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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, Builds, 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
Ghost Image Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
-
Takes 1/4x damage
Bug Image
Takes 0x damage
Normal Image Fighting Image 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, -SpAtk
Jolly
+Spd, -SpAtk

What are Natures?

How to Learn Mimikyu's Egg Moves

Curse Inherit from:
Gastly (learns at Lv. 20)
Litwick (learns at Lv. 32)

Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant
EV Spread Atk 252 / Spd 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 131 / Atk 156 / Def 100 / SpDef 125 / Spd 148
Ability Disguise
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Shadow Claw
Shadow Sneak
Play Rough
Swords Dance

Thanks to its ability, Disguise, Mimikyu is able to take damage equal to only 10% of its maximum HP the first time it is attacked. This prevents it from fainting in one blow, allowing it to execute at least one move without fail. Mimikyu can use this opportunity to use Swords Dance, starting it off with a 2-stage attack boost that even foes with type advantages can't scoff at. If its opponent isn't careful, Mimikyu is capable of sweeping an entire party.

Because Mimikyu starts off with so-so Base Stats, it's advisable to have it hold a Life Orb to boost its attacking power.

Trick Room Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
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

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

Thanks to its Ability Disguise, Mimikyu is able to take damage equal to only 10% of its maximum HP the first time it is attacked. This definitively prevents it from fainting in one blow, allowing it to execute at least one move without fail.

Mimikyu can use this opportunity to bring out Swords Dance, starting it off with a 2-stage attack boost that even foes with type advantages can't scoff at. If its opponent isn't careful, Mimikyu is capable of sweeping an entire party.

Because Mimikyu starts off with so-so Base Stats, it's advisable to have it hold Life Orb to boost its attacking power.

Alternate Move Choices

Phantom Force Good for using up your opponent's Dynamax turns. This move is also more powerful than Shadow Claw when used as Max Phantasm. On that note, be careful when using this move as your opponent can switch out during its 2-turn attack phase.
Wood Hammer Use this move when you want Mimikyu to also cover Water- and Ground-types.

Trick Room Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 164 / Def. 180 / HP 164
Final Stat Values HP 151 / Atk. 144 / Def. 123 / Sp.Def. 125 / Spd. 116
Ability Disguise
Held Item Kee Berry
Moveset Trick Room
Curse
Shadow Sneak
Play Rough

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

This moveset uses Mimikyu's Disguise ability as a shield to safely use Trick Room. After using Curse, you can attack first thanks to the effects of Trick Room.

Its Kee Berry boosts defense, which is useful after the protection of Disguise wears off. Trick Room's effects will allow you to attack first, even before a Max Airstream boosted Gyarados.

Alternate Move Choices

Will-O-Wisp Can disable Physical attackers.
Wood Hammer Super effective against Pokemon that have 4x type weakness, like Quagsire and Gastrodon.

Cursed Substitute Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 244 / Spd. 252 / HP 12
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

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

Substitute creates a decoy that will take hits for you while you attack. Use Substitute when faced with a slower opponent and create a useful punching bag, especially against Dynamaxed foes. Make your decoy last longer with the chance of lowering your opponent's attack with Play Rough.

If your HP gets too low to use Substitute, use Curse and switch out, or use Pain Split to recover HP, while reducing your opponent's HP.

Alternate Move Choices

Thunder Wave If you successfully paralyze your opponent, use Play Rough to lower their Attack stat.

How to Use Mimikyu Effectively

Use Swords Dance to turn it into a Physical Sweeper

Mimikyu's typical strategy is to use Swords Dance to boost its attack, then sweep through the opposing team with powerful attacks. Disguise allows it to carry out a Swords Dance without fail, so it's able to take out a wide variety of foes despite its unassuming appearance.

Dynamax and use Max Starfall for best results

Although Mimikyu would normally fall prey to the Burn status effect, the effects of the Fairy-type Max Move Max Starfall create Misty Terrain for five turns, which protects all Pokemon from status effects. The battle reverts to an all-out brawl at that point, so the value of party members temporarily moves away from team play and onto individual power, allowing Mimikyu to keep slugging away and doing what it does best.

Counters for Mimikyu

U-turn and Volt Switch

The moves U-turn and Volt Switch deal damage while also switching out the user, so they can be used to knock out Mimikyu's Disguise while also bringing out a Pokemon with a good matchup against Mimikyu.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking:★★★★★
・Being slower than Mimikyu, you'll get the chance to switch after seeing Mimikyu's first move.
・With a high Defense and good type matchup to Mimikyu, it can take an initial hit without a problem.
Toxtricity ImageToxtricity Ranking:★★★★☆
・Being slower than Mimikyu, you'll get the chance to switch after seeing Mimikyu's first move.
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The Mold Breaker Ability

The Ability Mold Breaker allows Pokemon to ignore the effects of Disguise and attack Mimikyu directly from the first turn. Excadrill in particular, with its high Attack and use of Iron Head to hit Mimikyu where it hurts, is top of the list for effective Mimkyu counters.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking:★★★★★
・High Base Attack
・Hit Mimikyu's weak spot with Iron Head
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Haxorus ImageHaxorus Ranking:★★☆☆☆
・High Base Attack
・Hit Mimikyu's weak spot with Iron Tail

Best Teams Featuring Mimikyu

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Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Durant ImageDurant Ditto ImageDitto
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Snorlax ImageSnorlax

This is the team that made Durant, a minor Pokemon unseen in the metagame, into a superstar. Even ignoring all the trends, it's notable for its highly aggressive attacking style.

You can try out this team to get a feel for using Mimikyu together with Durant, or even use it as your go-to team if it fits your play style.
Best Durant Team for Ranked Battle

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Best Arcanine Team for Ranked Battle
Arcanine ImageArcanine Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Tyranitar ImageTyranitar
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Mimikyu ImageMimikyu

Born from one player's love of one Pokemon, Arcanine, this team takes advantage of Arcanine's already-high Base Stats, supported by Assault Vest to make it a powerful player both offensively and defensively.

In addition to Arcanine, this team features a host of other surprises, such as a Pressure Corviknight, a Special Attack-using Tyranitar, and a stall-ready Mimikyu, that might change your preconceptions about the competitive scene as a whole.
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3 Anonymous7 months

the description for disguise is wrong i believe

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