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PvP Analysis on Galarian Farfetch'd & Sirfetch'd for All Three Leagues



A fighting bird? Maybe not so "far-fetched"....

GALARIAN FARFETCH'D

Fighting Type


Attack: 138 (135 High Stat Product)


Defense: 99 (100 High Stat Product)


HP: 117 (121 High Stat Product)

(Highest Stat Product IVs: 0-15-15, 1497 CP, Level 38)


So let's compare Galarian Fetch'd to its Kantonian counterpart. G-Fetch'd has quite a bit more Attack at the cost of both Defense and HP. (A maxed K-Fetch'd has 110 Attack, 103 Defense, and 123 HP.) Kanto Fetch'd also famously maxes far below even 1300 CP, while G-Fetch'd can get right up to and even past 1500.


And of course, the typing. Normal Farfetch'd is one of many Flying/Normal birds, while G-Fetch'd sheds all that for a single type: Fighting. That means it is weak to Fairy, Psychic, and--somewhat ironically--Flying, while resisting Dark, Bug, and Rock.


But let's get to the more interesting stuff....


Fast Moves:


Fury Cutter (Bug, 2.0 DPT, 4.0 EPT, 0.5 CD)


Rock Smash (Fighting, 3.0 DPT, 2.0 EPT, 1.5 CD)


Keeping it simple here: Rock Smash is a bad PvP move. 3.0 is merely average in terms of damage output and energy generation, and Smash barely meets that for damage and significantly trails it in energy generation.

Fury Cutter trails in damage, but makes it up by having very good energy gain. Even though it lacks STAB, it's the move you want for sure, helping power out the following:

Charge Moves:


Brick Break (Fighting, 40 damage, 35 energy)


Leaf Blade (Grass, 70 damage, 35 energy)

Brave Bird (Flying, 90 damage, 55 energy)

So keeping this simple, there are two combos that seem to work best. One is the two spammy moves: Brick Break for STAB Fighting damage, and Leaf Blade for closing power and (often neutral) coverage. That makes it mostly a Grass in disguise, taking out the top Waters and Stunfisk, while also doing some standard Fighter things like beating Bastiodon, Probopass, Shiftry, and Melmetal. (As well as Alolan Raichu, who doesn't appreciate Fury Cutter OR Leaf Blade.) A relatively small group, though.


So consider also Leaf Blade and Brave Bird, which leaves G-Fetch'd no STAB moves but a better record, still beating all those Waters and Stunfisk and AhChu, but trading in the Fighting-damage wins for an anti-Grass role instead, beating Venusaur, Meganium, Cherrim and still beating Shiftry, and also an anti-Fighter role that could be important in future Silph Cups, taking out Medicham, Toxicroak, Hitmontop, and others.

Overall, it's not the high volume of wins you hope to see, and probably won't make a huge splash in GBL. But in condensed metas, like Silph Arena Cups? I imagine this unique Fighter will pop up in the future, absolutely.

However, there's one other key difference between G-Fetch'd and original recipe Farfetch'd: Galarian Farfetch'd evolves. How does THAT look? Spoiler alert: it looks VERY promising....




SIRFETCH'D

Fighting Type


GREAT LEAGUE:


Attack: 146 (144 High Stat Product)

Defense: 108 (110 High Stat Product)

HP: 96 (99 High Stat Product)


(Highest Stat Product IVs: 2-15-15, 1500 CP, Level 18.5)


ULTRA LEAGUE:


Attack: 188 (185 High Stat Product)

Defense: 140 (141 High Stat Product)


HP: 125 (129 High Stat Product)


(Highest Stat Product IVs: 0-13-15, 2500 CP, Level 32.5)

MASTER LEAGUE:


Attack: 208

Defense: 151

HP: 136


(Assuming 15-15-15 IVs)


Sorry for the long breakdown there, just trying to highlight the stats in all three leagues, because yes, Sirfetch'd is viable in all three! We'll see just HOW viable after checking out the moves....


Fast Moves:

Fury Cutter (Bug, 2.0 DPT, 4.0 EPT, 0.5 CD)


Counter (Fighting, 4.0 DPT, 3.5 EPT, 1.0 CD)


Unlike with Farfetch'd, there are TWO legit move options here. Counter is the obvious, odds-on favorite, as it is quite simply the best fast move in PvP. But carryover move Fury Cutter DOES have its uses, as we'll see soon.

Charge Moves:


Leaf Blade (Grass, 70 damage, 35 energy)


Night Slash (Dark, 50 damage, 35 energy, 12.5% Chance to Increase User Attack +2 Stages)

Close Combat (Fighting, 100 damage, 45 energy, Decreases User Defense -2 Stages)

Brave Bird (Flying, 90 damage, 55 energy)


A little more variety this time. Leaf Blade is back and is again nearly a must-use move. Paired just with Counter, it beats mostly the same things that G-Fetch'd did in Great League, PLUS things like Vigoroth, Umbreon, Scrafty, Ferrothorn, Galarian Stunfisk, and even Galvantula, and with high enough Attack IVs, Registeel as well. The power of Counter, folks.


Adding in the other spammy move, Night Slash, makes Registeel a breeze and adds on Dark-weak Froslass too. But honestly, the better play is to run Close Combat, giving Sir Fletch a true closing move. Paired with Leaf Blade, that means Registeel is now even more of a shoe-in, as well as a new showing up versus Skarmory, and interestingly better results against Grasses, with an easier win against Cherrim and new wins over both Venusaur and Meganium. Or you can consider Night Slash/Close Combat, which sheds the win against Scrafty (albeit JUST barely) and instead wins against Froslass (who really does not like Night Slash, if you hadn't figured that out by now!). It also shows a new win against Sableye, but in truth, it can win the exact same way with Leaf Blade instead, so I don't count that.


Oh, and remember how I said there was even a case for Fury Cutter? Yeah, with it, Sirfetch'd loses Registeel... but gains Azumarill!

Either way, it's a very good and unique list, with Sirfetch'd hating on the big Waters, Steels, Grounds, Darks, Normals, Grasses, AND a smattering of the big Electrics and others. A list that includes Registeel, Azumarill, Dewgong, Umbreon, Skarmory, Galvantula, Alolan Raichu, Whiscash, Bastiodon, BOTH Stunfisks, and so on. In short, Sifetch'd could be a MONSTER in Great League. YES, hunt down a good Farfetch'd at Level 18/19 or below and hold tight for the day we can evolve it. You do NOT want to miss out.

But it doesn't end there. Take a look at Ultra League. With Close Combat and either Leaf Blade OR Night Slash, Sir Fletch again looks like a beast. It beats *every single Steel and Normal type* except Jirachi and Cinccino with Charm... and that's the entire list of exceptions. It beats every Dark type with NO exceptions (to include new-fangled Obstagoon and, uh, *old*-fangled Alolan Muk... rather easily too). That includes all the big Waters you care about, including Poliwrath and Swampert and Lapras and many more. It includes Articuno, Charizard, Typhlosion. It includes fellow Fighters Machamp (with Leaf Blade, in that case) and Lucario and Escavalier. About the only things it does NOT include is the Giratinas, Charmers, big Pyschics A-Mewtwo and Cresselia, and Fighting-resistant Venusaur (Meg isn't so lucky)... and Sceptile can win versus Leaf Blade but dies to Night Slash. (NS gets Scep, LB gets Machamp, and otherwise the core meta wins are all the same, just to be clear.) Just look at that list... and then go back outside and find a good Ultra League Sirfetch'd while you're at it.


And while you're out there, yes, look for a near-perfect one for Master League too. Yes, really. It doesn't have the eye popping numbers of the lower leagues, but it still beats Steels (to include Dialga and Metagross), Waters like Swampert and Kyogre, Grounds like Rhyperior and Mamoswine, new Dragons Reshiram and Zekrom (as well as Earthquake Garchomp), and of course things like Dark Darkrai and Normal Snorlax.

Even better, look at what it will be able to do in Premier Cup! I admit I overlooked it when I wrote about Premier last week, and it seems that was a BIG oversight. Sirfetch'd can beat nearly 2/3 of the core meta. It can't take down Togekiss or Dragonite that will be at the core of many teams, but it easily beats Metagross and Magnezone and Snorlax and Swampert and Rhyperior and others that will show up frequently. It's one to give serious consideration to, and one that will still carry value in Master once Premier is over.


So I won't keep you any longer. Get out there and get hunting! Find a good one (or multiple good ones!) for each league during this short window they're available. That's MY plan now that I'm done writing about it! 😀

Until next time, you can always find me on Twitter for near-daily PvP analysis nuggets, or Patreon which now has a tie-in exclusive Discord server you can access to get straight through to me. And please, feel free to comment with your own thoughts or questions and I'll try to get back to you!

Stay safe out there, Pokéfriends, and good hunting!

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