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.
|Uxie - Related Guides|
|Evolution and Learnset||Build for Ranked Battle|
List of Contents
|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Levitate||Gives immunity to Ground type moves.|
|Takes 4x damage||
|Takes 2x damage|
|Takes 0.5x damage|
|Takes 1/4x damage||
|Takes 0x damage|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|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|
|Held Item||Mental Herb
Uxie's impressive mixed defense make it a great lead for more balanced and defensive teams looking for entry hazard support.
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.
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.
Sitrus Berry is a good alternative and is good in a pinch in the event Uxie gets hit by a super effective critical hit.
|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.|
|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|
|Held Item||Sitrus Berry
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.
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.
that allows Uxie to beat defensive Pokemon that rely on status, as well as setup sweepers. This move locks the
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).
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.
|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.|
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.
|Lead Support||Physical Attacker||Special Attacker|
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 Attacker||Helping Hand Support|
|Urshifu Single-Strike Style||Uxie|
|Special Attacker||Redirection Support|
|Calyrex (Shadow Rider)||Amoonguss|
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.
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.
|Urshifu 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
・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
・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
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.
・Immune to Psyshock and can inflict Poison with Toxic
・Can get rid of Uxie's entry hazard and dual screens with Defog
・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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