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

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Basic Information for Umbreon

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Dark Type
Synchronize Passes a burn, poison, or paralysis to the foe.
Inner Focus (Hidden) The Pokemon is protected from flinching.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image
Pokemon Bug Image
Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Ghost Image
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Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
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What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
95 65 110 60 130 65

Best Nature for Umbreon

Best Natures
(+Def, -Atk)
(+Def, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Umbreon's Egg Moves

Yawn Inherit from Hippopotas (learns at Lv. 8) or Munna (learns at Lv. 32)
Wish Inherit from Togedemaru or Pikachu

Togedemaru and Pikachu can inherit it from Swirlix
(learns at Lv. 30) or Togepi (learns at Lv. 52)

Singles Movesets for Umbreon

Rocky Helmet Moveset & Best Build

Rocky Helmet Umbreon.png
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def. 252 / Sp. Def. 12
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Def. 178 / Sp. Def. 152 / Spd. 85
Ability Synchronize
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Moveset Foul Play

This moveset takes advantage of Umbreon's high defensive stats to allow it to serve as a wall. The Rocky Helmet deals damage to all opponents who come at it with Physical attacks, and Wish will recover its HP to allow it to continue whittling down the opponent's strength.

While containing the opponent's ability to setup and boost its stats with Yawn, Foul Play and Rocky Helmet ensure that it will be able to continue wearing down its opponent.

Physical Wall Moveset & Best Build

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def. 252 / Sp. Def. 12
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Def. 178 / Sp. Def. 152 / Spd. 85
Ability Inner Focus
Held Item Leftovers
Rocky Helmet
Moveset Foul Play

This set takes advantage of Umbreon's high defenses. If your opponent Dynamaxes their Pokemon, you can protect your attacker and switch to Umbreon and waste their Dynamax turns.

Other Viable Moves

Protect Suitable to use after using Wish on the previous turn. Also wastes one Dynamax turn.

How to Use Umbreon Effectively

Absorb attacks with its massive defensive stats

Umbreon serves mainly to wall and contain the power of Physical attackers. With Foul Play, it can use Physical attacker's high Attack stats against them to make them effectively hit themselves without having to invest any of its own stat points into an attacking stat. And with its Base 130 Special Defense, it can handle Special attackers with no problem as well.

Can set the stage for a teammate

By using Wish and Yawn, Umbreon can also set up for another Pokemon to switch in. As Wish is also able to heal another Pokemon who switches in, while Yawn will either force the opponent to switch out or put them to sleep, either of which should be an advantageous situation for Umbreon's teammate. Yawn also has high potential for forcing a Dynamaxed Pokemon to switch out.

Counters for Umbreon

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Use Taunt to limit Umbreon's moves

As Umbreon's typical movesets are filled almost completely with Status moves, using Taunt to prevent Status moves can completely stop it in its tracks. Only able to use Foul Play, Umbreon will be helpless as you either set up against it with Status moves of your own, or switch in an ace attacker to take it down.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has type advantage over Umbreon.
Misty Surge neutralizes any attempt to use status effects.
Tapu Fini Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can avoid the effects of Yawn when holding Lum Berry
・After Taunting, can set up itself with Swords Dance
Aegislash Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★
・Can foil Umbreon's plans with Taunt
・Can deal super effective damage with Body Press
・When holding Rocky Helmet, deals damage of its own
Corviknight Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Bisharp ImageBisharp Ranking: ★★★★
・Have Bisharp hold Lum Berry to recover from Yawn.
・Can start attacking by raising Attack with Swords Dance.
Bisharp Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Corner it with Special Fairy attackers

Sylveon is highly effective for using Special Fairy attacks to handle Umbreon. With its Ability Pixilate, it's able to use Hyper Voice as a Fairy-type move against Umbreon for a definitive one-hit KO. If you Dynamax it, Sylveon can use Max Starfall to nullify the effects of Yawn. As Special attackers don't have much to fear from Foul Play either, Sylveon can handle Umbreon from every angle.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Primarina ImagePrimarina Ranking: ★★★★★
・Able to use Substitute and Calm Mind.
・Can force Umbreon to switch out by using Perish Song.
Primarina Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Sylveon ImageSylveon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Guaranteed 1HKO when holding Choice Specs
・Can avoid Sleep with Max Starfall.
Sylveon Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Togekiss ImageTogekiss Ranking: ★★★★
・Can avoid Sleep with Max Starfall.
・Alternatively, can hold Lum Berry when Yawned and use Nasty Plot.
Togekiss Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Hatterene ImageHatterene Ranking: ★★★★
・Can avoid Sleep and pass it to Umbreon with Magic Bounce.
Hatterene Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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