This is a strategy guide for using Type: Null 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 Type: Null, as well as its strengths and weak points.
|Type: Null - Related Articles|
|Evolution and Learnset||Build for Ranked Battle|
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Battle Armor||The Pokemon is protected against critical hits.|
|Deals 4x damage||
|Deals 2x damage|
|Deals 0.5x damage||
|Deals 1/4x damage||
|Deals 0x damage|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|Nature||Relaxed (+Def, -Spd)|
|EV Spread||HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4|
|Final Stat Values||HP 202 / Atk. 115 / Def. 161 / Sp.Atk. 115 / Sp.Def. 116 / Spd. 71|
・ Thunder Wave
・ Icy Wind
These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.
As Type: Null is the pre-evolutionary form of Silvally, it's able to boost its defensive stats with Eviolite. With 95 Base Stats across the board to the exclusion of Speed, along with the defensive power-up from Eviolite, Type: Null comes into its own as a veritable tank.
Its potential to weather multiple hits also lets it get away with switching out repeatedly with U-turn. Combining this with status moves Thunder Wave and Icy Wind, Type: Null can be used throughout the battle as a strong supporter of its teammates.
The Relaxed Nature lowers its Speed, allowing it to move more slowly than Hippowdon, so that it can use U-turn after the opponent moves or switches and get a better read on what to switch in.
|Crush Claw||Has a high chance of lowering the opponent's Defense. An alternate choice for Facade.|
|Payback||Takes as much advantage as possible of its low Speed. An alternate choice for Icy Wind.|
Type: Null's defensive capabilities help it carry the team as a support player. With a wide movepool, including moves which can debuff the opponent such as Thunder Wave and Toxic. With U-turn, it can switch out after seeing its opponent's action on a turn, giving you the upper hand in choosing what Pokemon to switch in to battle.
Type: Null works well with heavy hitters. Using Type: Null, lower the opponent's Speed and switch out with U-turn, bringing in a slugger to clean up. Against the weakened opponent, your attacker can put on the pressure and aim for a sweep.
|Durant||・Its Ability Hustle boosts its Attack
・The priority attack First Impression is a real dinger
Moveset & Best Build for Durant
|Galarian Darmanitan||・Its Ability Gorilla Tactics boosts its Attack
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Darmanitan
|Dracozolt||・Its Ability Hustle boosts its Attack
Bolt Beak does double damage when hitting first
Moveset & Best Build for Dracozolt
Even with Type: Null's high defensive stats across the board, Physical attackers who can hit hard enough to break through can get the best of it. Fighting-type Pokemon can hit super-effectively with STAB, and even if they can't faint it in one hit, each of the Pokemon listed below have priority moves which can allow them to hit first for a surprise knockout.
・Can potentially 1HKO with its high Attack
・If fails to finish it off on the first hit, can knock out on the next turn with a priority move
Moveset & Best Build for Conkeldurr
・Can deal hard-hitting damage
・Can knock out after dealing damage with a priority move
Moveset & Best Build for Lucario
When Type: Null comes out, its main options are to either use a debuffing move or switch out with U-turn. Substitute is an effective option for handling both of these situations, as it can block status moves and even if it breaks on a U-turn, you'll get the chance to see what switches in in its place. As Whimsicott can move first when using a status move thanks to its Ability Prankster, it can set up Substitute right away, and potentially get the chance to set up Cotton Guard.
・Can use Type: Null to set up
・Can use moves to support its teammates
Moveset & Best Build for Whimsicott
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