Pokemon Sword and Shield - Recommended TR Moves

Details on recommended TR moves in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Included are an overview and list of moves and their effects.

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Recommended TR Moves

Overview

Preserving an old feature from the past, Technical Records or TRs function like TMs from past games. Unlike TM, a TR is finite and will break after being used. TRs have 99 different types and collectively come as an extension of TMs and tutor moves. The TR moves that are worth saving include those that help a Pokemon cover up a weakness, strengthen a Pokemon’s stats, or disrupts a foe from using its moves. For example, attaching the TR flamethrower can help some fairy types deal with steel types. Below is a list of some useful TRs and their effects.

TR List

List of recommended TR moves

Entry hazards

Entry hazards are moves that are thrown on the opponent’s side of the field. These consist of moves that deal some chip damage. In single battles, having a way to deal some chip damage to your opponents can help allies that are waiting at the back. These can be in the form of forcing switches to ensure that your Pokemon can knock out the opponent without taking a hit. Getting the needed chip damage can also double as way to deny a foe from using its held item such as focus sash or weakness policy.

TR Type Effect Category
TR23 Spikes Ground Deals damage on foe that enters the field. Status
TR54 Toxic Spikes Poison Inflicts poison on foe that enters the field. Poison’s effect worsens if there are at least two layers of toxic spikes. Status
TR75 Stealth Rock Rock Deals rock based damage on foe that enters the field. Status

Raising stats

Getting buffs or needed boosts helps some Pokemon outperform their foes. Focus on identifying threats and knock them out before sending out your Pokemon. When the coast is clear, Pokemon that rely on raising its stats can safely come in and start sweeping its foes.

TR Type Effect Category
TR00 Swords Dance Normal Raises user’s attack by two stages. Status
TR48 Bulk Up Fighting Raises user’s attack and defense by one stage each. Status
TR49 Calm Mind Psychic Raises user’s special attack and special defense by one stage each. Status
TR51 Dragon Dance Dragon Raises user’s attack and speed by one stage each. Status
TR68 Nasty Plot Dark Raises user’s special attack by two stages. Status

Coverage moves

Coverage moves consist of moves that deal good damage. These moves are often paired with Pokemon that have high attack or special attack stats. Pokemon that rely on life orb or choice items also appreciate learning these moves. Some moves give higher base power at the expense of lower accuracy and others lower the user’s stats. Meanwhile, other moves have a chance to score added effects which range from afflicting status or debuffing foes.

TR Type Other Effects Category
TR02 Flamethrower Fire May cause a burn. Special
TR03 Hydro Pump Water Higher attack at the expense of accuracy. Special
TR05 Ice Beam Ice May freeze. Special
TR08 Thunderbolt Electric May paralyze. Special
TR09 Thunder Electric Higher attack at the expense of accuracy. Has higher accuracy in the rain. Special
TR11 Psychic Psychic May lower foe’s special defense. Special
TR15 Fire Blast Fire Higher attack at the expense of accuracy. May cause a burn. Special
TR16 Waterfall Water May flinch the target. Physical
TR18 Leech Life Bug Recovers some health. Physical
TR22 Sludge Bomb Poison May cause poison. Special
TR25 Psyshock Psychic Damage is based on enemy’s defense. Special
TR28 Megahorn Bug Physical
TR32 Crunch Dark May lower foe’s defense. Physical
TR33 Shadow Ball Ghost May lower foe’s special defense. Special
TR39 Superpower Fighting Lowers user’s attack and defense afterward. Physical
TR43 Overheat Fire Lowers user’s special attack stat by two stages. Special
TR47 Dragon Claw Dragon Physical
TR50 Leaf Blade Grass Has a high critical hit ratio. Physical
TR53 Close Combat Fighting Lowers user’s defense and special defense afterward. Physical
TR55 Flare Blitz Fire Deals recoil damage to its user. Physical
TR56 Aura Sphere Fighting Strong fighting type attack that always hits. Special
TR57 Poison Jab Poison May cause poison. Physical
TR58 Dark Pulse Dark May cause flinching. Special
TR59 Seed Bomb Grass Physical
TR60 X-Scissor Bug Physical
TR61 Bug Buzz Bug May lower foe’s special defense by one stage. Special
TR62 Dragon Pulse Dragon Special
TR64 Focus Blast Fighting May lower foe’s special defense by one stage. Special
TR64 Energy Ball Grass May lower foe’s special defense by one stage. Special
TR66 Brave Bird Flying Deals recoil damage to the user. Physical
TR67 Earth Power Ground May lower foe’s special defense by one stage. Special
TR70 Flash Cannon Steel May lower foe’s special defense by one stage. Special
TR71 Leaf Storm Grass Lowers user’s special attack by two stages. Special
TR72 Power Whip Grass Physical
TR73 Gunk Shot Poison Higher attack at the expense of accuracy. May poison. Physical
TR74 Iron Head Steel May cause flinching. Physical
TR75 Stone Edge Rock Higher attack at the expense of accuracy Physical
TR84 Scald Water May cause a burn. Special
TR86 Wild Charge Electric Deals recoil damage to its user. Physical
TR87 Drill Run Ground High critical hit ratio. Physical
TR88 Heat Crash Fire Deals higher damage to Pokemon that used Minimize. Connects regardless of accuracy. Physical
TR89 Hurricane Flying Low accuracy. Has higher accuracy in the rain Special
TR93 Darkest Lariat Dark Ignores defense and evasion changes. Physical
TR94 High Horsepower Ground Physical
TR97 Psychic Fangs Psychic If it hits, removes the effects of light screen, reflect, and aurora veil. Physical
TR98 Liquidation Water May lower foe’s defense stat by one stage. Physical

Moves that hit multiple targets

There are also moves that hit at least two targets at once which can be useful in double battles. However, the downside to using these are their shaky accuracy.

TR Type Effect Category
TR04 Surf Water Hits all Pokemon on the field. Special
TR06 Blizzard Ice Higher attack at the expense of accuracy. Has higher accuracy in hail. May freeze. Special
TR10 Earthquake Ground Hits all Pokemon on the field. Physical
TR42 Hyper Voice Normal Special
TR45 Muddy Water Water May lower foe’s accuracy. Special
TR78 Sludge Wave Poison Hits all Pokemon on the field. May poison. Special
TR92 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special

Support moves

Moves are not always about attacking and in double battles some Pokemon can help its ally take hits, buy time, or even draw the enemy’s attention.

TR Type Effect Category
TR20 Substitute Normal Gives up some of the user’s health to block certain attacks. Status
TR30 Encore Normal Forces the foe to use the same move for three turns. Status
TR37 Taunt Dark Forces the foe to only use attacks for at least three turns. Status
TR40 Skill Swap Psychic Swaps abilities with the target Status
TR96 Pollen Puff Bug When used on ally, heals its HP Status

Moves that depend on other factors

Some Pokemon have high health with respect to their defense, special defense or both. These Pokemon are often trained to survive most attacks which can neglect their attack or special attack stats. As a work around, moves that do not factor in the user’s attack are useful to give these Pokemon a way to consistently deal damage.

TR Type Effect Category
TR07 Low Kick* Fighting Damage scales based on foe’s weight. Physical
TR21 Reversal* Fighting Damage scales based on user’s HP lost. Physical
TR52 Gyro Ball* Steel Damage scales based on foe’s speed relative to user’s speed. Physical
TR99 Body Press Fighting Damage scales based on user’s defense. Physical
TR79 Heavy Slam Steel Damage scales based on user’s weight relative to foe’s weight. Physical
TR81 Foul Play Dark Damage scales based on foe’s attack stat. Physical

*Despite their effects, these moves are often used by Pokemon that still have some attack investment.

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