Monday, February 1, 2016

VGC '16 Pokemon Spotlight #8: Kyurem

Hey everyone. Welcome to Pokemon Spotlight #8. Last time, we shone a spotlight on Rayquaza and it's Mega Evolution. Today, we'll shining a spotlight on Kyurem. As a Dragon and Ice type, Kyurem is the 3rd and final Pokémon in the Unova Dragon trio with Reshiram and Zekrom, who the spotlight will come down on them soon. It has some awesome things it can do and today, we'll be seeing what it can do. Let's start this spotlight to take advantage of it before it dies and start by looking at those base stats for Kyurem and it's 2 forms.

Kyurem
600px-646Kyurem
125 HP         130 Sp. Attack
130 Attack     90 Sp. Defense
90 Defense     95 Speed

While that 130 in both offensive stats may seem amazing, those defenses say otherwise. The 125 HP says I'm bulky, but 90 in both defensive stats say I won't be taking hits. 130 offensive stats are nice, but with a lack of good moves to really take advantage of it. 95 Speed is the same for both of Kyurem other forms, only difference is that one can use it better than the other. You outspeed the Primals, but your outspeed by Xerneas. Overall, normal Kyurem's defenses are pretty meh.

Kyurem-White
600px-646Kyurem-White
125 HP         170 Sp. Attack
120 Attack    100 Sp. Defense
90 Defense     95 Speed

Kyurem-White is where it starts to get good. Strong offenses with that 120/170 means that you can technically go for a mixed attacker, but fully special seems to be a better idea to take advantage of that very impressive 170 Sp. Attack stat. It gets 10 points in Sp. Defense so you can take special hits better, but Kyurem-White is still frail when you start using it. 95 speed is still the same as normal Kyurem. Overall, Kyurem-White gets some greatly needed stat buffs that makes it much more usable.

Kyurem-Black
600px-646Kyurem-Black
125 HP         120 Sp. Attack
170 Attack     90 Sp. Defense
100 Defense   95 Speed

I have a problem with Kyurem-Black, but when I show a sample set, I'll explain that. That 170 Attack stat is amazing since you can do some massive damage to threats with powerful physical moves, but also still have a special option, which can be very helpful. It gets 10 points in defense, so it can take P-Groudon's Precipice Blades better. 95 Speed is still the same, never changing, only staying the same. Now, I wanna show off the viable moves to consider using on Kyurem and both it's forms. I'll show off which moves work better on which forms and if it does well on all 3, I won't say something.

Viable Moves
  1. Icy Wind
  2. Ice Beam
  3. Glaciate (Normal)
  4. Fusion Flare (White)
  5. Ice Burn (White)
  6. Fusion Bolt (Black)
  7. Freeze Shock (Black)
  8. Dragon Claw (Black)
  9. Protect
  10. Focus Blast? (Normal)
  11. Draco Meteor (Normal & White)
  12. Earth Power
  13. Blizzard
Kyurem has been blessed with some amazing moves. The coverage it has access to makes it a real threat and much more usable. Now, here's some sample sets for Kyurem and both of it's forms.

600px-646Kyurem
Kyurem @ Choice Specs
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Glaciate
- Draco Meteor
- Earth Power
- Focus Blast

Even though Kyurem is bad, I still wanna give a sample set to only say I have. It's a pretty simple set. The only reason that Kyurem can be very slightly justified usage is Glaciate. Glaciate is a 65 base power Ice type spread moves that lowers the speed stat of any Pokémon it hits. Basically, it's a slightly stronger Icy Wind. That's the only way I recommend someone using normal Kyurem. The other moves are pretty simple. Draco Meteor is your Dragon move, Earth Power for coverage to hit P-Groudon, and Focus Blast for Kangaskhan. Life Orb and Expert Belt can't pick up the guarantee KO so this is your best bet, if you can hit breakthrough 70% accuracy and somehow survive a Low Kick that will KO you 100%. Overall, don't use Kyurem seriously. It's a fun Pokémon to use, but it won't win tournaments.

600px-646Kyurem-White
Kyurem-White @ Life Orb
Ability: Turboblaze
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Ice Beam
- Draco Meteor
- Earth Power
- Protect

This a really solid Kyurem-W set. This set is designed to hit hard and fast. Life Orb is the best item for a Timid Nature for a power boost. The moveset is pretty simple Ice Beam and Draco Meteor are your STAB moves since Kyurem-W doesn't lose anything from not having them. Earth Power is your coverage move to hit steel types and mainly P-Groudon for super-effective damage. The EV Spread is a hit hard and fast spread since Kyurem-W is frail and doesn't have the capability to really take advantage of a bulky spread. Another option is Fusion Flare for Ferrthorn so you don't take a ton of damage from a Gyro Ball. You can also use a Focus Sash if you want to get guaranteed moves off, or a Choice Specs and drop Protect for Fusion Flare, but that's personal preference at that point. Choice Scarf could also be a cool option.

600px-646Kyurem-Black
Kyurem-Black @ Life Orb
Ability: Teravolt
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Naïve Nature
- Dragon Claw
- Ice Beam
- Fusion Bolt
- Protect

This Kyurem-Black set is honestly something I came up with in a minute. The reason is I have never seen one in battle. so I had to come up with this on the fly. If there are better sets, I love to here about it. This is basically the Kyurem-White set, but adapted for a physical variant. Now, you may notice it has Ice Beam instead of a physical ice move. The reason is that the two physical Ice moves that might be good on Kyurem-B in Ice Punch and Icicle Crash, are not available to it. This means that a fully physical variant isn't doable. So we got to take advantage of that Ice Beam to still have an Ice move. Dragon Claw is our physical move since its the best move for Kyurem-B as far as STAB moves go. Fusion Bolt is our tech to deal with P-Kyogre. which takes advantage of that lower physical defense. I see know alternative move that may work, though I could be wrong.

Good partners for Kyurem and all its forms
  1. Steel types - Since Kyurem struggles with Xerneas, a steel type like Ferrothorn, Bronzong, and Aegislash form great partners to handle Xerneas with a strong Gyro Ball to do insane damage
  2. Not sure. Haven't had the largest amount of experience with it, so I'll update this with amazing partners
  3. Meowstic - Meowstic can use Prankster Gravity to give Kyurem 100% accurate Blizzard
How to beat Kyurem and all its forms
  1. Xerneas - Dazzling Gleam and Moonblast can OHKO Kyurem guaranteed most, if not all the time.
  2. Mega Kangaskhan - Low Kick can OHKO Kyurem most, if not all the time.
I hoped you enjoyed this. Follow me on Twitter @TempleVGC for updates when new content comes out. I'll see you next time. Bye.

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