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This is a strategy guide for using Necrozma (Dusk Mane) 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 Necrozma (Dusk Mane), as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Necrozma (Dusk Mane)

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Psychic Type Steel Type
Abilities
Prism Armor Reduces damage from super-effective attacks.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 3x damage -
Takes 1.5x damage
Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Psychic Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Poison Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
97 157 127 113 109 77

Best Nature for Necrozma (Dusk Mane)

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

Singles Movesets for Necrozma (Dusk Mane)

Weakness Policy Moveset & Best Build

Weakness Policy Necrozma Dusk Mane.png

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Spd 4
Final Stat Values HP 204 / Atk 229 / Def 147 / Sp.Def 129 / Spd 98
Ability Prism Armor
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Sunsteel Strike
Earthquake
Psychic Fangs
Rock Blast

Necrozma's Prism Armor works well with Weakness Policy in that it takes reduced damage from super effective moves, but still benefits from the boost. This makes Necrozma (Dusk Mane) surprisingly durable, and even more so when Dynamaxed.

About Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s Moves

Sunsteel Strike and Psychic Fangs serve as your main STAB moves.

Sunsteel Strike has the added benefit of becoming Max Steelstrike to increase physical defense, while Earthquake can become Max Quake to increase Special Defense.

Rock Blast rounds out your coverage while giving you an attack to deal with Pokemon like Yveltal.

About Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s EV Spread

Full investment in HP and Attack helps maximize Necrozma's bulk from attacks on both side of the spectrum, while still garnering enough damage for it to dish out on it's own.

About Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s Ability

Prism Armor reduces the damage dealt by super effective moves by a quarter of their damage. This helps Necrozma withstand super effective hits better than most.

About Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s Held Item

By switching in on a super effective move, Weakness Policy raises Necrozma's offensive stats allowing it to be strong and bulky at the same time.

Other Viable Moves

Stone Edge More consistent damage than Rock Blast, although has less accuracy.
Heat Wave Coverage move for opposing Steel-types such as Celesteela or Skarmory who cannot be hit by Earthquake.
If Weakness Policy is activated, the boost in Special Attack will help deal more damage from the Special side.
Brick Break Coverage move for opposing Dark-types. Gives Necrozma (Dusk Mane) access to Max Knuckle to raise Attack.
Dragon Dance Increases Attack and Speed by one stage. Gives Necrozma (Dusk Mane) access to Max Guard.

Dragon Dance Moveset & Best Build

Dragon Dance Necrozma Dusk Mane.png

Nature Jolly(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 173 / Atk 209 / Def 147 / Sp.Def 129 / Spd 141
Ability Prism Armor
Held Item Life Orb
Lum Berry
Moveset Sunsteel Strike
Earthquake
Psychic Fangs
Dragon Dance

This sets takes boosting into its own hands through the form of Dragon Dance. The increase in Attack and Speed should set Necrozma up for success,

About Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s Moves

Sunsteel Strike and Psychic Fangs serve as your main STAB moves.

Sunsteel Strike has the added benefit of becoming Max Steelstrike to increase physical defense, while Earthquake can become Max Quake to increase Special Defense.

Dragon Dance is used to increase Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s Attack and Speed by one stage. It also gives Necrozma (Dusk Mane) access to Max Guard.

About Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s EV Spread

A standard Physical Attacking Sweeper spread suits this particular build. Maximizing Attack and Speed allows you to deal the most damage as fast as possible.

About Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s Ability

Prism Armor reduces the damage dealt by super effective moves by a quarter of their damage. This helps Necrozma withstand super effective hits better than most.

About Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s Held Item

Life Orb helps further increase Necrozma (Dusk Mane)'s damage output at the expense of survivability.

Lum Berry safeguards Necrozma (Dusk Mane) from statuses such as Burn or Paralysis that would otherwise cripple its offensive prowess.

Other Viable Moves

Stone Edge A strong Rock-type move that offers decent coverage against Fire-types and Flying-types.
Be wary as Stone Edge has low accuracy.
Rock Blast Another reliable Rock-type move that has the added benefit of being a multi-hit move. It can also help take down enemies with Focus Sash in one hit.

How to Use Necrozma (Dusk Mane) Effectively

Physical Attacker With Prism Armor

Necrozma (Dusk Mane) can take the survivability it gains from Prism Armor and translate it into an advantage by increasing its stats through means such as Weakness Policy or Dragon Dance. There are few Pokemon who can solidly take a hit coming from a boosted base 157 Attack stat.

Can Put Up A Fight Against Other Hot Picks

Necrozma (Dusk Mane) can capitalize on the type advantages it has over other hot picks in the metagame. The Steel-type and Psychic-type moves work well against threats such as Xerneas, Zacian, and Eternatus. It is especially strong against Xerneas as it resists Xerneas' moves, while counter-attacking for super effective damage.

How to Build a Team with Necrozma (Dusk Mane)

A Tanky Physical Attacker for Offensive Teams

Example Physical Attacker + Offense Core

Dynamax Lead Special Attacker Physical Attacker
Necrozma (Dusk Mane) ImageNecrozma (Dusk Mane) Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini Incineroar ImageIncineroar

As a Fairy-type, Tapu-Fini can be a solid teammate for Necrozma who might struggle facing off against Dark-type Pokemon. Misty Terrain also safeguards Necrozma from status conditions that would otherwise cripple it. Tapu Fini can also hold its own which works well with this offensive team.

Incineroar rounds out the core with useful Dark-type coverage and the ability to lower the physical attacks of enemies thanks to Intimidate. With U-Turn, Incineroar can also scout out the enemy's intention allowing you to switch to a more favorable match up.

Necrozma (Dusk Mane) works well with these two Alolan Pokemon and can also cover their Water and Flying-type weaknesses thanks to its STAB Psychic and Steel-type coverage.

How to Build an Offensive Team

Counters for Necrozma (Dusk Mane)

Counter with Dark-type Pokemon

Dark-types benefit from the immunity to the Psychic-type. Be wary though as it will take a few turns to whittle down Necrozma(Dusk Mane)'s HP.

We recommend dealing neutral damage first, before finishing it off with a super effective move to avoid giving Weakness Policy variants a stat boost.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Yveltal ImageYveltal Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has access to STAB Dark-type moves and the added boost from Dark Aura to deal super effective damage.
・Has to be careful of Necrozma's Rock-type coverage moves.

Moveset & Best Build for Yveltal
Umbreon ImageUmbreon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Necrozma's strength against it with Foul Play
・Has access to Yawn which disrupts Necrozma's momentum.
・Has to be careful of Necrozma's Fightning-type coverage moves.

Moveset & Best Build for Umbreon
Urshifu Single-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Single-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★
・Has access to the STAB Dark-type move Wicked Blow to deal critical super effective damage.
・Has to be careful of Necrozma's Fightning-type coverage moves.

Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style

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