This is a strategy guide for using Hydreigon 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 Hydreigon, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Levitate||Gives immunity to Ground type moves.|
|Takes 4x damage|
|Takes 2x damage|
|Takes 0.5x damage|
|Takes 1/4x damage||
|Takes 0x damage|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|Nature||Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4 / Spd. 252|
|Final Stat Values||HP 167 / Def. 110 / Sp.Atk. 194 / Sp.Def. 111 / Spd. 150|
Choice Scarf helps Hydreigon cover its middling Speed - a stat not exceeding 100 which ends up a waste of stat points otherwise. Its high Special Attack combined with the hard-to-resist Dark Pulse, and a movepool filled with moves of other types as well, make it an extremely difficult Pokemon to handle defensively.
With Choice Scarf, it can even outspeed the currently popular Dragapult, which takes its 142 Speed for granted and rarely wears the Scarf.
In the case where a boost in Special Attack is preferred, use Choice Specs.
|Focus Blast||Useful for countering Rock types such as Tyranitar.|
|Flamethrower||An alternate choice for Fire Blast. The increased accuracy helps, but decreases the number of opponents it can theoretically 1HKO or 2HKO.|
|Flash Cannon||For countering Fairy types, who Hydreigon has a 4x weakness to. Can turn the tide of battle against a Fairy type with decreased HP.|
|Earth Power||Can be used against Fire- and Flying-types.|
|Hydro Pump||Useful for countering Arcanine and Heat Rotom.|
|Nature||Modest (SpAtk+, Att-)|
|EV Spread||HP 204 / Sp. Atk. 252 / Spd. 52|
|Final Stat Values||HP 193 / Defense 110 / Sp. Atk. 194 / Sp. Def. 110 / Spd. 125|
This build takes advantage of the resistances brought by Hydreigon's typing. Special Attack is boosted with Nasty Plot, and any status conditions is avoided with Substitute. Additionally, an opponent's Dynamax turn can be wasted with the Substitute taking the damage.
252 EV is alloted to Special Attack to maximize Hydreigon's potential asa special attacker, and some EV is given to HP so Substitute can be used again after 4 Leftover heals. The rest is given to Speed.
|Fire Blast||Fire-type move against Steel-types. Flamethrower can be an alternative for a more accurate move.|
|Hydro Pump||Useful for countering Arcanine and Heat Rotom.|
|Draco Meteor||Used against fellow Dragon-types. Dragon Pulse can be an alternative so Special Attack is not lowered.|
Hydreigon can handle a variety of opponents thanks to its wide and unpredictable selection of moves. Even up against Mimikyu, it can use U-Turn to switch out and send in a more effective counter. This provides flexibility to allow players to use Hydreigon to match the situation at hand.
As a Dark/Dragon dual-type, Hydreigon has a unique type combination in this generation. It can take advantage of its typing to withstand attacks on switching in and match itself up effectively.
As Hydreigon is a Dark/Dragon dual-type, it suffers from a 4x weakness to the Fairy type. It's quite possible to knock Hydreigon out in one hit with a Fairy-type attack, so be sure to have one ready if you're worried about handling it.
・High Special Defense that can withstand most of Hydreigon's attacks.
Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Fini
・Can take Hydreigon's STAB attacks with 1/2x or less damage
・Also effective against the ever-present Dragapult
Moveset & Best Build for Grimmsnarl
・Just an overall powerful hitter in its own right.
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
・With high Special Defense, can switch into Hydreigon as many times as needed
・Hyper Voice used with the Pixilate ability can deal huge damage.
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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 Hydreigon together with Durant, or even use it as your go-to team if it fits your play style.
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Born from one player's love of one Pokemon, Arcanine, this team takes advantage of Arcanine's already-high Base Stats, supported by Assault Vest to make it a powerful player both offensively and defensively.
In addition to Arcanine, this team features a host of other surprises, such as a Pressure Corviknight, a Special Attack-using Tyranitar, and a stall-ready Mimikyu, that might change your preconceptions about the competitive scene as a whole.
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