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

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Basic Information for Torkoal

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fire Type
White Smoke Prevents other Pokemon from lowering its stats.
Drought Turns the sunlight harsh when the Pokemon enters a battle.
Shell Armor (Hidden) The Pokemon is protected against critical hits.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
70 85 140 85 70 20

Best Nature for Torkoal

Best Natures
(+Sp.Def, -Atk)
(+Def, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Torkoal

Eject Pack Moveset & Best Build

Eject Button Sweep Setup Torkoal.png

Nature Calm (+Sp.Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 28 / Sp.Def 228
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def 164 / Sp.Atk 105 / Sp.Def 130 / Spd 40
Ability Drought
Held Item Eject Pack
Moveset Overheat
Stealth Rock
Body Press

About Torkoal's Moves

This set revolves around dealing out full power Overheats in the sun. Otherwise, Torkoal can use Body Press as a Fighting-type coverage move that will be based off its' great defenses, and he can also provide utility through Yawn or Stealth Rock.

About Torkoal's Ability

Drought allows Torkoal to set the sun upon switching in. This is vitally important as a member of a sun-team, but also provides boosts to his own Fire-type moves while elminating his Water-type weakness.

About Torkoal's Held Item

Eject Pack works by switching out the user when their stats are lowered. This includes self-induced stat drops. This allows Torkoal to come in, set the sun, and fire off a full-powered STAB, sunlight-boosted, Overheat deal damage, then switch back out to regain the stat drops.

Other Viable Moves

Self-Destruct A good move to use as Torkoal gets low on HP to deal a large amount of damage before fainting.
Fissure Despite being a low-accuracy move, this can help Torkoal get essential KOs against Pokemon it couldn't otherwise take down.
Will-O-Wisp Can be used to cripple physical attackers with a burn.
Clear Smog Gives Torkoal a way to remove stat changes of the enemy.
Earth Power A decently strong Ground-type coverage move.

Trick Room Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Trick Room Torkoal.png

Nature Quiet (+, -)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def 161 / Sp.Atk 105 / Sp.Def 134 / Spd 40
Ability Drought
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Eruption
Solar Beam
Earth Power

About Torkoal's Moves

There are few Pokemon who can outspeed Torkoal under Trick Room. With it set up, Torkoal can deal absurd amounts of damage from full HP thanks to a STAB, sun-boosted, Choice Specs Eruption.

Alternatively, a single-turn, Choice Specs Solar Beam can also deal significant damage to opposing Water/Rock/Ground-types.

Earth Power also serves as a ground-type coverage move, while Flamethrower can be used when Torkoal takes some damage and Eruption won't be as strong as it could be.

About Torkoal's EV Spread

This moveset uses a bulky special attacking set with maximum investment in HP and Sp.Atk. The remaining EVs may be placed in Defense.

About Torkoal's Held Item

Choice Specs is the ideal item of choice to deal the most damage possible. However, Charcoal is also a solid option to give you freedom of choice at the expense of raw firepower.

Other Viable Moves

Fissure Despite being a low-accuracy move, this can help Torkoal get essential KOs against Pokemon it couldn't otherwise take down.
Sludge Bomb Poison-type coverage move that can be used against opposing Fairy-types. Can be used as Max Ooze to increase Special Attack.
Fire Blast A stronger alternative to Flamethrower, albeit less accurate.

How to Use Torkoal Effectively

Weather Support thanks to Drought

Torkoal's Drought Ability makes it a must-have on most sun-teams. Drought gives fire-types a boost to their attacking moves, while lowering the damage-received from water-type moves.

Among other things, Torkoal also works well as a support thanks to its access to moves like Stealth Rock, Yawn, and Will-o-wisp. Partner this with Torkoal's high natural bulk and we can see how he fits well as a bulky support.

Trick Room beast with Eruption

Since Torkoal has a really low speed stat, this makes it hard to outspeed in Trick Room. When attacking from full HP, Torkoal can deal absurd amounts of damage thanks to a STAB, sun-boosted, Eruption.

How to Build a Team with Torkoal

Weather Setter for a Sun Team

Example Sun Team

Weather Setter Chlorophyll Sweeper Dynamax Physical Sweeper
Torkoal ImageTorkoal Venusaur ImageVenusaur Cinderace ImageCinderace

Torkoal serves as the weather setter for this team while also providing support via Stealth Rock. Venusaur benefits a lot as a Special Sweeper thanks to its synergy with the sun and its ability Chlorophyll.

These two work well together as Venusaur can cover Torkoal's weaknesses well. Cinderace can fill in the last spot as a versatile member thanks to Libero.

How to Build a Weather Team

Counters for Torkoal

Disrupt Torkoal's Reliance on Weather

Torkoal, and teams with Torkoal tend to heavily rely on weather to build their path to success. By bringing in members who can easily switch the weather, it can disrupt not only Torkoal's strategy, but even the entire team.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can set rain with Max Geyser and also benefits from other Max Moves like Max Airstream.
Moveset & Best Build for Gyarados
Lapras ImageLapras Ranking: ★★★★
・Can set rain with Max Geyser and also benefits from other Max Moves like G-Max Resonance.
Moveset & Best Build for Lapras

Use Ground or Rock-types

As bulky as Torkoal may be, he doesn't really have any reliable forms of recovery. By facing Torkoal against strong Ground/Rock types, Torkoal will sooner or later still fall against them.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Landorus (Therian Forme) ImageLandorus (Therian Forme) Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has access to the super effective move Earthquake.
・Can set up stealth rocks to deal chip damage against other fire-type teammates of Torkoal.
Moveset & Best Build for Landorus (Therian Forme)
Nihilego ImageNihilego Ranking: ★★★★★
・ Power Herb + Meteor Beam combo can easily take out Nihilego
・Has to be wary of Torkoal's Ground-type moves.
Moveset & Best Build for Nihilego
Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has access to the super effective move Earthquake.
・Can set up stealth rocks to deal chip damage against other fire-type teammates of Torkoal.
Moveset & Best Build for Hippowdon
Rhyperior ImageRhyperior Ranking: ★★★★
・Has access to the super effective move Earthquake.
・Can change the weather with Max Rockfall
・High durability to outlive Torkoal
Moveset & Best Build for Rhyperior

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