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Find out how to breed Goodra in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about Goodra's best competitive movesets, best builds, best nature, counters and the breeding process!!!

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Goodra Best Moveset & Build

Total Base Stats600
Type Dragon Icon

Special Attack Build

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk↑ / Atk↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Sap Sipper
Boosts the Attack stat when hit by a Grass-type move
Best Moveset
Fire Blast / Sludge Wave / Thunderbolt / Draco Meteor
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Goodra Strengths

Due to having high Special Defense and lacking a x4 damage weakness, Goodra is an excellent choice to tank against Special focused attackers. Also, Goodra has a wide variety of attacks to choose from, allowing it to also serve as a versatile attacker.

Special Bulky Build

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
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp. Def 252, HP 252, Def 4

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Goodra - Best Moves

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Build #1 - Special Attack Build

Recommended Moves

Sludge Wave
Poison Icon
Good way to deal with Fairy types.
electric Icon
Good for dealing with Gyarados.
Fire Blast
fire Icon
Effective against Ferrothorn and Excadrill.
Draco Meteor
Dragon Icon
Deals highest damage out of all available moves, but lowers Special Attack. Might need to switch out after using. Allows Goodra to take out other Dragons.
>> Check out how to get Draco Meteor!

Other Viable Moves

Fighting Icon
Deals 200% physical Damage taken back to the attacker.
Useful when matched with a physical attacker. Recommended for a tanky Goodra.
Acid Armor
status icon
Highly boosts defense.
Useful when trying to buy time in combat by further enhancing damage resistance, also recommended for a bulkier build.

Build #2 - Life Orb Build

Recommended Moves

Dragon Pulse
Dragon Icon
Strong and reliable dragon move that isn't as risky as Draco Meteor. Allows sustained play.
Sludge Bomb
Poison Icon
Good type coverage in a pinch vs. Fairy types.
Fire Blast
fire Icon
Effective against Ferrothorn and Excadrill.
Ice Beam
Ice Icon
Coverage move for ground types.

Goodra - Best Item to Hold

Assault VestAllows only attack moves to use, but boosts Sp.Def by 150%
Useful when using Pokemon as anti-special tank.
Choice SpecsAllows only a single move to use, but boosts Sp.Atk by 150%
Allows you to further enhance damage potential.
Choice ScarfAllows only a single move to use, but boosts Speed by 150%
Allows you to outspeed enemy Pokemon.
Life OrbBoosts Move Power by 130% but uses 10% of health per use.
Can boost damage output while still leaving move variety.
Click To Learn Where To Find Items For Battle

Goodra - Best Natures And EVs

Goodra - Recommended Natures

CalmSp.Def↑ / Atk↓
Nature focusing on further boosting Goodra's high Sp.Def. Recommended when focusing of anti-Special Attackers.
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Atk↓
Nature complementing Sp.Atk. Recommended for offensive builds.
QuietSp.Atk↑ / Spd↓
Nature that complements its Sp.Atk. High damage resistance & damage output.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

StatBase Point
Special Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

Boosting Speed and Special Attack with Base Points (EVs) is recommended for Goodra to benefit Fire Blast and Draco Meteor.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Goodra Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Goodra

DragapultDragapult Pros
- Outspeeds & one shots in most cases
- If Dragapult has no Scarf but Goodra has a Scarf, Goodra *can* go first
Sylveon IconSylveon Pros
- 1 or 2 shot with Hyper Voice, depending on build
- Immune to Draco Meteor
- Will probably be slower
Mimikyu IconMimikyu Pros
- One shots even without Swords Dance
- Disguise gives you a buffer turn Cons
- Requires Set Up
- Loses to Choice Scarf

How To Play Against Goodra

Goodra is a defensively tanky Pokemon with decent offensive capabilities. If it invests 252 into Special Attack, you'll have to tread carefully. For this reason, Fairy types with high defenses such as Sylveon or Togekiss are recommended. Make sure you determine what item is being used before you plan your attack.

Goodra - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Goomy (Sliggoo) at the Lake of Outrage (Shield ver. Only)
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Goomy
3Breed that Goomy until you get one with a Modest or Calm Nature.
4Put 252 EVs in Special Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Reach Lv. 50 during rain to evolve to Goodra
7Teach it Fire Blast, Sludge Wave, Thunderbolt, and Draco Meteor
8Equip Choice Specs
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Goomy and Sliggoo

Catching the Pre-Evolution Base Pokemon

The first step to Breeding Goodra will be to catch either a wild Sliggoo or Goomy. Head to the Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area to find these Pokemon. Note that these area requires you to travel on water, and will only be accessible after the 6th Gym.

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

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