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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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New Pokemon in Series 7

Pokemon reintroduced in The Crown Tundra DLC will be useable in the new season of Ranked Battle, with many ranking high in the current metagame!

Crown Tundra Tier List Contenders

Returning Pokemon from Series 6

Additionally, Pokemon that were banned from competitive play in the previous Ranked Battle series will be making a return!

Venusaur ImageVenusaur Gyarados ImageGyarados Porygon2 ImagePorygon2 Tyranitar ImageTyranitar
Torkoal ImageTorkoal Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Magnezone ImageMagnezone Togekiss ImageTogekiss
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Whimsicott ImageWhimsicott Incineroar ImageIncineroar Mimikyu ImageMimikyu
Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Cinderace ImageCinderace Indeedee ImageIndeedee Dragapult ImageDragapult

Tier List Updates as of 2021/1/18

Tier Changes
Tier 1 Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Tier 2 Tapu Fini ↓
Tier 3 No Change
Tier 4 Togekiss New
Delisted Heatran

Doubles Tier List For Ranked Battle

This tier list is based on the Pokemon HOME Pokemon Rankings for Series 7, beginning on November 1st.

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Tier 1
Incineroar Icon.pngIncineroar Rillaboom Icon.pngRillaboom Urshifu Single Strike Style.pngUrshifu Single-Strike Style
Tier 2
Tapu Fini.pngTapu Fini Regieleki.pngRegieleki Glastrier.pngGlastrier
Landorus Therian.pngLandorus (Therian Forme) Galarian Moltres.pngGalarian Moltres Whimsicott Icon.pngWhimsicott
Porygon2 Icon.pngPorygon2 Grimmsnarl Icon.pngGrimmsnarl Metagross.pngMetagross
Tier 3
Dragapult Icon.pngDragapult Torkoal.pngTorkoal Spectrier.pngSpectrier
Cinderace Icon.pngCinderace Dusclops.pngDusclops Indeedee (female).pngIndeedee (Female)
Venusaur.pngVenusaur) Celesteela.pngCelesteela Urshifu Rapid Strike Style.pngUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Tier 4
Zapdos.pngZapdos Thundurus Incarnate Forme.pngThundurus (Incarnate Forme) Kartana.pngKartana
Heat Rotom Icon.pngHeat Rotom Nihilego.pngNihilego Clefairy.pngClefairy
Tyranitar Icon.pngTyranitar Amoonguss.pngAmoonguss Togekiss.pngTogekiss

Best Pokemon - Tier 1


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.


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.

Urshifu Single-Strike

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.

Best Pokemon - Tier 2

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

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.


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.


Moveset & Best Build for Glastrier
Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk. 252 / Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 207 / Atk. 197 / Def 151 / Sp.Def. 130 / Spd. 50
Ability Chilling Neigh
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Swords Dance
High Horsepower
Body Press

Glastrier's Strong Points

Despite its very low speed stat, Glastrier makes a formidable Swords Dance user with its STAB Avalance always powering up to 120 Base Power as it always moves second.

It's best partnered with a Pokemon that can provide redirection support, ensuring it gets a Swords Dance boost so that it can knock out the opposing Pokemon with its STAB and coverage moves.

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
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.

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

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.


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
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!


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

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.


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
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.


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
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


Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 163 / Def 96 / Sp.Atk 152 / Sp.Def 95 / Spd 213
Ability Infiltrator
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Shadow Ball
Draco Meteor
Fire Blast

Dragapult's Strong Points

Dragapult is one of the best Pokemon in the Doubles metagame to use the item Weakness Policy thanks to its high natural speed and wide special movepool. It's often partnered with Dusclops, who can use Shadow Sneak to activate Dragapult's held item, allowing it to sweep with its high-powered moves.


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

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!


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

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 Grim Neigh ability, which boosts its special attack every time it knocks out an enemy.

Although it has a very shallow movepool, it's ability to lower the team's Special Defense and Speed with Max Darkness and Max Strike respectively gives it a niche in Hyper Offense teams.


Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Nature Jolly(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
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

Cinderace's Strong Points

Cinderace is a fearsome and fast physical attacker in the Doubles Metagame and is the only sweeper that gets STAB on all of its moves thanks to its ability Libero. The fact that it has a wide physical movepool means you'll never know what Cinderace has in store!

It's also a frequent Dynamax or Gigantamax user, and is one of the few with the coveted Max Airstream courtesy of Bounce. This allows Cinderace to support its team by increasing their speed stat by one stage.


Moveset & Best Build for Dusclops
Nature Sassy (+Def, -Spe)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 4 / Sp.Def 252
Final Stat Values HP 147 / Def 151 / Sp.Atk 80 / Sp.Def 200
Ability Frisk
Held Item Eviolite
Moveset Trick Room
Pain Split
Night Shade

Dusclops's Strong Points

Dusclops is the premiere Trick Room setter in the doubles metagame thanks to its massive mixed defenses granted by Eviolite, as well as great utility moves such as Will-O-Wisp and Pain Split.

Indeedee (Female)

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Indeedee - Evolution and Learnset

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

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.


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

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!


Moveset & Best Build for Celesteela
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 172 / Def 123 / Sp.Atk 159 / Sp.Def 122 / Spd 124
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Weakness Policy
Life Orb
Power Herb
Moveset Flash Cannon
Air Slash
Fire Blast
Meteor Beam

Celesteela's Strong Points

Although better known as a powerful defensive Pokemon, Celesteela can run a special attacking set that will surprise its usual counters and checks! It's natural bulk also makes it a great candidate for Dynamax, turning it into a powerful and bulky sweeper.

Although more commonly used in Singles, Celesteela as a Dynamax user is even more threatening in Doubles - especially in teams that provide it Redirection and Helping Hand support. The fact that it has Max Airstream makes it a popular lead in Hyper Offense teams.

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 / SpDef 80 / Spd 163
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Surging Strikes
Close Combat
Aerial Ace

Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style's Strong Points

Urshifu in its Rapid-Strike Style can break through Focus Sash and Mimikyu's Disguise with its multi-hit Surging Strikes, a hugely powerful move in its own right.

When Gigantamaxed, its G-Max Rapid Flow can hit through Max Guard and Protect, giving it an advantage in a Dynamax showdown.

Best Pokemon - Tier 4


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
Heat Wave

Zapdos's 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.

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!


Moveset & Best Build for Kartana
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 134 / Atk 223 / Def 151 / Sp.Def 52 / Spd 177
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Swords Dance
Leaf Blade
Smart Strike
Sacred Sword

Kartana's Strong Points

Kartana is a threatening sweeper with a great dual-typing that lets it hit common Fairy and Bulky Waters in the current Metagame. In Doubles, it plays the role of a lead physical sweeper and Dynamax user - getting early-game KOs so that it can power up with its Beast Boost Ability.

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
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.


Moveset & Best Build for Nihilego
Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 84 / Sp.Atk 172 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 195 / Def 67 / Sp.Atk 169 / Sp.Def 151 / Spd 170
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Power Herb
Moveset Meteor Beam
Sludge Wave
Grass Knot

Nihilego's Strong Points

Nihilego is a glass cannon that boasts unique coverage with its Rock/Poison dual STAB. Access to Meteor Beam now gives it a way to boost its Special Attack, as well as a stronger Rock-type STAB.

Its unique dual typing gives it a niche in Mono Rock teams that are in need of a good counter for Grass-types. It's also a competent Dynamax user, with its Max Ooze further boosting the power of its special attacks on top of any Beast Boosts it gets.


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 normally 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 its Friend Guard - the latter, boosting its teammates defenses by 25% as long as Clefairy is on the field.


Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Nature Adamant(+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 200 / Sp.Def 20 / Spd 36
Final Stat Values HP 207 / Atk 196 / Def 130 / Sp.Def 123 / Spd 86
Ability Sand Stream
Held Item Lum Berry
Moveset Stealth Rock
Rock Slide

Tyranitar's Strong Points

Tyranitar is a slow but powerful physical attacker with great mixed bulk and a wide offensive movepool. This makes it the premiere Sandstorm setter in Sand Teams courtesy of its ability Sand Stream.


Moveset & Best Build for Amoonguss
Nature Calm (+Sp.Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 184 / Sp.Def 72
Final Stat Values HP 221 / Def 113 / Sp.Atk 105 / Sp.Def 119 / Spd 50
Ability Regenerator
Held Item Black Sludge
Moveset Rage Powder
Pollen Puff

Amoongus' Strong Points

Amoonguss' functions as redirection support in the Doubles Metagame, and can easily find itself in all kinds of teams - from Hyper Offense to more balanced or weather-centered teams. It's unique Grass/Poison typing makes it a great answer to the common Water, Fighting, Fairy, and Grass-type sweepers in the format.


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

With it's great dual typing and excellent mixed bulk, Togekiss is the best Pokemon to use for redirection support in the Doubles Format and can easily fit in most teams - from hyper offense to more balanced ones.

How to Make the Best Team

There is no unbeatable team

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

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 s 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.


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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Movesets & Best Builds for The Crown Tundra Pokemon
Galarian ArticunoGalarian Articuno Galarian ZapdosGalarian Zapdos Galarian MoltresGalarian Moltres
RaikouRaikou EnteiEntei SuicuneSuicune
ArticunoArticuno ZapdosZapdos MoltresMoltres
TornadusTornadus ThundurusThundurus LandorusLandorus
Tapu KokoTapu Koko Tapu LeleTapu Lele Tapu BuluTapu Bulu
Tapu FiniTapu Fini RegielekiRegieleki RegidragoRegidrago
LatiosLatios LatiasLatias HeatranHeatran
CresseliaCresselia GlastrierGlastrier SpectrierSpectrier
NidokingNidoking SwampertSwampert DragoniteDragonite
SalamenceSalamence GarchompGarchomp MetagrossMetagross
Galarian SlowkingGalarian Slowking NihilegoNihilego NaganadelNaganadel
PheromosaPheromosa BuzzwoleBuzzwole CelesteelaCelesteela
KartanaKartana StakatakaStakataka BlazikenBlaziken
Movesets & Best Builds for Isle of Armor Pokemon
ScizorScizor KingdraKingdra MagnezoneMagnezone
VolcaronaVolcarona ChanseyChansey BlisseyBlissey
TalonflameTalonflame AzumarillAzumarill Galarian SlowbroGalarian Slowbro
Porygon2Porygon2 Urshifu Single-Strike StyleUrshifu Single-Strike Style Urshifu Rapid-Strike StyleUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style
SlowbroSlowbro Alolan MarowakAlolan Marowak DragalgeDragalge
KlefkiKlefki LycanrocLycanroc AmoongussAmoonguss
PoliwrathPoliwrath PalossandPalossand MienshaoMienshao
StarmieStarmie HeracrossHeracross ComfeyComfey
Movesets & Best Builds for New Pokemon
DragapultDragapult Galarian CorsolaGalarian Corsola ToxtricityToxtricity
Galarian DarmanitanGalarian Darmanitan CorviknightCorviknight DracovishDracovish
GrimmsnarlGrimmsnarl RillaboomRillaboom DuraludonDuraludon
CinderaceCinderace AlcremieAlcremie DracozoltDracozolt
HattereneHatterene EiscueEiscue InteleonInteleon
PincurchinPincurchin FrosmothFrosmoth ZacianZacian
SirfetchSirfetch'd FlappleFlapple CoalossalCoalossal
CentiskorchCentiskorch ArctozoltArctozolt ZarudeZarude
Galarian WeezingGalarian Weezing
Movesets & Best Builds for Returning Pokemon
MimikyuMimikyu Wash RotomWash Rotom GyaradosGyarados
FerrothornFerrothorn AegislashAegislash ExcadrillExcadrill
TyranitarTyranitar HydreigonHydreigon Heat RotomHeat Rotom
ArcanineArcanine MamoswineMamoswine ToxapexToxapex
TogekissTogekiss CloysterCloyster DurantDurant
SnorlaxSnorlax CharizardCharizard SylveonSylveon
LucarioLucario HippowdonHippowdon UmbreonUmbreon
ConkeldurrConkeldurr QuagsireQuagsire GastrodonGastrodon
LaprasLapras WhimsicottWhimsicott RhyperiorRhyperior
GoodraGoodra HaxorusHaxorus GlaceonGlaceon
Mow RotomMow Rotom Type: NullType: Null GengarGengar
MiloticMilotic GardevoirGardevoir FlygonFlygon
ChandelureChandelure LanturnLanturn TorkoalTorkoal
BisharpBisharp SeismitoadSeismitoad SilvallySilvally
Butterfree Butterfree PrimarinaPrimarina IncineroarIncineroar
BlastoiseBlastoise DecidueyeDecidueye VenusaurVenusaur
DarmanitanDarmanitan Alolan NinetalesAlolan Ninetales GothitelleGothitelle
CrawdauntCrawdaunt ClefableClefable ReuniclusReuniclus
Kommo-oKommo-o TerrakionTerrakion CobalionCobalion
VirizionVirizion NoivernNoivern Fan RotomFan Rotom
ToxicroakToxicroak PelipperPelipper JellicentJellicent
CelebiCelebi ClefairyClefairy HitmontopHitmontop
Movesets & Best Builds for Gigantamax Pokemon
Gigantamax GrimmsnarlGigantamax Grimmsnarl Gigantamax SnorlaxGigantamax Snorlax Gigantamax CharizardGigantamax Charizard
Competitive Pokemon Battle Guides
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1 Anonymous6 months

Togekiss can't learn tailwind in Sword and Shield I don't think.

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