Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Best Natures for Garchomp

Get Cynthia's crown jewel for your Paldean team!

In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, players can add new and old partners to their team as they venture across the Paldea region. If you want to get the Gen IV pseudo-legendary, Garchomp, for your team, getting the best natures for this Dragon/Ground type should be at the top of your list. Find out what works best for the Mach Pokemon.

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Best Natures for Garchomp

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Attack Build

NatureEffects
Adamant+Attack/-Special Attack
Jolly+Speed/-Special Attack

You’ll want to focus on Garchomp’s Attack stat as it’s an established physical attacker. The Adamant nature is an excellent way to up Attack without getting a negative impact. You’ll lower the Special Attack when using Adamant, but that’s not an issue or Garchomp.

If upping the Speed stat seems more appealing, we suggest going with the Jolly nature. Jolly Pokemon amp their Speed stat at the cost of Special Attack, and the tradeoff is well with it. We went with the Jolly nature during our playthrough. Because the Mach Pokemon has such balanced stats, players can also make a balanced build set for this Pokemon.

Balanced Build

NatureEffects
Mild+Special Attack/-Defense

If you want a Garchomp that can use both Attack and Special Attack stats, we recommend the Mild nature, as it boosts Special Attack while bringing down the Defense. Your Special Attack won’t be as strong as your Attack, but you can use this balanced build to throw your opponents off with various move types.

Worst Natures for Garchomp

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While the best natures are the first choice for competitive players, not everyone wants to grind and hunt for a partner with those stats. If you’re not interested in the grind, we suggest avoiding the natures below since they’ll make your Garchomp perform poorly.

Attack Build

NatureEffects
Modest+Special Attack/-Attack
Quiet+Special Attack/-Speed

Those looking to get an Attack build on their Garchomp should avoid lowering their Attack and Speed at all costs. The Modest and Quiet natures each take away from a vital Garchomp stat. Modest adds to the Special Attack stat but removes some of this Dragon type’s Attack. That’s a tradeoff that’s never worth it. The Quiet nature lowers Speed but gives the same boon, one that isn’t worth your time.

Balance Build

NatureEffects
Careful+Special Defense/-Special Attack
Impish+Defense/-Special Attack

If you want a Garchomp that can use the Attack and Special Attack stats, you’ll want to avoid the Careful and Impish natures that lower Special Attack. They improve Defense and Special Defense, but that isn’t worth removing the ability to use each type of Attack in battle. Once you have a nature that suits your playstyle, you’re ready to head out into Paldea. It’ll be an unforgettable journey, but few Pokemon are as memorable as this Gen IV icon.

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Tai Hofmann
Tai Hofmann

I'm Tai, the New Games lead, Writer, and Editor for Press SPACE to Jump. My first memory is forcing my parents to play 50-round games of Mario Party on the N64. Now I love games on all platforms and hone in on new releases. Some of my favorite titles include Final Fantasy XIV, Cuphead, God of War 2018, Persona 5, and Smash Bros.

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