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

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Basic Information for Landorus

Types and Abilities

Incarnate Forme

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Ground Type Flying Type
Abilities
Sand Force Boosts certain moves'power in sandstorm.
Sheer Force (Hidden) Removes added effects to increase move damage.

Therian Forme

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Ground Type Flying Type
Abilities
Intimidate Lowers the foe's Attack stat.

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

Incarnate Forme

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
89 125 90 115 80 101

Therian Forme

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
89 145 90 105 80 91

Best Nature for Landorus

Best Natures
Jolly
(+Spd, -Sp Atk)
Adamant
(+Atk, -Sp Atk)
Impish
(+Def, - Sp Atk)
Timid
(+Spd, - Atk)

What are Natures?

Movesets & Best Builds for Landorus (Therian Forme)

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, - Sp Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Atk 197 / Def 110 / Sp Def 100 / Spd 143
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Earthquake
Superpower
Rock Slide
U-turn

About Landorus (Therian Forme)' Moves

This build takes advantage of the base 145 Attack Landorus receives in Therian Forme to hit hard and fast with Earthquake or Superpower paired with a Choice Scarf. Mixing Intimidate with U-turn also allows it to reduce a foe's attack for the sake of less bulky Pokemon and can switch in when necessary to tackle Electric or Ground types that it's immune to.

Other Viable Moves

Fly Can be used to increase its Speed by one stage with Max Airstream. Is less useful if you choose not to Dynamax.
Stone Edge Can replace Rock Slide. Choose this if you're focusing on dealing more damage.
Iron Tail Counter for Fairy-types. Can also be used to raise its Defense by one stage with Max Steelspike.
Outrage Counter for Dragon-types. Can be used to decrease an enemy's Attack by one stage with Max Wyrmwind.
Giga Impact Can be used to decrease an enemy's Speed by one stage with Max Strike. Is less useful if you choose not to Dynamax.

Swords Dance Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, - Sp Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Atk 197 / Def 110 / Sp Def 100 / Spd 143
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Life Orb
Lum Berry
Moveset Earthquake
Fly
Stone Edge
Swords Dance

About Landorus (Therian Forme)' Moves

This build focuses on increasing Landorus' high attack power with Swords Dance and tearing through foes. After one Swords Dance, Max Airstream becomes incredibly strong, and the added damage from the equipped Life Orb will have your enemy's struggling to recover. When swapping the Life Orb for a Lum Berry, you protect yourself from the attack debilitating Burn status to keep hitting hard.

Other Viable Moves

Outrage Counter for Dragon-types. Can be used to decrease an enemy's Attack by one stage with Max Wyrmwind.
Superpower Counter for Normal or Ice-types. Can increase its Attack by one stage with Max Knuckle.
Iron Tail Counter for Fairy-types. Can also be used to raise its Defense by one stage with Max Steelspike.
Giga Impact Can be used to decrease an enemy's Speed by one stage with Max Strike. Is less useful if you choose not to Dynamax.
U-turn Useful for switching out when necessary or breaking a Focus Sash.

Tank Moveset & Best Build

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
U-turn
Stealth Rock

About Landorus (Therian Forme)' Moves

This build focuses on bulking up Landorus' Defense stat to handle hard hitting enemies. With its already high stats this build not only allows Landorus to take on strong physical attackers, but it can also be used to swap in and out with U-turn or set up hazards with Stealth Rock. Using Rock Tomb it can lower the Speed of an enemy as well to support other slower Pokemon.

Other Viable Moves

Outrage Counter for Dragon-types. Can be used to decrease an enemy's Attack by one stage with Max Wyrmwind.
Superpower Counter for Normal or Ice-types. Can increase its Attack by one stage with Max Knuckle.
Iron Tail Counter for Fairy-types. Can also be used to raise its Defense by one stage with Max Steelspike.
Giga Impact Can be used to decrease an enemy's Speed by one stage with Max Strike. Is less useful if you choose not to Dynamax.

How to Use Landorus (Therian Forme) Effectively

An All-Rounder

Landorus' overall stats are high so it can deal damage, take it, or cycle in out to deal with any situation. Its dual Ground and Flying typing is incredibly strong allowing it access to STAB Max Airstream as well as the ability to swap into Electric or Ground-type attacks that it has immunity to. You really can't go wrong with Landorus in your party.

Great For Handling Hard Hitters

With its high Defense stat and access to the Attack decreasing ability, Intimidate, Landorus is great for going up against Pokemon with high attack power. As it can also learn U-turn, you can keep bringing it back in to hit your opponent with Intimidate multiple times to completely annihilate their strength.

Counters for Landorus (Therian Forme)

Hit Its Ice Weakness

Landorus' main flaw is a 4x weakness to Ice so you should target that. A great pick for checking Landorus is Porygon2 with its Trace ability that allows it to use Intimidate as well, lowering its attack then hitting back with Ice Beam.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Porygon2 ImagePorygon2 Ranking: ★★★★★
Can copy Intimidate with Trace to lower its attack by 1 stage.
・Can usually one shot Landorus with Ice Beam.
Porygon2 - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Cloyster ImageCloyster Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can one shot a max HP and Defense EV Landorus with Icicle Spear if not Dynamaxed.
・Has high defense.
Cloyster - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Weavile ImageWeavile Ranking: ★★★★☆
・If a Life Orbed Triple Axel hits 3 times it can one shot a max HP and Defense EV Landorus if not Dynamaxed.
・With 90% accuracy on each strike, Triple Strike has a higher chance of not hitting all 3 times.
Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can one shot Landorus with Icicle Crash even when Dynamaxed.
・Being a glass cannon, it is highly likely to perish up against Landorus.
Galarian Darmanitan - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Strike Back With Steel/Flying-Type Pokemon

Dual Steel and Flying-type Pokemon are a great match-up against Landorus as they resist or negate many of its attacks. Corviknight and Skarmory are two such Pokemon as they can raise their defense with Iron Defense and keep themselves topped up with Roost.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★★
・Takes reduced damage from Landorus' STAB attacks.
・Can bulk itself up with Iron Defense and stay healthy with Roost.
Corviknight - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Skarmory ImageSkarmory Ranking: ★★★★★
・Takes reduced damage from Landorus' STAB attacks.
・Can bulk itself up with Iron Defense and stay healthy with Roost.

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