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This is our tier list for the strongest Pokemon for Doubles Ranked Battle in the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. If you're planning on getting into Ranked Battle, but don't know what Pokemon to start with, this list will get you started in the right direction. Read on for details about which Pokemon the strongest trainers are using in online play.

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Tier List Updates as of 2021/6/14

Tier Rillaboom
Tier 1 Incineroar ↓
Tier 2 Metagross
Tier 3 Togekiss [red]↑[/red
Glastrier ↓
Tier 4 Tornadus (Incarnate Forme)
Zapdos ↓
Delisted Stakataka ↓

Doubles Tier List For Ranked Battle

This tier list is based on the Pokemon HOME Pokemon Rankings for Series 9, beginning on May 1st.

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Tier 1
Regieleki.png
Regieleki
Urshifu Single Strike Style.png
Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Rillaboom Icon.pngRillaboom
Tier 2
Incineroar Icon.pngIncineroar Landorus Therian.pngLandorus (Therian Forme) Tapu Fini.pngTapu Fini
Grimmsnarl Icon.pngGrimmsnarl Torkoal.pngTorkoal Whimsicott Icon.pngWhimsicott
Porygon2 Icon.pngPorygon2 Venusaur.pngVenusaur Metagross.pngMetagross
Tier 3
Glastrier.pngGlastrier Indeedee (female).pngIndeedee (Female)
Galarian Moltres.png
Galarian Moltres
Dragapult Icon.pngDragapult
Urshifu Rapid Strike Style.png
Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Celesteela.pngCelesteela
Thundurus Incarnate Forme.pngThundurus (Incarnate Forme) Spectrier.pngSpectrier Togekiss Icon.pngTogekiss
Tier 4
Garchomp.pngGarchomp Zapdos.pngZapdos Charizard.pngCharizard
Cinderace Icon.pngCinderace Dusclops.pngDusclops Heat Rotom Icon.pngHeat Rotom
Kartana.pngKartana Tornadus Incarnate Forme.pngTornadus (Incarnate Forme) clefairy.pngClefairy

Best Pokemon - Tier 1

Regieleki

Moveset & Best Build for Regieleki
Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Def 70 / Sp.Atk 167 / Sp.Def 71 / Spd 252
Ability Transistor
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Rising Voltage
Thunder Cage
Volt Switch
Ancient Power

Regieleki's Strong Points

Regieleki is a formidable mono-type sweeper in Doubles. When partnered with a Pokemon that can instantly set up Electric Terrain, it can fire Transistor boosted Rising Voltage at the opposing team - knocking out anyone that doesn't resist or is immune to Electric-type moves.

Urshifu Single-Strike Style

Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk 182 / Def 120 / Sp.Def 80 / Spd 163
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Wicked Blow
Close Combat
Iron Head
Aerial Ace

Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Strong Points

Single-Strike Urshifu, much like its counterpart, is a formidable sweeper in both Singles and Doubles. It's Unseen Fist ability allows it to hit Pokemon even if they use Protect or Detect.

Rillaboom

Moveset & Best Build for Rillaboom
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 176 / Atk 177 / Def 110 / Sp.Def 90 / Spd 150
Ability Grassy Surge
Held Item Choice Scarf / Choice Band
Moveset U-turn
Drum Beating
Knock Off
Grassy Glide

Rillaboom's Strong Points

Rillaboom's excellent attack and great mixed defenses make it one of the best Choice Band users in the Doubles Metagame.

Unlike most doubles sweepers, it can function well on its own without support, though it still appreciates it!

With its new Hidden Ability, Grassy Surge, and a new Tutor Move Grassy Glide from The Isle of Armor, Rillaboom is able to set up Grassy Terrain and attack with priority from the first turn. This allows it to bypass its somewhat mediocre speed stat and threaten faster and frailer Pokemon that would usually outspeed it.

Best Pokemon - Tier 2

Incineroar

Moveset & Best Build for Incineroar
Nature Impish (+Def, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 148 / Sp.Def 108
Final Stat Values HP 202 / Atk 135 / Def 141 / Sp.Def 108 / Spd 80
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Safety Goggles
Moveset Fake Out
Flare Blitz
Darkest Lariat
Parting Shot

Incineroar's Strong Points

Incineroar is a great offensive pivot and lead in the Doubles Metagame thanks to its great mixed bulk and ability Intimidate.

As the quintessential pivot, it can scout teams with Fake Out and cripple sweepers with Parting Shot.

Incineroar is one of the few support Pokemon that can threaten walls thanks to its naturally high attack stat using its powerful STAB moves, Flare Blitz and Darkest Lariat.

Landorus (Therian Forme)

Moveset & Best Build for Landorus (Therian Forme)
Nature Impish (+Def, -Sp Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 252 / Spd 12
Final Stat Value HP 195 / Atk 165 / Def 156 / Sp Def 100 / Spd 113
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Figy Berry
Sitrus Berry
Rocky Helmet
Moveset Earthquake
Rock Tomb
U-turn
Stealth Rock

Landorus' Strong Points

Landorus' flagship defensive set is a common sight in Doubles as it's arguably the best all-round counter to physical sweepers. It's Intimidate Ability is useful for patching up the defenses of its teammates and also deters set up sweepers.

Tapu Fini

Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Fini
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 32 / Sp.Atk 132 / Sp.Def 92
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def 152 / Sp.Atk 132 / Sp.Def 92 / Spd 105
Ability Misty Surge
Held Item Wiki Berry
Moveset Heal Pulse
Nature's Madness
Draining Kiss
Protect

Tapu Fini's Strong Points

Tapu Fini is one of the best support Pokemon in Doubles, and also fills the role of a healer. Despite this, it can still threaten frailer sweepers and walls alike thanks to its great special attack.

It's a popular support Pokemon in offensive-oriented teams as its Misty Surge ability instantly sets Misty Terrain, which prevents Status effects.

Grimmsnarl

Moveset & Best Build for Grimmsnarl
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EVs HP 232 / Def 252 / SpDef 12 / Spd 12
Final Stat Values HP 199 / Def 128 / Sp.Def 97 / Spd 82
Ability Prankster
Held Item Light Clay
Moveset Reflect
Light Screen
Taunt
Foul Play

Grimmsnarl's Strong Points

Grimmsnarl is a popular support Pokemon for Hyper Offense Double Teams thank to its Prankster-boosted Reflect and Light Screen. With these two moves, it can boost the defenses of its teammates, allowing them to set up and sweep easier.

Torkoal

Moveset & Best Build for Torkoal
Nature Quiet(+Sp.Atk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def 161 / Sp.Atk 150 / Sp.Def 90 / Spd 22
Ability Drought
Held Item Charcoal
Moveset Eruption
Solar Beam
Earth Power
Protect

Torkoal's Strong Points

Though it's often used as a Sun setter with its ability, Drought, Torkoal in doubles functions as a powerful special attack sweeper under Trick Room. Teams find it hard to switch in to Torkoal once it's already established momentum and is using Eruption!

Whimsicott

Moveset & Best Build for Whimsicott
Nature Timid(+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 136 / Def. 105 / Sp.Atk. 129 / Sp.Def. 95 / Spd. 184
Ability Prankster
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Beat Up
Tailwind
Protect
Dazzling Gleam

Whimsicott's Strong Points

Though often used in its typical role of a Prankster supporter, Whimsicott also functions as a Beat Up supporter. Using this move on a partner Pokemon like Terrakion or Lucario, it can boost their attack up to four or six stages!

Porygon2

Moveset & Best Build for Porygon2
Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
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
Thunder Wave
Foul Play
Discharge

Porygon2's Strong Points

Porygon2 is a non-fully-evolved Pokemon, allowing it to use Eviolite to weather any medium-level damage. It's bulky enough to survive and Recover, and is only weak to Fighting, making it difficult for opponents to break through its wall.

It's also capable as a Trick Room attacker, as it can set up Trick Room on its own and use moves in a variety of types, allowing it to hit opponents across the board while dishing out damage of its own.

Venusaur

Moveset & Best Build for Venusaur
Nature Timid(+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Def 103 / Sp.Atk 152 / Sp.Def 121 / Spd 145
Ability Chlorophyll
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Leaf Storm
Sludge Bomb
Sleep Powder
Protect

Venusaur's Strong Points

Venusaur is a surprisingly fast special sweeper under Sun thanks to its ability Chlorophyll, and makes great use of this speed boost with its high-powered special attacks.

What sets it apart from other sweepers is that it can potentially put an opposing Pokemon to sleep with Sleep Powder before they get a chance to move!

Metagross

Moveset & Best Build for Metagross
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 40 / Atk 252 / Spd 216
Final Stat Values HP 160 / Atk 205 / Def 150 / Sp.Def 110 / Spd 117
Ability Clear Body
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Meteor Mash
Zen Headbutt
Earthquake
Bullet Punch

Metagross' Strong Points

Metagross is the Doubles Metagame's best fairy check and counter, and often runs a Choice Band set to guarantee KOs on even the bulkiest of Fairy-types. It also has a niche as an anti-Terrain check as its new move Steel Roller gets rid of Terrain while also damaging the opposing Pokemon.

Best Pokemon - Tier 3

Glastrier

Moveset & Best Build for Glastrier
Nature Adamanat (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 207 / Atk 216 / Def 151 / Sp.Def 130 / Spd 50
Ability Chilling Neigh
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Lum Berry
Moveset Swords Dance
Avalanche
High Horsepower
Body Press

Glastrier's Strong Points

Glastrier's low speed makes it a great user of Avalanche, surprising its usual checks and counters by surviving a blow and retaliating with a powerful Ice-type Move.

Indeedee (Female)

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Indeedee - Best Build for Ranked Battle

Moveset & Best Build for Indeedee (Female)
Nature Calm(+Sp.Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 212 / Sp.Def 44
Final Stat Values HP 117 / Def 112 / Sp.Atk 115 / Sp.Def 144 / Spd 90
Ability Psychic Surge
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Follow Me
Helping Hand
Expanding Force
Protect

Indeedee (Female)'s Strong Points

Indeedee (Female) sets itself apart from other redirection support by instantly setting up Psychic Terrain with its ability Psychic Surge, which prevents the use of priority moves. This makes it a great counter to the likes of Rillaboom and Talonflame who have priority-boosted attacks thanks to their respective abilities.

Galarian Moltres

Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Moltres
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Def 111 / Sp.Atk 152 / Sp.Def 145 / Spd 156
Ability Berserk
Held Item Weakness Policy
Sitrus Berry
Moveset Nasty Plot
Fiery Wrath
Hurricane
Taunt

Galarian Moltres' Strong Points

Galarian Moltres is a powerful setup sweeper in Doubles, with its dual STAB capable of hitting the entire Doubles Metagame for neutral damage. It also has a high Special Defense stat, meaning it has plenty of opportunities to switch into - especially if facing an opposing special sweeper.

Dragapult

Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult
Nature Naive (+Spd, -Sp.Def)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 164 / Atk 172 / Def 95 / Sp.Atk 120 / Sp.Def 86 / Spd 213
Ability Clear Body
Infiltrator
Held Item Focus Sash / Choice Scarf / Choice Band / Weakness Policy
Moveset Dragon Darts
Phantom Force
Fire Blast
Steel Wing / U-turn

Dragapult's Strong Points

Although it faces stiff competition from more powerful special sweepers, Dragapult is a great choice for offensive support in the Doubles Metagame.

It's often partnered with Dynamax Pokemon holding Weakness Policy, such as Groudon, with Dragapult's speed almost always ensuring that it can hit first to activate its partner's item.

Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style

Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Nature Jolly
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk 182 / Def 121 / Sp.Def 80 / Spd 163
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Choice Band
Choice Scarf
Focus Sash
Moveset Surging Strikes
Close Combat
Thunder Punch
Aqua Jet

Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style's Strong Points

Urshifu's Rapid-Strike Style is a powerful offensive lead, especially when partnered with a Pokemon that can use Helping Hand to boost its Surging Strikes. It's a great choice for offensive teams that need to power through more defensive-oriented Doubles Teams, as its Unseen Fist can bypass Protect and Substitute.

Celesteela

Moveset & Best Build for Celesteela
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Def 4 / Sp.Atk 4 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 203 / Def 123 / Sp.Atk 127 / Sp.Def 121 / Spd 124
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Air Slash
Protect
Substitute
Leech Seed

Celesteela's Strong Points

Celesteela is a formidable lead Pokemon in the Doubles Metagame. Access to Max Airstream and its ability to check defensive teams with Leech Seed make it a great Pokemon for hyper offensive teams that need a relatively bulky lead.

Thundurus (Incarnate Forme)

Moveset & Best Build for Thundurus (Incarnate Forme)
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 154 / Def 91 / Sp.Atk 177 / Sp.Def 100 / Spd 179
Ability Prankster
Held Item Life Orb
Focus Sash
Moveset Nasty Plot
Rising Voltage
Focus Blast
Weather Ball

Thundurus' Strong Points

Thundurus' Incarnate Forme is a great choice for lead sweeper in Doubles - especially in Rain Teams. Access to multi-target moves and Prankster Nasty Plot make it a powerful special attacker that can potentially sweep entire teams with its teammates.

Although potentially powerful, it needs both Rain and Electric Terrain support to function properly!

Spectrier

Moveset & Best Build for Spectrier
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Def 80 / Sp.Atk 197 / Sp.Def 101 / Spd 200
Ability Grim Neigh
Held Item Focus Sash
Life Orb
Moveset Shadow Ball
Dark Pulse
Hyper Beam
Will-O-Wisp

Spectrier's Strong Points

Spectrier's base 130 Speed stat make it an excellent lead in the current metagame and is a good choice for lead Dynamax Pokemon thanks to its ability, which boosts its special attack every time it knocks out an enemy.

It's even more effective in the Doubles Metagame as a partner Pokemon with the moves Follow Me or Rage Powder can help alleviate its relative fraility.

Togekiss

Moveset & Best Build for Togekiss
Nature Calm (+Sp.Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 144 / Sp.Def 48 / Spd 64
Final Stat Values HP 192 / Def. 133 / Sp.Atk. 142 / Sp.Def. 155 / Spd. 108
Ability Super Luck
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Dazzling Gleam
Follow Me
Life Dew
Helping Hand

Togekiss' Strong Points

Celesteela is a formidable lead Pokemon in the Doubles Metagame. Access to Max Airstream and its ability to check defensive teams with Leech Seed make it a great Pokemon for hyper offensive teams that need a relatively bulky lead.

Best Pokemon - Tier 4

Garchomp

Moveset & Best Build for Garchomp
Nature Jolly(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 183 / Atk 182 / Def 116 / Sp.Def 105 / Spd 169
Ability Rough Skin
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Outrage
Earthquake
Stone Edge
Fire Fang

Garchomp's Strong Points

Although it's no longer the fastest Dragon-type in the metagame, Garchomp is still a powerful threat that teams need to have an answer for. It's one of the few attackers that can overpower Toxapex with its Swords Dance set, and there are even variants that make use of Scale Shot to surprise its checks and counters!

Zapdos

Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Def 105 / Sp.Atk 177 / Sp.Def 111 / Spd 167
Ability Static
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Rising Voltage
Hurricane
Heat Wave
Roost

Zapdos' Strong Points

Zapdos' flagship defensive set makes a return in Sword & Shield. A combination of good dual typing, excellent support moves, and great abilities make it an excellent check to Fighting-type Pokemon and physical sweepers in general. It's also the best answer to its Galarian counterpart, who can't do much against it with its STAB moves.

Charizard

Moveset & Best Build for Charizard
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 153 / Def 98 / Sp.Atk 161 / Sp.Def 106 / Spd 167
Ability Solar Power
Held Item Weakness Policy / Life Orb / Expert Belt
Moveset Fire Blast
Air Slash
Solar Beam
Dragon Pulse

Charizard's Strong Points

Thanks to Dynamaxing, Charizard is able to take hits even from attacks it is weak to, and by using Max Flare it's able to put its Hidden Ability, Solar Power, to good use. Solar Power provides a Special Attack boost in harsh sunlight, which Max Flare provides, allowing Charizard to dish out massive damage without needing a turn to set up a boosting move. And with Max Airstream on deck too, Charizard can boost its Speed to ensure it attacks first, making it a menace of a Special Attacker.

Cinderace

Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 156 / Atk 168 / Def 95 / Sp.Def 95 / Spd 188
Ability Libero
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Pyro Ball
High Jump Kick
Sucker Punch
Bounce

Cinderace's Strong Points

With its new Hidden Ability Libero, Cinderace is now able to use every attack with STAB, giving 1.5x boost to all its attacks.

While this makes it a fearsome physical attacker in Singles, it's lack of multi-target moves mean it's often used as a backup sweeper rather than a lead attacker in the current Doubles Metagame.

Cinderace is best partnered with support Pokemon such as Indeedee, who can boost its attack with Helping Hand.

Dusclops

Moveset & Best Build for Dusclops
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 154 / Atk 167 / Def 91 / Sp.Def 100 / Spd 179
Ability Defiant
Held Item Misty Seed
Electric Seed
Grassy Seed
Psychic Seed
Moveset Acrobatics
Lash Out
Brick Break
Tailwind

Dusclops' Strong Points

A physical attacking Torndaus is an effective lead in Doubles where it can surprise its usual counters and take advantage of the common Intimidate users that are very common in the battle format.

Heat Rotom

Moveset & Best Build for Heat Rotom
Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 125 / Def. 127 / Sp.Atk. 172 / Sp.Def. 128 / Spd. 138
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Volt Switch
Thunderbolt
Overheat
Shadow Ball

Heat Rotom's Strong Points

Heat Rotom is an excellent Choice Specs user and makes an excellent pivot thanks to access to Volt Switch. It's dual STAB also allows it to hit common Pokemon in the Metagame, such as Tapu Fini and Rillaboom.

Kartana

Moveset & Best Build for Kartana
EV Spread Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 134 / Atk 233 / Def 151 / Sp.Def 52 / Spd 177
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Leaf Blade
Smart Strike
Sacred Sword
Aerial Ace

Kartana's Strong Points

Access to Max Airstream when it uses Dynamax makes Kartana a powerful lead sweeper, with its Ability making it stronger the more Pokemon it KOs. It's a great check and counter to bulky Water and Ground-types such as Tapu Fini and Hippowdon, and can function as a a backup sweeper or late-game cleaner as well.

Tornadus (Incarnate Forme)

Moveset & Best Build for Tornadus (Incarnate Forme)
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 154 / Atk 167 / Def 91 / Sp.Def 100 / Spd 179
Ability Defiant
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Acrobatics
Lash Out
Brick Break
Tailwind

Tornadus {Incarnate Forme}'s Strong Points

A physical attacking Torndaus is an effective lead in Doubles where it can surprise its usual counters and take advantage of the common Intimidate users that are very common in the battle format.

Clefairy

Moveset & Best Build for Clefairy
Nature Bold(+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 192 / 64 Sp.Def.
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def. 101 / Sp.Atk. 80 / Sp.Def. 93 / Spd. 55
Ability Friend Guard
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset Follow Me
Helping Hand
Life Dew
Icy Wind

Clefairy's Strong Points

Although often outclassed by its evolution, Clefable, Clefairy has a niche in the Doubles Metagame as a bulky redirection supporter thanks to its Eviolite held item and Friend Guard Ability.

How to Make the Best Team

There is no unbeatable team

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Unlike in previous Pokemon metagames, there is no party or Pokemon that can defeat anything used against it. However, there are teams which can win consistently, as long as the right Pokemon are chosen for the battle.

Party composition is key

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Battles are not won by individual Pokemon. The team as a whole must be constructed to balance type strengths and weaknesses, and have built-in strategies to defeat opponents. In the current metagame, crafting a party that works together is more essential than ever.

Start off with a Rental Party

It's no easy feat to make a killer team from scratch. It can be a good idea to start off with rental teams, which any player can download and use in Ranked Battle. This can help to understand how a team is built, how to select which Pokemon to use in a battle, and how to use the party's built-in strategies in battle to rack up wins.

Our Best Teams guide has all teams available for rental, so you can try out your favorites to get a feel for some of the most popular Pokemon and strategies in the metagame!
Best Teams for Ranked Battle

Trends of the Current Doubles Metagame

Redirection Support is Invaluable

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The fast-paced and offensive nature of doubles means redirection support is now a requirement for almost every team. It's not uncommon to see the likes of Togekiss, Indeedee(Female), and Amoonguss as well as Pokemon that use the move Ally Switch as an unorthodox form of redirection support.

Dynamax can Turn the Tide of Battle

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The boost which Dynamaxing provides to HP, as well as the effects of each Max Move are taken heavily into consideration when planning teams for Ranked Battle. Pokemon like Gyarados and Cinderace are the usual choice due to their access to flying moves that turn into Max Airstream when Dynamaxed.

Weakness Policy and Hyper Offense

Weakness Policy is easier to set up and activate in Doubles and there are dedicated leads for this purpose used in Hyper Offensive teams. The fact that you can now Dynamax to further boost the Weakness Policy lead's bulkiness to survive a hit means the boost is often guaranteed.

Weakness Policy Effects and How to Obtain It

Teams Need a Landorus Check

Although Landorus is easier to beat in Doubles, teams still need to have at least one dedicated Landorus check as the fast-paced nature of the battle format means the Abundance Pokemon will have an easier time pivoting in and out of the battle to its teammates.

A balanced team needs to have at least one Pokemon that counters Landorus completely, such as Galarian Articuno who benefits from Intimidate thanks to Competitive and can easily knock it out with its STAB moves.

Prepare for Dynamax Legendary Leads

With Series 8 now allowing Legendary Pokemon, many players will often use these as Dynamax Leads to quickly establish an offensive presence at the very start of the battle.

Dynamax Leads such as Xerneas and Calyrex (Shadow Rider) have the ability to steamroll through entire teams, so it's important to have a check

Summary

With new Pokemon from the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra DLC having just been released, the Doubles metagame is continuing to shift and evolve!

Looking to get into the fast paced battles of the Doubles format? Check out our article below to learn the fundaments of Competitive Doubles.

Basics of Competitive Doubles Team Building

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Pokemon SWSH - Nidoking Best Builds, wdith:45Nidoking Pokemon SWSH - Swampert Best Builds, wdith:45Swampert Pokemon SWSH - Dragonite Best Builds, wdith:45Dragonite
Pokemon SWSH - Salamence Best Builds, wdith:45Salamence Pokemon SWSH - Garchomp Best Builds, wdith:45Garchomp Pokemon SWSH - Metagross Best Builds, wdith:45Metagross
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Slowking Best Builds, wdith:45
Galarian Slowking
Pokemon SWSH - Nihilego Best Builds, wdith:45Nihilego Pokemon SWSH - Naganadel Best Builds, wdith:45Naganadel
Pokemon SWSH - Pheromosa Best Builds, wdith:45Pheromosa Pokemon SWSH - Buzzwole Best Builds, wdith:45Buzzwole Pokemon SWSH - Celesteela Best Builds, wdith:45Celesteela
Pokemon SWSH - Kartana Best Builds, wdith:45Kartana Pokemon SWSH - Stakataka Best Builds, wdith:45Stakataka Pokemon SWSH - Blaziken Best Builds, wdith:45Blaziken
Pokemon SWSH - Kyogre Best Builds, wdith:45Kyogre Pokemon SWSH - Yveltal Best Builds, wdith:45Yveltal Pokemon SWSH - Xerneas Best Builds, wdith:45Xerneas
Pokemon SWSH - Necrozma (Dusk Mane) Best Builds, wdith:45Necrozma (Dusk Mane) Pokemon SWSH - Calyrex (Shadow Rider) Best Builds, wdith:45Calyrex (Shadow Rider) Pokemon SWSH - Mewtwo Best Builds, wdith:45Mewtwo
Pokemon SWSH - Calyrex (Ice Rider) Best Builds, wdith:45Calyrex (Ice Rider) Pokemon SWSH - Dialga Best Builds, wdith:45Dialga Pokemon SWSH - Lugia Best Builds, wdith:45Lugia
Pokemon SWSH - Black Kyurem Best Builds, wdith:45Black Kyurem Pokemon SWSH - Zekrom Best Builds, wdith:45Zekrom Pokemon SWSH - Ho-Oh Best Builds, wdith:45Ho-Oh
Pokemon SWSH - Rayquaza Best Builds, wdith:45Rayquaza Pokemon SWSH - Zygarde Best Builds, wdith:45Zygarde Pokemon SWSH - Reshiram Best Builds, wdith:45Reshiram
Pokemon SWSH - White Kyurem Best Builds, wdith:45White Kyurem Pokemon SWSH - Groudon Best Builds, wdith:45Groudon
Movesets & Best Builds for Isle of Armor Pokemon
Pokemon SWSH - Scizor Best Builds, wdith:45Scizor Pokemon SWSH - Kingdra Best Builds, wdith:45Kingdra Pokemon SWSH - Magnezone Best Builds, wdith:45Magnezone
Pokemon SWSH - Volcarona Best Builds, wdith:45Volcarona Pokemon SWSH - Chansey Best Builds, wdith:45Chansey Pokemon SWSH - Blissey Best Builds, wdith:45Blissey
Pokemon SWSH - Talonflame Best Builds, wdith:45Talonflame Pokemon SWSH - Azumarill Best Builds, wdith:45Azumarill
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Slowbro Best Builds, wdith:45
Galarian Slowbro
Pokemon SWSH - Porygon2 Best Builds, wdith:45Porygon2 Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Single-Strike Style Best Builds, wdith:45Urshifu Single-Strike Style Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style Best Builds, wdith:45Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Pokemon SWSH - Slowbro Best Builds, wdith:45Slowbro Pokemon SWSH - Alolan Marowak Best Builds, wdith:45Alolan Marowak Pokemon SWSH - Dragalge Best Builds, wdith:45Dragalge
Pokemon SWSH - Klefki Best Builds, wdith:45Klefki Pokemon SWSH - Lycanroc Best Builds, wdith:45Lycanroc Pokemon SWSH - Amoonguss Best Builds, wdith:45Amoonguss
Pokemon SWSH - Poliwrath Best Builds, wdith:45Poliwrath Pokemon SWSH - Palossand Best Builds, wdith:45Palossand Pokemon SWSH - Mienshao Best Builds, wdith:45Mienshao
Pokemon SWSH - Starmie Best Builds, wdith:45Starmie Pokemon SWSH - Heracross Best Builds, wdith:45Heracross Pokemon SWSH - Comfey Best Builds, wdith:45Comfey
Pokemon SWSH - Porygon-Z Best Builds, wdith:45Porygon-Z Pokemon SWSH - Alakazam Best Builds, wdith:45Alakazam
Movesets & Best Builds for New Pokemon
Pokemon SWSH - Dragapult Best Builds, wdith:45Dragapult Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Corsola Best Builds, wdith:45Galarian Corsola Pokemon SWSH - Toxtricity Best Builds, wdith:45Toxtricity
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Darmanitan Best Builds, wdith:45Galarian Darmanitan Pokemon SWSH - Corviknight Best Builds, wdith:45Corviknight Pokemon SWSH - Dracovish Best Builds, wdith:45Dracovish
Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl Best Builds, wdith:45Grimmsnarl Pokemon SWSH - Rillaboom Best Builds, wdith:45Rillaboom Pokemon SWSH - Duraludon Best Builds, wdith:45Duraludon
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace Best Builds, wdith:45Cinderace Pokemon SWSH - Alcremie Best Builds, wdith:45Alcremie Pokemon SWSH - Dracozolt Best Builds, wdith:45Dracozolt
Pokemon SWSH - Hatterene Best Builds, wdith:45Hatterene Pokemon SWSH - Eiscue Best Builds, wdith:45Eiscue Pokemon SWSH - Inteleon Best Builds, wdith:45Inteleon
Pokemon SWSH - Pincurchin Best Builds, wdith:45Pincurchin Pokemon SWSH - Frosmoth Best Builds, wdith:45Frosmoth Pokemon SWSH - Zacian Best Builds, wdith:45Zacian
Pokemon SWSH - SirfetchSirfetch'd Pokemon SWSH - Flapple Best Builds, wdith:45Flapple Pokemon SWSH - Coalossal Best Builds, wdith:45Coalossal
Pokemon SWSH - Centiskorch Best Builds, wdith:45Centiskorch Pokemon SWSH - Arctozolt Best Builds, wdith:45Arctozolt Pokemon SWSH - Zarude Best Builds, wdith:45Zarude
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Weezing Best Builds, wdith:45Galarian Weezing Pokemon SWSH - Eternatus Best Builds, wdith:45Eternatus Pokemon SWSH - Indeedee (Female) Best Builds, wdith:45Indeedee (Female)
Movesets & Best Builds for Returning Pokemon
Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu Best Builds, wdith:45Mimikyu Pokemon SWSH - Wash Rotom Best Builds, wdith:45Wash Rotom Pokemon SWSH - Gyarados Best Builds, wdith:45Gyarados
Pokemon SWSH - Ferrothorn Best Builds, wdith:45Ferrothorn Pokemon SWSH - Aegislash Best Builds, wdith:45Aegislash Pokemon SWSH - Excadrill Best Builds, wdith:45Excadrill
Pokemon SWSH - Tyranitar Best Builds, wdith:45Tyranitar Pokemon SWSH - Hydreigon Best Builds, wdith:45Hydreigon Pokemon SWSH - Heat Rotom Best Builds, wdith:45Heat Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - Arcanine Best Builds, wdith:45Arcanine Pokemon SWSH - Mamoswine Best Builds, wdith:45Mamoswine Pokemon SWSH - Toxapex Best Builds, wdith:45Toxapex
Pokemon SWSH - Togekiss Best Builds, wdith:45Togekiss Pokemon SWSH - Cloyster Best Builds, wdith:45Cloyster Pokemon SWSH - Durant Best Builds, wdith:45Durant
Pokemon SWSH - Snorlax Best Builds, wdith:45Snorlax Pokemon SWSH - Charizard Best Builds, wdith:45Charizard Pokemon SWSH - Sylveon Best Builds, wdith:45Sylveon
Pokemon SWSH - Lucario Best Builds, wdith:45Lucario Pokemon SWSH - Hippowdon Best Builds, wdith:45Hippowdon Pokemon SWSH - Umbreon Best Builds, wdith:45Umbreon
Pokemon SWSH - Conkeldurr Best Builds, wdith:45Conkeldurr Pokemon SWSH - Quagsire Best Builds, wdith:45Quagsire Pokemon SWSH - Gastrodon Best Builds, wdith:45Gastrodon
Pokemon SWSH - Lapras Best Builds, wdith:45Lapras Pokemon SWSH - Whimsicott Best Builds, wdith:45Whimsicott Pokemon SWSH - Rhyperior Best Builds, wdith:45Rhyperior
Pokemon SWSH - Goodra Best Builds, wdith:45Goodra Pokemon SWSH - Haxorus Best Builds, wdith:45Haxorus Pokemon SWSH - Glaceon Best Builds, wdith:45Glaceon
Pokemon SWSH - Mow Rotom Best Builds, wdith:45Mow Rotom Pokemon SWSH - Type: Null Best Builds, wdith:45Type: Null Pokemon SWSH - Gengar Best Builds, wdith:45Gengar
Pokemon SWSH - Milotic Best Builds, wdith:45Milotic Pokemon SWSH - Gardevoir Best Builds, wdith:45Gardevoir Pokemon SWSH - Flygon Best Builds, wdith:45Flygon
Pokemon SWSH - Chandelure Best Builds, wdith:45Chandelure Pokemon SWSH - Lanturn Best Builds, wdith:45Lanturn Pokemon SWSH - Torkoal Best Builds, wdith:45Torkoal
Pokemon SWSH - Bisharp Best Builds, wdith:45Bisharp Pokemon SWSH - Seismitoad Best Builds, wdith:45Seismitoad Pokemon SWSH - Silvally Best Builds, wdith:45Silvally
Pokemon SWSH - Butterfree  Best Builds, wdith:45Butterfree Pokemon SWSH - Primarina Best Builds, wdith:45Primarina Pokemon SWSH - Incineroar Best Builds, wdith:45Incineroar
Pokemon SWSH - Blastoise Best Builds, wdith:45Blastoise Pokemon SWSH - Decidueye Best Builds, wdith:45Decidueye Pokemon SWSH - Venusaur Best Builds, wdith:45Venusaur
Pokemon SWSH - Darmanitan Best Builds, wdith:45Darmanitan Pokemon SWSH - Alolan Ninetales Best Builds, wdith:45Alolan Ninetales Pokemon SWSH - Gothitelle Best Builds, wdith:45Gothitelle
Pokemon SWSH - Crawdaunt Best Builds, wdith:45Crawdaunt Pokemon SWSH - Clefable Best Builds, wdith:45Clefable Pokemon SWSH - Reuniclus Best Builds, wdith:45Reuniclus
Pokemon SWSH - Kommo-o Best Builds, wdith:45Kommo-o Pokemon SWSH - Terrakion Best Builds, wdith:45Terrakion Pokemon SWSH - Cobalion Best Builds, wdith:45Cobalion
Pokemon SWSH - Virizion Best Builds, wdith:45Virizion Pokemon SWSH - Noivern Best Builds, wdith:45Noivern Pokemon SWSH - Fan Rotom Best Builds, wdith:45Fan Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - Toxicroak Best Builds, wdith:45Toxicroak Pokemon SWSH - Pelipper Best Builds, wdith:45Pelipper Pokemon SWSH - Jellicent Best Builds, wdith:45Jellicent
Pokemon SWSH - Celebi Best Builds, wdith:45Celebi Pokemon SWSH - Clefairy Best Builds, wdith:45Clefairy Pokemon SWSH - Hitmontop Best Builds, wdith:45Hitmontop
Pokemon SWSH - Diggersby Best Builds, wdith:45Diggersby Pokemon SWSH - Ditto Best Builds, wdith:45Ditto Pokemon SWSH - Raichu Best Builds, wdith:45Raichu
Movesets & Best Builds for Gigantamax Pokemon
Pokemon SWSH - Gigantamax Grimmsnarl Best Builds, wdith:45Gigantamax Grimmsnarl
Pokemon SWSH - Gigantamax Snorlax Best Builds, wdith:45
Gigantamax Snorlax
Pokemon SWSH - Gigantamax Charizard Best Builds, wdith:45Gigantamax Charizard
Competitive Pokemon Battle Guides
Pokemon SWSH - Tier List
Singles Tier List
Pokemon SWSH - Best Builds
Best Builds
Pokemon SWSH - Series 8 Tier List Contenders
Series 8 Tier List Contenders
Pokemon SWSH - Doubles Tier List
Doubles Tier List
Pokemon SWSH - Competitive Team Building
Team Building
Pokemon SWSH - Rental Teams
Rental Teams

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