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

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

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Basic Information for Virizion

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Grass Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fighting Type
Abilities
Justified Raises Attack when hit by a Dark-type move.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Flying Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Ground 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 90 72 90 129 108

Best Nature for Virizion

Best Natures
Jolly
(+Spd, -SpAtk)
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Virizion

Physical Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Physical Attacker Virizion.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk 142 / Def 92 / SpDef 149 / Spd 176
Ability Justified
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Leaf Blade
Close Combat
Stone Edge
Bounce

This build boosts Virizion's attack power by having it hold a Life Orb to make it a strong physical attacker. Virizion has high base special defense making it great against special attackers.

With its large pool of attacks to choose from, Virizion can hold its own against a variety of opponents.

Other Viable Moves

Sacred Sword Can be chosen over Close Combat. Deals damage to a target that ignores any defense or evasion stat changes.
Grassy Glide Alternate move in place of Leaf Blade. Has +1 priority in Grassy Terrain.
Zen Headbutt Good for dealing with Fighting types. Has a 20% chance of making its target flinch.
Smart Strike Ignores accuracy to always hit. When Dynamaxed, Max Steelspike can boost Virizion's defense.
Megahorn Counter for Grass and Psychic-type Pokemon.
Substitute Gives you a turn to set up a Swords Dance if you are running it.
Dance A good move to use in order to boost Virizion's attacking stat. Use in turns where you can endure a hit or if you know you're opponent will switch out.

Wall Moveset & Best Build

Wall Virizion.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk 142 / Def 92 / SpDef 149 / Spd 176
Ability Justified
Held Item Light Clay
Moveset Leaf Blade
Close Combat
Light Screen
Reflect

This build takes advantage of Virizion's high speed to make it into a walling Pokemon. Due to being able to learn both Light Screen and Reflect, Virizion can protect itself from the stat decreases that come with using Close Combat while buffing the rest of the party.

Other Viable Moves

Taunt Using its high speed Virizion can prevent opponents from buffing themselves.
Stone Edge Counter for Flying-types. Useful if you can predict when a Flying-type Pokemon will be swapped in to counter Virizion.

How to Use Virizion Effectively

Strong Against Special Attackers

With a whopping 129 special defense, Virizion is great for taking on special attack users, especially the likes of Wash Rotom or Hydreigon whose attacks deal half damage to it and its STAB attacks can strike their weaknesses.

Watch Out for Birds

As Virizion is dual Grass and Fighting-type, it takes 4 times damage from Flying-type moves. Even if Virizion takes a hit from a non-STAB Flying-type move, there is a chance it can go down, so be careful and act accordingly.

Counters for Virizion

Virizion
Weakness Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Fairy Image

Go After it With Flying-type Moves

Virizion's 4 times weakness to Flying-type attack is the best way to go. It has a pretty low physical defense as well, so physical fighters are recommended when taking on Virizion.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking:★★★★★
・Can one shot Virizion with Maz Airstream (if the original move is Bounce)
・Outspeeds Virizion to attack first
Cinderace - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Libero Hidden Ability Moveset
Pokemon SWSH - Dragonite ImageDragonite Ranking:★★★★★
・Can on shot Virizion using Dual Wingbeat
・Damage received can be halved with Multiscale
Dragonite - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Landorus (Therian Forme) ImageLandorus (Therian Forme) Ranking:★★★★★
・Can lower Virizion's attack with Intimidate

Landorus (Therian Forme) - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking:★★★★★
・Can one shot Virizion with Maz Airstream (if the original move is Bounce)
・Resists Fighting-type moves
Pokemon SWSH - Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking:★★★★★
・Can one shot Virizion with Maz Airstream (if the original move is Fly)
・Works great in any party
▶︎Dragapult - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking:★★★★★
・Can one shot Virizion with Brave Bird or Drill Peck
・Has high defense
Corviknight - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Togekiss ImageTogekiss Ranking:★★★★★
・Can one shot Virizion with Air Slash
・Even without a defense boost can survive a Life Orbed Stone Edge
Togekiss - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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