This is a strategy guide for using Black Kyurem 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 Black Kyurem, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Teravolt||Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.|
|Takes 4x damage||
|Takes 2x damage|
|Takes 0.5x damage|
|Takes 1/4x damage||
|Takes 0x damage||
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|Nature||Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)|
|EV Spread||HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252|
|Final Stat Values||HP 201 / Atk 222 / Def 120 / Sp.Def 110 / Spd 161|
Black Kyurem is one of the most fearsome physical attackers in the Series 8 Metagame. Sporting a massive 170 Base Attack Stat and great offensive typing, it's often used as a Dynamax Lead as it can unleash exceptionally powerful Max Moves thanks to its high powered attacks.
Icicle Spear is Black Kyurem's main Ice-type STAB. Although it only has 25 Base Power, it's a multi-hit move that can hit 2 to 5 times. This allows Black Kyurem to break the opposing Pokemon's Substitute, Sturdy, or Focus Sash.
Outrage is its secondary STAB move and is a powerful Dragon-type attack that has great neutral coverage, but locks Black Kyurem into the attack for 2-3 turns until it becomes confused.
Its last move is Dragon Dance, boosting Black Kyurem's Attack and Speed stat by 1 stage. It's best used when you expect a switch.
We're using a basic physical attacking EV spread with full investment in Attack and Speed so that Black Kyurem hits as hard and as fast as possible, especially after a Dragon Dance boost. The remaining 4 EVs are invested in HP to round off its respectable bulk.
Teravolt is Black Kyurem's only Ability and is what makes it a very formidable physical attacker. This Ability ignores Abilities such as Lugia and Dragonite's Multiscale, Mimikyu's Disguise or Sturdy, allowing Black Kyurem to attack them directly.
Black Kyurem has two options for held item.
Life Orb boosts the power of its moves by 30% at the cost of recoil damage.
Weakness Policy raises its Attack and Special Attack by two stages. Since Black Kyurem has many common weaknesses, it can easily get a boost using this held item.
|Dragon Claw||A weaker Dragon-type move but doesn't lock Black Kyurem.|
|Scale Shot||An alternative Dragon-type move that hits 2 to 5 times, with each hit raising Black Kyurem's Speed stat by 1 stage and lowering its Defense stat by 1 stage.|
|Freeze Shock||Black Kyurem's most powerful Ice-type move and has a 30% chance to paralyze the target, but requires it to charge on the first turn. It's best used during Dynamax to eliminate the charge.|
|Iron Head||An alternative coverage move that allows Black Kyurem to hit Fairy-types for super effective damage.|
|Fly||A niche Flying-type move that becomes Max Airstream during Dynamax.|
|Dual Wingbeat||A Flying-type coverage move that hits twice and becomes Max Airstream during Dynamax.|
Black Kyurem's high attack and great offensive typing make it a fearsome physical attacker in the current metagame, and is often used as the team's main Dynamax Pokemon or even a lead!
On top of its great coverage, it's also a valuable teammate in hyper offense teams as it can bypass an opposing Pokemon's Abilities with its Teravolt Ability.
Black Kyurem's massive attack stat make it an attractive choice for main Dynamax Pokemon for both offensive and defensive-oriented teams, but it's many weaknesses mean that it has to compete with stronger and bulkier Dynamax Pokemon.
With the right team support, Black Kyurem can establish offensive momentum at the very start of the battle and potentially steamroll through the opposing team if it manages to get a boost.
Black Kyurem is a great choice as a Dynamax Lead in offensive-oriented teams thanks to its high powered moves and great offensive typing. Dynamax also gives it increased bulk, allowing it to survive and get a boost from Weakness Policy easily.
|Lead Dynamax||Role||Special Sweeper|
Black Kyurem's increased bulk during Dynamax lets it survive super effective moves that would otherwise KO it, allowing it to get a boost from Weakness Policy. It can then unlease powerful Max Hailstorm and Max Wyrmwind that sets up Hail and lowers the opposing Pokemon's Attack by 1 stage.
Eiscue appreciates Black Kyurem's setting up Hail with its Max Moves as it restores its Ice Face Ability, essentially giving it a free Substitute when it's hailing.
Alakazam rounds off the team by providing strong special coverage with its moves. Its Magic Guard Ability also gives it immunity to Hail generated by Black Kyurem's Max Hailstorm.
・Easily KOs Black Kyurem with STAB boosted Behemoth Blade
・Steel-typing lets it switch into Black Kyurem's Ice and Dragon-type Attacks
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|Necrozma (Dusk Mane)||
・Its Prism Armor Ability cannot be bypassed with Teravolt
・Resists both of Black Kyurem's STAB and can KO with STAB Sunsteel Strike
Moveset & Best Build for Necrozma (Dusk Mane)
・Easily outspeeds and KOs Black Kyurem with Moonblast after using Geomancy
・Fairy-typing lets it switch into Outrage
Moveset & Best Build for Xerneas
・Faster than Black Kyurem and can KO it with STAB Libero High Jump Kick
・High Jump Kick has poor accuracy and high recoil
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
|Urshifu Single-Strike Style||
・Easily KOs Black Kyurem with STAB Close Combat
・Needs to be wary of variants with Dual Wingbeat or Fly
Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Single-Strike Style
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