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Chansey - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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

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Basic Information for Chansey

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Normal Type
Natural Cure All status problem heal when the Pokemon switches out.
Serene Grace Boosts the likelihood of added effects appearing.
Healer (Hidden) May heal an ally's status conditions.

Chansey Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ghost Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
250 5 5 35 105 50

Best Nature for Chansey

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Chansey

Eviolite Moveset & Best Build

Eviolite Chansey.png

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 252 / Sp.Def 252 / Spd 4
Final Stat Values HP 325 / Def 62 / Sp. Def 157 / Spd 71
Ability Natural Cure
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset Seismic Toss
Stealth Rock
Thunder Wave

This moveset is an extremely tanky one, especially with the Eviolite in tow. And while Chansey has a low base Defense stat, you can make up for it with 252 EVs in Defense and the Eviolite.

About Chansey's Moves

As a wall, Chansey doesn't really get access to a lot of damage-dealing moves. Seismic Toss can at least let it deal consistent damage against any non-Ghost types.

Chansey can also provide utility for its team in the form of Stealth Rocks and Thunder Wave. By paralyzing the enemy and dealing chip damage to the enemy roster, Chansey empowers its teammates to clean up against a slow and weakened team.

About Chansey's EV Spread

Placing EVs in its low Defense is a given, and for the remainder, you'll need to choose whether to focus on HP to handle more Physical opponents, or Special Defense to handle more Special opponents. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of your team to decide which is best.

EV Spread Advantage
HP, Def Can withstand a Max Geyser from Life Orb Gyarados even after 1 boost from Moxie
Def, SpDef Can withstand Max Darkness from Hydreigon 3 times and stall out its Dynamax

About Chansey's Ability

Natural Cure allows Chansey to get rid of status conditions such as burn or paralysis when switched out. This helps keep Chansey relatively healthy and makes it more of a pain to take down.

About Chansey's Held Item

Eviolite raises the Defense and Special Defense of the user by 50% as long as the user is not a fully-evolved Pokemon. This item takes Chansey's fantastic bulk and raises it even more, making it one of the bulkiest Pokemon in the metagame.

Other Viable Moves

Counter A viable physical move. Be careful not to use it with Minimize.
Defense Curl A status move that can buff up Chansey's low defense by one stage.
Minimize A status move that increases evasion by two stages. Be careful not to use it with Counter.

Alternative Eviolite Moveset & Best Build

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 252 / Sp.Def 60 / Spd 196
Final Stat Values HP 325 / Def 62 / Sp. Def 133 / Spd 75
Ability Natural Cure
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset Seismic Toss
Stealth Rock
Thunder Wave

This build is similar to the one listed prior, the difference is it focuses more on speed than Special Defense. Eviolite and the Bold nature makes this Chansey one of the tankiest Pokemon you could use.

How to Use Chansey Effectively

Stop Dynamaxed Pokemon with Chansey

With the help of its bulkiness, Chansey can be used to waste your opponent's Dynamax turns. Use Counter when you predict an incoming physical move and tank any special moves.

Completely Immune Against Ghost-Type Moves

While Chansey is immune to Ghost-type moves, it won't be able to attack back, so disable the Ghost-type with Thunder Wave, use Stealth Rock, then switch out.

How to Build a Team with Chansey

Specially Defensive Wall in a Defensive Team

Example Defensive Team

Physical Wall Special Wall Revenge Killer
Pokemon SWSH - Quagsire ImageQuagsire Pokemon SWSH - Chansey ImageChansey Pokemon SWSH - Ditto ImageDitto

Quagsire and Chansey are probably two of the most notable walls in the metagame. Chansey's bulk thanks to Eviolite, and Quagsire's resilience thanks to Unaware, lets them whittle down the enemy with status conditions.

Between the two of them they also have a total of two immunities and only two weaknesses. This makes it difficult for the opponent to take them out with super effective moves.

One of their vulnerabilities, though, is enemies who set up against them. It's pretty common for sweepers to take the opportunity against defensive teams by increasing their stats multiple times. This is where Ditto comes in.

When an opponent takes out one of your walls with a boosted sweeper, Ditto can switch in and copy that enemy, including the stat boosts they've already garnered. This allows you to revenge kill their team with the same power they used to take down yours.

How to Build a Defensive Team

Counters for Chansey

Target Chansey's Low Defense

While Chansey can boost its defense with Eviolite, it's still its weakest stat, so focus fire with physical moves.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Single-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Single-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★★
・Easily KOs Chansey with its super-effective Fighting-type moves
・Bypasses Chansey's Protect thanks to its Unseen Fist Ability
Moveset and Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★★
・Easily KOs Chansey with its super-effective Fighting-type moves
・Bypasses Chansey's Protect thanks to its Unseen Fist Ability
Moveset and Best Build for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Pokemon SWSH - Lucario ImageLucario Ranking: ★★★★
・Take adavantage of Lucario's high base attack stat and use super-effective moves
・Can safely use Swords Dance
Moveset and Best Build for Lucario
Pokemon SWSH - Conkeldurr ImageConkeldurr Ranking: ★★★★
・Take adavantage of Conkeldurr's high base attack stat and use super-effective moves
・If used well, you don't have to worry about Thunder Wave
Moveset and Best Build for Conkeldurr

Remove its Eviolite

Weakness Pokemon Fighting Image

Chansey relies on Eviolite to boost its normally lackluster bulk. Pokemon with moves such as Knock Off and Trick can easily shut it down.

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - SirfetchSirfetch'd Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Knock Off to get rid of Chansey's Eviolite
・Boasts powerful Fighting-type STAB such as Close Combat and Meteor Assault

Moveset & Best Build for Sirfetch'd
Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Trick to shut down Chansey
Misty Terrain sets up Misty Surge, preventing status moves

Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Fini
Pokemon SWSH - Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Knock Off to get rid of Chansey's Eviolite
・Exploits Chansey's reduced Defense with its high-powered physical moves

Moveset & Best Build for Rillaboom
Pokemon SWSH - Reuniclus ImageReuniclus Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Trick to shut down Chansey
・Can use Psyshock to target Chansey's lower Defense stat

Moveset & Best Build for Reuniclus

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