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Drednaw Best Gigantamax Moveset & Build

Drednaw
Total Base Stats485
Typewater IconRock Icon

Gigantamax Build

Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Swift Swim

Boosts the Pokémon's Speed stat in rain.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Liquidation / Swords Dance / Head Smash
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Attack + Set Up Rocks Simultaneously

Move G-Max Stonesurge water Icon
Effect Attacks and lays rocks on the opponent's side of the battlefield.

This Drednaw-exclusive move allows you to attack and set up Stealth Rock at the same time, making it more difficult for your opponent to switch in Pokemon, and ruining the effect of Focus Sash. Use this move as fast as possible!

Check Out All Other Gigantamax Pokemon Here!

Get Incredible Speed With Swift Swim

If you use the ability Swift Swim, you'll be even faster than Ludicolo in the rain. However, since you won't be able to set up your own rain, you'll need to have another Pokemon to do it for you. Additionally, since you'll need to invest heavily in Attack/Speed, your defenses will suffer as a result too.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Liquidation
water Icon
Good physical water move. Becomes G-Max Stonesurge.
Head Smash
Rock Icon
Extremely powerful Rock move which deals serious recoil damage.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Powerful Ground move, good coverage.
Swords Dance
status icon
Boosts attack by 2 stages, useful buff move.

Other Viable Moves Moves

Move/TypeReason
Waterfall
water Icon
Slightly weaker alternative to Liquidation.
Rock Slide
Rock Icon
Weaker but safer alternative to Head Smash.
Superpower
Fighting Icon
Good coverage move.
Crunch
dark Icon
Good coverage move.
Body Press
Fighting Icon
Good coverage move, scales with the user's defense stat.
Counter
Fighting Icon
Deals double damage back to the attacker if hit with a physical move.
Stealth Rock
Rock Icon
Lays rocks on the opponent's side of the field, damaging Pokemon when they enter.
Rock Polish
status icon
Increases speed drastically.

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Drednaw - Best Items to Hold

ItemTraits
Hard RockIncreases the damage of Rock-type moves.
Life OrbDeal 10% more damage with moves at the expense of some of your health. Useful for improving overall damage.
Focus SashPrevents you from being one shot. Useful for surviving a grass move.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Drednaw - Best Nature And EVs

Drednaw - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
Adamant Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Useful for maximizing damage with Head Smash and G-Max Stonesurge.
Jolly Speed↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Useful to supplement Drednaw's rather low 74 speed.

What Nature Would You Recommend For Drednaw?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Gigantamax Build

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

Investing in Attack and Speed is a good bet here, as you'll probably be using Drednaw as an offensive Pokemon for the most part.

Alternative Bulkier Build

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
HP252 points (max)
Defense4 points

An alternative build if you find you're just too fragile.

Drednaw Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Drednaw

PokemonExplanation
DuraludonDuraludon Pros
- Resists Water and Rock moves
- Special moves deal high damage
Cons
- None
Rotom-MowMow Rotom Pros
- Resists Water moves
- One shots with Leaf Storm
- Electric moves work well too
Cons
- Has a high chance of being 1 shot by Head Smash
QuagsireQuagsire Pros
- Resists Water and Rock moves
- Toxic works well against it
Cons
- None
RillaboomRillaboom Pros
- Resists Water moves
- Grass moves are 4x effective
Cons
- Gmax Drednaw with HP investment won't be one shot by Drum Beating
CorviknightCorviknight Pros
- G-Max move can blow away Stealth Rock
- Can buff its defense
Cons
- Not weak to any moves except Body Press
FerrothornFerrothorn Pros
- Grass moves are 4x effective
- Resists Water and Rock moves
Cons
- Could be 2-shot with Max Knuckle (comes down to a roll)

How To Play Against Drednaw

Hit Its Weak Defenses

Drednaw's overall defensive base stats aren't too high (especially its Sp.Def.) It is also 2x weak to Electric and Fighting, two very common move types, and 4x weak to Grass. It sometimes runs Counter, so it's recommended that you take it on with a Special move.

Resist Its Main Moves

Bring out a Pokemon that resists Water and Rock moves to make the battle as smooth as possible. It doesn't have any recovery moves, so you should be able to win in the exchange eventually.

Drednaw - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Drednaw that can Gigantamax in Max Raid Battles across the Wild Area.
2Change its nature to Adamant using a Mint
3Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed, and 4 in Defense
4Level it to 100 and max out its IVs in Hyper Training
>> Check Out How To Hyper Train Here
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Earthquake, Head Smash, Swords Dance, and Liquidation
7Equip a Life Orb
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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