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

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Basic Information for Incineroar

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fire Type Dark Type
Abilities
Blaze Powers up Fire-type moves in a pinch
Intimidate (Hidden) Lowers the foe's Attack stat.

Type Defenses

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

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
95 115 90 80 90 60

Best Nature for Incineroar

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

What are Natures?

Strategies for Incineroar

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP252 / Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk. 183 / Def. 110 / Sp.Def. 111 / Spd. 80
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Close Combat
U-turn
Darkest Lariat
Flare Blitz

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

By raising its Special Defense with Assault Vest, this build can hold its own against both Physical and Special attackers. Against Physical attackers, its Ability Intimidate plays a vital role of decreasing the opponent's Attack.

Also, this build makes Incineroar viable against Dragapult. As Incineroar can't be Burned, it has no fear of being weakened by Will-o-Wisp.

Alternate Move Choices

Iron Head For hitting Fairy types.
Earthquake Powerful and good against Rock types.
Fake Out A priority move only usable on its first turn out.
Thunder Punch Used for handling Gyarados.
Blaze Kick A possible Fire move option, and lacks the recoil disadvantage of Flare Blitz, though its power is lower.

Sweep Setup Moveset & Best Build

Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk. 135 / Def. 156 / Sp.Def. 111 / Spd. 80
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Flare Blitz
Darkest Lariat
Parting Shot
Fake Out

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

By placing its EVs into HP and Defense, this build becomes stronger against Physical attackers. With Fake Out, it can greet its opponents with flinching, and when it seems like the opponent will switch in something advantageous against Incineroar, use Parting Shot on the new foe to disadvantage it.

Alternate Move Choices

Will-O-Wisp Can disable Physical attackers.
Iron Head For using against Fairy types.
Close Combat A powerful attack useful against the likes of Tyranitar.
Earthquake Powerful and good against Rock types.
Blaze Kick A possible Fire move option, and lacks the recoil disadvantage of Flare Blitz, though its power is lower.

Bulk Up + Drain Punch Moveset & Best Build

Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk. 135 / Def. 156- / Sp.Def. 111 / Spd. 80
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Flare Blitz
Darkest Lariat
Bulk Up
Drain Punch

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

Bulk Up allows Incineroar to boost its Attack and Defense, while Drain Punch allows it to recover and stay afloat. Intimidate lets it survive Physical attackers' moves and set up against them. When a Special attacker gets switched in against it, Dynamax up and weather attacks while dishing out powerful moves of your own.

Alternate Move Choices

Iron Head For using against Fairy types.
Earthquake Powerful and good against Rock types.
Blaze Kick A possible Fire move option, and lacks the recoil disadvantage of Flare Blitz, though its power is lower.

How to Use Incineroar Effectively

A Physical attacker with a wide adaptability

With a wide movepool, Incineroar can change roles to handle its opponent. Its Ability Intimidate gives it a strong base for handling a variety of Physical attackers, and it can usually come out victorious in a straight-up punch-out.

It's also able to use U-turn, allowing it to first lower its opponent's Attack with Intimidate, then switch out, leaving its follow-up teammate with an advantage.

Fire/Dark typing makes it effective against Ghosts

With Mimikyu and Dragapult, two Ghost types, as top threats in the current metagame, Incineroar's Dark typing makes it formidable against teams using these Pokemon. This combines with Intimidate to make it a highly useful counter for these both these Physical attackers.

How to Build a Team with Incineroar

Incineroar can fill the role of a surprisingly bulky offensive pivot or an all-out attacker in both singles and doubles.

Parting Shot Lead

Incineroar is a great candidate for lead Pokemon in Hyper Offense teams thanks to its move Parting Shot, allowing it to soften attacks from opposing Pokemon and ensuring its teammates can safely switch in.

Check out our article below to learn more about how to build an offense-oriented team.

How to Build an Offensive Team | Best Hyper Offense Team

A Bulky Pivot in Doubles

Incineroar's ability Intimidate gives it surprising bulk, allowing it to function as a bulky pivot in the Doubles Metagame. Access to Fake Out, Parting Shot, and Drain Punch allow it to scout attacks, ease switch ins, and let it stay longer in battle through aggressive recovery.

Check out our article below to learn more about how to build a Doubles team.

How to Build a Doubles Team

Counters for Incineroar

Hold the line with a defensive Pokemon

While Incineroar can hit hard, some defensive Pokemon with a type advantage can completely absorb its attacks. In particular, Pokemon with HP recovery moves who can use super-effective attacks are recommended.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Has a type advantage
・Able to use recovery moves
Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire
Milotic ImageMilotic Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its Ability Marvel Scale makes it powerful against Physical attackers
・Able to use recovery moves
Moveset & Best Build for Milotic

Switch in a powerful attacker after its ally faints

Intimidate kicks in on the turn Incineroar switches in, so after Incineroar faints one of your Pokemon, the next Pokemon to switch in will be immune to its effects. In particular, Pokemon with the Flash Fire Ability can take Incineroar's attacks and use their advantage to set up.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Centiskorch ImageCentiskorch Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Has a higher speed than Incineroar
・Its Ability Flash Fire can allow it to set up against Incineroar
Moveset & Best Build for Centiskorch
Arcanine ImageArcanine Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Has a higher speed than Incineroar
・Its Ability Flash Fire can allow it to set up against Incineroar
・Can hit first with Close Combat to deal big damage
Moveset & Best Build for Arcanine
Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・High Physical defense
・Can hit a weak spot with STAB Earthquake
・Can set up Stealth Rock for when Incineroar switches out and back in
Moveset & Best Build for Hippowdon

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5 Anonymous2 months

Me too 😭 I have HA littens but no switch online.

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