Find out how to breed Bisharp in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the best competitive movesets, best builds, best nature, counters and the breeding process.
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Bisharp Best Moveset & Build
|Total Base Stats||490|
Physical Attacker Build
|Best Nature||Best Item|
|Adamant (Atk.↑ / Sp.Atk↓)||Life Orb|
When a stat is lowered, it sharply raises its Attack.
| Iron Head / Swords Dance / Sucker Punch / Stone Edge|
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|Best EV Spread|
|Speed 252, Attack 252, Defense 4|
Sucker Punch Is Your Go-To Move
Bisharp's main strength is its STAB, high power Sucker Punch, which it can also supplement with Swords Dance. Because Sucker Punch gets priority if the opponent uses an attacking move, Bisharp is particularly effective vs. dedicated attackers.
Steel And Dark Typing Provides Great Coverage
Strong VS. Stat Lowering Moves And Abilities
Bisharp's Ability "Defiant" boosts its attack whenever a stat is lowered. This means that when it's hit by Intimidate, its attack will actually increase by one stage. This also discourages the opponent from using Max Moves which lower stats (this includes the Dark, Dragon, Ghost, Bug, and Normal Max Moves).
Surprise Attack With Metal Burst
The move Metal Burst deals damage equal to 1.5x the damage dealt by the opponent's previous attack on Bisharp. This works particularly well if you equip a Focus Sash on Bisharp to ensure it can survive a massive hit.
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Bisharp - Best Moves
Physical Attacker Build
|Iron Head||Powerful STAB move.|
|Swords Dance||Boosts attack 2 stages. Extremely powerful self-buff move.|
|Sucker Punch ||Priority if the opponent uses an attacking move. Very powerful.|
|Stone Edge||Coverage move, low-ish accuracy but higher chance to crit.|
Other Viable Moves
|Throat Chop||STAB move, high damage. Alternative to Sucker Punch.|
|Rock Tomb||Lowers the opponent's speed. Weaker alternative to Stone Edge.|
|Taunt||Forces the opponent to use attacking moves. Good VS. tanks.|
|Thunder Wave||Paralyzes the opponent, halving their speed. Useful when setting up for other Pokemon or just for Bisharp itself.|
|Metal Burst||Deals 1.5x the damage of the last attack Bisharp took. Good with Focus Sash.|
|Guillotine||Extremely low accuracy, but will one shot the target. Very risky move.|
Bisharp - Best Item to Hold
|Life Orb||Recommended for this build, increases damage on all attacking moves at the cost of some health.|
|Focus Sash||Prevents being one shot. Excellent with Metal Burst.|
|Black Glasses||Increase the power of Dark type moves with no drawbacks. Good for maximizing Sucker Punch damage.|
Bisharp - Best Nature And EVs
Bisharp - Recommended Natures
|Adamant||Atk.↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
Bisharp doesn't need to focus on speed, so Adamant is really the only nature you should consider for a physical attacker.
Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation
Physical Attacker Build
|Speed||252 points (max)|
|Attack||252 points (max)|
Speed and Attack are the main stats you want to focus on for Bisharp. However, it's possible to put 252 in HP instead of Speed, as you'll be relying on Sucker Punch for priority anyway.Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!
Recommended Pokemon To Counter Bisharp
- Resists Dark type moves
- Faster than Bisharp
- Can learn Fire moves (which are super effective)
- High physical defenses + can buff itself up
- Can prevent Swords Dance using Taunt
- Can one shot with Body Press
- Vulnerable to Taunt
- Bisharp could use Mirror Armor to its own advantage and boost its attack.
- Resists Dark and Steel type moves
- Vacuum Wave can one shot
- Can outspeed Sucker Punch with priority moves
- If hit with a Dark move, can proc Justified
- Can deal massive damage and heal with Drain Punch
- Can KO with one Mach Punch
- Has to watch out for Focus Sash/Metal Burst combo
|Rotom (Any Form)||Pros |
- Will-o-Wisp can cut attack and render the Focus Sash useless
- Can trick Choice Specs
- Takes about 50% damage from Sucker Punch.
How To Play Against Bisharp
Use Pokemon That Resist Dark Moves
The two main things to watch out for when it comes to Bisharp are Sucker Punch and Swords Dance. If you send out a Pokemon that takes normal damage from Dark moves, you run the risk of being 1-shot by a boosted Sucker Punch. Bring out something that can resist Dark moves (Fighting, Dark, and Fairy types).
Send Out Pokemon That Have Status Moves
If you only use attacking moves, you will constantly be hit with a priority Sucker Punch. Consider bringing Pokemon that have at least one support move. If you can predict its Sucker Punches, you'll be able to get a move off for free.
Avoid Stat Lowering Moves
It goes without saying, but you cannot afford to let Bisharp boost its attack with Defiant. Make sure you don't use Max Moves which lower stats, and avoid Pokemon with Intimidate. Be careful when using Corviknight's Mirror Guard ability, as Bisharp can use that to buff its own stats.
Tanks Should Watch Out For Guillotine
Very occasionally you might come across a Bisharp which runs Guillotine, which will one-shot your stalling tank. This isn't so common, but some people might be running it as a Hail Mary option.
Bisharp - Competitive Breeding Process
Breeding Process Flow Chart
|1||Catch a Pawniard on Route 8 or Bisharp in the Lake of Outrage (during Hail).|
|2||Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Pawniard|
|3||Breed that Pawniard until you get one with an Adamant Nature|
|4||Put 252 EVs in Speed, 252 EVs in Attack, and 4 in Defense|
|5||Max out its Dynamax Level|
|7||Teach it Sucker Punch, Iron Head, Swords Dance, and Stone Edge|
|8||Equip a Life Orb|