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

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Milotic Best Moveset & Build

Total Base Stats540
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Flame Orb Milotic Build

Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Atk↓)Flame Orb
Best Ability
Marvel Scale

Increases Defense when under the effect of a status condition.
Best Moveset
Scald / Recover / Protect / Haze
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Best EV Spread
HP 244, Defense 252, Sp. Def 12

Bulky Physical Tank

Thanks to its Marvel Scale ability, Milotic's Defense increases by 50% when it has a status condition. This means that if you make it hold a Flame Orb, it will automatically activate. With excellent base stats and the move Recover, Milotic can be a powerful presence which can't be poisoned.

Excellent Special Defenses

Milotic's 125 Sp.Def stat is already so high that it can withstand many special attacks even without EV or Nature investment. The 244 EVs in HP are there to optimize Milotic's HP with regard to burn damage.

Many Viable Move Options

Milotic has several excellent moves it could ostensibly bring to battle. Protect allows it to get through a turn and safely proc its Flame Orb bonus, Mirror Coat lets it fire back at special attackers, Haze stops opponents from setting up, and Icy Wind lowers the target's speed. This move versatility is one of the main draws of Milotic.

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Milotic - Best Moves

Flame Orb Milotic Build

Recommended Moves

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Heals 50% of HP. A must for Flame Orb builds.
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Strong STAB move that can also burn.
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Prevents you from taking damage for one turn. Useful for stalling one turn while your Flame Orb activates.
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Dispels all buffs on the opponent. Useful to bring in versus self-buffing sweepers.

Other Viable Moves

Icy Wind
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Lowers the opponent's speed. Can work well before swapping out into another Pokemon.
Mirror Coat
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Deals devastating damage back to Pokemon that use a special attack.

Milotic - Best Items to Hold

Flame OrbInflicts a burn. Useful to proc Marvel Scale and get a defense boost. Requires Recover to heal up the damage.
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Milotic - Best Nature And EVs

Milotic - Recommended Natures

Bold Def↑ / Atk↓
With 79 Defense, Bold is the best nature for all physical tank builds.
Calm Sp.Def↑ / Atk↓
For a Sp. Defense variant.

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Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Flame Orb Build

StatBase Point
HP244 points
Defense252 points (max)
Sp. Defense12 points

This spread focuses on building up physical defenses, since Milotic already has an excellent Sp. Def stat.

Milotic Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Milotic

Dracozolt IconDracozolt Pros
- Resists Scald
- Can lock down Milotic with Taunt
- Can overwhelm Milotic with Buzz Beak
- Needs to watch out for Burns from Scald
Togekiss IconTogekiss Pros
- Can stack Nasty Plot and take it out in 2-3 hits
- Also has high Sp. Def, won't take much damage from Scald
- Weak to Mirror Coat
- Has to watch out for Haze dispelling Nasty Plot buffs
Hydreigon IconHydreigon Pros
- Resists Scald
- Can stack Nasty Plot
- Weak to Mirror Coat
- Has to watch out for Haze dispelling Nasty Plot buffs

How To Play Against Milotic

Keep Self Buffing

Although Milotic is able to use Haze, in most cases it won't have the necessary fire power to take you out right away. Most special attackers should be able to hold their ground and find opportunities to keep using self buffing moves (for example, when Milotic uses Recover or Protect).

Use Taunt!

Milotic relies on status moves to function, so using Taunt will really throw a wrench in its plan. You can effectively stop it in its tracks with Taunt - however, be careful of burns if you're using a physical attacker.

Milotic - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Feebas on Route 2 (the lake near the Professor's House)
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Feebas
3Breed that Feebas until you get one with a Bold Nature
4Put 244 points in HP, 252 points in Defense, and 12 points in Sp. Defense
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Scald, Recover, Haze, and Protect
7Equip a Flame Orb
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