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

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Basic Information for Terrakion

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Rock Type Fighting Type
Justified Raises Attack when hit by a Dark-type move.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
91 129 90 72 90 108

Best Nature for Terrakion

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Terrakion

Weakness Policy Moveset & Best Build

Weakness Policy Terrakion.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk 181 / Def 110 / SpDef 110 / Spd 176
Ability Justified
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Stone Edge
Close Combat
Iron Head
Air Slash

This build focuses on Terrakion's whopping 7 weaknesses and ability to take super effective hits while Dynamaxed due to its high defense and special defense which boost its attack power with a Weakness Policy.

While Max Airstream is a special move, its ability to boost Terrakion's speed stat makes it viable to take on a wide variety of Pokemon.

Other Viable Moves

Sacred Sword Can be chosen over Close Combat. Deals damage to a target that ignores any defense or evasion stat changes.
Zen Headbutt Good for dealing with Fighting types. Has a 20% chance of making its target flinch.
Earthquake Best for countering Electric or Fire-types. Used as Max Quake while Dynamaxed raises Terrakion's special defense by 1 stage.

Focus Sash Moveset & Best Build

Focus Sash Terrakion.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk 181 / Def 110 / SpDef 110 / Spd 176
Ability Justified
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Rock Tomb
Close Combat
Stealth Rock

This build allows Terrakion to setup Stealth Rock or Taunt on an opponent with protection provided by a Focus Sash. Terrakion has high speed allowing it to outmaneuver many Pokemon as well as a high attack power that makes it a great attacker.

Other Viable Moves

Sacred Sword Can be chosen over Close Combat. Deals damage to a target that ignores any defense or evasion stat changes.
Stone Edge Alternate choice for Rock Tomb. Best when you want to deal more raw damage.
Zen Headbutt Good for dealing with Fighting types. Has a 20% chance of making its target flinch.
Iron Head Counter for Fairy-type Pokemon. Max Steelspike will also raise its defense by 1 stage.
Earthquake Best for countering Electric or Fire-types. Used as Max Quake while Dynamaxed raises Terrakion's special defense by 1 stage.

How to Use Terrakion Effectively

Weakness Policy Ace

With 7 weaknesses Terrakion is great for building up its attack power while Dynamaxed with a Weakness Policy. Having stats that nearly rival a pseudo-legendary and the ability to buff its speed with Max Airstream, Terrakion can handle itself against most Pokemon.

A Great Support as Well

Since Terrakion can learn moves like Stealth Rock or Taunt, it has the ability to prevent enemies actions and can support its team. Compared to other supports, however, Terrakion boasts high stats that allow it to function as an attacker as well.

Counters for Terrakion

Resist its Attacks

Terrakion is a powerful attacker so its best to go with Pokemon that resist its attacks, especially any STAB attacks, so Pokemon that resist Rock and Fighting types are recommended.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking:★★★★★
・Takes half damage from Rock-type moves and is immune to Fighting
・Can hit its weakness with Steel-type moves
Aegislash - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking:★★★★★
・Life Orb mixed with High Jump Kick can one shot Terrakion
・Can outspeed Terrakion
Cinderace - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Libero Hidden Ability Moveset
Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Ranking:★★★★
・Can oneshot Terrakion with an Expert Belt and Grassy Glide
・Be careful of Max Airstream
Rillaboom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Grassy Surge Hidden Ability Moveset
Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style Ranking:★★★★
・Can exploit Terrakion's weaknesses
・Beware of Max Airstream
Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Azumarill ImageAzumarill Ranking:★★★★
・Can attack first with Aqua Jet and deal heavy damage to a non-buffed Terrakion
・Takes half-damage from Fighting-type moves
Azumarill - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Reduce its Attack With Will-o-Wisp or Reflect

Due to Terrakion's high attack power, the majority of its attacks are physical, so hitting it with Will-o-Wisp or buffing your party with Reflect will lower the amount of damage it can deal.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking:★★★★★
・Can use Will-o-Wisp or Reflect before Terrakion can act
・Can waste Terrakion's Dynamax turns with Phantom Force
Dragapult - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking:★★★★★
・Due to its high survivability, can use Will-o-Wisp with ease
・Can hit Terrakion's Water-type weakness
Wash Rotom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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