Competitive Information for Metapod [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Metapod metapod
Base Stats for Metapod

Bug

Abilities:
Shed SkinShed Skin: This Pokemon has a 33% chance to have its status cured at the end of each turn.


Evolutions / Family:
Caterpie
Metapod
Butterfree

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Metapod? 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.


Metapod is an outstanding Bug-typed Pokemon. Metapod is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Metapod is weak to Fire, Flying, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Metapod
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Shed Skin
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Bug Bite
- Tackle
- Harden
- Iron Defense

Physical Sweeper Metapod (Shed Skin)

Metapod is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Metapod is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolte was added to the mix. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Metapod from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Metapod's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Shed Skin, Metapod has a 33% chance to have its status cured at the end of each turn.

Bug Bite is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Bug-type move (Metapod steals and eats the target's berry).
Tackle is a physical 40-base power Normal-type move that deals damage.
Harden is a status move (raises your Metapod's defense by 1 stage).
Iron Defense is a status move (raises your Metapod's defense by 2 stages).




Species: Metapod
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Shed Skin
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Electroweb
- Harden
- Iron Defense
- String Shot

Special Sweeper Metapod (Shed Skin)

Metapod is a decent Special Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Metapod is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield without an Eviolite attached. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Metapod from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Metapod's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Shed Skin, Metapod has a 33% chance to have its status cured at the end of each turn.

Electroweb is a special 55-base power Electric-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Harden is a status move (raises your Metapod's defense by 1 stage).
Iron Defense is a status move (raises your Metapod's defense by 2 stages).
String Shot is a status move (lowers the foes speed by 2 stages).




Species: Metapod
Item: Eviolite
Ability: Shed Skin
Nature: Impish (+Def, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Moveset:
- Bug Bite
- Iron Defense
- String Shot
- Tackle / Electroweb

Metapod Physical Wall (Lvl 100 Madness)

Metapod is an awesome Physical Wall. It's primary goal is to take a large amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Metapod is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield without an Eviolite attached. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. With Shed Skin, Metapod has a 33% chance to have its status cured at the end of each turn. So they say Metapod is weak as water. Time for revenge. If you can set up an iron defense, you can tank stone edges from Garchomp. WOW!!! Just...don't get crit.

Bug Bite is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Bug-type move (Metapod steals and eats the target's berry).
Iron Defense is a status move (raises your Metapod's defense by 2 stages).
String Shot is a status move (lowers the foes speed by 2 stages).
Tackle is a physical 40-base power Normal-type move that deals damage.
Electroweb is a special 55-base power Electric-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Metapod? 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: Metapod
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Shed Skin
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Bug Bite
- Tackle
- Harden
- Iron Defense

Doubles Physical Sweeper Metapod (Shed Skin)

Metapod is a sensational Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Metapod is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield without an Eviolite attached. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Metapod from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Metapod's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Shed Skin, Metapod has a 33% chance to have its status cured at the end of each turn.

Bug Bite is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Bug-type move (Metapod steals and eats the target's berry).
Tackle is a physical 40-base power Normal-type move that deals damage.
Harden is a status move (raises your Metapod's defense by 1 stage).
Iron Defense is a status move (raises your Metapod's defense by 2 stages).




Species: Metapod
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Shed Skin
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Electroweb
- Harden
- Iron Defense
- String Shot

Doubles Special Sweeper Metapod (Shed Skin)

Metapod is a remarkable Special Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Metapod is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until equipping Eviolite became the goto option. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Metapod from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Metapod's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Shed Skin, Metapod has a 33% chance to have its status cured at the end of each turn.

Electroweb is a special 55-base power Electric-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Harden is a status move (raises your Metapod's defense by 1 stage).
Iron Defense is a status move (raises your Metapod's defense by 2 stages).
String Shot is a status move (lowers the foes speed by 2 stages).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Metapod 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
Electroweb
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Bug Bite
60
100%
20
User steals and eats the target's Berry.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Harden
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
String Shot
--
95%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Speed by 2.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Metapod 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 Metapod

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