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This is a strategy guide for using Porygon2 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 Porygon2, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Porygon2

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Normal Type
Abilities
Trace The Pokemon copies a foe's Ability.
Download Compares an opposing Pokémon's Defense and Sp. Def stats before raising its own Attack or Sp. Atk stat, whichever will be more effective.
Analytic (Hidden) Boosts move power when the pokemon moves last.

Porygon2 Weaknesses and Resistances

Type
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
85 80 90 105 85 60

Best Nature for Porygon2

Best Natures
Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk) Bold (+Def, -Atk)
Calm (+SpDef, -Atk) Quiet (+SpAtk, -Spd)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Porygon2

Defensive Moveset & Best Build

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Nature Bold
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 252 / Spd 12
Final Stat Values HP 191 / Def 156 / Sp.Atk 125 / Sp.Def 115 / Spd 82
Ability Trace
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset Recover
Ice Beam
Tri-Attack
Discharge

About Porygon2's Moves

Tri Attack serves as Porygon2's STAB move of choice which has the added bonus of possibly inflicting status onto the opponent. Otherwise it can rely on handy coverage moves in the form of Ice Beam and Discharge.

As long as it doesn't take any massive hits, it can use Recover to heal back lost damage and handle a wide variety of Pokemon without being overwhelmed.

About Porygon2's EV Spread

This moveset utilizes a modified physically bulky spread with maximum investment in Defense and a near maximum investment in HP. The remaining EVs are placed into Speed to outspeed other Porygon2.

About Porygon2's Ability

Trace allows Porygon2 to copy the opponent's ability. Try to switch in on Abilities that can prove beneficial to your team.

About Porygon2's Held Item

This moveset places EVs in HP and Defense, combined with the Eviolite to produce a highly-defensive Pokemon.

Other Viable Moves

Foul Play When up against especially strong physical-attacking teams, Foul Play gives Porygon 2 an option to use their offense against them.
Icy Wind Lowers an opponent's Speed by 1 stage. Good for supporting teammates to switch in and follow up.
Psychic For countering Fighting-types who come into break Porygon2's defensive wall.
Thunder Wave An alternative to Discharge that can guarantee paralysis but won't deal any damage.
Substitute Can help protect Porygon2 from being inflicted with status conditions.

Analytic + Iron Tail Moveset & Best Build

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Nature Sassy (+Sp.Def, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 12 / Sp.Def 252
Final Stat Values HP 191 / Atk 100 / Def 112 / Sp.Atk 125 / Sp.Def 161 / Spd 72 (minimum)
Ability Analytic
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset Facade
Ice Beam
Iron Tail
Recover

This unique Porygon2 build was used by Japanese competitive player Roshi, who won 4th place in Ranked Battles Season 13.

About Porygon2's Moves

Roshi utilizes Iron Tail for this Porygon2 as a way to hit special attackers with frail physical defense, such as Nihilego, Mimikyu, and Sylveon.

Iron Tail also has a 30% chance to lower the opposing Pokemon's Defense by 1 stage. This allows Porygon2 to further support its teammmates, softening opponents and allowing physical attackers to take advantage of their lowered defenses.

About Porygon2's EV Spread

This build uses a standard Specially Defensive EV spread so that it can withstand powerful Special Attacks thrown at it.

About Porygon2's Ability

Since this Porygon2 has a Sassy Nature, it always gets an Analytic boost when facing against faster attackers.

About Porygon2'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

Other Viable Moves

Foul Play When up against especially strong physical-attacking teams, Foul Play gives Porygon 2 an option to use their offense against them
Discharge Discharge offers an Electric-type coverage move with a 30% chance to paralyze.
Speed Swap This is a niche move that can be used to give up the damage offered by Analytic but lowering the speed of your opponent. This can be especially useful against sweepers who highly rely on their speed.
Substitute Can help protect Porygon2 from being inflicted with status conditions.
Tri Attack Serves as Porygon2's STAB move of choice which has the added bonus of possibly inflicting status onto the opponent.
Icy Wind Lowers an opponent's Speed by 1 stage. Good for supporting teammates to switch in and follow up
Psychic For countering Fighting-types who come into break Porygon2's defensive wall.
Thunder Wave An alternative to Discharge that can guarantee paralysis but won't deal any damage.

Trick Room Setup + Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

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Nature Quiet (+Sp.Atk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 12 / Sp.Atk 252
Final Stat Values HP 191 / Def 112 / Sp.Atk 172 / Sp.Def 115 / Spd 58 (minimum)
Ability Download
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset Trick Room
Discharge
Ice Beam
Tri Attack

This mix of offense and defense allow it to take hits while also moving faster thanks to Trick Room. It can also be Dynamaxed or brought in near the end to turn the tides of the battle unexpectedly.

About Porygon2's Moves

Thanks to its wide movepool, it's easy to fit into a variety of teams, and can also be difficult for opponents to read.

Tri Attack serves as Porygon2's STAB move of choice which has the added bonus of possibly inflicting status onto the opponent. Otherwise it can rely on handy coverage moves in the form of Ice Beam and Discharge.

About Porygon2's EV Spread

This build uses Eviolite to provide constitution, while placing EVs in HP and Special Attack to make it a formidable Special Attacker after setting up Trick Room.

About Porygon2's Ability

Download is a fantastic offensive ability giving Porygon2 a boost in the stat the opponent is weaker against. Bringing Porygon2 in on an opponent with low Special Defense can give Porygon2 a helpful boost in it's Special Attack.

Other Viable Moves

Shadow Ball Used for hitting Ghost-types. Has a 20% chance of lowering Special Defense, increasing the damage of further attacks.
Psychic Used for hitting Fighting-types. Can change to Max Mindstorm to prevent priority moves, which can ignore Trick Room's effects.
Thunderbolt An alternate choice for Discharge. For when you want to prioritize power over Paralysis chance.
Hyper Beam Porygon2's strongest STAB-move can deal unexpected amounts of damage. You do have to be wary of the turn required to recharge, but this move can catch many enemies off guard.
Recover Allows it to take advantage of its defensive potential. Increasing PP beforehand can come in handy.

How to Use Porygon2 Effectively

A formidable defense

As Porygon2 is a non-fully-evolved Pokemon it can take advantage of Eviolite's effects of increasing its Defense and Special Defense by 1.5. Combined with its use of Recover to restore HP, and its Normal typing lending only one weakness in Fighting type, Porygon2's shield can be difficult to crack. This will force opponents to switch in a heavy hitter to attempt to take it down, and allowing it to hold its own against a variety of foes.

A special attacker with a wide movepool

Porygon2 learns moves of a variety of types, increasing its potential as a Special attacker. It's able to deal damage to opponents across the board while using its defensive characteristics to survive almost anything thrown at it.

Notable offensive stats

Porygon2's access to Download gives it a free stat-boost upon switch in. This can be especially useful when switching in on enemies with lower Special Defense as this will give Porygon2 a free Special Attack increase upon entering the battlefield.

Additionally, Analytic can also offer a 1.3x power bonus as long as it moves last. This isn't much of a drawback considering it's bulk from Eviolite, and as such gives Porygon2 the best of both worlds in terms of offense and defense.

How to Build a Team with Porygon2

A Trick Room Special Attacker for Trick Room Teams

Example Trick Room Team

Lead Trick Room Setter Trick Room Physical Attacker Trick Room Special Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Pokemon SWSH - Mudsdale ImageMudsdale Pokemon SWSH - Porygon2 ImagePorygon2

Mimikyu's main role for this team is to set up Trick Room for its two partners - Mudsdale and Porygon2 while also covering for Porygon2's Fighting-type weakness. Mimikyu can switch in on Fighting-type attacks with it's immunity and deal super effective damage back with it's Fairy-type attacks.

Both Mudsdale and Porygon2 are bulky enough to endure rounds where Trick Room isn't set up yet, but once Trick Room is activated, they'll be free to switch to the offensive.

Check out our article below to learn more about building a Trick Room team:
How to Build a Trick Room Team

Counters for Porygon2

Porygon2
Weakness Pokemon Fighting Image

Hit its weak point with STAB

It's not easy to hit through Porygon2's substantial defenses with standard damage, so using a Fighting-type move is the best way to guarantee a solid hit. Specifically, Single-Strike Style Urshifu and Cinderace are reliable sources of raw power.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its Ability Libero allows it to use Fighting-type moves with STAB
・Can use Taunt to block Trick Room and Recover
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Single-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Single-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★★
・Choice Banded Close Combat is a strong STAB move that exploits Porygon2's Fighting weakness.
・Wicked Blow ignores increases in Defense.
Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★
・Use Fighting-type moves to exploit Porygon2's Fighting-weakness.
・Surging Strikes multiple hits can help shred Porygon2's HP.
Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Pokemon SWSH - Dracovish ImageDracovish Ranking: ★★★★
・Strong Jaw with STAB Fishious Rend deals enough damage to 2HKO Porygon2.
Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish
Pokemon SWSH - Lucario ImageLucario Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Fighting moves with STAB and high base Attack
・Can resist most of Porygon2's moves
Moveset & Best Build for Lucario
Pokemon SWSH - Conkeldurr ImageConkeldurr Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Fighting moves with STAB and high base Attack
・If it has Guts, can fight without worrying about Paralysis
Moveset & Best Build for Conkeldurr

Disable the effects of Eviolite

Porygon2 relies on Eviolite's defensive boosts heavily, and removing it will cripple its defense. Moves like Knock Off and Trick can take it out and leave Porygon2 vulnerable.

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Trick.
・Its Special Bulk can handle most attacks from Porygon2.
・It's high stats and utility make it an easy fit for most teams.
Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Fini
Pokemon SWSH - Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Knock Off to remove Eviolite.
・Can Toxic Porygon2 to threaten its survivability.
Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn
Pokemon SWSH - Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Knock Off to remove Eviolite.
・Can then use Superpower to exploit Normal's weakness to Fighting.
Moveset & Best Build for Rillaboom
Pokemon SWSH - Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Trick
・Can use Nasty Plot to set up
Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - SirfetchSirfetch'd Ranking: ★★★
・Learns Knock Off by level up
・A Fighting-type Pokemon with high attacking power
Moveset & Best Build for Sirfetch'd
Pokemon SWSH - Obstagoon ImageObstagoon Ranking: ★★★
・Can use Knock Off with STAB

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