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

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Grimmsnarl Overview

Grimmsnarl
Total Base Stats510
Type Dark Icon Fairy Icon

Dual Screen Setup Build

Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Defense ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Light Clay
Best Ability
Prankster
Gives priority to a status move.
Best Moveset
Reflect / Light Screen / Thunder Wave / Spirit Break
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 244, Speed 12

Grimmsnarl Strengths

Grimmsnarl's ability Prankster makes it the ideal supporting role for setting up the field. Its main purpose is to use Thunder Wave to paralyze the target, or to use Light Screen & Reflect before swapping for a follow-up Pokemon. This makes it a great counter for Dragapult.

Outspeed Mimikyu

The 12 EVs in speed are specifically to outspeed a paralyzed Mimikyu. The remaining EVs should be put into defensive stats.

Spirit Break For Dark Types

Prankster does not work vs. Dark types, so this build features Spirit Break, which lets you come out on top vs Dark types.

Bulk Up Attacker Build

Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Attack ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Sitrus Berry
Best Ability
Prankster
Gives priority to a status move.
Best Moveset
Bulk Up / Substitute / Spirit Break / Fire Punch
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Attack 252, Speed 4

Priority Bulk Up

Due to Prankster, Grimmsnarl will usually get its Bulk Up off at the beginning of the turn, boosting its attack and defense. Given its high 120 base attack stat, even just one stack of Bulk Up is enough to make Grimmsnarl quite devastating. Its lack of 4x weaknesses is also a plus.

Access To Substitute and Punches

Priority Substitute allows Grimmsnarl to buy time vs. Dynamaxed opponents, making it an incredible, multi-purpose tool with many avenues of use. Additionally, Grimmsnarl can supplement your party's type gaps with an elemental punch.

Grimmsnarl - Recommended Moveset

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Build #1 - Dual Screen Setup Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Spirit Break
Fairy Icon
Debuffs the target's Sp. Attack stat. Good STAB move, useful VS Dark types.
Reflect
status icon
Greatly reduces damage from physical moves for your whole team for 5 (or 8) turns.
Light Screen
status icon
Greatly reduces damage from special moves for your whole team for 5 (or 8) turns.
Thunder Wave
status icon
Paralyzes the opponent, lowering their speed. Useful for stopping sweepers in their tracks.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Play Rough
Fairy Icon
Stronger but also less accurate than Spirit Break. Can reduce opponent's Attack. Also worth considering.

Build #2 - Bulk Up Attacker Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Spirit Break
Fairy Icon
Deals damage and lowers the target's Sp. Attack. Great STAB move.
Substitute
status icon
Reduces HP by 25% and creates a substitute with roughly the same amount of HP. Used to buy time during Dynamax.
Bulk Up
status icon
Boosts Defense and Attack by one stage each. Getes priority due to Prankster.
Fire Punch
fire Icon
Type coverage vs. Steel types like Ferrothorn.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Thunder Punch
electric Icon
Alternative to Fire Punch, primarily for move coverage. Consider your team's weaknesses when choosing a Punch.
Ice Punch
Ice Icon
Alternative to Fire Punch, primarily for move coverage. Consider your team's weaknesses when choosing a Punch.
Body Press
Fighting Icon
Uses Defense to calculate damage instead of attack. Works well with Bulk Up stacking.
Sucker Punch
dark Icon
Priority move, but fails if the opponent doesn't use an attacking move.
Superpower
Fighting Icon
Strong physical damage move, but lowers Attack and Defense when used.

Grimmsnarl - Recommended Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Light ClayExtends effect of Reflect and Light Screen to 8 turns. A must when using the Dual Screen build.
Sitrus BerryRestores a burst of health, useful for tank variants.
LeftoversGood alternative for the Bulky Build, giving it a lot more sustain.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Grimmsnarl Counters

PokemonExplanation
Togekiss IconTogekissPros
- Fairy type, effective against Dark type.
- Special moves are effective against Bulk Up builds
Cons
- None in particular
Duraludon IconDuraludonPros
- High defenses, won't be overwhelmed
- Steel type moves are super effective
Cons
- Weak to Fire Punch
Corviknight IconCorviknightPros
- Resists Fairy type moves
- Taunt stops wall setup completely
- Can set up vs wall variants
Cons
- None in particular
Ferrothorn IconFerrothornPros
- Resists Fairy type moves
- High defense and Gyro Ball give it the advantage in a duel
Cons
- Weak to Fire Punch

How To Play Against Grimmsnarl

Use Dark Types and Taunt

Grimmsnarl's Prankster ability allows it to get priority and set up screens quickly. Dark Pokemon are immune to the Prankster ability, so they are a great choice. Don't actually use a dark move, because Grimmsnarl double resists it! Taunting and forcing it to attack is also another way to completely shut it down.

Use Steel Types With High Defense

Steel types are in a very advantageous position vs Grimmsnarl, resisting it and being super effective. Bring a highly defensive Steel type like Duraludon or Ferrothorn to take Grimmsnarl out.

Grimmsnarl - Base Points (EVs) and Natures

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Dual Screen Setup Build

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Defense244 points
Speed12 points

As mentioned previously, the 12 speed EVs are there to outspeed a paralyzed Mimikyu. The rest should be defensive.

Bulk Up Build

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Attack252 points
Speed4 points

Focuses on getting some HP to cushion blows, and enough attack to overwhelm opponents after Bulk Up.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Grimmsnarl - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
ImpishDef↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Defensive bulky nature to survive while setting up walls.
CarefulSpDef↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Alternative bulky nature to survive special attacks.
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Alternative nature which focuses on Attack, works well with Bulk Up.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Grimmsnarl - Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Impidimp at Motostoke Outskirts or Morgrem in Glimwood Tangle
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Impidimp
3Breed that Grimmsnarl until you get one with an Impish Nature
4Put 252 EVs in HP and Defense
5Max out its Dynamax Level
7Teach it Reflect, Light Screen, Thunder Wave and Spirit Break
8Equip a Light Clay
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Impidimp or Morgrem

Impidimp can be found as a wild Pokemon in Motostoke Outskirts, and also Morgrem is present in Glimwood Tangle. These Pokemon are both the pre-evolution form of Grimmsnarl.

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