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

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Basic Information for Ferrothorn

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Grass Type Steel Type
Iron Barbs Inflicts damage to the Pokemon on cotact.
Anticipation (Hidden) Senses a foe's dangerous moves.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
74 94 131 54 116 20

Best Nature for Ferrothorn

Best Natures
+Def, -Spd
+Def, -SpAtk
+SpDef, -Spd
+Atk, -SpAtk
+Atk, -Spd

Strategies for Ferrothorn

Choice Band Build

Nature Brave (+Atk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
(0 IVs in Speed)
Ability Iron Barbs
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Gyro Ball
Power Whip
Knock Off
Bullet Seed

Other Viable Moves

Body Press Possible choice for using against other Steel-types.
Explosion The most powerful move in the game. Obviously, since Ferrothorn will faint after using it, save it for when you have low HP or against an opponent you definitely want to KO.

Leftovers Build

Nature Relaxed
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Def. 196 / Def. 60
Ability Iron Barbs
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Gyro Ball
Bullet Seed
Leech Seed

As Ferrothorn doesn't get any recovery moves, it'll be relying on a Leftovers + Iron Barbs strategy to recover indirectly. While using Leech Seed to sap the opponent's HP, it can use Protect to stay on the battlefield as long as possible, cutting down the opponent's HP in the process.

How to Use Ferrothorn Effectively

An ideal tank for physical attacks

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.

Effective wall for Fairy-types

Ferrothorn is a proud member of the Steel type, the Fairy type's great enemy. It's an important Pokemon as an overall counter to Fairy types. As Hidden Power is no more in Sword and Shield, the days where any Pokemon could have Hidden Power Fire and counter him with 4x damage are over, and Ferrothorn stands strong in their wake.

A great attacker under Trick Room

With its incredibly low Speed of 20, the normally last-to-move Ferrothorn becomes a silver bullet under the effects of Trick Room. Together with Gyro Ball, which becomes stronger the slower the user, Ferrothorn comes into its own as a physical sweeper.

Counters for Ferrothorn

Kill it with Fire

With a 4x weakness to Fire, Ferrothorn can be quickly handled with Fire attacks. Any of the Fire-types listed below are easy to use in Ranked Battle and even besides being great Ferrothorn counters, will be a welcome addition to your team.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Takes 1/4x damage from Steel-type moves
・Can use Volt Switch to control the flow of battle
Arcanine ImageArcanine Ranking: ★★★★
・Its ability Intimidate can lower Ferrothorn's attack
・Good at taking physical hits
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★
・Its powerful attack Pyro Ball can cause trouble for Ferrothorn's follow-up Pokemon as well

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3 Anonymousabout 2 hours

um, mate. that nature suggestion is wrong. Careful is increase special defense and decrease special attack. if you want increase special defense and decrease speed then you're looking for Sassy nature.

2 Anonymous6 days

What about a Stealth Rocks set with Knock Off? It could help with Eviolite Corsola.

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