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Best moves for Iron Hands in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Not often a good Assault Vest user comes around.

The new Electric-type version of Hariyama is making a name for itself as being a huge boon to bulky offense in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. With its sky-high HP stat, it can even live a Moonblast from a Flutter Mane holding Choice Specs. While it also has loads of coverage moves to pick from, selecting the right ones is how trainers can make good use of Iron Hands.

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Best build for Iron Hands in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

  • Wild Charge
  • Drain Punch
  • Heavy Slam
  • Ice Punch

Since it naturally has great HP and Physical Defense, Iron Hands works great with an Assault Vest. This item increases Special Defense while limiting the holder to only attacking moves. A common weakness of Assault Vest sets is that they don't have any recovery, which is why Drain Punch needs to be on there; Iron Hands values the HP recovery from Drain Punch much more than the damage from something like Close Combat.

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Beyond that, Wild Charge is on the set as another STAB move with enormous potential damage. Drain Punch also allows Iron Hands to heal up the recoil from Wild Charge. Heavy Slam allows Iron Hands to revenge kill Fairies like Iron Valiant and Sylveon. Ice Punch gives Iron Hands an option for Dragapult and Dragonite.

Which are the best counters to Iron Hands?

Defensive Pokémon that have access to recovery are great ways of dealing with Iron Hands. Amoonguss, for example, can use Toxic on Iron Hands and recover any damage it takes from Ice Punch. Garganacl, Gastrodon, and Great Tusk are also great Iron Hands checks, the latter being able to Bulk Up in front of it.

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