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

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Basic Information for Arctozolt

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Electric Type Ice Type
Abilities
Static Contact with the Pokemon may cause paralysis.
Volt Absorb Restores HP if hit by an Electric-type move.
Slush Rush (Hidden) Boosts the Pokemon's Speed stat in a hailstorm.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
90 100 90 90 80 55

Best Nature for Arctozolt

Best Natures
Lonely
(+Atk, -Def)
Mild
(+SpAtk, -Def)
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Movesets & Best Builds for Arctozolt

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Nature Lonely
(+Atk, -Def)
EV Spread HP 144 / Atk 252 / SpAtk 44 / Speed 68
Final Stat Values HP 183/ Atk 167 / Defense 99 / SpAtk 116/ Sp ¥Def 100 / Speed 84
Ability Volt Absorb
Held Item Expert Belt
Moveset Bolt Beak
Low Kick
Freeze -Dry
Icicle Crash

Giving Arctozol the Expert Belt allows it to deal high damage with super effective attacks. Its ability, Volt Absorb, keeps it from taking Electric damage, and with Freeze-Dry it can go up against Pokemon like Gastrodon and Quagsire without fear.

Explanation For Hardcore Players

This build for Arctozolt's main purpose is to outspeed Tyranitar. With Low Kick it can one-shot Tyranitar making it useful in the current meta.

Other Viable Moves

Icicle Spear A mult-hit move that can break through Focus Sash.
Avalanche Great for slow Pokemon. If it hits before the opponent attacks it will do less damage, however.
Taunt Effective against Pokemon with status changing moves. Also works for follow-up support.

How to Use Arctozolt Effectively

Powerful Attacker that Puts the Pressure on Opponents

Arctozolt's Bolt Beak does double the damage if it hits first so it's great against slower Pokemon. Its range of attacks is also wide, so Pokemon like Gastrodon or Quagsire who cover up their Electric weakness with Ground typing can be easily taken out with Freeze-Dry.

Counters for Arctozolt

Fast Pokemon With Electric and Ice Resistance

While Arctozolt's range of attacks is quite good, failing to attack first with Bolt Beak or hit the enemy's weakness lowers its damage output significantly and puts it at a disadvantage. Due to this, Pokemon who take half damage from Electric or Ice and can outspeed Arctozolt are the best counters. If they can hit its weakenesses as well this is even better.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Electric-type attacks and has STAB with Ground-type attacks
・Takes very little damage from Low Kick due to its weight
Excadrill - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Ice and Electric-type attacks do half damage
・Hits Arctozolt's weak point with Overheat
Heat Rotom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Lanturn ImageLanturn Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Takes half damage from Ice-type attacks and absorbs Bolt Beak's damage
・Is slightly faster than Arctozolt
Lanturn - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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