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This is a strategy guide for using Excadrill 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 Excadrill, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Excadrill

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ground Type
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Steel Type
Sand Rush Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in a sandstorm.
Sand Force Boosts certain moves'power in sandstorm.
Mold Breaker (Hidden) Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
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Takes 0.5x damage
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Takes 1/4x damage
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Takes 0x damage
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What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
110 135 60 50 65 88

Best Nature for Excadrill

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Excadrill

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Choice Scarf Excadrill.png
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 252 Atk. / 212 Spd. / 40 HP
Final Stat Values HP 190 / Atk. 187 / Def. 80 / Sp.Def. 85 / Spd. 148
Ability Mold Breaker
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Iron Head
Rock Slide

By making it hold a Choice Scarf, it can outspeed most Pokemon who are not holding one, and often finish its opponent off before taking major damage.

For difficult to take down foes such as Galarian Corsola and Toxapex, Fissure can be used for a chance of taking them down in a single blow, making it a valuable trump card in tough situations.

Other Viable Moves

Brick Break Mostly used when Excadrill is Dynamaxed. Its Max Move counterpart, Max Knuckle, has the useful effect of boosting Excadrill's Attack.

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Assault Vest Excadrill.png
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Spd. 216 / Atk. 172 / HP 108 / Def. 4 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 186 / Atk. 187 / Def. 80 / Sp.Def. 85 / Spd. 154
Ability Mold Breaker
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Earthquake
Iron Head
Rock Slide

Able to outspeed a Mimikyu with Adamant Nature, and with the boosted Special Defense from Assault Vest allowing it to withstand Hydro Pump from Wash Rotom, this is a build that can take out both of these two threats in one hit each.

Other Viable Moves

Brick Break Mostly used when Excadrill is Dynamaxed. Its Max Move counterpart, Max Knuckle, has the useful effect of boosting Excadrill's Attack.

How to Use Excadrill Effectively

A Physical sweeper that takes advantage of Mold Breaker

Excadrill has the powerful ability Mold Breaker which allows it to ignore its opponent's Ability, allowing it bypass Mimikyu's Disguise. This ability usually allows Mimikyu to take one hit with minimal damage, giving it a chance to set up Swords Dance, but Excadrill's ability to avoid wasting a turn on this makes it an ideal Mimikyu counter.

Counters for Excadrill

Weather its hits with a defensive Pokemon

Excadrill can only learn Moves from a limited selection of types, so opponents with high Defense who won't be hit super effectively can limit Excadrill's effectiveness.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can handle most of Excadrill's attacks with 1/2x or less damage
・Can use Body Press to hit Excadrill super effectively
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Galarian Corsola ImageGalarian Corsola Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can drain Excadrill's attacking power with Will-o-Wisp and Strength Sap
Watch out for Fissure
Best Ranked Battle Build for Galarian Corsola
Mandibuzz ImageMandibuzz Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Can even handle Rock-type moves from Excadrill
・Can take advantage of Excadrill's high Attack with Foul Play
Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Can resist most of Excadrill's attacks thanks it its typing
・Can lower Excadrill's Speed with its attack Drum Beating
Best Ranked Battle Build for Rillaboom
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★☆☆☆
・Can handle a number of physical attackers other than Excadrill as well
Lacks a wide variety of effective moves to use on Excadrill
Best Ranked Battle Build for Ferrothorn

Outspeed it and aim for the weak spots

Excadrill doesn't have especially high Defense or Special Defense, so fast Pokemon who can outspeed it and hit with a Super Effective attack can take it down swiftly.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can lower Excadrill's Attack with Intimidate
・Can dish out super effective Water-type moves
・Can survive Excadrill's Rock-type moves
Best Ranked Battle Build for Gyarados
Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・If it holds Choice Scarf, can outspeed and deliver a one-hit KO with Flare Blitz
Best Ranked Battle Build for Galarian Darmanitan

Best Teams Featuring Excadrill

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Best Team for Ranked Battle from a World Top 3 Player

Best Team for Ranked Battle from a World Top 3 Player
Dragapult ImageDragapult Excadrill ImageExcadrill Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl
Togekiss ImageTogekiss Snorlax ImageSnorlax Cloyster ImageCloyster

This is the primary set used by a former World Top 3 from a previous game in the series. Despite that daunting promise, it's an easy set to use for beginners, as the order to use Pokemon and which moves should be used are readily apparent. Not only that, but the set is carefully sculpted to be highly effective and dangerous even in the upper echelons of the Master Ball tier.
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