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

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Wash Rotom Best Moveset & Build

Wash Rotom Icon
Total Base Stats520
Type Electric IconWater Icon

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Choice Specs Build

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk↑ / Attack↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Levitate
Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Volt Switch / Shadow Ball / Hydro Pump
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Wash Rotom Strengths

Wash Rotom's great Electric/Water typing gives it only one weakness. With good defensive stats & 105 Special Attack, it can withstand hits and also has the incredible ability Levitate. In doubles, this Pokemon pairs well with Excadrill.

Powerful Volt Switch

A Choice Specs Volt Switch deals a surprising amount of damage and can leave a serious dent for your follow-up Pokemon to benefit from. You can deal unexpectedly large hits to your opponents, since they won't be sure if you're Specs or Choice Scarf build from the preview screen.

Deals Well With Ground Types

Most players will be inclined to swap in a Ground type to dodge Electric moves, but Wash Rotom makes this more difficult with its access to Hydro Pump. Anticipate a potential Ground-type switch in with your powerful STAB Water move.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Volt Switch
electric Icon
Useful move for swapping out in unfavorable matchups.
Shadow Ball
Ghost Icon
Worth having simply for the type coverage.
Hydro Pump
water Icon
A powerful STAB move that threatens many Pokemon like Excadrill with a one-shot.
Thunderbolt
electric Icon
A safe, high damage STAB move.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Discharge
electric Icon
Lower damage, but has a higher chance of causing paralysis.
Dark Pulse
dark Icon
Powerful dark type move, good for coverage.
Trick
status icon
Swaps items with the opponent. Useful for limiting a Pokemon's movements. Use it on targets that need to set up.

Choice Scarf Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Attack↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Levitate
Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Volt Switch / Trick / Hydro Pump
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Timid Is The Safer Option

When running a Choice Scarf, you retain the option of going Modest for more damage, but you lose the ability to outspeed a Jolly Dragapult and a non Speed nature Scarfed Galarian Darmanitan. Since both of these tend to be important matchups, Timid is somewhat more reliable.

Hit And Run With Volt Switch

Your incredible speed from the Choice Scarf will let you get the first hit with Volt Switch in most cases. Apply pressure to your opponents and switch into a favorable matchup. Try to predict the opponent's switch and get a Hydro Pump off vs. Ground types.

Trick and Will-o-Wisp Both Viable

Running Trick will allow you to disable troublesome tanks who might spam recovery or set-up moves. Running Will-o-Wisp also gives you the choice of disabling a physical attacker before they set up on your team. If running Will-o-Wisp, you'll need to Dynamax in order to break out of the Scarf move restriction!

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Volt Switch
electric Icon
Useful move for swapping out in unfavorable matchups.
Trick
status icon
Swaps items with the opponent. Useful for limiting a Pokemon's movements. Use it on targets that need to set up.
Hydro Pump
water Icon
A powerful STAB move that threatens many Pokemon like Excadrill with a one-shot.
Thunderbolt
electric Icon
A safe, high damage STAB move.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Discharge
electric Icon
Lower damage, but has a higher chance of causing paralysis.
Shadow Ball
Ghost Icon
Worth having simply for the type coverage.
Will-o-Wisp
status icon
Burns the target. Useful to have in general, but doesn't fit well with a Choice build. Consider a different item.
Dark Pulse
dark Icon
Powerful dark type move, good for coverage.

Assault Vest Build

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk↑ / Attack↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Levitate
Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Volt Switch / Shadow Ball / Hydro Pump
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252, HP 252, Speed 4

Max Sp.Atk and HP

Focus on survivability and put 252 points into HP to best utilize this build. Putting only a few points in Speed is at best a half measure; you won't be be able to outspeed the things you need to. If you value speed, consider running one of the other 2 builds listed here.

Make Use Of Its Great Defensives

If we don't consider Mold Breaker users, Wash Rotom's only weakness is Grass. By equipping an Assault Vest, you'll be able to stand up against most special attackers. In unfavorable matchups, you still have the option of Volt Switching out, which is quite useful.

Switching In Can Be Dangerous

Assault Vest builds have the draw back of lower speed, meaning you'll likely be unable to go first and take two hits swapping in. Go with the assumption that you'll be attacking 2nd and choose your moment to switch in carefully.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Volt Switch
electric Icon
Useful move for swapping out in unfavorable matchups.
Shadow Ball
Ghost Icon
Worth having simply for the type coverage.
Hydro Pump
water Icon
A powerful STAB move that threatens many Pokemon like Excadrill with a one-shot.
Thunderbolt
electric Icon
A safe, high damage STAB move.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Discharge
electric Icon
Lower damage, but has a higher chance of causing paralysis.
Dark Pulse
dark Icon
Powerful dark type move, good for coverage.

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Wash Rotom - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Choice ScarfAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Speed by 150%
Useful for the unpredictability of getting a one hit KO on a normally faster Pokemon.
Choice SpecsAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Special Attack by 150%
Boosts damage significantly but is risky.
Life OrbBoosts Move Power by 130% but uses 10% of health per use.
Can boost damage output while still allowing you to use Will-o-Wisp.
LeftoversUseful for a tanky Rotom with a Defensive nature. Can act as a wall against certain threats.

Wash Rotom Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Wash Rotom

PokemonExplanation
Ferrothorn IconFerrothorn Pros
- Can halve Electric / Water damage
- Deal massive damage with Power Whip
Cons
- Will-o-Wisp can counter Choice Band Ferrothorns
Rillaboom IconRillaboom Pros
- Can halve Electric / Water damage
- Drum Beating can lower Speed
Cons
- Be wary of Will-o-Wisp & Trick
Excadrill IconExcadrill Pros
- Mold Breaker can negate Levitation and 1-shot with Earthquake
- Speed build + Choice Band can over Speed opponent
- Can negate Volt Switch
Cons
- Be aware of Hydro Pump used in anticipating a swap
- HP + Defense Wash Rotom requires 2 Earthquakes
- Mold Breaker means you can't use Sand Rush
Haxorus IconHaxorus Pros
- Mold Breaker allows Earthquake to hit
- Speed build + Choice Scarf can out-speed Rotom
Cons
- Choice Band needed to 1 shot
Lanturn IconLanturn Pros
- Halves Water moves & Volt Absorb negates all Electric damage
Cons
- Lacks versatility, rarely used

How To Play Against Wash Rotom

Use Grass Type Moves

Grass moves are Wash Rotom's only real weakness, so it's recommended to have a grass type handy for these purposes, as they can also halve the damage of Rotom's Water and Electric moves.

Mold Breaker Is Highly Effective

Using the ability Mold Breaker allows you to connect Earthquake and deal massive damage. However, be aware of the enemy Hydro Pump when using Excadrill for this.

Wash Rotom - Best Nature And EVs

Wash Rotom - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
TimidSpeed↑ / Attack↓
A good bet for ensuring you go first in some key matchups (like vs. Gyarados)
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Attack↓
Focuses on offensive capabilities.
BoldDefense↑ / Attackf↓
For a tanky build that can also handle Ferrothorn.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

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

The speed EVs will be necessary to outspeed major threats like Gyarados, Dragapult, and Galarian Darmanitan

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Wash Rotom - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Rotom at the Lake of Outrage during Rainy weather
2Hatch Eggs (breed with a Ditto) until you get a High IV Rotom
3Breed that Rotom until you get one with a Timid Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Special Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Shadow Ball, and Hydro Pump
7Equip Choice Specs
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Rotom

Catching the Pre-Evolution Base Pokemon

The first step to Breeding Wash Rotom will be to catch one. This can be a bit tricky. Head to the Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area during rainy weather to find it, but note that it is quite rare. It might be a good idea to try trading for it.

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

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Kozan 2

Seems like he can't learn hydro pump

Anonymous 1

thanks, helped on deciding the nature! Went timid

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