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

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Basic Information for Dracovish

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Water Type Dragon Type
Strong Jaw Boosts the power of biting moves.
Water Absorb Restores HP if hit by an Water-type move.
Sand Rush (Hidden) Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in a sandstorm.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Dragon Image Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Fire Image Water Image
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
90 90 100 70 80 75

Best Nature for Dracovish

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

What are Natures?

Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly
EV Spread Spd. 252 / Atk. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 166 / Atk. 142 / Def. 120 / Sp.Def. 100 / Spd. 139
Ability Strong Jaw
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Fishious Rend
Ice Fang
Crunch or another option

Dracovish has the Ability Strong Jaw, allowing it to do extra damage from biting moves, and together with the Choice Scarf, Dracovish can attack fast and hard with Fishious Rend. The Jolly Nature is also selected to provide an extra Speed boost.

All together, with Strong Jaw, Fishious Rend's doubled power when hitting first, and maxed out Attack Stats will come together for a damaging power of 382. Even opponents taking non-super-effective damage will receive a massive hit from this attack.

Other Viable Moves

Earthquake For those who want to handle Lanturn's Water Absorb Ability.
Low Kick When you need to take down Tyranitar or Ferrothorn.
Dragon Rush An alternate option for Draco Meteor. Its low accuracy is a bit concerning, but Dragon Rush benefits from the potential to cause flinching.

How to Use Dracovish Effectively

A straight-up physical sweeper

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By pushing Fishious Rend first and foremost, Dragovish is a highly capable physical attacker. Using the Choice Scarf will help ensure that Fishious Rend can hit first, enabling its massive damge boost. However, one of its main weaknesses is Dragapult, which can consistently outspeed it and foil its plans.

Counters for Dracovish

Attack with Fairy and Dragon-types

Dracovish has only two weaknesses, the Fairy and Dragon types. Taking advantages of these weaknesses can net a one-hit KO against Dracovish. Bringing in Dragapult in particular can allow you to hit quick with a Dragon move before Dracovish can say Fishious Rend three times fast.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can outspeed even Choice Scarf Dracovish
Best Ranked Battle Build for Dragapult
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can absorb a Fishious Rend with Disguise and hit back with a Fairy-type Move

Best Ranked Battle Build for Mimikyu
Lanturn ImageLanturn Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its ability Water Absorb renders Fishious Rend unusable
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its high Defense can weather Fishious Rend
Best Ranked Battle Build for Ferrothorn

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