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This is a strategy guide for using Calyrex (Shadow Rider) 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 Calyrex (Shadow Rider), as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Calyrex (Shadow Rider)

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Psychic Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ghost Type
Abilities
As One (Shadow Rider) This Ability combines the effects of both Calyrex's Unnerve Ability and Spectrier's Grim Neigh Ability.

Calyrex (Shadow Rider) Weaknesses and Resistances

Type
Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Ghost Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Fighting Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
100 85 80 165 100 150

Best Nature for Calyrex (Shadow Rider)

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

Singles Movesets for Calyrex (Shadow Rider)

Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Special Attacker Calyrex Shadow Rider.png

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Def 101 / Sp.Atk 217 / Sp.Def 120 / Spd 222
Ability As One
Held Item Life Orb
Focus Sash
Moveset Astral Barrage
Psychic
Giga Drain
Nasty Plot

Calyrex's Shadow Rider form is one of the most threatening sweepers in the current metagame, capable of outrunning and knocking out many Pokemon with its STAB moves.

With a 165 Base Special Attack Stat, the High King Pokemon is a special sweeper that all teams should prepare for!

About Calyrex (Shadow Rider)'s Moves

Astral Barrage is Calyrex's strongest STAB move - a Base 120 Ghost-type move that, when coupled with its high special attack, can knock out and heavily damage even the sturdiest of Pokemon.

Psychic is its secondary STAB move, and although not as powerful as Astral Barrage, it can set up Psychic Terrain when it becomes Max Mindstorm during Dynamax. Not only does it power up Psychic-type moves, it also prevents Priority moves!

Giga Drain is its main coverage move, hitting bulky Water and Ground-types for super effective damage, and also heals Calyrex for a respectable amount.

Nasty Plot is its last move, boosting Calyrex's Special Attack by 2 stages. It's best used when you expect a switch, and can easily make the High King Pokemon nigh-unstoppable. The move also becomes Max Guard during Dynamax.

About Calyrex (Shadow Rider)'s EV Spread

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

About Calyrex (Shadow Rider)'s Ability

Calyrex's Shadow Rider forme's Ability is As One, which combines Calyrex's Unnerve and Spectrier's Grim Neigh Abilities.

About Calyrex (Shadow Rider)'s Held Item

Calyrex's Shadow Rider form has two options for held item.

Life Orb boosts the power of Calyrex's moves by 30% at the cost of some recoil damage.

Focus Sash ensures Calyrex survives a super effective hit, allowing it to set up and deal damage on the next turn.

Other Viable Moves

Psyshock An alternative Psychic-type STAB that hits the opponent's Defense instead of Special Defense.
Expanding Force A powerful Psychic-type move that hits both opponents in Doubles. Gets a 1.5 power increase and 1.3 terrain boost in Psychic Terrain.
Energy Ball A stronger Grass-type coverage move but lacks recovery.
Pollen Puff An alternative Bug-type coverage move that hits Dark-type Pokemon for super effective damage. This move also heals allies when used in Doubles.
Draining Kiss A Fairy-type coverage move that heals 75% of the damage it deals.

Doubles Movesets for Calyrex (Shadow Rider)

Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Calyrex Shadow Rider Astral Barrage

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Def 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Def 101 / Sp.Atk 217 / Sp.Def 120 / Spe 222
Ability As One
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Astral Barrage
Psyshock
Will-O-Wisp
Protect

About Calyrex (Shadow Rider)'s Moves

Astral Barrage is Calyrex's strongest STAB move - a Base 120 Ghost-type move that, when coupled with its high special attack, can knock out and heavily damage even the sturdiest of Pokemon.

Psyshock is a powerful Psychic-type STAB move that inflicts damage based on the opposing Pokemon's Defense stat.

Will-O-Wisp is great for crippling physical attackers by inflicting burn.

Protect is a valuable move in battle and is useful for scouting moves or stalling out Dynamax turns. It is also good for preserving Calyrex's Focus Sash.

About Calyrex (Shadow Rider)'s EV Spread

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

About Calyrex (Shadow Rider)'s Ability

Calyrex's Shadow Rider forme's Ability is As One, which combines Calyrex's Unnerve and Spectrier's Grim Neigh Abilities.

In Double Battles, this Ability can allow you to steamroll through opponents because Calyrex is able to take multiple KO's in one turn.

About Calyrex (Shadow Rider)'s Held Item

Focus Sash ensures that Calyrex can take more than one hit and that Calyrex can attack more than once.

Other Viable Moves

Mud Shot Mud Shot is a decent option for speed control. It turns into the powerful Max Quake upon Dynamaxing Calyrex.
Expanding Force This move turns into a multi-hitting move when in Psychic Terrain.

How to Use Calyrex (Shadow Rider) Effectively

One of the Fastest Special Attackers

Calyrex's Shadow Rider form is one of the fastest Pokemon in the metagame, only outsped by few Pokemon like Pheromosa and Regieleki. It will usually be the fastest Pokemon in the field outside of Pokemon that get speed boosts from weather or Tailwind.

With a 165 Base Special Attack, it's without a doubt one of the most powerful special attackers available and can easily overpower unprepared teams with its STAB moves.

How to Build a Team with Calyrex (Shadow Rider)

Calyrex's Shadow Rider form is easy to fit into any team and can function as either a lead or main Dynamax Pokemon for the team.

A Powerful Lead in Hyper Offense Teams

Calyrex's Shadow Rider is an overpowering force when used as a lead with ample support from its teammates.

Lead + Hyper Offense Team

Lead Dynamax Support/Physical Attacker Support
Pokemon SWSH - Thundurus ImageThundurus Pokemon SWSH - Calyrex (Shadow Rider) ImageCalyrex (Shadow Rider) Pokemon SWSH - Indeedee (Female) ImageIndeedee (Female)

Thundurus is always a great partner for Calyrex, whether it is Prankster or Defiant. Prankster Thundurus has access to Speed Control in Scary Face and Thunder Wave. Defiant Thundurus can check opposing Incineroar or Yveltal, discouraging them from using Snarl.

Indeedee offers valuable support in its redirection through Follow Me and buffing Calyrex's offense with Helping Hand. Indeedee's Psychic Surge allows Calyrex's Expanding Force to hit multiple targets. Psychic Surge can prevent an opponent's super-effective Ghost and Dark-type priority moves from connecting with Calyrex.

How to Build an Offensive Team

Counters for Calyrex (Shadow Rider)

Calyrex (Shadow Rider)
Weakness Pokemon Dark Image Pokemon Ghost Image

Take Advantage of its Weaknesses

Despite its overwhelming offensive presence, Calyrex (Shadow Rider)'s Psychic/Ghost dual typing leaves it vulnerable to Dark and Ghost-type moves. It helps that these two types have priority moves that bypass Calyrex's immense speed.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Yveltal ImageYveltal Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Calyrex's Ghost-type STAB and is immune to its Psychic-type STAB
・Easily KOs Calyrex with Dark Pulse or Sucker Punch

Moveset & Best Build for Yveltal
Pokemon SWSH - Incineroar ImageIncineroar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Incineroar can tank Calyrex's main offensive moves.
・Incineroar can debuff Calyrex's offense using Parting Shot.
・Incineroar also has the option to Taunt Calyrex's supporting partners.
Moveset & Best Build for Incineroar

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