Pokémon Sword & Shield — Rental Teams for VGC 2020

Whether this is your first time playing the format, or you just ran out of ideas, in this VGC 2020 Rental Teams compilation you will find a diverse archive of proven teams ready to use in Pokémon Sword and Shield and online battle simulators.

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Last update: September 9th, 2020

Series 6 - Teams

These are teams for the Ranked Battles Season 6 or VGC 2020 Series 6 rules, in play from September 1st, 2020.

Ineligible Pokémon
Non-Permitted Pokémon in Series 6
VenusaurGyaradosPorygon2TyranitarTorkoalHippowdon
VenusaurGyaradosPorygon2TyranitarTorkoalHippowdon
MagnezoneTogekissExcadrillWhimsicottIncineroarMimikyu
MagnezoneTogekissExcadrillWhimsicottIncineroarMimikyu
RillaboomCinderaceIndeedeeIndeedee-FemaleDragapult
RillaboomCinderaceIndeedee-MIndeedee-FDragapult
Banned Pokémon
Banned Mythical & Legendary Pokémon
MewtwoMewCelebiJirachiReshiramZekromKyurem
MewtwoMewCelebiJirachiReshiramZekromKyurem
Kyurem-BlackKyurem-WhiteKeldeoCosmogCosmoemSolgaleoLunala
Kyurem-BlackKyurem-WhiteKeldeoCosmogCosmoemSolgaleoLunala
NecrozmaNecrozma-DuskNecrozma-DawnMarshadowZeraoraMeltanMelmetal
NecrozmaNecrozma-DMNecrozma-DWMarshadowZeraoraMeltanMelmetal
ZacianZamazentaEternatusZarude
ZacianZamazentaEternatusZarude
Ineligible Pokémon
Non-Permitted Pokémon in Series 6
VenusaurGyarados
VenusaurGyarados
Porygon2Tyranitar
Porygon2Tyranitar
TorkoalHippowdon
TorkoalHippowdon
MagnezoneTogekiss
MagnezoneTogekiss
ExcadrillWhimsicott
ExcadrillWhimsicott
IncineroarMimikyu
IncineroarMimikyu
RillaboomCinderace
RillaboomCinderace
IndeedeeDragapult
Indeedee (both forms)Dragapult
Banned Pokémon
Banned Mythical & Legendary Pokémon
MewtwoMew
MewtwoMew
CelebiJirachi
CelebiJirachi
ReshiramZekrom
ReshiramZekrom
KyuremKeldeo
Kyurem (and forms)Keldeo
CosmogCosmoem
CosmogCosmoem
SolgaleoLunala
SolgaleoLunala
NecrozmaMarshadow
Necrozma (and forms)Marshadow
ZeraoraMeltan
ZeraoraMeltan
MelmetalZacian
MelmetalZacian
ZamazentaEternatus
ZamazentaEternatus
Zarude
Zarude

Porygon-Z Teams Ideal for beginners

How do they work?

Porygon-Z compositions are some of the most hyper offensive teams in the current format. The combination of Life Orb and Adaptability on Porygon-Z make it a dangerous threat, especially when Dynamaxed to further boost its attacks and total HP.

 

To get the most out of Porygon-Z, players pair it with partners like Clefairy or Amoonguss, which provide redirection support and other key moves such as Helping Hand, Spore/Sing and Pollen Puff. The rest of the team is usually made of strong, offensive Pokémon like Talonflame, Urshifu or Dracovish to patch weaknesses, hit Porygon-Z’s checks and overwhelm your opponents with sheer offense.

Beat Up Teams Ideal for beginners

How do they work?

Beat Up teams work as the name implies: one of your Pokémon uses Beat Up on a partner having the Justified ability. Because the move hits up to four times, depending on how many Pokémon are left alive, this strategy usually works to open the game, and teams abusing it usually have a backup plan for the lategame.

 

The most prominent attackers with Justified are the Unova Sword Trio of Terrakion, Cobalion and Virizion, but other Pokémon like Lucario or Arcanine are niche, too. To set up, players choose fast and fragile Pokémon like Weavile or its pre-evolution Sneasel. As these have access to Surf, the trend now is to also pack Coalossal on the team to abuse Steam Engine, giving the archetype further flexibility and your opponent a harder time dealing with your team.

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NashVGC
VirizionWeavileCoalossalPrimarinaFerrothornDusclops
Lee Provost
CobalionSneaselCoalossalSylveonGastrodon-EastDusclops

Lapras Teams

How do they work?

Lapras-based teams are flexible compositions that focus on setting Lapras’ G-max Resonance up, and then get some offensive boosts or just deal as much damage as possible while enjoying Aurora Veil’s protection.

 

Because of this, Lapras can pack various sets: Light Clay to extend Aurora Veil from 5 to 8 turns, Life Orb to ensure maximum damage at the cost of HP recoil, or Weakness Policy paired with partners like Comfey. Similar niche set-ups happen with Alcremie.

 

On the other hand, strong partners for Lapras are Dusclops, to set up Trick Room and Arcanine, to provide damage control with Intimidate, Will-O-Wisp and Snarl. Some variants also feature Perish Song on Lapras itself or partners like Marowak to clean the game after taking two KOs.

Dracozolt Teams

How do they work?

These teams aren’t necessarily an archetype by themselves, but revolve around supporting Dracozolt while keeping a solid team synergy and having multiple ways to function.

 

Dracozolt is always trained with the Hustle ability, which increases its Attack at the expense of Accuracy. However, as max moves ignore accuracy check, you can effectively double Dracozolt’s attack for three turns without a drawback. Players usually equip Dracozolt with a Life Orb to further add up damage, or an Assault Vest to fit extra coverage moves and increase its longevity.

 

As for common partners, Pokémon like Milotic stick out because of Competitive, and so does Gengar, a Swiss knife packed with unpredictable coverage. Redirect support in the form of Clefairy, Clefable or Amoonguss is also common, while other notable Pokémon in this composition are Sylveon and Dusclops.

Women's Tournament Teams

What's this tournament?

The Women’s Tournament was a community effort led by Alyssa Smith to provide a safe space for all competitors and newcomers identifying as woman, including non-binary. At 177 competitors, the tournament was a great success, and this section aims to showcase the top teams used at the event.

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Fiona Szymkiewicz
(Champion)
LaprasTalonflameRaichuUrshifuDuraludonTsareena
 
Miss Salami
(Finalist)
TerrakionTalonflameHydreigonSylveonAzumarillClefairy
Darya
(Top 4)
UrshifuDubwoolArcaninePrimarinaAmoongussDusclops
 
PinkSylvie
(Top 8)
DurantBraviaryHydreigonArcanineRotom-WashAmoonguss
 
Yoko
(Top 8)
LaprasDracovishTerrakionSylveonFerrothornDusclops
Lauren
(Top 8)
UrshifuTalonflameMiloticHydreigonChandelureToxtricity
 
Lily
(Top 16)
UrshifuPelipperDracovishRaichuDuraludonAmoonguss
Dina
(Top 16)
UrshifuTalonflameTsareenaHattereneMarowak-AlolaAmoonguss
 
Cobalt
(Top 16)
CharizardNinetalesUrshifuRhyperiorAmoongussDusclops
 

More Teams

Series 5 - Teams

These are all teams for the Ranked Battles Season 5 or VGC 2020 Series 5 rules, played from July 1 to August 31, 2020.

Circuito Galar Teams

Victory Road is currently hosting an online circuit of VGC events focused on Spanish-speaking players, the “Circuito Galar” (Galar Circuit). The winning teams from these events, with more than 1,000 players, will be included here.

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Manuel Barea
(Event #1)
TogekissCharizardVenusaurTorkoalTyranitarDusclops
Juan Borreguero
(Event #2)
SeakingLaprasTentacruelDracovishGyaradosUrshifu
Eber Fernández
(Event #3)
GyaradosTyranitarArcanineDuraludonGrimmsnarlAmoonguss
  
Víctor Alarcón
(Event #4)
TogekissDragapultMiloticIncineroarRillaboomMagnezone
  

Sun Teams

Rain Teams

Psychic Spam Teams

Cinderace Teams

Other teams

Series 4 - Teams

These are all teams for the Ranked Battles Season 4 or VGC 2020 Series 4 rules, in play from May 1st to Jun. 30th.

Series 3 - Teams

These are all teams for the Ranked Battles Season 3 or VGC 2020 Series 3 rules, in play from Mar. 1st to Apr. 30th.

Series 2 - Teams

These are all teams for the Ranked Battles Season 2 or VGC 2020 Series 2 rules, in play from Jan. 4th to Feb. 29th.

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