Pokemon Sword and Shield Best Pokemon Moves Guide

All the competitive players around the world are thinking about making the best team possible. In order to make the best team possible it is necessary to make the choice of best Pokemon, items, abilities, and more if one wishes to win every battle they walk into. Another very important thing is to consider Moves. Great moves can be the reason that you win a battle very easily and in this Pokemon Sword and Shield Best Poke Moves guide we will be discussing what moves are best to use in Pokemon Sword and shield along with their description and their location. We have classified them based on attack type.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Best Pokemon Moves

Physical Damage

Following are the best moves for physical damage:

Giga Impact
Location: Wyndon (Pokemon Center Mart)
Effect:  150 Base Power (Skips next turn.)

Solar Blade  
Location: Wyndon (Pokemon Center Mart)
Effect: 125 Base Power (Takes two turns to fire, one turn in Harsh Sunlight.)

Rock Slide
Location: Route 9 (Requires Surf Upgrade – South West)
Effect: 75 Base Power (Strikes all opponents, 30% flinch chance.)

Brick Break
Location: Route 8 (Left of the North Exit)
Effect: 75 Base Power (Breaks barriers like Reflect and Light Screen.)

Bounce
Location: Battle Tower (TM Shop)
Effect: 85 Base Power (Invulnerable first turn, damage second turn. Chance to paralyze.)

U-Turn
Location: Glimwood Tangle (Left Side)
Effect: 70 Base Power (Deals damage, then swaps to different party Pokemon.)

Razor Shell
Location: Battle Tower (TM Shop)
Effect: 75 Base Power (Chance to lower target’s Defense.)

Phantom Force 
Location: Slumbering Weald (Far North near exit to Shrine)
Effect:  90 Base Power (Invulnerable first turn, damage second turn. Strikes through Protect.)

Smart Strike
Location: Route 8 (West Side)
Effect:  70 Base Power (Attack never misses.)

Breaking Swipe
Location: Hammerlocke (Defeat Gym Leader)
Effect:  60 Base Power (Strikes all enemies, lowers their Attack.)

Leech Life
Location: Random Drop (Bug Max Raids)
Effect: 80 Base Power (Restores HP equal to 50% of damage dealt.)

Blaze Kick
Location: Random Drop (Fire Max Raids)   
Effect:  85 Base Power (Can critical more easily. Chance to burn.)

Leaf Blade
Location: Random Drop (Grass Max Raids)
Effect:  90 Base Power (Can critical more easily.)

Close Combat
Location: Random Drop (Fighting Max Raids)
Effect:120 Base Power (Lowers user’s Defense and Special Defense.)

Gunk Shot
Location: Random Drop (Poison Max Raids)
Effect: 120 Base Power (Can poison the target.)

Stone Edge
Location: Random Drop (Rock Max Raids)
Effect: 100 Base Power (Can critical more easily.)

Special Damage Moves

Following are best moves for special damage:

Hyper Beam
Location: Wyndon (Pokemon Center Mart)
Effect: 150 Base Power (Skips next turn.)

Solar Beam   
Location: Turffield (River on the right — requires Surf Upgrade)
Effect:  120 Base Power (Takes two turns to fire, one turn in Harsh Sunlight.)

Giga Drain  
Location: Battle Tower (TM Shop)
Effect: 75 Base Power ( (Restores HP equal to 50% of damage dealt.)

Weather Ball
Location: Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center Shop)
Effect: 50 Base Power (Power doubles to 100 and changes type based on weather — Fire (Sunny), Water (Rain), Ice (Hail), Rock (Sandstorm.))

Hex
Location: Ballonlea (Second House)
Effect: 65 Base Power (Power doubles to 130 if target is afflicted with Burn, Freeze, Paralysis, Poison, or Sleep).

Volt Switch
Location: Wild Area (20,000 Points in Rotom Rally)
Effect: 70 Base Power (Deals damage, then swaps to different party Pokemon.)

Mystical Fire
Location: Battle Tower (TM Shop)
Effect:  75 Base Power (Also lowers target’s Special Attack.)

Air Slash
Location: Wild Area (Axew’s Eye)
Effect:  75 Base Power (Chance to flinch opponent.)

Overheat
Location: Random Drop (Fire Max Raids)
Effect:  130 Base Power (Lower’s user’s Special Attack harshly.)

Muddy Water
Location: Random Drop (Water Max Raids)
Effect:  90 Base Power (Strikes all opponents, may lower accuracy.)

Dark Pulse
Location: Random Drop (Dark Max Raids)
Effect:  80 Base Power (Chance to flinch opponent.)

Bug Buzz
Location: Random Drop (Bug Max Raids)
Effect:  90 Base Power (May lower target’s Special Defense.)

Earth Power
Location: Random Drop (Ground Max Raids)
Effect:  90 Base Power (May lower target’s Special Defense.)

Sludge Wave
Location: Random Drop (Poison Max Raids)
Effect:  95 Base Power (Strikes all other targets, may poison.)

Electro Ball
Location: Random Drop (Poison Max Raids)
Effect:  Base Power based on speed difference (The faster the user is than the target, the more damage it deals.)

Scald
Location: Random Drop (Water Max Raids)
Effect:  80 Base Power (May Burn the target.)

Pollen Puff
Location: Random Drop (Bug Max Raids)
Effect:  90 Base Power (Deals damage to enemies, heals allies.)

Non-Damaging

Following are the best non-damaging moves:

Thunder Wave
Location: Wild Area (Rotom Rally)
Effect:  Paralyzes the target.

Light Screen
Location: Motostoke (Pokemon Center)
Effect:  Creates a barrier that reduces damage from Special attacks by 50%.

Reflect
Location: Motostoke (Pokemon Center)
Effect:  Creates a barrier that reduces damage from Physical attacks by 50%.

Protect
Location: Motostoke (Pokemon Center)
Effect: Nullifies all damage and effects for one turn. Reduces damage from a Dynamax’d attack to 25%.

Weather Generators
Location: Hammerlocke (Western Pokemon Center)
Effect:  Creates Harsh Sunlight, Rain, Hail, or a Sandstorm for 2 to 5 turns.

Will-O-Wisp
Location: Motostoke (Pokemon Center)
Effect:  Burns the target.

Trick Room  
Location: Battle Tower (TM Shop)
Effect:  Slower Pokemon move first, faster Pokemon move second for 5 turns.

Grassy Terrain
Location: Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center)
Effect:  Boosts Grass-type attacks by 50%, heals all Pokemon touching the ground by 1/16th their HP every turn for 5 turns.

Misty Terrain
Location: Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center)
Effect:  Reduces Dragon-type damage by 50%, prevents status conditions for 5 turns.

Electric Terrain 
Location: Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center)
Effect:  Boosts Electric-type attacks by 50%, prevents Pokemon from falling asleep for 5 turns.

Psychic Terrain
Location: Hammerlocke (Eastern Pokemon Center)
Effect:  Boosts Psychic-type attacks by 50%, prevents moves with Priority (Quick Attack, for example) from working for 5 turns.

Swords Dance
Location: Random Drop (Normal Max Raids)
Effect:  Boosts users Attack sharply.

Substitute 
Location: Random Drop (Normal Max Raids)
Effect:  Sacrifices 25% HP for a decoy. Decoy health is equal to HP sacrificed.

Spikes
Location: Random Drop (Normal Max Raids)
Effect:  Layers Spikes to deal damage to Pokemon upon entry into battle. 1 layer = 12.5% HP, 2 layers = 16.67% HP, 3 layers = 25%.

Baton Pass
Location: Random Drop (Normal Max Raids)
Effect:  Swaps with a party Pokemon, passing along any stat boosts.

Taunt
Location: Random Drop (Dark Max Raids)
Effect:  Target may only use attack moves for 3 turns.

Trick 
Location: Random Drop (Psychic Max Raids)
Effect:  Swaps held items with target Pokemon.

Toxic Spikes
Location: Random Drop (Poison Max Raids)
Effect:  Layers Toxic Spikes to poison Pokemon upon entry to battle. 1 layer = Poison, 2 layers = Toxic

Stealth Rock
Location: Random Drop (Rock Max Raids)
Effect: Deals damage to Pokemon upon entry to battle. Based on type weaknesses (1x = 12.5%, 2x = 25%, 4x = 50%)