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

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Basic Information for Whimsicott

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Grass Type Fairy Type
Abilities
Prankster Gives priority to a status move.
Infiltrator Passes through the foe's barrier and strikes.
Chlorophyll (Hidden) Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in sunshine

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
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Takes 2x damage
Fire Image Ice Image Flying Image Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Water Image Grass Image Electric Image Fighting Image Ground Image Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
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What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
60 67 85 77 75 116

Best Nature for Whimsicott

Best Natures
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)
Bold
(+Def, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Whimsicott

Cotton Guard + Leech Seed Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 204 / Def. 164 / Spd. 116 / Sp.Atk. 20 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 161 / Def. 126 / Sp.Atk. 100 / Sp.Def. 96 / Spd. 166
Ability Prankster
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Cotton Guard
Leech Seed
Substitute
Moonblast

This is the Whimsicott Cotton Guard + Leech Seed build feared across the metagame. With the move Cotton Guard, it can raise its Defense by a whopping three stages, while healing itself with Leech Seed and simultaneously wearing down its opponent. Thanks to its ability Prankster, it can use all moves in this build aside from Moonblast with priority, allowing it to start setting up right away.

About Whimsicott's EV Spread

The EVs in this moveset are tactically arranged to allow it to take down a Hydreigon with 252 EVs in HP in one hit with Moonblast. With its 120 Speed, it's able to outspeed a non-Choice Scarf Hydreigon with maximized Speed. Also, its HP is arranged with a 16n+1 value, meaning that it will receive the maximum possible HP each time it recovers HP with Leech Seed.

Other Viable Moves

Protect Works well with Leech Seed as a potential alternate for Substitute. However, it can't be used repeatedly.
Stun Spore A team support move option, although its low accuracy hurts its usability.
Taunt Useful for preventing the stall-heavy Whimsicott from being taken advantage of to set up moves like Stealth Rock.

Beat Up Support Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 136 / Def. 105 / Sp.Atk. 129 / Sp.Def. 95 / Spd. 184
Ability Prankster
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Beat Up
Tailwind
Protect
Dazzling Gleam

This Whimsicott is centered around using the move Beat Up on a partner Pokemon with the ability Justified to raise their attack. In a typical 4 vs 4 Doubles Battle, this move will hit the Justified Pokemon 4 times, essentially raising their attack by 4 stages.

Good partners for this Whimsicott include Terrakion, Lucario, and Arcanine.

Whimsicott's other moves are for team support. Tailwind is ideally used first before using Beat Up to boost team's speed, while Protect allows it to scout moves. Dazzling Gleam is its only attacking move, hitting both opponents and ensuring Whimsicott doesn't struggle when it sustains a Taunt.

About Whimsicott's EV Spread

This Whimsicott's EV spread is more straightforward as it's main role is purely to support its teammate. It will be the immediate target when your opponent realizes that it's using Beat Up so defensive EVs are a waste.

Instead, we give Whimsicott full Speed and Sp. Attack investment, with the remaining EVs on HP. This ensures it can use Tailwind and Beat Up before other Pokemon and hit hard with Dazzling Gleam.

Focus Sash is the preferred held item to ensure it can use Beat Up at least once on its turn.

To learn more about using Whimsicott in the Doubles format, take a look at our How to Build a Doubles Team article below:
How to Build a Doubles Team

Other Viable Moves

Taunt A good alternative to Protect to use against Follow Me users that completely counter this strategy.
Encore Useful for locking in an opposing Pokemon to a specific move.
Helping Hand A good alternative to Protect to ensure Whimsicott can still support its teammate even if it fails to use Beat Up.

How to Use Whimsicott Effectively

Move first and set up fast

Whimsicott has both a blistering speed of 120 and the Ability Prankster, allowing it to move first automatically when using Status moves. If it does a good job setting up Cotton Guard against a Physical attacker, followed by Substitute and Leech Seed to further avoid its chances of being taken down in one hit, the opponent may become completely unable to take it down, allowing it to sweep the rest of the match.

Counters for Whimsicott

Reflect its Status moves with Magic Bounce

The most effective strategy to counter Whimsicott is to completely nullify its ability to use Leech Seed. Without its primary healing source, Whimsicott will be limited to healing using Leftovers, its rhythm will be impeded. Also, as Pokemon with the Ability Magic Bounce, which reflects the effects of Status moves, tend to have high Special Attack, these Pokemon can frequently avoid the effects of Cotton Guard to take down Whimsicott easily.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Sylveon ImageSylveon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has the Ability Magic Bounce
・Its high Special Attack can take down Whimsicott
Moveset & Best Build for Sylveon
Hatterene ImageHatterene Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has the Ability Magic Bounce
・Its high Special Attack can take down Whimsicott

Pass through Substitute with the Ability Infiltrator

Whimsicott's strategy typically relies on using the move Substitute to gain turns and wear down its opponent. However, the Ability Infiltrator can be used to nullify the effects of Substitute and attack directly.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Chandelure ImageChandelure Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has the Ability Infiltrator
・Able to hit with super-effective Fire-type attacks

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