Best Fighting Type Pokémon In Pokémon Sword And Shield
Last Updated: December 10, 2021
Looking for Pokémon with lethal abilities and hard hitting moves that feel like they belong in an action movie? We got you covered! Let’s take a look at the best Fighting type Pokémon you can have in your team.
Fighting type Pokémon have always been powerful. Way back in Generation I, we got a taste of just how strong these Pokémon can be when we went against Bruno, a member of Kanto’s Elite Four. Fast forward nearly 20 years later and Fighting types are still a staple in Pokémon games and are actually some of the best you can use in competitive battles. So, without further ado, here are the Fighting type Pokémon you must absolutely have on your team.
Locations: (Sword) Giant’s Mirror (Wanderer), Dusty Bowl, North Lake Miloch, Rolling Fields, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle), Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle); (Shield), Giant’s Mirror (Wanderer), Dusty Bowl, North Lake Miloch, Rolling Fields, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle); (Sword Expansion Pass) Frostpoint Field, Snowslide Slope, Giant’s Bed, Frigid Sea, Ballimere Lake (Max Raid Battle); (Shield Expansion Pass) Frostpoint Field, Snowslide Slope, Giant’s Bed, Frigid Sea, Ballimere Lake (Max Raid Battle)
Weakness: Flying 2x, Psychic 2x, Fairy 2x
Machamp is one of the most recognizable Fighting type Pokémon in the franchise. Not surprising since it’s been in every main series game. First introduced in Gen I, it’s pretty impressive how Machamp has stayed relevant and became regularly used in the competitive scene. This Pokémon has a base stat total of 505 and has amazing HP and Attack. It can learn a whole bunch of powerful physical moves like Bullet Punch and Close Combat, making it one of the best Wallbreakers in the game. Plus, it can also have the ability, No Guard, which ensures that all attacks used by, and targeted at, the ability-bearer hit without fail. Combine it with a high power, low accuracy move like Dynamic Punch and Machamp can easily one hit KO its opponents. They don’t call Machamp the Superpower Pokémon for nothing.
Locations: (Sword/Shield) Motostoke Riverbank (Wanderer), Rolling Fields, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle); (Expansion Pass) Giant’s Bed, Giant’s Foot (Wanderer)
Weakness: Flying 2x, Psychic 2x, Fairy 2x
Conkeldurr is Gen V’s answer to Machamp. Both Pokémon are very similar in terms of stats with a slight edge to Conkeldurr for having higher HP and Attack. Conkeldurr has a base Attack stat of 140 which easily makes it one of the most brutal Wallbreakers in the game. It does have abysmal Speed but it’s Attack more than makes up for its sluggishness. A popular set run on Conkeldurr is getting one with the Guts ability. Guts raises the ability-bearer’s Attack by 50% when inflicted by a major status ailment (poison, burn, paralysis, freeze or sleep). If you equip this Pokémon with a Flame Orb, which causes a self-inflicted burn, and have it learn a move like Facade and Drain Punch, it can easily decimate your opponent’s team. Especially if they have no counters to Fighting types.
Locations: (Sword) North Lake Miloch (Wanderer), Dusty Bowl, Giant’s Seat, Hammerlocke Hills, North Lake Miloch, Rolling Fields, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle); (Shield) North Lake Miloch (Wanderer), Dusty Bowl, Giant’s Seat, Hammerlocke Hills, North Lake Miloch, Rolling Fields (Max Raid Battle); (Expansion Pass) Roaring-Sea Caves (Wanderer), Brawlers’ Cave, Courageous Cavern, Stepping-Stone (Max Raid Battle)
Weakness: Fighting 2x, Ground 2x, Fire 2x
A list of Fighting type Pokémon wouldn’t be complete without mentioning everyone’s favorite mon from Gen IV, Lucario. This Fighting/Steel type wouldn’t wow you with its subpar defensive stats but it shines in an offense oriented role. With incredibly high Attack, Special Attack, and Speed, Lucario hits hard and hits fast. Being a Steel type, makes it immune to Poison so it should be relatively safe from hazard setters especially those with Toxic Spike. Having access to a lot of priority moves like Mach Punch and Bullet Punch make it so that Lucario is guaranteed to hit first. Add to that the new special moves that have STAB (same type attack bonus) like Steel Beam and you have an excellent hybrid Sweeper with an incredibly versatile moveset.
Locations: (Sword) Dusty Bowl (Wanderer), Axew’s Eye, Rolling Fields (Max Raid Battle); (Shield) Trade; (Sword Expansion Pass) Loop Lagoon (Max Raid Battle)
Weakness: Flying 2x, Psychic 2x, Ice 2x, Dragon 2x, Fairy 4x
Kommo-o has the distinction of being the only Dragon/Fighting type Pokémon in the entire franchise. It’s status as a pseudo legendary is cemented by the fact that it has very well rounded stats with a whopping base stat total of 600. Kommo-o fits the bill as a very versatile Pokémon that can fill nearly any role for your team. It can be a great Hazard Setter, a great Wallbreaker, heck even a Wall itself. One of its signature moves, Boomburst, can deal massive damage to an opponent especially if they have low Special Defense. Plus, it can have the hidden ability, Overcoat, which makes it immune to residual damage from weather conditions (specifically Hail and Sandstorm). Since weather effects are a part of most competitive battle strategies, being immune to them can severely deter the effectiveness of your opponent’s tactics. Overall, Kommo-o is a solid Fighting Pokémon with a lot of STAB potential in its moveset and can be a valuable addition to your team.
Type: (Single Strike Style) Fighting/Dark, (Rapid Strike Style) Fighting/Water
Locations: (Sword/Shield) Trade; (Expansion Pass) Evolve Kubfu
Weakness: (Single Strike Style) Fighting 2x, Flying 2x, Fairy 4x; (Rapid Strike Style) Flying 2x, Grass 2x, Electric 2x, Psychic 2x, Fairy 2x
Urshifu is the Pokémon central to the Isle of Armor’s storyline. In the DLC, you are tasked with training a Kubfu and eventually evolving it into an Urshifu. Depending on where you chose to complete Kubfu’s training, Urshifu can be a Fighting/Dark type or Fighting/Water type. It all mostly boils down to preference but choosing Water type as its secondary type makes it more vulnerable to a lot more weaknesses. Nevertheless, whatever type you choose, Urshifu is guaranteed to be a powerful Pokémon. It has very well rounded stats with excellent Attack and great HP, Defense, and Speed. It has the ability Unseen Fist which allows its contact moves to strike through Protect, Detect, and even Max Guard. Couple that with its signature move, either Wicked Blow or Surging Strikes (which are both guaranteed to critically strike by the way), and you’ll have a very strong Sweeper that can take out the opposing team. This legendary Pokémon is without a doubt the best Fighting type you can have on your team.
So there you have it! These are the best Fighting type Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield. There are lots of Fighting Pokémon that could’ve made this list but we find that these five Pokémon are stronger than the rest and can easily be successful in most scenarios.
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