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This is a strategy guide for using Reshiram 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 Reshiram, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Turboblaze||Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.|
|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||Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||HP 252 / Sp.Atk 188 / Sp.Def 68|
|Final Stat Values||HP 207 / Def 120 / Sp.Atk 213 / Sp.Def 149 / Spd 110|
|Held Item||Expert Belt|
Reshiram's great Dragon/Fire dual typing makes it one of the few Dragon-type Pokemon that don't fear Fairy and Ice-types, allowing it to freely switch into common Dragon counters and threaten them with its powerful moves.
Blue Flare is one of Reshiram's strongest STAB moves - a Base 130 Power Fire-type Move that has a 20% chance to inflict a burn.
We're using a bulkier EV spread for this Reshiram to capitalize on its unique resistances. Full HP Investment and 68 Special Defense make it as bulky as possible on its special side, while 188 Special Attack allows it to hit reasonably hard with a Modest Nature.
Turboblaze is Reshiram's only Ability and is what makes it a very formidable special attacker. This Ability ignores Abilities such as Lugia and Dragonite's Multiscale, Mimikyu's Disguise, or Sturdy, allowing Reshiram to attack them directly.
We're giving this Reshiram Expert Belt. This item boosts the power of Reshiram's super effective moves by 20%.
|Fly||A niche alternative move that becomes Max Airstream during Dynamax.|
|Ancient Power||A niche alternative coverage move that has a 10% chance to increase all of Reshiram's stats by 1 stage.|
|Dragon Pulse||Although weaker than Draco Meteor, Reshiram can use this move outside of Dynamax.|
|Focus Blast||An alternative coverage move that allows Reshiram to beat bulky Tyranitar.|
Reshiram's great bulk and wide powerful special moves make it a great attacker for balanced teams. It's main role is a Dynamax Pokemon that can withstand an opponent's attack and overpower the opposing team with high-powered STAB moves.
With its unique resistances, it's a great choice for lead or backup Dynamax sweeper as it can take on Fairy and Ice-type Pokemon.
Reshiram is easy to fit in both offensive and defensive-oriented teams, and can provide its teammates with special coverage with its STAB moves alone.
Reshiram is a great choice for Dynamax Lead for Defensive teams, with its unique resitances and great STAB coverage providing some valuable offensive momentum to an otherwise defensive-oriented team.
|Lead Dynamax||Defensive Pivot||Bulk Up Attacker|
This defensive team has a Fire/Water/Grass core consisting of Reshiram, Slowbro, and Rillaboom.
Slowbro synergizes well with Reshiram, providing valuable Water resist and is capable of burning opposing attackers with Scald.
Rillaboom rounds off this team's coverage, providing strong Grass-type STAB to overpower Water-types that can wall Reshiram. It also functions as a late game sweeper with Bulk Up.
・Sand Stream sets up Sandstorm, boosting Tyranitar's Special Defense by 50%
・Choice Band variants can easily KO Reshiram with Stone Edge or Max Rockfall
Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
・High Special Defense and Recover lets it withstand Reshiram's coverage moves
・Can threaten and wear down Reshiram with Earthquake or Max Quake
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|Landorus (Therian Forme)||
・Faster than Reshiram and can raise its Special Defense with Max Quake
・Physical Attacking variants can easily KO Reshiram with Earthquake
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