Azumarill - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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

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Basic Information for Azumarill

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Water Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fairy Type
Abilities
Thick Fat Ups resistance to Fire-Type and Ice-Type moves.
Huge Power Raises the Pokemon's Attack stat.
Sap Sipper (Hidden) Boosts Attack when hit by a Grass-type move.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Poison Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Dragon Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
100 50 80 60 80 50

Best Nature for Azumarill

Best Natures
Adamant
(+Attack -Sp. Atk)
Jolly
(+Speed -Sp. Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Azumarill

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Standard Azumarill.png

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 176 / Atk 112 / Def 100 / SpAtk 100 / SpDef 102 /
Ability Huge Power
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Belly Drum
Aqua Jet
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Superpower

This is an offensive build boosted by Belly Drum, which raises Azumarill's attack by 6 stages. The powerful combination of Belly Drum and Aqua Jet is sure to sweep the floor with your opponents.

Additionally, because of its Ability, Huge Power, it can still deal significant damage with each attack even if it can't pull off Belly Drum.

Other Viable Moves

Liquidation An optional replacement for Aqua Jet
Bulldoze Perfect for countering Steel-type Pokemon like Aegislash

Choice Band Moveset & Best Build

Choice Band Azumarill.png

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 236 / Atk 252 / Spd 20
Final Stat Values HP 205 / Atk 112 / Def 100 / SpDef 100 / Spd 73
Ability Huge Power
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Liquidation
Aqua Jet
Play Rough
Superpower

This build mixes high attack power with a Choice Band and high survivability. With this build, Azumarill will be able to take plenty of damage from opponents and lay down the hurt with its boosted attack allowing it to go up against many different Pokemon.

Other Viable Moves

Double-Edge A powerful physical move, but be careful of the high recoil damage
Bulldoze Perfect for countering Steel-type Pokemon like Aegislash

Dynamax Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 228 / Atk 252 / Def 4/ Sp.Def 20 / Spd 4
Final Stat Values HP 204 / Atk 112 / Def 101 / Sp.Def 103 / Spd 71
Ability Huge Power
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Liquidation
Aqua Jet
Play Rough
Superpower

This build was used by Natsumon who placed 9th in season 8. Azumarill is used as a Dynamax ace, using its strong attack stat to try and sweep the opposing team.

Sap Sipper Moveset & Best Build

Sap Sipper Azumarill.png

Nature Bold (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 252 HP / 252 Def. / 4 Sp.Def.
Final Stat Values 207 HP / 63 Atk. / 145 Def. / 80 Sp.Atk. / 101 Sp.Def. / 55 Spd.
Ability Sap Sipper
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Whirlpool / Protect / Perish Song / Charm

Opponents will typically assume a Huge Power Azumarill, allowing Sap Sipper Azumarill to bring an unexpected surprise. When Rillaboom, now popular across the metagame, unleashes Drum Beating or Grassy Glide, Azumarill can take it off guard by instead absorbing its attack.

With a support-heavy moveset, it can force Rillaboom or the ever-popular Cinderace to switch out, or trap them with Whirlpool and go for the kill.

Against defensive Pokemon like Ferrothorn and Toxapex, it can use Perish Song → Whirlpool. When up against Cinderace, Perish Song → Protect is effective for wasting its Dynamax turns.

When both Azumarill and its opponent are the last Pokemon standing, Perish Song → Protect → Charm can limit the foe's ability to deal damage and aim to take out both Pokemon at once. When both players' final Pokemon faint by Perish Song on the last turn, the slower Pokemon will win the battle, allowing the low-Speed Azumarill to seize the win.

Other Viable Moves

Substitute Useful against Pokemon like Chansey and Galarian Corsola who rely on set damage and support moves.
Scald When you want to put pressure on something switching in, you can use this to try for a Burn.

How to Use Azumarill Effectively

High Damage Output and Priority

Azumarill can stack up on attack power thanks to Belly Drum and its Ability Huge Power. Pair this with Aqua Jet to immediately deal damage to stronger opponents before they even know it.

Its High Defense is Perfect for Switching

Azumarill also has high defensive stats, making it perfect to switch in for an ally faced with a disadvantageous type. It can be easily used together in a switch-heavy party with Hydreigon and Aegislash, and is easy to switch in when Hydreigon will be hit with a Fairy-type move or when Aegislash will be hit with a Fire-type move.

Counters for Azumarill

Azumarill
Weakness Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Poison Image

Use Pokemon Resistant to Its Attacks

Azumarill is a Pokemon with high attack power, especially with its Belly Drum and Aqua Jet combo, so we recommend using Pokemon who are resistant to Aqua Jet.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・ Electric-type Pokemon that takes half damage from Water-type attacks
・Can hit Azumarill's weakness with Electric-type moves
Wash Rotom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Grass/Electric-type Pokemon that takes half damage from Water-type attacks
・Can hit Azumarill's weakness with Electric-type moves
Mow Rotom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Grass/Steel-type Pokemon that takes half damage from Water-type attacks
・Be careful of Superpower which targets Ferrothorn's weakness
Ferrothorn - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking:★★★★☆
・Takes half damage from Water-type attacks and cuts attack power with Intimdiate
・Can hit Azumarill's weakness with Power Whip
Gyarados - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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