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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.

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Basic Information for Mow Rotom

Types and Abilities

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

Type Defenses

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
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
+(Spd, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Strategies 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

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

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

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

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

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