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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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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Cute Charm||Contact with the Pokemon may cause infatuation.|
|Pixilate (Hidden)||Turns Normal-type moves into Fairy-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|
|Modest (+SpAtk, -Def)||Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)|
|Yawn||Inherit from Hippopotas (learns at Lv. 8) or Munna (learns at Lv. 32)|
|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|
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.
|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|
|Held Item||Assault Vest|
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.
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.
・Deal Super-Effective damage with Iron Head
・Resist Sylveon's Fairy-type attacks.
Cinderace Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
・Deal Super-Effective damage with Steel-type moves.
Metagross Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
・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
・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
・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
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.
・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
・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
・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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