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This is a strategy guide for using Galarian Articuno 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 Galarian Articuno, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Competitive||Raises Special Attack when the Pokemon's stats are lowered.|
|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||Timid (+Spd, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252|
|Final Stat Values||HP 165 / Def 106 / Sp.Atk 177 / Sp.Def 120 / Spd 161|
Freezing Glare is Galarian Articuno's main STAB move, and has a 10% chance to freeze the target. Hurricane is its secondary STAB move and has perfect accuracy in Rain. It also has a 30% chance to confuse the target.
The remaining moves are for coverage. Shadow Ball hits Ghost-types and opposing Psychic-types like Cresselia, while Ancient Power hits opposing Flying-types. The latter also has a 10% chance to raise all of Galarian Articuno's stats by 10%.
We're using a simple special attacking EV spread with full investment in Special Attack and Speed, with the remaining EVs placed in Defese to round off its bulk.
Competitive is Galarian Articuno's only ability, raising its Special Attack by two stages when one of its stats is lowered. This makes it a great check to Intimidate users such as Landorus and Gyarados, as well as Defog users such as Tapu Fini.
Galarian Articuno has two options for held items.
Life Orb boosts the power of its moves by 30% at the cost of some recoil damage. This is the better choice if using Articuno as the main Dynamax sweeper.
Choice Specs is a stronger held item that boosts the power of Galarian Articuno's special moves by 50%, but prevents it from switching moves.
|Air Slash||An alternative to Hurricane if not using Galarian Articuno in a rain team.|
|Recover||Can replace Articuno on Life Orb sets so that Galarian Articuno can heal off recoil damage.|
|Psycho Shift||Another alternative to Ancient Power if facing against stall teams that rely on status.|
Galarian Articuno is a great candidate for lead sweeper and Dynamax user for teams. Since most teams lead with Intimidiate users, Galarian Articuno can get a +2 Special Attack boost off the bat thanks to its Competitive Ability and then Dynamax afterwards.
Access to Max Airstream is another reason why it's a good choice to lead with Galarian Articuno as it instantly boost it and its team's speed by one stage.
Galarian Articuno is easy to fit in many teams, especially if used as a lead or Dynamax user. It's also a powerful Expanding Force user in Doubles and its Competitive Ability almost guarantees it gets a +2 Special Attack boost.
|Held Item||Focus Sash||Life Orb|
|EV Spread||HP 252 / Def 212 / Sp.Def 44||Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252|
Indeedee (Female) is a great partner for Galarian Articuno. Apart from setting up Psychic Terrain automatically with its Ability, it also provides vital redirection support with Follow Me. It also provides Helping Hand support, further boosting the power of Galarian Articuno's moves.
Galarian Articuno struggles against Dark-type Pokemon as it doesn't have a reliable way to check them. Some Dark-types even resist Galarian Articuno's secondary Flying STAB and doesn't care much about confusion.
・Immune to Freezing Glare and resists Hurricane
・Sand Stream boosts Tyranitar's Special Defense and lowers Hurricane's accuracy
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・Immune to Freezing Glare and resists Hurricane
・Threatens Galarian Articuno with Sucker Punch
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Btw, Psychic terrain only affects grounded pokemon, so Articuno's Expanding Force and psychic moves aren't affected in any way, making it's expanding force set not viable.
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