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This is a strategy guide for using Togekiss in competitive play. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV builds, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Togekiss, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Togekiss

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fairy Type Flying Type
Abilities
Serene Grace Boosts the likelihood of added effects appearing.
Hustle Boosts the Attack stat, but lowers accuracy.
Super Luck (Hidden) Heightens the critical-hit ratios of moves.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
85 50 95 120 115 80

Best Nature for Togekiss

Best Natures
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)
Modest
(+SpAtk, -Atk)

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Strategies for Togekiss

Special Attacker Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Spd. 236 / Sp.Atk. 30
Ability Serene Grace
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Air Slash
Fire Blast
Dazzling Gleam
Nasty Plot

With Togekiss's high Defense and Special Defense, and doubled HP when it Dynamaxes, this is a build made to cover its weak points and maximize its effectiveness. On Dynamaxing, Togekiss's Air Slash will turn into Max Airstream, which has the side effect of boosting its Speed, giving Togekiss the potential to sweep hard and fast.

Other Viable Moves

Flamethrower An alternate choice for Fire Blast. Trades off power for 100% accuracy.
Aura Sphere A Fighting-type Move that never misses. For using against Steel or Rock types.

Paralysis + Flinch Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 4
Ability Serene Grace
Held Item Lum Berry
Moveset Air Slash
Thunder Wave
Dazzling Gleam
Aura Sphere

With its Ability Serene Grace, Togekiss reaches a whopping 60% flinch rate with Air Slash. It can also paralyze with Thunder Wave to ensure that it can outspeed the opponent, further raising its potential to cause flinching.

Because Dynamaxed opponents do not flinch, this set is not as effective as in previous generations, but this strategy still poses a huge threat in the metagame.

Other Viable Moves

Flamethrower A choice focusing on accuracy for hitting foes of various other types. A useful counter for Ferrothorn.
Fire Blast The same purpose as Flamethrower, but emphasizing power over accuracy.
Nasty Plot By raising its Special Attack, increases its effectiveness as an attacker.

How to Use Togekiss Effectively

Use Serene Grace to disable the opponent

Togekiss has the ability Serene Grace, which doubles the chance of its attacks' side-effects to take effect. This potential to cripple foes' effectiveness that made it feared in past generations returns in Sword and Shield as its primary strategy.

A prime user of Weakness Policy

Although Togekiss has low HP, its high Defense and Special Defense, paired with the doubled HP granted by Dynamax, allow it to often survive even super effective attacks. This can allow it to take a super effective hit, activating Weakness Policy, then hit back with a two-stage boost to its already-high Special Attack.

Counters for Togekiss

Use a Pokemon with a type advantage

The most efficient way to deal with Togekiss is simply to use a Pokemon which can take its attacks with reduced damage while also dishing out super effective damage of its own.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Toxtricity ImageToxtricity Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take almost all of its attacks with reduced damage
・Can deal super effective Poison or Electric damage
Best Ranked Battle Build for Toxtricity
Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take almost all of its attacks with reduced damage
・Can deal super effective Electric damage
Best Ranked Battle Build for Heat Rotom
Rhyperior ImageRhyperior Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take almost all of its attacks with reduced damage
・Can deal heavy Physical damage with super-effective Rock moves
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its Steel typing is useful offensively and defensively
・Watch out for Togekiss's Fire moves
Best Ranked Battle Build for Excadrill

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