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

Basic Information for Kartana

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Grass Type Steel Type
Abilities
Beast Boost The Pokemon boosts its most proficient stat each time it knocks out a Pokemon.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Fire Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Poison Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
59 181 131 59 31 109

Best Nature for Kartana

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

Strategies for Kartana

Lead Dynamax Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 134 / Atk 233 / Def 151 / Sp.Def 52 / Spd 177
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Leaf Blade
Smart Strike
Sacred Sword
Aerial Ace

Access to Max Airstream when it uses Dynamax makes Kartana a powerful lead sweeper, with its Ability making it stronger the more Pokemon it KOs.

About Kartana's Moves

Leaf Blade is Kartana's main STAB move, hitting the many Water and Ground-types in the Metagame for super effective damage. Smart Strike is its secondary STAB move and always has perfect accuracy, allowing it to threaten Pokemon that rely on evasion such as Sand Veil Garchomp in Sand.

Sacred Sword is its main coverage move, and becomes Max Knuckle during Dynamax - boosting Kartana and its party's Attack by one stage. It's last move is Aerial Ace, which becomes Max Airstream during Dynamax, raising it and the party's speed by one stage.

About Kartana's EV Spread

We're using a simple physical attacking EV Spread with full investment in Attack and Speed. The remaining 4 EVs are placed in Special Defense to round off Kartana's defenses.

About Kartana's Ability

Beast Boost is Kartana's only ability, raising its highest stat by one stage when it knocks out a Pokemon.

Even with a Jolly Nature, Kartana's Attack Stat is still its highest, which means it gets a +1 Attack Boost every time it knocks out an enemy.

About Kartana's Held Item

We're giving Kartana Focus Sash to ensure it can Dynamax and use Max Knuckle or Max Airstream before it gets knocked out by a check or revenge killer.

Other Viable Moves

Solar Blade A stronger alternative to Leaf Blade, but is better used in a dedicated Sun Team to get rid of the two-turn charge.

Swords Dance Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 134 / Atk 233 / Def 151 / Sp.Def 52 / Spd 177
Ability Beast Boost
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Swords Dance
Leaf Blade
Smart Strike
Sacred Sword

Kartana can further boost its already high attack to dangerous levels, allowing it to KO more Pokemon with its STAB and coverage moves.

About Kartana's Moves

Swords Dance boosts Kartana's Attack by 2 Stages, boosting the power of its two STAB Leaf Blade and Smart Strike even further.

Sacred Sword is its main coverage move, hitting opposing Steel-types as well as Dark-types for super effective damage.

About Kartana's EV Spread

We're using a simple physical attacking EV Spread with full investment in Attack and Speed. The remaining 4 EVs are placed in Special Defense to round off Kartana's defenses.

About Kartana's Ability

Beast Boost is Kartana's only ability, raising its highest stat by one stage when it knocks out a Pokemon.

Even with a Jolly Nature, Kartana's Attack Stat is still its highest, which means it gets a +1 Attack Boost every time it knocks out an enemy.

About Kartana's Held Item

We're giving Kartana Focus Sash to ensure it can Dynamax and use Max Knuckle or Max Airstream before it gets knocked out by a check or revenge killer.

Other Viable Moves

Solar Blade A stronger alternative to Leaf Blade, but is better used in a dedicated Sun Team to get rid of the two-turn charge.

How to Use Kartana Effectively

A Powerful Setup Sweeper in Singles and Doubles

Kartana faces some competition as a lead Dynamax user, but few can match its offensive presence as a setup sweeper. With the right support and one Swords Dance boost, few can safely switch into Drawn Sword Pokemon and risk giving it an additional attack boost thanks to its Ability.

How to Build a Team with Kartana

Kartana is a good choice for setup sweeper in Hyper Offense Teams. Although it needs some team support to safely set up, all it needs is one Swords Dance for it to threaten opposing teams.

Team Options for Kartana

Tapu Lele ImageTapu Lele Kartana ImageKartana Landorus (Therian Forme) ImageLandorus (Therian Forme) Latios ImageLatios Garchomp ImageGarchomp Whimsicott ImageWhimsicott
Lead Terrain Setter Setup Sweeper Defensive Pivot Special Sweeper Choice Scarf Revenge Killer Prankster Support

Tapu Lele makes a great lead and partner for Kartana as its Psychic Surge sets up Psychic Terrain, which prevents priority moves such as Mach Punch that can severely damage Kartana. Latios is also a good offensive partner for the Drawn Sword Pokemon as the two cover each other's offensive shortcomings with their respective STAB moves.

Counters for Kartana

Cripple it With Status

Few Pokemon can safely switch into Kartana, even before its used Swords Dance. The best way to check it and force it to switch out is by threatening it with a Status move.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Volcarona ImageVolcarona Ranking: ★★★★★
・Takes little damage from all of Kartana's attacks
・Even non-defensive variants can survive Kartana's attacks and cripple it with a burn from Flame Body

Moveset & Best Build for Volcarona
Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★★
・Defensive variants take little damage from all of Kartana;s atacks
・Can cripple Kartana with paralysis from Discharge

Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos

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