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Sandaconda - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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

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Basic Information for Sandaconda

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ground Type
Shed Skin The Pokemon may heal its own status problems.
Sand Spit The Pokémon creates a sandstorm when it's hit by an attack.
Sand Veil (Hidden) Boosts the Pokemon's evasion in a sandstorm.

Sandaconda Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Electric Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
72 107 125 65 70 71

Best Nature for Sandaconda

Best Natures
(+Spe, -SpA)
(+Atk, -Spa)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Sandaconda

Lead Support Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 148 / Atk 159 / Def 145 / SpAtk 76 / SpDef 90 / Spd 135
Ability Sand Spit
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Glare
Rock Tomb
Stealth Rock

This build allows Sandaconda to fill the role of lead support with the goal of creating an advantageous starting point for the rest of the team with its support moves.

About Sandaconda's Moves

Sandaconda's moves are intended to create as much disadvantage as possible to your opponent's team.

Glare is its primary support move that you should use at the very start of the battle except when you are facing an Electric-type lead.

Rock Tomb is used to lower an opponent's Speed stat even more, and is useful if you think that the foe can still outspeed your main attacker. Mud-Slap on the other hand lowers accuracy which is very effective against Pokemon that rely on high power, low accuracy moves such as Blizzard or Hydro Cannon.

Stealth Rock can be used when you're in favorable conditions to deal residual damage in case your opponent switches Pokemon.

About Sandaconda's EV Spread

This build uses a straightforward EV spread with full investment in Attack and Speed so that it hits hard and as fast as possible, with the remaining 4 HP to give it some bulk.

About Sandaconda's Ability

Sandaconda's signature Ability Sand Spit lets it whip up a Sandstorm for five turns when it is hit by a damaging move.

About Sandaconda's Held Item

Letting Sandaconda hold Focus Sash ensures that it can use Glare or set up Stealth Rock before it gets knocked out.

Other Viable Moves

Sand Attack A good alternative to Mud Slap that lets Sandaconda lower the accuracy of Flying-types and Pokemon with Levitate.
Rock Blast An alternative to Rock Tomb that lets Sandaconda render oppossing Pokemon's Focus Sash and those with the Sturdy Ability useless, as well as any Substitute users.

How to Use Sandaconda Effectively

An Excellent Lead against Fast Attackers

Sandaconda has access to Glare, Mud-Slap, Rock Tomb, and other stat-decreasing moves which are good moves to use against speedy, offensive Pokemon.

Letting it hold Focus Sash also guarantees that you can use at least one move to lower your opponent's stat before Sandaconda is knocked out.

How to Build a Team with Sandaconda

Lead Support with Moody Glalie

This team mostly relies on Glalie's Moody Ability. The majority of Glalie's stat changes may be out of your control, but you can definitely help it by afflicting disadvantages at your opponents with Sandaconda.

The following team shows an example of how Sandaconda can be effectively used in a party for Ranked Battle.

Example Build Team

Lead Support Set-up Sweeper Special Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Sandaconda ImageSandaconda Pokemon SWSH - Glalie ImageGlalie Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu ImageMimikyu

Sandaconda leads the team and uses Glare to slow down your opponent. This is followed by either Mud-Slap to lower their accuracy or Rock Tomb to lower their Speed even more. This allows Glalie to have more breathing room with its random stat changes thanks to its Ability.

Sandaconda's Stealth Rock softens up any opposing Pokemon that Glalie or Mimikyu may face. As these two are built offensively, it will be easier to clean up the opposing team, especially with Mimikyu who may not be able to hit as hard as Glalie.

How to Build an Offensive Team

Counters for Sandaconda

Weakness Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image

Overpower it with Special Attacks

Sandaconda has a low Special Defense stat, which makes it very vulnerable to powerful Water and Grass-type moves as long as they can outspeed it.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can heavily Damage Sandaconda with Hydro Pump or burn it with Scald
・Its Misty Surge Ability sets up Misty Terrain, preventing status moves such as Glare activating

Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Fini
Pokemon SWSH - Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can heavily Damage Sandaconda with Hydro Pump
・Has immunity to Ground-type moves thanks to its Levitate Ability

Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom
Pokemon SWSH - Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can heavily Damage Sandaconda with Leaf Storm
・Has immunity to Ground-type moves thanks to its Levitate Ability

Moveset & Best Build for Mow Rotom

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