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

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Basic Information for Landorus (Therian Forme)

Types and Abilities

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

Landorus (Therian Forme) Weaknesses and Resistances

Type
Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Ice Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Water Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Ground Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

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

Best Nature for Landorus (Therian Forme)

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Landorus (Therian Forme)

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

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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.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s EV Spread

This build utilizes as a standard physically offensive spread with the rest of the EVs invested into HP.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Ability

Intimidate lowers the attack stat of the opponent by one stage. This provides great utility for team mates who may benefit from weaker physical attacks.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Held Item

Choice Scarf allows Landorus (Therian Forme) to get a 50% boost to it's speed in excange of being locked into only one move until it decides to switch out.

Other Viable Moves

Fly Can be used to increase its Speed by one stage with Max Airstream. Becomes 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

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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)'s Moves

This build focuses on increasing Landorus' high attack power with Swords Dance and tearing through foes. After one Swords Dance, Max Airstream (from Fly) becomes incredibly strong, and the added damage from the equipped Life Orb will have your enemy's struggling to recover.

Stone Edge and Earthquake offer a near perfect neutral coverage only being resisted by Virizion.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s EV Spread

This build utilizes as a standard physically offensive spread with the rest of the EVs invested into HP.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Ability

Intimidate lowers the attack stat of the opponent by one stage. This provides great utility for team mates who may benefit from weaker physical attacks.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Held Item

Life Orb offers a flat 30% increase to your damage at the expense of a percentage of your HP.

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

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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)'s 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.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s EV Spread

This set utilizes a defensive spread focusing mostly on HP and Defense. A few points are added to Special Defense to better handle strong Ice-type moves such as Ice Beam.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Ability

Intimidate lowers the attack stat of the opponent by one stage. This provides great utility for team mates who may benefit from weaker physical attacks.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Held Item

The Figy Berry and the Sitrus Berry are both health-restoring berries that activate when the user's health drops low enough. They recover 1/3rd and 1/4th of the user's HP respectively. This will be the only form of recovery that Landorus (Therian Forme) can take advantage of.

Alternatively, you can rack up more damage against Pokemon who use contact moves by equipping a Rocky Helmet.

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.

Double Movesets for Landorus (Therian Forme)

Bulky Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 244 / Atk 252 / Sp.Def 12
Final Stat Values HP 195 / Atk 216 / Defe 110 / Sp.Def 102 / Spd 111
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Rock Slide
Earthquake
Hammer Arm
U-Turn

Landorus needs to take into account both physical and special threats in Doubles - often during the same turn. Giving it Assault Vest boosts its rather mediocre Special Defense, allowing it to potentially survive a Special Attack and hit back with its powerful moves.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Moves

Rock Slide and Earthquake provide Landorus great neutral coverage, with the former having additional utility with its 30% chance to cause flinching.

Hammer Arm adds extra coverage, helping Landorus deal with Normal and Dark-types such as Porgyon2 and Urshifu Single-Strike Style, at the cost of lowering its Speed by 1 stage.

U-Turn is its last move and allows Landorus to quickly pivot to a partner if it encounters a check or counter. It also deals good chip damage against pure Grass-types thanks to its great base Attack stat.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s EV Spread

We're using a standard bulky EV spread with 244 HP and 12 Sp.Def to give Landorus some much needed bulk, while full Atk EV investment ensures it hits as hard as possible with its STAB and coverage moves.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Ability

Intimidate lowers the attack stat of both opponents in Doubles by one stage.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Held Item

Assault Vest boosts Landorus' Sp.Def by 50%. With just 12 Sp.Def EVs, this held item gives Landorus an effective 153 Sp.Def at level 50!

Other Viable Moves

Rock Tomb Although less powerful and doesn't hit both Pokemon, it allows Landorus to provide some form of Speed control for its teammates.
Fly Landorus' only Flying-type STAB and a good alternative to Hammer Arm. This move becomes Max Airstream during Dynamax, which gives Landorus and its partner +1 Speed.
Stone Edge A stronger Rock-type move that only hits one target and doesn't suffer from reduced damage like Rock Slide. This move also has a higher chance to deal critical hits.

Defensive Pivot Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 184 / Sp.Atk 10 / Sp.Def 62
Final Stat Values HP 196 / Def 184 / Sp.Atk 138 / Sp.Def 108 / Spd 111
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Protect
Stealth Rock
Earth Power
U-Turn

Although Landorus has a higher Attack stat, a bulky Special Attacker can surprise its usual counters and checks and perform even better as a bulky pivot in the Doubles battle format.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Moves

Protect and Stealth Rock are Landorus' main support moves, with the former allowing it to scout moves while the latter lets it support its team by providing entry hazard support.

Earth Power is its main STAB move and while coming off from Landorus' weaker Special Attack, it doesn't suffer from damage spread in Doubles like Earthquake. It's also unaffected by Grassy Terrain and allows Landorus to comfortably switch into opposing Intimidate users without fear of losing offensive momentum.

U-Turn is Landorus' last move and is used not for its damage but to allow the Abundance Pokemon to pivot from the battle to another Pokemon if it encounters a Pokemon it can't wall or threaten.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s EV Spread

We're using a modified EV spread with full HP investment. 184 Def EVs and 62 Sp.Def EVs round off its bulk while the remaining 10 Sp.Atk EVs and a Modest Nature ensures it still hits reasonably well with Earth Power.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Ability

Intimidate lowers the attack stat of both opponents in Doubles by one stage.

About Landorus (Therian Forme)'s Held Item

Sitrus Berry is the preferred recovery item in Doubles as it provides higher, immediate healing over Leftovers.

Sitrus Berry vs Leftovers

Other Viable Moves

Sand Tomb A good utility move that can replace Protect and allows Landorus to trap Pokemon and prevent them from switching.
Grass Knot Can replace Stealth Rock to surprise and threaten bulky Water-types like Quagsire.

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.

How to Build a Team with Landorus (Therian Forme)

With Intimidate and solid bulk, Landorus (Therian Forme) can be hard to take down if the opponent is unprepared. It can naturally find its place in most teams.

A Physical Tank for Offensive Teams

Example Offensive Team

Physical Tank Special Attacker Utility
Pokemon SWSH - Landorus (Therian Forme) ImageLandorus (Therian Forme) Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl

Its own STAB moves are strong enough to make substantial dents onto the enemy team which Zapdos can later finish off. It can also set up Stealth Rock if necessary, and U-Turn out against unfavorable matchups.

Zapdos serves as the main special attacker of the team. It also has a good selection of moves including Rising Voltage if you want to take full advantage of Max Lightning. Alternatively, Volt Switch can help you maintain momentum in your favor.

Grimmsnarl offers fantastic utility by offering the fastest Reflects and Light Screens thanks to Prankster. This will help with your sweepers survivability.

Learn more about building offensive teams by checking out our full guide below.
How to Build an Offensive Team | Best Hyper Offense Team

Counters for Landorus (Therian Forme)

Landorus (Therian Forme)
Weakness Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Water Image

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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Suicune ImageSuicune Ranking: ★★★★☆
・As a Special Attacker, Suicune doesn't have to worry about Intimidate
・It scares away Landorus with Ice Beam.
Scald also has the chance to cripple Landorus.
Suicune - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Alolan Ninetales easily outspeeds Landorus and threatens it with Blizzard
・With the use of a Focus Sash, Alolan Ninetales can switch in and revenge kill Landorus
Alolan Ninetales - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can one shot Landorus with Icicle Crash even when it's 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
Pokemon SWSH - Celesteela ImageCelesteela Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists both of Landorus' STAB attacks and is highly durable
・With it's great all around stats, it can easily fit in most teams
Celesteela - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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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