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

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Basic Information for Diggersby

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Diggersby ImageDiggersby
Normal Type Ground Type
Cheek Pouch Restores additional HP when a Berry is consumed.
Pickup The Pokemon may pick up items.
Huge Power (Hidden) Raises the Pokemon's Attack stat.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Water Image Grass Image Ice Image Fighting Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Poison Image Rock Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Electric Image Ghost Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
85 56 77 50 77 78

Best Nature for Diggersby

Best Natures
(+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)

Strategies for Diggersby

Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant(+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 160 /Atk 118 / Def 97 / Sp.Def 98 / Spd 130
Ability Huge Power
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Swords Dance
Body Slam
Quick Attack

Diggersby is easily one of the most underrated sweepers in the metagame. It's unimposing appearance masks the fact that it's an effective set-up sweepers that can decimate teams that underestimate it.

About Diggersby's Moves

Swords Dance boosts Diggersby's attack to respectable levels, allowing it to punch holes into walls and even outright KO other Pokemon with its two STAB moves - Earthquake and Body Slam, with latter having great utility with its 30% paralysis chance.

Quick Attack is its last move, patching up Diggersby's rather mediocre speed stat and allowing it to threaten faster sweepers. With one Swords Dance, Diggersby can easily KO Alakazam even at full health!

About Diggersby's EV Spread

We're using a straighforward EV spread with full investment on Attack and Speed to ensure Diggersby hits hard and manages to outrun slower walls and support Pokemon. The remaining 4 EVs go to Special Defense to round up its bulk.

About Diggersby's Ability

Huge Power is Diggersby's best ability and should always be the one used competitively. This ability doubles Diggersby's attack, allowing it to hit hard despite its rather low base attack stat.

At level 50 with the given EV spreads, Diggersby has an effective attack stat of 236!

About Diggersby's Held Item

We're giving Diggersby Life Orb to further boost the power of its moves. Few Pokemon can switch into Diggersby once it's accumulated enough boosts and is holding a Life Orb!

Other Viable Moves

Mega Kick Mega Kick is a great alternative to Body Slam. Although it's less accurate, it has a base power of 120!
Bounce A great alternative to Quick Attack and works best if you're using Diggersby as your team's dedicated Dynamax Pokemon as it becomes Max Airstream.
Ice Punch Diggersby has trouble with fellow Ground-type Pokemon, so switching Quick Attack with Ice Punch ensures bulky Ground-types will have a hard time staying in battle with it!

How to Use Diggersby Effectively

Get a Swords Dance Up ASAP!

What makes Diggersby so formidable is the stat boosts it gets from Swords Dance, so make sure you get at least one up as soon as possible! Once you're facing a Pokemon that can't do anything to Diggersby, switch it in and set up a Swords Dance!

A Powerful Late-Game Sweeper

Diggersby is an excellent late-game sweeper and can easily turn the tide of the battle after its checks and counters are take care of by its teammates!

How to Build a Team with Diggersby

Diggersby faces stiff competition from other late-game and set-up sweepers, but its unique dual-typing and coveted ability allow it to fit into many teams!

A Hyper Offense Sweeper

Diggersby is an excellent candidate for late-game sweeper in offensive-oriented teams. The fact that it has an immunity to Electric-type moves make it a great teammate as it can absorb Thunder Wave - a move that can easily stop the momentum of hyper offense sweepers.

Check out our guide below to learn how to use Diggersby in an Offensive team.

How to Build an Offensive Team | Best Hyper Offense Team

Counters for Diggersby

Use an Unaware Defensive Wall

As with all set-up sweepers, Diggersby is easily countered by walls that have the ability Unaware. Although this ability doesn't ignore Huge Power, it does ignore Diggersby's Swords Dance attempts!

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★★
・Shrugs off all of Diggersby's moves and can heal damage with Recover
・Can cripple Diggersby with a Burn using a super effective STAB Scald

Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire
Clefable ImageClefable Ranking: ★★★★★
・Shrugs off all of Diggersby's moves and can heal damage with Moonlight or Wish
・Can threaten Diggersby with Ice Beam or Grass Knot

Moveset & Best Build for Clefable

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