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This is a strategy guide for using Ferrothorn 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 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.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Fire Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Poison Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

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, -SpAtk)
(+Atk, -SpAtk)
(+Atk, -Spd)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Ferrothorn's Egg Moves

Leech Seed Inherit from Roselia (learns at Lv. 10) or Phantump (learns at Lv. 8)
Knock Off Inherit from Lombre (learns at Lv. 1) or Grookey (learns at Lv. 20)

When playing Pokemon Sword and using a starter other than Grookey, this move can be inherited via Dwebble, who learns it as an Egg Move, which it can inherit from Scorupi (learns at Lv. 24)

Recommended Breeding Sequence

  1. Have a male Lotad or Grookey inherit Leech Seed from Roselia or Phantump.
  2. Level these Pokemon up until they learn Knock Off.
  3. Breed the Lotad or Grookey with a female Ferrothorn, whose child will inherit both moves.

Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn

Defensive Leftovers Moveset & Best Build

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
Moveset Gyro Ball
Bullet Seed
Leech Seed

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

Defensive Leftovers Ferrothorn.png
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.

That said, make sure to switch out when you're up against a special Fire-type attacker as Ferrothorn is extremely weak to moves like that.

Choice Band Moveset & Best Build

Nature Brave (+Atk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
(0 IVs in Speed)
Final Stat Values HP 181 / Atk. 160 / Def. 151 / Sp.Def. 137 / Spd. 22
Speed is calculated at 0 IVs.
Ability Iron Barbs
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Gyro Ball
Power Whip
Knock Off
Bullet Seed

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

Choice Band Ferrothron.png
Ferrothorn has a 4x weakness against Fire-types. Therefore, boosting its Attack with Choice Band is an effective way to overwhelm your opponent with Gyro Ball and Power Whip at the start of the battle, especially if your opponent chooses to switch out to a different Pokemon.

Alternate Move Choices

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.

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
Moveset & Best Build for Heat Rotom
Arcanine ImageArcanine Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its ability Intimidate can lower Ferrothorn's attack
・Good at taking physical hits
Moveset & Best Build for Arcanine
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Its powerful attack Pyro Ball can cause trouble for Ferrothorn's follow-up Pokemon as well
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace

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4 trainer10der5 months

I'd say a curse + gyro ball build should be here. Increased attack and defense with lowering speed makes gyro ball a beast.

3 Anonymousabout 1 year

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.

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