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

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Basic Information for Conkeldurr

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fighting Type
Guts Boosts Attack if there is a status problem.
Sheer Force Removes added effects to increase move damage.
Iron Fist (Hidden) Boosts the power of punching moves.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
105 140 95 55 65 45

Best Nature for Conkeldurr

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

What are Natures?

How to Learn Conkeldurr's Egg Moves

Mach Punch Inherit from Hitmonchan (learns at Lv. 4)

Strategies for Conkeldurr

Iron Fist Moveset & Best Build

Iron Fist Conkeldurr.png

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 212 / Atk. 211 / Def. 115 / Sp.Def. 86 / Spd. 65
Ability Iron Fist
Held Item Expert Belt
Assault Vest
Moveset Mach Punch
Drain Punch
Thunder Punch
Ice Punch

Its Hidden Ability Iron Fist increases the power of its punching moves. This build focuses on this bonus by stacking Conkeldurr with 4 square punches. Starting with the priority punching move Mach Punch, Conkeldurr's ability to learn a variety of useful punches combined with its high Attack makes this a great set for heavy hitting.

When holding the Expert Belt, it can faint a Galarian Darmanitan with no EVs in HP in a single hit with Mach Punch.

Other Viable Moves

Hammer Arm An alternate punching move for Drain Punch. For when you just want more power.
Fire Punch Mainly for taking out Ferrothorn and Aegislash. With the Expert Belt, it has a high chance of getting a 1HKO even on the Defense-heavy Ferrothorn.
Payback A Dark-type move with doubled power when hitting last. It matches well with Conkeldurr's low Speed, and is useful for hitting Ghost types.
Stone Edge Useful for hitting Fire and Flying types. It doesn't take advantage of Iron Fist, but its Base Power is already enough to leave a dent.
Earthquake Like Stone Edge, but for using against Fire, Electric and Poison types.

How to Use Conkeldurr Effectively

A heavyweight hitter with an Ability that comes out swinging

Conkeldurr has a massively high Base Attack, and its Ability is also made to further boost its attacking power. As its HP and Defense are also on the high end, there are many situations where it can handle its opponents' attacks with ease.

It can also use the HP-recovery attack Drain Punch, as well as the priority attack Mach Punch, which allow it to survive an opponent's attack and heal the lost HP with Drain Punch, and deal a final blow when on its last legs by getting in a Mach Punch before its opponent can move.

Counters for Conkeldurr

Use super effective Special attacks

Compared to its high Defense and ability to handle Physical attackers, Conkeldurr doesn't fare so well against Special attacks, which can swiftly take it out.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Togekiss ImageTogekiss Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Whether Fairy or Flying, its Special attacks can hit super effectively
Depending on the build, it may get knocked out when not Dynamaxed or Defense-focused
Moveset & Best Build for Togekiss
Charizard ImageCharizard Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Can hit a weak point with Flying attacks
Even if it Dynamaxes, it probably won't be able to survive a Rock-type attack
Moveset & Best Build for Charizard

Weather its attacks with a type-advantageous Physical defender

A strong type matchup can be enough to nullify the power of Conkeldurr's massive Attack. An immunity or resistence to its main weapon of Fighting-type moves can make or break a Pokemon's success against Conkeldurr.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Galarian Corsola ImageGalarian Corsola Ranking: ★★★★★
・Almost none of Conkeldurr's attacks can hit super effectively
・Immune to Fighting-type attacks
・Can use Strength Sap to both heal and decrease Conkeldurr's Attack
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Corsola
Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Resists damage from Fighting-type moves
Must watch out for Thunder Punch
Moveset & Best Build for Toxapex

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Everyone in vgc uses guts flame orb not iron fist bra! Get it right!

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