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This is a strategy guide for using Kingdra 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 Kingdra, as well as its strengths and weak points.
|Kingdra - Related Articles|
|Evolution and Learnset||Build for Ranked Battle|
List of Contents
|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Swift Swim||Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in rain.|
|Sniper||Powers up moves if they become critical hits.|
|Damp (Hidden)||Prevents the use of self-destructing moves.|
|Takes 4x damage||
|Takes 2x damage|
|Takes 0.5x damage|
|Takes 1/4x damage|
|Takes 0x damage||
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|EV Spread||HP 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd 252|
|Final Stat Values||HP 151 / Def 115 / Sp.Atk. 161 / Sp.Def. 115 / Spd 137|
|Held Item||Choice Specs|
This build increases Kingdra's damage output with Choice Specs. If it is raining, not only it will double Kingdra's Speed stat because of its Swift Swim ability, but it will also cause Kingdra's Water-type moves to deal heavy damage, even if not super effective.
|Dragon Pulse||Alternative for Draco Meteor. Use it if you prefer a Dragon-type move with higher accuracy.|
Kingdra is an ace attacker during Rain, as it can boost its speed with the Swift Swim ability while also increasing the damage dealt by its Water-type moves. When Dynamaxed, it can use Max Geyser to create rain and gain the Speed boost from Swift Swim, while also making its Water-type moves more powerful.
Kingdra is different from other rain attackers such as Seismitoad and Drednaw since it can get STAB on Dragon-type moves to deal super effective damage against Dragon-type opponents.
However, be careful as a Dragapult holding a Choice Scarf can outspeed Kingdra even with Swift Swim in effect.
It is recommended to use a Dragon-type or Fairy-type Pokemon against Kingdra to exploit its type weakness. Using a Fairy-type Pokemon would be more efficient since it can completely negate Dragon-type moves and Fairy-type moves deal high damage to Dragon-types like Kingdra, especially if it has STAB.
・With Choice Scarf, you can surpass Kingdra's Speed even when Swift Swim is activated
・Bombard Kingdra with Dragon-type moves to exploit its weakness.
Dragapult - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
・Immune to Water-type moves with Water Absorb, strong against special attackers
・Gets STAB with Freeze-Dry
Lapras - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
・Other than being able to nullify Dragon-type moves, it is also resistant to Kingdra's other moves
・Fairy-type moves can be used to exploit Kingdra's weakness.
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