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

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Basic Information for Goodra

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dragon Type
Hydration Heals status problem if it is raining.
Sap Sipper Boosts Attack when hit by a Grass-type move.
Gooey (Hidden) Contact with the Pokemon lowers the attacker's Speed stat.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Electric Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Grass Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
90 100 70 110 150 80

Best Nature for Goodra

Best Natures
(+SpAtk, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Goodra

Sap Sipper + Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 197 / Def. 90 / Sp.Atk. 178 / Sp.Def. 170 / Spd. 101
Ability Sap Sipper
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Draco Meteor
Fire Blast
Sludge Wave

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

With a combination of high base stats and the Special Defense boost from Assault Vest, it's able to withstand a Draco Meteor from Hydreigon. On top of that, its Ability Sap Sipper is able to nullify the effects of opponents' Grass-type Moves. If you can pull off a good read on the opponent, you can switch in Goodra to completely nullify an attack.

Alternate Move Choices

Dragon Pulse An accuracy of 100%, but less powerful than Draco Meteor.
Flamethrower An accuracy of 100%, but slightly less powerful than Fire Blast.
Focus Blast Can hit Tyranitar hard, but its accuracy is middling.
Acid Spray Can drop its opponent's Sp.Def. by two stages. Good for setting up its teammates.
Ice Beam An effective attack for using against Grass types.
Blizzard An effective attack for using against Grass types. The Power is enticing, but the accuracy could be better.
Thunderbolt An effective attack for using against Water types.

Expert Belt Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 196 / Sp.Atk. 244 / Spd. 68
Final Stat Values HP 190 / Def. 90 / Sp.Atk. 177 / Sp.Def. 170 / Spd. 109
Ability Gooey
Held Item Expert Belt
Moveset Dragon Pulse
Fire Blast
Sludge Wave

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

This build allows it to take maximum advantage of its wide movepool with the help of Expert Belt. Its Ability Gooey can lower the opponent's Speed, allowing it to strike first and finish the job.

Explanation of EV Spread

The Speed EVs have been placed to allow it to outspeed Mimikyu after Gooey has been activated.

Alternate Move Choices

Draco Meteor A powerful but inaccurate attack. The two-stage Special Attack drop smarts as well.
Flamethrower An accuracy of 100%, but slightly less powerful than Fire Blast.
Focus Blast Can hit Tyranitar and Excadrill hard, but its accuracy is an issue.
Acid Spray Can drop its opponent's Sp.Def. by two stages. Good for setting up its teammates.
Ice Beam An effective attack for using against Grass types.
Blizzard An effective attack for using against Grass types. The Power is enticing, but the accuracy could be better.

How to Use Goodra Effectively

Weather its opponents' attacks and hit back with Special attacks

Goodra's specialty can be said to be its extremely high Special Defense. Its primary strategy is to shake off a Special attack to fire back with its own super effective move. With its wide movepool granting it a range of moves which can deal heavy damage to any Pokemon it comes up against, it's a highly effective fighter when in the right situation.

Counters for Goodra

Hit hard with a Physical attacker

Although Goodra's Defense seems high on first glance, it falls short of breaking half of its Special Defense. With the right Physical attacker on its tail, Goodra can be taken down more easily than it appears.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has high attacking power
・Can create a Sandstorm to take advantage of its high Special Defense
Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can generally outspeed
・A high-power Physical attacker
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Darmanitan

Wall it with a defensive Pokemon

Goodra does rock a powerful Special Attack and a wide variety of moves, but up against a Pokemon with massive defensive stats, it can have trouble taking it down. The likes of Snorlax and Gastrodon are able to put up with some smacking around and come out grinning.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Ranking: ★★★★★
・Extremely high Special Defense
・Also a superb Physical attacker
Moveset & Best Build for Snorlax
Gastrodon ImageGastrodon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can learn Recovery moves
・Has high defensive capabilities
Moveset & Best Build for Gastrodon

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