Pokémon Go: Kyurem Guide | iMore

The last of the legendary Tao trio, Kyurem arrives on Pokémon Go! Starting July 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. PST, the Pokémon Boundary will be the new boss in the legendary Raid. In addition, every Wednesday while it is available, Kyurem will be presented in a legendary raid hour at 6 p.m. local time, where virtually all gymnasiums will be supported throughout the hour with Kyurem Raids. Kyurem is the easiest to beat in the Tao Trio, so be sure to stock up on raid passes. You won’t want to miss your chance to add it to your list!

Who is Kyurem and what is the Tao Trio?

Pokemon 646 Kyurem

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The Tao Trio from the Unova region is a group of Legendary Dragon-type Pokémon and the mascots of the Gen V games Black Pokémon, White Pokémon, Black Pokémon 2 and White Pokémon 2. The Tao Trio is based on the concepts of Yin, Yang and Wuji. Zekrom represents Yin with its electrical typing, while Reshiram represents Yang with its Fire typing, and Kyurem, with its Ice typing, represents Wuji, which is the absence of Yin and Yang.

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Kyurem is unique among the Tao Trio in that it is able to merge with the other two to form the black Kyurem and the white Kyurem. Although merged, it is significantly stronger, but on its own, Kyurem is the easiest of the three raids. Ultimately, if they are given the ability to merge, it will really stand out. It could also be a powerful type of ice cream if its signature movement is given in the future. It has two possible rapid movements: Dragon’s Breath and Steel Wing. His possible charged moves include Blizzard, Draco Meteor and Dragon Claw.

What are the best counters?

As a Dragon and Ice type, Kyurem is weak for Fighting, Rock, Steel, Dragon and Fairy movements. It can inflict Dragon, Ice and Steel damage.


Pokemon 376 Metagross

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The final evolution of Beldum’s Steel and Psychic type, Metagross is the best counter for Kyurem. It resists all Kyurem movements and can inflict twice as much damage with its own Steel-type movements. Beldum was a Shadow Pokémon and was presented on a community day, so most players have at least one or two strong Metagross. You’ll want him to know about Bullet Punch and its exclusive Community Day, Meteor Mash. If you don’t have one on Community Day, investing an Elite TM in this movement is worth it.


Pokemon 448 Lucario

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Type of combat and steel of generation IV, Lucario is also resistant to everything that Kyurem can prepare. With Counter or Bullet Punch and Aura Sphere, it can also deal super effective damage. Unfortunately, Lucario and his baby form, Riolu are quite rare, so you might not have one completely energized. If you have Lucario, it is second after Metagross, so it is well worth the investment of Rare Candies to light up.


Pokemon 483 Dialga

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A legendary type of steel and generation IV dragon, Dialga hasn’t been widely available in Pokémon Go yet, so many players don’t even have one fully powered. However, if you have it, Dialga resists Kyurem’s Steel attacks and only takes normal damage from its Ice and Dragon attacks. Either Metal Claw or Dragon Breath work for fast movement, and you will need Draco Meteor for the charged attack.


Pokemon 409 Rampardos

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Generation IV Rock type fossil Pokémon, Rampardos can deal a lot of damage but are quite fragile. It is weak for Steel Wing and takes normal damage from Kyurem’s Dragon and Ice attacks, so you will need to be good at dodging for it to be effective. However, having been presented in events and needing only 50 candies to evolve, you probably have a good stock of Cranidos candies for powering up. If you bring Rampardos to this fight, you’ll want them to know Smack Down and Rock Slide.


Pokemon 484 Palkia

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Another legendary dragon, Palkia withstands the attack of Kyurem Steel, but takes double the damage of its Dragon-type moves. Nor has it known about widespread availability, so it can be expensive to power it up. However, if you have one in which you have invested, with Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor for the moveset, and a good amount of dodging, it can do well in this raid.


Pokemon 534 Conkeldurr

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The final evolution of Timburr, Conkeldurr is a pure type of generation V combat. It is not very common and does not bring any notable resistance to the battle, but it is also not weak against the attacks of Kyruem . In cloudy weather, it works very well. If you bring Conkeldurr to this raid, you will want him to know Counter and Dynamic Punch.


Pokemon 464 Rhyperior

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The final evolution of Gen I Rhyhorn, Rhyperior is not my first choice for this Raid. As a Ground and Rock type, it takes double the damage of Kyurem’s Ice and Steel type moves, but most players have at least one or two fully powered (if not an entire team.) Rhyhorn has been there from the start and was featured in a community day. In addition, Rhyperior is quite durable, even in the event of double damage. If you are bringing Rhyperior to this raid, you will want him to know Smack Down and Rock Wrecker.


Pokemon 068 Machamp

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Gen I Machamp is a pure Fighting type with wide availability. With the addition of Trade Evolution, there is no good excuse for not having a fully powered Machamp couple on your list. It’s not quite as robust as Conkeldurr, but with Counter and Dynamic Punch, as well as no significant weaknesses, it will hurt Kyurem.


Pokemon 643 Reshiram

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First member of the Tao Trio, Reshiram resists Kyurem’s Steel type attacks and only takes normal Ice type damage. However, it will take double the damage of Kyurem’s Dragon type attacks and the best use of Reshiram is as a Fire type – which is not part of this Raid. On top of that, its availability was extremely limited, with its only moment when a raid occurred in the middle of a pandemic, so it is very costly to power up. Still, if you have one who already knows Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor, it will work well against Kyurem.


Pokemon 639 Terrakion

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One of the legendary swords of justice, Terrakion had a wider availability than the other legendaries on this list. As a Rock and Fighting type, it will take double the damage from Steel Wing, but normal damage from the rest of Kyurem’s moves. If you are bringing Terrkion to this raid, you will need Smack Down and Stone Edge for the moveset.


Pokemon 248 Tyranitar

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The final evolution of Larvitar’s Rock and Dark type, most players have several fully powered Tyranitar. It has been featured in events, a community day, raids, and as a Shadow Pokémon. He doesn’t bring any significant resistance to this raid and takes double the damage of Steel Wing, but if you have one who knows Smack Down and Stone Edge, it’s still a good counter for Kyurem. Just be aware that it will not hold as well, so you will want to have additional resuscitation on hand.


Although most players can form a top scoring team, if you find a gap in your team, there are many substitutes who work well in large groups. Just make sure you dodge and that one of the following could be a decent backup:

  • Gardevoir with dazzling charm and radiance
  • Salamence with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Rayquaza with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Dragonite with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Garchomp with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Zekrom with Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor
  • Haxorus with dragon tail and dragon claw
  • Cobalion with metal claw and sacred sword
  • Jirachi with Confusion and Doom Desire
  • Heatran with Fire Spin and Iron Head

Shadow Pokémon

The rebalancing of the Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket makes them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats improved, but during special events or with Elite TM, it is possible to change their movements. If you have one of the following Pokémon with the correct moveet, they will work fine in this raid:

  • Shadow Metagross
  • Shadow Gardevoir
  • Salamence of the shadow
  • Shadow Dragonite
  • Shadow Tyrant

Note: Shadow Metagross surpasses all other Pokémon in the list of best markers. Shadow Gardevoir is also on par with the other top scorers.

How many players does it take to beat Kyurem?

Kyurem is by far the easiest of the Tao Trio to beat. Missing a quick Ice-type hit, not to mention his Glaciate attack, it should be a fairly easy Raid. With the best markers, two coaches of level 30+ can do this raid alone. Even lower level players or those who don’t have the best scorers shouldn’t need more than five or six coaches to take on Kyurem.

The weather will not be super important. However, if you want to optimize your team, windy weather will stimulate Kyurem’s Dragon-type movements, as well as Dragon-type counters. Partly cloudy weather will stimulate rock attacks. Cloudy weather will stimulate your Fairy and Combat movements. If you are in the southern hemisphere, you may need to watch out for snowy weather as this will stimulate Kyurem’s ice and steel movements.

Questions about taking charge of Kyurem?

Do you have questions about conquering the legendary Kyurem Pokémon? Do you have advice for your fellow trainers? Drop them in the comments below, and be sure to check out our full Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so that you too can become a Pokémon master!


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