Type: Null - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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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.

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Basic Information for Type: Null

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Normal Type
Battle Armor The Pokemon is protected against critical hits.

Type Defenses

Deals 4x damage
Deals 2x damage
Fighting Image
Deals 0.5x damage
Deals 1/4x damage
Deals 0x damage
Ghost Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
95 95 95 95 95 59

Best Nature for Type: Null

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

What are Natures?

Strategies for Type: Null

Basic Moveset & Best Build

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
Ability Battle Armor
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset U-turn
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.

Addendum for competitive players

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.

Alternate Move Choices

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.

How to Use Type: Null Effectively

A team supporter who can take its share of hits

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.

Good Teammates for Type: Null

Powerful attackers who can sweep the opponent

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.

Pokemon Suggested Build
Durant Image Durant ・Its Ability Hustle boosts its Attack
・The priority attack First Impression is a real dinger
Moveset & Best Build for Durant
Galarian Darmanitan Image Galarian Darmanitan ・Its Ability Gorilla Tactics boosts its Attack
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Darmanitan
Dracozolt Image Dracozolt ・Its Ability Hustle boosts its Attack
Bolt Beak does double damage when hitting first
Moveset & Best Build for Dracozolt

Counters for Type: Null

Use Physical attackers with super-effective Fighting moves

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.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Conkeldurr ImageConkeldurr Ranking: ★★★★★
・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
Lucario ImageLucario Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can deal hard-hitting damage
・Can knock out after dealing damage with a priority move
Moveset & Best Build for Lucario

Put up a Substitute and use it as a chance to set up

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.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Whimsicott ImageWhimsicott Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Type: Null to set up
・Can use moves to support its teammates
Moveset & Best Build for Whimsicott

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