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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.

Kyogre Weaknesses and Resistances

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 234. This lets Kyogre outspeed Pokemon with base 151 speed or lower.

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.

Teams Featuring Kyogre

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Doubles Moveset for Kyogre

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Kyogre Water Spout

Nature Modest (+Sp. Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 164 / Def 4 / Sp. Atk 236 / Sp. Def 4 / Spe 100
Final Stat Values HP 392 / Def 111 / Sp. Atk 220 / Sp. Def 161 / Spe 123
Ability Drizzle
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Water Spout
Thunder
Ice Beam
Origin Pulse

Kyogre is naturally bulky, allowing it to run a defensive set without sacrificing its offensive power.

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 coverage move 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

This bulky Kyogre set is able to take supereffective hits from most of its counters, often forcing it to be 2HKO'd. It can tank attacks such as Rillaboom's Grassy Glide or Regieleki's Max Lightning. It has enough offensive EV's to be able to hit back these Pokemon and potentially knock them out.

100 Speed gives Kyogre to outspeed Modest Venusaur in sun under Tailwind.

About Kyogre's Ability

Drizzle is Kyogre's only Ability and sets up Rain Dance for 5 turns. This is also good for enabling Swift Swim users on your team as well as reducing the damage of Fire-type attacks.

About Kyogre's Held Item

Assault Vest allows Kyogre to be able to tank a poweful super-effective hits such as Max Lightning from Regieleki. Equipping Kyogre with Assault Vest also lets it have access to all its powerful moves without commiting a slot to Protect

Other Viable Moves

Scald A single-target STAB Water-type move that gives Kyogre a STAB option should an opponent have Wide Guard.

How to Build a Team with Kyogre

Kyogre is often nicely paired with Swift Swim Pokemon or Prankster Pokemon with Speed Control through Tailwind, Scary Face, or Thunder Wave.

Steel-type Pokemon also enjoy the rain that Kyogre brings because it reduces the damage from Fire-type attacks.

Kyogre is often a Pokemon that cannot be ignored on the field. Its powerful Water Spout's makes it so an opponent will want to always need to address it. Teammates that appreciate having attention taken away from them appreciate this from Kyogre.

Use it as a Weather Setter

Kyogre is often more speedy than Groudons and Torkoals, and because of this, it will usually be positioned at the back of the team. It can switch in after a teammate has been knocked out or on turns wherein you would want to disrupt an opponent's weather-related strategies. Leading with Kyogre usually necessitates a teammate that can contribute Speed Control. Tailwind for instance, can make it so Kyogre can fire out a Water Spout before it takes damage.

Example Rain Team

Support Weather Setter Swift Swim Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Tornadus ImageTornadus Pokemon SWSH - Kyogre ImageKyogre Pokemon SWSH - Seismitoad ImageSeismitoad

Tornadus can set up Tailwind for Kyogre, allowing it to dish out powerful Water Spouts. Seismitoad becomes a fast and powerful threat in the rain because of its Ability, Swift Swim. It is a powerful Dynamax option with access to a plethora of powerful max moves such as Max Quake and Max Airstream thanks to Stomping Tantrum and Bounce respectively. Seismitoad also has access to Power Whip, which it can use to knock out opposing Gastrodon who would try to switch into a Water-type move.

While both Kyogre and Seismitoad are easily checked by opposing Rillaboom, Tornadus can hit it with a powerful Hurricane.

How to Build a Weather Team

Counters for Kyogre

Kyogre
Weakness Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image

Threathen it with Grass and Electric-types.

Kyogre is susceptible to super-effective Grass and Electric-type attacks.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Ranking: ★★★★★
Grassy Surge sets up Grassy Terrain, giving priority to Grassy Glide.
Moveset & Best Build for Rillaboom
Pokemon SWSH - Venusaur ImageVenusaur Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Kyogre's moves except for Ice Beam.
・Can threaten Kyogre with a powerful G-Max Vine Lash.
Moveset & Best Build for Venusaur
Pokemon SWSH - Regieleki ImageRegieleki Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can outspeed Kyogre even under Tailwind.
・Can hit Kyogre with a powerful super-effective Electric-type move.
Moveset & Best Build for Regieleki

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