Competitive Information for Keldeo [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Keldeo keldeo
Base Stats for Keldeo

Water / Fighting

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


Evolutions / Family:
Keldeo

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Keldeo? 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 Keldeo in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

ZeraoraBisharpFerrothornAegislashRotom-HeatMelmetalTerrakionKyurem-BlackJirachiPelipperGengarCelebi


Keldeo is a decent Water and Fighting-typed Pokemon. Keldeo is a frequent Pokemon to see in Generation 8. Keldeo is weak to Electric, Fairy, Flying, Grass, and Psychic-typed attacks.


Species: Keldeo
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Justified
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Secret Sword
- Air Slash
- Hyper Beam

Special Sweeper Keldeo (Justified)

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

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target. thaws target).
Secret Sword is a special STAB-boosted 85-base power Fighting-type move (damages target based on defense, not special defense).
Air Slash is a special 75-base power Flying-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Keldeo cannot move next turn).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Keldeo? 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 Keldeo in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

ZeraoraBisharpFerrothornAegislashRotom-HeatMelmetalTerrakionKyurem-BlackJirachiPelipperGengarCelebi


Species: Keldeo
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Justified
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Secret Sword
- Icy Wind
- Air Slash

Doubles Special Sweeper Keldeo (Justified)

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

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target. thaws target).
Secret Sword is a special STAB-boosted 85-base power Fighting-type move (damages target based on defense, not special defense).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Air Slash is a special 75-base power Flying-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Keldeo 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.
Aura Sphere
80
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Hydro Pump
110
80%
5
No additional effect.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Muddy Water
90
85%
10
30% chance to lower the foe(s) accuracy by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Scald
80
100%
15
30% chance to burn the target. Thaws target.
Secret Sword
85
100%
10
Damages target based on Defense, not Sp. Def.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Aqua Jet
40
100%
20
Usually goes first.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
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.
Liquidation
85
100%
10
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Low Kick
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Megahorn
120
85%
10
No additional effect.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
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.
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.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
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.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
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.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Keldeo 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 Keldeo

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