When will Kyurem be a Raid Boss?

With the current Season of Heritage event in Pokemon GO paired with the recent Dragonspiral Descent event, many players are wondering when the legendary third dragon, Kyurem, will make an appearance in Raid Battles.

Debuting in Pokemon Black and White for the Nintendo DS, Kyurem has been a powerful Legendary Pokemon of the generation, much like Rayquaza and Giratina in previous generations. Kyurem also served as the main plot point for Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, as Kyurem was revealed to have the ability to merge with Zekrom or Reshiram.

Kyurem in Pokemon GO: MIA or on the way?

Players lucky enough will be able to find a Shiny Kyurem after defeating it in battle.  (Image via Niantic)
Players lucky enough will be able to find a Shiny Kyurem after defeating it in battle. (Image via Niantic)

For Pokemon GO players who are really looking to catch them all, knowing when a Raid Boss changes rotations can motivate them both to prepare for the new Raid Boss and to get their last chance to challenge the current Raid Bosses. Players will be happy to hear that Kyurem is on his way to the 5 Star Raid Boss.

In short, Kyurem will be coming to Pokemon GO in the next 5-star raid boss rotation on December 16, 2021. This rotation also brings the first week of the holiday event, as that’s when the costumes for season for various Pokémon will be added.

For players who are planning to challenge Kyurem, here are some tips and predictions on the best strategies for taking on Kyurem in Pokemon GO.

Kyurem is an Ice and Dragon type Pokémon. This gives Kyurem a lot of weaknesses, as he takes super effective damage from Combat, Rock, Steel, Fairy, and other type attacks. Kyurem only retains 3 of the 4 resistances of the Dragon strike, as he is severely handicapped by his Ice strike. Kyurem now only resists Electric, Grass, and Water type attacks.

Kyurem’s stats in Pokemon GO are incredibly large to make up for his many weaknesses; However, Kyurem’s weakest stat is his defense, sitting at 170. This leaves Kyurem open to super effective quick attacks like Smack Down, Metal Claw, Charm, and Dragon Tail, to name a few.

While Kyurem might not have the best defenses, his large stamina stat can make this boss impossible to beat in solo. With that in mind, it’s best to challenge Kyurem with at least two other people in Pokemon GO. With strength in numbers, Kyurem’s weaknesses can quickly be capitalized on.

To sum up, Kyurem will arrive on Pokemon GO on December 16; in two days, at the time of writing. Trainers looking to take on Kyurem should be in a team of at least three and bring powerful Fighting-type Pokémon that can withstand Kyurem’s attacks, like Lucario and Cobalion. Due to Kyurem’s many weaknesses and relatively low defensive stats, Kyurem shouldn’t be a challenge for experienced players.

Edited by Mason J. Schneider

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