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Find out how to breed Umbreon in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the best competitive movesets, best builds, best nature, counters & the breeding process!

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Umbreon Best Moveset & Build

Umbreon
Total Base Stats525
Type dark Icon

Physical Tank Build

Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Defense↑ / Atk↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Synchronize
Passes poison, paralysis, or burns to the Pokémon that inflicted it.
Best Moveset
Yawn / Protect / Wish / Foul Play
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Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Speed 4

Umbreon Strengths

Umbreon is a bulky defensive Pokemon that can impede an opponent's progress, block their sweep, and force them to change out. Foul Play allows it to use the enemy's attack against it, while Yawn can stop sweeps & force a change.

Great Special Defense

Umbreon's high 130 Special Defense stat, allowing it to take special hits successfully, even without a Sp. Def EV investment. However, be careful against opponents who are fully specced into Sp. Atk.

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Umbreon - Best Moves

Physical Tank Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Foul Play
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Deals damage based on the opponent's Attack stat. Useful for taking down buffed up sweepers.
Yawn
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Makes the target sleepy, causing it to fall asleep at the end of the next turn. Useful for stopping sweepers in their tracks.
Protect
status icon
Prevents damage for one turn. Useful for stalling until your Wish comes through.
Wish
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Heals for 50% of max HP at the end of the next turn. Can heal Pokemon other than Umbreon too. Useful for prolonging fights.

Other Viable Moves

MoveTraits
Moonlight
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Restores HP, the amount changes depending on the weather. Good alternative to Wish, could heal for more if you have Sunlight up on your team.
Taunt
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Forces the opponent to use attacking moves. Useful for stopping Tanks from setting up on you. Good move to have to catch your opponents off guard.

Umbreon - Best Items to Hold

ItemTraits
LeftoversRestores health at the end of every turn. Excellent sustain, works well with Protect to stall.
Rocky HelmetDeals damage to Pokemon that hit it with a contact move. Useful especially against physical sweepers.
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Umbreon - Best Nature And EVs

Umbreon - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
BoldDefense↑ / Atk↓
Umbreon doesn't particularly need Attack, as it relies on Foul Play.
CalmSp.Def↑ / Atk↓
Special Defense instead of Defense is also an option, depending on your team's needs.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Defense252 points (max)
Sp.Defense4 points

Boosting HP and Defense is common currently, but a Special Build is also possible.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Umbreon Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Umbreon

PokemonExplanation
MimikyuMimikyuPros
- Disguise can minimize how much damage you take initially
- One shots after 1 Swords Dance
- Max Starfall prevents sleep
Cons
- Foul Play will one shot if you have a Swords Dance buff and no Disguise up
Togekiss IconTogekiss Pros
- Has low attack, so Foul Play isn't a problem
- Can two shot with Dazzling Gleam
- Max Starfall prevents sleep
Cons
- None
Sylveon IconSylveon Pros
- Low attack, Foul Play isn't an issue
- Can two shot with Dazzling Gleam
- Max Starfall prevents sleep
Cons
- None

How To Play Against Umbreon

Break Through Its Defenses With Fairy Type Moves

Umbreon's main drawback is its lack of offensive options aside from Foul Play, as well as its fairy-type weakness. Most Fairy-type moves, both physical and special, will be effective against Umbreon. Additionally, consider Dynamaxing and using Max Starfall to prevent your Pokemon from falling asleep.

Consider Taunting It

Umbreon typically only knows one offensive move, meaning Taunt is quite powerful against it and can render it useless.

Umbreon - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch an Eevee on Route 4.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Eevee
3Breed that Eevee until you get one with a Bold Nature
4Put 252 EVs in HP and Defense
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Raise its happiness and level it up during the night to evolve into Umbreon.
7Teach it Yawn, Foul Play, Wish, and Protect
8Equip Leftovers
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

Toxic Is Gone

Unfortunately, in Generation 8 Umbreon lost the move Toxic from its arsenal. This has hurt it somewhat, but it is still viable due to access to Yawn and other great support moves.

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Anonymous 3

To nr.1:

Togepi/Swirlix -> Pikachu/Togedemaru -> Umbreon

Anonymous 2

You didnt include the fact that yawn and wish are egg moves

Anonymous 1

I don’t think Umbreon has access to yawn and wish in gen 8 yet!

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