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This is a strategy guide for using Mimikyu in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Mimikyu, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Mimikyu

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Ghost Type Fairy Type
Abilities
Disguise Once per battle, the shroud that covers the Pokémon can protect it from an attack.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
-
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Dragon Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
55 90 80 50 105 96

Best Nature for Mimikyu

Best Natures
Adamant
(+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
Jolly
(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)

Strategies for Mimikyu

Swords Dance Physical Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Swords Dance Physical Attacker Mimikyu.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 131 / Atk 142 / Def 100 / Sp.Def 125 / Spd 162
Ability Disguise
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Shadow Claw
Shadow Sneak
Play Rough
Swords Dance

Mimikyu is one of the best users of Swords Dance since its Disguise Ability almost always guarantees that it can get at least one boost up. As a result, this build is best used as a lead.

About Mimikyu's Moves

Shadow Claw is its main Ghost-type STAB and has an increased chance to deal a critical hit. Shadow Sneak is its secondary Ghost STAB, having a + 1 priorty that lets Mimikyu hit faster Pokemon.

Play Rough is its secondary STAB move, allowing Mimikyu to hit Fighting, Dark, and Dragon-types for super effective damage.

Swords Dance is its last move, boosting Mimikyu's Attack by 2 stages.

About Mimikyu's EV Spread

This build uses a simple EV spread with full investment in Attack and Speed so that Mimikyu hits as hard and as fast as possible.

The remaining 4 EVs are invested in HP to round off Mimikyu's bulk.

About Mimikyu's Ability

Disguise is Mimikyu's only Ability. If an opposing Pokemon attacks Mimikyu, it hits its Disguise instead.

After Mimikyu's Disguise gets hit, it changes to its Busted Form and loses 1/8 of its maximum HP.

About Mimikyu's Held Item

Life Orb is the best held iteam for this build. This boosts the power of Mimikyu's moves by 30% at the cost of some recoil damage.

Other Viable Moves

Phantom Force A stronger Ghost-type STAB than Shadow Claw, but is a two-turn move.
Wood Hammer Can replace Shadow Sneak, giving Mimikyu extra coverage and hitting Water-types fpr super effective damage.

Kee Berry Bulky Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Kee Berry Bulky Attacker Mimikyu.png

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 100 / Atk 236 / Def 68 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 10
Final Stat Values HP 143 / Atk 154 / Def 109 / Sp.Def 126 / Spd 129
Ability Disguise
Held Item Kee Berry
Moveset Phantom Force
Shadow Sneak
Play Rough
Swords Dance

This Mimikyu fills the role of a bulky attacker during Dynamax, using its Disguise Ability to give it a free turn to set up with Swords Dance and fire powerful Max Moves.

About Mimikyu's Moves

Phantom Force is a powerful Ghost-type STAB that, although it takes two turns to deal damage, provides a stronger Max Phantasm during Dynamax. It also damages on the turn it's used during Dynamax.

Shadow Sneak is its secondary Ghost STAB, having a + 1 priorty that lets Mimikyu hit faster Pokemon.

Play Rough is its secondary STAB move, allowing Mimikyu to hit Fighting, Dark, and Dragon-types for super effective damage.

This move also becomes Max Starfall during Dynamax, which sets up Misty Terrain that prevents and cures Mimikyu of any status.

Swords Dance is its last move, boosting Mimikyu's Attack by 2 stages.

About Mimikyu's EV Spread

We're using a more complex EV spread for this build.

Allocating 100 HP EVs, 68 Def EVs, and 4 Sp.Def EVs makes Mimikyu as bulky as possible, while 236 Atk EVs allows it to still hit reasonably hard.

The remaining 10 EVs are placed in Spd so that it can outrun slower physical attackers and defensive Pokemon.

About Mimikyu's Ability

Disguise is Mimikyu's only Ability. If an opposing Pokemon attacks Mimikyu, it hits its Disguise instead.

About Mimikyu's Held Item

Kee Berry further boosts Mimikyu's bulkiness. When it gets hit by a physical move, its Defense stat increases by 1 stage.

Other Viable Moves

Drain Punch Can replace Shadow Sneak for extra coverage. It also restores Mimikyu's HP by 50% of the damage it deals.

Trick Room Setter Moveset & Best Build

Trick Room Setter Mimikyu.png

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 228 / Atk 156 / Def 124
Final Stat Values HP 159 / Atk 143 / Def 116 / Sp.Def 125 / Spd 116
Ability Disguise
Held Item Kee Berry
Moveset Trick Room
Curse
Shadow Sneak
Play Rough

Mimikyu's respectable 96 Base Speed stat make it an unusual Trick Room setter, but it's also one of the safest thanks to its Disguise Ability.

Since it can function without Trick Room, it's an invaluable team member as it keeps up the offensive momentum of your team even if there's no Trick Room yet.

About Mimikyu's Moves

Trick Room reverses the move order, causing Pokemon with lower speed to move first for five turns.

Curse is a risky but potentially useful move that allows Mimikyu to threaten and force switches. Since it's a Ghost-type Pokemon, Mimikyu loses 1/2 of its HP when it uses this move but also causes the opponent to lose 1/4 of its HP every turn*.

Shadow Sneak is its secondary Ghost STAB, having a + 1 priorty that lets Mimikyu hit faster Pokemon. It also retains its boosted priority even in Trick Room.

Play Rough is its secondary STAB move, allowing Mimikyu to hit Fighting, Dark, and Dragon-types for super effective damage.

About Mimikyu's EV Spread

We're using a bulkier but simpler EV spread for this Mimikyu.

228 HP EVs and 124 Def EVs make it as physically bulky, while 156 Atk EVs let it hit as hard as possible with its STAB moves.

About Mimikyu's Ability

Disguise is Mimikyu's only Ability. If an opposing Pokemon attacks Mimikyu, it hits its Disguise instead.

About Mimikyu's Held Item

Kee Berry further boosts Mimikyu's bulkiness. When it gets hit by a physical move, its Defense stat increases by 1 stage.

Other Viable Moves

Will-O-Wisp A safer alternative to Curse that lets Mimikyu threaten physical attackers.
Wood Hammer Can replace Shadow Sneak, giving Mimikyu extra coverage and hitting Water-types fpr super effective damage.

Curse Support Moveset & Best Build

Curse Support Mimikyu.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 12 / Atk 244 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 132 / Atk 141 / Def 100 / Sp.Def 125 / Spd 162
Ability Disguise
Held Item Figy Berry
Moveset Substitute
Curse
Pain Split
Play Rough

This Mimikyu fills a support role in a team, using a combination of tricky Status moves to deal damage and harrow the opposing team.

About Mimikyu's Moves

Substitute causes Mimikyu to lose 1/4 of its HP to create a substitute that stacks with its Disguise, requiring the opposing Pokemon to hit Mimikyu twice to remove all of its protection.

Curse causes it to lose 1/2 of its HP, but places a curse that causes the opponent to lose 1/4 of its HP every turn.

Both Substitute and Curse work well with Pain Split, which essentially splits Mimikyu's HP loss to the opposing Pokemon.

It's last move is Play Rough and is its only STAB move, hitting Fighting, Dark, and Dragon-types for super effective damage.

About Mimikyu's EV Spread

We're using a modified attacking EV spread with this build. 12 HP EVs give Mimikyu 132 HP at level 50. With an even numberd HP, the amount of HP it loses when it uses Substitute or Curse is reduced.

244 Atk EVs ensure it hits as hard as possible, while full investment in Speed ensures it can outspeed slower opposing Mimikyu and defensive Pokemon.

About Mimikyu's Ability

Disguise is Mimikyu's only Ability. If an opposing Pokemon attacks Mimikyu, it hits its Disguise instead.

About Mimikyu's Held Item

Figy Berry restores Mimikyu's HP when it drops down to 1/3 of its maximum HP. Since it has an Jolly Nature, it won't get confused if it eats it.

Other Viable Moves

Thunder Wave A safer alternative to Curse that's useful for crippling faster attackers.

How to Use Mimikyu Effectively

One of the Best Setup Sweepers

Mimikyu is arguably one of the best setup sweepers with Swords Dance courtesy of its Disguise Ability, essentially giving it a free turn to boost its Attack.

The fact that Mimikyu forces switches mean that it can often get two Swords Dance boosts up, potentially letting it steamroll and sweep the opposing team.

Use Max Starfall During Dynamax

Mimikyu is easily crippled by status such as burns and paralysis, but this is easily mitigated if it Dynamaxes and uses Max Starfall.

This Max Move creates Misty Terrain on the battlefield which prevents status moves such as Will-O-Wisp and Thunder Wave, and cures Mimikyu of any status it's currently afflicted with.

How to Build a Team with Mimikyu

Mimikyu is a versatile offensive Pokemon that can fill the role of a setup sweeper, bulky attacker, or as a Lead Dynamax user.

A Lead Setup Sweeper for Offensive Teams

Mimikyu is one of the best lead setup sweepers for Hyper Offense teams and can be used as is or as a Dynamax Lead depending on your team composition.

Example Lead Setup Sweeper + Offensive Team

Lead Setup Sweeper Offensive Pivot Special Sweeper
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Cobalion ImageCobalion Latios ImageLatios

Mimikyu's role in this team is to quickly set up with Swords Dance so that it can deal as much damage to the opposing team, softening them up for its teammates.

Mimikyu lacks coverage against Fire, Poison, and Dark-types that nullify their Fairy Weakness such as Bisharp, so it's important to choose your teammates wisely.

Cobalion functions as the team's offensive pivot, with its Steel/Fighting typing covering Mimikyu's lack of coverage against Poison and Dark-types. It's also a great switch-in to Dark-types thanks to its Justified Ability, which boosts its Attack by 1 stage.

Latios covers Mimikyu's lack of coverage against Fire-types, using Surf to heavily damage the likes of Heatran or overpower frailer ones with its Draco Meteor. It's Dragon-typing also gives it resistances to Fire-type moves.

Check out our article below to learn more about building an offensive-oriented team:
How to Build an Offensive Team | Best Hyper Offense Team

A Trick Room Setter for Trick Room Teams

Mimikyu can also fill the role of either a lead or backup Trick Room setter. Since it has a respectable Speed stat, it doesn't completely rely on Trick Room and can function without it.

Example Lead Trick Room Setter

Lead Trick Room Setter Trick Room Physical Attacker Trick Room Special Attacker
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Mudsdale ImageMudsdale Vikavolt ImageVikavolt

Mimikyu's main role for this team is to set up Trick Room for its two partners - Mudsdale and Vikavolt.

Both its partners are vulnerable outside of Trick Room, so learning when the effect ends is important so that you can quickly switch in Mimikyu to reset favorable conditions.

Check out our article below to learn more about building a Trick Room team:
How to Build a Trick Room Team

A Tricky Support Pokemon for Defensive Teams

Defensive Mimikyu functions as a status spreader and annoyer with its unique status moves. These traits make it a great addition for Defensive teams.

Example Build Team

Assault Vest Attacker Defensive Pivot Support
Metagross ImageMetagross Vaporeon ImageVaporeon Mimikyu ImageMimikyu

Mimikyu takes a more supportive role in this defensive-oriented team, using Curse or force switches or threatening sweepers with Will-O-Wisp and Thunder Wave.

Metagross functions as an Assault Vest attacker, with its Steel-typing covering Mimikyu's Steel weakness. It also appreciates the burns and paralysis that Mimikyu provides.

Vaporeon, on the other hand, is the team's defensive pivot. It's main role is to heal its teammates with Wish and is especially useful if Mimikyu relies on Curse.

Check out our article below to learn more about building a Defensive team:
How to Build a Defensive Team

Counters for Mimikyu

Bust its Disguise with Pivot and Multi-Hit Moves

Mimikyu's greatest strength is its free turn with Disguise. Once this is busted though, it loses some HP and becomes vulnerable to attack.

Using Pokemon with pivoting moves such as U-Turn and Volt Switch destroys Mimikyu's Disguise and lets you immediately switch into something that threatens it.

Alternatively, you can also use Pokemon with multi-hit moves to immediately destroy Disguise and damage Mimikyu in the same turn.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Landorus ImageLandorus Ranking: ★★★★★
・Boasts high Defense and Intimidate
・Can U-Turn to a Pokemon that can take advantage of Mimikyu's busted form

Moveset & Best Build for Landorus
Magnezone ImageMagnezone Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Mimikyu's Fairy-type Moves and can use Volt Switch
・Offensive variants can easily KO Mimikyu with Flash Cannon

Moveset & Best Build for Magnezone
Incineroar ImageIncineroar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Will-O-Wisp
・Can U-Turn
・Can use Parting Shot to lower Mimikyu's offenses

Moveset & Best Build for Incineroar
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Mimikyu's Fairy-type moves
・Can either U-Turn or use Dual Wingbeat to bust Mimikyu's Disguise

Moveset & Best Build for Corviknight

Use Pokemon that Can Bypass Disguise

Certain Pokemon can bypass Disguise with its Abilities and moves, essentially nullifying Mimikyu's greatest strength.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・Gigantamax Cinderace's G-Max Fireball bypasses Disguise
・Outspeeds Mimikyu and resists its Fairy-type moves

Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★★
Unseen Fist causes its moves to bypass Substitute
G-Max Rapid Flow hits multiple times

Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its Mold Breaker Ability nullifies Disguise
・Easily KOs Mimikyu with Iron Head

Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Rillaboom ImageRillaboom **Ranking: ★★★★*
・Gigantamax Rillaboom's G-Max Drum Solo bypasses Disguise
・Can outspeed Mimikyu with Grassy Glide

Moveset & Best Build for Rillaboom
Haxorus ImageHaxorus Ranking: ★★★
・Its Mold Breaker Ability nullifies Disguise
・Can threaten Mimikyu with Iron Tail

Moveset & Best Build for Haxorus

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the description for disguise is wrong i believe

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