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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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|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.|
|Takes 4x damage||
|Takes 2x damage|
|Takes 0.5x damage|
|Takes 1/4x damage||
|Takes 0x damage|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|EV Spread||Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252|
|Final Stat Values||HP 160 /Atk 118 / Def 97 / Sp.Def 98 / Spd 130|
|Held Item||Life Orb|
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
|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!|
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!
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!
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!
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.
・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
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・Shrugs off all of Diggersby's moves and can heal damage with Moonlight or Wish
・Can threaten Diggersby with Ice Beam or Grass Knot
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