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Title is self explanatory, I just want a fairy type for my team that can defend and attack. This is not for competitive, and this is Pokemon Sword.

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Xerneas is better in almost every single way.
really? why don”t all people use xerneas then instead of sylveon
in every format where Xerneas is allowed, it's used instead of Sylveon. in-game, Xerneas is usually restricted to post-game so it can't be used often.
competitive, i thought if mons are good competitively they should be just as good in-game right?
Xerneas is better than Sylveon in-game too, it just takes a long time to get.
oh okay, should I hide this question
Sylveon also has its perks, like Hyper Voice with Pixilate is quite nice.
And nah no need to hide if it helped ya.

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Xerneas

Pros:

  • Has great Special Attack
  • Gets moves like Moonblast, Thunderbolt, Flash Cannon, Zen Headbutt, Horn Leech, Close Combat, Outrage
  • Has great Attack

Cons:

  • Harder to get than Sylveon

Sylveon

Pros:

  • Gets Pixilate as its Hidden Ability
  • Gets moves like Moonblast, Hyper Voice, Mystical Fire, Hyper Voice, Calm Mind, Stored Power, Shadow Ball

Cons:

  • Gets most of its best moves by TR
  • Speed is bad

If you have the Crown Tundra DLC, then Xerneas is much better.
Here's sets for both:

Xerneas @Pixie Plate/Anything
Preferred Nature: any Nature that doesn't lower either attack stat
Ability: Fairy Aura
- Moonblast
- Thunderbolt
- Horn Leech
- Flash Cannon/Zen Headbutt

Sylveon @Pixie Plate/Anything
Preferred Nature: Anything that doesn't lower Special Attack
Ability: Pixilate(If you can get it)
- Moonblast
- Mystical Fire
- Hyper Voice
- Shadow Ball/Calm Mind

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I could be wrong, but I’m fairly certain there’s no plates in SWSH
Pixie Plate is the only plate in Sw/Sh.
Thanks! I just got my Xerneas from the Dynamax Adventures! I, uh, still haven’t beat the game, but now it’ll be easy peasy.
Raihan has no chance!
How has this got best answer? That xerneas moveset is appalling.
This is for...in game, and this so called "appalling" is taking advantage of its equally good physical attack. The type coverage is also excellent, because it is only resisted by 7 pokemon total, as well as shedinja being immune. (if you're using zen headbutt, flash cannon is about the same)
Oh, and btw Xerneas has massive HP stats.