Pokemon Sword And Shield Best Pokemon Moves

Pokemon Sword And Shield Pokemon Moves

Pokemon Sword and Shield is here and if you are interested in getting through the fights quickly with success then you might be interested in learning about the best Pokemon moves in the game. In this guide, we are going to go over all of them. We are going to include the best Physical Damage, Special Damage and Non-Damaging Pokemon moves in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Pokemon Sword And Shield Best Pokemon Moves

The following are the best Pokemon moves in Pokemon Sword And Shield:

Physical Damage Pokemon Moves

The following are the best physical damage Pokemon moves in Pokemon Sword And Shield:

Name Location Base Power Effect
Giga Impact Wyndon (Pokemon Center Mart) 150 Skips next turn
Solar Blade   Wyndon (Pokemon Center Mart) 125 Takes two turns to fire, one turn in Harsh Sunlight
Rock Slide Route 9 (Requires Surf Upgrade – South West) 75 Strikes all opponents, 30% flinch chance
Stone Edge Random Drop (Rock Max Raids) 100 Can critical more easily
Gunk Shot Random Drop (Poison Max Raids) 120 Can poison the target
Close Combat Random Drop (Fighting Max Raids) 120 Lowers user’s Defense and Special Defense
Leaf Blade Random Drop (Grass Max Raids) 90 Can critical more easily
Blaze Kick Random Drop (Fire Max Raids)  85 Can critical more easily. Chance to burn
Leech Life Random Drop (Bug Max Raids) 80 Restores HP equal to 50% of damage dealt
Breaking Swipe Hammerlocke (Defeat Gym Leader) 60 Strikes all enemies, lowers their Attack
Smart Strike Route 8 (West Side) 70 Attack never misses
Phantom Force  Slumbering Weald (Far North near exit to Shrine) 90 Invulnerable first turn, damage second turn. Strikes through Protect.
Razor Shell Battle Tower (TM Shop) 75 Chance to lower target’s Defense
U-Turn Glimwood Tangle (Left Side) 70 Deals damage, then swaps to different party Pokemon
Bounce Battle Tower (TM Shop) 85 Invulnerable first turn, damage second turn. Chance to paralyze
Brick Break Route 8 (Left of the North Exit) 75 Breaks barriers like Reflect and Light Screen.

Special Damage Pokemon Moves

The following are the best special damage Pokemon moves in Pokemon Sword And Shield:

Moves Location Base Power Effect
Hyper Beam Wyndon (Pokemon Center Mart) 150 Skips next turn
Solar Beam   Turffield (River on the right — requires Surf Upgrade) 120 Takes two turns to fire, one turn in Harsh Sunlight
Giga Drain   Battle Tower (TM Shop) 75 Restores HP equal to 50% of damage dealt
Weather Ball Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center Shop) 50 Power doubles to 100 and changes type based on weather — Fire (Sunny), Water (Rain), Ice (Hail), Rock (Sandstorm)
Pollen Puff Random Drop (Bug Max Raids) 90 Deals damage to enemies, heals allies
Scald Random Drop (Water Max Raids) 80 May Burn the target
Electro Ball Random Drop (Poison Max Raids) Base Power based on speed difference The faster the user is than the target, the more damage it deals
Sludge Wave Random Drop (Poison Max Raids) 95 Strikes all other targets, may poison
Earth Power Random Drop (Ground Max Raids) 90 May lower target’s Special Defense
Bug Buzz Random Drop (Bug Max Raids) 90 May lower target’s Special Defense
Dark Pulse Random Drop (Dark Max Raids) 80 Chance to flinch opponent
Muddy Water Random Drop (Water Max Raids) 90 Strikes all opponents, may lower accuracy
Overheat Random Drop (Fire Max Raids) 130 Lower’s user’s Special Attack harshly
Air Slash Wild Area (Axew’s Eye) 75 Chance to flinch opponent
Mystical Fire Battle Tower (TM Shop) 75 Also lowers target’s Special Attack
Volt Switch Wild Area (20,000 Points in Rotom Rally) 70 Deals damage, then swaps to different party Pokemon
Hex Ballonlea (Second House) 65 Power doubles to 130 if target is afflicted with Burn, Freeze, Paralysis, Poison, or Sleep

Non-Damaging Pokemon Moves

The following are the best non-damaging Pokemon moves in Pokemon Sword And Shield:

Moves Location Effect
Thunder Wave Wild Area (Rotom Rally) Paralyzes the target
Light Screen Motostoke (Pokemon Center) Creates a barrier that reduces damage from Special attacks by 50%.
Reflect Motostoke (Pokemon Center) Creates a barrier that reduces damage from Physical attacks by 50%.
Stealth Rock Random Drop (Rock Max Raids) Deals damage to Pokemon upon entry to battle. Based on type weaknesses (1x = 12.5%, 2x = 25%, 4x = 50%)
Toxic Spikes Random Drop (Poison Max Raids) Layers Toxic Spikes to poison Pokemon upon entry to battle. 1 layer = Poison, 2 layers = Toxic
Trick  Random Drop (Psychic Max Raids) Swaps held items with target Pokemon
Taunt Random Drop (Dark Max Raids) Target may only use attack moves for 3 turns
Baton Pass Random Drop (Normal Max Raids) Swaps with a party Pokemon, passing along any stat boosts
Spikes Random Drop (Normal Max Raids) Layers Spikes to deal damage to Pokemon upon entry into battle. 1 layer = 12.5% HP, 2 layers = 16.67% HP, 3 layers = 25%.
Substitute  Random Drop (Normal Max Raids) Sacrifices 25% HP for a decoy. Decoy health is equal to HP sacrificed.
Swords Dance Random Drop (Normal Max Raids) Boosts users Attack sharply
Psychic Terrain Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center) Boosts Psychic-type attacks by 50%, prevents moves with Priority (Quick Attack, for example) from working for 5 turns.
Electric Terrain  Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center) Boosts Electric-type attacks by 50%, prevents Pokemon from falling asleep for 5 turns.
Misty Terrain Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center) Reduces Dragon-type damage by 50%, prevents status conditions for 5 turns.
Grassy Terrain Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center) Boosts Grass-type attacks by 50%, heals all Pokemon touching the ground by 1/16th their HP every turn for 5 turns
Trick Room   Battle Tower (TM Shop) Slower Pokemon move first, faster Pokemon move second for 5 turns
Will-O-Wisp Motostoke (Pokemon Center) Burns the target
Weather Generators Hammerlocke (Western Pokemon Center) Creates Harsh Sunlight, Rain, Hail, or a Sandstorm for 2 to 5 turns.
Protect Motostoke (Pokemon Center) Nullifies all damage and effects for one turn. Reduces damage from a Dynamax’d attack to 25%.

That is all for our Pokemon Sword And Shield Best Pokemon Moves guide. If you are interested in learning more about the game then you can check out our guided explaining what “You Can’t Throw a Poke Ball, It Won’t Let It’s Guard Down” means. You can also check out our guide on Mr. Rime & Kanto Mr. Mime.

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