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Ferrothorn - Moveset and Competitive Build

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Find out how to breed Ferrothorn 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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Ferrothorn Overview

Total Base Stats489
Type Grass IconSteel Icon

Best Build For Ferrothorn

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

Ferrothorn Strengths

Ferrothorn is an incredible physical and sometimes special tank. With a 112 Attack stat, his STAB Earthquake is also not to be taken lightly.

Sand Stream Summons a Sandstorm

Ferrothorn, just like Tyranitar, can summon a Sandstorm when it enters the battle. This will wear down some enemy Pokemon and could be a strong buff to your team. Try him out with the likes of Flygon or Dugtrio.

Ferrothorn Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Ferrothorn

Dragapult IconDragapult Pros
- Can one shot with Fire Blast (with 252 in Sp.Atk)
- Somewhat vulnerable to Gyro Ball if Fire Blast misses
Heat Rotom IconHeat Rotom Pros
- Can one shot with Overheat
- None
Arcanine IconArcanine Pros
- Can one shot with Life Orb + Flare Blitz
- Takes a lot of recoil damage + Iron Barbs damage

How To Play Against Ferrothorn

The key with Ferrothorn is to have a fire move ready to go on your team. A strong special attacker that can learn Mystical Fire can also do, like Hatterene.

Ferrothorn - Base Points (EVs) and Natures

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Physically Defensive Ferrothorn

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Sp. Defense252 points (max)
Attack4 points

Regardless of the build we recommend 252 points in HP. After that, Sp. Def is usually the go-to for a defensive Stealth Rock build.

Offensive Ferrothorn

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Attack252 points (max)
Sp. Def4 points

For a more offensive build with Power Whip or Bullet Seed, feel free to put 252 points into Attack.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Ferrothorn - Recommended Natures

BraveAtk↑ / Speed↓
Ferrothorn's Special Defense is slightly lower, so it needs some boosting in certain situations.
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
The extra damage on Earthquake is never a bad thing!
SassySp.Def↑ / Speed↓
For a defensive build, Impish with Leftovers is a solid bet.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Ferrothorn - Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Ferroseed on Route 4, or a Ferrothorn in the Dusty Bowl (Wild Area)
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Ferroseed
3Breed that Ferroseed until you get one with a Sassy Nature.
4Put 252 EVs in HP and Special Defense
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Reach Lv. 40 to evolve to Ferrothorn
7Teach it Gyro Ball, Spikes, Curse, and Power Whip
8Equip Leftovers
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Ferroseed


The first step to Breeding Ferrothorn will be to catch a wild one. Ferroseed can be found on Route 4, while Ferrothorn are much rarer and can only be found during Snowstorms in the Dusty Bowl. It's best to try to hunt for a Ferroseed first.

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

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Ferrothorn - Recommended Moves

Recommended Attack Moves

Gyro Ball
Steel Icon
Deals more damage the slower the user is compared to the target. Great for taking out fast threats like Dragapult.
Power Whip
Grass Icon
120 Power, 85% accuracy, no other effects. Great STAB move that can threaten Hippowdon, Tyranitar, and Rhyperior.
Bullet Seed
Grass Icon
Use TM50 to learn. 25 Power, hits 2-5 times per turn. A more reliable alternative to Power Whip.

Recommended Support and Buff Moves

Stealth RockUse TR76 to learn. Hurts opponents when they switch in.
Extremely powerful, but should probably be used by another Pokemon on the team.
SpikesUse TR23 to learn. Hurts opponents when they switch in.
Same as Stealth Rock, but stacks!
CurseLowers speed, but raises Attack and Defense.
Extremely powerful buff, should be used whenever possible.
Thunder WaveUse TM14 to learn. Paralyzes the opponent.
Important for stopping fast sweepers.
ProtectUse TM25 to learn. Prevents all damage for one turn.
Good for Leftovers/Leech Seed stall play.

Ferrothorn - Recommended Item to Hold

LeftoversRestores health at the end of every turn.
Useful for outlasting while building up Curse.
Rocky HelmetCauses Pokemon that hit the wearer with a contact move to take damage.
Stacks with Ferrothorn's Ability, Iron Barbs!
Choice BandBoosts Attack by 150% but the user can only use one move.
Only recommended for Adamant Max Attack Ferrothorn. Can take out fast threats like Dragapult with a Gyro Ball.

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