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

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Basic Information for Quagsire

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Water Type Ground Type
Damp Prevents the use of self-destructing moves.
Water Absorb Restores HP if hit by an Water-type move.
Unaware (Hidden) Ignores any stat changes in the Pokemon.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 2x damage
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Electric Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
95 85 85 65 65 35

Best Nature for Quagsire

Best Natures
(+Def, -Atk)
(+Def, -Spd)
(+Def, -Sp.Atk.)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Quagsire's Egg Moves

Recover Inherit from Shellos (Learned at Lv. 10)
or from Mareanie (Learned at Lv. 20)
Stockpile Inherit from Cramorant (Learned at Lv. 1) or from Greedent (Learned at Lv. 15)

Strategies for Quagsire

Unaware Physical Defender Moveset & Best Build

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Def. 150 / Sp.Def. 85 / Sp.Def. 86 / Spd. 55
Ability Unaware
Held Item Leftovers
Rocky Helmet
Moveset Scald

Thanks to its Ability Unaware, it can weather Physical attacks completely immune to the stat boosts of its opponent. Fearsome Status moves like Swords Dance, Nasty Plot, and the stat boosts provided by Max Moves have no effect on Quagsire, allowing it to boost its own stats and attack, making it a powerful threat to the setup-and-attack class of attackers.

When going for a tankish build, Leftovers is recommended as a Held Item; otherwise, when using Quagsire as a damage source against Physical attackers, the Rocky Helmet is recommended.

Other Viable Moves

Yawn An option for a status effect-inducing move, this forces an difficult to manage opponent to either switch out or fall asleep, allowing Quagsire to take the chance to set up.
Earthquake A Ground-type attack, for when you're uneasy about having only a Water-type attack. In this case, it's better to use an Impish or Relaxed Nature.
Protect For biding time while the opponent takes damage from Toxic poison or Burn. Can also be used to check what attack a newly sent-out opponent will use.

How to Use Quagsire Effectively

A Pokemon whose Ability helps it withstand attacks

Quagsire doesn't have outstanding defensive stats, but thanks to its Ability's potential to ignore opponents' Attack boosts, combined with its learning of useful defensive moves like Recover and Toxic, it becomes effective at holding its own against powerful opponents.

As the Grass type is its only weakness, it's more difficult compared to other defensive Pokemon to hit it super effectively, making it great at absorbing damage from a variety of types.

Counters for Quagsire

Take advantage of its 4x Grass weakness

As defensive as it may be, Quagsire will fall flat against Grass-type moves, which deal 4x super effective damage. In particular, Special moves will hit Quagsire in its middling Special Defense to take it out.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take most of Quagsire's attacks with reduced damage
・Can faint Quagsire in one hit with Leaf Storm
Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take most of Quagsire's attacks with reduced damage
・Can deal super effective damage with Power Whip
Its damage potential will fall if burned with Scald
Moveset & Best Build for Gyarados
Charizard ImageCharizard Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use Solar Beam
under intense sunlight, or Max Overgrowth
Watch out for super effective Water-type moves
Moveset & Best Build for Charizard
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Immune to Toxic
・Takes Water-type attacks with reduced damage
If it doesn't know a strong move like Power Whip, the tide will start to turn against it
Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn

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