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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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Tier List Updates as of 2020/8/11

Tier Changes
Tier 1 Dragapult
Tier 2 Rillaboom ↓
Tier 3 Azumarill
Tier 4 Tyranitar
Lycanroc (Dusk Form)↓
Delisted Alolan Marowak ↓
Volcarona ↓
Corviknight ↓

This tier list is based on the Pokemon HOME Pokemon Rankings for Series 5, beginning on July 1st.

Best Pokemon Tier List For Ranked Battle

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Tier 1
Cinderace Icon.pngCinderace Togekiss Icon.pngTogekiss Dragapult Icon.pngDragapult
Tier 2
Porygon2 Icon.pngPorygon2 Rillaboom Icon.pngRillaboom Mimikyu Icon.pngMimikyu
Hippowdon Icon.pngHippowdon Gyarados Icon.pngGyarados Urshifu Rapid Strike Style.pngUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Dracozolt Icon.pngDracozolt Excadrill Icon.pngExcadrill Magnezone Icon.pngMagnezone
Tier 3
Urshifu Single Strike Style.pngUrshifu Single-Strike Style Wash Rotom Icon.pngWash Rotom Primarina.pngPrimarina
Charizard Icon.pngCharizard Lapras Icon.pngLapras Scizor Icon.pngScizor
Heat Rotom Icon.pngHeat Rotom Azumarill Icon.pngAzumarill Toxapex Icon.pngToxapex
Tier 4
Ferrothorn Icon.pngFerrothorn Grimmsnarl Icon.pngGrimmsnarl Lycanroc (Dusk Form).pngLycanroc (Dusk Form)
Arcanine Icon.pngArcanine Dracovish Icon.pngDracovish Whimsicott.pngWhimsicott
Tyranitar Icon.pngTyranitar Sylveon Icon.pngSylveon Incineroar Icon.pngIncineroar

Best Pokemon - Tier 1

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


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 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 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 60% chance to cause its opponent to flinch 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 it even more effective at outspeeding and causing flinching.


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 / U-turn

Dragapult's Strong Points

Dragapult is one of the few Pokemon appearing in Sword and Shield with total Base Stats in the 600+ range. As one of the fastest Pokemon in the metagame, few opponents can outspeed it without a Choice Scarf.

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.

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 Wash 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.


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

Porygon2's Strong Points

Porygon2 is a non-fully-evolved Pokemon, allowing it to use Eviolite to weather any medium-level damage. It's bulky enough to survive and Recover, and is only weak to Fighting, making it difficult for opponents to break through its wall.

It's also capable as a Trick Room attacker, as it can set up Trick Room on its own and use moves in a variety of types, allowing it to hit opponents across the board while dishing out damage of its own.


Moveset & Best Build for Rillaboom
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 176 / Atk. 177 / Def. 110 / Sp.Def. 90 / Spd. 150
Ability Grassy Surge
Held Item Choice Scarf / Choice Band
Moveset U-turn
Drum Beating
Knock Off

Rillaboom's Strong Points

Rillaboom has both a high Attack as well as formidable Defense, making it able to hold its own in all-out brawls with Physical attackers.

With its new Hidden Ability, Grassy Surge, and a new Tutor Move Grassy Glide from The Isle of Armor, Rillaboom is able to set up Grassy Terrain and attack with priority from the first turn.

Although its low Speed has often been its downside, this combination allows it to bypass Speed altogether to hit fast attackers first with STAB and the damage boost from Grassy Terrain.


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

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. 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 can also set up Max Starfall to prevent any negative status effects, preventing it from being Burned and limiting its attack power.


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
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 Gyarados
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Moxie
Held Item Lum Berry
Moveset Waterfall
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.

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.

When Gigantamaxed, its G-Max Rapid Flow can hit through Max Guard and Protect, giving it an advantage in a Dynamax showdown.


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

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.


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
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.


Moveset & Best Build for Magnezone
Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread SpAtk 252 / SpDef 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 145 / Def 135 / SpAtk 200 / SpDef 111 / Spd 112
Ability Sturdy
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Thunderbolt
Flash Cannon
Volt Switch
Tri Attack

Magnezone's Strong Points

Magnezone has a variety of Abilities which can all be useful depending on the build, making it difficult for the opponent to read which Ability it will use.

Magnezone's Ability Sturdy guarantees it at least one move in battle, providing it the effects of a Focus Sash without needing to use its Held Item space.

It can use Magnet Pull instead to allow it to trap Steel-type opponents, and prevent the opponent from switching in a more advantageous Pokemon.

Lastly, the Analytic Ability can be used in a slow build together with Choice Specs to deal huge damage with each hit.

Best Pokemon - Tier 3

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

Urshifu Single-Strike Style

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

Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Strong Points

Wicked Blow can hit with 80 Power and a guaranteed Critical Hit.

On top of that, its G-Max One Blow is able to hit through Max Guard and Protect, changing up the game for Dynamax battles.

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
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.


Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 180 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4 / Spd. 72
Final Stat Values HP 178 / Def. 94 / Sp.Atk. 195 / Sp.Def. 137 / Spd. 89
Ability Torrent
Held Item Lum Berry
Moveset Scald
Energy Ball

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Primarina's Strong Points

Primarina can take advantage of its inherently high Special Attack to knock out many of the highly defensive Pokemon found in the current metagame.

It also learns Calm Mind for the first time in this generation, unlocking a new potential to set up and sweep as a Special attacker.


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.


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
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.


Moveset & Best Build for Scizor
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 252 HP / 252 Atk. / 4 Spd.
Final Stat Values 177 HP / 200 Atk. / 120 Def. / 100 Sp.Def. / 86 Spd.
Ability Technician
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Bullet Punch
Quick Attack
Dual Wingbeat

Scizor's Strong Points

With a whopping 9 resistences, Scizor can handle many foes and use STAB U-turn to switch out on the ones it can't while simultaneously hitting hard.

It also gains the benefits of the Ability Technician, which allows it to use its low-power priority moves with a damage boost. Near the end of a fight, Scizor can hit hard with priority moves to finish off Pokemon with limited HP remaining.

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
Volt Switch
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.


Moveset & Best Build for Azumarill
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 176 / Atk 112 / Def 100 / SpAtk 100 / SpDef 102 /
Ability Huge Power
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Belly Drum
Aqua Jet
Play Rough

Azumarill's Strong Points

With its Ability Huge Power, Azumarill's Attack stat is effectively doubled, allowing it to deal massive blows from the getgo.

It's also capable defensively, with solid defensive stats and six resistances, making it a great damage absorber to switch in when another Pokemon is about to take a hit.


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

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.

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

Ferrothorn's Strong Points

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.


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
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.

Lycanroc (Dusk Form)

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 252 Atk. / 252 Spd. / 4 Sp.Def.
Final Stat Values 150 HP / 169 Atk. / 85 Def. / 67 Sp.Atk. / 86 Sp.Def. / 178 Spd.
Ability Tough Claws
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Counter
Stealth Rock

Lycanroc (Dusk Form)'s Strong Points

Lycanroc may have low defense but its high speed and abillity allow it to hit hard and fast. Tough Claws boosts the damage dealt by moves that make physical contact with their target and mixed with moves like Accelrock which has priority or Counter with a Focus Sash, Lycanroc becomes a tough foe.

On top of dealing high damage, Lycanroc can also be used as a support that prevents Pokemon like Skarmory or Ferrothorn who are used to set up hazards or stall your team by using Taunt and set up its own hazards with Stealth Rock.


Moveset & Best Build for Arcanine
Nature Jolly
(+Spe, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Final Stat Values HP 166 / Atk. 162 / Def. 100 / Sp.Def. 100 / Spd. 161
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Extreme Speed
Flare Blitz
Close Combat
Wild Charge

Arcanine's Strong Points

Arcanine is a versatile Pokemon that can go on the offense or opt for a more defensive role. It's a great check to both Rillaboom and Cinderace thanks to its ability Intimidate, and boasts a wide physical movepool with excellent coverage moves.


Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 166 / Atk. 142 / Def. 120 / Sp.Def. 100 / Spd. 139
Ability Strong Jaw
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Fishious Rend
Ice Fang
Psychic Fangs

Dracovish's Strong Points

Dracovish is one of the Metagame's most fearsome late-game sweepers, capable of tearing apart slower Pokemon with its Strong Jaw boosted STAB Fishious Rend. Even bulkier Pokemon have trouble switching into it thanks to its boosted biting moves!


Moveset & Best Build for Whimsicott
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 205 / 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

Whimsicott's Strong Points

With high natural speed and a wide support movepool, Whimsicott remains one of the most popular support leads thanks to its ability Prankster.

It's a common sight on both the Singles and Doubles format and can fill the role of a team supporter with Tailwind or function as a check to tanks, shutting them down with Taunt.


Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Nature Adamat (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
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
Heavy Slam

Tyranitar's Strong Points

Tyranitar is a great candidate for a Weakness Policy. With its natural bulk and the right EV spread, it can survive super effective hits from the likes of Excadrill and Wash Rotom and sweep after gaining the boosts.


Moveset & Best Build for Sylveon
Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -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 Throat Spray
Moveset Hyper Voice
Mystical Fire
Quick Attack

Sylveon's Strong Points

Sylveon functions as a bulky special attacker, capable of taking hits while still dealing respectable damage. Thanks to its ability Pixilate, it's Normal moves become Fairy-type moves and also get a significant damage boost. This turns Sylveon's Hyper Voice into a powerful STAB move!


Moveset & Best Build for Incineroar
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk. 183 / Def. 110 / Sp.Def. 111 / Spd. 80
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Flare Blitz
Darkest Lariat
Close Combat

Incineroar's Strong Points

Incineroar can function as a bulky offensive pivot or all-out attacker. It has plenty of opportunities to switch in thanks to its ability Intimidate, and it's great dual STAB can hit the common Ghost and Grass types that populate the Singles Metagame.

How to Make the Best Team

There is no unbeatable team

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

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

Mimikyu and Dragapult are featured on most teams

Mimikyu and Dragapult.png

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

Take advantage of Dynamax.png

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.


And that's our latest Tier List of the Best Pokemon for Ranked Battle as of August 2020. With new Pokemon from the Isle of Armor DLC 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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Movesets & Best Builds for Isle of Armor Pokemon
ScizorScizor KingdraKingdra MagnezoneMagnezone
VolcaronaVolcarona ChanseyChansey BlisseyBlissey
TalonflameTalonflame AzumarillAzumarill Galarian SlowbroGalarian Slowbro
Porygon2Porygon2 Urshifu Single-Strike StyleUrshifu Single-Strike Style Urshifu Rapid-Strike StyleUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style
SlowbroSlowbro Alolan MarowakAlolan Marowak DragalgeDragalge
KlefkiKlefki LycanrocLycanroc AmoongussAmoonguss
PoliwrathPoliwrath PalossandPalossand MienshaoMienshao
StarmieStarmie HeracrossHeracross
Movesets & Best Builds for New Pokemon
DragapultDragapult Galarian CorsolaGalarian Corsola ToxtricityToxtricity
Galarian DarmanitanGalarian Darmanitan CorviknightCorviknight DracovishDracovish
GrimmsnarlGrimmsnarl RillaboomRillaboom DuraludonDuraludon
CinderaceCinderace AlcremieAlcremie DracozoltDracozolt
HattereneHatterene EiscueEiscue InteleonInteleon
PincurchinPincurchin FrosmothFrosmoth ZacianZacian
SirfetchSirfetch'd FlappleFlapple CoalossalCoalossal
CentiskorchCentiskorch ArctozoltArctozolt
Movesets & Best Builds for Returning Pokemon
MimikyuMimikyu Wash RotomWash Rotom GyaradosGyarados
FerrothornFerrothorn AegislashAegislash ExcadrillExcadrill
TyranitarTyranitar HydreigonHydreigon Heat RotomHeat Rotom
ArcanineArcanine MamoswineMamoswine ToxapexToxapex
TogekissTogekiss CloysterCloyster DurantDurant
SnorlaxSnorlax CharizardCharizard SylveonSylveon
LucarioLucario HippowdonHippowdon UmbreonUmbreon
ConkeldurrConkeldurr QuagsireQuagsire GastrodonGastrodon
LaprasLapras WhimsicottWhimsicott RhyperiorRhyperior
GoodraGoodra HaxorusHaxorus GlaceonGlaceon
Mow RotomMow Rotom Type: NullType: Null GengarGengar
MiloticMilotic GardevoirGardevoir FlygonFlygon
ChandelureChandelure LanturnLanturn TorkoalTorkoal
BisharpBisharp SeismitoadSeismitoad SilvallySilvally
Butterfree Butterfree PrimarinaPrimarina IncineroarIncineroar
BlastoiseBlastoise DecidueyeDecidueye VenusaurVenusaur
DarmanitanDarmanitan Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales GothitelleGothitelle
CrawdauntCrawdaunt ClefableClefable ReuniclusReuniclus
Kommo-oKommo-o TerrakionTerrakion CobalionCobalion
VirizionVirizion NoivernNoivern Fan RotomFan Rotom
Movesets & Best Builds for Gigantamax Pokemon
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12 Anonymousabout 1 month

urhifu cant have technician

11 Anonymousabout 2 months

>>6 EY I got my reques

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    • I only need two Pokemon to 100% my Pokedex (at least until Zarude and The Crown Tundra become available): Meltan and Melmetal.
      I am willing to trade the following: Mewtwo, Entei, Regice, Registeel, Regirock, Regigas, Type: Null, Uxelf, Azelf, Mesprit, Cresselia, Stakata, Virizion, Cobalion, Terrakion, or Thundurus.
      Contact me at if you're willing to trade.

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      Hi, I'm interested. I have a 6 IV ENG Ditto. I can send proof and would like proof of yours too. First time using this forum so I don't know the best way to do it. Let me know!

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