Preparing for Battle in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Putting it all together:

So, what do ideal sets look like? Well, that varies based on the strengths and weaknesses of each Pokémon, and to some extent, what the rest of the team looks like. It would take too long to list every Pokémon’s ideal setup, especially since there are multiple ways to train each one. Here are some generalizations:


  • Reduce a stat the Pokémon isn’t using. This is usually Attack, Special Attack, or Speed.
  • Boost a stat that you want more in. This could be any stat that isn’t hindered by the Pokémon’s nature.
  • You do not have to invest in the boosted stat using EVs, but doing so will make that stat much higher.
  • Some good natures:
    • Modest (+Special Attack, -Attack)
    • Timid (+Speed, -Attack)
    • Adamant (+Attack, -Special Attack)
    • Jolly (+Speed, -Special Attack)
    • Bold (+Defense, -Attack)
    • Impish (+Defense, -Special Attack)
    • Calm (+Special Defense, -Attack)
    • Careful (+Special Defense, -Special Attack)
    • Brave (+Attack, -Speed)
    • Quiet (+Special Attack, -Speed)
    • Relaxed(+Defense, -Speed)
    • Sassy (+Special Defense, -Speed)


  • Each IV should be at the highest value.
  • Some exceptions include Attack, Special Attack, or Speed if going for minimum speed. You can ignore Attack or Special Attack if you aren’t using that stat.
  • Minimum Speed is ideal if you are looking to use the move Trick Room or Gyro Ball.


  • The simplest way is to max out the two most vital stats. Some examples include:
    • Attack and Speed.
    • Special Attack and Speed.
    • HP and Attack.
    • HP and Special Attack.
    • HP and Defense.
    • HP and Special Defense.
    • HP and Speed.

If you are looking for a more evenly spread out stat distribution, keep these tips in mind:

  • Attack or Special Attack should have enough to guarantee a 1 or 2 hit KO against certain opponents.
    • This includes opponents with 31 IVs in HP, Defense, and Special Defense, a nature that doesn’t reduce or boost Defense or Special Defense, and no EVs in HP, Defense, or Special Defense.
    • Also consider opponents with 31 IVs in HP, and Defense or Special Defense, a nature that boosts Defense or Special Defense, and full EVs in HP and either Defense or Special Defense.
  • Speed should have enough to out speed most vital opponents, but no more.
    • Consider if your Pokémon out speeds after speed modifiers, such as opposing speed drops, your own speed bonuses, or if the Pokémon is holding a Choice Scarf.
  • HP, Defense, and Special Defense should allow you to survive an otherwise 1 hit KO, or a normal 2 hit KO becomes a 3 hit KO.
    • Keep in mind opponents that have max Attack or Special Attack IVs, EVs, and either a boosting nature or a nature that doesn’t reduce or boost these stats.

How do you get all this?

Max Raid battles give all sorts of helpful rewards.
  • Win as many max raid battles as you can. You will get useful items including:
    • Experience candies
    • Rare candies
    • Bottle caps
    • EV reducing berries
    • TRs
    • Dynamax candies
    • Watts for checking the dens
    • Catch the raids for possible hidden abilities, and Pokémon with better stats.
  • You also want to gather as much cash as possible to buy the vitamin items:
    • Win the champion’s cup as much as you need to. Have Gigantamax Meowth use its G-max move while holding the amulet coin. You also get a wishing piece the first time you do this in a day.
    • If you have enough watts, exchange them for a lot of Luxury balls (around 600-700), in the wild area, then sell them all.
  • Use watts to buy any TRs you think you need.
  • Spend watts at the digging duo for a chance to get bottle caps.
  • Gather BP at the battle tower to buy PP ups, bottle caps, and nature mints.
  • Once ready, play in the ranked mode in battle stadium for:
    • BP
    • And many of the above items.
  • Gather Berries from trees daily for EV reducing berries.


  • Be sure to feed dynamax candies and PP ups to all your Pokémon, for small bonuses!

And that is most of what you need to know in terms of preparing for online battles in Pokémon Sword and Shield. The rest is putting it all together using all the info from fan sites. Some good sites include:

  • for most information, such as move sets, base stats, and Pokémon locations.
  • Bulbapedia for more detailed interactions.
  • Pokémon Showdown’s damage calculator to decide on stat setup.

From here, you just need to experiment, and consider what your opponents are using. Practice makes perfect too, and if something doesn’t work well, try something else! Good luck battling trainers!

I hope this guide was useful. Did I miss anything? Let me know, so that I can amend this article. What else might you want to know about battling Pokémon Sword and Shield? Place your suggestions in the comments below! If you liked this article, then click that like button. If you want to keep up with That’s All Games, then subscribe via email. Until next time, have fun gaming!

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