Find out how to get and use a competitive Ditto in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the best movesets, best builds, best nature, counters and its hidden ability, Imposter!
Ditto Best Competitive Build
|Total Base Stats||288|
Best Competitive Build For Ditto
|Best Nature||Best Item|
|Any Nature Is Okay!||Choice Scarf|
Transforms into the Pokemon in front of it.
|Best EV Spread|
|HP 252, other EVs are not necessary|
Ditto's Bizarre Training Process
- Any Nature is okay
- Hidden Ability "Imposter" is a must
- Only Max HP IVs are necessary
- Only need 252 EVs in HP.
Ditto is a particularly strange Pokemon to use competitively, largely because the process of training it up to be battle-ready is so drastically different from other Pokemon.
Hidden Ability "Imposter" Is A Must
Although Ditto can use a move to transform, it's better to have its Hidden Ability so that it transforms automatically when entering battle. When transforming, Ditto takes on all stats of the enemy Pokemon except HP. This is why you need Max HP IVs and EVs.Check Out Our Guide On Catching a High IV Ditto Here!
How To Use Ditto
The Mechanics of Transformation
|>||Imposter (Hidden Ability) will change Ditto into the opposing Pokemon when it enters battle.|
|>||It copies the opponent's Type, Ability, Moves, and Form.|
|>||It copies all of the opponent's stats except HP! This includes buffs.|
|>||Maximum move PP is set to 5.|
|>||Does not copy the opponent's held item.|
|>||Copying a Dynamax Pokemon will not Dynamax Ditto.|
|>||Cannot transform if the opponent has a Substitute up.|
|>||While transformed, Ditto cannot change forms (such as Galarian Darmanitan's Zen Mode, Mimikyu's Disguise, etc)|
|>||Abilities that apply their effect on entry (like Intimidate) are applied when it transforms.|
Use Ditto Against Set Up Sweepers
Ditto is currently used against Pokemon that buff themselves up and go for a sweep. If you copy your opponent's speed, you will have a 50-50 chance of going first, which is not optimal. Therefore, we recommend running a Choice Scarf to outspeed your opponent.
Strong Against Opponents That Are Weak To Their Own Type
Ditto is particularly effective against Pokemon like Dragapult, which are also weak to their own Dragon type. Other examples include Excadrill, which is weak to its own Earthquake, and Galarian Darmanitan, which is weak to Flare Blitz. A Choice Scarf will allow you to outspeed and OHKO!
Non-Scarf Options Are Possible
Switching Dispels Transformation
If you withdraw your Ditto, it will not retain its transformation. This means that you can pull it back and take it out at a different opportunity if necessary.
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Buff Sweepers Beware!
When choosing which Pokemon to send into a fight, if you spot a Ditto, considering keeping your self-buffing Pokemon back!
Use Dynamax To Your Advantage
Ditto's Transform does not copy Dynamax, so you can use this to your advantage. Additionally, even if Ditto does Dynamax, it will do so using Ditto's (relatively weak) HP stat, making it possible to take it out.
Substitute Blocks Transformation
The move Substitute will render Ditto unable to transform, making it completely useless. However, if Ditto is sent out the same turn you try to use Substitute, the transformation will go through, so be careful.
Can't Transform If The Opponent Isn't There
Play Around Its Moves
Since Ditto is copying your Pokemon, you have complete knowledge of its moveset. Switch to a Pokemon which you know will resist the moves of your previous Pokemon.
Ditto - Recommended Item to Hold
|Choice Scarf||Increases Speed by 150% but locks you in to one move. Necessary to break the speed tie when Ditto transforms.|
|Focus Sash||Useful for ensuring that you don't get one shot and that you can one shot your opponent back!|
|Choice Band||Increases Attack by 150% but locks you in to one move. Could be used if you're planning on providing a speed boost via other supporting Pokemon.|
|Choice Specs||Increases Sp. Attack by 150% but locks you in to one move. Could be used if you're planning on providing a speed boost via other supporting Pokemon.|