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

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Basic Information for Haxorus

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dragon Type
Abilities
Mold Breaker Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.
Rivalry Deals more damage to a Pokemon of same gender.
Unnerve (Hidden) Makes the foe nervous and unable to eat Berries.

Type Defenses

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

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
76 147 90 60 70 97

Best Nature for Haxorus

Best Natures
Jolly
(+Spd, -SpAtk)
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Haxorus

Haban Berry Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 60 / Atk. 188 / Def. 4 / Sp.Def. 4 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 159 / Atk. 191 / Def. 111 / Sp.Def. 91 / Spd. 163
Ability Mold Breaker
Held Item Haban Berry
Moveset Outrage
Dragon Dance
Earthquake
Iron Tail

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

This set lines up Haxorus with the Hapan Berry, allowing it to take half damage from Dragon-type moves. Its EVs are organized to allow it to take down Dragapult and Hydreigon in a head-to-head. Iron Tail serves as a solution for taking down Mimikyu, but it has a small chance of missing, so use it with care.

For highly technical players

This set is made to outspeed the fastest possible Mimikyu, but for Mimikyu with 252 EVs in HP and Attack, it has a 37.5% chance of one-hit KOing with Iron Tail. It can faint a Dragapult and Hydreigon with 252 EVs in HP, but a slightly insufficient hitting power holds it back.

Alternate Move Choices

Shadow Claw High critical hit rate. When Dynamaxed, Max Phantasm can be used to lower opponent's Defense for teammate support.
Rock Slide For better handling Charizard and Gyarados, with the added bonus of a flinch chance.
Dual Chop Effectively nullifies Focus Sash.

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Def. 4 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 151 / Atk. 199 / Def. 111 / Sp.Atk. 72 / Sp.Def. 90 / Spd. 163
Ability Mold Breaker
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Dual Chop
Close Combat
Iron Tail
Guillotine

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

Haxorus is a Pokemon known far and wide for its massive base Attack. When holding a Choice Scarf, it can outspeed the likes of Galarian Darmanitan, and it mainly used as a lead Pokemon. By including the move Dual Chop, this set allows it to handle opponents with a Focus Sash. Its ability Mold Breaker has the excellent effect of letting it ignore Mimikyu's Disguise to strike directly.

Alternate Move Choices

Shadow Claw High critical hit rate. When Dynamaxed, Max Phantasm can be used to lower opponent's Defense for teammate support.
Earthquake For better handling Wash Rotom and Toxapex.
Outrage With its high power, can potentially sweep the opposing team, but with the demerit of disabling switching out.
Rock Slide For better handling Charizard and Gyarados, with the added bonus of a flinch chance.

Dragon Dance Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Def. 4 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 151 / Atk. 199 / Def. 111 / Sp.Atk. 72 / Sp.Def. 90 / Spd. 163
Ability
Held Item Focus Band
Moveset Outrage
Dragon Dance
Iron Tail
Earthquake

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

This set aims to get in a Dragon Dance to boost its attacking power, then sweep the opposing team with little opposition to its Speed and massive Attack. With 1.5x boost to Attack and Speed, it puts on the pressure, and with Focus Sash, it's basically guaranteed to be able to get in a Dragon Dance without fainting.

Alternate Move Choices

Shadow Claw High critical hit rate. When Dynamaxed, Max Phantasm can be used to lower opponent's Defense for teammate support.
Dual Chop Effectively nullifies Focus Sash.
Rock Slide For better handling Charizard and Gyarados, with the added bonus of a flinch chance.

How to Use Haxorus Effectively

Strike first for a one-hit KO

Haxorus's appeal lies not only in its high Attack power, but in the Speed it has to back it up. With a wide attacking movepool on deck as well, it's a strong attacker in every respect. It's not only capable as a lead Pokemon, putting the pressure on the opponent from the outset, but is also capable of switching in later in battle, making it a well-rounded player on any team.

Counters for Haxorus

Use a Pokemon which can weather its hits

Although Haxorus is a Pokemon that can dish out heavy hits with its high Attack, it can be fully handled by a capable defensive Pokemon. Corviknight and Ferrothorn have a type advantage to resist all of Haxorus's main attacks, and which have recovery methods available. In the game of Pokemon, you can't lose if you don't faint, so Haxorus will find itself with little to do against these foes.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has a good type matchup against Haxorus
・Can use recovery moves
Moveset & Best Build for Corviknight
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has a good type matchup against Haxorus
・Can defeat Haxorus when battling head-to-head
Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn

Outspeed it to hit super effectively

Haxorus has a high base Speed, but in the current metagame, there are plenty of contenders who can boast a far higher Speed. The everpresent threat Dragapult, on top of being a fellow Dragon type, has an incredible base Speed, allowing it to move first and show Haxorus who's top Dragon this generation. In addition to fast Pokemon, those which can hit first with priority moves can pose a threat.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use priority moves
・Can use super-effective attacks with STAB
Moveset & Best Build for Mamoswine
Cloyster ImageCloyster Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use priority moves
・Has a good type matchup against Haxorus
Moveset & Best Build for Cloyster
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Has a higher Base Speed
・Has the power needed to take it out
Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult

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