Kingdra

Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Sniper
Critical hits do 3x damage instead of 2x.
Damp
Prevents the use of Selfdestruct or Explosion. Prevents Aftermath from doing damage.
Type Tier
Water / Dragon UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 291 354 -
Atk
95
203 226 289 317
Def
95
203 226 289 317
SpA
95
203 226 289 317
SpD
95
203 226 289 317
Spe
85
185 206 269 295

Overview

Kingdra is a very lethal threat in the UU tier with its solid stats and unique Dragon / Water typing (which gives it a neutrality to Grass- and Electric-type attacks that most other Water-types are weak to). A lot of Kingdra's lethality is due to its ability to use Rain Dance, doubling its Speed thanks to Swift Swim, as well as Dragon Dance, boosting both Kingdra's Attack and Speed stats, two highlights in a shallow movepool. These two moves allow Kingdra to outspeed much of the UU tier and sweep with a powerful STAB combination resisted only by Empoleon, giving Kingdra a place as one of the most dangerous sweepers in the tier. Kingdra is a Pokemon you must prepare for if you want a successful UU team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Substitute + Dragon Dance

Lum Berry / Leftovers Swift Swim / Sniper Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~ Waterfall
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

The staple set from DPP returns as one of Kingdra's best sets in the BW2 UU tier. With new status inducers such as Amoonguss, and constant threats such as Sableye and Xatu becoming increasingly popular in the tier, the use of Substitute gives Kingdra more than enough time to set up and become a powerhouse. While behind a Substitute, Kingdra can use Dragon Dance to increase its Attack and Speed. With the EV distribution, two Dragon Dances will ensure that Kingdra outspeeds the entire tier, leaving it free to smash the opponent with Waterfall or Outrage, both of which are powerful STAB moves that gain near perfect coverage throughout the tier, with only Empoleon and Ferroseed resisting the combination.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Rain Dance Sweeper

Life Orb Swift Swim Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Rain Dance
~ Hydro Pump
~ Draco Meteor
~ Dragon Pulse / Surf
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Taking on a much more immediate sweeping role from a specially attacking perspective, Kingdra also runs an effective Rain Dance set that functions well on its own or on a Rain Dance team. Rain Dance doubles Kingdra's Speed and boosts its Water-type STAB, giving it the ability to outspeed and 2HKO or OHKO a vast majority of the UU tier. Hydro Pump and Draco Meteor are the STAB moves that are going to be generally spammed, as the two of them gain near perfect coverage throughout the tier. The last slot is useful for picking off weakened threats, and both moves are useful in certain situations. Dragon Pulse is useful so that Kingdra does not need to immediately suffer the sharp drop in Special Attack, and Surf is useful because it still hits hard in rain and has better accuracy and PP than Hydro Pump.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Offensive Dragon Dance

Life Orb Swift Swim / Sniper Adamant / Lonely
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~ Waterfall
~ Rain Dance / Draco Meteor
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

When Kingdra opts to use both of its setup moves in Rain Dance and Dragon Dance, a menacing sweeper is born. While setting up both moves in one match is often unfeasible, it allows you to pick and choose which move will give you the best chance at sweeping. In addition, this set acts as an effective lure for some Pokemon; when Kingdra uses Rain Dance, Pokemon such as Snorlax who are sent in because they are good checks to special Rain Dance will instead get destroyed by this set's physical attacks. It's much more immediately powerful than other sets, especially the ChestoRest set, but is much more vulnerable to status. The Speed boosts from both Rain Dance and a Dragon Dance leave Kingdra nigh impossible to keep up with, and priority moves are one of the few options for damaging this set. After a Rain Dance and a single Dragon Dance, Waterfall becomes a very devastating move, crushing anything that doesn't resist it. Much goes the same for Outrage, obliterating anything that isn't a Steel-type. Draco Meteor is a viable option over Rain Dance, as even with no investment, it will still be heavily damaging Pokemon like Slowbro or other physically defensive Pokemon that can stomach an Outrage or two.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Swift Swim / Sniper Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Hydro Pump / Surf
~ Dragon Pulse
~ Hidden Power Electric / Surf
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

This variant of Kingdra puts sweeping aside for the purpose of wallbreaking, considering not much in the tier wants to be toying around with a Choice Specs-boosted Hydro Pump or Draco Meteor. Draco Meteor is the STAB move of choice, removing whatever doesn't resist it or carry a large amount of special bulk from the face of the earth. Hydro Pump functions similarly as a powerful STAB move, but doesn't suffer from the drop in Special Attack like Draco Meteor does. Dragon Pulse is a powerful backup STAB move that can be used to pick off weakened opponents instead of wasting Kingdra's Special Attack stat to Draco Meteor. Hidden Power Electric is a handy coverage move that deals considerable damage to the bulky Water-types in the tier and the occasional Flying-type that Kingdra finds itself up against, but unless they resist Draco Meteor, two Hidden Powers will always be outdamaged by two Draco Meteors. Surf is an acceptable STAB option over either Hydro Pump or Hidden Power Electric, being used much how Dragon Pulse is, which is to damage opponents while preserving Hydro Pump's low PP or if you can't afford a miss.

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Name Item Ability Nature

ChestoRest

Chesto Berry Swift Swim / Sniper Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~ Waterfall
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

With status moves being in high supply in the Underused tier, a ChestoRest set greatly aids Kingdra in pulling off a sweep. The goal of this set is to accumulate as many boosts as possible, use Rest to heal whatever damage or status Kingdra may have taken, then begin smashing your opponent. This set excels late-game when most Steel-types are weakened or removed, and other strong threats are out of play, but can be used early on to open holes for other sweepers. Dragon Dance boosts Kingdra's Attack and Speed stats, turning it into a very capable sweeper, outspeeding the entire tier after two boosts. Backed by STAB, Waterfall and Outrage accumulate a lot of power after two or more Dragon Dance boosts, proceeding to OHKO or 2HKO nearly the entire tier. Rest, as mentioned, recovers HP and eliminates status, giving Kingdra a new lease on a sweep.

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Other Options

Hidden Power Fighting can be used over Hidden Power Electric wherever applicable to ensure a super effective hit on Ferroseed along with a super effective hit on Empoleon. However, Ferroseed's usage is fairly low, and should not warrant that much attention. Ice Beam can be used to hit Grass-and Flying-types hard, but the coverage offered alongside its Dragon-type STAB is relatively redundant. Kingdra is capable of running a mixed set consisting of Outrage, Draco Meteor, Waterfall, and Hydro Pump, but splitting its offenses is generally not recommended. Kingdra could run a Choice Band set of Outrage, Waterfall, Return, and Iron Head, but Flygon is a better Choice Band user, as its movepool supports a Choice Band better than Kingdra's does. A support set with moves such as Yawn, Clear Smog, and Scald is possible, as Kingdra has the bulk to pull it off, but lacks viable recovery.

Checks and Counters

Choice Scarf Flygon is one of the most capable checks to Kingdra, as it threatens variants below +2 Speed, easily outspeeding and KOing with Outrage. Both Empoleon and Ferroseed hard counter any sets lacking Hidden Power Electric or Fighting, respectively, and the former can phaze Kingdra while the latter can set hazards up on it. Toxic Spikes can limit Kingdra's staying power and force it to use Rest prematurely, making it easier to break down; Roserade and Qwilfish can set them up. Strong attacks from faster Pokemon, such as Superpower from Choice Scarf Darmanitan, put a hefty dent in Kingdra's HP, making it vulnerable to priority moves. Milotic and Cofagrigus have the bulk to take on just about anything Kingdra can throw at it while recovering any damage taken with Recover or Pain Split, and Hazing away boosts, however the latter will not want to be taking a Draco Meteor or Hydro Pump. Specially attacking sets, bar the Choice Specs set to a certain extent, are shut down by the likes of Snorlax and Porygon2. Arguably the most reliable check for a setup Kingdra, Imposter Ditto, can use Kingdra's boosts against it, outspeed it, and revenge kill it with its own attacks, but if Kingdra is behind a Substitute, it will die before it can KO.