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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
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Water Type
Pokemon Sword and Shield - 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)

Singles Movesets for Quagsire

Unaware Physical Defender Moveset & Best Build

Unaware Physical Defender Quagsire.png
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
Kee Berry
Moveset Scald

About Quagsire's Moves

This Quagsire aims to be an insurmountable wall by stacking Stockpile thrice, then staying healthy with Recover.

It may not have enough fire power on its own, but residual damage from Scald burns or Toxic poison damage can whittle down any enemy that lacks the strength to take it down.

About Quagsire's EV Spread

This set utilizes a standard physically defensive spread with maximum investment in HP and Defense. The rest of the EVs can be placed in Sp.Def to add more bulk.

About Quagsire's Ability

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.

About Quagsire's Held Item

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.

A Kee Berry is another option that allows Quagsire to get a headstart on raising its Defense when hit by a physical move.

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.
Counter Can be an alternative damage dealing move. The bulk earned from Stockpile should make sure you don't receive too much damage, but you'll be able to use your opponent's physical strength against them.

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 it is only weak to Grass-type moves, 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.

How to Build a Team with Quagsire

Unaware Wall for a Defensive Team

Example Defensive Team

Unaware Wall
Special Attacker
Physical Wall Special Wall
Physical Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Quagsire ImageQuagsire Pokemon SWSH - Corviknight ImageCorviknight Pokemon SWSH - Snorlax ImageSnorlax

This is a bulky team that can handle damage from all sides of the spectrum. This core in particular works well as they handle each others weaknesses. Quagsire's weakness to Grass moves can be dealt with thanks to Corviknight's Flying-type moves, or even Snorlax's access to Fire Punch.

Corviknight in turn can utilize a Roost / Iron Defense / Body Press set to deal damage and stay healthy at the same time. Its Fire and Electric-type weakness can also be covered by Thick Fat Snorlax and Quagsire.

Snorlax's amazing movepool helps it cover any coverage the team might need. It can also viably be the Dynamax member of the team as a way for it to raise it's stats.

How to Build a Defensive Team

Counters for Quagsire

Pokemon Grass Image

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
Pokemon SWSH - Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has access to the 4x super effective move Grassy Glide which has increased priority in Grassy Terrain.
Moveset & Best Build for 'Counter'
Pokemon SWSH - Nihilego ImageNihilego Ranking: ★★★★
・Has access to the 4x super effective move Grass Knot.
・Has high Special Defense to deal with Quagsire's moves.
・Has to be careful of Quagsire's Earthquake.
Moveset & Best Build for Nihilego
Pokemon SWSH - Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Ranking: ★★★★
・Can take most of Quagsire's attacks with reduced damage
・Can knock Quagsire out in one hit with Leaf Storm
Moveset & Best Build for Mow Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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

Defeat it with a Powerful Special Attacker.

Even though Quagsire can ignore the opponent's stat changes thanks to Unaware, it still cannot handle really strong Special Attacks. By taking advantage of the power boost provided by Dynamax, Max Moves can deal significant damage against Quagsire.

For additional boosts, Items such as Choice Specs or Life Orb can also be useful.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★★
・STAB Max Airstream can deal potentially lethal damage.
Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos
Pokemon SWSH - Latios ImageLatios Ranking: ★★★★★
・Choice Specs boosted Draco Meteor can deal potentially lethal damage.
Moveset & Best Build for Latios'
Pokemon SWSH - Naganadel ImageNaganadel Ranking: ★★★★★
・Life Orb boosted Max Wyrmwind can deal potentially lethal damage.
Moveset & Best Build for 'Naganadel
Pokemon SWSH - Celesteela ImageCelesteela Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Toxic.
・Can rely on flinches from Air Slash to disrupt Quagsire's recovery.
Moveset & Best Build for Celesteela
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Moltres Image
Galarian Moltres
Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Taunt to prevent Quagsire's recovery.
・Can rely on flinches from Fiery Wrath to disrupt Quagsire's recovery.
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Moltres

Disrupt Quagsire's Move Selection

Whether it's by tricking Choice Items, using Taunt or relying on flinches, you can prevent Quagsire from gaining defensive momentum.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Togekiss ImageTogekiss Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can rely on flinches from Air Slash to disrupt Quagsire's recovery.
・Has access to the 4x super effective move Grass Knot.
Moveset & Best Build for Togekiss
Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini Ranking: ★★★★★
・Misty Terrain prevents Quagsire from inflicting status conditions.
・Can use Taunt to prevent Quagsire's recovery.
Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Fini
Pokemon SWSH - Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★
・Has fantastic type matchup against Quagsire leaving it with little to do.
Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom

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