Movesets & Best Builds for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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The guides below contain information for the Movesets and best Builds for each Pokemon, including the best Natures, EV spreads, recommended Held Items, and our tier list for how they fare in competitive online play. Read on for the latest advice on how to craft the perfect team for Ranked Battle.

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Kanto and Alola Starters Join Ranked Battle

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On Sunday, March 1st, 2020, Series 3 of Ranked Battle begins! With the Kanto and Alola Starters now legal for all play, the metagame is in for a shakeup. Find out how to use and counter the new fighters with our guides below!

Kanto & Alola Starters
PrimarinaPrimarina IncineroarIncineroar BlastoiseBlastoise
DecidueyeDecidueye VenusaurVenusaur

Kanto and Alola Regional Forms In Ranked Battle

Together with the newly legal Starter Pokemon, all Kanto and Alola regional forms available via Pokemon HOME became simultaneously legal for use in Ranked Battle.

Regional Forms
DarmanitanDarmanitan Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales

Tier List for Ranked Battle

Our full list of Pokemon most used in Ranked Battle, broken down into tiers and with detailed explanations of their usefulness and weak points.
Tier List of Best Pokemon for Ranked Battle

Strategies for Individual Pokemon

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
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
Gigantamax SnorlaxGigantamax Snorlax SnorlaxSnorlax Gigantamax CharizardGigantamax Charizard
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

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