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Registeel - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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Registeel - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
This is a strategy guide for using Registeel 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 Registeel, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Registeel

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Steel Type
Clear Body Prevents other Pokemon from lowering its stats.
Light Metal (Hidden) Halves the Pokemon's weight.

Registeel Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Ground Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Poison Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
80 75 150 75 150 50

Best Nature for Registeel

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Registeel

Stealth Rock Support & Best Build

Registeel Singles

Nature Careful (+Sp. Def, -Sp. Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 100 / Sp. Def 156
Final Stat Values HP 187 / Atk 95 / Def 100 / So. Def 209 / Spe 70
Ability Light Metal
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Iron Head
Stealth Rock
Thunder Wave

Registeel's sizeable bulk allows it to be a reliable Stealth Rock setter early game. It can also spread paralysis with Thunder Wave.

About Registeel's Moves

Iron head is Registeel's main STAB move, while Earthquake is a strong neutral coverage move that hits Fire-types that Registeel is weak to.

Stealth Rock lets it support its team with entry hazards, and also dissuades Fire-types from freely switching in. Finally, Thunder Wave is good speed control and can distrupt faster Pokemon by cutting their Speed in half.

About Registeel's EV Spread

We maximize Registeel's bulk by putting 252 into HP, and doling out the remaining EVs to Defense and Special Defense, with a little more emphasis on Special Defense because we need Registeel to survive Special super-effective hits.

About Registeel's Ability

We run Light Metal to reduce the damage from attacks like Heat Crash. Clear Body is also an excellent choice, but debuffs from things like Intimidate are less common in Singles formats.

About Registeel's Held Item

Leftovers provides Registeel with incremental recovery, which is very good for a defensive Pokemon.

Other Viable Moves

Curse Curse increases Registeel's Attack and Defense while lowering its Speed, a stat it has little use for.
Rest Rest is gets Registeel back to full health and curing Status Conditions at the cost of it falling Asleep. This move has synergy with Chesto Berry, which can immediately wake the Pokemon up.

Doubles Movesets for Registeel

Late-Game Tank Moveset & Best Build

Registeel Body Press

Nature Impish (+Def, -Sp. Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 252 / Sp. Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 187 / Atk 95 / Def 222 / Sp. Def 171 / Spe 70
Ability Clear Body
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Body Press
Iron Defense

This Registeel set can boost its defenses with Iron Defense and Amnesia, making it nigh-unkillable.

About Registeel's Moves

Iron Defense has natural synergy with Body Press because boosting Registeel's Defense stat allows it to have a more powerful Body Press.

Amnesia is for padding up Registeel's Special Defense, should we scout that the opponent will try to knock it out with Special Attacks.

Protect works in conjunction with its held item, Leftovers, giving our immensely tanky Registeel HP recovery.

About Registeel's EV Spread

This Registeel is made to be as Physically defensive as possible, maximizing both HP and Defense. 0 Atk IVs would be ideal so that it takes as little damage as possible from Foul Play and self inflicted damage from confusion.

This Registeel build does not need its attack stat because it will rely on Body Press for damage.

About Registeel's Ability

While this Registeel build does not care about opposing Intimidate, Clear Body is great against occasional Fake Tears and Screech.

About Registeel's Held Item

Leftovers provides Registeel with incremental recovery, which is very good for a defensive Pokemon.

Other Viable Moves

Curse Curse increases Registeel's Attack and Defense while lowering its Speed, a stat it has little use for.
Rest Rest is gets Registeel back to full health and curing Status Conditions at the cost of it falling Asleep. This move has synergy with Chesto Berry, which can immediately wake the Pokemon up.
Iron Head Iron Head gives Registeel a STAB move. It also has a chance of flinching an opponent, something that isn't so useful for Registeel because it will rarely get to attack first.

How to Use Registeel Effectively

Registeel and its team should ideally stall out the opponent's Dynamax and let Registeel clean up with powerful Body Presses and unbreakable defenses late game.

Ghost-types should also be dealt with, because Body Press is ineffectual against them.

How to Build a Team with Registeel

Its ability to be threatening without the use of Dynamax makes Registeel a very good addition to a team, especially defensive ones. Teammates that can bolster Registeel's defense, or are themselves defensive Pokemon are good teammates for Registeel to have.

Late-game Threat

After all its counters have been knocked out, Registeel becomes a really difficult Pokemon to deal with lategame especially if the opponent no longer has access to Dynamax.

Example Build Team

Dynamax Attacker Tank Support
Pokemon SWSH - Landorus (Therian Forme) ImageLandorus (Therian Forme) Pokemon SWSH - Registeel ImageRegisteel Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl

Landorus-Therian is an excellent Dynamax attacker that can benefit from Grimmsnarl's Dual Screens and can pave the way for a Registeel endgame. Landorus-Therian is also able to reduce an opponent's Attack stat with its own Intimidate. Both Landorus-Therian and Grimmsnarl can reduce an opponent's offensive power and help Registeel be even more tanky.

Fire and Fighting-type threats to Registeel can easily be handled by Landorus-Therian in or out of Dynamax.

Counters for Registeel

Weakness Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Ground Image

Beat Registeel with Super-effective Special Attacks and Status Conditions

Pokemon with access to Earth Power and other super-effective Special moves usually give Registeel a difficult time, as well as Pokemon that can afflict it with Status Conditions.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Calyrex (Shadow Rider) ImageCalyrex (Shadow Rider) Ranking: ★★★★★
・Is immune to Body Press.
・Can prevent Registeel from setting up its defenses with Taunt.
・Can deal massive damage thanks to its high Special Attack stat.
Moveset & Best Build for Calyrex (Shadow Rider)
Pokemon SWSH - Nidoking ImageNidoking Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has access to Sheer Force and Life Orb-boosted Earth Power.
Moveset & Best Build for Nidoking
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu ImageUrshifu Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can damage Registeel through its defenses with Wicked Blow, which is always a Critical Hit.
Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu
Pokemon SWSH - Umbreon ImageUmbreon Ranking: ★★★★
・Can prevent Registeel from setting up its defenses with Taunt.
・Can put Registeel or its teammates to sleep with Yawn.
Moveset & Best Build for Umbreon

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