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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
Fairy Type
Abilities
Cute Charm Contact with the Pokemon may cause infatuation.
Pixilate (Hidden) Turns Normal-type moves into Fairy-type moves.

Type Defenses

Type
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)

Moveset & Best Build 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
Psyshock

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.

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
Psyshock

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.

Counters for Sylveon

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
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・Deal Super-Effective damage with Iron Head
・Resist Sylveon's Fairy-type attacks.
Cinderace Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Metagross ImageMetagross Ranking: ★★★★★
・Deal Super-Effective damage with Steel-type moves.
・Outspeeds Sylveon.
Metagross Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
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
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
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
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
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
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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