Best Nature for Gardevoir in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Iconic Pokemon like Charizard and Pikachu often take center stage, but the later generations also have their fair share of favorites. One of the more popular Gen III Pokemon is Gardevoir, a stylish Psychic/Fairy type.

If you want to make one battle-ready, let me show you the best Nature for Gardevoir and a moveset to bring it all together.

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Best Nature for Gardevoir

Gardevoir can be built in a few different ways, but you’ll usually want it to have a Timid Nature. This Nature boosts Gardevoir’s already impressive SP. ATK stat.

We lose out on regular ATK but don’t use physical attacks, so it’s not an issue. Here’s a great moveset to give Gardevoir, along with a few flex options if you want to add a little spice:

Best Timid Moveset for Gardevoir

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Tera Type: Psychic
Ability: Trace
Held Item: Choice Scarf

Moveset:

  • Moonblast
  • Psyshock
  • Trick
  • Mystical Fire

Gardevoir has a stellar SP. ATK stat and our Tera Type leans into that and powers up Psychock. You can use the Normal Tera Type instead, which hurts Gardevoir’s offensive potential but removes its weakness to Ghost types.

The Normal Tera Type gives Gardevoir an x2 weakness to Fighting moves but will only take regular damage from everything else.

Moonblast is one of the best Fairy attacks in the game; it hits hard, is accurate, and has a chance to lower the opponent’s SP. ATK. I’m a fan of Psyshock, as it inflicts physical damage even though it’s a special attack.

If you’d prefer an ‘all out’ damage option, you can use Psychic instead, as it hits harder and has a chance to lower the opponent’s SP. DEF stat.

Mystical Fire is a cheeky way of adding a Steel counter to our arsenal. Gardevoir doesn’t get a STAB bonus, but your opponent likely won’t see this coming, and our Choice Scarf ensures we go first. The Choice Scarf is an excellent item in this build if you know how to use it.

We gain a massive Speed increase, but it locks us into a single attack, where our final move comes into play.

Trick is a sneaky ability that swaps Gardevoir’s and the opponent’s items. You can render enemy Pokemon completely useless with Trick, and force them to use undesirable moves or switch out.

Are There any Other Strategies I Can Use with Gardevoir?

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Although I don’t use Gardevoir this way, I’ve been thrashed by a couple of Trainers using Focus Sash and Destiny Bond. Swapping Choice Scarf for Focus Sash will guarantee that Gardevoir will always survive a single attack, even from Ghost types.

Destiny Bond makes it so if Gardevoir dies, it takes the bonded Pokemon with it, and it is a devious strategy for dealing with problem Pokemon.

You can forego equipping Trick if you plan to use Destiny Bond. I prefer playing to stay alive, but I’ve had this strategy used against me, and it’s lethal if left unchecked.

While Gardevoir certainly isn’t a ‘meta’ Pokemon, you shouldn’t let that dissuade you from using it. Gardevoir is a monster in the hands of an experienced Trainer.

If you’re ready for a crash course, check out our in-depth guide on Gardevoir’s strengths and weaknesses.

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