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

Movesets & Best Builds for Urshifu Single-Strike Style

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 4 HP / 252 Atk. / 252 Spd.
Final Stat Values 175 HP / 182 Atk. / 120 Def. / 80 Sp.Def. / 163 Spd.
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Wicked Blow
Close Combat
Iron Head
Aerial Ace

Aim for a sweep with Max Airstream

This set runs Urshifu with the Life Orb to increase its damage output. After Dynamaxing, Max Airstream will allow it to boost its Speed, allowing it to aim for a full sweep. It can use STAB moves together with Iron Head to handle Fairy types who resist its other moves, allowing it to handle almost any foe.

Other Viable Moves

Thunder Punch For use against Water/Fairy types like Azumarill and Primarina. 4x effective against Gyarados.
Poison Jab An alternate choice for Iron Head used for hitting Fairy types.
Sucker Punch A priority move with STAB. Can take down a Dragapult with no EVs in HP in one hit.
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.

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 4 HP / 252 Atk. / 252 Spd.
Final Stat Values 175 HP / 182 Atk. / 120 Def. / 80 Sp.Def. / 163 Spd.
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Wicked Blow
Close Combat
Iron Head
U-turn

Take the upper hand with high Speed

With the Choice Scarf, Urshifu can move faster to aim for a sweep. With the powerful Wicked Blow, which always results in a critical hit, and U-turn to switch out from disadvantageous opponents, Speed will help ensure Urshifu can take an action before its opponent. The Choice Scarf will allow it to outspeed opponents like Dragapult and Excadrill, providing a huge advantage.

Jolly Nature Gives it Outspeeding Potential

When it uses the Adamant Nature, Urshifu can be outspeeded by a number of threats such as Excadrill, Galarian Darmanitan and Hydreigon with a +Spd Nature and 252 EVs in Speed, so Jolly is recommended to get the first hit in.

Other Viable Moves

Thunder Punch For use against Water/Fairy types like Azumarill and Primarina. 4x effective against Gyarados.
Poison Jab An alternate choice for Iron Head used for hitting Fairy types.
Rock Slide For Charizard, Volcarona and others. Its potential for flinching is a nice bonus.

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.

Counters for Urshifu Single-Strike Style

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
Togekiss ImageTogekiss Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use STAB Fairy-type moves
・Can survive a hit from a non-STAB attack
Moveset & Best Build for Togekiss
Azumarill ImageAzumarill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use STAB Fairy-type moves
・Can survive a hit from a non-STAB attack
Moveset & Best Build for Azumarill
Whimsicott ImageWhimsicott Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can hit first with STAB Fairy-type moves
・Should use Focus Sash in preparation for Choice Scarf builds
Moveset & Best Build for Whimsicott

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
Galarian Weezing ImageGalarian Weezing Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Dark and Fighting-type, and has high physical Defense
・Can use Fairy-type moves with STAB
Clefable ImageClefable Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Resists Dark and Fighting-type, and has high physical Defense
・Can use Fairy-type moves with STAB
Moveset & Best Build for Clefable
Mandibuzz ImageMandibuzz Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Resists Dark-type, and has high physical Defense
・Can use Flying-type moves with STAB

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