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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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Basic Information for Reshiram

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dragon Type Fire Type
Turboblaze Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
100 120 100 150 120 90

Best Nature for Reshiram

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Reshiram

Bulky Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Pokemon SWSH - Reshiram Blue Flare.png

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
Ability Turboblaze
Held Item Expert Belt
Moveset Blue Flare
Draco Meteor
Solar Beam
Earth Power

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.

About Reshiram's 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.

Draco Meteor is its secondary STAB move and provides great neutral coverage. Since this move lowers Reshiram's Special Attack by 2 stages, it's best used during Dynamax where it becomes Max Wyrmwind.

Solar Beam is a great coverage move and is best used either during Dynamax, where it becomes Max Overgrowth, or when Sunny Day is active so that Reshiram can use it immediately.

Earth Power rounds off its coverage, allowing it to hit Steel-types with secondary typings that removes their Fire-type weaknesses such as Dialga.

About Reshiram's EV Spread

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.

About Reshiram's Ability

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.

About Reshiram's Held Item

We're giving this Reshiram Expert Belt. This item boosts the power of Reshiram's super effective moves by 20%.

Other Viable Moves

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.

How to Use Reshiram Effectively

A Bulky Special Attacker with Unique Resistances

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.

How to Build a Team with Reshiram

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.

A Bulky Dynamax Lead for Defensive Teams

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.

Example Bulky Attacker + Defensive Team

Lead Dynamax Defensive Pivot Bulk Up Attacker
Reshiram ImageReshiram Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rillaboom ImageRillaboom

This defensive team has a Fire/Water/Grass core consisting of Reshiram, Slowbro, and Rillaboom.

Reshiram fills the role of a lead Dynamax Pokemon, getting an HP boost and firing powerful Max Flares and Max Wyrmwinds.

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.

How to Build a Defensive Team

Counters for Reshiram

Hit Reshiram's Lower Defense Stat

Reshiram's great Special Defense leaves it with a relatively mediocre physical bulk for a Legendary Pokemon, making it easy to overpower with powerful physical Dragon, Ground, and Rock-type moves.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
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
Ho-oh ImageHo-oh Ranking: ★★★★★
・High Special Defense and Recover lets it withstand Reshiram's coverage moves
・Can threaten and wear down Reshiram with Earthquake or Max Quake
Moveset & Best Build for Ho-Oh
Landorus (Therian Forme) ImageLandorus (Therian Forme) Ranking: ★★★★★
・Faster than Reshiram and can raise its Special Defense with Max Quake
・Physical Attacking variants can easily KO Reshiram with Earthquake
Moveset & Best Build for Landorus (Therian Forme)

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