Xurkitree, The Glowing Pokémon. One of the mysterious life-forms known as Ultra Beasts. Astonishing electric shocks emanate from its entire body, according to witnesses. It raided a power plant, so people think it energizes itself with electricity. Although it’s alien to this world and a danger here, it’s apparently a common organism in the world where it normally lives. Some of them stand unmoving, like trees, with their arms and legs stuck into the ground.
With access to the coveted Tail Glow and insane Special Attack, Xurkitree is a Pokémon that one would think would be a top tier threat until you analyze its other stats. 71 base defenses and 83 HP isn't out of the ordinary for an offensive powerhouse, but with its equally underwhelming base 83 Speed this makes things rough as most Pokémon that attack it will either OHKO or deal a lot of damage to Xurkitree. In the end you're looking at a powerhouse nuke with little staying power that is also easy to revenge kill, so Xurkitree ends up being a bit of a one-trick pony with a weird name. This isn't anything to be disappointed with though, Xurkitree ultimately still ends up being a powerful threat when properly utilized as with any Ultra Beast not named Guzzlord.
Beast Boost - Raises the user's highest stat by one stage when scoring a KO - This just fuels Xurkitree's power as it will always be Special Attack, making it a decent wallbreaker.
A bread and butter Xurkitree set, Tail Glow is used when you can get the chance to set up, especially against Stall teams. Thunderbolt is for Xurkitree's STAB option as well as a single powerful hit with Electrium Z. Hidden Power Ice is nice coverage for full neutrality as well as ensuring KOs against Dragons and Landorus Therian. Energy Ball is a nice option for other Ground threats such as the rare Hippowdon and Mega Swampert.
Maximum offensive investment makes Xurkitree as fast and powerful as possible, with a Modest nature boosting its power further. A Timid nature also works though to boost its Speed since Xurkitree hits hard enough anyway, but it does sit at an awkward Speed tier for a Pokémon that can't boost its Speed reliably.
Substitute - Using Substitute over Tail Glow is an option as it can allow Xurkitree to stay in on threats that would force it out, but the loss in power and ability to break Stall teams may not be worth it.
Volt Switch/U-turn - Xurkitree's low base stats makes it hard for it to find a way in, making a slow Volt Switch/U-turn core a strong option. Rotom Wash is a nice partner due to its ability to handle Landorus Therian, while Zapdos and Mega Scizor can make use of the holes Xurkitree punches in the late game.
Ferrothorn - Forcing a neutral hit with Hidden Power Ice, Ferrothorn can sponge hits from Xurkitree with relative ease. Ferrothorn can also set up Spikes or Stealth Rocks on Xurkitree when it tries to switch out, but Tail Glow can make Ferrothorn a set up fodder for Xurkitree.
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