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This is a strategy guide for using Urshifu Rapid-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 Rapid-Strike Style, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fighting Type Water 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
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dark Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
-

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

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

Best Nature for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style

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

What are Natures?

Movesets & Best Builds for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk 182 / Def 121 / SpDef 80 / Spd 163
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Surging Strikes
Close Combat
Aerial Ace
U-turn

This build seeks to enhance Urshifu's already incredibly high base attack of 130 even more by giving it a Choice Band. With a whopping 7 resistances and a large pool of moves to choose from, Urshifu makes for a great counter to many Pokemon in the meta.

On top of that, its ability to learn U-turn allows it to work well with a party made for switching in and out.

Other Viable Moves

Thunder Punch A useful counter for Water-type Pokemon. Hits especially hard against Gyardaos with its Water/Flying typing.
Iron Head Best used when coming up against Fairy-types which Urshifu is weak to. Can also be used to boost its Defense while Gigantamaxed.
Aqua Jet A STAB move that can guarantee a KO on a Pokemon with low HP with its +1 priority.

Weakness Policy Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 188 / Atk 252 / Spd 68
Final Stat Values HP 199 / Atk 200 / Def 120 / SpDef 80 / Spd 126
Ability Unseen Fist
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Surging Strikes
Close Combat
Acrobatics
Thunder Punch

This build allows Urshifu to take hits while Dynamaxed, get an attack boost when hit by its weaknesses, and increase its speed with Max Airstream. With 5 type-weaknesses, outfitting it with a Weakness Policy has a high chance of activating and its high durability helps protect it from being KO'd by move it's weak to.

One use of Max Airstream will boost its speed just enough to surpass the incredibly fast Cinderace as well as many others.

Other Viable Moves

Iron Head Best used when coming up against Fairy-types which Urshifu is weak to. Can also be used to boost its Defense while Gigantamaxed.
Aqua Jet A STAB move that can guarantee a KO on a Pokemon with low HP with its +1 priority.

How to Use Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style Effectively

Is Faster Than Mimikyu

Urshifu's speed stat is a single point higher than the often used Mimikyu, and when given a Choice Band, can one shot Mimikyu with Surging Strikes that can break through Mimikyu's Disguise.

G-Max Rapid Flow is Powerful

When Gigantamaxed, Urshifu gains access to G-Max Rapid Flow which ignores moves like Max Guard or Protect and hits its target directly which is incredibly useful.

Counters for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style

Counter With Pokemon With Good Resistances

Urshifu's Water/Fighting typing is actually quite easy to resist. It's likely that Urshifu with a water and fighting type move, a non-STAB move, and Aerial Ace will become fairly common in the meta so as long as you can resist the STAB moves Urshifu uses, you should be able to take it down.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking:★★★★★
・Due to its ability to perform well on its own can join any party with ease and handle Urshifu's attacks.
・Being a well known pick in many parties, as the meta evolves its various advantages and disadvantages may change.
Dragapult - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Ranking:★★★★☆
・Is Gigantamaxable and works well in many teams
・Has high physical defense so even Aerial Ace won't take it down easily.
Venusaur - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Amoonguss ImageAmoonguss Ranking:★★★☆☆
・Has access to Spore, a move that puts its target to sleep with 100 accuracy
・Its hidden ability, Regenerator, allows it to scope out enemies and withdraw to recover.
Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking:★★★☆☆
・Is incredibly durable so even Thunder Punch is no threat.
・Its hidden ability, Regenerator, allows it to scope out enemies and withdraw to recover.
Toxapex - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Dhelmise ImageDhelmise Ranking:★★★☆☆
・Moves it can learn increased with Move Tutors
・Takes little damage from Surging Strikes and is immune to Fighting-type moves so it works well as a support.

Counter With Damage Dealt by Making Contact

As Urshifu's signature move, Surging Strikes, hits its target 3 times and makes contact, abilities like Iron Barbs or held items like the Rocky Helmet can help to cripple it. Even with Pokemon that have no type advantages against Urshifu, with the right timing, you can switch Pokemon in with either of these to take it down.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking:★★★★☆
・May not have many type advantages over Urshifu, but its Iron Barbs ability paired with a Rocky Helmet can inflict a lot of damage.
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking:★★★★☆
・Is good at taking damage and pairs up well with a Rocky Helmet.
・Can hit Urshifu's weakness with its Flying-type attacks.
Druddigon ImageDruddigon Ranking:★★★☆☆
・A mix of Rough Skin and a Rocky Helmet allows Druddigon to deal plenty of damage when hit.
・Its typing isn't the worst against Urshifu but it lacks utility on its own.

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