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

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Basic Information for Gardevoir

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Psychic Type Fairy Type
Synchronize Passes a burn, poison, or paralysis to the foe.
Trace The Pokemon copies a foe's Ability.
Telepathy (Hidden) Anticipates an ally's attack and dodges it.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Psychic Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Dragon Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
68 65 65 125 115 80

Best Nature for Gardevoir

Best Natures
+(Spd, -Atk)
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
(+Def, -Atk)
(+SpDef, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Gardevoir

Choice Scarf Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 144 / Def. 85 / Sp.Atk. 177 / Sp.Def. 135 / Spd. 145
Ability Trace
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Moonblast
Mystical Fire

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

Alternate Move Choices

Focus Blast Powerful Fighting-type move that can lower your opponent's Sp.Def. Though it's powerful against Rock and Steel-types, it's not very accurate. Its goal is to KO in one shot.
Thunderbolt A high-powered move, super effective against Water and Flying-types.
Shadow Ball A Ghost-type move that is 100% accurate. Can even be powerful against dual-type Fairy-types, with disadvantageous 2nd types.
Energy Ball Super effective against Rock and Water-types, like Quagsire and Gastrodon.

Wall-Building Supporter Moveset & Best Build

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Def. 128 / Sp.Atk. 145 / Sp.Def. 135 / Spd. 101
Ability Trace
Held Item Light Clay
Moveset Memento
Light Screen

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

Alternate Move Choices

Psychic Another Psychic-type move option, though, unlike Moonblast, it's ineffective against Dark-types.
Will-O-Wisp A move that burns, causing continuous damage to support switch-ins.
Thunder Wave A move that paralyzes. Though it's ineffective against Ground-types, the goal is to use it when opponent's Speed has been lowered.
Healing Wish Automatically switches Pokemon. Time it wisely, as its activation conditions have changed to restoring switch-in's HP and curing its status conditions.
Destiny Bond After using this move, if the user faints, the target that landed the knockout hit also faints. Time this move wisely, as it's disabled while Dynamaxed.
Taunt Locks your opponent into using attack moves. You can easily attack first, with your team's high Spd.

How to Use Gardevoir Effectively

This section is coming soon.

Counters for Gardevoir

Deal Super Effective Damage with a Physical Attacker

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Easy to attack first with its high Spd.
Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★★
・You can stay in Shield form, before switching to Blade form.
・Attack first before Mystical Fire is used.
Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash
Bisharp ImageBisharp Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Take advantage of your type advnatage with Iron Head.
・Can prevent supporting moves with a flinch.
Moveset & Best Build for Bisharp
Durant ImageDurant Ranking: ★★★★☆
・A Steel and Bug-type that exploits Gardevoir's weaknesses. Note that it's safe from Mystical Fire while Dynamaxed.
Moveset & Best Build for Durant
Bronzong ImageBronzong Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Advantageous type and can withstand Mystical Fire.

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