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

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Basic Information for Grimmsnarl

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dark Type Fairy Type
Abilities
Prankster Gives priority to a status move.
Frisk The Pokemon can check a foe's held item.
Pickpocket (Hidden) Steals an item when hit by another Pokemon.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
95 120 65 95 75 60

Best Nature for Grimmsnarl

Best Natures
Jolly
+Spd, -SpAtk
Adamant
+Atk, -SpAtk
Impish
+Def, -SpAtk

What are Natures?

Moveset & Best Build for Grimmsnarl

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 199 / Def. 128 / Sp.Def. 97 / Spd. 82
Ability Prankster
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Sucker Punch
Play Rough
Taunt
Substitute

This build is effective at disabling Status Move users such as Galarian Corsola and Toxapex, and with its Ability Prankster allowing it to set up Substitute with priority, it allows Grimmsnarl to weather an opponent's Dynamax.

Other Viable Moves

Thunder Wave After Taunt forces a switch, use Thunder Wave on the Pokemon that comes out next. Allows it to cut the Speed of a fast foe.
Bulk Up If you want to build up Grimmsnarl's stats to try for a sweep, this is the way to. Raises its already high Attack while also compensating for its mediocre Defense.
Superpower When you want to position Grimmsnarl firmly as a Physical attacker.

Choice Item + Trick Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Atk. 141 / Def. 111 / Sp.Def. 110 / Spd. 83
Ability Prankster
Held Item Choice Scarf / Choice Band
Moveset Trick
Thunder Wave
Play Rough
Crunch

Can be used to corner Pokemon such as Mimikyu and Galarian Corsola who rely on repeating the same moves. This moveset makes it easy to force its opponent to switch, and is generally effective at preventing the opponent from doing what it wants.

Other Viable Moves

Sucker Punch A choice for a Dark-type attacking move. As a priority move, it's a good match with Grimmsnarl's low speed.
Substitute Useful for surviving an opponent's Dynamax. With Prankster, he can use it with priority and avoid a full-power attack.
Bulk Up When you see a switchout coming, use Bulk Up and take advantage of the opportunity to power up.

Bulk Up Moveset & Best Build

Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Def. 252 / HP 180 / Atk. 74 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 171 / Atk. 172 / Def. 85 / Sp.Def. 95 / Spd. 123
Ability Prankster
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Bulk Up
Substitute
Spirit Break
・One of the moves below

Can be used to corner Pokemon such as Mimikyu and Galarian Corsola who rely on repeating the same moves. This moveset makes it easy to force its opponent to switch, and is generally effective at preventing the opponent from doing what it wants.

Other Viable Moves

Sucker Punch A great choice for a main attacking move which can ignore Speed to hit first. Use against high-speed attackers like Dragapult and Mimikyu.
Darkest Lariat A Dark-type choice for a main attack which ignores stat boosts. Useful against opponents like Dubwool who can boost their own Defense.
Thunder Punch Mainly used for taking down Gyarados. It depends on Gyarados' held item, but this can usually take it down in 2 hits even without Bulk Up.
Fire Punch Useful for when you predict Ferrothorn is going to switch in. If you can read this correctly, you can knock out Ferrothorn without even letting it choose a Move.
Superpower If you've included one of the other Dark-type options already, this is effective for taking out other Dark-types. Can deal 4x super effective damage to Tyranitar.

How to Use Grimmsnarl Effectively

Take advantage of Prankster

The Ability Prankster allows non-attacking moves to become priority moves, allowing Grimmsnarl to act first to prevent its opponents from doing what they want. It can use Taunt to prevent the use of Status Moves, as well as Trick to switch away its Choice Item and force its limitation on its opponent. To play effectively with Grimmsnarl, you will need to read and control your opponent's movements.

Counters for Grimmsnarl

Wall with a defensive Steel-type

Grimmsnarl's primary attacking moves are Sucker Punch and Play Rough, which Steel-type Pokemon can resist. A defensive Steel-type can put Grimmsnarl at a loss for Moves.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Since Grimmsnarl uses priority moves, its slow Speed doesn't make a difference
・Can be useful against most foes even if Grimmsnarl switches out
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Duraludon ImageDuraludon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can field Grimmsnarl's attacks with high Defense
・As a Special Attacker, it's not bothered by Bulk Up's Defense boosts

Best Teams Featuring Grimmsnarl

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Best Durant Team for Ranked Battle
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 Grimmsnarl together with Durant, or even use it as your go-to team if it fits your play style.
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Best Team for Ranked Battle from a World Top 3 Player

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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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