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

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Basic Information for Latios

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dragon Type Psychic Type
Abilities
Levitate Gives immunity to Ground type moves.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Dark Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Psychic Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ground Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
80 130 100 160 120 110

Best Nature for Latios

Best Natures
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)

Strategies for Latios

Choice Specs Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid(+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Def 100 / Sp.Atk 182 / Sp.Def 131 / Spd 178
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Draco Meteor
Psyshock
Thunderbolt
Surf

A combination of high special attack and speed, as well as great natural bulk, make Latios a threatening Choice Specs sweeper in the metagame. While it faces competition from faster Dragon-types, such as Dragapult, the sheer power behind its moves is enough to warrant it a spot in many teams!

About Latios' Moves

Draco Meteor is Latios' strongest move, punching holes in teams and outright KOing Pokemon that don't resist it or are not immune to Dragon-type moves. Psyshock is its secondary STAB move, and allows it to threaten Special Walls by hitting their weaker defensive stat.

It's remaining two moves are for coverage. Thunderbolt hits bulky waters hard, as well as specially defensive Flying-type Pokemon such as Corviknight. Surf, on the other hand, hits Fire-types and Ground-types hard.

About Latios' EV Spread

We're using a straightforward EV spread with full investment in Speed and Special Attack. It's remaining EVs are placed in Special Defense to further boost its naturally high special defense stat.

About Latios' Ability

Levitate is Latios' only ability. While it doesn't provide any offensive utility, it does allow Latios to switch into Ground-type moves and Spikes and Toxic Spikes without taking any damage.

About Latios' Held Item

We're giving Latios Choice Specs for this build. This item boosts the power of Latios' special moves by 50% but it can only use the initial move it used on its turn.

Other Viable Moves

Psychic A stronger alternative to Psychic but doesn't target the Defense stat.
Grass Knot A niche alternative to Thunderbolt or Surf that allows Latios to hit heavier Pokemon like Hippowdon and Snorlax harder.
Thunder A stronger alternative to Thunderbolt with less accuracy. This is the better choice if using Latios in a Rain Dance team.

Stored Power Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid(+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Def 100 / Sp.Atk 182 / Sp.Def 131 / Spd 178
Ability Levitate
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Calm Mind
Stored Power
Dragon Pulse
Recover

Access to Calm Mind and Stored Power allow Latios to function as a threatening setup sweeper that can easily sweep entire teams if given the chance!

About Latios's Moves

Calm Mind boosts Latios' special attack and special defense by one stage. This works in conjunction with Stored Power, which gets a +20 increase in base power for every positive boost Latios gets.

Dragon Pulse is its secondary STAB move, and while relatively weak, can hit hard if enough Calm Mind boosts is accumulated. It's last move is Recover, which increases Latios' survivability and staying power.

About Latios's EV Spread

We're using a straightforward EV spread with full investment in Speed and Special Attack. It's remaining EVs are placed in Special Defense to further boost its naturally high special defense stat.

About Latios's Ability

Levitate is Latios' only ability. While it doesn't provide any offensive utility, it does allow Latios to switch into Ground-type moves and Spikes and Toxic Spikes without taking any damage.

About Latios's Held Item

We're giving Latios Life Orb for this build. This boosts the power of all its attacks by 30% at the cost of some residual damage.

Other Viable Moves

Thunderbolt Thunderbolt can replace Dragon Pulse so that Latios can hit Bulky Water-types better and is a great neutral move in general.
Safeguard Can be used instead of Recover to prevent Latios from getting worn down by Burns or Poison.
Reflect An alternative to Recover that allows Latios to patch up its weaker defense stat for five turns, increasing its overall bulk.

How to Use Latios Effectively

A Hard-Hitting Special Sweeper

Latios sets itself apart from other special sweepers by having the special attack stat to back up its attacks. While Dragapult and Starmie are faster, they have relatively low special attack stats that can leave them walled by defensive Pokemon.

Latios, on the other hand, has an excellent special attack stat and utility moves like Psyshock that allow it to target a special wall's weaker defensive stat. This makes the Eon Pokemon an overall more reliable special sweeper than its competition.

How to Build a Team with Latios

Latios is a versatile Pokemon that is easy to fit in many teams in both the Singles and Doubles format.

A Hyper Offense Setup Sweeper

Latios is an excellent choice for a setup sweeper in Offensive teams. Unlike other sweepers, Latios doesn't necessarily need to set up with Calm Mind to hit hard thanks to its naturally high special attack stat.

That said, Latios is one of the strongest setup sweepers in the game thanks to Stored Power and its high speed. If left unchecked, it can easily sweep entire teams!

Check out our article below to learn more about Hyper Offense teams.
How to Build an Offensive Team | Best Hyper Offense Team

Counters for Latios

Wall it with Pokemon that Resists its STAB

For all its immediate power, Latios is easily walled by Fairy-type Pokemon as it lacks any coverage move that can hit them reliably hard. This means that even non-defensive Pokemon can wall Choice Specs variants if they're locked in a Dragon-type move.

Steel-type Pokemon are another good choice to send out to counter a rampaging Latios as the Eon Pokemon lacks a reliable coverage move that can hit them for super effective damage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Latios' Dragon and Psychic STAB
・Can KO Latios with Spirit Break, which also has a chance to lower its Special Attack

Moveset & Best Build for Grimmsnarl
Scizor ImageScizor Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Latios' Dragon and Psychic STAB
・Can easily knock out Latios with Choice Band boosted U-Turn

Moveset & Best Build for Scizor
Clefable ImageClefable Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Latios' Dragon-type STAB
・Takes little damage from Psychock thanks to its great mixed bulk
・Its Unware ability ignores Calm Mid and Stored Power boosts

Moveset & Best Build for Clefable

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