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

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Basic Information for Decidueye

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Grass Type Ghost Type
Overgrow Powers up Grass-type moves in a pinch.
Long Reach (Hidden) The Pokémon uses its moves without making contact with the target.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Ice Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ground Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
78 107 75 100 100 70

Best Nature for Decidueye

Best Natures
(+Atk, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Decidueye

Expert Belt Attacker Decidueye.png

Expert Belt Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 96 / Atk. 252 / Def. 4 / Sp.Def. 4 / Spd. 152
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Atk. 174 / Def. 96 / Sp.Def. 121 / Spd. 109
Ability Overgrow
Held Item Expert Belt
Lum Berry
Moveset Spirit Shackle
Brave Bird
Shadow Sneak
Leaf Blade

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

This build for Decidueye is made for precisely hitting opponents' weak points and laying on pressure. It's recommended to Dynamax first when using this build.

Use against popular Ghost types

Pokemon Damage Calculation
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu ・Jolly w/ 252 Spd. EVs: Max AirstreamMax Phantasm has 100% chance to KO
Dragapult ImageDragapult ・252 HP EVs: Max Phantasm has 100% chance to KO
Galarian Corsola ImageGalarian Corsola ・Bold with HP+Defense EVs: Max Phantasm has a 73~87.4% chance to KO

With Jolly Nature and max Speed EVs, Decidueye can move faster than Mimikyu after one Max Airstream. Max Phantasm can be used not only on Mimikyu, but also on a host of other popular Ghost-types. Even against the defensive Bold Galarian Corsola, Max Phantasm has a high chance of scoring a 1HKO.

Can also KO Tyranitar and Wash Rotom

Pokemon Damage Calculation
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar ・252 HP EVs: Leaf Blade has a 94.8~112.5% chance to KO
・252 HP EVs: Max Overgrowth will definitely KO
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom ・Modest w/ 252 HP EVs: Max Overgrowth has a 100% chance to KO
・Bold w/ HP+Defense EVs: Max Overgrowth has a 100% chance to KO
・Modest w/ 252 HP EVs: Max Overgrowth has a 100% chance to KO
・Bold w/ HP+Defense EVs: Max Overgrowth has a 100% chance to KO

When it's holding Expert Belt, it can definitely KO a Modest Wash Rotom w/ 252 HP EVs even with normal Leaf Blade, and has a 94.8~112.5% chance to KO Tyranitar with 252 HP EVs.
On top of that, when Dynamaxed, it can even defeat a Wash Rotom with EVs in both HP and Defense in one hit with Max Overgrowth.

Alternate Move Choices

Swords Dance Swords Dance and Shadow Sneak has a chance of taking out a Dragapult with EVs in HP.
Knock Off Can throw off an opponent's pace and strategy.

Choice Band / Weakness Policy Set & Best Build

Choice Band Weakness Policy Decidueye.png

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Spd 4
Final Stat Values HP 185 / Atk 174 / Def 95 / Sp.Def 120 / Spd 91
Ability Overgrow
Held Item Choice Band
Weakness Policy
Moveset Spirit Shackle
Brave Bird
Shadow Sneak
Leaf Blade

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

The recommended items, nature, and EV spread capitalize on Decidueye's base 107 Attack Stat to let him deal as much damage as possible. His signature move Spirit Shackle is a good way to prevent opponents from switching out.

Spirit Shackle can also come in handy if you want to trap a tanky opponent, such as Ferrothorn or Amoongus on the field before you switch to a Pokemon who can set up.

Other Viable Moves

Swords Dance A set-up move that helps increase Decidueye's Physical Attack Stat by two levels. When Dynamaxed, also provides Decidueye access to Max Guard.
Poltergeist Alternative Ghost Type move. Note that if the opponent doesn't have a held item, the move will fail.
Knock Off Decent coverage move that can remove an opponent's Pokemon. Useful for knocking off recovery items on bulky Pokemon.

How to Use Decidueye Effectively

Spirit Shackle can stop switch-heavy opponents

Decidueye's exclusive move Spirit Shackle prevents the opponent from switching out as long as Decidueye is still out. Up against opponents who utilize strategies like the defensive loop (using multiple tanks and switching repeatedly between them), Spirit Shackle can stop them in their tracks and throw off their mojo.

Counters for Decidueye

Handle it with a type-advantaged defender

Decidueye doesn't have much in the way of a wide movepool. Up against Steel-types, it runs out of tricks up its sleeve, so sending out an advantageous Pokemon can leave it unable to act.

Pokemon Description
Celesteela ImageCelesteela Ranking: ★★★★★
・Celesteela's defensive stats, matched with it's advantageous Flying typing will leave Decidueye unable to deal significant damage.
・Can threaten Decidueye with STAB Flying-type moves
Moveset & Best Build for 'Celesteela'
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take most of its attacks with reduced damage
・Can use recovery moves
Moveset & Best Build for 'Corviknight'

Use a fast attacker to prevent it from acting

Decidueye has a paltry base Speed of 60, and against faster Pokemon it can fall flat. As its stats are a bit offensively focused, with a low HP and Defense, a fast Physical attacker can make quick work of it.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Charizard ImageCharizard Ranking: ★★★★★
・Faster than Decidueye
・Has a type advantage
Moveset & Best Build for Charizard
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Faster than Decidueye
・Has a type advantage
Moveset & Best Build for Hydreigon

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4 Anonymous11 months

>>3 The typing listed is corrected but the weaknesses and resistances are still incorrect. And I believe the stat quoted is incorrect as well (Base Speed 70 not 60).

3 Anonymous@Game812 months

Thank you, this has been corrected :)

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