Competitive Information for Squirtle [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Squirtle squirtle
Base Stats for Squirtle

Water

Abilities:
TorrentTorrent: At 1/3 or less of its max HP, this Pokemon's attacking stat is 1.5x with Water attacks.
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Rain DishRain Dish: If Rain Dance is active, this Pokemon heals 1/16 of its max HP each turn.


Evolutions / Family:
Squirtle
Wartortle
Blastoise

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


Squirtle is an outstanding Water-typed Pokemon. Squirtle is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Squirtle's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.


Species: Squirtle
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Body Slam
- Brick Break
- Ice Punch

Physical Sweeper Squirtle (Torrent)

Squirtle is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Squirtle is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield but Eviolite makes it possibly stronger than it's final form. 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 Squirtle from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Squirtle's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Squirtle's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks.

Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a good amount of damage.
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).
Ice Punch is a physical 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).




Species: Squirtle
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Water Spout / Surf
- Ice Beam
- Dragon Pulse
- Round

Special Sweeper Squirtle (Torrent)

Squirtle is an awesome Special Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Squirtle is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield without an Eviolite. 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 Squirtle from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Squirtle's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Squirtle's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks.

Water Spout is a special STAB-boosted 150-base power Water-type move (less power as Squirtle's hp decreases).
Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Ice Beam is a special 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Dragon Pulse is a special 85-base power Dragon-type move that deals a large amount of damage.
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).




Species: Squirtle
Item: Shell Bell
Ability: Rain Dish
Nature: Hardy
EVs: 80 Hp / 80 Atk / 92 Def / 88 SpA / 92 SpD / 76 Spe
Moveset:
- Zen Headbutt
- Gyro Ball
- Ice Beam / Blizzard
- Hydro Pump / Scald

Squirtle Double Wall (Save The Turtles)

Squirtle is an extraordinary Double Wall. It's primary goal is to have enough defenses and bulk to take both physical and special hits. With Rain Dish, if rain dance is active Squirtle heals 1/16 of its max hp each turn.

Zen Headbutt is a physical 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Gyro Ball is a physical 0-base power Steel-type move (more power the slower your Squirtle than the target).
Ice Beam is a special 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Blizzard is a special 110-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze foes. can't miss in hail).
Hydro Pump is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Water-type move that deals a notable amount of damage.
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target. thaws target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Squirtle? 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: Squirtle
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Body Slam
- Brick Break
- Ice Punch

Doubles Physical Sweeper Squirtle (Torrent)

Squirtle is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Squirtle is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield but Eviolite changes that. 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 Squirtle from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Squirtle's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Squirtle's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks.

Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a decent amount of damage.
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).
Ice Punch is a physical 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).




Species: Squirtle
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Water Spout / Surf
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Dragon Pulse
- Round

Doubles Special Sweeper Squirtle (Torrent)

Squirtle is an awesome Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Squirtle is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until it was realized Eviolite would make it quite viable. 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 Squirtle from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Squirtle's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Squirtle's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks.

Water Spout is a special STAB-boosted 150-base power Water-type move (less power as Squirtle's hp decreases).
Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Dragon Pulse is a special 85-base power Dragon-type move that deals a hefty amount of damage.
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Squirtle 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
Aura Sphere
80
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Brine
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target's HP is 50% or less.
Dragon Pulse
85
100%
10
No additional effect.
Hydro Pump
110
80%
5
No additional effect.
Ice Beam
90
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Mirror Coat
--
100%
20
If hit by special attack, returns double damage.
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.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Water Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Water Pledge
80
100%
10
Use with Grass or Fire Pledge for added effect.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Water Spout
150
100%
5
Less power as user's HP decreases. Hits foe(s).
Weather Ball
50
100%
10
Power doubles and type varies in each weather.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Aqua Jet
40
100%
20
Usually goes first.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fake Out
40
100%
10
Hits first. First turn out only. 100% flinch chance.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Gyro Ball
--
100%
5
More power the slower the user than the target.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Rapid Spin
50
100%
40
Free user from hazards/bind/Leech Seed; +1 Spe.
Rock Tomb
60
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Skull Bash
130
100%
10
Raises user's Defense by 1 on turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Aqua Ring
--
--
20
User recovers 1/16 max HP per turn.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Haze
--
--
30
Eliminates all stat changes.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Life Dew
--
--
10
Heals the user (and allies) by 1/4 amount.
Mist
--
--
30
For 5 turns, protects user's party from stat drops.
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.
Shell Smash
--
--
15
Lowers Def, SpD by 1; raises Atk, SpA, Spe 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.
Tail Whip
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Withdraw
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.
Yawn
--
--
10
Puts the target to sleep after 1 turn.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Squirtle 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 Squirtle

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