Competitive Information for Drilbur [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Drilbur drilbur
Base Stats for Drilbur

Ground

Abilities:
Mold BreakerMold Breaker: This Pokemon's moves and their effects ignore the Abilities of other Pokemon.
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Sand ForceSand Force: This Pokemon's Ground/Rock/Steel attacks do 1.3x in Sandstorm; immunity to it.
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Sand RushSand Rush: If Sandstorm is active, this Pokemon's Speed is doubled; immunity to Sandstorm.


Evolutions / Family:
Drilbur
Excadrill

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Drilbur? 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.


Drilbur is a wonderful Ground-typed Pokemon. Drilbur is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Drilbur is weak to Grass, Ice, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Drilbur
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Sand Rush
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake / High Horsepower
- X-Scissor
- Poison Jab
- Brick Break

Physical Sweeper Drilbur (Sand Rush)

Drilbur is a remarkable Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Drilbur from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Drilbur's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sand Rush, if sandstorm is active Drilbur's speed is doubled; immunity to sandstorm.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
High Horsepower is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Ground-type move that deals a substantial amount of damage.
X-Scissor is a physical 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Poison Jab is a physical 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Drilbur? 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.


Species: Drilbur
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Sand Rush
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake / High Horsepower
- Rock Slide
- X-Scissor
- Poison Jab

Doubles Physical Sweeper Drilbur (Sand Rush)

Drilbur is an extraordinary Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Drilbur from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Drilbur's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sand Rush, if sandstorm is active Drilbur's speed is doubled; immunity to sandstorm.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
High Horsepower is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Ground-type move that deals a substantial amount of damage.
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
X-Scissor is a physical 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a large amount of damage.
Poison Jab is a physical 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Drilbur 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
Earth Power
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Mud Shot
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison the target.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Crush Claw
75
95%
10
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Drill Run
80
95%
10
High critical hit ratio.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fissure
--
30%
5
OHKOs the target. Fails if user is a lower level.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Fury Swipes
18
80%
15
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
High Horsepower
95
95%
10
No additional effect.
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.
Rapid Spin
50
100%
40
Free user from hazards/bind/Leech Seed; +1 Spe.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Tomb
60
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Sand Tomb
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Submission
80
80%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Metal Sound
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Sp. Def by 2.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
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.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Drilbur 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 Drilbur

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