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

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Basic Information for Hatterene

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Psychic Type Fairy Type
Healer May heal an ally's status conditions.
Anticipation Senses a foe's dangerous moves.
Magic Bounce (Hidden) Reflects status-changing moves.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Poison Image Ghost Image Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Psychic Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Fighting Image
Takes 0x damage
Dragon Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
57 90 95 136 103 29

Best Nature for Hatterene

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

What are Natures?

How to Learn Hatterene's Egg Moves

Nuzzle Inherit from:
Pikachu (learns at Lv. 1)
Togedemaru (learns at Lv. 1)

Strategies for Hatterene

Trick Room Moveset & Best Build

Nature Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 76 / Sp. Atk 188 (0 Spd IV Recommended)
Final Stat Values HP 163 / Def. 125 / Sp.Atk. 198 / Sp.Def. 123 / Spd. 30 (Speed is calculated at 0 IV)
Ability Magic Bounce
Held Item Focus Sash
Babiri Berry
Kasib Berry
Moveset Trick Room
Dazzling Gleam
Mystical Fire

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

This build takes advantage of Hatterene's Ability Magic Bounce to block the effects of status moves such as Taunt, allowing it to pull off Trick Room without fail. With its high Special Attack and low Speed, it's able to come into its own as an attacker after Trick Room comes into play.

Alternate Move Choices

Calm Mind Can beef up its already high Special Attack and Special Defense even more.
Dark Pulse For using against Psychic and Ghost-types. Can also decrease opponent's Special Defense using Max Darkness when Dynamaxed.
Psyshock A Psychic-type option. Its power is on the low side, but it can deal more damage against opponents with high Special Defense.
Healing Wish A self-sacrificing move. When used directly after Trick Room, can allow a follow-up ace attacker to take advantage of it for the maximum number of turns.

In addition to the mainstay Focus Sash, Babiri Berry and Kasib Berry are also possible choices as they will allow Hatterene to survive an attack from Steel- and Ghost-type opponents to set up Trick Room.

Mystical Fire can't knock out Excadrill, but as it can set up Trick Room without fail against Excadrill, use it do deal damage, then switch in a slow hitter while Trick Room is in play to go for the finishing blow.

Assault Vest Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 164 / Atk. 110 / Def. 115 / Sp.Atk. 206 / Sp.Def. 124 / Spd. 44
Ability Magic Bounce
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Psychic
Dazzling Gleam
Mystical Fire
Giga Drain

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

Hatterene's high Special Defense can be taken to the next level with Assault Vest, allowing an already-strong special attacker to go up against more opponents with confidence. By placing it together on a team with Physical defenders, you'll be able to switch in and out while always having something on deck that can weather a hit.

Alternate Move Choices

Psyshock A Psychic-type option. Its power is on the low side, but it can deal more damage against opponents with high Special Defense.
Dark Pulse For using against Psychic and Ghost-types. Can also decrease opponent's Special Defense using Max Darkness when Dynamaxed.
Nuzzle Can deal damage while inflicting Paralysis. Try to read when a Special attacker will switch out and hit the Pokemon who switches in.

How to Use Hatterene Effectively

A slow-footed hitter heavy on both attack and defense

Hatterene is well stocked in both special attack and special defense, allowing it to survive a beating from a special attacker and keep on fighting. With its low speed, it's a match made in heaven for Trick Room, as unlike most Trick Room users, it's primed to both set up Trick Room and take advantage of its effects itself.

A holder of the status effect-blocking Magic Bounce Ability

Magic Bounce not only prevents Hatterene from being crippled by status moves like Taunt, Will-o-Wisp, and Thunder Wave, but reflects their effects back at the user. This makes it difficult to limit Hatterene's actions, and even discourages the opponent from using status moves against its teammates, as Hatterene could switch in and reflect their effects.

Counters for Hatterene

Use an ace Physical attacker to one-shot it

Despite its high defense and special Defense, Hatterene has a pitiful 57 base HP. As its defense is slightly lower than its special defense, a physical attacker is a better choice to aim for a knockout blow.

In particular, a weakness to Steel makes it particularly vulnerable to a wide range of Steel-type physical hitters.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal super-effective damage with Iron Head
・Can survive a hit from Mystical Fire
Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can deal super-effective damage with both Steel and Ghost-type moves
Its Blade Forme cannot survive Mystical Fire
Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash
Drapion ImageDrapion Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take most of Hatterene's attacks with reduced damage
・Can deal super-effective damage with Poison-type moves
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its Ability Disguise allows it to power up before attacking
・Can deal super-effective damage with Ghost-type attacks.
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
Durant ImageDurant Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use its Ability Hustle to deal huge damage with Steel-type attacks
Cannot survive Mystical Fire even if Dynamaxed
Moveset & Best Build for Durant

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