Pokemon Sword and Shield

Pheromosa - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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

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Basic Information for Pheromosa

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Bug Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fighting Type
Beast Boost The Pokemon boosts its most proficient stat each time it knocks out a Pokemon.

Pheromosa Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Flying Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
71 137 37 137 37 151

Best Nature for Pheromosa

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

Singles Movesets for Pheromosa

Physical Offensive Pivot Moveset & Best Build

Physical Offensive Pivot  Pheromosa.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 147 / Atk 189 / Def 57 / Sp.Def 57 / Spd 223
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Focus Sash
Life Orb
Moveset Close Combat
Poison Jab
Triple Axel

Pheromosa remains the most effective mixed attacker in the metagame, and is one of the few physical attackers that don't fear Landorus. Although it's a glass cannon at best, it's a Pokemon that can easily sweep teams if left unchecked.

This build takes advantage of its high Speed to set it up as an attacker. With its new Tutor Move Triple Axel, it's able to break through Focus Sash to KO Landorus-Therian, and can even KO Dragonite with the Multiscale Ability.

About Pheromosa's EV Spread

It's best to go for the full 252 EVs in Speed to avoid being outsped by Dragapult, which falls shortly behind in base Speed.

About Pheromosa's Ability

Beast Boost increases Pheromosa's highest stat when it knocks out an enemy. With a Naive Nature, Pheromosa has an effective speed of 223 at Level 50. This means it gets a + 1 Speed increase every time it knocks out an enemy, making it more difficult to revenge kill as it gets more boosts.

About Pheromosa's Held Item

Life Orb boosts the power of Pheromosa's moves by 30% at the cost of some residual damage.

Other Viable Moves

Drill Run For handling the likes of Aegislash and Toxapex.
Bounce Can be used as Max Airstream when Dynamaxed. Pheromosa isn't a great Dynamax candidate, so it's low priority to consider.
Feint A stage-2 priority move. For use when up against an opponent which is barely holding on and has a priority move or a Choice Scarf.

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Choice Scarf Pheromosa.png

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 147 / Atk. 189 / Def. 57 / Sp.Def 57 / Spd. 223
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Close Combat
Poison Jab
Triple Axel

On top of an already sky-high base Speed of 151, it can push itself even higher with the Choice Scarf. This allows it to act as a counter for opponents which have boosted their Speed with Max Airstream.

It also allows it to handle opponents who specifically equip a Choice Scarf to handle Pheromosa by holding a Choice Scarf of its own, rendering those opponents' item choice moot.

Drill Run For handling the likes of Aegislash and Toxapex.

How to Use Pheromosa Effectively

A Fast Glass Cannon

With its great mixed attacking stats and high speed, Pheromosa is meant to be played in Hyper Offense teams where it fills the role of an offensive pivot. It's low defenses holds it back a little, but with the right team support, it can sweep teams easily with its STAB and coverage moves.

How to Build a Team with Pheromosa

While Pheromosa is a terror in the Singles format, it's in Doubles where it can unleash its full potential when partnered with a teammate that can cover its main weakness - priority moves.

Team Options for Pheromosa

Doubles Team
Pokemon Indeedee (female).png
Pokemon SWSH - Pheromosa ImagePheromosa
Ability Psychic Surge Beast Boost
Held Item Focus Sash Life Orb
Nature Sassy Naive
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 212 / Sp.Def 44 Atk 252 / Sp.Atk 4 / Spd 252
Moveset Follow Me
Helping Hand
Expanding Force
Close Combat
Poison Jab
Ice Beam

Indeedee (Female) instantly sets up Psychic Terrain with its ability, priority moves such as Dragonite's Extreme Speed or Gale Wings boosted Flying moves from Talonflame.

Although Pheromosa can be partnered with Tapu Lele as well, Indeedee provides vital redirection support with Follow Me.

How to Build a Doubles Team

Counters for Pheromosa

Weakness Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Fairy Image

Counter it with a Defensive Pokemon

Despite its offensive prowess, Pheromosa has trouble handling especially defensive Pokemon. These Pokemon can often retaliate with a move that can cripple or heavily damage it.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Fighting-type Moves and Resists Bug-type Moves
・Can lower Pheromosa's Attack stat with King's Shield

Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash
Pokemon SWSH - Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists both of Pheromosa's STAB Moves
・Lowers Pheromosa's Attack stat with Intimidate and can potentially KO it with Waterfall

Moveset & Best Build for Gyarados
Pokemon SWSH - Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★
・Resists all of Pheromosa's attacks, even Drill Run
・Can cripple Pheromosa with a burn from Scald

Moveset & Best Build for Toxapex
Pokemon SWSH - Jellicent ImageJellicent Ranking: ★★★
・Immune to Pheromosa's Fighting STAB and resists all of its coverage moves
・Can cripple Pheromosa with Scald or threaten it with Night Shade

Moveset & Best Build for Jellicent

Threaten it with Priority Moves

Pheromosa's low defenses means it's very susceptible to getting driven off or outright KO'd by a Pokemon with a priority move.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Azumarill ImageAzumarill Ranking: ★★★★★
Choice Band variants can KO Pheromosa with Aqua Jet
・Resists both of Pheromosa's STAB moves
Moveset & Best Build for Azumarill
Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can heavily damage Pheromosa with Shadow Sneak
・Immune to Fighting-type moves and resists Bug-type moves
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
Pokemon SWSH - Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Ranking: ★★★
Choice Band variants can KO Pheromosa with Ice Shard
・Can set up Stealth Rock if it predicts a switch
Moveset & Best Build for Mamoswine

Check it with a Faster Pokemon

Pheromosa's oppresing presence as an offensive pivot means it's often best checked with a Pokemon that can get a free switch into it. These checks can then threaten Pheromosa and potentially KO it if it decides to stay.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Regieleki ImageRegieleki Ranking: ★★★★★
・Outspeeds Pheromosa with a Modest Nature
・Easily KOs it with Thunderbolt or Thunder Cage

Moveset & Best Build for Regieleki
Pokemon SWSH - Garchomp ImageGarchomp Ranking: ★★★★★
・Outspeeds Pheromosa with a Choice Scarf
・Easily KOs Pheromosa with Outrage

Moveset & Best Build for Garchomp

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