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

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Dracovish Moveset & Best Build

Dracovish
Total Base Stats505
Type water Icon Dragon Icon

Choice Scarf Fishious Rend Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Strong Jaw
Increases the power of biting moves.
Best Moveset
Fishious Rend / Crunch / Psychic Fangs / Earthquake
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Fishious Rend Is King

Fishious Rend effectively has a 382 base power, after calculating Strong Jaw, STAB, & the 2x first-hit bonus. This allows it to massively threaten slow, physical walls like Toxapex, Ferrothorn, & Galarian Corsola.

Use Tailwind Or Max Airstream

Having a teammate which sets up a speed boost like Tailwind or Max Airstream allows Dracovish to strike first and dominate most teams. Try to use Pokemon that can set this up before and sweep with Dracovish.

Clear The Choice Band By Dynamaxing

Your Choice Scarf limitation will be lifted after Dynamaxing. This will allow you to choose a new move. Use it to your advantage when up against opponents that resist your Fishious Rend.

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Dracovish - Best Moves

Choice Scarf Fishious Rend Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Fishious Rend
water Icon
85 Base Power, but does double damage if you hit first. Incredibly powerful must-have move.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Decent to have for coverage, high attack power, can take out Electric types.
Crunch
dark Icon
Benefits from Strong Jaw, gaining increased damage.
Psychic Fangs
Psychic Icon
Destroys Light Screen and Reflect. Useful to have.

Other Viable Moves

MoveTraits
Outrage
Dragon Icon
Powerful STAB move, can do massive damage, but will leave you confused.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Good coverage move. Max Steelspike can also boost your defense.
Leech Life
bug Icon
Can heal Dracovish for 50% of the damage done, giving it a way to sustain itself.

Dracovish - Best Held Items

ItemTraits
Choice Scarf The recommended choice. Focus on getting the first hit at all costs.
Choice Band Increases attack damage by 150%, but you are locked into one move. You risk not going first with Fishious Rend, but if you do get it off it will be even stronger.
Life OrbGives more flexibility with move usage at the cost of health.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Dracovish - Best Nature And EVs

Dracovish - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
This focuses on maximizing the power of Fishious Rend and ensuring it 1HKO's certain tanks.
JollySpd↑ / Sp.Atk↓
This focuses on outspeeding certain threats to ensure double damage on Fishious Rend.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Offensive Variant

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

Boosting Speed and Attack with the Base Point is recommended for Dracovish. What's left can be allocated to HP.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Dracovish Counters

PokemonExplanation
Dragapult IconDragapult Pros
- Can one shot and outspeed
Cons
- Will be one shot switching in vs. Choice Band in the rain
Hydreigon IconHydreigon Pros
- Can one shot and outspeed
Cons
- Will be one shot switching in vs. Choice Band in the rain
Ferrothorn IconFerrothorn Pros
- Resists Fishious Rend
- Can 2 shot with Power Whip
Cons
- Still can be 2 shot in the Rain
Mimikyu IconMimikyu Pros
- Can one shot with Play Rough.
- Can absorb a hit with Disguise
Cons
- Loses to Choice Scarf Dracovish

How To Play Against Dracovish

Watch Out For Rain and Outspeed It!

Dracovish Rain

You'll be left with nothing to worry about if you can simply outspeed Dracovish! At its absolute fastest with a Jolly nature and Scarf, it has 208 Speed (at Lv. 50). Anything above this will be sufficient.

Face It With A Focus Sash

A Focus Sash will allow you to survive Fishious Rend with 1 HP. If you can hit it back with a powerful move of your own after, you should be able to take it out.

Careful When Switching In

Fishious Rend deals double damage when Dracovish hits the user first. This means that switching in triggers the double damage bonus!

Hit It For Regular Damage

Water/Dragon may have few weaknesses, but it also has very few resistances. This means that most moves will be able to deal regular 1x damage to it. Avoid using Steel, Fire, and Water moves and you should be able to overpower Dracovish.

Dracovish - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Assemble a Dracovish using a Fossilized Fish and Fossilized Drake
2Continue making new Dracovish with Fossils until you get one with an Adamant nature and decent IVs.
3Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed
4Max out its Dynamax Level
5Teach it Fishious Rend, Crunch, Earthquake, and Dragon Rush
6Equip a Choice Scarf
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

Can You Breed Dracovish?

Fossilized Dino

Unfortunately, getting Dracovish is a little bit more difficult than most Pokemon, due to it being a fossil. This means it cannot be bred, not even with Ditto! Your only option here is to get lots of Fossils and keep making new ones until they have decent IVs.

>> Check Out Where To Get Fossils Here

Prioritize IVs Over Nature

We recommend prioritizing the Speed and Attack IVs when making new Dracovish. Afterward, level it up to 100 immediately to gain access to Hyper Training.

Check Out Our Hyper Training Guide For More Info

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