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

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Basic Information for White Kyurem

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Dragon Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ice Type
Turboblaze Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.

White Kyurem Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
125 120 90 170 100 95

Best Nature for White Kyurem

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for White Kyurem

Dynamax Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Dynamax Special Attacker White Kyurem.png

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 201 / Def 110 / Sp.Atk 222 / Sp.Def 120 / Spd 161
Ability Turboblaze
Held Item Weakness Policy
Life Orb
Moveset Draco Meteor
Earth Power
Fusion Flare

White Kyurem is one of the many threatening sweepers introduced in the Series 8 Metagame. It's great special coverage and ability to ignore opposing Pokemon's Abilities with Turboblaze makes it a powerful special attacker that can easily establish offensive momentum for the team.

About White Kyurem's Moves

Draco Meteor is White Kyurem's strongest STAB and provides great neutral coverage. It's best used during Dynamax where it becomes Max Wyrmwind to prevent the 2 stage Sp.Atk drop. It also lowers the opposing Pokemon's Attack by 1 stage

Freeze-Dry is its secondary STAB, and while weaker than Ice Beam, has the added utility of hitting Water-types for super effective damage. This allows White Kyurem to beat bulky Water-types such as Toxapex, Jellicent, and Gastrodon.

Earth Power provides great neutral coverage and allows White Kyurem to threaten Rock-types such as Tyranitar and Terrakion, while Fusion Flare gives it a strong Fire-type move to threaten Steel-types such as Corviknight.

About White Kyurem's EV Spread

We're using a basic special attacking EV spread with a Timid Nature to capitalize on White Kyurem's high offensive capabilities. With full investment in Special Attack and Speed, White Kyurem hits hard and as fast as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are invested in HP to round off its bulk.

About White Kyurem's Ability

Turboblaze is White Kyurem's only Ability and is what makes it a very formidable special attacker. This Ability ignores Abilities such as Lugia and Dragonite's Multiscale, Mimikyu's Disguise, or Sturdy, allowing White Kyurem to attack them directly.

About White Kyurem's Held Item

White Kyurem has two options for held item:

Weakness Policy gives it a +2 Attack and Special Attack boost when hit by a super effective move.

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

Other Viable Moves

Dragon Pulse A weaker Dragon-type STAB move that White Kyurem can reliably use outside of Dynamax.
Ice Beam A stronger Ice-type move but doesn't have the same utility as Freeze-Dry.
Blizzard An even stronger Ice-type move but has poor accuracy. It's best used during Hail or during Dynamax where it becomes Max Hailstorm.
Flash Cannon An alternative coverage move to Earth Power that allows White Kyurem to hit Fairy-types.
Fly A niche move that allows White Kyurem to use Max Airstream during Dynamax.
Dual Wingbeat A niche move that hits twice and allows White Kyurem to use Max Airstream during Dynamax.
Substitute Can replace one of its coverage moves to protect White Kyurem from status. It also becomes Max Guard during Dynamax. It also provides protection from Ditto's Imposter.

How to Use White Kyurem Effectively

A Powerful Special Attacker with High Powered Moves

White Kyurem is one of the most powerful special attackers in the current metagame, boasting a base 170 Special Attack stat and a plethora of powerful special attacks.

Thanks to Turboblaze and coverage moves such as Fusion Flare, it's also very difficult to switch into - with even Rock and Steel-types even being heavily damaged by its powerful moves.

Turboblaze Lets it Beat its Counters

White Kyurem's Turboblaze Ability lets it beat and even KO its usual checks and counters as it ignores the effects of the opposing Ability. Heatran, for example, can't switch into White Kyurem's Fusion Flare since it nullifies its Flash Fire Ability!

Despite this, there are some Pokemon whose Abilities ignore White Kyurem's Turboblaze. These include Necrozma and its two formes who all have Prism Armor.

How to Build a Team with White Kyurem

White Kyurem is easy to fit into many teams, but faces some competition from other legendary Pokemon for the team's main Dynamax Pokemon. Additionally, it's Max Hailstorm creates Hail that is debilitating to non Ice-types.

As a result, it's best to build a team around White Kyurem instead of simply putting it on a team.

A Powerful Special Attacker for Hail Teams

White Kyurem is a great choice for main Dynamax Pokemon for Hail Teams as it provides some much needed special coverage that most special attacking Ice-types can't provide.

Example Dynamax Special Attacker + Hail Team

Lead Weather Setter Defensive Pivot Dynamax Special Attacker
Pokemon SWSH - Abomasnow ImageAbomasnow Pokemon SWSH - Reuniclus ImageReuniclus Pokemon SWSH - White Kyurem ImageWhite Kyurem

Abomasnow serves as this team's weather lead. Thanks to its lower speed, it will always retain Hail against faster weather setters. It also boosts White Kyurem's defenses with Aurora Veil and provide phazing support with Leech Seed.

Reuniclus serves as this team's defensive pivot. Although it doesn't benefit from Aurora Veil, it provides this team with valuable Fighting-type resist thanks to its Psychic typing. It's Magic Guard Ability also prevents residual damage from Hail and status, and can restore its HP with Recover.

White Kyurem will have an easier time switching in once Abomasnow once it sets up Aurora Veil. It can then Dynamax to get an HP boost and proceed to fire powerful Max Hailstorms, Max Flares, and Max Wyrmwinds.

How to Build a Weather Team

Counters for White Kyurem

White Kyurem
Weakness Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image

Overpower it with a Physical Attacker

Although White Kyurem has generally high stats and bulk, it's 90 Base Def is relatively low. It doesn't help that it's an Ice-type, which means it's weak to moves that are usually physical attacks, such as Fighting and Steel.

It also has a mediocre Speed stat, allowing faster physical attackers to outrun and KO it with their STAB moves.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Zacian ImageZacian Ranking: ★★★★★
・Naturally outspeeds White Kyurem and easily KOs with Play Rough
・Easily KOs Dynamax White Kyurem with STAB boosted Behemoth Blade
Moveset & Best Build for Zacian
Pokemon SWSH - Eternatus ImageEternatus Ranking: ★★★★★
・Naturally outspeeds White Kyurem
・Easily KOs Dynamax White Kyurem with STAB boosted Dynamax Cannon
Moveset & Best Build for Eternatus
Pokemon SWSH - Necrozma (Dusk Mane) ImageNecrozma (Dusk Mane) Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its Prism Armor Ability gives it immunity to White Kyurem's Turboblaze
・Can retaliate and KO White Kyurem with Sunsteel Strike
Moveset & Best Build for Necrozma (Dusk Mane)
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★
・Naturally outspeeds White Kyurem and easily KOs with Libero STAB High Jump Kick
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Pokemon SWSH - Ditto ImageDitto Ranking: ★★★★
・Can transform into White Kyurem with Imposter, outspeed with Choice Scarf, and KO with its copied Draco Meteor
Moveset & Best Build for Ditto

Check it with a Specially Defensive Pokemon

Despite its powerful special attacks, there are many specially defensive Pokemon that can wall it and force it out with their support moves.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Chansey ImageChansey Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can shrug off White Kyurem's moves with Eviolite boosted Special Defense
・Has reliably recovery with Soft-Boiled
Moveset & Best Build for Chansey
Pokemon SWSH - Blissey ImageBlissey Ranking: ★★★★
・Shrugs off White Kyurem's moves with its high Special Defense
・Has reliably recovery with Soft-Boiled
Moveset & Best Build for Blissey
Pokemon SWSH - Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★
Sand Stream sets up Sandstorm that boosts Tyranitar's Special Defense by 50%
・Can hit White Kyurem with STAB Stone Edge or set up Stealth Rock
Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar

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