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Haxorus Best Moveset & Build

Haxorus
Total Base Stats600
Type Dragon Icon

Mold Breaker Life Orb Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Mold Breaker
Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities.
Best Moveset
Outrage / Iron Tail / Swords Dance / Earthquake
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Atk 252, Speed 252, Def 4

A Mold Breaker That Outspeeds Mimikyu

The main draw to Haxorus is that it outspeeds Mimikyu and has Mold Breaker. This allows it to break through its Disguise and take it out. There are other Mold Breaker options available, but Haxorus simply excels in terms of pure attack power.

Two Super-Effective Moves VS. Mimikyu

Iron Tail and Shadow Claw are both moves that will deal super-effective damage to Mimikyu. Iron Tail is somewhat unrelaible due to its accuracy, while Shadow Claw is accurate but deals less damage. The decision is ultimately up to you as to what you prefer.

MovePower and Effect
Iron TailWill 1 shot, but has a 75% accuracy.
Max SteelspikeWill 1 shot.
Shadow ClawWill 1 shot if you have a Life Orb (or better).
Max PhantasmWill 1 shot.

Swords Dance or Dragon Dance?

The choice between these two buff moves comes down to two things: More firepower, or more speed. If you want to outspeed Scarf Rotom or Scarf Togekiss, choose Dragon Dance. If you're using a Choice item, you don't need either of these moves, however.

Counter Dragon Types With A Haban Berry

One alternate way to specialize your Haxorus is to equip a Haban Berry and pit it against enemy Dragon types like Hydreigon and Dragapult. Note that if you want to survive Hydreigon's Draco Meteor, you'll need to put 124 EVs into HP (take them from Attack).

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Haxorus - Best Moves

Mold Breaker Life Orb Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Outrage
Dragon Icon
Extremely powerful STAB move. Useful versus all targets, but especially against Dragons.
Iron Tail
Flying Icon
Low accuracy steel move, but will one-shot Mimikyu. Useful while Dynamaxed too.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Powerful coverage move, works well vs. Rotom due to Mold Breaker.
Swords Dance
status icon
Increases attack Sharply. Useful to ensure a sweep.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Shadow Claw
Ghost Icon
Accurate but lower power than Iron Head.
Crunch
dark Icon
Good coverage move.
Rock Slide
Rock Icon
Good coverage move.
Dual Chop
Dragon Icon
Alternative to Outrage that has fewer drawbacks, but is also weaker.
Dragon Dance
status icon
Alternative to Swords Dance, will help you outspeed certain Scarf users.
Guillotine
Normal Icon
Useful vs. walls that try to stall you with recovery moves.

Haxorus - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Life OrbIncreases the attack of all moves at the expense of health. Useful damage boosting item.
Lum BerryCures a status condition. Lets you get off scot-free after using Outrage.
Haban BerryReduces the damage of super-effective Dragon moves. Useful for specializing as a Dragon-killer.
Choice ScarfIncreases speed by 150% but locks you into a move. Useful for outspeeding certain Dragon types.
Choice BandIncreases attack by 150% but locks you into a move. Useful for ensuring 1HKOs on some targets.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Haxorus - Best Nature And EVs

Haxorus - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
JollySpeed↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Jolly nature is absolutely necessary to outspeed Mimikyu.

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Mold Breaker Life Orb Build

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Defense4 points

This EV allocation is optimal for outspeeding and taking out Mimikyu with one shot.

Anti-Hydreigon Spec

StatBase Point
Attack128 points
Speed252 points (max)
HP124 points
Defense4 points

This will allow you to survive 1 Draco Meteor so you can take out Hydreigon.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Haxorus Counters

PokemonExplanation
CorviknightCorviknight Pros
- High defense lets it withstand hits
- Won't be hit with a super-effective move
Cons
- Can be set up on with Swords Dance
- Might be taken out by Guillotine
HippowdonHippowdon Pros
- Can take at least 2 hits
- Can set up Stealth Rock and Yawn easily
Cons
- Lum Berry might break Sleep
- Choice Band Outrage will 2 shot it
FerrothornFerrothorn Pros
- High defense, can take hits
- Leech Seed and its Ability will wear Haxorus down
- Can deal 60% damage with Gyro Ball
Cons
- Can be 2 shot by Close Combat
- Can be taken out with Guillotine
Galarian Corsola IconGalarian CorsolaPros
- Will-o-Wisp and Strength Sap can lower its attack
- Immune to Guillotine and Close Combat
Cons
- Has a hard time finishing Haxorus off
HydreigonHydreigon Pros
- Is slightly faster than Haxorus
- Can one shot with Dragon moves
Cons
- Countered by Haban Berry, Choice Scarf, and Focus Sash
Galarian DarmanitanGalarian Darmanitan Pros
- Can outspeed and one-shot with Icicle Spear + Choice Scarf
Cons
- Loses to Scarf variants

How To Play Against Haxorus

Use A Physical Wall

Haxorus has a devastating 147 base Attack stat, which means that you'll almost certainly need a physical tank to deal with. Bring out Corviknight, as that will give you the highest chance of coming out alive. Try setting up on it with Bulk Up, before it sets up too much of its own Swords/Dragon Dances.

Outspeed and 1-Shot It

Haxorus doesn't have particularly excellent defensive stats, so it's easiest to hit it hard and fast with a super-effective move. Take it out before it boosts its Defense with Max Steelspike.

Watch Out For Mold Breaker

Haxorus will almost always be running Mold Breaker. As such, keep Pokemon who rely on their ability like Mimikyu or Rotom out of the battle.

Haxorus - Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch an Axew on Route 6 or in Axew's Eye.
2Hatch eggs until you get a high IV Axew.
3Breed that Axew until you get one with a Jolly nature.
4Put 252 EVs in Atk and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Outrage, Iron Head, Earthquake, and Swords Dance
7Equip a Life Orb
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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