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Sylveon - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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

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Basic Information for Sylveon

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fairy Type
Cute Charm Contact with the Pokemon may cause infatuation.
Pixilate (Hidden) Turns Normal-type moves into Fairy-type moves.

Sylveon Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Dragon Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
95 65 65 110 130 60

Best Nature for Sylveon

Best Natures
Modest (+SpAtk, -Def) Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Sylveon's Egg Moves

Yawn Inherit from Hippopotas (learns at Lv. 8) or Munna (learns at Lv. 32)

Singles Movesets for Sylveon

Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Special Attacker Sylveon.png

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 236 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 20
Final Stat Values HP 200 / Sp.Atk. 178 / Sp.Def 150 / Spd. 83 / Def. 85
Ability Pixilate
Held Item Choice Specs
Throat Spray
Moveset Hyper Voice
Quick Attack
Mystical Fire

With its Ability Pixilate, Sylveon is able to use Hyper Voice as a Fairy-type move with STAB and a 20% power boost, allowing this set to hit hard with high damage. As this build is based around blasting away with Hyper Voice, the other move slots can be used for counter moves against Pokemon who resist Fairy-type attacks.

The Speed EVs on this build are arranged so as to outspeed a Tyranitar with either 0 or 4 Speed EVs.

Other Viable Moves

Hyper Beam Normal-type move with the highest damage output. Used on the last Dynamax turn or when Sylveon's HP is low.
Shadow Ball Used against Ghost-type opponents, which in many cases will do more damage than Hyper Voice.
Yawn Used against durable Pokemon. Take note to use Throat Spray instead of Choice Specs when planning to include this move in the build.

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Assault Vest Sylveon.png

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Sp.Atk. 178 / Sp.Def 151 / Spd. 80 / Def. 65
Ability Pixilate
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Hyper Voice
Quick Attack
Mystical Fire

Although this resembles the moveset above, the Assault Vest allows Sylveon to take advantage of its high Special Defense. Instead of wasting Sylveon's power against a disadvantageous opponent, this set allows Sylveon to switch in and out freely, and seize opportunities to lay into foes with good old reliable Hyper Voice.

This is the moveset to go for when using a switch-heavy battle strategy. When a Physical attacker comes in, switch out Sylveon and wait for your chance to use it effectively.

Other Viable Moves

Shadow Ball Used against Ghost-type opponents, which in many cases will do more damage than Hyper Voice.

Counters for Sylveon

Weakness Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Steel Image

Aim for a one-hit KO with a Physical attack

Although its Special Defense is spectacular, Sylveon suffers from a middling Defense, allowing any capable Physical attacker to swiftly take it out.

There are a number of powerful, fast Steel type attackers this generation who are up to the task. However, as Sylveon learns the Fire-type move Mystical Fire, if you're not careful to take it out in one blow, you might find your own Pokemon on the end of a one-hit KO.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・Deal Super-Effective damage with Iron Head
・Resist Sylveon's Fairy-type attacks.
Cinderace Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Metagross ImageMetagross Ranking: ★★★★★
・Deal Super-Effective damage with Steel-type moves.
・Outspeeds Sylveon.
Metagross Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its high Speed allows it to swing first with a Steel-type dinger
・Its high Attack allows it to generally take out Sylveon in one hit
Excadrill Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Durant ImageDurant Ranking: ★★★★
・Can aim for a one-hit KO with Max Steelspike
・Its 4x weakness to Fire makes it vulnerable to being KO'd by Mystical Fire
Durant Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★
・Can deal high damage with Steel-type moves
・Able to withstand damage from Mystical Fire while in Shield Forme
Aegislash Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Force it into a disadvantageous type matchup

As Sylveon doesn't have much to speak of in the way of move type variety, it's a simple matter of pitting it up against a foe who can take its hits.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Bronzong ImageBronzong Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its ability Heatproof
allows it to handle almost all of Sylveon's move with reduced damage・
Can deal high damage with Steel-type Physical damage
Pokemon SWSH - Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★
・Can take almost all of Sylveon's attacks with reduced damage
・Cannot deal much damage with attacks, so must rely on status moves to deal damage
Toxapex Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★
・Its typing and high Defensive stats let it absorb Sylveon's attacks easily
As it mostly uses Special Attacks, can be hard for it to deal damage to Sylveon
Heat Rotom Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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1 Rangoover 2 years

My current Sylveon build consists of Hyper Voice, Protect, Quick Attack, and Yawn. Protect + Yawn are great for stalling. However, I'm willing to try Shadow Ball. It also holds Babiri Berry. I got these build ideas from Pikalytics.


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