Kyogre - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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This is a strategy guide for using Kyogre 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 Kyogre, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Kyogre

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Water Type
Abilities
Drizzle The Pokemon makes it rain when it enters a battle.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ice 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
100 100 90 150 140 90

Best Nature for Kyogre

Best Natures
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)
Modest
(+Sp.Atk, -Atk)

Singles Movesets for Kyogre

Choice Scarf + Water Spout Moveset & Best Build

Choice Scarf + Water Spout Kyogre.png

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Def 111 / Sp.Atk 202 / Sp.Def 160 / Spd 156
Ability Drizzle
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Water Spout
Thunder
Ice Beam
Origin Pulse

Kyogre's flagship Choice Scarf set from the Advance Generation is still as potent as ever, and can now threaten opposing teams after getting worn down thanks to its Origin Pulse move.

About Kyogre's Moves

Water Spout is a powerful Water-type STAB with a Base 150 Power when Kyogre has full health, which is often guaranteed with its held item. Thunder is its main coverage move, and gets perfect accuracy in Rain.

Ice Beam is its secondary STAB and provides BoltBeam coverage alongside Thunder. Its last move is Origin Pulse, a Base 110 Power Water-type move that allows Kyogre to take threatening teams even after it gets worn down.

About Kyogre's EV Spread

We're using a standard special attacking EV spread with a Timid Nature, with full investment in Special Attack and Speed. The remaining 4 EVs are invested in Defense to round off its natural bulk.

About Kyogre's Ability

Drizzle is Kyogre's only Ability and sets up Rain Dance for 5 turns.

About Kyogre's Held Item

Choice Scarf doubles Kyogre's Speed, ensuring it can fire off Water Spouts at full power. At level 50 and a Choice Scarf boost, Kyogre's effective Speed stat is 312.

Note: This held item restricts Kyogre to using only the initial move it used during its turn.

Other Viable Moves

Surf A weaker secondary STAB move but has better accuracy than Origin Pulse.
Sheer Cold A One-Hit KO Move that can replace Ice Beam, but is very risky to use due to its poor accuracy.

Choice Specs Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Choice Specs Sweeper Kyogre.png

Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Def 111 / Sp.Atk 222 / Sp.Def 160 / Spd 142
Ability Drizzle
Held Item Choice Specs
Moveset Origin Pulse
Thunder
Ice Beam
Sheer Cold

Although slower than the Choice Scarf set, Specs Kyogre has the ability to overpower its usual checks and counters due to its boosted Special Attack.

About Kyogre's Moves

Origin Pulse is its main STAB move - a Base 110 Power Water-type move that hits even harder with a Choice Specs boost. Thunder is its main coverage move, getting perfect accuracy in Rain and hitting opposing Water-types.

Ice Beam rounds off Kyogre's coverage, hitting Dragon and Grass-types while also forms BoltBeam coverage with Thunder.

Sheer Cold is its last move, and although it doesn't get a Choice Specs boost, it has a niche in allowing Kyogre to bypass the defenses of defensive Pokemon, such as Blissey. It's a risky move, though, due to its very poor accuracy.

About Kyogre's EV Spread

We're using a standard special attacking EV spread with a Modest Nature and full investment in Special Attack and Speed. The remaining 4 EVs are invested in Defense to round off its natural bulk.

About Kyogre's Ability

Drizzle is Kyogre's only Ability and sets up Rain Dance for 5 turns.

About Kyogre's Held Item

Choice Specs doubles Kyogre's Special Attack but restricts it to only the initial move it used during that turn.

Other Viable Moves

Surf A weaker secondary STAB move but has better accuracy than Origin Pulse.
Water Spout Potentially stronger than Origin Pulse, but its base power drops every time Kyogre gets damaged.
Hyper Beam A better alternative to Sheer Cold, best used during Dynamax where it becomes Max Strike and lowers the opposing team's Speed.
Scald A better alternative to Sheer Cold, allowing Kyogre to threaten physical attackers with a burn.

How to Use Kyogre Effectively

A Powerful Choice Scarf Attacker

Kyogre is arguably the most famous Choice Scarf user due to its potential to wreak havoc on teams that lack a Water-type resist with its boosted Water Spouts.

It's even more powerful this generation; although it lost its ability to Mega Evolve, it now gets better bulk with Dynamax. Additionally, it can still threaten opposing teams even after it gets damaged thanks to retaining its signature move, Origin Pulse.

How to Build a Team with Kyogre

Kyogre is easy to fit into Hyper Offense teams, although due to its overwhelming offensive presence, teams are often built around Kyogre rather than the other way around.

Use it as a Lead Weather Setter

Kyogre is best used as a lead weather setter and Dynamax user, unleashing powerful Max Geysers or Water Spouts and establishing an offensive momentum for the rest of its teammates.

Example Choice Scarf + Rain Team

Lead Waether Setter Defensive Pivot Physical Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Kyogre ImageKyogre Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Pokemon SWSH - Drednaw ImageDrednaw

Kyogre functions as this team's lead weather setter, setting up Rain Dance with its Ability and firing off powerful Water Spouts right at the start of the match.

Zapdos functions as this team's defensive pivot, handling bulky Grass-types that can switch into Kyogre and threatening them with accuracy-boosted Hurricane.

Drednaw is this team's backup physical attacker. If you decide not to Dynamax Kyogre, Drednaw can fill that role and Gigantamax late in the match - using G-Max Stonesurge to heavily damage the opposing team. This move also sets up Stealth Rock.

How to Build a Weather Team

Teams Featuring Kyogre

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Sample Rain Team for Ranked Battle

Sample Rain Team for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Kyogre ImageKyogre Pokemon SWSH - Poliwrath ImagePoliwrath Pokemon SWSH - Kingdra ImageKingdra
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With the re-introduction of Legendaries in the Crown Tundra DLC, Kyogre returns as the premier Rain-setting Pokemon surpassing Pelipper. With the offense that Kyogre brings, the entire team is built around dealing damage in strong, decisive blows.

The rest of the team comprises of Pokemon that support Kyogre, such as Dracozolt and Celesteela who do well against Kyogre's weaknesses. While the other members are attackers who benefit from rain; Poliwrath and Kingdra get a speed boost thanks to Swift Swim. Read on for insights about this team that might give you new insights to the metagame as a whole.

Sample Rain Team for Ranked Battle

Counters for Kyogre

Kyogre
Weakness Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image

Threathen it with Grass and Electric-types, and Water-Resistant Pokemon

Kyeogre is a powerful special sweeper, but is easily forced to switch out once you safely bring in a Grass or Electric-type that can take advantage of its weaknesses.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Ranking: ★★★★★
Grassy Surge sets up Grassy Terrain, letting it outspeed Kyogre with boosted Grassy Glide
・Bulkier variants can easily switch into Choice-locked Water Spout

Moveset & Best Build for Rillaboom
Pokemon SWSH - Gastrodon ImageGastrodon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Immune to Kyogre's Water-type moves thanks to its Storm Drain Ability
・Can wear down Kyogre with boosted Earth Power

Moveset & Best Build for Gastrodon
Pokemon SWSH - Regieleki ImageRegieleki Ranking: ★★★★★
・Naturally faster than Choice Scarf Timid Kyogre
・Easily KOs Kyogre with Transistor-boosted Thundernl]・Can set up Reflect and Light Screen

Moveset & Best Build for Regieleki
Pokemon SWSH - Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★
・Great mixed bulk allows lets it easily shrug off Kyogre's STAB and coverage moves
・Can stall Kyogre with Protect and Leech Seed

Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn

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