to bring about a Sandstorm, which boosts Rock-type Pokemon's Special Defense by 50%. This makes Tyranitar excel at taking out Pokemon which use special moves.

Alternate Tyranitar Build

Sassy (Sp.D↑ / Speed↓)Assault Vest
Sand Stream
The Pokémon summons a sandstorm in battle
Crunch / Stone Edge / Earthquake / Stealth Rock
EV Spread
Sp.Def 252, HP 252, Defense 4

Tyranitar Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Tyranitar

Hippowdon IconHippowdon Pros
- Can switch in on Tyranitar easily
- Isn't bothered by Sandstorm
- Can 2 shot with Earthquake
- Could possibly flinch due to Crunch
Aegislash  IconAegislash Pros
- Close Combat can 1-hit even against HP & Defense build.
- Is easily one shot while in Sword Forme and is slower
Lucario IconLucario Pros
- Close Combat can 1-hit even against HP & Defense build.
- One shot by Earthquake
Galarian Corsola IconGalarian Corsola Pros
- Can shut down with Strength Sap
- Can be 2 shot by Crunch, so you'll need to switch in on another move.
Greedent IconGreedent Pros
- Body Press can deal massive damage
- Using Stuff Cheeks with Ganlon Berry can highly boost Def while healing
- Can be defeated by Stone Edge when opponent uses Choice Band

How To Play Against Tyranitar

Use Fighting Moves

Tyranitar will take x4 damage from Fighting moves, which can be lethal even considering how bulky it is. However, it has a high chance to survive the attack during Dynamax, and it could run Weakness Policy, which is quite dangerous.

Weak Against Physical Tanks

Most of Tyranitar's attacks are Physical moves, which can be countered with Physical tanks. Moves like Will-O-Wisp or Burn effect from Scald can take it down with ease.

Tyranitar Has Low Chance of Attacking First

Due to its lack of Speed, it is unlikely that Tyranitar will be able to attack first unless it is equipped with a Choice Scarf. Tyranitar also doesn't have healing moves, and can be whittled down with following party members.

Tyranitar - Base Points (EVs) and Natures

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Physical Attacker Tyranitar

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Defense4 points

Speed is by far Tyranitar's biggest weak point, so supplementing it to ensure it goes first in a few matchups can be useful.

Defensive Tyranitar

StatBase Point
Special Defense252 points (max)
HP252 points (max)
Attack4 points

This build makes use of Sandstorm's 50% buff to Special Defense to turn Tyranitar into a surprisingly lethal special defense wall. Pair this build with an Assault Vest for even better results.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Tyranitar - Recommended Natures

JollySpd↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Tyranitar's low speed is often a problem, so many builds putting 252 EVs in Speed use the Jolly nature.
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Adamant is a safe bet for most variants of Tyranitar.
CarefulSp.Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Tanky Tyranitars benefit greatly from the extra Sp. Def!

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Tyranitar - Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Larvitar at the Lake Of Outrage. Shield Only
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Larvitar
3Breed that Larvitar until you get one with an Adamant or Jolly Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Level to Lv. 55 to evolve to Tyranitar
7Teach it Crunch, Stone Edge, Earthquake, and Ice Punch
8Equip a Choice Band
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Larvitar

The first step to Breeding Tyranitar will be to catch either a wild Larvitar. Larvitar can be found in the Lake of Outrage during Sunny and Clear weather. Pupitar can be found in the Lake of Outrage during Sandstorms.

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

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Tyranitar - Recommended Moves

Recommended Attack Moves

Stone Edge
Rock Icon
Standard high-damage STAB move is a must on almost all builds. Accuracy is only 80%, so it is slightly risky.
Rock Slide
Rock Icon
A safer, but weaker alternative to Stone Edge. Preferrable in Doubles due to its AOE component.
Ice Punch
Ice Icon
Use TM04 to learn. Good type coverage against some ground types.
Ground Icon
Extremely strong and reliable move that is effective against many major threats.
dark Icon
Powerful stab move is a must on most builds.

Recommended Support and Buff Moves

Stealth RockUse TR76 to learn. Sets up a hazard that damages enemy Pokemon which switch in.
ProtectUse TM25 to learn. Prevents all damage for the turn. Useful move to have in various situations.

Tyranitar - Recommended Items to Hold

Assault VestBoosts Special Defense by 50%, but the holder can't use any status moves. Great for all builds, not only defensive ones
Choice BandAllows only a single move to use, but boosts Attack by 150%
Allows you to overwhelm one particular opponent with Stone Edge. A bit risky.
Weakness PolicyIf hit by a super-effective move, the holder's Attack and Special Attack rise sharply. Provided you survive, will almost guarantee a KO on your opponent.
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Anonymous 2

And I don't think tyranitar could learn DD in this one too

Anonymous 1

I thought the move Pursuit was removed from the game

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