Best Water Type Pokémon In Pokémon Sword And Shield

With Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl coming up, let’s take a look at some of the best Water types that are strong and worth using in the game. 


There are plenty of Water type Pokémon in the Galar Region. Most of them are fairly strong and can be very good additions to your team whether you’re just doing a casual run or going for competitive play. The best Pokémon to use are always the ones with unique typing and a diverse moveset. Here are the best Water type Pokémon you should use that can surely turn the tides in a battle.


Type: Water/Ground

Locations: Route 7, Axew’s Eye, Lake of Outrage, Rolling Fields, West Lake Axewell, South Lake Miloch, North Lake Miloch, Dusty Bowl (Max Raid Battle)

Weakness: Grass 4x

Right off the bat, we’ll be starting with a dual type, a Water/Ground type to be specific. Seismitoad has a lot of powerful moves in its arsenal and can learn a wide variety of other moves as well. Seismitoad will naturally learn strong Water type moves like Hydro Pump and Muddy Water, while also being able to learn moves like Earthquake (Ground), Drain Punch (Fighting), Venoshock (Poison), and Stealth Rock (Rock).

Combine this kind of versatility with his overall stats and you have a great defensive tank capable of dealing good damage to the enemy team. Not to mention, Seismitoad can have abilities like Swift Swim, which increases its speed when it’s raining, Poison Touch, which poisons enemy Pokémon it comes into contact with, and the hidden ability, Water Absorb, which allows it to heal a portion of its health when hit with a Water type move. Being a Ground type also eliminates its weakness to Electric type moves which is a pretty common counter to Water types. It does give you a 4x weakness to Grass types but overall, Seismitoad is a very good Pokémon that you can easily slot in your team. 


Type: Bug/Water

Locations: Lake of Outrage, Rolling Fields, Dappled Grove, South Lake Miloch, Bridge Field (Max Raid Battle)

Weakness: Flying 2x, Rock 2x, Electric 2x

First introduced in Generation VII, Golisopod is one of those Pokémon that starts out weak but evolves into an absolute beast. It’s base form, Wimpod, is a frail and fragile Pokémon that seems pretty weak in terms of its overall stats. But once it evolves into Golisopod, everything changes. It’s primarily a Bug type first with Water as its secondary type. It has superb Attack and Defense stats making it a good Physical Tank that can deal excellent damage before being taken down. It has the ability Emergency Exit, which allows it to automatically switch out when its HP falls below 50%. Pretty handy in certain key situations. Golisopod is also one of the handful of Water Pokémon that can learn the move Liquidation, a strong Physical Water type move that has 80 power. 


Type: Poison/Water

Locations: Route 9, Motostoke Riverbank, East Lake Axewell, West Lake Axewell, South Lake Miloch, North Lake Miloch, Bridge Field, Giant’s Mirror, Giant’s Cap, Lake of Outrage (Max Raid Battle)

Weakness: Ground 2x, Electric 2x, Psychic 2x

Toxapex is a Poison/Water type Pokémon that evolves from Mareanie at Level 38. Being a Poison type, Toxapex has access to Poison type moves that can easily whittle down your opponents health and damage new Pokémon that come into play. This Pokémon also has high Defense and Special Defense making it a great tank to have on your team. Toxapex fits into the classic Wall role and can stall opponents into submission. Plus it can possess the hidden ability, Regenerator, which restores some of its HP when switching out. 


Type: Water/Flying

Locations: Axew’s Eye, Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, Giant’s Cap, Giant’s Mirror, Giant’s Seat, Lake of Outrage (fishing), Route 2 (Surfing), Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, East Lake Axewell, Lake of Outrage, North Lake Miloch, South Lake Miloch, West Lake Axewell (Surfing Wanderer)

Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, East Lake Axewell, Giant’s Cap, Lake of Outrage, South Lake Miloch, West Lake Axewell (Max Raid Battle)

Weakness: Rock 2x, Electric 4x

Gyarados is one the of the OG physical sweepers in competitive Pokémon battles. It  has a ridiculously high Attack stat that makes it a very efficient Pokémon to pair up with Physical offensive moves. It also has the ability Intimidate, which can drastically lower the Attack of Pokémon it’s matched up against. While that is a pretty powerful debuff on its own, Gyarados can also possess the hidden ability, Moxie. Moxie increases Gyarados’ Attack whenever it faints a Pokémon from the enemy team. This is incredibly powerful considering that Gyarados already has a very high Attack stat. He can easily take down your entire opponent’s team on his own if played right and coupled with the right strategy. Despite not being a Dragon type, Gyarados has access to powerful Dragon moves like Dragon Dance, which increases the users Attack and Speed, and Outrage, which deals a whole lot of damage. 


Type: Water

Locations: Evolve Drizzile

Weakness: Grass 2x, Electric 2x

If you’re looking for one of the strongest Water type Pokémon in Sword and Shield, then look no further than the starter Pokémon. Inteleon is a Glass Cannon meaning it has a very high Special Attack and very high Speed but very poor defensive stats. It can deal a lot of damage but won’t be able to take more than a few hits. What makes Inteleon really powerful though is its hidden ability, Sniper. Sniper increases the power of critical hits by 1.5x. This means a critical hit will deal 2.25x normal damage instead of 1.5x. So if you pair it with great hold items like Scope Lens or moves that can increase your critical strike chance, Inteleon can literally blast its way and ravage the entire enemy team without breaking a sweat. Its signature move, Snipe Shot, is very strong as well, boasting a power of 80 and dealing special damage. Being a pure Water type, Inteleon is susceptible to the typical weaknesses of Water Pokémon. Nevertheless It is a solid Pokémon to build around when forming your lineup.

So there you have it! These are the best Water type Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield. There are lots of Water 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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