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

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Basic Information for Heat Rotom

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Electric Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fire Type
Abilities
Levitate Gives immunity to Ground type moves.

Heat Rotom Weaknesses and Resistances

Type
Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Ground Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0x damage
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What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
50 65 107 105 107 86

Best Nature for Heat Rotom

Best Natures
Modest
(SpAtk↑, Atk↓)
Timid
(Spd↑, Atk↓)
Bold
(Def↑, Atk↓)
Calm
(SpDef↑, Atk↓)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Heat Rotom

Physical Defender Moveset & Best Build

Physical Defender Heat Rotom.png

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 157 / Def 174 / Sp.Atk 125 / Sp.Def 127 / Spd 107
Ability Levitate
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Volt Switch
Discharge
Overheat
Will-o-Wisp

This is a build which takes advantage of Rotom's high Base HP and Defense to make it a potent physical defender. This allows it to switch in on physical heavy hitters like Mimikyu, and then if things turn bad, it can switch out with Volt Switch to further improve the team's position.

Taking threats such as Mimikyu and Galarian Darmanitan into account, this build runs Bold Nature, with EVs in HP and Defense, but it's also possible to go for a Calm Nature with EVs in HP and Special Defense if you're worried about Special attackers more than Physical attackers.

Other Viable Moves

Thunderbolt An alternate choice for Discharge. For those who are willing to make the tradeoff of chance of Paralysis for more power.

Choice Specs Moveset & Best Build

Choice Specs Heat Rotom.png

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 125 / Def 127 / Sp.Atk 172 / Sp.Def 128 / Spd 138
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Volt Switch
Thunderbolt
Overheat
Shadow Ball

With Heat Rotom's high Base Special Attack, it's also possible to arm it with Choice Specs and turn it into a mean Special attacker. Along with the ability to get STAB on Fire and Electric-type Moves, it also has sufficient defensive capability to handle attacks with neutral damage, making it a capable counter to everpresent foes like Mimikyu, Ferrothorn and Aegislash.

Other Viable Moves

Trick Force a Support Pokemon or a Physical Attacker to hold the Choice Specs to limit their usefulness.
Discharge An alternate option for Thunderbolt. It's a tradeoff for when you value Paralysis odds over power.

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Choice Specs Heat Rotom.png

Nature Timid (+Speed, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 125 / Def 127 / Sp.Atk 125 / Sp.Def 128 / Spd 151
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Volt Switch
Thunderbolt
Overheat
Trick

This is a build that aims to capitalize on Heat Rotom's high special attack stat with a strong STAB moves like Thunderbolt and Overheat as well as a strong utility move in Volt Switch. Trick is there to Choice Scarf lock your opponent.

Other Viable Moves

Dark Pulse A good coverage move against Ghost and Psychic-type Pokemon.

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Choice Specs Heat Rotom.png

Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 157 / Def 127 / Sp.Atk 172 / Sp.Def 128 / Spd 106
Ability Levitate
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Volt Switch
Discharge
Overheat
Dark Pulse

A tankier build that focuse on trying to get paralysis using Discharge. Use Volt Switch for utility while Overheat and Dark Pulse are there for coverage.

Other Viable Moves

Thunderbolt A more powerful STAB move. Use instead of Discharge if you value power more than paralysis.

How to Use Heat Rotom Effectively

A potent attacker and defender

Heat Rotom runs the board on high Special Attack, Defense, and Special Defense, allowing it to play the field as either an attacker or defender depending on its EVs and held item. This makes it difficult for opponents to know how to handle it, and as it learns Volt Switch as well, it's a good candidate for first Pokemon.

An effective lead with Volt Switch

By leading and using Volt Switch, Heat Rotom can simultaneously deal damage to the opponent while switching out. If the opponent switches out their Pokemon as well, Volt Switch will allow you to see the opponent's switched-in Pokemon before choosing which Pokemon you will switch in. And even if your opponent doesn't switch out, you will still be in a position to choose an effective Pokemon to switch in, making Heat Rotom with Volt Switch a powerful choice for lead.

However, Volt Switch's high power and mainstay status also make its use predictable, and you may have to deal with Ground-type leads and Pokemon slower than Rotom who will try to Volt Switch themselves after seeing the next Pokemon you send out.

Counters for Heat Rotom

Heat Rotom
Weakness Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Rock Image

Use Mold Breaker to land Ground-type attacks

Heat Rotom would have a 4x weakness to Ground-type attacks, but its ability Levitate is able to instead render it completely immune to them. However, Pokemon with the ability Mold Breaker are able to ignore the effects of Levitate to get an easy knock out on Heat Rotom with 4x super effective damage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can get a 1HKO with STAB Earthquake
・Can carry Choice Scarf to outspeed Heat Rotom for a no-damage knock out
Pokemon SWSH - Haxorus ImageHaxorus Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can outspeed Rotom to aim for a 1HKO with Earthquake
・Take reduced damage from Fire and Electric, so can switch in on Heat Rotom without fear

Use a resistant type

As Heat Rotom can no longer learn Toxic this generation, whether it's using a defensive or an offensive build, it's forced to rely on Fire and Electric attacks either way. Utilizing Pokemon who can defend against Fire and Electric-type moves, such as Dragon types and Water/Ground dual-types, will neutralize its threat.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists both Fire and Electric, so Heat Rotom can rarely do neutral damage to it
・Can deal consistent high damage with Dark Pulse
Pokemon SWSH - Lanturn ImageLanturn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists both Fire and Electric, so Heat Rotom can rarely do neutral damage to it
Pokemon SWSH - Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★☆
・It takes neutral damage from Electric attacks, but it can pull off a 1HKO with Stone Edge

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