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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
Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon 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, -Atk)
Adamant
(+Atk, -Spd)

Strategies for Haxorus

Haban Berry Moveset & Best Build

Haban Berry Haxorus.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Atk)
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

Haxorus has the potential to deal a lot of damage, but its mediocre bulk makes it easy to take it by stronger attackers.

Haban Berry attempts to fix this, letting Haxorus switch into opposing Dragon-types better.

About Haxorus's Moves

Outrage is Haxorus' strongest STAB move that deals damage for 2 to 3 turns and causes confusion when it's done. Dragon Dance is its main boosting move, raising its Attack and Speed stat by 1 stage.

Earthquake is Haxorus main coverage move, providing great neutral coverage and hitting Steel-types such as Heatran and Metagross for super effective damage.

Its last move is Iron Tail, which is the only way Haxorus can deal damage against Fairy-types that will easily wall its main Dragon-type moves.

About Haxorus's EV Spread

We're using a modified physical attacking EV spread with full investment in Speed and 188 Atk EVs so that it can hit as hard and as fast as possible.

60 HP and 4 Def and 4 Sp.Def to round off its bulk and ensure that it can take weaker or unboosted attacks from opposing attackers.

About Haxorus's Ability

Mold Breaker provides Haxorus some great utility. This Ability ignores the opposing Pokemon's Abilities, such as Mimikyu's Disguise or Wash Rotom's Levitate.

About Haxorus's Held Item

Haban Berry halves the damage of super effective Dragon-type moves. This allows Haxorus to stay in battle against the likes of Garchomp or Hydreigon and get a Dragon Dance boost to turn the tide of the battle.

Other Viable Moves

Shadow Claw An alternative coverage move that can replace Iron Tail. Becomes Max Phantasm during Dynamax, lowering the opposing team's Defense stat by 1 stage.
Rock Slide An alternative coverage move that can replace Iron Tail. Synergizes well with Earthquake.
Close Combat An alternative covrage move that can replace Iron Tail. Becomes Max Knuckle during Dynamax, boosting Haxorus and its team's Attack stat by 1 stage.

Choice Scarf Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Choice Scarf Attacker Haxorus.png

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

Haxorus is an excellent candidate for Choice Scarf, with its main role being that of a revenge killer or late-game cleaner.

About Haxorus's Moves

Outrage is Haxorus' strongest STAB move that deals damage for 2 to 3 turns and causes confusion when it's done. Close Combat is a powerful Fighting-type coverage move that hits Steel, Rock, and Dark-types for super effective damage.

Its last two moves round off its coverage. Iron Tail hits Fairy-type Pokemon while Earthquake is great move with neutral coverage.

About Haxorus's EV Spread

We're using a standard physical attacking EV Spread, with full EV investment in Attack and Speed so that Haxorus hits hard and as fast as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are invested in Def to slightly boost its physical bulk.

About Haxorus's Ability

Mold Breaker provides Haxorus some great utility. This Ability ignores the opposing Pokemon's Abilities, such as Mimikyu's Disguise or Wash Rotom's Levitate.

About Haxorus's Held Item

Choice Scarf doubles Haxorus Speed stat, but restricts it from only using the initial move that it used during the start of the battle.

Other Viable Moves

Shadow Claw An alternative coverage move that can replace Iron Tail. Becomes Max Phantasm during Dynamax, lowering the opposing team's Defense stat by 1 stage.
Rock Slide An alternative coverage move that can replace Iron Tail. Synergizes well with Earthquake.

Focus Sash Lead Moveset & Best Build

Focus Sash Lead Haxorus.png

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

Haxorus makes an excellent, and while it has mediocre bulk, Focus Sash easily patches that up - ensuring that it has a free turn to set up with its boosting move.

About Haxorus's Moves

Outrage is Haxorus' strongest STAB move that deals damage for 2 to 3 turns and causes confusion when it's done. Dragon Dance is its main boosting move, raising its Attack and Speed stat by 1 stage.

Earthquake is Haxorus main coverage move, providing great neutral coverage and hitting Steel-types such as Heatran and Metagross for super effective damage.

It's last move is Iron Tail, which is the only way Haxorus can deal damage against Fairy-types that will easily wall its main Dragon-type moves.

About Haxorus's EV Spread

We're using a standard physical attacking EV Spread, with full EV investment in Attack and Speed so that Haxorus hits hard and as fast as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are invested in Def to slightly boost its physical bulk.

About Haxorus's Ability

Mold Breaker provides Haxorus some great utility. This Ability ignores the opposing Pokemon's Abilities, such as Mimikyu's Disguise or Wash Rotom's Levitate.

About Haxorus's Held Item

Focus Sash lets Haxorus survive a hit that would otherwise KO it.

Other Viable Moves

Shadow Claw An alternative coverage move that can replace Iron Tail. Becomes Max Phantasm during Dynamax, lowering the opposing team's Defense stat by 1 stage.
Rock Slide An alternative coverage move that can replace Iron Tail. Synergizes well with Earthquake.
Close Combat An alternative covrage move that can replace Iron Tail. Becomes Max Knuckle during Dynamax, boosting Haxorus and its team's Attack stat by 1 stage.

How to Use Haxorus Effectively

A Powerful Setup Sweeper

Haxorus is a powerful physical attacker that can further boost its Attack with Dragon Dance or Swords Dance.

This makes it one of the best setup sweepers in the current metagame, although its odd base Speed stat means it's easy to outspeed.

How to Build a Team with Haxorus

Haxorus doesn't have any other options other than filling the role of a physical attacker, but it certainly does it well! Although you can fit it into any team, it's best used in offensive-oriented teams.

A Setup Sweeper for Hyper Offense Teams

Haxorus is one of the most commonly used physical attackers for Hyper Offense teams.

A combination of excellent attack, boosting moves, and Mold Breaker allow it to easily overpower defensive Pokemon - especially ones that rely on their respective Abilities.

Example Dynamax Lead Team

Lead Dynamax Offensive Pivot Special Attacker
Haxorus ImageHaxorus Scizor ImageScizor Ribombee ImageRibombee

Haxorus functions as this team's Lead Dynamax user, although it's important that you get at least one Dragon Dance up before Dynamaxing. It can then support its team by using Max Wyrmwind to lower the opposing team's Attack, Max Knuckle to boost its own team's Attack, or Max Steelspike to bolster the team's Defense.

Even with Iron Tail, Haxorus struggles against Fairy-types. Scizor makes a great partner for it, boasting a strong Technician boosted Bullet Punch. In turn, Haxorus threatens opposing Steel-types such as Heatran and Ferrothorn with Earthquake and Close Combat respectively.

Ribombee rounds off the team's coverage by providing by providing strong Fairy-type STAB. Its Fairy-typing also allows it to switch into opposing Dragon-type moves targeted at Haxorus.

Counters for Haxorus

Wall it with a Defensive Pokemon

Despite its massive offenses, certrain Defensive Pokemon can actually shrug off its STAB and coverage. Others can even ignore its stat boosts completely!

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Celesteela ImageCelesteela Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Haxorus' Dragon-type STAB and immune to Earthquake
・Can stall out Haxorus with a combination of Leech Seed and Protect

Moveset & Best Build for Celesteela
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Haxorus' Dragon-type STAB and immune to Earthquake
・Boasts reliable recovery in Roost and can phase Haxorus with Whirlwind

Moveset & Best Build for Corviknight
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Haxorus' Dragon-type STAB
・Can stall out Haxorus with a combination of Leech Seed and Iron Barbs residual damage

Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★★
・Ignores Haxorus' stat boosts with its Unaware Ability
・Can burn Haxorus with Scald
・Boasts reliable recovery in Recover

Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire

Overpower it with Super Effective Moves

Haxorus doesn't have great defenses and is easily worn down by even weaker hits.

Unfortunately for the Axe Jaw Pokemon, the current metagame has a plethora of physical and special attackers that boasts super effective moves and naturally outspeed it.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Dragon Darts to break Haxorus' Focus Sash
・Naturally outspeeds Haxorus and can KO with Outrage or Draco Meteor

Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult
Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini Ranking: ★★★★★
・Boasts great defenses, neutrality to Steel-type moves, and immune to Haxorus' Dragon-type STAB
・Its Misty Surge Ability sets up Misty Terrain, which halves the damage of Dragon-type moves

Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Fini
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Ranking: ★★★★★
・Naturally outspeeds Haxorus and can KO with Outrage

Moveset & Best Build for Garchomp
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Ice Shard to outspeed Haxorus

Moveset & Best Build for Mamoswine

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