Armarouge is a new Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet, though it is exclusive to Scarlet, and Violet players will need to trade for this. It has a good spread of stats and moves, making it difficult to deal with but a strong Pokémon in the right hands. This may leave you wondering what the best competitive build for Armarouge is in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Best build for Armarouge in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
While Armarouge can be built in different ways for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, we prefer this build below. You can count on Weak Armor to activate, giving Armarouge a Speed boost and letting it take out the opposing team with its great Special Attack. Here is our recommendation for the best moves for Armarouge in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
- Armor Cannon
- Aura Sphere
- Dark Pulse
This build focuses on dealing as much damage as possible and triggering its ability, Weak Armor, for the Speed bonus. You'll need to be careful; despite Armarouge's good bulk, it can be taken out. Endure is a good move for this build, as it ensures Armarouge can survive longer and activate its ability. We recommend either the Modest or Timid nature to further increases its Special Attack or Speed.
We like the Fighting Tera type on this, as it will remove its weakness to Ground, Dark, Water, and Ghost, as well as power up Aura Sphere. Use Endure as needed, but focus on dealing damage. The Life Orb held item is a powerful tool for increasing Armarouge's power. Lastly, give Armarouge an EV spread of primarily Special Attack and Speed, or put points into its defensive stats to trigger Weak Armor more.
What are the best counters to Armarouge in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?
Armarouge is weak to many popular types in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. This includes Dark, Ground, Ghost, and more. Strong Pokémon of this type, like Tyranitar, Houndoom, and Fluttermane, can be a real pain for Armarouge. If your opponent is playing with one of these Pokémon, be careful when using Armarouge, as they can hard counter it.
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