Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Best Natures for Iron Thorns

Add this mighty Paradox Pokemon to your team in Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduce a new set of creatures to catch and train known as the Paradox Pokemon. These past and future variants of famous beasts may look like fan favorites, but they boast their own stats, types, and characteristics. One of these new additions is Iron Thorns, a robust Rock/Electric hybrid. You’ll need to find the best natures for this fighter to get the most out of this new partner Pokemon.

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Best Natures for Iron Thorns

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Because Iron Thorns has a strong stat pool, you can choose several styles that make it work for your team in battle. See what natures work on offense and Defense for this powerhouse.

Offensive Build

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

If you want to build an Iron Thorns that hits hard, offensive natures like Adamant and Jolly are your best bet. The Adamant nature offers a boost to Attack but lowers the Special Attack at the same time. Since you don’t need the Special Attack stat for this fighter, though, that negative won’t make much of a difference.

Those who want to improve the Speed stat of Iron Thorns would do well to put points into the Jolly nature. You won’t have the fastest fighter on the field, but the boost will help outpace the slower fighters. Because the Attack stat is so high for Iron Thorns, we went with the Jolly nature for our build.

Defensive Build

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

Despite its best stat being Attack, Iron Thorns can make a competent defender. To make the most of its defensive capabilities, Impish nature is your best bet. You’ll get improved Defense with this nature, and a lower Special Attack, which we’ve established isn’t going to hurt Iron Thorns.

Though the Special Defense for Iron Thorns is far lower than its standard Defense stat, it’s still solid. Putting points into this stat to round out your stats is also an option, and the best choice for this scenario is a Careful nature. You won’t have the best Defense or Special Defense, but you’ll have all your options covered to some extent.

Worst Natures for Iron Thorns

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While some natures improve Iron Thorns in battle, others will hamper its ability to fight freely. Make sure to steer clear of the following natures when building your partner Pokemon. Should you find an Iron Thorns with some of the natures below, we suggest finding another Pokemon or changing its nature with a mint. You can buy mints to change the nature of a Pokemon from the Chansey Supply shop from Montenevera for $20,000 each.

Offensive Build

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

Iron Thorns needs the Attack and Speed stats to do its best in battle. Because of this, you want to avoid options that take away from these stats. Any nature that gives a poor boost on top of this is the worst option. The Modest nature boosts Special Attack while taking Attack away; as a physical attacker, that’s not ideal. The Quiet nature gives the same boon but takes away Speed stats instead, making it the second worst option.

Defensive Build

NatureEffects
Mild+Special Attack/-Defense
Rash+Special Attack/-Special Defense

For those aiming to build a defensive Iron Thorns, it’s crucial to avoid nature that takes away from either Defense option. The worst choice will give you a boost to Special Attack, and the Mild and Rash give that useless boost. They’ll both take away from a critical stat and harm the potential of this fighter.

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Tai Hofmann
Tai Hofmann

Writing Lead 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 Cuphead, Final Fantasy XIV, God of War, Persona 5, and Super Smash Bros.

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