Best Pokemon Tier List For Ranked Battle: October 2021 | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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Pokemon Sword and Shield - Tier List for Ranked Battle

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 10

Series 10 allows players to use one 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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Tier List Updates as of 2021/10/25

Tier Changes
Tier 1 None
Tier 2 None
Tier 3 None
Tier 4 None
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Best Pokemon Tier List For Ranked Battle

This tier list is based on the Pokemon HOME Pokemon Rankings for Series 10, beginning on October 1.

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Tier 1
ZacianZacian ZapdosZapdos Landorus TherianLandorus (Therian Forme)
Tier 2
Urshifu Single Strike StyleUrshifu Single-Strike RillaboomRillaboom TyranitarTyranitar
Tapu FiniTapu Fini Porygon2Porygon2 DittoDitto
Gastrodon (West Sea)Gastrodon Calyrex (Shadow Rider)Calyrex (Shadow Rider) EternatusEternatus
Tier 3
GarchompGarchomp VolcaronaVolcarona DracovishDracovish
FerrothornFerrothorn KyogreKyogre HeatranHeatran
Urshifu Rapid-Strike StyleUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style CinderaceCinderace QuagsireQuagsire
Tier 4
Galarian DarmanitanGalarian Darmanitan MimikyuMimikyu MamoswineMamoswine
Gothitelle.pngGothitelle Heat Rotom.pngHeat Rotom HippowdonHippowdon
DragapultDragapult Toxapex.pngToxapex AegislashAegislash

Best Pokemon - Tier 1

Ranked Battle Series 10 is shaping out to be a hyper aggresive meta with the focus being on strong offensive legendary Pokemon as the main sweeper.

Zacian

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 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.

Zapdos

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
Hurricane
Heat Wave
Roost

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
U-turn
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.

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.

Rillaboom

Moveset & Best Build for Rillaboom
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
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
Superpower

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.

Tyranitar

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
Crunch
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.

Tapu Fini

Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Fini
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def. 183 / Sp.Atk. 115 / Sp.Def. 150 / Spd. 106
Ability Misty Surge
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Leftovers
Moveset Surf
Moonblast
Nature's Madness
Taunt

Tapu Fini's Strong Points

Tapu Fini is shaping up to be the most ubiquitious Bulky Water in the new metagame. Apart from providing Misty Terrain support with its Ability, it's also an excellent defensive Pokemon that can Taunt opposing walls or cut down their HP with Nature's Madness.

Porygon2

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
Tri-Attack
Discharge

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.

Ditto

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.

Gastrodon

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
Leftovers
Moveset Scald
Clear Smog
Recover
Yawn

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.

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
Psychic
Giga Drain
Nasty Plot

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.

Eternatus

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
Flamethrower
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.

Best Pokemon - Tier 3

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

Garchomp

Moveset & Best Build for Garchomp
Nature Jolly(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 183 / Atk 182 / Def 116 / Sp.Def 105 / Spd 169
Ability Rough Skin
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Outrage
Earthquake
Stone Edge
Fire Fang

Garchomp's Strong Points

Garchomp's unique speed tier makes it a great candidate for Choice Scarf, letting it function as a physical revenge killer.

Volcarona

Moveset & Best Build for Volcarona
Nature Modest
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 161 / Def 85 / Sp.Atk. 205 / Sp.Def. 125 / Spd 152
Ability Flame Body
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Quiver Dance
Fire Blast
Bug Buzz
Hurricane

Gain stat advantage by using Quiver Dance to boost Sp. Atk, Sp. Def., and Speed stats. This Pokemon can easily after a +2 in it's Sp. Atk and Speed.

Dracovish

Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish
Nature Jolly(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Atk 142 / Def 121 / Sp.Def 100 / Spd 139
Ability Strong Jaw or Sand Rush
Held Item Choice Scarf
Choice Band
Moveset Fishious Rend
Outrage
Low Kick
Sleep Talk

Dracovish's Strong Points

Although no longer the offensive titan as it was when the game was first released, Dracovish remains a threat that all teams should take into consideration. It's a powerful wallbreaker that can power through defensive Pokemon with a combination of Choice Scarf and Fishious Rend.

Ferrothorn

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
Protect

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.

Kyogre

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
Thunder
Ice Beam
Origin Pulse

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.

Heatran

Moveset & Best Build for Heatran
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 4 Sp.Atk 4 / Sp.Def 12 / Spd 244
Final Stat Values HP 197 / Def 126 / Sp.Atk 150 / Sp.Def 128 / Spd 141
Ability Flash Fire
Held Item Air Balloon
Moveset Lava Plume
Taunt
Stealth Rock
Will-O-Wisp

Heatran's Strong Points

Heatran's unique dual typing lets it fill the role of entry hazard support surprisingly well. Unlike other hazard setters, it can threaten opposing leads with a burn from Lava Plume or Will-O-Wisp or simply Taunt opposing Defensive Pokemon and setup sweepers.

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
U-turn

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.

Cinderace

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
Bounce

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.

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
Kee Berry
Moveset Scald
Recover
Toxic
Stockpile

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.

Galarian Darmanitan

Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Darmanitan
Nature Jolly
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 181 / Atk. 192 / Def. 75 / Sp.Def. 75/ Spd. 161
Ability Gorilla Tactics
Held Item Choice Scarf / Choice Band
Moveset Flare Blitz
Icicle Crash
U-turn
Earthquake

Galarian Darmanitan's Ability Gorilla Tactics boosts Attack while limiting it to using only the first-selected Move, so by stacking it with a Choice Item having the same effect, it can dish out heavy attack damage without an additional disadvantage.

Mimikyu

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..

Mamoswine

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
Earthquake
Stone Edge
Superpower

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.

Gothitelle

Moveset & Best Build for Gothitelle
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 252 / Sp.Atk 4
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def. 161 / Sp.Atk 116 / Sp.Def 130 / Spd. 85
Ability Shadow Tag
Held Item Chesto Berry
Moveset Rest
Cosmic Power
Nasty Plot
Stored Power

This build revolves around getting as much boost from Cosmic Power and Nasty Plot in order to power up Gothitelle's Stored Power. The given EV spread allows the Astral Body Pokemon to switch into physical attackers better, with Rest allowing it to completely recover its HP and get rid of status like Toxic.

Heat Rotom

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 157 / Def 174 / Sp.Atk 125 / Sp.Def 127 / Spd 107
Ability Levitate
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Volt Switch
Discharge
Overheat
Will-o-Wisp

This is a build which takes advantage of Rotom's high Base HP and Defense to make it a potent physical defender. This allows it to switch in on physical heavy hitters like Mimikyu, and then if things turn bad, it can switch out with Volt Switch to further improve the team's position.

Taking threats such as Mimikyu and Galarian Darmanitan into account, this build runs Bold Nature, with EVs in HP and Defense, but it's also possible to go for a Calm Nature with EVs in HP and Special Defense if you're worried about Special attackers more than Physical attackers.

Hippowdon

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
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.

Dragapult

Nature Naive (+Spd, -Sp.Def)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 164 / Atk 172 / Def 95 / Sp.Atk 120 / Sp.Def 86 / Sp. 213
Ability Clear Body
Infiltrator
Held Item Life Orb
Focus Sash
Moveset Dragon Darts
Fire Blast
U-turn
Phantom Force

Dragapult's Strong Points

Dragapult is a fast physical Pokemon capable of sweeping any team not ready for it. This build allows you to maximize his mixed attacking potential with Phantom Force and Dragon Darts as your STAB moves.

Toxapex

Moveset & Best Build for Toxapeex
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Atk. 4
Final Stat Values HP 157 / Def. 224 / Sp.Atk 74 / Sp.Def 162 / Spd 55
Ability Regenerator
Held Item Black Sludge
Moveset Recover
Baneful Bunker
Scald
Haze

Toxapex's Strong Points

This set takes advantage of Toxapex's high Defense, allowing it to take heavy attacks from physical attackers, inflict status conditions on its opponents, and give it methods of self-recovery.

Aegislash

Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash
Nature Mild (+SpAtk, -Def)
EV Spread Atk. 220 / Sp Atk. 252 / Spd. 36
Final Stat Values HP 135 / Atk. 98 / Def. 144 / Sp. Atk. 112 / Sp. Def. 160 / Spd. 85
Ability Stance Change
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Shadow Ball
Close Combat
Shadow Sneak
Steel Beam

Letting Aegislash hold Focus Sash allows it to survive any possible one-shot attacks and still manage to attack with STAB moves Shadow Sneak or Steel Beam.

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

GalarianDarmanitan.jpeg
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

Tank Landorus Therian.jpg

Teams Need a Landorus Check

Landorus is ever-present in most teams, which means your team needs a powerful and fast special sweeper that can threaten the Abudance Pokemon. Some physical sweepers, like Pheromosa and Salamence, have no problem facing Landorus as they have coverage moves like Ice Beam and Hydro Pump respectively.

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!

Summary

And that's our latest Tier List of the current Best Pokemon for Ranked Battle. With new Pokemon from the Crown Tundra 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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