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

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Basic Information for Alcremie

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fairy Type
Sweet Veil Prevents the Pokemon and allies from falling asleep.
Aroma Veil (Hidden) Protects allis from attacks that limit their move choices.

Type Defenses

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
65 60 75 110 121 64

Best Nature for Alcremie

Best Natures
Calm (+SpDef, -Atk) Bold (+Def, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Alcremie

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Standard Alcremie.png

Nature Calm (+SpDef, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Def. 252 / Sp.Atk. 4
Final Stat Values Sp.Def. 190 / HP 172 / Sp.Atk. 131 / Def. 95 / Spd. 84
Ability Aroma Veil
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Dazzling Gleam
Mystical Fire
Calm Mind

Alcremie can pump its already naturally high Special Defense up further with Calm Mind, allowing it to serve as an effective Special defender. As Calm Mind will boost its Special Attack as well, it can also hit back hard while fielding attacks.

Other Viable Moves

Draining Kiss Raises its defensive potential with a STAB healing attack.

Double Defense Moveset & Best Build NEW

Double Defense Alcremie.png

Nature Calm (+SpDef, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 172 / Def. 127 / Sp.Atk. 130 / Sp.Def. 156 / Spd. 184
Ability Aroma Veil
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Calm Mind
Acid Armor
Dazzling Gleam

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

This set aims to power up Alcremie's Defense and Special Defense to make it strong on both sides. Raise Def. with Acid Armor when faced with Physical attackers, and Sp.Def. with Calm Mind against Special Attackers. Calm Mind will also pump up Alcremie's Special Attack to take down its foes.

With the protection of Aroma Veil, you're immune to moves like Taunt, allowing you to use your variety of special moves to increase your stats. However, beware of the item-switching moves Trick and Switcheroo, which can force Alcremie to hold a Choice Item and bring it screeching to a halt. Be extra careful when facing Steel-type opponents/Steel-type attacks.

Nature and EV Spread

With its EVs almost entirely in HP and Defense, its Calm Nature compensates by raising its Special Defense. This makes it more capable of resisting Special attacks than a Defense-boosting Nature would, and makes up for Calm Mind's 1-stage Special Defense boost when compared to Acid Armor's 2-stage Defense boost.

Other Viable Moves

Draining Kiss Although it's a huge drop in power, this move will significantly boost Alcremie's defensive power, allowing it to heal consistently while attacking.
Stored Power The more the user's stats are raised, the greater the move's power. As its power is extremely low with no stat boosts, timing is everything.
Mystical Fire Great for hitting a Steel-type switching in to counter Alcremie. Also useful defensively for its effect of lowing Sp.Atk.

How to Use Alcremie Effectively

A Special wall who is immune to Taunt

Alcremie's Hidden Ability Aroma Veil prevents move-limiting moves such as Taunt, making it impossible for foes to block its Recover and Calm Mind.

With its high Special Defense, it's got leeway to set up with Calm Mind to allow it to boost its Special Attack and start dealing damage on its own even without expending EVs on Special Attack.

Counters for Alcremie

Weakness Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Steel Image

Hit its weak point with Steel-type Physical attacks

Although Alcremie has a massive Special Defense, its low Defense holds it back, allowing a Physical attacker to swiftly take it out. As there are plenty of high-power Steel-type moves on the market, there's no need to boost stats or set up to handle Alcremie.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Durant ImageDurant Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can hit first with a Steel-type move
・Can knock Alcremie out with Max Steelspike even if it uses Acid Armor
Durant Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can hit with Steel-type moves
・Reflects stat drops with Mirror Armor, preventing Alcremie from using Mystical Fire
Corviknight Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can hit first with a Steel-type move
・Before Calm Mind is set up, can't be fainted in one hit even when hit super effectively
Excadrill Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Focus On Switching Items

Because Alcremie battles while increasing its stats, counter it with item-switching moves like Trick and Switcheroo to force it to hold a Choice Item and limit its movement.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Fire-type Pokemon that resists Fairy-type moves.
・Volt Switch allows it to switch out after using Trick.
Heat Rotom Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Obstagoon ImageObstagoon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use Parting Shot or Knock Off to remain useful after Switcheroo.
・Weak against Fairy-type attacks, so be careful.
Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use Switcheroo first with Prankster.
・Weak against Fairy-type attacks, so be careful.
Grimmsnarl Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Whimsicott ImageWhimsicott Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use Switcheroo first with Prankster.
・Alcremie often has the super-effective Mystical Fire, so watch out.
Whimsicott Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Cancel Stat Changes

The Unaware Ability ignores and the move Haze eliminates all opponent's stat changes, rendering Alcremie's moves boosting useless and leaving its Special Attack insufficient to score a KO.

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Unaware ignores Alcremie's stat changes.
・Very high defensive stats allow it to wear Alcremie down with Toxic.
Quagsire Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Eliminate Alcremie's stat changes with Haze.
・Very high defensive stats allow it to wear Alcremie down with Toxic.
Toxapex Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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