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This is a strategy guide for using Moltres 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 Moltres, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Pressure||The Pokemon raises the foe's PP usage.|
|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||HP 208 / Def 60 / Spd 240|
|Final Stat Values||HP 191 / Def 118 / Sp.Atk 145 / Sp.Def 105 / Spd 154|
|Held Item||Heavy-Duty Boots|
Roost is its main recovery move, and also gets rid of its Flying-typing for that turn. Flamethrower is its main STAB, while Scorching Sands lets it hit Rock-types, while also boasting a 30% chance to burn the target.
We're using a modified defensive set. 208 HP EVs and 60 Defense EVs make Moltres as bulky as possible, while 240 Speed EVs ensure it can outrun slower sweepers and defensive Pokemon.
This build revolves around its Pressure ability, which causes the opposing Pokemon to lose 2 PP instead of 1.
We're giving Moltres Heavy-Duty Boots to protect it from Stealth Rock, which would otherwise cut its HP in half.
|Incinerate||A weaker alternative to Flamethrower that destroys the target's berries, and has a niche in Doubles.|
|Nature||Timid (+Spd, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252|
|Final Stat Values||HP 165 / Def 110 / Sp.Atk 177 / Sp.Def 106 / Spd 156|
|Held Item||Choice Specs|
Moltres can also fill the role of a special sweeper and is a good choice to round out a team's Fire/Water/Grass offensive core.
Burn Up is powerful Fire-type move that removes Moltres' Fire typing after use. Since Moltres will often switch out, the loss of Fire typing is a non-issue. It also lessens the damage from Rock-type moves and makes Moltres take neutral damage to Water-type moves.
Moltres' last move is U-Turn, which allows it to quickly pivot away from the battle if it faces a check or counter.
We're using a straightforward special attacking build with full investment in Sp.Attack and Speed, with the remaining 4 EVs placed in Special Defense.
Flame Body is the preferred Ability for this build. When Moltres is hit by a contact move, it has a 30% chance to inflict a burn on the attacker.
Choice Specs boosts the power of Moltres' special attack by 50% at the cost of not being able to switch moves during the turn.
|Hurricane||A stronger but less accurate alternative to Air Slash and is best used if Moltres finds itself under the effects of rain.|
Moltres is a good choice for a team lacking a Fire-type looking to fill out its Fire/Water/Grass core. It's ability to inflict burns through its Ability and moves also make it a great status spreader.
Both Defensive and Offensive Moltres can easily fit in balanced teams that require a Fire Core.
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|Defensive Wall||Choice Specs Sweeper|
|Cleric/Special Wall||Late-Game Sweeper|
Moltres patches up Rillaboom's lacking coverage, while also boasting great synergy with Slowbro. The three form a Fire/Water/Grass core, covering each other's weaknesses and lack of coverage with their typing and moves.
Outside of the rare Solar Beam variants, Moltres struggles beating Water-types as they take very little damage from its STAB and coverage moves. Faster Water-types, in particular, can easily KO Moltres if it doesn't switch.
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