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

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Diggersby Best Moveset & Build

Diggersby Icon
Total Base Stats423
Type Normal IconGround Icon

Dynamax Assault Vest Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Huge Power
Boosts the Pokemon's Attack stat.
Best Moveset
Bounce / Earthquake / Giga Impact / Superpower
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Atk 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Huge Power + Max Airstream Massive Damage

Diggersby's Hidden Ability Huge Power doubles its Attack, bringing it up to 112. When Dynamaxing and using Max Airstream, you'll also get a massive speed buff to boot. With one Max Airstream speed boost, you'll be able to outspeed a non-scarfed Dragapult!

Great Move Coverage

One other advantage to Diggersby is that it has access to a wide variety of moves. If you're going to use it primarily as a Dynamaxer, you'll also have high power moves at your disposal. Top this off with an Assault Vest and it can also hold its own against special attackers too!

Choice Scarf Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Huge Power
Boosts the Pokemon's Attack stat.
Best Moveset
Fire Punch / Earthquake / Giga Impact / Superpower
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Atk 252, Speed 252, HP 4

No Need To Rely On Dynamaxing

This particular build employs a Choice Scarf, allowing Diggersby to get moves off fast without requiring it to Dynamax. This leaves you the option of allowing a different Pokemon on your team to Dynamax, whille also doing excellent damage with Diggersby. However, be careful, as many of its moves tend to have low accuracy (except for Earthquake, that is).

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Diggersby - Best Moves

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Dynamax Assault Vest Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Bounce
Flying Icon
Used primarily for Max Airstream to get the speed boost.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Powerful STAB move, great damage.
Giga Impact
Normal Icon
Powerful STAB move that forces the user to recharge the next turn.
Superpower
Fighting Icon
Powerful move, useful for Max Knuckle while Dynamaxed.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Foul Play
dark Icon
Uses the opponent's attack to deal damage. Coverage move.
Wild Charge
electric Icon
High damage, but deals recoil. Used mainly for coverage.
Fire Punch
fire Icon
Coverage move vs Grass types.
Stone Edge
Rock Icon
Coverage move vs Flying types.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Coverage move vs Fairy types.
Gunk Shot
Poison Icon
Coverage move vs. Fairy and Grass types.

Choice Scarf Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Powerful STAB move, great damage.
Giga Impact
Normal Icon
Powerful STAB move that forces the user to recharge the next turn.
Superpower
Fighting Icon
Powerful move, useful for Max Knuckle while Dynamaxed.
Fire Punch
fire Icon
Coverage move vs Grass types.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Foul Play
dark Icon
Uses the opponent's attack to deal damage. Coverage move.
Wild Charge
electric Icon
High damage, but deals recoil. Used mainly for coverage.
Body Slam
Normal Icon
Safer alternative to Giga Impact!
Stone Edge
Rock Icon
Coverage move vs Flying types.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Coverage move vs Fairy types.
Gunk Shot
Poison Icon
Coverage move vs. Fairy and Grass types.

Diggersby - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Assault VestGreat way to boost defensiveness as well.
Choice ScarfLocks you into a move but boosts speed by 150%. Allows you to go first vs many opponents.

Diggersby Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Diggersby

PokemonExplanation
Rotom-WashWash Rotom Pros
- Hydro Pump is super effective
- Immune to Earthquake
- Can 1 shot even vs Assault Vest
- Simply faster
Cons
- Can't one shot Assault Vest + Dynamax
- With no defensive EVs, will be one shot by Max Strike
Galarian DarmanitanGalarian Darmanitan Pros
- Gorilla Tactics/Adamant Icicle Crash can one shot Dynamax on a roll
- Faster than Jolly Diggersby even without a speed nature
Cons
- Can't switch into it
- Can be one shot by Choice Scarf Earthquake (depending on roll)
FerrothornFerrothorn Pros
- Choice Band Power Whip has a high chance of 1 shotting Dynamax
- Can one shot non-Dynamaxed versions even with no Atk EVs
- Physically defensive, can take many hits
Cons
- Weak to Max Knuckle, can be set up on
- Will be one shot by Max Flare
CorviknightCorviknight Pros
- Resists normal moves, immune to Ground moves
- Can set up on Diggersby easily
- Can even take Wild Charge
Cons
- Can't deal with Dynamax builds in general
- Will lose to Max Lightning

How To Play Against Diggersby

Counters Differ Depending On If It Dynamaxes Or Not

How you go about dealing with Diggersby changes if you're facing a Dynamax user or not. Try to set up a situation where you force the opponent to use Dynamax quickly and create an advantageous situation for yourself.

Use Tanks For Non-Dynamaxers

Diggersby has a wide pool of available moves, but most of them are not STAB. As such, many defensively built Pokemon should be able to take hits from a non-Dynamaxed Diggersby without much trouble. One thing to watch out for is the possibility of Diggersby running Swords Dance, but this doesn't seem to be very common at the moment.

Use Super-Effective Moves On Dynamax Builds

It is not recommend to attempt to endure attacks from a Dynamaxed Diggersby. As such, it's better to Dynamax a Pokemon faster than it and aim for a 2HKO. Alternatively, if you can land a super-effective move, some Pokemon can even one shot it through its Dynamax HP boost.

Diggersby - Best Nature And EVs

Diggersby - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
JollySpeed↑ / Sp.Atk↓
This is necessary to supplement Diggersby's low speed stat.

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Both Builds

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

Regardless of the build, we recommend offensive investments for Diggersby, as they pair well with its power-boosting ability.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Diggersby - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Bunnelby or Diggersby in Rolling Field during all weather
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Bunnelby
3Breed that Bunnelby until you get one with a Jolly Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Bounce, Earthquake, Giga Impact, and Superpower
7Equip an Assault Vest
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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