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This is a strategy guide for using Hydreigon in competitive play. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV builds, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Hydreigon, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Hydreigon

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dark Type Dragon Type
Abilities
Levitate Gives immunity to Ground type moves.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
92 105 90 125 90 98

Best Nature for Hydreigon

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

What are Natures?

Strategies for Hydreigon

Choice Scarf Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Draco Meteor
Dark Pulse
Fire Blast
U-turn

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.

Other Viable Moves

Aura Sphere 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.
Hydro Pump Useful for countering Arcanine and Heat Rotom.

How to Use Hydreigon Effectively

An attacker with a sprawling moveset

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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.

A unique type combination

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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.

Counters for Hydreigon

Attack with Fairy-types

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.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take Hydreigon's STAB attacks with 1/2x or less damage
・Also effective against the ever-present Dragapult
Best Ranked Battle Build for Grimmsnarl
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Just an overall powerful hitter in its own right
Best Ranked Battle Build for Mimikyu
Sylveon ImageSylveon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・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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