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

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Basic Information for Alolan Marowak

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fire Type Ghost Type
Cursed Body May disable a move used on the Pokemon.
Lightning Rod Draws in all Electric-type moves to up Special Attack.
Rock Head (Hidden) Protects the Pokemon from recoil damage.

Type Defenses

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

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
60 80 110 50 80 45

Best Nature for Alolan Marowak

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

What are Natures?

Movesets & Best Builds for Alolan Marowak

Trick Room Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Brave (+Atk, -Spd)
EV Spread 252 HP / 252 Atk. / 4 Sp.Def.
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk. 145 / Def. 130 / Sp.Atk. 70 / Sp.Def. 101 / Spd. 45
Ability Lightning Rod
Held Item Thick Club
Moveset Poltergeist
Flare Blitz
Low Kick
Stone Edge

Alolan Marowak is best used together with Trick Room. Since it's primarily used after Trick Room has already been set up, the Brave Nature is best used to minimize its Speed, thus maximizing it under Trick Room. Flare Blitz and Poltergeist can put on the pressure with high damage, while Stone Edge can frequently hit for 4x damage.

When Dynamaxed, Low Kick will change to Max Knuckle, allowing it to boost its attack while simultaneously dealing damage. It can also be used as a subweapon to handle heavy opponents like Snorlax even when not Dynamaxed. Other hard-hitting moves like Bonemerang can also be employed in its place.

If you need a better solution for Cinderace's Sucker Punch, Substitute is a great support move option.

Other Viable Moves

Bonemerang A Ground-type move which can break Focus Sash.
Substitute A useful counter for Cinderace's Sucker Punch, but has the negative effect of wasting a turn of Trick Room.
Will-o-Wisp For when you expect a switch-out. Can also be used as Max Guard when Dynamaxed.

Swords Dance Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 Sp.Def.
Final Stat Values HP 135 / Atk 145 / Def 130 / Sp.Atk. 63 / Sp.Def 101 / Spd 97
Ability Rock Head
Held Item Thick Club
Moveset Poltergeist
Flare Blitz
Swords Dance
Stone Edge

Alolan Marowak can also function as a fearsome Swords Dance sweeper. This move boosts its already sky-high attack thanks to Thick Club, allowing it to break through even the sturdiest physical walls with ease.

Rock Head is the preferred ability for this build as it prevents Alolan Marowak from sustaining recoil damage from its main STAB move, Flare Blitz. Poltergeist is its other STAB move while Stone Edge provides great neutral coverage.

This build can be used as your team's main Dynamax Pokemon. Keep in mind though that you'll want to set up Swords Dance at least once before Dynamaxing as support moves become Max Guard when a Pokemon is Dynamaxed.

This Alolan Marowak build can be used in both the Singles and Doubles format. In Singles, it's best used to force switches against Pokemon that can't do anything to it, like Ferrothorn and Corviknight.

In Doubles, Alolan Marowak is best paired with a Pokemon that can provide redirection support, such as Togekiss and Amoonguss, allowing it to safely set up with Swords Dance.

To learn more about using Alolan Marowak in the Doubles format, take a look at our How to Build a Doubles Team article below:
How to Build a Doubles Team

Other Viable Moves

Shadow Bone An alternative Ghost-type move that can lower the opponent's defense by 1 stage.
Thunder Punch Allows Alolan Marowak to better counter bulky Water-type Pokemon.
Rock Slide An alternative Rock-type move that hits both opposing Pokemon in Doubles.

How to Use Alolan Marowak Effectively

Proficient as a Trick Room ace

Alolan Marowak can act as a Physical attacker under Trick Room. With its exclusive item Thick Club, its attack power is doubled, allowing it to take down most Pokemon in a single blow, aside from Pokemon specializing in Physical defense like Eviolite Porygon2 and HP+Def. Snorlax.

Can handle itself in switch-heavy matches too

Alolan Marowak's Ability Lightning Rod grants it a third immunity, Electric, in addition to its Normal and Fighting immunities. It also takes Fire, Steel, and Fairy-type attacks with reduced damage.

This allows Alolan Marowak to switch in without fear against Pokemon like Magnezone, or a Porygon2 which doesn't have Foul Play or Shadow Ball.

Counters for Alolan Marowak

Wear out the Trick Room

On the pre-battle screen, if you see Alolan Marowak together with Porygon2, Mimikyu, Whimsicott, or Hatterene, the first thing you think should be Trick Room. These Pokemon will attempt to set up Trick Room with Focus Sash, then switch in Alolan Marowak to bring the pain. It can be difficult to prevent the use of Trick Room, so it's important to wear out the turns of Trick Room to limit its effectiveness.

There aren't many Pokemon who can take Alolan Marowak's attacks with little damage, but if you're just trying to survive three turns, Porygon2 or Snorlax can Dynamax and last its attacks with no problem.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Porygon2 ImagePorygon2 Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Ghost-type attacks
・If Alolan Marowak does not Dynamax, it usually can't take down Porygon2
Moveset & Best Build for Porygon2
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Ranking: ★★★★☆
If Alolan Marowak is Dynamaxed, it can use Yawn to force a switch
Moveset & Best Build for Snorlax

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