Read this to find out the current state of the Ranked Meta in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Find out which Pokemon are used the most & how to counter them in order to rank up!
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Sword and Shield Single Ranked Battles Meta Report
*This article will be updated regularly as the ranked battle meta develops.
Special Attackers On The Rise
As can be seen from the rise in rank of Togekiss & Hydreigon, the number of special attackers has markedly increased in recent days. Due to the relative lack of popular special tanks in the meta, teams that rely on switching in physical tanks are in for a rough time.
Counters To Rotom Emerge
Rotom has seen extremely high usage rates, especially in its Heat and Wash forms. However, Pokemon such as Dracozolt, Water Absorb Quagsire, and Storm Drain Gastrodon are being spotted more and more in response to the Rotom threat. Rotom users are reacting to this in turn by bringing out Mow Rotom.
Physical Dragapults Are On The Decline
Recently, Dragapults running physical attack builds are becoming less and less common in the single player Meta. It seems that Special Attack and Dual Screen variants comprise the majority of Dragapults, with the occasional Mixed Attacker popping up as well. However, it's best not to let your guard down, as a Dragon Dance + Dynamax Dragapult could still sweep you.
Dual Screen and Setup Moves Abound
It seems that the strategy of setting up Light Screen/Reflect with Dragapult, Grimmsnarl, and Duraludon, coupled with a Sweeper packing a self-buffing move (Swords Dance, Bulk Up, etc) is gaining more and more popularity recently. A Dynamaxed Pokemon with a barrier up is incredibly frustrating to fight against, so be careful!
Togekiss Gaining In Popularity
Dynamax + Weakness Policy Togekiss is currently experiencing somewhat of a boom. With Nasty Plot and Max Airstream, it's extremely easy to massively buff yourself and sweep all 3 of your opponent's Pokemon. However, it seems that people are catching on to the Weakness Policy variant, so running Togekiss might become more difficult in the coming days.
A Weakness Policy Is The Best Policy
|Weakness Policy||When hit with a super-effective move, increases your Attack and Special Attack by two stages.|
The addition of Dynamax has provided a massive HP cushion for Pokemon to take a super-effective attack without fainting. As such, the Weakness Policy is seeing far more use than ever before. You should expect to see this item on almost every team, so think carefully before firing off a super-effective move against certain Pokemon.Check Out How To Get The Weakness Policy Here!
Pokemon Frequently Seen In Single Ranked Battles
|Commonly Used Pokemon|
Changes In Commonly Used Pokemon
|12 / 11|| [Very Common → Must Counter] |
[Very Common → Common]
[New To Meta]
12 / 2 - Previous Changes
Explanation Of Popular Pokemon
Pokemon You Need To Counter
|Mimikyu||・Disguise eats up 1 move|
・Fairy/Ghost moves have good coverage
・Good base stat balance.
・Good candidate for Dynamax.
|Dragapult||・One of the fastest Pokemon in the game|
・Many abilities allow for a huge variety of builds
・600 base stats make it quite durable too.
|Togekiss||・STAB Max Airstream boosts speed|
・Can cause repeated flinching with Air Slash
・Very strong with Weakness Policy
|Hydreigon||・600 total base stats, great overall|
・Dark and Steel type moves provide excellent coverage
・Can buff up with Nasty Plot
Very Commonly Used Pokemon
|Tyranitar||・Very high 600 base stats|
・Great with Weakness Policy
・Strong against Focus Sash users
・Wide variety of available moves
・Amazing when paired with Sand Rush Excadrill
|Excadrill||・Mold Breaker + Steel moves can destroy Mimikyu|
・Max Rockfall causes a Sandstorm, which triggers Sand Rush
|Wash Rotom||・Electric type is useful in this meta|
・Can swap efficiently with Volt Switch
・STAB Hydro Pump is rarely resisted
|Heat Rotom||・Electric type is useful in this meta|
・Can swap efficiently with Volt Switch
・Fire moves are currently very strong
|Corviknight||・Mirror Guard can reflect back stat decreasing effects|
・Iron Defense and Roost make it very hard to take down
Commonly Used Pokemon
|Charizard|| ・STAB Max Airstream is quite strong|
・Incredibly strong during Sunny Day
|Galarian Corsola||・Can hold Eviolite, making it very tanky|
・Good healing and support moves
・Can catch unprepared opponents off guard
|Ferrothorn||・Defensively very strong|
・Leech Seed and Protect is amazing
・Incredible STAB Moves, quite a good attacker
|Gyarados||・Intimidate and Moxie are both strong|
・Max Airstream boosts speed
-Surprisingly bulky, few weaknesses
・Gained access to Power Whip
|Duraludon|| ・Steel & Dragon-type is excellent defensively |
・Duraludon with Assault Vest are common
|Galarian Darmanitan||・Gorilla Tactics is basically a free Choice Band|
・Very high base attack stat
・Fire and Ice provide good type coverage
|Cloyster||・Access to the powerful move Shell Smash|
・High defense, good against physical attackers
|Sylveon|| ・Pixelate + Hyper Voice damage is incredible|
・Can learn Fire moves to deal with Steel types
・Has great support moves too
|Greedent||・Has high defense stats |
・Defends well against Mimikyu & common physical attack dealers
|Toxapex||・Very strong defensively|
・Often seen alongside Galarian Corsola
・Hard to deal with due to Recover and its ability Regenerator
・Can cause burns with Scald
|Grimmsnarl||・Strong STAB moves against Mimikyu and Dragapult|
・Good type coverage
・Prankster allows it to get priority on status moves
|Umbreon||・STAB Foul Play is quite strong|
・Yawn, Protect, and Wish work incredibly well together
・Often seen on the same team as Sylveon
|Snorlax|| ・High Sp. Def and base stats|
・Incredible healing with Recycle
・Can set up with Belly Drum and Curse
|Mow Rotom|| ・Strong against Ground types|
・Useful vs. Water Absorb/Storm Drain users