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

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Basic Information for Solgaleo

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Psychic Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Steel Type
Abilities
Full Metal Body Prevents other Pokémon's moves or Abilities from lowering the Pokémon's stats.

Solgaleo Weaknesses and Resistances

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Psychic Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Poison Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
137 137 107 113 89 97

Best Nature for Solgaleo

Best Natures
Adamant
(+Atk, -Sp. Atk)
Jolly
(+Spe, -Sp. Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Solgaleo

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Solgaleo Sunsteel Strike

Nature Jolly (+Spe, -Sp. Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Sp. Def 4 / Spe 252
Final Stat Values HP 212 / Atk 189 / Def 128 / Sp. Def 110 / Spe 163
Ability Full Metal Body
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Sunsteel Strike
Wild Charge
Flare Blitz
Earthquake

Solgaleo is an immensely powerful attacker with decently sturdy defenses. Its modest speed allows it to be an excellent Choice Scarf user. It boasts a wide variety of coverage options, making it a good Pokemon to fit into any team.

About Solgaleo's Moves

Sunsteel Strike is Solgaleo's primary STAB move and is a powerful Steel-type move that ignores the opponent's Abilities. This move allows it to threaten Pokemon that get increased resistances or bulkiness with Abilities, such as Solid Rock, Filter, and Multiscale.

Wild Charge allows Solgaleo to hit opposing Yveltal, Kyogre and other bulky Water-types for super-effective damage. When Dynamaxed, Max Lightning also protects Solgaleo from sleep. Meanwhile, Flare Blitz is a strong Fire-type coverage move that can knock out Ferrothorn looking to set up in front of Solgaleo.

Solgaleo's last move is Earthquake and is a powerful coverage move that complements Sunsteel Strike, allowing Solgaleo to boost its Defense and Special Defense during Dynamax.

About Solgaleo's EV Spread

We maximize Solgaleo's Attack stat, as well as its Speed stat with a Jolly Nature. We prioritize its Speed, thus not running an Adamant Nature, so that Solgaleo can attack as soon as possible. It already has a very high Attack stat, so running a Jolly Nature instead of an Adamant nature is best.

About Solgaleo's Ability

Full Metal Body is a great ability to have for a physical attacker. This Ability grants Solgaleo immunity from Intimidate attack drops.

About Solgaleo's Held Item

Choice Scarf allows Solgaleo to outspeed Yveltal and Charizard and possibly knock them out with a super-effective move. This also comes with the same disadvantages of other Choice items, by locking Solgaleo into a move. It is important to note that Choice Scarf does not grant Solgaleo its speed boost if it Dynamaxes.

Other Viable Moves

Stone Edge Stone Edge lets Solgaleo knock out threats like Charizard and Heat Rotom. It is, however, inaccurate. A less powerful but more accurate alternative would be Rock Slide.
Psychic Fangs Psychic Fangs is preferred over the more traditional Zen Headbutt due to it having slightly higher power and more consistent accuracy.
Close Combat Close Combat lets Solgaleo deal damage to a variety of different types at the cost of lowering its defenses.

Doubles Movesets for Solgaleo

Weakness Policy Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Solgaleo Max Steelspike

Nature Jolly (+Spe, -Sp. Atk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Sp. Def 4 / Spe 252
Final Stat Values HP 212 / Atk 189 / Def 128 / Sp. Def 110 / Spe 163
Ability Full Metal Body
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Sunsteel Strike
Psychic Fangs
Earthquake
Protect

Solgaleo's typing and many weaknesses work to its advantage, allowing it to have many different ways of activating Weakness Policy. Its sky-high Attack stat with a Weakness Policy boost turn Solgaleo into a very efficient physical sweeper that is very difficult to wall.

About Solgaleo's Moves

Sunsteel Strike is Solgaleo's primary STAB move and is a powerful Steel-type move that ignores the opponent's Abilities. Psychic Fangs is its secondary STAB move, offering greater utility over Zen Headbutt with its ability to break Reflect, Light Screen, and Aurora Veil.

Earthquake is a powerful coverage move that complements Sunsteel Strike, and also allows it to boost its Defense and Special Defense during Dynamax. Protect is its last move and is mostly used to scout the opposing team's moves, while also giving Solgaleo Max Guard during Dynamax.

About Solgaleo's EV Spread

We maximize Solgaleo's Attack stat, as well as its Speed stat with a Jolly Nature. We prioritize its Speed, thus not running an Adamant Nature, so that Solgaleo can attack as soon as possible. It already has a very high Attack stat, so running a Jolly Nature instead of an Adamant nature is best.

About Solgaleo's Ability

Full Metal Body is a great Ability to have for a physical attacker. This Ability grants Solgaleo immunity from Intimidate attack drops.

About Solgaleo's Held Item

Weakness Policy gives Solgaleo a boost to its already impressive offensive stats, most importantly its Attack stat.

Other Viable Moves

Wild Charge Wild Charge is good for checking opposing Kyogre or other bulky Water-types. When Dynamaxed, Max Lightning can protect Solgaleo from sleep. It is also a good move to use against opposing Yveltal and other Flying-types.
Flare Blitz Flare Blitz is a strong Fire-type coverage move. This move can knock out Ferrothorn who would want to try and set up in front of Solgaleo.
Rock Slide Rock Slide improves your matchup against Fire-types like Charizard or Heat Rotom. Do note, however, that Solgaleo will typically not outspeed Charizard.

How to Use Solgaleo Effectively

Solgaleo would always want to get multiple knock outs when it Dynamaxes. Teammates that can support it, boost its offense or activate its Weakness Policy are good teammates for Solgaleo. Having a switch-in to Dark-types is also good to have at the back of your team.

How to Build a Team with Solgaleo

Teammates that can mitigate damage to Solgaleo or activate its Weakness Policy are good to have alongside it.

Dynamax Attacker

Solgaleo is an excellent Dynamax attacker, especially with teammates that can support it.

Example Solgaleo Team

Support Physical Attacker Special Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Entei ImageEntei Pokemon SWSH - Solgaleo ImageSolgaleo Pokemon SWSH - Kyogre ImageKyogre

Support Entei is a good partner for Solgaleo because it is immune to getting flinched thanks to its Inner Focus. It is reasonably fast and can activate Solgaleo's Weakness Policy with Bulldoze. Solgaleo's Full Metal Body Ability makes it immune to Bulldoze's speed drop, thus making Bulldoze function like Electroweb.

Kyogre's Drizzle protects Solgaleo by weakening Fire-type moves. It can also attack into Fire and Ground-types who Solgaleo might have trouble dealing damage to.

Counters for Solgaleo

Solgaleo
Weakness Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image

Counter Solgaleo with Fast Super-Effective Damage

Solgaleo has trouble going toe-to-toe against Pokemon who can hit it for super-effective damage and are faster. Foul Play is also a very good move against Solgaleo, especially if its Weakness Policy has been activated.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Yveltal ImageYveltal Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can outspeed and threaten Solgaleo with powerful boosted Dark-type moves.
Moveset & Best Build for Yveltal
Pokemon SWSH - Charizard ImageCharizard Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can outspeed and threaten Solgaleo with a super-effective Fire-type move.
Moveset & Best Build for Charizard
Pokemon SWSH - Porygon2 ImagePorygon2 Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can usually tank a hit from Solgaleo and punish it with Foul Play.
・Can put Solgaleo at a disadvantage with Trick Room.
Moveset & Best Build for Porygon2

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