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

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Basic Information for Giratina

Types and Abilities

Altered Forme

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ghost Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Dragon Type
Pressure The Pokemon raises the foe's PP usage.
Telepathy (Hidden) Anticipates an ally's attack and dodges it.

Origin Forme

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ghost Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Dragon Type
Levitate Gives immunity to Ground type moves.

Giratina Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Dark Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Fighting Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

Altered Forme

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

Origin Forme

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

Best Nature for Giratina

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Giratina

Chesto-Rest Altered Forme Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+Sp. Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 4 / Sp. Atk 252
Final Stat Values HP 257 / Def 141 / Sp. Atk 167 / Sp. Def 140 / Spe 110
Ability Pressure
Held Item Chesto Berry
Moveset Shadow Ball
Dragon Pulse
Calm Mind

This Pokemon's colossal defenses naturally lends itself to a Chesto-Rest set. It aims to set up its Special Attack and Special Defense with multiple Calm Minds, then heal off the damage it accumulates with a well-timed Rest.

About Giratina's Moves

A Chesto-Rest would always run its namesake move in Rest. Calm Mind is used to set up Giratina on the special side. Giratina then gets two STAB moves in Shadow Ball and Dragon Pulse.

About Giratina's EV Spread

We maximize HP as well as its Special Attack stat so that Giratina attacks as hard as possible, while being as tanky as possible.

About Giratina's Ability

Pressure is a good ability to have especially in long drawn out games.

About Giratina's Held Item

Chesto Berry ensures that Giratina wakes up after falling asleep through Rest.

Other Viable Moves

Earth Power Earth Power is a really good Ground-type special move which hits multiple types for super-effective damage.
Thunder Wave Thunder Wave is an effective form of speed control. This move can paralyze a foe.
Will-O-Wisp Will-O-Wisp can help Giratina tank more physical hits effectively by inflicting burn on an opposing physical attacker.

Doubles Movesets for Giratina

Physically Offensive Origin Forme Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp. Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Sp/ Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 257 / Atk 189 / Def 120 / Sp. Def 121 / Spe 110
Ability Levitate
Held Item Griseous Orb
Moveset Shadow Sneak
Shadow Force
Breaking Swipe

Giratina's monstrous HP and defenses make it a strong choice as a tank for your team.

About Giratina's Moves

Shadow Sneak is a useful priority move which is great for knocking out low HP Pokemon. Running Shadow Force grants Giratina a form of evasion as it can evade a move for one turn. Its huge bulk is further compounded by Breaking Swipe's Attack debuff. Protect is solid choice for double battles which can protect Giratina from an incoming attack.

About Giratina's EV Spread

We maximize HP as well as its Attack stat so that Giratina attacks as hard as possible, while being as tanky as possible.

About Giratina's Ability

Levitate allows Giratina to switch into Ground-type moves, most notably Max Quakes.

About Giratina's Held Item

Griseous Orb gives Giratina a boost to its STAB moves without needing to commit a Life Orb or a choice item to it.

Other Viable Moves

Earthquake Earthquake is a good coverage move because Ground hits multiple types for weakness. It turns into a powerful Dynamax move in Max Quake which boosts your team's Special Defense.
Iron Head Iron Head is a good tech against Fairy and Ice-types. It turns into a powerful Dynamax move in Max Steelspike which boosts your team's Defense.
Fly Fly turns into a powerful Dynamax move in Max Airstream which boosts your team's Speed.

How to Use Giratina Effectively

Because Giratina is enormously tanky, leading with it is not always a bad choice. Having it in the back of your team for later in the game is also good because it can outlast opponents who cannot deal enough damage to it.

How to Build a Team with Giratina

Pokemon that can neutralize opposing Pokemon that threaten Giratina are good teammates to have. Steel-type teammates are good for opposing Fairy Pokemon, and Fighting-type teammates are good against opposing Dark-types. Giratina also fares well in teams that can offer it buffs and protection.

Example Team Role

Giratina can be a team's primary attacker. With proper synergy, its teammates can buff and protect Giratina from opposing Pokemon that threaten it.

Coaching Setup Team

Coaching Support/Attacker Physical Attacker Support
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Zapdos ImageGalarian Zapdos Pokemon SWSH - Giratina (Origin Forme) ImageGiratina (Origin Forme) Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini

Galarian Zapdos can use Coaching on Giratina to boost its stats, allowing it to deal big damage with Breaking Swipe. Tapu Fini can protect Giratina from status conditions thanks to its Misty Surge.

Galarian Zapdos and Tapu Fini also match up favorably against Dark-type Pokemon.

Counters for Giratina

Weakness Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Dark Image Pokemon Fairy Image

Counter Giratina by Overwhelming it with Damage

Giratina is a tanky Pokemon, but it cannot tank everything. Justified + Beat Up teams are able to deal exorbitant amounts of damage when they set up. Some Pokemon are also just able to deal huge damage right away.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Cobalion ImageCobalion Ranking: ★★★★★
Justified and Beat Up strategies can easily outspeed and KO Giratina.
Moveset & Best Build for Cobalion
Pokemon SWSH - Yveltal ImageYveltal Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Giratina's Ghost-type moves.
・Can hit Giratina with super-effective Dark Aura-boosted Dark-type attacks.
Moveset & Best Build for Yveltal

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