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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
Pokemon Sword and Shield - 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
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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)

Singles Movesets 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.

Guts Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 212 / Atk. 252 / Def. 44
Final Stat Values HP 207 / Atk. 211 / Def. 121 / Sp.Def. 85 / Spd. 65
Ability Guts
Held Item Flame Orb
Moveset Mach Punch
Drain Punch
Thunder Punch

This set utilizes the Ability Guts which increases the Attack stat when inflicted by status conditions. By holding Flame Orb and getting burned, Conkeldurr's power is increased while also preventing other status conditions.

HP lost due to the effects of being burned can be recovered by using Drain Punch.

Other Viable Moves

Fire Punch Can be used against Ferrothorn and Aegislash. There is a high chance to defeat Ferrothorn with a single Fire Punch
Ice Punch Useful move against Flying- and Dragon-types. There will be chances where this move will be suitable to Pokemon not weak to Fighting-type moves
Facade A move that doubles the power when the user is inflicted with a status condition. Great for Conkeldurr with Flame Orb.
Fling Can be used after getting burned by Flame Orb. Better used at physical attackers
Stone Edge Powerful Rock-type move to use against Fire- and Flying-types
Earthquake Powerful Ground-type move against Fire- and Electric-types

Sheer Force Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 212 / Atk. 211 / Def. 115 / Sp.Def. 85 / Spd. 65
Ability Sheer Force
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Mach Punch
Drain Punch
Thunder Punch
Ice Punch

Sheer Force boosts the power of attacks but ignores any additional effects like status conditions. Additionally, attacking with Life Orb does not reduce HP, so this moveset can deal more damage than the previous one.

About Conkeldurr's Moves

Drain Punch's power is not increased by Sheer Force, but this also means that HP recovery per hit is retained.

Other Viable Moves

Fire Punch Can be used against Ferrothorn and Aegislash. There is a high chance to defeat Ferrothorn with a single Fire Punch
Payback Goes well with Pokemon with low Speed such as Conkeldurr. Use it against Ghost-types
Poison Jab Can benefit from Conkeldurr's monstrous Attack stat.
Rock Slide More accurate than Stone Edge

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

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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
Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Lele ImageTapu Lele Ranking: ★★★★★
・Psychic-type moves can be boosted by Psychic Terrain for devestating attacks
Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Lele
Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Flying-type moves to exploit Conkeldurr's weakness
・Can inflict paralysis
・Able to fit in many team compositions
Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★
・Resists damage from Fighting-type moves
Must watch out for Thunder Punch
Moveset & Best Build for Toxapex

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