This is a strategy guide for using Cresselia 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 Cresselia, as well as its strengths and weak points.
|Cresselia - Related Guides|
|Evolution and Learnset||Build for Ranked Battle|
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Levitate||Gives immunity to Ground type moves.|
|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|
|Nature||Bold (+Def, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||HP 252/ Def 252 / Spd 4|
|Final Stat Values||HP 227 / Def 189 / Sp.Atk 95 / Sp.Def 150 / Spd 106|
|Held Item||Kee Berry
Cresselia's great mixed bulk and reliable recovery make it a great Calm Mind user with Stored Power.
Thanks to Cresselia's great bulk, it has plenty of chances to set up with Calm Mind to further boost the damage of Stored Power. Moonblast is its main coverage move while Moonlight provides reliable healing, allowing Cresselia to stay in battle for a longer time.
We're using a standard physically defensive EV spread with full investment in HP and Defense, with the remaining 4 EVs placed in Speed.
Cresselia has two options for held item.
Kee Berry raises Cresselia's Defense by one stage if it gets hit by a physical move.
Leftovers provides great residual healing and, when used in conjunction with Moonlight, helps keep Cresselia healthy throughout long protracted matches.
|Ice Beam||Can replace Moonblast. Allows Cresselia to hit Ground and Flying types.|
|Substitute||Setting up a Substitute prevents Cresselia from getting hit by status conditions, such as Poison or Burn.|
|Nature||Bold (+Def, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||HP 252 / Def 252 / Sp. Def 4|
|Final Stat Values||HP 227 / Def 189 / Sp.Atk 95 / Sp.Def 151 / Spd 105|
|Held Item||Rocky Helmet|
Cresselia's massive defense make it one of the best physical walls in the game, letting it easily handle some of the strongest physical sweepers in the current metagame.
Thunder Wave is a good support move that lets Cresselia threaten faster setup sweepers, such as Dynamax Pokemon using Max Airstream. It's last move is Moonlight, which provides reliable healing and lets Cresselia stay for longer in a match.
We're using a standard physically defensive EV spread with full investment in HP and Defense, with the remaining 4 EVs placed in Special Defense to round off its bulk.
Rocky Helmet causes opposing Pokemon that hit Cresselia with a contact move to receive some residual damage.
|Moonblast||An alternative coverage move that lets Cresselia hit Dark-types for super effective damage.|
|Psyshock||An alternative to Psychic that hits the Defense stat instead of Special Defense. Allows Cresselia to better take on Special Walls.|
|Icy Wind||Weaker than Ice Beam but lowers the speed stat of the opposing Pokemon.|
|Calm Mind||Boosts Cresselia's Special Attack and Special Defense, making it more bulky and allows it to hit harder with Psychic.|
|Lunar Dance||A sacrificial move that knocks Cresselia out, but completely restores a fainted ally's HP and PP.|
Cresselia high mixed defenses make it a great all-round physical wall that can stop common physical attackers in the metagame. Access to Moonlight makes it a great counter to Dynamax users as it can reliably heal off damage while weathering down the opposing Pokemon with its moves.
With the role of Defensive Pokemon going to Pokemon with more attractive resistances and immunities, Cresselia can instead fill the role of a bulky Calm Mind sweeper. While often used in Singles, it flourishes in Doubles where it's great mixed bulk allows it to naturally withstand hits from both physical and special attacks.
Cresselia faces very stiff competition from the plethora of tougher defensive Pokemon in the metagame who can provide more utility to the rest of the team. It does have a niche in Doubles though as a bulky Calm Mind sweeper.
Cresselia finds many chances to switch in due to its good bulk and can freely set up in front of most Pokemon in the Doubles metagame. The Lunar Pokemon becomes a very real threat to frailer teams, especially if it's accumulated three or more Calm Mind boosts!
Learn how to build a Doubles Team by reading our full article below!
How to Build a Doubles Team
Both Defensive and Offensive variants of Cresselia struggle against Dark-type Pokemon as it lacks a coverage move to even threaten them.
|Galarian Moltres||Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Stored Power
・It's high Special Defense lets it withstand Cresselia's coverage moves
・Can wear down Cresselia using a combination of Fiery Wrath and Hurricane
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Moltres
・Outspeeds Cresselia and 2HKOs with Shadow Ball
|Urshifu Single-Strike Style||Ranking: ★★★★
・Immune to Psyshock and Stored Power
・Choice Band variants can 2HKO Cresselia with Wicked Blow
・Needs to be wary of Moonblast
Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Despite Cresselia's great bulk, it can still be worn down by powerful attacks - especially ones that deal super effective damage to it. Mimikyu and Dragapult, in particular, can check Cresselia and force it to switch or risk getting worn down.
・Disguise lets it set up with Swords Dance and can KO with Max Phantasm
・Mimikyu is easy to use and fit into most teams, which means Cresselia needs to be wary about a Mimikyu check all the time
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
・2HKOs Cresselia with Black Glasses boosted Shadow Ball
・Physical variants can also threaten it with Poltergeist
・Dragapult is easy to use and fit into most teams, which means Cresselia needs to be wary about a Dragapult check all the time
Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult
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