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

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Basic Information for Reuniclus

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Psychic Type
Overcoat Protects the Pokemon from weather damage.
Magic Guard Protects the Pokemon from indirect damage.
Regenerator (Hidden) Restores a little HP when withdrawn from battle.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
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Takes 0.5x damage
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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
110 65 75 125 85 30

Best Nature for Reuniclus

Best Natures
(+Sp. Atk, -Atk)
(+Def, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Reuniclus

Life Orb Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+Sp. Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 212 / Sp. Atk 252 / Spd 44
Final Stat Values HP 212 / Def 95 / Sp. Atk 194 / Sp. Def 105 / Spd 56
Ability Magic Guard
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Psychic
Shadow Ball
Focus Blast

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

Life Orb Special Attacker Reuniclus.png

This build takes advantage of Reuniclus' Magic Guard ability. Since Magic Guard protects Reuniclus from non-attacking move damage, Reuniclus can benefit from the extra power from the Life Orb without taking any recoil damage.

In addition, with this wide-ranging moveset, you can easily take care of Pokemon like Corviknight and Toxapex. You can even handle bad type match-ups against Dark-type Pokemon using Focus Blast.

EVs for HP and Speed were adjusted so that you can outspeed a Toxapex with no EVs in Speed.

Alternate Move Choices

Energy Ball Effective against Water/Ground Pokemon or Pokemon like Rhyperior
Trick Room Compensates for Reuniclus' low speed. Recommended for when you have multiple slow attackers in your party
Flash Cannon Effective against Fairy-type Pokemon, but there aren't that many in the meta at the moment.
Recover Restores HP so Reuniclus can continue battling

Physical/Special Defensive Moveset & Best Build

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 252 / Sp. Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 217 / Def 139 / Sp. Atk 145 / Sp. Def 106 / Spd 50
Ability Magic Guard
Held Item Flame Orb
Moveset Recover
Calm Mind
Flash Cannon
Iron Defense

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

Physical Special Defensive Reuniclus.png

This build uses Calm Mind and Iron Defense to build up defenses and Reuniclus' Sp. Atk. By using those moves along with Recover, Reuniclus should be able to take a lot of hits and stay active in the fight for as long as possible.

Since Magic Guard prevents Reuniclus from taking burn damage, the Flame Orb serves to protect Reuniclus from other status conditions like paralysis and being frozen. It also protects Reuniclus from yawning Pokemon like Sylveon and Gastrodon.

Flash Cannon is used as the attacking move due to its reliability across a variety of different opponents.

Alternate Move Choices

Energy Ball Able to deal damage against all types.
Stored Power Works well with Calm Mind, but be careful as it won't work against Dark-type Pokemon.

How to Use Reuniclus Effectively

Slow Special Attacker

While it may have low speed, it has good defensive and Sp. Atk stats, making it an excellent special attacker. You can also use Trick Room to change it into a fast attacker.

Can Take Hits While Setting Up

Reuniclus can set up with moves like Calm Mind and Acid Armor while restoring its HP with Recover. On top of that, Reuniclus won't take damage from status conditions like Poison and Curse thanks to Magic Guard, allowing it stay in the fight for much longer.

Counters for Reuniclus

Attack with Dark-type Pokemon

Dark-type Pokemon work well against Reuniclus as their attacks are super-effective and they're immune to Psychic attacks. However, Dark-type Pokemon still need to watch out for a Focus Blast from Reuniclus.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can shut down Reuniclus' setups using Taunt
・Can halve Reuniclus' special attack using Light Screen
Moveset & Best Build for Grimmsnarl
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can deal super effective damage with U-Turn and switch out, allowing it to lower its risk when fighting
Moveset & Best Build for Hydreigon
Incineroar ImageIncineroar Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can deal super effective damage with U-Turn and switch out, allowing it to lower its risk when fighting
Moveset & Best Build for Incineroar

Defend Against Fighting-Type Moves with Ghost-Type Pokemon

We also recommend using Ghost-type Pokemon against Reuniclus as these Pokemon render Focus Blast useless.

However, do note that Ghost-type Pokemon are vulnerable to Shadow Ball, so be careful.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★★
・On its Disguise turn, raise your Attack stat with Swords Dance and get a KO with Shadow Claw
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use Shadow Ball and the priority move Shadow Sneak to defeat Reuniclus
Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash

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