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

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Basic Information for Magnezone

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Electric Type Steel Type
Magnet Pull Prevents Steel-type Pokemon from escaping.
Sturdy It cannot be knocked out with one hit.
Analytic (Hidden) Boosts move power when the pokemon moves last.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Ground Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0x damage
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What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
70 70 115 130 90 60

Best Nature for Magnezone

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Magnezone

Choice Specs Moveset & Best Build

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Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 145 / Def 135 / Sp.Atk 200 / Sp.Def 111 / Spd 112
Ability Sturdy
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Thunderbolt
Flash Cannon
Volt Switch
Tri Attack

This build is focused on maximizing Magnezone's Special Attack stat. To make sure it is not wasted, its Sturdy ability prevents it from being OHKO'd, guaranteeing at least one powerful attack against any opponent.

However, be careful of opponents with Mold Breaker ability as it can pierce through Magnezone's Sturdy, making it vulnerable to being OHKO'd.

Other Viable Moves

Thunder Alternative for Thunderbolt. Although it is not guaranteed to hit, it is a more powerful Electric-type move.
Steel Beam This move has the highest Base Power among all Steel moves at 140 Power. It's extremely powerful but at the cost of half of the user's HP.
Discharge Another alternative to Thunderbolt. 10 BP lower than Thunderbolt, but with +20% chance to paralyze.

Assault Vest Analytic & Best Build

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Nature Quiet(+Sp.Atk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / 252 Sp.Atk / 4 Sp.Def
Final Stat Values HP 177/ Def 135 / Sp.Atk 200 / Sp.Def 111/ Spd 80
Ability Analytic
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Thunderbolt
Flash Cannon
Volt Switch
Steel Beam

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

This build strengthens Magnezone's Special Defense through the use of Assault Vest. It can then function as a bulky member of the team who can scout an enemy's attacks and switch out with chip damage using Volt Switch.

To maximize the effectivity of Analytic, it is highly recommended to get a lower Speed stat. The Quiet nature should help you be slower than other Pokemon in the same Speed Tier such as Porygon2. A 0 Speed IV Magnezone is ideal, but not necessary.

Other Viable Moves

Discharge Another alternative to Thunderbolt. 10 BP lower than Thunderbolt, but with +20% chance to paralyze.
Body Press This physical fighting move can be a useful alternative if you are running into trouble against Blisseys.

Custap Berry Set & Best Build

Custap Berry Magnezone.jpg

Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 236 / 252 Sp.Atk / 20 Spd
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Def 135 / Sp.Atk 200 / Sp.Def 110 / Spd 83
Ability Sturdy
Held Item Custap Berry
Moveset Endure
Flash Cannon
Steel Beam

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

By utilizing the Sturdy Ability and Endure properly, Magnezone can live at least 2 turns against a Dynamaxed opponent. At which point the Custap Berry should activate to allow Magnezone to fire off a strong move such as Steel Beam or even Self Destruct.

The speed investment will also be enough to outspeed Celesteela. Be wary of Mold Breaker users who may bypass Sturdy, and priority-move users who may take you down before Magnezone can make a move.

Other Viable Moves

Discharge Alternative to Thunderbolt. 10 BP lower than Thunderbolt, but with +20% chance to paralyze.
Volt Switch Can serve as a pivot move with a bit of chip damage.
Self-Destruct A last resort move to leave the battlefield while dealing damage, without risking incoming damage to another member of your party.

Indestructible Wall Moveset & Build

Indestructible Wall Magnezone.png

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 252 / Spdさ4
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def 183 / SpAtk 150 / SpDef 110 / Spd 81
Ability Magnet Pull
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Thunderbolt
Body Press
Iron Defense

This build focuses in on Magnezone's naturally high defense augmented with Iron Defense and hitting hard with Body Press. One use of Iron Defense raises its defense by 2 stages so it can both take hits from stronger physical attackers and deal a ton of damage with the Body Press, which uses defense to calculate damage instead of attack.

Adding in Substitute as well can help with handling other Steel-type Pokemon like Ferrothorn or Skarmory.

Other Viable Moves

Flash Cannon STAB Steel move that can help against opposing Fairy types. Also offers a chance to lower the opponent's Special Defense.
Discharge Alternative to Thunderbolt. 10 BP lower than Thunderbolt, but with +20% chance to paralyze.

How to Use Magnezone Effectively

Heavy Hitter with Sturdy Ability

Magnezone is a formidable opponent against any opponent with its Sturdy ability, which guarantees an opportunity to perform at least one attack.

Also, Magnezone is a great choice for battling Fairy-type opponents.

Can Deal With Common Stall Pokemon

Using the Indestructible Wall build, Magnezone can deal with other Steel-type Pokemon that are difficult to take down and exist to waste time like Ferrothorn, Skarmory, or Corviknight with its Magnet Pull ability that prevents them from leaving battle.

Be Careful of Ground-types

Since Magnezone is an Electric/Steel-type Pokemon, it has 4x weakness against Ground-type moves. If against an opponent with Ground-type moves, immediately switch out another Pokemon.

Counters for Magnezone

Counter Using Ground-types

Exploit Magnezone's dual weakness with Ground-type moves, especially using Pokemon with Mold Breaker ability to pierce through Magnezone's Sturdy.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can pierce Sturdy and take out Magnezone immediately if it manages to attack first
・Resistant/Immune to Magnezone's moves
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Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can use Stealth Rock if Magnezone tries to switch out
・Immune to Electric-type moves
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