Farigiraf is an exciting new evolution for Girafarig in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It retains its pre-evolution Normal/Psychic-types but has more bulk and a lower Speed. Those looking to use this Pokémon may be wondering what the best competitive build for Farigiraf is in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Best build for Farigiraf in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Farigarif's primary purpose for competitive in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is to be a Trick Room setter. This allows slower Pokémon to move before faster Pokémon. Farigiraf's ability, Armor Tail, allows it to prevent priority moves from going off. Here are our recommended best moves for Farigiraf in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
- Dazzling Gleam
- Hyper Voice
- Trick Room
Getting Trick Room off turn one should be your priority. Armor Tail can prevent Prankster Pokemon from getting Taunt off on you, so this is a viable plan. You'll also want to equip the Safety Goggles to prevent Farigiraf from getting hit by Sleep Powder. You'll want either a Relaxed or Bold nature, depending on whether you want to build Farigiraf as a physical or defensive build.
Giving Farigiraf the Fairy-type for its Tera type will give it an extra stab bonus to Dazzling Gleam and remove its weakness to Dark and Bug. Protect is a great tool to keep Farigiraf in play longer and allow it to attack with Dazzling Gleam and Hyper Voice. These are great moves that strike both opponents at the same time. We also recommend focusing EVs into HP, Defense, and Special Defense.
What are the best counters to Farigiraf in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?
Farigiraf can be tricky to face, especially if your opponent has a Fairy Tera type. This removes its normal weaknesses and gives it stab on Dazzling Gleam. We recommend using either Kingambit or Hydreigon, though the latter is a risk, as if it does have the Fairy Tera type, it will easily knock out Hyrdeigon.
Therefore, Kinggambit is the best choice, as it can deal with Farigiraf regardless of it Terastalizes into Fairy. Its Dark/Steel-type combination gives it super effective moves against it as well, and its low Speed allows it to perform well if Trick Room is active.
For more information on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, check out Best Psychic Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and How to beat Gym Leader Tulip in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet on Pro Game Guides.