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

Basic Information for Venusaur

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Grass Type Poison Type
Overgrow Powers up Grass-type moves in a pinch.
Chlorophyll (Hidden) Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in sunshine

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Psychic Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
80 82 83 100 100 80

Best Nature for Venusaur

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

What are Natures?

Strategies for Venusaur

Chlorophyll Sunlight Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 188 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 68
Final Stat Values HP 179 / Def. 103 / Sp.Atk. 167 / Sp.Def. 120 / Spd. 109
Ability Chlorophyll
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Solar Beam
Earth Power
Sludge Bomb
Weather Ball

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

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This build of Venusaur is based around setting up Sunlight and running with it. With its Ability Chlorophyll, its Speed is doubled in Sunlight, allowing it to move even faster than a Togekiss with max Speed EVs and Nature with one Max Airstream under its belt. In that matchup, using Max Ooze to boost Special Attack and hitting twice is enough to faint Togekiss.

It's recommended to use this build together with a Pokemon with the Ability Drought, which changes the weather to Sunlight.

Pokemon with Drought

Pokemon Description
Torkoal Image Torkoal ・Can use helpful support moves like Yawn and Stealth Rock
・High defensive power makes it an effective tank
Moveset and Best Build for Torkoal
Ninetales Image Ninetales ・Can take advantage of sunlight itself

Alternate Move Choices

Energy Ball A stable source of damage unrelient on weather.
Frenzy Plant Only good for one solid hit, but the power doesn't lie. Has 150 power as Max Overgrowth.
Growth In sunlight, both Attack and Special Attack increase by 2 stages.
Sleep Powder When in a pinch, putting the opponent to sleep can turn the tides. Its poor accuracy hurts, though.

How to Use Venusaur Effectively

Made for the Sunlight

Unlike its powerful predecessor Mega Venusaur, this generation should see it take advantage of Chlorophyll to become a big-gun attacker. With doubled Speed in Sunlight, it can move first almost always. And as its base Special Attack and Special Defense are high, it can hold its own when the bullets start flying.

How to Build a Team with Venusaur

A Dedicated Sun Sweeper

Venusaur's ability Chlorophyll allows it to fill the role of a fast and naturally bulky sweeper in the Sun.

It's secondary Poison typing also gives it an advantage against other Sun sweepers, such as Shiftry, as it can hit other Grass-type Pokemon for super effective damage with its STAB Sludge Bomb.

Check out our article below to learn how to build a Weather Team for competitive battle.

How to Build a Weather Team

Counters for Venusaur

Bring in a type-advantaged Pokemon

Although the Grass/Poison type combination has 6 resistences, it can't be said to be highly defensive in the current metagame. When it's up against one of its many foes, taking out Venusaur isn't a tough feat.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has a type advantage
・Can take advantage of sunlight with Overheat
Moveset & Best Build for Heat Rotom
Charizard ImageCharizard Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take most of its attacks with reduced damage
・Can deal big damage with high-power attacks
Moveset & Best Build for Charizard
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・A hard-hitting Physical attacker
・Can use Fire-type moves
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Chandelure ImageChandelure Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can hit the weak spot with high power attacks
・Can reverse the effects of Chlorophyll with Trick Room
Moveset & Best Build for Chandelure

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