Competitive Information for Cobalion [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Cobalion cobalion
Base Stats for Cobalion

Steel / Fighting

Abilities:
JustifiedJustified: This Pokemon's Attack is raised by 1 stage after it is damaged by a Dark-type move.


Evolutions / Family:
Cobalion

Weakness Chart for Steel/Fighting-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.25x
0.5x
0.5x
  
  
2x
2x
  
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0.5x
2x
0.5x
0.5x
0x
  
0.25x
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Cobalion? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common team mates for Cobalion in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

Kommo-oKeldeoTerrakionVirizionVikavoltAegislashObstagoonMimikyuZeraoraKyuremBlastoiseArcanine


Cobalion is an awesome Steel and Fighting-typed Pokemon. It's a almost common sight to see Cobalion out in the 8th generation battlefield. Cobalion is weak to Fighting, Fire, and Ground-typed attacks.


Species: Cobalion
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Justified
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Close Combat / Superpower
- Iron Head
- Poison Jab
- X-Scissor

Physical Sweeper Cobalion (Justified)

Cobalion is a legendary Physical Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Cobalion's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Justified, Cobalion's attack is raised by 1 stage after it is damaged by a dark-type move.

Close Combat is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Cobalion's defense and special defense by 1 stage).
Superpower is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Cobalion's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Iron Head is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Poison Jab is a physical 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
X-Scissor is a physical 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a hefty amount of damage.




Species: Cobalion
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Justified
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Steel Beam / Flash Cannon
- Air Slash
- Volt Switch
- Hyper Beam

Special Sweeper Cobalion (Justified)

Cobalion is a legendary Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Cobalion's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Justified, Cobalion's attack is raised by 1 stage after it is damaged by a dark-type move.

Steel Beam is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Steel-type move (Cobalion loses 50% max hp).
Flash Cannon is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Air Slash is a special 75-base power Flying-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Volt Switch is a special 70-base power Electric-type move (Cobalion switches out after damaging the target).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Cobalion cannot move next turn).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Cobalion? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common team mates for Cobalion in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

Kommo-oKeldeoTerrakionVirizionVikavoltAegislashObstagoonMimikyuZeraoraKyuremBlastoiseArcanine


Species: Cobalion
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Justified
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Close Combat / Superpower
- Iron Head
- Poison Jab
- X-Scissor

Doubles Physical Sweeper Cobalion (Justified)

Cobalion is a legendary Physical Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Cobalion's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Justified, Cobalion's attack is raised by 1 stage after it is damaged by a dark-type move.

Close Combat is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Cobalion's defense and special defense by 1 stage).
Superpower is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Cobalion's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Iron Head is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Poison Jab is a physical 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
X-Scissor is a physical 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.




Species: Cobalion
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Justified
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Steel Beam / Flash Cannon
- Air Slash
- Volt Switch
- Hyper Beam

Doubles Special Sweeper Cobalion (Justified)

Cobalion is a legendary Special Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Cobalion's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Justified, Cobalion's attack is raised by 1 stage after it is damaged by a dark-type move.

Steel Beam is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Steel-type move (Cobalion loses 50% max hp).
Flash Cannon is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Air Slash is a special 75-base power Flying-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Volt Switch is a special 70-base power Electric-type move (Cobalion switches out after damaging the target).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Cobalion cannot move next turn).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Cobalion learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Air Slash
75
95%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Flash Cannon
80
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Steel Beam
140
95%
5
User loses 50% max HP.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Volt Switch
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
Bounce
85
85%
5
Bounces turn 1. Hits turn 2. 30% paralyze.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Close Combat
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Defense and Sp. Def by 1.
Double Kick
30
100%
30
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Megahorn
120
85%
10
No additional effect.
Metal Burst
--
100%
10
If hit by an attack, returns 1.5x damage.
Metal Claw
50
95%
35
10% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Retaliate
70
100%
5
Power doubles if an ally fainted last turn.
Revenge
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Reversal
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Sacred Sword
90
100%
15
Ignores the target's stat stage changes.
Smart Strike
70
--
10
This move does not check accuracy.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Calm Mind
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk and Sp. Def by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Quick Guard
--
--
15
Protects allies from priority attacks this turn.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Scary Face
--
100%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Stealth Rock
--
--
20
Hurts foes on switch-in. Factors Rock weakness.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Thunder Wave
--
90%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Cobalion can perform in Sword/Shield. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SS Move and Ability Combos for Cobalion

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