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

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Basic Information for Primarina

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Water Type
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fairy Type
Torrent Powers up Water-type moves in a pinch.
Liquid Voice (Hidden) All sound-based moves become Water-type moves.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
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Pokemon Electric Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image
Pokemon Water Image
Pokemon Ice Image
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Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
80 74 74 126 116 60

Best Nature for Primarina

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Primarina

Lum Wall Breaker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 180 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4 / Spd. 72
Final Stat Values HP 178 / Def. 94 / Sp.Atk. 195 / Sp.Def. 137 / Spd. 89
Ability Torrent
Held Item Lum Berry
Moveset Scald
Energy Ball

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

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Taking advantage of its already high base stats, Primarina has the ability to break down highly defensive teams. With 72 EVs put into Speed, it can outspeed a Corviknight with 4 EVs in Speed. With its highly variable learnset, it can break some of the hardest walls in the metagame, using Energy Ball to take down the Ground-type Quagsire and Psychic to handle the Poison-type Toxapex.

Alternate Move Choices

Sparkling Aria As a Sound-based move, can break through Substitute
Encore Can limit an opponent's movement.
Perish Song Can help escape from a sticky situation.
Hydro Pump For when you want to deal more damage. An alternate choice for Calm Mind.
Ice Beam Has a small chance of inflicting Freeze. Can somewhat improve the range of opponents it can hit.
Blizzard More powerful than Ice Beam. Its low accuracy makes it high-risk, high-reward.

Chesto + Calm Mind + Rest Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Atk. 4
Final Stat Values HP 187 / Def. 138 / Sp.Atk. 146 / Sp.Def. 136 / Spd. 81
Ability Torrent
Held Item Chesto Berry
Moveset Scald
Calm Mind

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

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New in this generation, Primarina is able to learn Calm Mind to achieve a similar role that Pokemon such as Suicune, Latias, and Sylveon played in previous games. By placing EVs in its HP and Defense, it becomes a formidable Physical defender, and with Calm Mind, it can hold the line as a Special defender as well.

With Scald, it can inflict Burn to lower its opponent's Attack, and with Moonblast, it has a chance of lowering its opponent's Special Defense. Primarina can choose its moves effectively to prepare itself defensively to deal with either Physical or Special attacks.

Alternate Move Choices

Sparkling Aria As a Sound-based move, can break through Substitute
Hydro Pump For when you want to deal more damage. An alternate choice for Calm Mind.
Ice Beam Has a small chance of inflicting Freeze. Can somewhat improve the range of opponents it can hit.
Blizzard More powerful than Ice Beam. Its low accuracy makes it high-risk, high-reward.

How to Use Primarina Effectively

Great type combination and high Special Defense

Primarina can use its Special Attack to dish out damage, and its Special Defense to absorb hits. And with a combined 3 weaknesses and 7 resistences, its type combination makes it an ideal defender for a variety of situations, especially switch-heavy defensive battles. It can be switched in against a variety of opponents to lash out with super-effective attacks and lay on the pressure.

Advantageous matchups allow it to set up

As Primarina can learn Calm Mind starting in this generation, it's significantly more able to checkmate its opponent. As it can recover lost HP with Rest, it can become impossible for the opponent to faint it, allowing it to build up and wreak havoc. That said, as its Special Attack and Special Defense are strong from the start, it can also be played effectively even without using setup moves.

Counters for Primarina

Use a Physical attacker

Although Primarina has high base Special Attack and Special Defense, its base Defense is a rather low 74. As long as the Primarinas you're up against are not stacked to handle Physical attacks, you won't have too much trouble bringing in a type-advantaged Physical hitter to take it down.

Put on the pressure with Physical attackers

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has a type advantage in a one-on-one matchup
Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can hit a weak point with Power Whip
・Has a type advantage in a one-on-one matchup
Moveset & Best Build for Gyarados
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take its attacks with reduced damage
・Can hit its weak spots with STAB
Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn

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