Best Nature for Piplup, Prinplup, and Empoleon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

From super cute to super elegant, this Pokémon has it all!

If you were lucky enough to hatch or receive a Piplup from The Teal Mask DLC, congratulations! You now own one of my favorite Pokémon in the franchise. Piplup has a unique line of Pokémon that can excel in both attack and defense, depending on how you want to build them. That said, here are the natures you should be looking at.

Best natures for Piplup, Prinplup, and Empoleon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

The best natures for Piplup, Prinplup, and Empoleon are the following:

  • Modest (+Sp. Attack, -Attack)
  • Bold (+Defense, -Attack)

Dazzling and Graceful, Empoleon is excellent at showing off the most magical of moves… by which I mean it learns a lot of special attacks! As a result, most trainers like their Piplups Modest. With a pretty beefy Sp. Defense, however, Prinplup and Empoleon can also benefit from a Bold nature, which can round up its shields, allowing it to take most hits in PvP and more difficult content.

Related: Best Nature for Chimchar, Monferno, and Infernape in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

How to choose the best nature in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Natures determine which attack gets boosted by 10% and which one loses the same amount of growth. And while there are natures that don’t boost/stunt growth (like Hardy), it’s always good practice to opt for one that does. Look at your Pokémon’s base stats and think about how you’re going to use them in battle.

Ultimate nature chart for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

NatureIncreased StatDecreased Stat
AdamantAttackSpecial Attack
NaughtyAttackSpecial Defense
ImpishDefenseSpecial Attack
LaxDefenseSpecial Defense
ModestSpecial AttackAttack
MildSpecial AttackDefense
RashSpecial AttackSpecial Defense
QuietSpecial AttackSpeed
CalmSpecial DefenseAttack
GentleSpecial DefenseDefense
CarefulSpecial DefenseSpecial Attack
SassySpecial DefenseSpeed
JollySpeedSpecial Attack
NaiveSpeedSpecial Defense

For more build help with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, take a look at Best nature for Geodude, Graveler, and Golem in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and Best nature for Ducklett and Swanna in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet here at Pro Game Guides.

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Bianca Versoza is Pro Game Guides' Weekend Editor. With over three years of experience in gaming journalism, she specializes in anything remotely turn-based and strategic, like Pokémon, Valkyria, and Honkai: Star Rail. Bianca is a huge fan of Square Enix, RPGs, party games, and visual novels, but will play anything with a banger OST. She's a proud early bird. Follow me on Twitter @friskbee!

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