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name: Choice Specs
move 1: Freeze-Dry
move 2: Ice Beam
move 3: Earth Power
move 4: Focus Blast / Draco Meteor
item: Choice Specs
nature: Modest / Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Choice Specs turns Kyurem into a terrifying wallbreaker, with the only reliable counterplay being predicting what move it chooses to lock itself into. Freeze-Dry allows Kyurem to blow through the Water-types that resist its Ice Beam such as Slowking, Tapu Fini, and Toxapex. Earth Power and Focus Blast give it the coverage it needs to blow away the Fire- and Steel-types that resist its STAB. Earth Power can easily OHKO Heatran and has a roll to OHKO Astrolotl, while also 2HKOing Galarian Slowking after Stealth Rock. Focus Blast allows Kyurem to OHKO Tyranitar and 2HKO Scizor and physically defensive Blissey. Draco Meteor can be run over Focus Blast to have access to a powerful nuke, but it provides significantly less coverage. A Modest nature is usually employed to maximize Kyurem's damage output and hit the aforementioned rolls, while Timid nature allows Kyurem to outspeed standard Colossoil and Landorus-T as well as Speed tie with Timid Tapu Lele, making it harder to revenge kill.
Kyurem's effectiveness is mitigated by Stealth Rock, so removing entry hazards is of utmost importance. Tornadus-T is a fantastic partner, having access to Defog and checking some of Kyurem's defensive checks such as Galarian Slowking and Corviknight. It can also provide Kyurem a safe switch through pivoting with U-turn. Tapu Fini can similarly remove entry hazards and employ Nature's Madness or Taunt to keep its foes at low health. Pivot support is also important, as Kyurem doesn't get too many free switches. Urshifu-R deals with the Steel-types that resist Kyurem's STAB moves and can easily bring it in with U-turn. In return, Kyurem can break through Water-types that stop Urshifu-R, such as Slowbro, Toxapex, and Arghonaut, while simultaneously punishing Rocky Helmet holders such as Corviknight and Skarmory. Corviknight and Landorus-T can both provide slow pivoting and have access to Defog, giving ample opportunities for Kyurem to come in. Wallbreakers also enable Kyurem. Weavile and Melmetal both help overwhelm their shared checks such as Corviknight and Slowking, while Heatran can trap Galarian Slowking and Blissey with Magma Storm while Kyurem removes Tapu Fini and Colossoil for it.
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Roost
move 3: Freeze-Dry
move 4: Earth Power
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
evs: 52 HP / 252 SpA / 204 Spe
The aim of this set is to utilize Substitute and Pressure to PP stall attacks from Kyurem's checks while using Roost to remain healthy. Galarian Slowking's Sludge Bomb, Arghonaut's Circle Throw, and Clefable's Moonblast are prime targets for Kyurem to slowly stall out. Freeze-Dry allows Kyurem to hit Water-types such as Toxapex, Arghonaut, Slowking, and Tapu Fini. Earth Power provides good coverage against Steel-types such as Heatran and Melmetal as well as versus Galarian Slowking. The HP EVs allow you to create Substitutes that Blissey's Seismic Toss cannot break, with the Speed investment allowing it to outspeed Jolly Excadrill. An alternative spread of 52 HP / 204 SpA / 252 Spe lets you outspeed Jolly Landorus-T and Miasmaw, as well as Speed tie with maximum speed Tapu Lele and Colossoil. Heavy-Duty Boots negates damage from entry hazards, maximizing the chances of Kyurem getting a Substitute up.
This set best fits on bulkier teams that can enable it to stall out as many foes as possible. Toxic Spikes from Toxapex and Spikes from Arghonaut are appreciated, chipping its checks such as Tyranitar and Slowking-Galar. Heatran is a fantastic partner, being able to set Stealth Rock, threaten Steel-types such as Corviknight and Scizor and trap the Slowkings and Blissey. Cleric support from Astrolotl or Blissey is very useful in case Kyurem gets afflicted by Toxic or paralysis. Another good partner is Buzzwole, acting as a Knock Off absorber and general answer to a lot of Kyurem's offensive checks such as Zeraora and Urshifu-R. On bulkier teams, Corviknight not only acts as a form of hazard removal, but it also helps PP stall with Pressure alongside Kyurem.
Icicle Spear combined with Dragon Dance can replace the two attacking moves on the Substitute set, being able to beat Toxapex lacking Haze as well as Corviknight and opposing Kyurem. The lack of coverage, however, leaves it easier to wall by the delayed attackers of the tier like Slowking and Equilibra.
Checks and Counters
**Special Walls**: Blissey, Tyranitar, and Galarian Slowking can take Kyurem's attacks, but they need to be wary of Choice Specs' coverage options. Specially defensive Clefable can easily deal with the Substitute set but must be careful of getting its Moonblast PP depleted.
**Bulky Steel-types**: Specially defensive Scizor, Melmetal, and Heatran can all take Kyurem's STAB attacks but must be wary of Choice Specs' coverage options.
**Revenge Killers**: Dragapult, offensive Jumbao, and Urshifu-R can all threaten to outspeed and OHKO Kyurem. Dragapult in particular can go through Kyurem's Substitute with Infiltrator and threaten to OHKO. However, none of them can safely switch in to any of Kyurem's attacks.
**Volcarona**: Bulky variants of Volcarona can easily take any of Kyurems hits not named Draco Meteor.
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