Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Best Natures for Mabosstiff

Make man's best friend your opponent's worst enemy.

There’s nothing better than a man’s best friend, except a Pokemon pup. Gen IX introduces the best boy, a Dark-type dog named Mabosstiff that would do anything for its owner. To get the best version of this intimidating pup on your team in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you’ll need to know the best natures for your build. Thankfully, we’ve researched to make your hunt a bit easier.

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Best Natures for Mabosstiff

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet mabosstiff best natures
Image via Pokemon Database

Mabosstiff can work as an offensive and defensive Pokemon, thanks to its stat pool. Which you choose depends on your preference, so look at what natures work best for the Boss Pokemon below.

Offensive Build

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

You’ll have two options if you want to make an offensive Mabosstiff. Attack and Speed are crucial for Mabosstiff, so you’ll want either Adamant and Jolly nature. To boost the Attack stat, the Adamant nature is the way to go. This nature does take some points out of the Special Attack stat, but Mabosstiff won’t need that to perform in battle.

Those who’d rather raise the Speed for their partner Pokemon can invest in the Jolly nature. This nature also removes Special Attack stat points, so it’s nothing to worry about. During our playthrough, we went with the Jolly nature to balance out the stats for our partner. Because the Attack stat is so high for the Boss Pokemon, you won’t need a buff to dole out damage. Its Speed stat, however, is mediocre and can use all the extra help it can afford.

Defensive Build

Impish+Defense/-Special Attack

While Attack builds work well for Mabosstiff, it can also help protect teammates from damage. You won’t have as strong a Defense as you would with an Attack build, but it may give your team the shield you need to set up for other moves. To boost Mabosstiff’s Defense, choose the Impish nature. Because the Special Defense is far lower for this Pokemon, we wouldn’t suggest putting points into that stat.

Worst Natures for Mabosstiff

Pokemon Scarlet and violet worst natures for mabosstiff
Image via The Pokémon​ Company

When you build your Pokemon, there are a few natures you want to avoid, as they’ll make Mabosstiff weaker in battle. If your Pokemon exhibits any of the natures we show below, you can find another version of this Pokemon or switch its nature with a mint. Players can find mints at the Chansey Supply store in Montenevera. Make sure to bring a full wallet since these items cost $20,000 a piece.

Offensive Build

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

When you build an Attack Mabosstiff, you want to avoid any natures that lower Attack or Speed stats. The worst options lower these stats and add points to a stat Mabosstiff can’t use, like Special Attack. Modest nature is the worst choice, boosting Special Attack and reducing Attack, and the second worst option, Quiet, removes points from Speed with the same bane.

Defensive Build

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

Those building a defensive Mabosstiff should avoid natures that take points out of the Defense and Special Defense stats. The worst options also raise Special Attack, so evade Mild and Rash natures when building your Mabosstiff.

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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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