Competitive Information for Rufflet [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Rufflet rufflet
Base Stats for Rufflet

Normal / Flying

Abilities:
Keen EyeKeen Eye: This Pokemon's accuracy can't be lowered by others; ignores their evasiveness stat.
,
HustleHustle: This Pokemon's Attack is 1.5x and accuracy of its physical attacks is 0.8x.
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Sheer ForceSheer Force: This Pokemon's attacks with secondary effects have 1.3x power; nullifies the effects.


Evolutions / Family:
Rufflet
Braviary

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Rufflet? 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.


Rufflet is pretty popular Normal and Flying-typed Pokemon. Rufflet is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Rufflet is weak to Electric, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Rufflet
Item: Life Orb / Wide Lens
Ability: Hustle
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Brave Bird / Wing Attack
- Superpower / Close Combat
- Crush Claw / Slash
- Zen Headbutt

Physical Sweeper Rufflet (Hustle)

Rufflet 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 Rufflet from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Rufflet's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Wide Lens will help improve the accuracy of Rufflet's moves. This is important since it's Hustle ability lowers the accuracy of it's moves. With Hustle, Rufflet's attack is 1.5x and accuracy of its physical attacks is 0.8x.

Brave Bird is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Flying-type move (has 33% recoil).
Wing Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Rufflet's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Close Combat is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Rufflet's defense and special defense by 1 stage).
Crush Claw is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Normal-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Slash is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Normal-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Zen Headbutt is a physical 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Rufflet? 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: Rufflet
Item: Life Orb / Wide Lens
Ability: Hustle
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Brave Bird
- Rock Slide
- Superpower / Close Combat
- Crush Claw

Doubles Physical Sweeper Rufflet (Hustle)

Rufflet is a phenomenal Physical Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Rufflet from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Rufflet's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Wide Lens will help improve the accuracy of Rufflet's moves. This is important since it's Hustle ability lowers the accuracy of it's moves. With Hustle, Rufflet's attack is 1.5x and accuracy of its physical attacks is 0.8x.

Brave Bird is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Flying-type move (has 33% recoil).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Rufflet's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Close Combat is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Rufflet's defense and special defense by 1 stage).
Crush Claw is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Normal-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Rufflet 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.
Heat Wave
95
90%
10
10% chance to burn the foe(s).
Hurricane
110
70%
10
30% chance to confuse target. Can't miss in rain.
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.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Assurance
60
100%
10
Power doubles if target was damaged this turn.
Brave Bird
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Close Combat
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Defense and Sp. Def by 1.
Crush Claw
75
95%
10
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fly
90
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Peck
35
100%
35
No additional effect.
Retaliate
70
100%
5
Power doubles if an ally fainted last turn.
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.
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Thrash
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
U-turn
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
Wing Attack
60
100%
35
No additional effect.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Bulk Up
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Defog
--
--
15
-1 evasion; clears user and target side's hazards.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Scary Face
--
100%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
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.
Tailwind
--
--
15
For 4 turns, allies' Speed is doubled.
Whirlwind
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Rufflet 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 Rufflet

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