Indeedee (Female) - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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This is a strategy guide for using Indeedee (Female) 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 Indeedee (Female), as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Indeedee (Female)

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Psychic Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Normal Type
Abilities
Own Tempo Prevents the Pokemon from becoming confused.
Synchronize Passes a burn, poison, or paralysis to the foe.
Psychic Surge (Hidden) The Pokemon creates a Psychic Terrain when it enters a battle.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Psychic Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ghost Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
70 55 65 95 105 85

Best Nature for Indeedee (Female)

Best Natures
Sassy
(+Sp.Def, -Spd)
Relaxed
(+Def, -Spd)

Doubles Movesets for Indeedee (Female)

Follow Me Doubles Support Moveset & Best Build

Follow Me Doubles Support Indeedee Female.png

Nature Sassy (+Sp.Def, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 212 / Sp.Def 44
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def 112 / Sp.Atk 115 / Sp.Def 144
Ability Psychic Surge
Held Item Focus Sash
Sitrus Berry
Moveset Follow Me
Helping Hand
Heal Pulse
Expanding Force

These values are from base stats with 0 Attack and Speed IVs, excluding external factors.

Female Indeedee plays a key role in the Doubles Metagame as a great, all-round redirection support Pokemon. Though it faces stiff competition from the likes of Amoonguss and Togekiss, great natural bulk and access to key utility moves make the Emotion Pokemon the top choice for most teams.

About Indeedee (Female)'s Moves

Follow Me is Indeedee's main support move, redirecting moves towards it to protect its teammate.

Helping Hand is a secondary support move that boosts the power of a partner Pokemon's next move by 50%. Since Helping Hand has +5 priority, this move will always go before its teammate's move.

Heal Pulse is another support move that restores up to 50% of its partner Pokemon's HP.

Its last move is Expanding Force, allowing Indeedee to do chip damage against both opposing Pokemon and prevent it from struggling if inflicted by Taunt.

About Indeedee (Female)'s EV Spread

We're using a modified defensive EV spread with a Sassy Nature, with full HP investment and investing in 212 Def EVs and 44 Sp.Def EVs.

Since Indeedee has a higher Special Defense, 212 Def EVs balances its defensive stats so that it can take on both physical and special hits, which is very important in the Doubles Battle Format.

With the given EV Spread, Indeedee can survive a Darkest Lariat from an Impish Incineroar, heal up with its Sitrus Berry, and survive a follow up Thunder Cage from Timid Regieleki!

About Indeedee (Female)'s Ability

Psychic Surge is Indeedee's best Ability. This sets up Psychic Terrain for 5 turns, boosting the power of Psychic-type moves by 30% and gives Expanding Force a 1.5x power boost.. It also prevents the opposing Pokemon from using priority moves.

About Indeedee (Female)'s Held Item

Indeedee has two options for held item.

Giving Indeedee Focus Sash guarantees it can redirect with Follow Me a second time even after getting hit by a move that would otherwise KO it.

Alternatively, you can give it Sitrus Berry to provide it with immediate healing without wasting too many turns once Indeedee's HP reaches a certain level.

Sitrus Berry vs Leftovers

Other Viable Moves

Fake Out Can replace Healing Pulse, giving Indeedee another way to scout or interrupt the opposing Pokemon.
Ally Switch Can replace Healing Pulse, providing Indeedee another way to redirect move albeit more actively. Can really confuse the opposing player when used in conjunction with Follow Me.
Trick Room Can replace Healing Pulse and is best used in a dedicated Trick Room team.
Terrain Pulse Becomes a 100 Base Power Psychic-type move in Psychic Terrain, but only hits one Pokemon. This move changes type depending on the terrain.
Protect Can replace Healing Pulse, allowing Indeedee to scout moves while protecting it from damage.

How to Use Indeedee (Female) Effectively

Use it as Redirection Support

Female Indeedee is the Doubles Metagame's best redirection support thanks its excellent stat distribution and access to great utility moves. As such, it's solely used as a support Pokemon - redirecting moves with Follow Me and boosting its partner Pokemon's moves with Helping Hand.

How to Build a Team with Indeedee (Female)

Female Indeedee's sole niche in the Doubles Metagame is as a redirection support Pokemon. As such, it enjoys wide distribution across many different teams, randing from Hyper Offense Teams to more defensive-oriented Doubles teams.

How to Build a Doubles Team

Redirection Support for Offensive Teams

Female Indeedee plays a vital role in offensive teams, using Follow Me to ensure that its teammate gets a boost to power up its moves.

Example Redirection Support + Offensive Team

Setup Sweeper Redirection Support
Pokemon SWSH - Bisharp ImageBisharp Pokemon SWSH - Indeedee (Female) ImageIndeedee (Female)
Backup Setup Sweeper Mixed Sweeper
Pokemon SWSH - Thundurus (Therian Forme) ImageThundurus (Therian Forme) Pokemon SWSH - Pheromosa ImagePheromosa

Indeedee plays a vital role in providing redirection support for its teammates; both Bisharp and Thundurus (Therian Forme) appreciate Follow Me so that it can set up with Swords Dance and Nasty Plot respectively, while Pheromosa can freely use its powerful moves without fear of getting KO'd due to its lower defenses.

How to Build an Offensive Team

Redirection Support for Defensive Teams

Female Indeedee can also support more defensive oriented teams, such as stall-based doubles teams that rely on residual damage and phasing.

Example Redirection Support + Defensive Team

Sub Seeder Redirection Support
Pokemon SWSH - Celesteela ImageCelesteela Pokemon SWSH - Indeedee (Female) ImageIndeedee (Female)
Entry Hazard Setter Bulky Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Swampert ImageSwampert Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Zapdos ImageGalarian Zapdos

This team revolves around Celesteela setting up with Substitute and providing residual damage with Leech Seed. The Ultra Beast can get worn down before setting up, so it's important to use Follow Me at the very start of the match to prevent this.

The other teammates also benefit from Indeedee's Follow Me. Swampert can set up Stealth Rock and phase with Yawn safely with redirection support, while Galarian Zapdos can set up with Bulk Up and ensure it provides late-game offensive support for the team.

How to Build a Defensive Team

Counters for Indeedee (Female)

Indeedee (Female)
Weakness Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Dark Image

Overpower it with a Strong Dark-type Move

Although Female Indeedee is bulky, it will still fall to a super effective Dark-type move. It's best to overpower it with repeated attacks at the very start of the match to ensure it can't use Follow Me afterwards.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Single-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Single-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★★
Wicked Blow always deals a critical hit, allowing Urshifu to potentially KO Indeedee in one turn
・Urshifu's Unseen Fist Ability bypasses Protect

Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Moltres ImageGalarian Moltres Ranking: ★★★★★
・Faster than Indeedee and immune to Expanding Force
・Can Taunt Indeedee or flinch it with Fiery Wrath

Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Moltres

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