Dusk Form Lycanroc Competitive Battling Moveset

After it was first announced that Lycanroc would be receiving a Dusk Form in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, most players had a feeling it would be the best form for Lycanroc, competitively speaking. And, for the most part, this is true. Sure, it isn't quite as fast as its Midday Form and it isn't as bulky as its Midnight Form, but Lycanroc is its Dusk Form holds the most offensive power between all three.


+Attack Stat: A Base Attack Stat of 117 is nothing to take lightly. Couple this with its Tough Claws Ability, and you has a Pokemon that hits extremely hard.

+Tough Claws Ability: This literally takes Dusk Form Lycanroc over the top, further adding to its already impressive offensive power.

+Speed Stat: It might be a little slower than its Midday Form, but a Base Speed Stat of 110 still sees Dusk Form Lycanroc outspeed loads of other Pokemon.

-Pure Rock Typing: Most players wish Dusk Form Lycanroc could have more than one typing so it could gain an extra STAB Attack, but a Mono Rock Typing is still all it has.

-Stone Edge: It's Dusk Form Lycanroc's best Attack, and yet it doesn't receive the boost from Tough Claws. Seriously?

Tough Claws: Dusk Form Lycanroc's only ability; however, it does wonders by boosting moves that make physical contact with opposing foes by 30%. Sweet.

Recommend Movesets
Swords Dance Moveset
- Swords Dance
- Stone Edge
- Drill Run
- Fire Fang / Accelerock
Item Attached: Life Orb / Lycanium Z
Ability: Tough Claws
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Speed

This moveset is basically the same one you see with Midday Form Lycanroc, and the technique behind it is pretty simply. All you must really do it get off one Swords Dance, and then begin to sweep any and all competition that you outspeed with the help of Stone Edge, Drill Run and Fire Fang. Accelerock can be used instead of Fire Fang due to its priority, but you will lose the extra coverage against Grass Types. Life Orb provides Lycanroc with all the more power, while Lycanium Z gives it basically a guarantee OHKO against practically any foe.

Happy Hour Z Moveset
- Happy Hour
- Stone Edge
- Drill Run
- Fire Fang
Item Attached: Normalium Z
Ability: Tough Claws
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 104 HP / 252 Atk / 152 Spe

This set is basically identical to the first, except that it's based around using Happy Hour Z. After doing so, all of Dusk Form Lycanroc's stats are boosted by one stage. It won't hit as strong as the first moveset, but this does see Lycanroc much quicker (can outspeed even an unboosted Pheromosa) and with much more bulk. After using Happy Hour Z, do the same as the fire moveset and proceed to sweep with Stone Edge, Drill Run and Fire Fang.

Water & Grass Types: They are easily the best counters against Dusk Form Lycanroc. Water Types do a tad better since Lycanroc is usually used with Fire Fang, but Mega Venusaur should always be a option since its ability lessens the damage taken by Fire Type Attacks.

Bulky Steel Types: Like Grass Types, Steel Types are great counters against Dusk Form Lycanroc. However, they also take a whole lot of damage from it as well. If you would like to use a Steel Type to take on Dusk Form Lycanroc, you better make sure it is bulky enough to withstand at least one massive blow.