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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. Read on for details about which Pokemon the strongest trainers are using in online play.

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Playable Legendary Pokemon in Series 12

Series 12 allows players to use two Legendary Pokemon per team for competitive play. These include the following:

Pokemon SWSH - MewtwoMewtwo Pokemon SWSH - LugiaLugia Pokemon SWSH - Ho-ohHo-oh Pokemon SWSH - KyogreKyogre
Pokemon SWSH - GroudonGroudon Pokemon SWSH - RayquazaRayquaza Pokemon SWSH - DialgaDialga Pokemon SWSH - PalkiaPalkia
Pokemon SWSH - GiratinaGiratina Pokemon SWSH - ReshiramReshiram Pokemon SWSH - ZekromZekrom Pokemon SWSH - KyuremKyurem
Pokemon SWSH - XerneasXerneas Pokemon SWSH - YveltalYveltal Pokemon SWSH - ZygardeZygarde Pokemon SWSH - CosmogCosmog
Pokemon SWSH - CosmoemCosmoem Pokemon SWSH - SolgaleoSolgaleo Pokemon SWSH - LunalaLunala Pokemon SWSH - NecrozmaNecrozma
Pokemon SWSH - ZacianZacian Pokemon SWSH - ZamazentaZamazenta Pokemon SWSH - EternatusEternatus Pokemon SWSH - CalyrexCalyrex

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Best Pokemon Tier List For Ranked Battle

This tier list is based on the Pokemon HOME Pokemon Rankings for Series 12, which began on February 1 and is ongoing. We update it daily, so check back for the best Pokemon in ranked battle as of May 2022!

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Tier 1
ZacianZacian ZapdosZapdos Landorus TherianLandorus (Therian Forme)
Tier 2
DittoDitto KyogreKyogre YveltalYveltal
Calyrex (Shadow Rider)Calyrex (Shadow Rider) Necrozma Dusk ManeNecrozma (Dusk Mane) TyranitarTyranitar
QuagsireQuagsire Porygon2Porygon2 FerrothornFerrothorn
Tier 3
Ho-ohHo-Oh Urshifu Single Strike StyleUrshifu Single-Strike Style MimikyuMimikyu
CinderaceCinderace HippowdonHippowdon GastrodonGastrodon
SeismitoadSeismitoad EternatusEternatus ChanseyChansey
Tier 4
XerneasXerneas ZekromZekrom Urshifu Rapid-Strike StyleUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style
GrimmsnarlGrimmsnarl RegielekiRegieleki MamoswineMamoswine
IncineroarIncineroar CelesteelaCelesteela DialgaDialga

Best Pokemon - Tier 1

Ranked Battle Series 12 is shaping out to be a hyper aggresive meta with the focus being on strong offensive legendary Pokemon as the main sweeper capable of Dynamaxing.


Moveset & Best Build for Zacian
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk 182 / Def 136 / Sp.Def 135 / Spd 209
(Hero of Many Battles)
HP 168 / Atk 244 / Def 136 / Sp.Def 135 / Spd 209
(Crowned Sword)
Ability Intrepid Sword
Held Item Rusted Sword
Moveset Iron Head (Behemoth Blade)
Close Combat
Swords Dance
Play Rough

Zacian's Strong Points

Zacian is one of the most powerful physical attackers in the game and is an oppresive force in competitive battle that pushed the metagame into its current state of hyper offense.

With the return of Dynamax, it will once again find a niche in offensive teams as the primary Dynamax counter, with its Behemoth Blade doing double damage against opposing Dynamax Pokemon.


Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Def 105 / Sp.Atk 177 / Sp.Def 111 / Spd 167
Ability Static
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Rising Voltage
Heat Wave

Zapdos' Strong Points

Zapdos' flagship defensive set makes a return in Sword & Shield. A combination of good dual typing, excellent support moves, and great abilities make it an excellent check to Fighting-type Pokemon and physical sweepers in general. It's also the best answer to its Galarian counterpart, who can't do much against it with its STAB moves.

Landorus (Therian Forme)

Moveset & Best Build for Landorus (Therian Forme)
Nature Impish (+Def, -Sp Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 252 / Spd 12
Final Stat Value HP 195 / Atk 165 / Def 156 / Sp.Def 100 / Spd 113
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Figy Berry
Sitrus Berry
Rocky Helmet
Moveset Earthquake
Rock Tomb
Stealth Rock

Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Strong Points

Landorus Therian Forme's flagship offensive pivot set remains its most effective set, and its reintroduction pushed several weaker physical sweepers off the Metagame. As the all-in-one check to physical sweepers, Landorus also fills the role of a hazard setter with Stealth Rock.

It can also go on the offensive, eschewing it's usually defensive set for a Swords Dance physical sweeper set. Landorus' versatiltiy means teams must always have a check or counter for Landorus.

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.


Moveset & Best Build for Ditto
Nature Relaxed (+Def, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 4 / Def 252
Final Stat Values HP 252 / Atk 69 / Def 110 / Sp.Atk 58 / Sp.Def 68 / Spd 47
Ability Imposter
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Transform

These values are from base stats with 0 Speed IVs, excluding external factors.

Ditto's Strong Points

Ditto is a versatile Pokemon that is used as a clutch teammate, allowing you to copy an opposing sweeper and potentially turn the tide of the battle in your favor. As a result, it enjoys widespread usage in both offensive and defensive-oriented teams.


Moveset & Best Build for Kyogre
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Def 111 / Sp.Atk 202 / Sp.Def 160 / Spd 156
Ability Drizzle
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Water Spout
Ice Beam
Origin Pulse

Kyogre's Strong Points

Kyogre's flagship Choice Scarf set from the Advance Generation is still as potent as ever, and can now threaten opposing teams after getting worn down thanks to its Origin Pulse move.


Moveset & Best Build for Yveltal
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Def 115 / Sp.Atk 183 / Sp.Def 119 / Spd 166
Ability Dark Aura
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Dark Pulse
Oblivion Wing
Heat Wave
Sucker Punch

Yveltal's Strong Points

Yveltal is a powerful special sweaper with access to great dual STAB and its signature move letting it stay in matches longer despite the recoil damage from Life Orb.

Calyrex (Shadow Rider)

Moveset & Best Build for Calyrex (Shadow Rider)
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Def 101 / Sp.Atk 217 / Sp.Def 120 / Spd 222
Ability As One
Held Item Life Orb
Focus Sash
Moveset Astral Barrage
Giga Drain
Nasty Plot

Calyrex Shadow Rider's Strong Points

Calyrex's Shadow Rider form is one of the most threatening sweepers in the current metagame, capable of outrunning and knocking out many Pokemon with its STAB moves.

Necrozma (Dusk Mane)

Moveset & Best Build for Necrozma (Dusk Mane)
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Spd 4
Final Stat Values HP 204 / Atk 229 / Def 147 / Sp.Def 129 / Spd 98
Ability Prism Armor
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Sunsteel Strike
Psychic Fangs
Rock Blast

Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s Strong Points

Necrozma's Prism Armor works well with Weakness Policy in that it takes reduced damage from super effective moves, but still benefits from the boost.


Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Nature Adamant
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 204 / Def 20 / Sp.Def 20 / Spd 12
Final Stat Values HP 207 / Atk 198 / Def 133 / Sp.Def 123 / Spd 83
Ability Sand Stream
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Stone Edge
Iron Head
Rock Blast

Tyranitar's Strong Points

Thanks to the Special Defense boost it gets from Sandstream, Tyranitar is an effective user of Weakness Policy - surviving a super effective special attack and getting the attack boost.

Tyranitar's natural bulk also makes it a good lead, especially in dedicated Sand teams. While it has to contend with stronger Pokemon reintroduced in the current metagame, The Armor Pokemon is still a competent sweeper if used in the right team.


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
Kee Berry
Moveset Scald


Moveset & Best Build for Porygon2
Nature Bold
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 252 / Spd 12
Final Stat Values HP 191 / Def 156 / Sp.Atk 125 / Sp.Def 115 / Spd 82
Ability Trace
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset Recover
Ice Beam

Porygon2's Strong Points

Porygon2's great natural bulk that's further boosted by Eviolite makes it a great defensive Pokemon in the current metagame. It's Trace Ability further boosts its defensive prowess, as it's able to copy an opposing Pokemon's Ability such as Heatran's Flash Fire.


Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn
Nature Relaxed (+Def, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 252 / Sp.Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 181 / Atk 114 / Def 201 / Sp.Def 137 / Spd 36
Ability Iron Barbs
Held Item Leftovers
Rocky Helmet
Moveset Gyro Ball
Leech Seed
Bullet Seed

Ferrothorn's Strong Points

Ferrothorn's strongest suit lies in its ability to absorb physical hits. Combined with Leech Seed, it can stack up massive total damage, so in a switch-heavy battle, Ferrothorn proves to be an invaluable asset.

With only two weaknesses in Fire and Fighting, Ferrothorn's excellent Grass/Steel typing goes a long way in making it a defensive powerhouse.

Best Pokemon - Tier 3

The Pokemon in Tier 3 are used frequently as counters to those in Tiers 1 and 2.


Moveset & Best Build for Ho-oh
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 132 / Spd 124
Final Stat Values HP 181 / Atk 200 / Def 127 / Sp.Def 174 / Spd 126
Ability Regenerator
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Sacred Fire
Brave Bird

Ho-oh's Strong Points

Ho-Oh is a threatening physical attacker in the current metagame. While most physical attackers aim to outspeed and overpower the opposing team, the Rainbow Pokemon functions more as a bulky offensive pivot that can threaten opposing physical sweepers with a burn from Sacred Fire.

Urshifu Single-Strike Style

Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk 182 / Def 120 / Sp.Def 80 / Spd 163
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Wicked Blow
Close Combat
Iron Head
Aerial Ace

Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Strong Points

Single-Strike Style Urshifu has great neutral coverage with its dual STAB, allowing it to hit the Ghost-type Pokemon common in the current metagame.


Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 130 / Atk 142 / Def 100 / Sp.Def 126 / Spd 162
Ability Disguise
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Swords Dance
Play Rough
Shadow Sneak
Shadow Claw

Mimikyu's Strong Points

With its Ability Disguise, Mimikyu is able to take one attack with damage equal to just 10% of its maximum HP. This ensures that Mimikyu can use at least one move in any situation, allowing it to pull off a Swords Dance without fail.

Mimikyu remains at the top of the metagame despite the reintroduction of several powerhouses in previous generations. The reintroduction of several pseudo-legendary Dragon-types mean that Mimikyu can now fill the role of Dragon counter - switching into a predicted Outrage or Draco Meteor and setting up with Swords Dance..


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

Cinderace's Strong Points

With its new Hidden Ability Libero, Cinderace is now able to use every attack with STAB, giving 1.5x boost to all its attacks. In essence, this liberates it from STAB, as per its name - Cinderace has no incentive to use Fire-type moves over other types, as it can gain the same bonus with any type. This makes Cinderace equally threatening no matter what type of move throws out.

On top of that, it benefits from a wide movepool to counter a variety of potential opponents.

Its exclusive attack Pyro Ball is also a potent threat that's kept it in the metagame since before Libero. A 120-power Physical Fire move, it's a perfect fit for Cinderace's stat makeup to form a highly threatening fast attacker.


Moveset & Best Build for Hippowdon
Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 215 / Atk 132 / Def 152 / Sp.Def 124 / Spd 67
Ability Sand Stream
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Moveset Slack Off
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.


Moveset & Best Build for Gastrodon
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def. 228 / Sp.Def. 36
Final Stat Values HP 217 / Def. 128 / Sp.Atk. 112 / Sp.Def. 107 / Spd. 59
Ability Storm Drain
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Rocky Helmet
Rindo Berry
Moveset Scald
Clear Smog

Gastrodon's Strong Points

A build which takes advantage of Gastrodon's high defensive stats and its lone weakness to Grass. While forcing difficult opponents to switch with Yawn, it can use its damaging attacks together with Recover to hold on and continue the fight.


Moveset & Best Build for Seismitoad
Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 181 / Def. 95 / Sp.Atk. 150 / Sp.Def. 95 / Spd. 126
Ability Swift Swim
Held Item Life Orb
Expert Belt
Moveset Hydro Pump
Grass Knot
Earth Power
Flash Cannon

Seismitoad's Strong Points

Seismitoad's destructive power comes from its quick special attacks and giving it a Life Orb will boost its overall attack power.


Moveset & Best Build for Eternatus
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 216 / Def 115 / SpAtk 197 / SpDef 115 / Spd 200
Ability Pressure
Held Item Choice Specs
Life Orb
Moveset Draco Meteor
Sludge Wave
Shadow Ball

Eternatus' Strong Points

This build focuses on Eternatus' high Special Attack to take out its enemies. With its high speed it can easily get a headstart and hit its foes hard.


Moveset & Best Build for Chansey
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 252 / Sp.Def 252 / Spd 4
Final Stat Values HP 325 / Def 62 / Sp. Def 157 / Spd 71
Ability Natural Cure
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset Seismic Toss
Stealth Rock
Thunder Wave

Chansey's Strong Points

This moveset is an extremely tanky one, especially with the Eviolite in tow. And while Chansey has a low base Defense stat, you can make up for it with 252 EVs in Defense and the Eviolite.

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.


Moveset & Best Build for Xerneas
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Def 116 / Sp.Atk 183 / Sp.Def 118 / Spd 166
Ability Fairy Aura
Held Item Power Herb
Moveset Geomancy
Draining Kiss

Xerneas' Strong Points

While it has to watch out for Zacian, Xerneas is a capable setup sweeper that has the potential to sweep unprepared teams thanks to Geomancy. With a plethora of powerful STAB and coverage moves, the Life Pokemon is very difficult to switch into once it gets a boost.


Moveset & Best Build for Zygarde
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk 202 / Def 141 / Sp.Def 120 / Spd 156
Ability Teravolt
Held Item Life Orb
Weakness Policy
Moveset Bolt Strike
Dual Wingbeat
Dragon Dance

Zekrom's unique dual typing makes it one of the more formidable physical attackers in Ranked Battle Series 8, and is one of the few that can threaten Lugia thanks to its Teravolt Ability.

Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style

Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Nature Jolly
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk 182 / Def 121 / SpDef 80 / Spd 163
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Surging Strikes
Close Combat
Aerial Ace

Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style's Strong Points

Urshifu in its Rapid-Strike Style can break through Focus Sash and Mimikyu's Disguise with its multi-hit Surging Strikes, a hugely powerful move in its own right.


Moveset & Best Build for Grimmsnarl
Nature Impish (+Def, -Sp.Atk)
EVs HP 252 / Def 252 / SpDef 4
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk 140 /Def 128 / Sp.Def. 96 / Spd 80
Ability Prankster
Held Item Light Clay
Moveset Reflect
Light Screen
Spirit Break

Grimmsnarl's Strong Points

This set is built around setting up Reflect or Light Screen before its opponent can attack.

Taunt helps prevent the opponent from using their own status moves, while Spirit Break is a damage dealing move that reduces the special attack of its target too. This, together with Light Screen, will make it harder for Special Attackers to plow through Grimmsnarl's team.


Moveset & Best Build for Regieleki
Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Def 70 / Sp.Atk 167 / Sp.Def 71 / Spd 252
Ability Transistor
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Rising Voltage
Thunder Cage
Volt Switch
Ancient Power

Regieleki's Strong Points

Regieleki is a formidable mono-type sweeper in Doubles. When partnered with a Pokemon that can instantly set up Electric Terrain, it can fire Transistor boosted Rising Voltage at the opposing team - knocking out anyone that doesn't resist or is immune to Electric-type moves.


Moveset & Best Build for Mamoswine
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 186 / Atk 182 / Def 100 / Sp.Def 80 / Spd 145
Ability Thick Fat
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Icicle Crash
Stone Edge

Mamoswine's Strong Points

Mamoswine is a great revenge killer in the current metagame - boasting high attack, an Ice-type STAB to handle Dragons and fellow Ground-types, as well as great neutral coverage in Earthquake and Stone Edge.


Moveset & Best Build for Incineroar
Nature Impish (+Def, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 148 / Sp.Def 108
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk 135 / Def 141 / Sp.Def 108 / Spd 80
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Safety Goggles
Moveset Fake Out
Flare Blitz
Darkest Lariat
Parting Shot

Incineroar's Strong Points

Incineroar is a great offensive pivot and lead in the Doubles Metagame thanks to its great mixed bulk and ability Intimidate.

As the quintessential pivot, it can scout teams with Fake Out and cripple sweepers with Parting Shot.

Incineroar is one of the few support Pokemon that can threaten walls thanks to its naturally high attack stat using its powerful STAB moves, Flare Blitz and Darkest Lariat.


Moveset & Best Build for Celesteela
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 4 / Sp.Atk 4 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 203 / Def 123 / Sp.Atk 127 / Sp.Def 121 / Spd 124
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Air Slash
Leech Seed

Access to speed boost via Max Airstream makes Celesteela's Leech Seed stall even more difficult to overcome and allows it to stall even more Pokemon.


Moveset & Best Build for Dialga
Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 207 / Def 140 / Sp.Atk 222 / Sp.Def 121 / Spd 110
Ability Pressure
Held Item Weakness Policy
Life Orb
Assault Vest
Moveset Roar of Time
Flash Cannon
Earth Power
Fire Blast

Dialga's great typing and mixed defenses make it a great candidate for Dynamaxing. With Dynamax boosting its HP, the Temporal Pokemon can further boost its team's natural bulk with Max Steelspike and Max Wyrmwind.

How to Make the Best Team

There is no unbeatable team

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Unlike in previous Pokemon metagames, there is no party or Pokemon that can defeat anything used against it. However, there are teams which can win consistently, as long as the right Pokemon are chosen for the battle.

Party composition is key

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Battles are not won by individual Pokemon. The team as a whole must be constructed to balance type strengths and weaknesses, and have built-in strategies to defeat opponents. In the current metagame, crafting a party that works together is more essential than ever.

Start off with a Rental Party

It's no easy feat to make a killer team from scratch. It can be a good idea to start off with rental teams, which any player can download and use in Ranked Battle. This can help to understand how a team is built, how to select which Pokemon to use in a battle, and how to use the party's built-in strategies in battle to rack up wins.

Our Best Teams guide has all teams available for rental, so you can try out your favorites to get a feel for some of the most popular Pokemon and strategies in the metagame!
Best Teams for Ranked Battle

Trends of the Current Metagame

Powerful Restricted Pairs

Dialga Roar of Time.jpg
Series 12 gives players the opportunity to bring two restricted Pokemon to the team, which is one more compared to the previous season and opens up more possibilities for team synergy.

In the previous season, players would have to think twice sending out a restricted Pokemon to a match-up or risk losing them. Conversely, not having access to one of the restricted Pokemon puts the entire team at a disadvantage since most teams are built around it.

With Series 12, your second restricted Pokemon can assist the first one against poor match-ups. Not only can it fill the role of a solid defensive switch-in, it may also serve as a direct counter to the other restricted Pokemon's difficult matchups.

There is now more team variety with so many restricted pair combinations to choose from, although it's still important to consider both Pokemon's strengths and weaknesses when choosing pairs.

Teams Need a Zacian Check

Zacian Behemoth Blade.jpg
Zacian is quite possibly the breakout star of Series 12, fitting nicely into most teams thanks to its monstrous damage output. Having Pokemon that can take a +1 Behemoth Blade or reduce its damage output with Intimidate or Will-O-Wisp will help your team survive Zacian's onslaught.

Of course, outright knocking it out with a powerful super-effective move is also a good option. Do remember that not too many Pokemon can outspeed Zacian so positioning is important.

A Focus on Hyper Offense

With so many powerful legendaries now available to use, there's a shift to a more aggressive playstyle. Even defensive teams need a powerful and fast sweeper in the team to keep up in this increasingly hyper offensive metagame!


And that's our latest Tier List of the current Best Pokemon for Ranked Battle. With Series 12 having just been released for Ranked Battle, we're excited to see how the metagame continues to reshape in the weeks to come.

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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