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

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Basic Information for Pincurchin

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Electric Type
Lightning Rod Draws in all Electric-type moves to up Special Attack.
Electric Surge (Hidden) The Pokemon creates an Electric Terrain when it enters a battle.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
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Takes 0.5x damage
Flying Image Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
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What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
48 101 95 91 85 15

Best Nature for Pincurchin

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

What are Natures?

How to Learn Pincurchin's Egg Moves

Sucker Punch Inherit from:
Sobble (learns at Lv. 20)
Galarian Stunfisk (learns at Lv. 25)
Memento Inherit from:
Shellos (learns at Lv. 45)
Koffing (learns at Lv. 48)

Strategies for Pincurchin

Sweep Setup Moveset & Best Build Moveset & Best Build

Nature Relaxed (+Def, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Atk. 121 / Def. 161 / Sp.Def. 106 / Spd. 31
Ability Electric Surge
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Memento
Toxic Spikes
Sucker Punch
Zing Zap

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

This build focuses on setting the battle up for the sweepers in your team. Use Memento and Toxic Spikes to support the other Pokemon in your team, so your sweepers can easily set-up on their own.

As for which sweepers to use, we suggest using Pokemon like Hawlucha, Drifblim, or Slurpuff as they have the Unburden ability and moves that buff up their stats. Combined with the Electric Seed item and support from Pincurchin, these Pokemon can serve as excellent sweepers in your team.

Alternate Move Choices

Spikes Use in place of Toxic Spikes when you want to cause damage instead of status conditions.

Trick Room Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Brave (+Atk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Def. 4 (0 Spd. IV Recommended)
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Atk. 168 / Def. 116 / Sp.Def. 105 / Spd. 18
Speed is calculated at 0 IV.
Ability Electric Surge
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Zing Zap
Pin Missile
Sucker Punch

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

This build takes advatange of Pincurchin's extremely low speed and high attack by turning it into a physical attacker under Trick Room conditions. You can also attack with a powered-up Zing Zap since Electric Surge sets up an Electric Terrain when Pincurchin enters the battle.

Alternate Move Choices

Thunderbolt Use this move when you want to defeat Pokemon with high Defense like Corviknight.
Poison Jab A move option that targets Fairy-types and Grass-types.

How to Use Pincurchin Effectively

Can Set Up Electric Terrain

Pincurchin's Electric Surge ability creates the Electric Terrain field effect when it enters battle. Take advntage of the terrain, which boosts Electric-type attacks and prevents Pokemon from falling asleep.

Attacker or Support

Pincurchin's HP and speed are low, but its terrain-changing ability and high attack make it an effective attacker or supporter. Pincurchin alone is not enough to make full use of its ability, but a team with attackers and defenders that can also take advntage of Pincurchin's Electric Terrain are.

Counters for Pincurchin

Use a super-effective Ground-type Pokemon

Pincurchin is very weak against Ground-types. As they have high defense, even using Liquidation won't be enough to take them down.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Gastrodon ImageGastrodon Ranking: ★★★★★
・It's Ground-typing prevents Pincurchin from attacking it
・Has high defenses
Moveset & Best Build for Gastrodon
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★★
・It's Ground-typing prevents Pincurchin from attacking it
・Has high defenses
Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can cause a lot of damage with Earthquake
・Be careful as it's vulnerable to Max Geyser
Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill

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