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This page contains all our guides discussing competitive team building in Pokemon Sword & Shield. Read on and learn the different battle formats competitive players participate in and the common teams used.

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Why is Teambuilding Important?

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The competitive battling scene in Pokemon is quite different from the battles you face in the game's story. Unlike Gym Leaders and Rivals, you're up against other players that are aware of the game's battle mechanics and will use that against you.

What Makes a Team Good?

A good competitive team consists of Pokemon that boast great synergy with each other. Each Pokemon in your team performs different roles and functions - they may cover each other's weaknesses or assist others offensively or defensively.

Battle Formats

Singles

This is the default battle format where players compete with a team consisting of three or six Pokemon, sending one at a time on the field.

Read our guide below for a more in-depth look at the basics of competitive team building:

Basics of Competitive Singles Team Building

Doubles

First introduced in the Third Generation of Pokemon games, Doubles is a gameplay format where players send out two Pokemon on the field at the same time.

Double battles often include different battle mechanics not found in Singles. Read our guide below to learn more about this fast-paced battle format:

Introduction to Competitive Doubles Team Building

Types of Teams

Offensive Teams

Also known as Hyper Offense within the competitive community, these teams are usually completely made up of attacking Pokemon that establish an offensive momentum early to break down walls and sweep the opposing team. Read our guide below to learn more about building an Offensive Team.

How to Build an Offensive Team

Defensive Teams

These teams employ bulkier attackers to suppliment their walls, often using indirect damage and status moves to slowly whittle down the opposing team. Read our guide below to learn more about building a Defensive Team.

How to Build a Defensive Team

Weather Teams

These teams are composed of Pokemon that take advantage of the four Weather mechanics in the game - Hail, Sandstorm, Sun, and Rain. Read our guide below to learn more about building a Weather Team.

How to Build a Weather Team

Trick Room Teams

These teams are made up of slower Pokemon that use the move Trick Room in order to outspeed their normally faster opponents. Read our guide below to learn more about building a Trick Room Team.

How to Build a Trick Room Team

Monotype Teams

These teams are made up of Pokemon that share the same type similar to the game's Gym Leaders. Read our guide below to learn more about building a Monotype Team.

How to Build a Monotype Team

Doubles Teams

The inclusion of different mechanics along with the fast-paced nature of the battle format mean Doubles Teams are more specialized than their Singles counterparts. Read our guide below to learn more about building a Doubles Team.

How to Build a Doubles Team

Related Links

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Types of Teams
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Weather Teams Trick Room Teams
Monotype Teams Doubles Teams

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