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Palossand - Movesets and Counters

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

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Basic Information for Palossand

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ghost Type
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ground Type
Water Compaction Sharply raises Defense when hit by a Water-type move.
Sand Veil (Hidden) Boosts the Pokemon's evasion in a sandstorm.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
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Pokemon Grass Image
Pokemon Ice Image
Pokemon Ghost Image
Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 0.5x damage
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Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 1/4x damage
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Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Normal Image
Pokemon Electric Image
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What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
85 75 110 100 75 35

Best Nature for Palossand

Best Natures
(+Def, -Atk)
(+Def, -Spd)

Singles Movesets for Palossand

Scorching Sands Defensive Wall Moveset & Best Build

Scorching Sands Defensive Wall Palossand.png
Nature Bold(+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 252 / Sp.Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 192 / Def 178 / Sp.Atk 120 / Sp.Def 96/ Spd 55
Ability Water Compaction
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Scorching Sands
Shore Up
Shadow Ball
Stealth Rock

Palossand fills the role of a sturdy physical wall with reliable recovery. It's great dual typing gives it key resistances to Rock, Poison, and Bug-type moves, while also giving it immunity to Normal, Fighting, and Electric-type moves.

About Palossand's Moves

Scorching Sands is Palossand's new move and is a STAB Ground-type special attack that has a 30% chance to inflict the Burn status on the target. This allows Palossand to deter and check physical attackers, as well as potentially halve their physical attacks for the rest of the battle.

Shore Up is Palossand's main mode of recovery, restoring its HP by 1/2 of its total HP. This move also restores 2/3 of Pallosand's total HP during a Sandstorm!

The last two moves are for offensive and group utility. Shadow Ball is a STAB Ghost-type move that hits hard coming from Palossand's great 100 Base Special Attack stat.

Stealth Rock helps ease KOs for the rest of the team. Palossand is actually a great Stealth Rock user as it's immune to Rapid Spin - the most commonly used move to remove entry hazards.

About Palossand's EV Spread

We're using a straightforward EV spread with full investment in HP and Defense for maximum physical bulk. The remaining 4 EVs are there to patch up Palossand's mediocre Special Defense.

About Palossand's Ability

We're using the Water Compaction ability, which raises Palossand's Defense stat by 2 stages when it's hit by a Water-type move.

At +2 Defense and full Health, this Palossand can survive Adamant Rillaboom's STAB Grassy Glide and +1 Jolly Gyarados' Waterfall.

About Palossand's Held Item

Leftovers provides Palossand some much needed passive recovery, and allows Palossand to stay longer in the battle when used together with Shore Up.

Other Viable Moves

Sand Tomb A great alternative to Stealth Rock that allows Palossand to function as a trapper.
Terrain Pulse A good alternative to Shadow Ball. This doubles in power and changes type according to the current terrain on the field.
Substitute An alternative to Stealth Rock that shields Palossand from debilitating status effects.

How to Use Palossand Effectively

A Bulky Ground Wall

Palossand separates itself from other bulky Ground-types by having great type resistances and immunities, as well as reliable recovery. In many ways, it functions as a Ground-type version of Slowbro and should be used as such.

How to Build a Team with Palossand

Palossand's massive physical bulk and reliable recovery mean it's to fit it in most teams as part of its existing defensive core.

A Great Wall for Sand Teams

Key immunities to Fighting and Normal moves as well as better match-up against Water-type Pokemon make Palossand a great alternative to Hippowdon for a Sand Team's physical wall.

Palossand's recovery move, Shore Up, also recovers more HP than Hippowdon's Slack Off in Sand, meaning it can weather attacks and recover more lost HP in the right conditions.

Finally, while Hippowdon functions as a phazer with Whirlwind, Palossand fills the role of a spinblocker thanks to its Ghost-typing.

Check out our article below to learn how to build a Sand Team and which weather leads and partners to use with Palossand.

How to Build a Weather Team

Counters for Palossand

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Pokemon Ghost Image
Pokemon Dark Image

Use a Defogger

While Palossand can block Rapid Spin, it's still possible to remove its entry hazards with Defog.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Mandibuzz ImageMandibuzz Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Palossand's Ghost-type moves
・Immune to Scorching Sands
・Can Knock Off Palossand's Leftovers

Use Strong Water Sweepers

Even with Water Compaction and a high defense stat, there are some Water-type Pokemon that Palossand can't defend against and even outright KO it!

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★★
Surging Strikes always lands a critical hit, ignoring Palossand's Defense boosts from Water Compaction
Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Rapid-Strike
Pokemon SWSH - Dracovish ImageDracovish Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can KO Palossand with Choice Band boosted Fishious Rend even after +2 Defense Boosts

Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish

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