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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
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Psychic Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - 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.

Gardevoir Weaknesses and Resistances

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?

Singles Movesets 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

Choice Scarf Special Attacker Gardevoir.png

This set makes Gardevoir a special attacker by utilizing its high Special Attack stat. With Choice Scarf, it is often possible to face even the toughest opponents.

Other Viable Moves

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.
Psyshock Alternative to Psychic. Very effective against Nihilego as its damage is calculated based on the Defense stat.

Wall-Building Supporter Moveset & Best Build

Wall-Building Supporter Gardevoir.png

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
Focus Sash
Moveset Memento
Light Screen

This build lets Gardevoir setup walls to assist those that are in the active role of attacking. There are also other options than setting up walls such as inflicting status ailments on the opposing team. It is best to choose the right method that will help attackers.

About Gardevoir's Held Item

Gardevoir has low Defense and may be overpowered by a physical attacker, making it unable to set up walls. Therefore, it is also a good idea to let if hold Focus Sash to at least guarantee a single wall.

Other Viable Moves

Psychic Another Psychic-type move option, though, unlike Moonblast, it's ineffective against Dark-types.
Psyshock Alternative to Psychic. Very effective against Nihilego as its damage is calculated based on the Defense stat.
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.
Trick Room Lets the slowest Pokemon move first. Hard to read,
Misty Explosion Powerful Fairy-type move that knocks out Gardevoir itself. Can act as the last move to use when done setting up walls.

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 204 / Def. 4 / Sp. Atk. 244 / Sp. Def. 4 /Spd. 52
Final Stat Values HP 169 / Def. 86 / Sp. Atk. 193 / Sp. Def. 136 / Sp. 107
Ability Trace
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Moonblast
Energy Ball
Mystical Fire

Gardevoir is given Assault Vest to boost its Special Defense as this build is intended for it to fight face-to-face as a special attacker against the opposing team.

Utilize Gardevoir's large move pool and select moves that will work best in any given situation.

Other Viable Moves

Thunderbolt Can replace Energy Ball as an attack against Flying-types.
Psyshock Alternative to Psychic. Very effective against Nihilego as its damage is calculated based on the Defense stat.
Icy Wind An effective Ice-type moves against Landorus. Additionally, it can lower an opponent's Speed.
Shadow Ball A great special Ghost-type move.

How to Use Gardevoir Effectively

Utilize its large move pool

Gardevoir is a Pokemon that is able to learn numerous special attacks which means it can provide coverage against Pokemon that other members of your team may not be able to do so. It is also able to provide support and can fit many roles that can support the main attacker of a team. It is very important to adjust Gardevoir's build based on how it will be used on a specific team.

Counters for Gardevoir

Weakness Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Steel Image

Deal Super Effective Damage with a Physical Attacker

Gardevoir has high Special Defense but suffers from low HP and Defense. Take advantage of this by using physical moves that are super-effective against it.

Steel-types are the best example as most moves are physical attacks.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Metagross ImageMetagross Ranking: ★★★★★
・Dish out Steel-type attacks to punish Gardevoir's weakness to Steel-type moves.
・With its Special Defense, it can survive Magical Flame.
Moveset & Best Build for Metagross
Pokemon SWSH - Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Easy to attack first with its high Speed.
Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Pokemon SWSH - Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★
・Easy to attack first with its high Spd.
・Attack first before Mystical Fire is used.
Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash
Pokemon SWSH - Scizor ImageScizor Ranking: ★★★★
・Use Bullet Punch to attack first.
Very vulnerable to Mystical Fire.
Moveset & Best Build for Scizor
Pokemon SWSH - Bisharp ImageBisharp Ranking:★★★★
・Use Iron Head to attack Gardevoir's weak point.
Moveset & Best Build for Bisharp
Pokemon SWSH - Durant ImageDurant Ranking:★★★
・Use Steel-type moves to exploit Gardevoir's weakness.
Mystical Fire will OHKO Durant even when it is Dynamaxed.
Moveset & Best Build for Durant
Pokemon SWSH - Bronzong ImageBronzong Ranking: ★★★
・Advantageous type and can withstand Mystical Fire.

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