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

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Basic Information for Coalossal

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Rock Type Fire Type
Flame Body Contact with the Pokemon may burn the attacker.
Steam Engine Boosts the Pokémon's Speed stat drastically if hit by a Fire- or Water-type move.
Flash Fire (Hidden) It powers up Fire-type moves if it's hit by one.

Type Defenses

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

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
110 80 120 80 90 30

Best Nature for Coalossal

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

What are Natures?

Strategies for Coalossal

Weakness Policy Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP92 / Def. 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 84 / Spd. 76
Final Stat Values HP 197 / Atk. 90 / Def. 141 / Sp.Atk. 145 / Sp.Def. 121 / Spd. 60
Ability Steam Engine
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Burn Up
Stone Edge
Earth Power
Solar Beam

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

This special attacker build specializes in defeating the popular Physical defenders Corviknight, Gastrodon, Quagsire, and Toxapex. These Pokemon often use attacks that trigger Coalossal's held Weakness Policy.

Once activated, its Steam Engine Ability will allow you to strike even before a Dragapult with maximized Speed (stat value 213). Even after you've knocked out the Pokemon you sent Coalossal in to handle, it can also get in another hit against the opponent that switches in and wear down its HP.

EV Spread Explanation

EVs have been placed in HP to survive a Body Press from a Corviknight after one Iron Defense, and survive a Scald from Gastrodon.

The Speed EVs allow it to outspeed a basic Physical defense build for Gastrodon with 59 Speed. This will allow it to use Max Overgrowth on a switch-in and knock out Gastrodon or Quagsire before they can attack.

When using Dynamax Coalossal

Your Rock-type moves convert to Max Rockfall when Dynamaxed, increasing your Sp.Def. with a Sandstorm, allowing it to wear down its opponent with the Sandstorm damage while taking on a more defensive role.

When using Gigantamax Coalossal

Gigantamax Coalossal.png
How to Get Gigantamax Coalossal

G-Max Volcalith The Gigantamax counterpart of Coalossal's Rock-type moves. It inflicts damage equal to 1/6 of the opponent's maximum HP (except against other Rock-types), at the end of every turn, for 4 turns.

Rock-type moves are converted to G-Max Volcalith, which replaces weather effects with automatic damage to opponents at the end of every turn, for 4 turns. Though ineffective against other Rock-types, it has a heavy damage output that affects even the opponent's subsequent switch-ins and can continue to put on pressure even after it leaves the arena.

Alternate Move Choices

Overheat Same type and power as Burn Up, without losing your Fire-type advantage. However, it lowers your Sp.Atk. stat.
Flamethrower No negative stat or type changes, like with Burn Up or Overheat, but its power is low.
Fire Blast A powerful Fire-type special attack, though its accuracy is relatively low.

How to Use Coalossal Effectively

A Highly-durable and Highly-defensive Pokemon

Coalossal is built with high HP, Def, and Sp.Def, without sacrificing much of its attack power. Because both its Attack and Special Attack are fair, it's able to use attacks of both kinds to match the opponent you want it to handle. It can withstand attacks and counterattack with a variety of moves, depending on the opponent it's facing.

Take Advantage of Its HP and Defense

Coalossal has a total 4x-weakness against Water and Ground-type moves. However, with its high defensive stats, the HP boost from Dynamaxing serves it well, allowing it to survive attacks and activate Weakness Policy.
G-Max Volcalith is also a formidable damage-dealer when using Gigantamax Coalossal.

Counters for Coalossal

Turn Down the Heat with a 4x Type Advantage

Although Coalossal is durable, when not Dynamaxed, it can be bested by its 4x-weakness against Water and Ground-type moves. Even when it is Dynamaxed, it will usually survive with only a small amount of HP, making it usually possible to push it over the edge.

Fight with Pokemon that have the type-advantage over Coalossal, so that even if you can't KO it in one hit, you can survive its attacks and ultimately, knock it out.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Dracovish ImageDracovish Ranking: ★★★★★
・Attack first with Fishious Rend to score a 1HKO even when Dynamaxed.
Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish
Flygon ImageFlygon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Coalossal's moves aren't very effective against Flygon, so attack it with Ground-type moves.
Moveset & Best Build for Flygon
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★☆
・When it has EVs in HP, it can withstand Max Overgrowth (Solar Beam)
Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom

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2 Anonymous23 days

>>1 I'm not even sure if I want to try that route because outside of dynamax you're stuck with a 2 turn attack. If you keep the weakness policy, then you can't make it a one time one turn attack with power herb.

1 Anonymousabout 2 months

Does meteor beam work to

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