Strongest competitive Pokémon in Sword and Shield doubles
When it comes to competitive battling in Pokémon Sword and Shield, there are plenty of viable Pokémon to choose between. Not all Pokémon are created equal, however, and some are considerably stronger than others. Here are the strongest Pokémon for competitive play so far.
Togekiss has been the most used Pokémon in ranked doubles battles and VGC up to this point. This Flying/Fairy-type has a variety of uses. You can run it as a bulky support, a special attacker, or a hybrid between the two. Togekiss has an excellent stat spread and a huge move pool with good coverage and a great support move in Follow Me.
This Grass/Fairy-type Pokémon provides great support in doubles battles with its ability, Prankster, which gives status moves priority. Due to this, Whimsicott can give its partner an instant speed boost with Tailwind. You can pair Whimsicott with Pokémon who rely heavily on speed, such as Dracovish.
The Fire-type doggo is back again in Sword and Shield, and it’s looking as good as ever. Intimidate is a great ability in doubles and it is currently the best Intimidate user (at least until Incineroar gets released in March). Arcanine is typically built as a support with Flamethrower and Snarl for a bit of damage, but it can also be a strong physical attacker.
Dragapult is the fastest Pokémon that is commonly used. It combines this speed with an excellent attack stat and a decent special attack stat. It can be a deadly sweeper and works extremely well when Dynamaxed. It has both physical and special attack sets and its ability makes it immune to stat changes, which makes it difficult for opponents to reliably counter.
Rhyperior just showed the Pokémon world how strong it was at the Oceania Internationals. It has an excellent ability in Rock Solid that makes it an absolute beast with Weakness Policy as its held item. It’s typically run with Trick Room teams, but it can be a good pick on its own as well.
Remember that you can use just about any Pokémon you want, as long as you have a plan and build a good team. These Pokémon will tend to give you an edge in competitive play, however, simply due to how strong they are with the proper builds.