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

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Basic Information for Uxie

Types and Abilities

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

Uxie Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Psychic Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ground Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
75 75 130 75 130 95

Best Nature for Uxie

Best Natures
(+Def, -Atk)
(+Def, -Spd)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Uxie

Lead Support Moveset & Best Build

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 252 / Sp.Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 182 / Def 200 / Sp.Atk 95 / Sp.Def 151 / Spd 115
Ability Levitate
Held Item Mental Herb
Sitrus Berry
Moveset Stealth Rock

Uxie's impressive mixed defense make it a great lead for more balanced and defensive teams looking for entry hazard support.

About Uxie's Moves

Stealth Rock is Uxie's main support move and is invaluable in balanced teams so that Uxie's teammates can reach KOs with their moves. It also deters the opponent from switching out, especially if the opposing Pokemon is weak against the Rock-type move.

Yawn is its secondary support move and forces opponents to switch or fall asleep on the next turn. It's best used after laying down Stealth Rock so that Uxie can essentially phaze the opposing Pokemon and rack up entry hazard damage.

Psyshock is its only STAB move and is mostly used so that Uxie can take on opposing defensive Pokemon, specifically Chansey and Blissey by targeting their weaker Defense stat. U-Turn is its last move and allows Uxie to pivot to the next Pokemon after setting up Stealth Rock and spreading Yawn.

About Uxie's EV Spread

We're using a standard Defensive EV Spread with full HP and Defense investment and a Bold Nature to give Uxie as much physical bulk as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are placed in Special Defense to round off its bulk.

About Uxie's Ability

Levitate is Uxie's only Ability and gives it immunity to Ground-type moves, as well as grounded entry hazards such as Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Sticky Web.

About Uxie's Held Item

Mental Herb protects Uxie from Taunt and letting it use status moves on the turn it's consumed.

Sitrus Berry is a good alternative and is good in a pinch in the event Uxie gets hit by a super effective critical hit.

Other Viable Moves

Reflect A good alternative to Stealth Rock and is best used in conjunction with Light Screen for dual screen support.
Light Screen A good alternative to Yawn and is best used in conjunction with Reflect for dual screen support.
Memento A self-sacrificing move that knocks out Uxie and lowers the opponent's Attack and Special Attack by 2 stages. It's best used in conjunction with dual screen support and can replace U-Turn.
Draining Kiss A good alternative to Psyshock and is Uxie's only way of recovering its health.

Doubles Movesets for Uxie

Helping Hand Support Moveset & Best Build

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def 236 / Spd 20
Final Stat Values HP 182 / Def 198 / Sp.Atk 95 / Sp.Def 150 / Spd 118
Ability Levitate
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Kee Berry
Moveset Helping Hand
Ally Switch
Draining Kiss

Thanks to its great mixed defensive stats, Uxie can run an effective Helping Hand support set for more offensive-oriented teams. It also has a good selection of support moves that it can use to help its team while keeping the opposing team in check.

About Uxie's Moves

Helping Hand is Uxie's main support move that boosts the power of a partner Pokemon's next move by 50%. This move has +5 priority so it always goes first before its teammates move.

Ally Switch lets Uxie switch places with its partner, allowing it to take the opposing Pokemon's attack instead. While it essentially provides redirection support, it can also confuse the opposing player as they'll have to think twice about choosing who to target.

Encore is a great support move that forces the target to use the same move for the next 3 turns. This allows Uxie to beat defensive Pokemon that rely on status and setup sweepers, leaving them open to its partner's attacks.

Draining Kiss is its last move and is Uxie's only form of recovery, and also prevents it from being completely shut down by Taunt.

that allows Uxie to beat defensive Pokemon that rely on status, as well as setup sweepers. This move locks the

About Uxie's EV Spread

We're using a modified Defensive EV spread with full HP investment abd 236 Def EVs to maximize its physical bulk, with the remaining 20 Spd EVs allowing it to outpace slower support Pokemon like Indeedee (Female).

About Uxie's Ability

Levitate is Uxie's only Ability and gives it immunity to Ground-type moves, making it a great doubles partner for Pokemon that use Earthquake.

About Uxie's Held Item

Sitrus Berry is the better healing item in Doubles as it provides stronger immediate healing in a pinch without having to wait turns with an item like Leftovers.

Kee Berry is a good alternative. When hit by a physical attack, Uxie consumes the berry and raises its Defense stat by 1 stage. This is very useful in Doubles as Uxie in particular is susceptible to getting hit by Fake Out at the start of the match.

Other Viable Moves

Giga Drain An alternative to Draining Kiss and has some use when Uxie is facing against Tapu Fini and Hippowdon.
Protect Can replace Encore and allows Uxie to scout the opposing team's moves.
Imprison A niche move that prevents the opponent from using the same moves as Uxie, and is very effective against opposing Helping Hand users.

How to Use Uxie Effectively

Use it as a Support Pokemon

Uxie's rather straightforward stats and selection of status moves make it a great support Pokemon in both Singles and Doubles. It's often used as a lead to set up entry hazards, or as Helping Hand support in Doubles.

How to Build a Team with Uxie

Lead Support for Singles

Example Balanced Team

Lead Support Physical Attacker Special Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Uxie ImageUxie Pokemon SWSH - Zacian ImageZacian Pokemon SWSH - Gengar ImageGengar

Uxie's ability to set up Stealth Rock and spread Yawn makes it a valuable lead for setup sweepers who appreciate the entry hazard support. Zacian, in particular, appreciates the Sleep status Yawn can inflict as it makes setting up with Swords Dance easier.

Gengar rounds off this team and fills the role of a Special Attacker. Like Zacian, it appreciates entry hazard and Yawn support - with the latter making it easier for Gengar to switch in and set up with Nasty Plot or Substitute.
Basics of Competitive Singles Team Building

Lead Helping Hand Support for Doubles

Example Helping Hand + Offensive Team

Lead Attacker Helping Hand Support
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Single-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Single-Strike Style Pokemon SWSH - Uxie ImageUxie
Special Attacker Redirection Support
Pokemon SWSH - Calyrex (Shadow Rider) ImageCalyrex (Shadow Rider) Pokemon SWSH - Amoonguss ImageAmoonguss

Uxie is a great partner for attackers that lack boosting moves or can't spare to set up due to their relative fraility. Urshifu's Single-Strike style greatly appreciates the Helping Hand boost Uxie provides, boosting the power of its already strong Wicked Blow.

Calyrex (Shadow Rider) also appreciates Helping Hand support. While it does have access to Nasty Plot, its offensive presence means most players will immediately target it to knock it out as fast as possible. With Helping Hand support, Calyrex can drop Nasty Plot for another coverage move and deal out damage immediately.

Amoonguss fills the role of secondary support, providing redirection with Rage Powder.

Basics of Competitive Doubles Team Building

Counters for Uxie

Weakness Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image

Overwhelm it with a Super Effective Attack

Despite its great mixed defensses, Uxie is weak to three very common attacking types - Bug, Ghost, and Dark-types.This is further confounded by its lack of reliable recovery move, which means Uxie is often forced to switch out when heavily damaged or risk getting knocked out.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Single-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Single-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★★
Choice Band Wicked Blow OHKO's Uxie even with Bold and Max Defense EVs
・Can bypass protect with its Unseen Fist Ability
・Can use Uxie as setup fodder with Dynamax or Gigantamax
Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Pokemon SWSH - Spectrier ImageSpectrier Ranking: ★★★★★
・Outspeeds and easily KOs Uxie with STAB Shadow Ball
・Can use Uxie as setup fodder and set up with Nasty Plot
・Uxie requires significant Sp.Def investment to survive against Spectrier's attacks
Moveset & Best Build for Spectrier
Pokemon SWSH - Pheromosa ImagePheromosa Ranking: ★★★★
・Can deal significant damage with Choice Band U-Turn
・Can use Uxie as setup fodder and set up with Quiver Dance
Moveset & Best Build for Pheromosa

Inflict it with Status

While Uxie has good matchups against certain defensive Pokemon, it struggles against those that can inflict debilitaitng status such as Poison. As Uxie lacks any form of recovery or way to purge status, these Pokemon can simply stall out Uxie with residual damage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Mandibuzz ImageMandibuzz Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Psyshock and can inflict Poison with Toxic
・Can get rid of Uxie's entry hazard and dual screens with Defog
Pokemon SWSH - Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has reliable recovery in Recover and can inflict Poison with Toxic
・Can set up Toxic Spikes or Haze and stat boosts Uxie's team obtains
・Uxie can't outright KO Toxapex with Psychic or Psyshock
Moveset & Best Build for Toxapex

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