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This is our tier list for the strongest Pokemon for Ranked Battle in the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. If you're planning on getting into Ranked Battle, but don't know what Pokemon to start with, this list will get you started in the right direction. Mimikyu, Dragapult, Tyranitar - these are the names you'll get familiar with. Read on for details about which Pokemon the strongest trainers are using in online play.

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Tier List Updates as of 2020/4/3

Tier Changes
Tier 1 Lapras ↑↑↑
Tier 2 Tyranitar ↓
Tier 3 No change
Tier 4 Type: Null

Best Pokemon Tier List For Ranked Battle

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Tier 1
Mimikyu Icon.pngMimikyu Dragapult Icon.pngDragapult Lapras Icon.pngLapras Excadrill Icon.pngExcadrill
Tier 2
Gyarados Icon.pngGyarados Heat Rotom Icon.pngHeat Rotom Tyranitar Icon.pngTyranitar Corviknight Icon.pngCorviknight
Togekiss Icon.pngTogekiss Hydreigon Icon.pngHydreigon
Tier 3
Grimmsnarl Icon.pngGrimmsnarl Galarian Darmanitan Icon.pngGalarian Darmanitan Duraludon Icon.pngDuraludon Cloyster Icon.pngCloyster
Toxapex Icon.pngToxapex Snorlax Icon.pngSnorlax Durant Icon.pngDurant Wash Rotom Icon.pngWash Rotom
Ferrothorn Icon.pngFerrothorn Sylveon Icon.pngSylveon Hippowdon Icon.pngHippowdon Rhyperior Icon.pngRhyperior
Conkeldurr Icon.pngConkeldurr Quagsire Icon.pngQuagsire Cinderace Icon.pngCinderace Mow Rotom Icon.pngMow Rotom
Tier 4
Dracovish Icon.pngDracovish Haxorus Icon.pngHaxorus Dracozolt Icon.pngDracozolt Aegislash Icon.pngAegislash
Whimsicott Icon.pngWhimsicott Charizard Icon.pngCharizard Ditto Icon.pngDitto Gastrodon Icon.pngGastrodon
Inteleon Icon.pngInteleon Umbreon Icon.pngUmbreon Type - Null.pngType: Null Hatterene Icon.pngHatterene
Bisharp Icon.pngBisharp Chandelure Icon.pngChandelure

Best Pokemon - Tier 1

The current metagame is ruled by fast Physical attackers, and Tier 1 is no exception. Both Mimikyu and Dragapult use high Speed and Attack to their advantage to power up and sweep the opposing team.

Mimikyu

Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Disguise
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Swords Dance
Play Rough
Shadow Sneak
Shadow Claw

Mimikyu's Strong Points

If there's one Pokemon from the Sword and Shield Metagame you should know about, it's Mimikyu. Mimikyu currently appears in about 99% of parties in Ranked Battle (note: plus or minus some heavy exaggeration). If you're not sure about which Pokemon you should use in your team, you can't go wrong with Mimikyu.

With its Ability Disguise, Mimikyu is able to take one attack with damage equal to just 10% of its maximum HP, allowing it to pull off a Swords Dance without fail. With its Attack boosted by 2 stages for free at the onset, there's few and far between a foe that can take its Dynamax attacks head on. Mimikyu's power to confidently take out at least one of its opponent's Pokemon is what makes it a must on competitive teams.

Dragapult

Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult
Nature Naive (+Spd, -SpDef)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Clear Body
Held Item Focus Sash / Choice Scarf / Choice Band / Weakness Policy
Moveset Dragon Darts
Phantom Force
Fire Blast
Steel Wing

Dragapult's Strong Points

Dragapult is one of the few Pokemon appearing in Sword and Shield with total Base Stats in the 600+ range. In addition to the recommended Moves above, it's also capable of Thunderbolt, Shadow Ball, Will-o-Wisp, and other moves to trip up your opponent. Dragapult's strength is found in its unpredictAbility.

Lapras

Moveset & Best Build for Umbreon
Nature Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / HP 132 / Def 84 / Sp.Def. 36 / Atk. 4
Final Stat Values HP 222 / Atk. 106 / Def. 111 / Sp.Atk. 150 / Sp.Def. 120
Ability Water Absorb
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Freeze-Dry
Surf
Ice Shard
Sheer Cold

Lapras's Strong Points

High Base Stats overall allow it to withstand attacks while simultaneously hitting back with powerful attacks of its own.

When using Gigantamax Lapras, its G-Max Resonance can set up simultaneous Reflect and Light Screen, without requiring Hail like Aurora Veil.

It also has the potential to break through a wall-heavy player's defenses for a one-hit KO with Sheer Cold.

Excadrill

Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Mold Breaker
Held Item Focus Sash / Assault Vest / Choice Scarf / Choice Band / Life Orb
Moveset Earthquake
Iron Head
Rock Tomb
Horn Drill
Fissure
Stealth Rock

Excadrill's Strong Points

Excadrill is known as a powerful counter for Mimikyu and Rotom. With its Ability Mold Breaker, it can break through Mimikyu's Disguise and Rotom's Levitate to hit both of their weak spots.

With a base Speed of 88, it's slightly faster than Rotom, so making sure Excadrill is as fast as possible is a must. With Rock Tomb, Excadrill can set up for its teammates to come in with an advantage after it's defeated, and with Horn Drill, it has a chance of defeating foes that it normally wouldn't be able to handle.

Best Pokemon - Tier 2

Although they can't top the Tier 1 Pokemon's elite status, the Pokemon in Tier 2 are essential to Ranked Battle. Even after about you've played about 200 online battles, Pokemon like Heat Rotom and Gyarados remain foes which all players must beware of in battle. When using these Pokemon, you'll understand the power that makes them belong in Tier 2.

Gyarados

Moveset & Best Build for Gyarados
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Moxie
Held Item Lum Berry
Moveset Waterfall
Bounce
Power Whip
Dragon Dance

Gyarados's Strong Points

A Pokemon beloved since Pokemon Red & Blue, Gyarados is back for more in Sword and Shield. With its Ability Moxie and its Dynamax Move Max Airstream (from Bounce), Gyarados has the potential to snag an effect equivalent to Dragon Dance on its first turn out.

Against a weak party, Gyarados is known to sweep the whole team alone. And in addition to its killer Attack, its defensive stats are strong around the board, with a base 100 Special Defense standing out, allowing it to hold its own when taking hits as well.

Heat Rotom

Moveset & Best Build for Heat Rotom
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / Atk. 4
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
Moveset Overheat
Discharge
Volt Switch
Trick
Dark Pulse

Heat Rotom's Strong Points

Heat Rotom's combination of Fire and Electric types make it highly effective for handling a variety of threats.

When Dynamaxed, it can unleash a firestorm with Max Flare to deal heavy damage fast.

As there are a limited number of usable Fire-types in the current metagame, Heat Rotom serves an ever more essential niche with grace.

Tyranitar

Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 4
Ability Sand Stream
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Stone Edge
Iron Tail
Fire Punch
Superpower

Tyranitar's Strong Points

Like Dragapult, Tyranitar is a rare Pokemon with 600+ total Base Stats. With its strong fortitude combined with the boost acquired from its Weakness Policy, Tyranitar is a force to be reckoned with when Dynamaxed. Even when fighting an opponent with a type advantage, Tyranitar can often break through and deal substantial damage, leading to its common use as a Lead Pokemon. Don't underestimate it!

Corviknight

Moveset & Best Build for Corviknight
Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Ability Mirror Armor
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Moveset Roost
Iron Head
Taunt
Drill Peck

Corviknight's Strong Points

With Corviknight's high HP and Defense, it's great for taking heavy Physical hits. Its effective combination of Flying and Steel types keep its weakness count down to two, only Fire and Electric.

With its Ability Mirror Armor, it can ignore the Defense drop caused by Max Phantasm. As its Steel typing also makes it invulnerable to Toxic, it's an ideal tank Pokemon for your team.

Togekiss

Moveset & Best Build for Togekiss
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Spd. 236 / Sp.Atk. 30
Ability Serene Grace
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Air Slash
Fire Blast
Dazzling Gleam
Nasty Plot

Togekiss's Strong Points

Togekiss is revered for its Ability to cause flincing with a 60% rate using its Ability Serene Grace together with Air Slash.

It also has a good balance of Base Stats, making it generally easy to use.

When Dynamaxed, it can use Max Airstream to boost its Speed, making even more effective at outspeeding and causing flinching.

Hydreigon

Moveset & Best Build for Hydreigon
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Specs / Choice Scarf
Moveset Draco Meteor
Fire Blast
Hydro Pump
Dark Pulse

Hydreigon's Strong Points

Like Dragapult and Tyranitar, Hydreigon has 600+ total Base Stats. As a powerful Special Attacker with Choise Specs, Hydreigon can put the pressure on the opponent with powerful attacks.

With a base Speed of 98, it's faster than Mimikyu, so Hydreigon can't help but bring the pain with its fast attacks. With attacks available in a variety of types, it's a great Pokemon to consider Dynamaxing.

Best Pokemon - Tier 3

The Pokemon in Tier 3 are used frequently as counters to those in Tiers 1 and 2. For example, Grimmsnarl is an exquisite match to handle Dragapult.

Grimmsnarl

Moveset & Best Build for Grimmsnarl
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Def. 4
Ability Prankster
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Bulk Up
Sucker Punch
Substitute
Play Rough

Grimmsnarl's Strong Points

Grimmsnarl is a holder of the rare Ability Prankster. With its combination of the Dark and Fairy types, it's an ideal counter for Dragapult.

Prankster allows it to use Bulk Up first without fail, allowing it to raise its Defense before taking a hit, while Sucker Punch and Play Rough are great for taking down opponents.

Galarian Darmanitan

Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Darmanitan
Nature Jolly
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Ability Gorilla Tactics
Held Item Choice Scarf / Choice Band
Moveset Flare Blitz
Icicle Crash
U-turn
Stone Edge
Superpower
Earthquake

Galarian Darmanitan's Strong Points

Galarian Darmanitan's Ability, Gorilla Tactics, gives it an immediate one-stage Attack boost. If it wears a Choice Item as well, the positive effects of the two will stack, and as the negative effects are the same, you can use them both for the price of one. This allows Galarian Damanitan to to opt for the Choice Scarf and outspeed many opponents while dealing heavy damage thanks to Gorilla Tactics.

Duraludon

Moveset & Best Build for Duraludon
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 236 / HP 20
Ability Light Metal
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Draco Meteor
Flash Cannon
Thunderbolt
Solar Beam

Duraludon's Strong Points

Duraludon is blessed with the useful Dragon/Steel type combination, with only two weaknesses, Fighting and Ground.

Armed with the Choice Scarf, it can outspeed a number of fast opponents, including Jolly Dragapult.

Cloyster

Moveset & Best Build for Cloyster
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 180 / HP 78
Ability Skill Link
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Shell Smash
Icicle Spear
Rock Blast
Ice Shard

Cloyster's Strong Points

Cloyster is able to learn the powerful stat-boosting move Shell Smash.

It also has the Ability Skill Link, which allows it to land five hits for all multi-hit moves. This completely changes the reliAbility factor of these moves, allowing Cloyster to use moves like Icicle Spear reliably to take down threats and pierce through Mimikyu's Disguise.

Toxapex

Moveset & Best Build for Toxapex
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Atk. 4
Ability Regenerator
Held Item Black Sludge
Moveset Recover
Baneful Bunker
Scald
Haze

Toxapex's Strong Points

With its high Defense, Toxapex is a mainstay among Physical defenders on Ranked Battle teams.

Its Ability Regenerator also helps in this regard as it makes Toxapex's HP much easier to manage.

Snorlax

Moveset & Best Build for Snorlax
Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Atk. 4
Ability Gluttony
Held Item Figy Berry
Moveset Recycle
Body Slam
Curse
Fire Punch

Snorlax's Strong Points

With its high Special Defense, it plays a useful role as a sponge for Special attacks.

It also plays an important role on teams as a Normal-type to throw off the dominance of Ghost-type Moves.

Durant

Moveset & Best Build for Durant
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Hustle
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Iron Head
X-Scissor
Thunder Fang
Superpower

Durant's Strong Points

By Dynamaxing, it can rid itself of the accuracy drop of its Hustle Ability while retaining the Attack boost.

With a Speed of 109, it can outspeed a wide range of opponents.

Wash Rotom

Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom
Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk) or Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Def. 4 or
Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Specs / Choice Scarf / Sitrus Berry
Moveset Discharge
Volt Switch
Hydro Pump
Will-o-Wisp
Trick
Dark Pulse

Wash Rotom's Strong Points

Wash Rotom has carried on its legacy as a strong contender from previous games. With its powerful combination of the Water and Electric types, and its Levitate Ability to rid itself of its Ground weakness, Wash Rotom's power is easy to understand.

With a Timid Nature, it can boost its Base Speed as high as 156, and with a Choice Scarf on deck, it can reach a higher Speed than Dragapult and use a powerful Volt Switch first.

Ferrothorn

Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn
Nature Relaxed (+Def, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Atk. 4
Ability Iron Barbs
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Gyro Ball
Leech Seed
Protect
Knock Off

Ferrothorn's Strong Points

Ferrothorn is without a doubt the most frequently found Tier 3 Pokemon. With its effective type combination of Grass and Steel, it's only weak to Fire and Fighting type moves.

If it seems like the opponent will use a Gyarados or Wash Rotom, stacking a Ferrothorn in your team is a no-brainer. By sapping the foe's HP with Iron Barbs and Protect, use Knock Off to get rid of the foe's Held Item.

Sylveon

Moveset & Best Build for Sylveon
Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 236 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 20
Final Stat Values HP 200 / Sp.Atk. 178 / Sp.Def 150 / Spd. 83 / Def. 85
Ability Pixilate
Held Item Choice Specs
Throat Spray
Moveset Hyper Voice
Quick Attack
Mystical Fire
Psyshock

Sylveon's Strong Points

Sylveon's Pixilate Ability turns Hyper Voice into a STAB move with a 30% power boost as icing on the cake.

Its incredible Special Defense allows it to handle moves from powerful Special attackers without breaking a sweat.

Hippowdon

Moveset & Best Build for Hippowdon
Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Ability Sand Stream
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Moveset Slack Off
Yawn
Earthquake
Rock Tomb

Hippowdon's Strong Points

Hippowdon can use Yawn to force a switch, which can be an opportunity to set up Stealth Rock.

With its high Defense, it's also capable of taking hits from the variety of Physical attackers in the metagame.

Rhyperior

Moveset & Best Build for Rhyperior
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 222 / Atk. 211 / Def. 151 / Sp.Def. 75 / Spd. 60
Ability Solid Rock
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Earthquake
Rock Blast
Fire Punch
Superpower

Rhyperior's Strong Points

Its high base Attack and Defense make it effective as a Physical attacker.
Also, its Ability Solid Rock reduces the damage it takes from super effective attacks, making it a capable user of Weakness Policy.

Conkeldurr

Moveset & Best Build for Conkeldurr
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 212 / Atk. 211 / Def. 115 / Sp.Def. 86 / Spd. 65
Ability Iron Fist
Held Item Expert Belt
Assault Vest
Moveset Mach Punch
Drain Punch
Thunder Punch
Ice Punch

Conkeldurr's Strong Points

Thanks to its potential to heal damage with Drain Punch, it can handle a number of opponents despite its low Speed.

In a metagame with a dearth of Fighting types, it stands out as a strong exception.

Quagsire

Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Def. 150 / Sp.Def. 85 / Sp.Def. 86 / Spd. 55
Ability Unaware
Held Item Leftovers
Rocky Helmet
Moveset Scald
Recover
Toxic
Stockpile

Quagsire's Strong Points

Its Ability Unaware, combined with a movepool of some of the best attacks in the metagame, allow it to handle a variety of threats.

It's also easy to use in most parties, due to its lack of weaknesses aside from Grass.

Cinderace

Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 156 / Atk. 168 / Def. 95 / Sp.Def. 95 / Spd. 188
Ability Blaze
Held Item Life Orb
Focus Sash
Moveset Pyro Ball
High Jump Kick
Sucker Punch
Bounce

Cinderace's Strong Points

Its exclusive attack Pyro Ball can deal big damage.
Also, it has a wide movepool to counter a variety of potential opponents.

Mow Rotom

Moveset & Best Build for Mow Rotom
Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 157 / Def. 127 / Sp.Atk. 172 / Sp.Def. 127 / Spd. 107
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Volt Switch
Leaf Storm
Discharge
Trick

Mow Rotom's Strong Points

Great for using against Water types, who are frequently used as Physical walls.
Volt Switch is also great to have for switch-heavy battles to avoid an unfavorable matchup.

Best Pokemon - Tier 4

When Tier 4 Pokemon come out, we can start to see a bit of individuality in each team. The presence of these Pokemon shows what Tier 1 or 2 Pokemon the user is afraid of. Tier 4 boasts Pokemon who are strong on their own, those who are strong against those in Tiers 1 to 3, and those who are a pain to deal with for all other Pokemon.

Dracovish

Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish
Nature Jolly
EV Spread Spd. 252 / Atk. 252 / HP 4
Ability Strong Jaw
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Fishious Rend
Draco Meteor
Ice Fang
Crunch

Dracovish's Strong Points

Dracovish's combination of the Water and Dragon types is incredibly defensive, with Dragon and Fairy being its only weaknesses.

With its Ability Strong Jaw, together with the already-powerful Fishious Rend, makes for one attack with an unbelievable high Base Power.

Haxorus

Moveset & Best Build for Haxorus
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 60 / Atk. 188 / Def. 4 / Sp.Def. 4 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 159 / Atk. 191 / Def. 111 / Sp.Def. 91 / Spd. 163
Ability Mold Breaker
Held Item Haban Berry
Moveset Outrage
Dragon Dance
Earthquake
Iron Tail

Haxorus's Strong Points

Haxorus's Mold Breaker Ability combined with Iron Tail can take down Mimikyu in one hit.

With its sky-high attack, it disallows easy switch-ins even for type advantaged Pokemon, allowing it to control the flow of battle.

Dracozolt

Moveset & Best Build for Dracozolt
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Atk. 152 / Def. 111 / Sp.Atk. 90 / Sp.Def. 90 / Spd. 139
Ability Hustle
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Bolt Beak
Low Kick
Earthquake
Outrage

Dracozolt's Strong Points

With the disappearance of Mega Ampharos, Dracozolt is the only Electric/Dragon dual-type Pokemon in existence.

With its Ability Volt Absorb, it can throw off the dominance of an Electric-type sweeper.

Its accuracy comes into question, but its Ability Hustle allows it to deal heavy damage, and the accuracy drop can be removed by Dynamaxing.

Aegislash

Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash
Nature Quiet
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Ability Stance Change
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Shadow Ball
Sacred Sword
Shadow Sneak
King's Shield

Aegislash's Strong Points

By switching between its Blade Forme and Shield Forme, Aegislash's stat total of 500 effectively becomes 680, as it can avoid ever being damaged in Blade Forme.

As its Shield Forme has incredible Defense and Special Defense, it can hold its own against a variety of opponents.

Also, its access to Fighting-type moves provides it with a wide movepool.

Whimsicott

Moveset & Best Build for Whimsicott
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 204 / Def. 164 / Spd. 116 / Sp.Atk. 20 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 161 / Def. 126 / Sp.Atk. 100 / Sp.Def. 96 / Spd. 166
Ability Prankster
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Cotton Guard
Leech Seed
Substitute
Moonblast

Whimsicott's Strong Points

Whimsicott can use a powerful stall combo of Leech SeedSubstitute with its Ability Prankster, which allows Status Moves to always move first.

It can also prevent the stall from being an opportunity for the opponent to stat boost by forcing the opponent to repeat a move with Encore.

Charizard

Moveset & Best Build for Charizard
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Solar Power
Held Item Weakness Policy / Life Orb / Expert Belt
Moveset Fire Blast
Air Slash
Solar Beam
Dragon Pulse

Charizard's Strong Points

When it Dynamaxes, Charizard can use Max Airstream to boost its Speed, increasing its sweeping potential.

It can also use Max Flare when Dynamaxed to cause intense sunlight, activating its Ability Solar Power to boost its Special Attack.

Ditto

Moveset & Best Build for Ditto
To Be Announced

Ditto's Strong Points

With Choice Scarf, Ditto can move faster than the Pokemon it has copied.

This is especially important to in battles where Speed is of the essence, such as against Dragapult.

Gastrodon

Moveset & Best Build for Gastrodon
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 218 / Def. 132 / Sp.Atk. 112 / Sp.Def. 103 / Spd. 59
Ability Storm Drain
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Rocky Helmet
Rindo Berry
Moveset Scald
Clear Smog
Recover
Yawn

Gastrodon's Strong Points

Its type combination removes all its weaknesses except a 4x weakness to Grass.
Also, it's able to run a variety of builds, making it hard for the opponent to predict what it's up against.

Inteleon

Moveset & Best Build for Inteleon
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Def. 4 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 145 / Atk. 94 / Def. 85 / Sp.Atk. 177 / Sp.Def. 86 / Spd. 189
Ability Torrent
Held Item Mystic Water
Moveset Hydro Cannon
Air Slash
Scald
Endure

Inteleon's Strong Points

Its high Speed allows it to move faster than most opponents.
In addition, its Ability Torrent pairs well with Focus Sash to deal heavy damage.

Umbreon

Moveset & Best Build for Umbreon
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread Def. 252 / HP 244 / Sp.Def. 12
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Def. 178 / Sp.Def. 152 / Spd. 85
Ability Synchronize
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Moveset Foul Play
Wish
Yawn
Taunt

Umbreon's Strong Points

Its combination of high Defense and Special Defense make it a formidable wall.
On top of that, it can use Wish to restore its and its allies' HP.

Type: Null

Moveset & Best Build for Type: Null
Nature Relaxed (+Def, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk. 115 / Def. 161 / Sp.Atk. 115 / Sp.Def. 116 / Spd. 71
Ability Battle Armor
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset U-turn
Thunder Wave
Facade
Icy Wind

Type: Null's Strong Points

Its balanced stats across the board make it stable offensively and defensively. Eviolite adds to its defensive potential.
Can use a variety of support moves like Toxic and Thunder Wave to support its teammates.

Hatterene

Moveset & Best Build for Hatterene
Nature Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4 (Spd. 0 Recommended)
Final Stat Values HP 164 / Atk. 110 / Def. 115 / Sp.Atk. 206 / Sp.Def. 124 / Spd. 30
Ability Magic Bounce
Held Item Focus Sash
Babiri Berry
Kasib Berry
Moveset Trick Room
Psychic
Dazzling Gleam
Mystical Fire

Hatterene's Strong Points

Can be used to set up Trick Room.
Its Ability Magic Bounce is highly useful for reflecting status moves.

Bisharp

Moveset & Best Build for Bisharp
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 172 / Atk. 194 / Def. 120 / Sp.Def. 90 / Spd. 91
Ability Defiant
Held Item Occa Berry
Moveset Sucker Punch
Iron Head
Throat Chop
Swords Dance

Bisharp's Strong Points

Its Ability Defiant comes into its own in a Dynamax-focused metagame, where many Max Moves lower stats, causing Bisharp's Attack to sharply increase.
It's also quite proficient as an attacker in its own right.

Chandelure

Moveset & Best Build for Chandelure
Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Def. 110 / Sp.Atk. 216 / Sp.Def. 110 / Spd. 101
Ability Infiltrator
Held Item Choice Specs
Expert Belt
Moveset Shadow Ball
Flamethrower
Energy Ball
Psychic

Chandelure's Strong Points

Its sky-high Base Special Attack lets it pull off massive hits.
It's also able to set up Trick Room to benefit its teammates.

Trends of the Current Metagame

Mimikyu and Dragapult are featured on most teams

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In the current Ranked Battle metagame environment, it's the going standard for most teams to feature both Mimikyu and Dragapult. These two Pokemon are both extremely difficult to withstand in their Dynamax forms, and it's necessary to have Pokemon who can counter them on your team. Pokemon who are able to fend these two off, such as Duraludon and Grimmsnarl, rise in the tier ranks accordingly.

Most teams take advantage of Dynamax

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The boost which Dynamaxing provides to HP, as well as the effects of each Max Move are taken heavily into consideration when planning teams for Ranked Battle. The Move Max Airstream, with its effects increasing Speed, is particularly popular, and Pokemon who can use it effectively, such as Gyarados and Corviknight, gain popularity as a result.

Weakness Policy has become increasingly useful

The advent of Dynamax has allowed Pokemon who normally would faint in one hit from moves to survive, thanks to the HP boost it provides. This grants new potential for the item Weakness Policy, which activates when a Pokemon is hit by a super effective move and grants a two-stage Attack and Special Attack boost. Pokemon who otherwise would not have been able to survive a super effective hit now have the potential to hit back harder than ever.

Weakness Policy Effects and How to Obtain It

Physical Attackers are ever-present

In the current metagame, physical attackers appear significantly more frequently than special attackers. This makes Pokemon such as Toxapex, who can withstand heavy physical damage, all the more essential to have in your party.

Summary

And that's our latest Tier List of the Best Pokemon for Ranked Battle as of April 2020. There are many other Pokemon we'd like to introduce, but we'll keep it at these for now.

If you're thinking of getting into competitive play, or if you're having trouble winning online, some of the Pokemon in this article might be just what your team needs.

Here's hoping you can have as much fun playing online as we have. Check back soon as we continue updating with tier upsets, new additions and more individual Build pages!

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