Mow Rotom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

We're updating with new information for both newly revealed Pokemon games!
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Ranked Battle Series 9 Begins!

Our Tier List has been updated with the latest rules for Ranked Battle Series 9!

Mow Rotom.png

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

Rotom - Related Articles
Pokeball Icon.pngEvolution and Learnset Wash Rotom Icon.pngWash Rotom Moveset Heat Rotom Icon.pngHeat Rotom Moveset Mow Rotom.pngMow Rotom Moveset

Basic Information for Mow Rotom

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Electric Type Grass Type
Abilities
Levitate Gives immunity to Ground type moves.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Electric Image
Takes 0x damage
-

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
50 65 107 105 107 86

Best Nature for Mow Rotom

Best Natures
Modest
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
Timid
+(Spd, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Mow Rotom

Choice Specs Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 157 / Def. 127 / Sp.Atk. 172 / Sp.Def. 127 / Spd. 107
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Volt Switch
Leaf Storm
Discharge
Trick

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

Choice Specs Mow Rotom.png

This set equips Mow Rotom with some bangin' Choice Specs to give him the juice he needs to be a Special attacker. Its combination of the Grass and Electric types help it handle Pokemon like Corviknight and Quagsire that are frequently used as tanks, allowing it to break through when up against a wall-heavy player.

Against Pokemon which rely on boosting moves to set up, Rotom can use Trick to force them to hold Choice Specs and limit their effectiveness. This set requires some degree of read on your opponent, but when used well it can pull the battle into your favor in a single turn.

Alternate Move Choices

Dark Pulse A choice for an attacking move. When Dynamaxed, Max Darkness can lower the opponent's Special Defense.
Thunderbolt An alternate Electric move. When you need to hit hard, go with Thunderbolt; if you want to Paralyze, use Discharge.
Will-O-Wisp To be used together with Trick. Try to read the opponent to hit something that switches in.

Nasty Plot Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 212 / Sp.Atk. 76 / Spd. 220
Final Stat Values HP 152 / Def. 127 / Sp.Atk. 135 / Sp.Def. 127 / Spd. 147
Ability Levitate
Held Item Salac Berry
Moveset Substitute
Nasty Plot
Leaf Storm
Thunderbolt

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

Nasty Plot Mow Rotom.png

This set aims to put up a Substitute to avoid status moves like Yawn, and seize the opening to set up with Nasty Plot. Mow Rotom can use this combination to mow through defensive walls like Quagsire, Toxapex, and Corviknight, and turn the tables on status-reliant threats like Gastrodon and Umbreon by using them to set up itself instead.

Its Speed EVs are placed so as to allow it to outspeed the fastest possible Gyarados (with a final stat value of 146). If Gyarados has 4 EVs in HP, it can be fainted in one hit, and when Dynamaxed, Max Lightning has a high chance of scoring a one-hit KO.

Alternate Move Choices

Discharge An alternate Electric move. When you need to hit hard, go with Thunderbolt; if you want to Paralyze, use Discharge.

How to Use Mow Rotom Effectively

A Special attacker which can break defensive walls

In the current metagame, Pokemon like Corviknight, Quagsire, and Gastrodon are ubiquitous as defensive tanks, so Mow Rotom's combination of Grass and Electric types is in a unique position to deal with these threats. Its high Special attack allows it to push Grass and Electric moves to their limits and smash through wall Pokemon.

Grass typing comes with a host of weaknesses

The Grass typing is weak to four types, including Fire, Ice, Poison, and Bug. Its Defense and Special Defense are on the high end, but its low HP can allow opponents to attack with high power and aim for a one-hit mow-down.

Counters for Mow Rotom

Use a Pokemon that can handle its attacks

Mow Rotom, while effective as a Special attacker, can run out of options quickly when its signature Grass and Electric-type moves don't work. As this combination is rather commonly countered by other Pokemon, it's easy enough to keep a Pokemon on your team that can not only absorb its moves, but also hit back for super effective damage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take almost all of Mow Rotom's attacks with reduced damage
・Can learn Fire Blast to hit super effectively
・When using Nasty Plot, can use Mow Rotom to set itself up
Moveset & Best Build for Hydreigon
Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take Mow Rotom's main weapons with reduced damage
・Can deal super effective damage with Overheat
Moveset & Best Build for Heat Rotom
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take Mow Rotom's main weapons with reduced damage
・Can deal super effective damage with either Fire or Flying moves
Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult
Toxtricity ImageToxtricity Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take Mow Rotom's main weapons with reduced damage
・Can deal super effective damage with Poison moves
Moveset & Best Build for Toxtricity

Related Links

Best Builds for Ranked Battle Partial.pngAll Competitive Builds for Ranked Battle
Movesets & Best Builds for The Crown Tundra Pokemon
Galarian ArticunoGalarian Articuno Galarian ZapdosGalarian Zapdos Galarian MoltresGalarian Moltres
RaikouRaikou EnteiEntei SuicuneSuicune
ArticunoArticuno ZapdosZapdos MoltresMoltres
TornadusTornadus ThundurusThundurus LandorusLandorus
Tapu KokoTapu Koko Tapu LeleTapu Lele Tapu BuluTapu Bulu
Tapu FiniTapu Fini RegielekiRegieleki RegidragoRegidrago
LatiosLatios LatiasLatias HeatranHeatran
CresseliaCresselia GlastrierGlastrier SpectrierSpectrier
NidokingNidoking SwampertSwampert DragoniteDragonite
SalamenceSalamence GarchompGarchomp MetagrossMetagross
Galarian SlowkingGalarian Slowking NihilegoNihilego NaganadelNaganadel
PheromosaPheromosa BuzzwoleBuzzwole CelesteelaCelesteela
KartanaKartana StakatakaStakataka BlazikenBlaziken
KyogreKyogre YveltalYveltal XerneasXerneas
Necrozma (Dusk Mane)Necrozma (Dusk Mane) Calyrex (Shadow Rider)Calyrex (Shadow Rider) MewtwoMewtwo
Calyrex (Ice Rider)Calyrex (Ice Rider) DialgaDialga LugiaLugia
Black KyuremBlack Kyurem ZekromZekrom Ho-OhHo-Oh
RayquazaRayquaza ZygardeZygarde ReshiramReshiram
White KyuremWhite Kyurem GroudonGroudon
Movesets & Best Builds for Isle of Armor Pokemon
ScizorScizor KingdraKingdra MagnezoneMagnezone
VolcaronaVolcarona ChanseyChansey BlisseyBlissey
TalonflameTalonflame AzumarillAzumarill Galarian SlowbroGalarian Slowbro
Porygon2Porygon2 Urshifu Single-Strike StyleUrshifu Single-Strike Style Urshifu Rapid-Strike StyleUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style
SlowbroSlowbro Alolan MarowakAlolan Marowak DragalgeDragalge
KlefkiKlefki LycanrocLycanroc AmoongussAmoonguss
PoliwrathPoliwrath PalossandPalossand MienshaoMienshao
StarmieStarmie HeracrossHeracross ComfeyComfey
Porygon-ZPorygon-Z AlakazamAlakazam
Movesets & Best Builds for New Pokemon
DragapultDragapult Galarian CorsolaGalarian Corsola ToxtricityToxtricity
Galarian DarmanitanGalarian Darmanitan CorviknightCorviknight DracovishDracovish
GrimmsnarlGrimmsnarl RillaboomRillaboom DuraludonDuraludon
CinderaceCinderace AlcremieAlcremie DracozoltDracozolt
HattereneHatterene EiscueEiscue InteleonInteleon
PincurchinPincurchin FrosmothFrosmoth ZacianZacian
SirfetchSirfetch'd FlappleFlapple CoalossalCoalossal
CentiskorchCentiskorch ArctozoltArctozolt ZarudeZarude
Galarian WeezingGalarian Weezing EternatusEternatus Indeedee (Female)Indeedee (Female)
Movesets & Best Builds for Returning Pokemon
MimikyuMimikyu Wash RotomWash Rotom GyaradosGyarados
FerrothornFerrothorn AegislashAegislash ExcadrillExcadrill
TyranitarTyranitar HydreigonHydreigon Heat RotomHeat Rotom
ArcanineArcanine MamoswineMamoswine ToxapexToxapex
TogekissTogekiss CloysterCloyster DurantDurant
SnorlaxSnorlax CharizardCharizard SylveonSylveon
LucarioLucario HippowdonHippowdon UmbreonUmbreon
ConkeldurrConkeldurr QuagsireQuagsire GastrodonGastrodon
LaprasLapras WhimsicottWhimsicott RhyperiorRhyperior
GoodraGoodra HaxorusHaxorus GlaceonGlaceon
Mow RotomMow Rotom Type: NullType: Null GengarGengar
MiloticMilotic GardevoirGardevoir FlygonFlygon
ChandelureChandelure LanturnLanturn TorkoalTorkoal
BisharpBisharp SeismitoadSeismitoad SilvallySilvally
Butterfree Butterfree PrimarinaPrimarina IncineroarIncineroar
BlastoiseBlastoise DecidueyeDecidueye VenusaurVenusaur
DarmanitanDarmanitan Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales GothitelleGothitelle
CrawdauntCrawdaunt ClefableClefable ReuniclusReuniclus
Kommo-oKommo-o TerrakionTerrakion CobalionCobalion
VirizionVirizion NoivernNoivern Fan RotomFan Rotom
ToxicroakToxicroak PelipperPelipper JellicentJellicent
CelebiCelebi ClefairyClefairy HitmontopHitmontop
DiggersbyDiggersby DittoDitto RaichuRaichu
Movesets & Best Builds for Gigantamax Pokemon
Gigantamax GrimmsnarlGigantamax Grimmsnarl Gigantamax SnorlaxGigantamax Snorlax Gigantamax CharizardGigantamax Charizard
Competitive Pokemon Battle Guides
Tier List.pngTier List Best Builds.pngBest Builds Series 8 Tier List Contenders Icon.pngSeries 8 Tier List Contenders
Doubles Tier List Icon.pngDoubles Tier List Competitive Team Building Icon.pngTeam Building Rental team.pngRental Teams

    The Like Feature

    You can save a comment for later by giving it a Like.
    As a member:Get access to several features!

    Opinions about an article or post go here.
    Opinions about an article or post
    We at Game8 thank you for your support.
    In order for us to make the best articles possible, share your corrections, opinions, and thoughts about "Mow Rotom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle" with us!
    When reporting a problem, please be as specific as possible in providing details such as what conditions the problem occurred under and what kind of effects it had.

    Walkthrough Menu

    New Comment

    • >>[6560]
      I can give my zamazenta for a shiny spritzee, shiny deino, or any of their evolutions that are shiny.

    • I have JPN 4|V Ditto
      I want non-JPN 4|V Ditto
      trade code 4448 4448

    All rights reserved

    Back to the Top
    Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more