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Hatterene Movesets in Other Games
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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
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Psychic Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fairy Type
Healer May heal an ally's status conditions.
Anticipation Senses a foe's dangerous moves.
Magic Bounce (Hidden) Reflects status-changing moves.

Hatterene Weaknesses and Resistances

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

Singles Movesets for Hatterene

Trick Room Moveset & Best Build

Nature Quiet Nature (+Sp.Atk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def. 76 / Sp.Atk. 188 (0 Spd. IV Recommended)
Final Stat Values HP 244 / Def. 76 / Sp.Atk. 188 (0 Spd. IV Recommended)
Ability Magic Bounce
Held Item Focus Sash
Babiri Berry
Kasib Berry
Moveset Trick Room
Misty Explosion
Mystical Fire

Trick Room Hatterene.png

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.

The new move Misty Explosion from Isle of Armor is added as it can be used as an immediate exit after setting up Trick Room and switching to a follow-up attacker.

About Hatterene's EV Spread

HP and Defense EVs are adjusted in a way so that Hatterene can survive Excadrill's Iron Head even without holding Focus Sash or Babiri Berry. With this, Trick Room will be easy to set up against Ghost-type opponents as long as Hatterene is holding a Kasib Berry.

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.

About Hatterene's Held Item

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.

Other Viable Moves

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.
Dazzling Gleam A Fairy-type option. Great for offense while in Trick Room.
Psychic A Psychic-type option. Has higher Power than Psyshock, but the latter works best against Nihilego.
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.
Draining Kiss Can be used to recover HP after using Trick Room to recover damage taken when setting up the move.
Giga Drain A counter for Water or Ground-types. Power may be low, but the move recovers HP.

Assault Vest Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Quiet Nature (+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

Assault Vest Hatterene.png

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.

Other Viable Moves

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.

How to Build a Team with Hatterene

Hatterene is an good choice for a special attacker if you're looking for a Pokemon that can sweep as well as synergize with the rest of your team with its ability and support moves.

An excellent Trick Room lead

Hatterene is an effective lead for Trick Room teams in Singles thanks to its low speed and and immunity to Taunt courtesty of its Magic Bounce ability.

It can also function as an effective sweeper after Trick Room has been set up thanks to its high special attack, excellent dual STAB typing, and great special movepool.

Check out our Trick Room team building article below to learn how to use Hatterene as part of a Trick Room team.

How to Build a Trick Room Team

A powerful Trick Room sweeper in Doubles

Hatterene works wonders in Doubles where it can function as a terrifying wallbreaker and sweeper under Trick Room thanks to its massive special attack stat and great coverage moves.

What sets it apart from other Trick Room sweepers is that it can fill the role of a secondary Trick Room setter for your team. People often switch to a faster counter when they know Hatterene is in the team.You can use this to your advantage to force your opponent to switch, and then safely set up Trick Room for the rest of your team!

Check out our Doubles team building article below to learn how to use Hatterene as part of a Doubles Trick Room team.

How to Build a Doubles Team

Counters for Hatterene

Weakness Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Steel Image

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
Pokemon SWSH - Metagross ImageMetagross Ranking: ★★★★★
・Any Psychic- and Fairy-type attacks will do half the damage.
・Steel-type moves can be used to exploit Hatterene’s weakness.
Moveset & Best Build for Metagross
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can counter Focus Sash with Sucker Punch.
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Pokemon SWSH - Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal super-effective damage with Iron Head.
・Can survive a hit from Mystical Fire.
Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Drapion ImageDrapion Ranking: ★★★★
・Can take most of Hatterene's attacks with reduced damage.
・Can deal super-effective damage with Poison-type moves.
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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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