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

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Basic Information for Sirfetch'd

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fighting Type
Steadfast Raises Speed each time the Pokemon Flinches.
Scrappy (Hidden) Enables moves to hit Ghost-type Pokemon.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
62 135 95 68 82 65

Best Nature for Sirfetch'd

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Sirfetch'd

Leek Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 169 / Atk. 205 / Def. 116 / Sp.Def. 102 / Spd. 85
Ability Scrappy
Held Item Leek
Moveset Close Combat
Leaf Blade
Knock Off

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

Leek Attacker Sirfetchd.png

This Leek Attacker moveset uses the Leek to give Sirfetch'd a 50% probability of landing a critical hit. Leaf Blade raises that probability, guaranteeing a critical hit against Quagsire and Gastrodon, which are vulnerable to physical attacks.

Alternate Move Choices

Brave Bird A Flying-type move option. It's also useful as Max Airstream as it can raise Speed.
First Impression While it can only be used on the first turn Sirfetch'd is out, it's a powerful priority move.
Swords Dance While it raises your attack by two stages, there aren't that many opportunities to use this move due to Sirfetch'd's low defenses.
Poison Jab Useful against Fairy-types. It has moderate power so switch it out with one of the less powerful moves.
Night Slash Like Leaf Blade, this move is improved by the Leek item. It's a toss-up whether you use this move or Knock Off as both moves have their pros and cons.
Superpower While Superpower is a powerful Fighting-type move, it does lower your attack and defense.

Assault Vest Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 228 / Atk. 172 / Spd. 108
Final Stat Values HP 166 / Atk. 177 / Def. 115 / Sp.Def. 102 / Spd. 108
Ability Scrappy
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Close Combat
Knock Off
Brave Bird
First Impression

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

Assault Vest Sirfetchd.png

The Assault Vest moveset allows you to defeat your opponents while enduring hits from special attackers. Easily take out Hydreigon and Wash Rotom, even with their Modest nature and use of Choice Specs.

This build is balanced in a way that even if Wash Rotom has 4 EVs in speed and 252 EVs in HP, Sirfetch'd can outspeed it and hit it with Knock off and Close Combat to take it out. If Wash Rotom also has 252 EVs in defense this can still be done in two hits, but beware of Will-o-Wisp.

Alternate Move Choices

Poison Jab Useful against Fairy-types. It has moderate power so switch it out with one of the less powerful moves.
Steel Wing Also useful against Fairy-types, especially as Max Steelspike when Dynamaxed.
Leaf Blade A move option for Water-types and Ground-types. Like Poison Jab, it has moderate power so switch it out with one of the less powerful moves.
Quick Attack A more versatile option for a priority move since First Impression only works on the first turn Sirfetch'd is out. It is a lot less powerful, however.
Feint An option for priority moves. While it has low power, it triggers before other priority moves like Shadow Sneak and Quick Attack.

How to Use Sirfetch'd Effectively

Physical Attacker with the Ability to Fight Ghosts

Sirfetch'd's Scrappy Ability allows it to damage Ghost-type opponents with physical attacks. Overwhelm your opponents with its high attack stat.

Land Critical Hits with a Leek

The Leek is a held item unique to Sirfetch'd and Galarian Farfetch'd, giving them a 50% probability of landing a critical hit. Use it in conjuction with Leaf Blade and Night Slash to raise that probability to 100% guarantee a critical hit.

Critical hits ignore stat boosts from moves, so they'll be at full power, even against Iron Defense and Curse.

Counters for Sirfetch'd

Take advantage of its low defenses to take it out with a super effective move

Though an effective physical attacker, Sirfetch'd's low HP and defense make it vulnerable to physical attacks. Overwhelm and defeat Sirfetch'd by attacking first and hitting hard.

Use Fairy and Flying-types for super effective attacks.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its Ability Disguise allows it to weather one hit.
・If you raise your attack with Swords Dance, even if you get hit by Knock Off you can still take down Sirfetch'd.
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
Togekiss ImageTogekiss Ranking: ★★★★★
・Fairy and Flying-type, super effective against Sirfetch'd.
・After getting hit by an attack you're weak against, Attack while holding Weakness Policy.
Moveset & Best Build for Togekiss
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Ranking: ★★★★★
・Psychic-type and Fairy-type, super effective against Sirfetch'd.
・Will-O-Wisp and Reflect guard against physical attackers.
Moveset & Best Build for Gardevoir
Hatterene ImageHatterene Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Fairy-type, super effective against Sirfetch'd.
Moveset & Best Build for Hatterene
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Bounces back stat-lowering effects it receives.
・Beware of getting hit first with Sleep.
Moveset & Best Build for Corviknight

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