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This is a strategy guide for using Urshifu Single-Strike Style in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Urshifu Single-Strike Style, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Urshifu Single-Strike Style

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fighting Type
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Dark Type
Abilities
Unseen Fist Allows the Pokemon to bypass moves like Protect when it uses attacks which make direct contact.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image
Pokemon Flying Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Rock Image
Pokemon Ghost Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Psychic Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
100 130 100 63 60 97

Best Nature for Urshifu Single-Strike Style

Best Natures
Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk) Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Urshifu Single-Strike Style

Focus Sash + Counter Moveset & Best Build

Focus Sash Counter Urshifu Single Strike Style.png
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk 182 / Def 120 / Sp.Def 80 / Spd 163
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Wicked Blow
Close Combat
Counter
Thunder Punch

This set gives Urshifu a Focus Sash to be used in conjunction with Counter. When up against a physical sweeper, Urshifu will be able to take a potentially life-threatening hit while dishing out its own counterattack for massive damage. When used correctly, this set can take out the opponent's physical ace.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Moves

Wicked Blow and Close Combat are Ushifu's main attacking moves and should be his move of choice against everything he outspeeds.

When up against other physical attackers that may outspeed you, this is where this build shines. Counter, in coordination with survivability from Focus Sash, will let you take a hit and dish back double the damage to the opponent. This almost always will guarantee a KO even on Dynamaxed opponents.

Thunder Punch is here to help you deal with Water/Fairy types such as Primarina or Tapu Fini.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's EV Spread

This set utilizes a standard physically offensive spread with maximum investment in attack and speed. The remaining EVs can be added to HP.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Ability

Unseen Fist allows Urshifu to make sure that contact moves will always hit, even when the opponent uses Protect.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Held Item

Focus Sash allows Urshifu to survive a killing blow at 1 HP, provided that it was at full HP.

Other Viable Moves

Sucker Punch A priority move with STAB. Can take down a Dragapult with no EVs in HP in one hit.
Poison Jab
Iron Head
Alternate coverage moves used for hitting Fairy-types.
Rock Tomb For hitting fast opponents and reducing their Speed, or when you can read a switch-out.
Taunt Used for handling defensive Pokemon and blocking their support moves.
Ice Punch A coverage move used for hitting Dragon-types and Grass-types.

Choice Band Moveset & Best Build

Choice Band Urshifu Single Strike Style.png
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk 182 / Def 120 / Sp.Def 80 / Spd 163
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Wicked Blow
Close Combat
Thunder Punch
U-Turn

This set takes advantage of the boost to the attack stat that Choice Band provides to let Urshifu hit like a truck against any opponent. Combined with the guaranteed critical hit from the STAB move Wicked Blow, this set is sure to deal significant amounts of damage.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Moves

Wicked Blow and Close Combat are Ushifu's main attacking moves which both benefit from STAB.

Thunder Punch is here to help you deal with Water/Fairy types such as Primarina or Tapu Fini.

U-Turn can be used to switch out of unfavorable matchups, while also dealing chip damage before it leaves the field.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's EV Spread

This set utilizes a standard physically offensive spread with maximum investment in attack and speed. The remaining EVs can be added to HP.

Jolly is preferred over Adamant as it lets Urshifu outspeed Landorus and Mimikyu.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Held Item

Choice Band gives a 50% boost to the user's attack stat, further strengthening it's physical prowess.

Other Viable Moves

Poison Jab
Iron Head
Alternate coverage moves used for hitting Fairy-types.
Rock Slide For Charizard, Volcarona, and others. Its potential for flinching is a nice bonus.
Facade Can be useful against Will-O-Wisp users.
Ice Punch A coverage move used for hitting Dragon-types and Grass-types.

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Choice Scarf Urshifu Single-Strike Style.png
Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk 182 / Def 120 / Sp.Def 80 / Spd 163
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Wicked Blow
Close Combat
Thunder Punch
U-Turn

In exchange for a bit of power, this set allows Urshifu to outspeed other threats in the metagame. In particular, with a Choice Scarf, Urshifu can outspeed Cinderace and Nihilego.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Moves

Wicked Blow and Close Combat are Ushifu's main attacking moves which both benefit from STAB.

Thunder Punch is here to help you deal with Water/Fairy types such as Primarina or Tapu Fini.

U-Turn can be used to switch out of unfavorable matchups, while also dealing chip damage before it leaves the field.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's EV Spread

This set utilizes a standard physically offensive spread with maximum investment in attack and speed. The remaining EVs can be added to HP.

About Urshifu Single-Strike Style's Held Item

Choice Scarf gives a 50% boost to the user's speed stat, allowing it to outspeed certain Pokemon it couldn't before.

Other Viable Moves

Poison Jab
Iron Head
Alternate coverage moves used for hitting Fairy-types.
Rock Slide For Charizard, Volcarona, and others. Its potential for flinching is a nice bonus.
Ice Punch A coverage move used for hitting Dragon-types and Grass-types.

How to Use Urshifu Single-Strike Style Effectively

Unseen Fist Makes it a Powerful Attacker

Urshifu's Single-Strike Style gets the exclusive move Wicked Blow, which has 80 Power and a guaranteed critical hit. This allows it to essentially serve as a 120-Power move which ignores defensive boosts, Light Screen and Reflect, and has no downside. Its combination of Fighting and Dark type is also advantageous for attacking, allowing it to deal neutral or super effective damage with STAB against a wide variety of opponents.

Attack and Speed are High

With a massive base Attack of 130 and a solid Speed of 97, Urshifu is posed to be a fast and hard-hitting sweeper. It even has the benefit of 1 Speed point over Mimikyu, allowing it to hit first with Iron Head.

Able to Gigantamax

Urshifu's Gigantamax form is also legal for use in Ranked Battle. Its G-Max One Blow has the special effect of hitting through Max Guard and other protecting moves, as well as dealing heavy damage.

How to Build a Team with Urshifu Single-Strike Style

Physical Attacker in an Offensive Team

Example Offensive Team

Physical Attacker Special Attacker / Utility Secondary Physical Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Single-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Single-Strike Style Pokemon SWSH - Lapras ImageLapras Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu ImageMimikyu

This core relies on dealing a lot of damage while also protecting its sweepers. Lapras' access to G-Max Resonance can provide unparalleled utility for the team.

Access to Freeze-Dry also allows Lapras to take care of Fairy-type threats like Primarina or Tapu Fini. On the other hand, its Water-type moves can take care of Fire-types that Mimikyu may have trouble with.

The support Mimikyu will receive from Aurora Veil should help with its survivability and lets it fill the role of a secondary Physical Attacker for the team.

Urshifu Single-Strike can easily cover the Steel-type weaknesses of its teammates, while blowing away most other threats with its guaranteed Critical Hits.

How to Build an Offensive Team

Counters for Urshifu Single-Strike Style

Urshifu Single-Strike Style
Weakness
Pokemon Fairy Image
Pokemon Fighting Image
Pokemon Flying Image

Use a Fairy-type

Fairy-type Pokemon have a resistance to both Fighting and Dark type, forcing Urshifu to use a non-STAB move. It also suffers from a 4x weakness to Fairy, making it easy to hit its weak spot and take it down. However, Urshifu does have substantial hitting power, so it's possible that it can overturn an opponent with mediocre defenses.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini Ranking: ★★★★★
・The Fairy-type is 4x effective against Urshifu.
・Durable enough to withstand Urshifu's attacks.
Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Fini
Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has favorable type matchups against Urshifu.
・Be wary of Scarfed Urshifu who may take Zapdos out first.
Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos
Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★
・Its Fairy-type moves are 4x effective against Urshifu.
・Can survive against Urshifu thanks to Disguise alongside resistances to Dark and Fighting.
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
Pokemon SWSH - Pheromosa ImagePheromosa Ranking:★★★★
・Has favorable type matchups against Urshifu.
・Be wary of Scarfed Urshifu's who may take Pheromosa out first.
Moveset & Best Build for Pheromosa
Pokemon SWSH - Dragonite ImageDragonite Ranking: ★★★★
Dual Wingbeat can take care of Focus Sash variants of Urshifu.
Moveset & Best Build for Dragonite

Bring Out a Physical Wall

Physically-defensive Pokemon can handle Urshifu's hits even when switching into an attack. If the type matchup is good, defensive Pokemon can resist its attacks and hit back with its weaknesses.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Weezing ImageGalarian Weezing Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Urshifu's STAB moves.
・Its Fairy-type moves are 4x effective against Urshifu.
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Weezing
Pokemon SWSH - Clefable ImageClefable Ranking: ★★★★
・Resists Urshifu's STAB moves.
・Its Fairy-type moves are 4x effective against Urshifu.
Moveset & Best Build for Clefable

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