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

Basic Information for Tornadus

Types and Abilities (Incarnate Forme)

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Flying Type
Prankster Gives priority to a status move.
Defiant (Hidden) When its stats are lowered its Attack increases.

Types and Abilities (Therian Forme)

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Flying Type
Regenerator Restores a little HP when withdrawn from battle.

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

Incarnate Forme

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
79 115 70 125 80 111

Therian Forme

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
79 100 80 110 90 121

Best Nature for Tornadus

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

Strategies for Tornadus (Incarnate Forme)

Nasty Plot Rain Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 154 / Def 91 / Sp.Atk 177/ Sp.Def 100 / Spd 179
Ability Prankster
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Nasty Plot
Weather Ball
Focus Blast

Tornadus' Incarnate Forme is a formidable sweeper in Rain. Though not as outright threatening as its counterpart, Thundurus, it's ability to fire 100% accuracy Hurricanes in Rain makes it a terror to slower teams.

About Tornadus Incarnate Forme's Moves

Nasty Plot boosts Tornadus' Special Attack by 2 stages, and will always go first thanks to its Ability. Hurricane is its main STAB move and gets perfect accuracy in Rain and also boasts a 30% chance to inflict confusion.

It's remaining moves are for coverage. Weather Ball becomes a base 100 Water-type move in rain, while Focus Blast lets it hit Steel-types that take little damage from its Flying-type STAB.

About Tornadus Incarante Forme's EV Spread

We're using a basic special attacking EV spread with full investment in Special Attack and Speed, with the remaining 4 EVs placed in Defense to round off its bulk.

About Tornadus Incarnate Forme's Ability

Prankster is the preferred ability for this Tornadus as it gives Nasty Plot a +1 priority boost.

About Tornadus Incarnate Forme's Held Item

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

Other Viable Moves

Grass Knot An alternative to Focus Blast that lets it hit bulky and heavier Ground-types.
Heat Wave Another alternative to Focus Blast to hit Steel-types, but is better used on a non-rain team.
Air Slash A weaker alternative to Hurricane that has better accuracy outside of rain.

Defiant Doubles Physical Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 154 / Atk 167 / Def 91 / Sp.Def 100 / Spd 179
Ability Defiant
Held Item Misty Seed
Electric Seed
Grassy Seed
Psychic Seed
Moveset Acrobatics
Lash Out
Brick Break

A physical attacking Torndaus is an effective lead in Doubles where it can surprise its usual counters and take advantage of the common Intimidate users that are very common in the battle format.

About Tornadus Incarnate Forme's Moves

Acrobatics is its strongest STAB move and, with the right partner and a Terrain Seed held item, becomes a base 110 move once it consumes the seed.

Lash Out is a good neutral move that becomes a 150 Base Power Dark move if its stats get lowered. Brick Break is another coverage move that lets Tornadus hit Rock and Steel-types. It's last move is Tailwind which, while not boosted by Prankster, lets Tornadus support its team when it's not attacking.

About Tornadus Incarnate Forme's EV Spread

We're using a basic physical atacking EV spread with full investment in Attack and Speed, with the remaining 4 EVs placed in Defense to round off its bulk.

About Tornadus Incarnate Forme's Ability

Defiant boosts Tornadus' Attack by 2 Stages when its stats are lowered. When facing an Intimidate user, it gets a +1 Attack.

About Tornadus Incarnate Forme's Held Item

This Tornadus relies on the different Terrain Seeds to boost its stats and ensure Acrobatics gets the power boost once it consumes the item. Your choice of Seed depends on which partner you'll be running Tornadus with.

Misty Seed boosts Tornadus' Special Defense by 1 stage and is best used if partnered with Tapu Fini or Galarian Weezing.

Electric Seed boosts Tornadus' Defense by 1 stage and is best used if partnered with Tapu Koko or Pincurchin.

Grassy Seed boosts Tornadus' Defense by 1 stage and is best used if partnered with Tapu Bulu or Rillaboom.

Psychic Seed boosts Tornadus' Special Defense by 1 stage and is best used if partnered with Tapu Lele or Indeedee.

Other Viable Moves

Superpower A stronger alternative to Brick Break but lowers Tornadus' Attack and Defense and doesn't activate Defiant.

Strategies for Tornadus (Therian Forme)

Mixed Offensive Pivot Moveset & Best Build

Nature Naive (+Spd, -Sp.Def)
EV Spread Atk 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 154 / Atk 121 / Def 100 / Sp.Atk 162 / Spd 190
Ability Regenerator
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Hurricane
Grass Knot

Tornadus Therian's mixed attacking set from Generation V is still effective, especially in Rain Teams where it can fire 100% accuracy Hurricanes.

About Tornadus Therian Forme's Moves

Hurricane is Tornadus' strongest STAB move and has 100% accuracy in Rain. Superpower is its main coverage move, letting Tornadus hit Rock and Steel-type Pokemon that are expecting a pure special attacking Tornadus.

Grass Knot is another coverage move that hits Bulky Ground and Water-types. U-Turn, on the other hand, lets Tornadus quickly pivot away from the battle.

About Tornadus Therian Forme's EV Spread

We're using a basic mixed attacking set with full investment in Special Attack and Speed. The remaining 4 EVs are placed in Attack to boost the power of Superpower.

About Tornadus Therian Forme's Ability

Regenerator is Tornadus Therian Forme's only ability and restores its health by 1/3 of its maximum health when it switches out.

About Tornadus Therian Forme's Held Item

Life Orb boosts the power of Tornadus Therian's attacks by 30% at the cost of some residual damage. This recoild damage, however, is easily patched up by its Regenerator Ability.

Other Viable Moves

Weather Ball A good alternative to Grass Knot that becomes a 100 Base Power Water-type move in Rain.

How to Use Tornadus Effectively

A Powerful Rain Sweeper

Special and Mixed Attacking variants of Tornadus, whether it's in its Incarnate Forme or Therian Forme, are formidable sweepers in Rain where it can fire powerful STAB Hurricanes. With high speed and great attacking stats, it's the best counter to Bulky Grass-types that wall Rain Teams.

How to Build a Team with Tornadus

Although it faces some competition from its Electric counterpart Thundurus, both formes of Tornadus are great additions to Hyper Offense teams in both the singles and doubles format thanks to its great neutral STAB and high speed.

Hyper Offense Rain Sweeper

The mixed attacking Tornadus Therian Forme is arguably the best choice for offensive pivot in offense-oriented rain teams. With the right team support, it can decimate a Rain Team's usual counters and checks.

Politoed ImagePolitoed Azumarill ImageAzumarill Tornadus (Therian Forme) ImageTornadus (Therian Forme) Toxapex ImageToxapex Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Kingdra ImageKingdra
Lead Weather Setter Choice Band Sweeper Offensive Pivot Physical Wall Special Wall Choice Specs Sweeper

Tornadus Therian functions as an offensive pivot between the two choice-locked sweepers in this team, Azumarill and Kingdra. Tornadus' Flying STAB also gives it great neutral coverage and lets it hit Bulky Grass-types that will have no trouble walling Rain Teams.

Counters for Tornadus

Check it with an Electric-type

Both Incarnate and Therian Formes of Tornadus struggle against Electric-types as it lacks a reliable way to hit them. The most it can do is force it to switch with Hurricane, but it's often forced to switch out itself or risk getting knocked out.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Thundurus ImageThundurus Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Tornadus' STAB, takes little damage from its coverage moves, and easily knocks it out with Thunderbolt
・Thundurus' Incarnate Forme can cripple Tornadus with Prankster-boosted Thunder Wave

Moveset & Best Build for Thundurus
Regieleki ImageRegieleki Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Tornadus' STAB and takes little damage from its coverage moves
・Naturally outspeeds Tornadus' Therian Forme, even with a Modest Nature, and easily KOs it with Thunder Cage

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