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

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Basic Information for Yveltal

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dark Type Flying Type
Abilities
Dark Aura Raises power of Dark type moves for all Pokemon in battle.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Psychic Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
126 131 95 131 98 99

Best Nature for Yveltal

Best Natures
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)
Modest
(+Sp.Atk, -Atk)

Singles Movesets for Yveltal

Life Orb Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Life Orb Special Attacker Yveltal.png

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Def 115 / Sp.Atk 183 / Sp.Def 119 / Spd 166
Ability Dark Aura
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Dark Pulse
Oblivion Wing
Heat Wave
Sucker Punch

Yveltal is a powerful special sweaper with access to great dual STAB and its signature move letting it stay in matches longer despite the recoil damage from Life Orb. It's best used as the team's Dynamax Pokemon and lead thanks to its access to Max Airstream.

About Yveltal's Moves

Dark Pulse is Yveltal's main STAB move, and gets a 33% boost thanks to Dark Aura. It also has a 30% chance to cause flinching. Oblivion Wing is its secondary STAB, dealing great damage and restoring 75% of the damage it deals.

Heat Wave is its main coverage move, hitting Steel and Ice-types, as well as Grass-types with a secondary typing such as Ferrothorn.

Sucker Punch is its last move and is mostly used to hit weakened faster Pokemon, especially the ones that survive with 1 HP from a Focus Sash or Sturdy.

About Yveltal's EV Spread

We're using a basic special attacking EV spread for this build, with full investmetn in Special Attack and Speed so that Yveltal hits as hard and as fast as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are invested in Special Defense to improve its bulk.

About Yveltal's Ability

Dark Aura is Yveltal's only Ability, powering up all Dark-type moves by 33% as long as Yveltal is present in the field.

About Yveltal's Held Item

Life Orb boosts the power of Yveltal's moves by 30% at the cost of some recoil damage.

Other Viable Moves

Focus Blast A Fighting-type coverage move that can replace Sucker Punch to give Yveltal better neutral coverage.
Snarl A good alternative to Sucker Punch that lowers the opposing Pokemon's Special Attack by 1 stage.

Weakness Policy Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Weakness Policy Sweeper Yveltal.png

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Def 115 / Sp.Atk 183 / Sp.Def 119 / Spd 166
Ability Dark Aura
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Dark Pulse
Oblivion Wing
Heat Wave
Sucker Punch

Weakness Policy lets Yveltal use its usual weaknesses to increase its offenses, letting it power through its usual checks and counters with boosted moves.

About Yveltal's Moves

Dark Pulse is Yveltal's main STAB move, and gets a 33% boost thanks to Dark Aura. It also has a 30% chance to cause flinching. Oblivion Wing is its secondary STAB, dealing great damage and restoring 75% of the damage it deals.

Heat Wave is its main coverage move, hitting Steel and Ice-types, as well as Grass-types with a secondary typing such as Ferrothorn.

Sucker Punch is its last move and is mostly used to hit weakened faster Pokemon, especially the ones that survive with 1 HP from a Focus Sash or Sturdy.

About Yveltal's EV Spread

We're using a basic special attacking EV spread for this build, with full investmetn in Special Attack and Speed so that Yveltal hits as hard and as fast as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are invested in Special Defense to improve its bulk.

About Yveltal's Ability

Dark Aura is Yveltal's only Ability, powering up all Dark-type moves by 33% as long as Yveltal is present in the field.

About Yveltal's Held Item

Weakness Policy boosts Yveltal's Attack and Special Attack by 2 stages when it gets hit by a super effective move.

Other Viable Moves

Focus Blast A Fighting-type coverage move that can replace Sucker Punch to give Yveltal better neutral coverage.
Taunt Allows Yveltal to shut down opposing Pokemon using status and support moves and becomes Max Guard during Dynamax.

Physical Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Atk 183 / Def 115 / Sp.Def 119 / Spd 166
Ability Dark Aura
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Lash Out
Dual Wingbeat
Sucker Punch
U-Turn

This physical attacking Yveltal was used by Japanese competitive player Sakku to reach second place in the current Ranked Battle Season.

While this build loses some long-term survivability due to lack of recovery move, it's a formidable physical attacker that can surprise its usual checks and counters and is a great pivot attacker due to its ability to outspeed base 90 Speed Pokemon.

About Yveltal's Moves

Lash Out is a great opening move, especially if facing an opponent with Intimidate. When one of Yveltal's stats gets lowered, this move's base power increases to 150.

Dual Wingbeat is a great utility move that hits twice, allowing Yveltal to beat Focus Sash, Substitute, and Sturdy Pokemon. It also becomes Max Airstream during Dynamax.

Sucker Punch allows Yveltal to hit faster and frailer attackers and potentially KO them, such as Mimikyu and Gengar, while U-Turn lets it quickly pivot out of the battle when it encounters a check.

About Yveltal's EV Spread

We're using a basic physical attacking EV spread for this Yveltal with full investment in Attack and Speed so that it hits as hard and as fast as possible with a Jolly Nature. The remaining 4 EVs are placed in Defense to improve its physical bulk slightly.

About Yveltal's Ability

Dark Aura is Yveltal's only Ability, powering up all Dark-type moves by 33% as long as Yveltal is present in the field.

About Yveltal's Held Item

Choice Band boosts Yveltal's physical attacks by 50% but prevents it from switching moves.

How to Use Yveltal Effectively

A Bulky Special Attacker

Yveltal's is one of the bulkier Life Orb users since it can stay healthy even in long matches thanks to its Oblivion Wing move, which heals it as long as it keeps attacking.

A Powerful Lead Dynamax Attacker

Yveltal is a great lead Dynamax user courtest of its Flying-typing, giving it access to Max Airstream that can support its team. Its Dark Aura Ability also makes it a great partner in Doubles since it also powers up its partner Pokemon's Dark-type moves.

How to Build a Team with Yveltal

Yveltal is easy to fit into any team since both Offensive and Defensive teams can benefit from Max Airstream, although it's often restricted to a lead Dynamax role.

Example Team Role

Lead Dynamax Lead + Defensive Team

Lead Dynamax Defensive Pivot Physical Attacker
Yveltal ImageYveltal Galarian Slowking ImageGalarian Slowking Scizor ImageScizor

This balanced team appreciates Yveltal's ability to set up Max Airstream with its Flying-type STAB, and can further inhibit the opposing team with its Special Defense-reducing Max Darkness.

Galarian Slowking functions as the this team's Defensive Pivot, switching into Fairy-types that take little damage from Yveltal's STAB moves.

Scizor rounds off this defensive team, filling the role of a bulky physical attacker that can overpower Fairy and Rock-types. It also appreciates the speed boost Yveltal provides with its Max Airstream.

How to Build a Defensive Team

Counters for Yveltal

Check it with Resistant Pokemon

Yveltal struggles against bulky and defensive Pokemon that are resistant to its STAB moves. Bulky Dark-types in particular are great switch-ins to Yveltal and can easily force it out with its coverage moves.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
Sand Stream Ability sets up Sandstorm that boosts its Special Defense by 50%
・Resists both of Yveltal's STAB moves
・Choice Band variants can easily KO Yveltal with Stone Edge

Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Zacian ImageZacian Ranking: ★★★★★
・Outspeeds Yveltal and easily KOs with Play Rough
・Can threaten Dynamax Yveltal with boosted Behemoth Blade

Moveset & Best Build for Zacian
Regieleki ImageRegieleki Ranking: ★★★★
・Outspeeds Yveltal and easily KOs with Transistor-boosted Thunder or Thunder Cage
・Can set up Reflect and Light Screen

Moveset & Best Build for Regieleki
Tapu Koko ImageTapu Koko Ranking: ★★★★
・Resists both of Yveltal's STAB moves
・Outspeeds Yveltal and easily KOs with Thunderbolt

Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Koko

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