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

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Basic Information for Mamoswine

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Ice Type Ground Type
Abilities
Oblivious Prevents it from becoming infatuated.
Snow Cloak Raises evasion in a hailstorm.
Thick Fat (Hidden) Ups resistance to Fire-Type and Ice-Type moves.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Fire Image Water Image Grass Image Fighting Image Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Poison Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
Electric Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
110 130 80 70 60 80

Best Nature for Mamoswine

Best Natures
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)
Jolly
(+Spd, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Mamoswine's Egg Moves

Icicle Crash Inherit from Beartic (learnable on evolution) or Galarian Darmanitan (learnable on evolution)

Moveset & Best Build for Mamoswine

Focus Sash Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 186 / Atk. 182 / Def. 100 / Sp.Def. 80 / Spd. 145
Ability Thick Fat
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Earthquake
Ice Shard
Icicle Crash
Stone Edge

Mamoswine is a Ice/Ground dual-type, rendering it immune to damage from both Hail and Sandstorm weather effects. While other Pokemon can have their Focus Sash broken by these conditions, Mamoswine's immunity to them makes it a prime user of the item. With its priority move Ice Shard, it can often deal the final blow even against fast opponents.

The Jolly nature is recommended for outspeeding Mimikyu, but Adamant is also possible when prioritizing high damage over all.

Other Viable Moves

Superpower For dealing with the likes of Tyranitar and Ferrothorn. Can defeat Tyranitar in one blow and Ferrothorn in two.
Iron Head Mostly used as Max Steelspike while Dynamaxed to raise Defense. Foes which are weak to Steel are often weak to Ice or Ground as well.
Icicle Spear For situations where multi-hit attacks are effective, such as against Mimikyu and Focus Sash-wearing opponents. However, the inconsistent damage rate makes it difficult to rely on.
Stealth Rock A support move which it's guaranteed to be able to pull off thanks to Focus Sash. Recommended pairing with Oblivious ability to avoid deactivation from Taunt.

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 186 / Atk. 182 / Def. 100 / Sp.Def. 80 / Spd. 145
Ability Thick Fat
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Icicle Crash
Earthquake
Stone Edge
Superpower

By making Mamoswine hold a Choice Scarf, its originally middle-to-high Speed is increased to allow it to strike first more frequently.

With the reduced number of Pokemon in this generation's metagame, the number of Pokemon with a similar speed to Mamoswine are extremely frequent. This allows Mamoswine more opportunities to outspeed with Choice Scarf and deal super effective damage with Ice and Ground-type moves.

Other Viable Moves

Iron Head Mostly used as Max Steelspike while Dynamaxed to raise Defense. Foes which are weak to Steel are often weak to Ice or Ground as well.
Icicle Spear For situations where multi-hit attacks are effective, such as against Mimikyu and Focus Sash-wearing opponents. However, the inconsistent damage rate makes it difficult to rely on.

How to Use Mamoswine Effectively

A physical attacker which can handle a variety of type matchups

Mamoswine gets STAB on the Ice and Ground types, two of the best attacking types, with a total of nine types taking super effective damage from the two types combined. Together with its high Attack, Mamoswine can use the priority move Ice Shard to hit first and hit many powerful Pokemon in their weak spot before they can move. These properties allow Mamoswine wide coverage against a variety of tough opponents.

Counters for Mamoswine

Physical Defenders with strong type matchups

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Earthquake and resists Icicle Crash
・Can hit its weak point with Hydro Pump
Best Ranked Battle Build for Wash Rotom
Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can barely survive its non-STAB Stone Edge
・Can knock out Mamoswine to start a Moxie sweep
Best Ranked Battle Build for Gyarados

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