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If you have a good moveset for Xurkitree, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Remember, this is for competitive movesets, not in-game. Ability, EVs etc should be included, and we encourage sets for VGC doubles as well as singles. Make sure to read all the guidelines here.

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Xurkitree @ Choice Scarf
Type : Electric
Ability : Beast Boost
Nature : Timid ( Spe+ Atk- )
EVs : 4 Hp / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

  • Thunderbolt
  • Energy Ball
  • Dazzling Gleam
  • Signal Beam

Choice Scarf is actually a must for Xurkitree since he has less bulk and decent speed. The EV spread is suitable for a Special Sweeper with Scarf. Thunderbolt for a reliable STAB. Energy Ball covers it's only weakness : Ground. Dazzling Gleam and Signal Beam provides more coverage. Beast Boost is a great ability for sweeping.

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You shouldn't run tail glow with scarf
Thanks, I forgot about it.
run life orb
I think I've ran one before with tail glow and air balloon. Another of its moves was dazzling gleam.
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Xurkitree @ Waterium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 6 HP, 252 Sp.Atk, 252 Spe
Nature: Timid
- Thunder
- Signal Beam
- HP Water
- Rain Dance

Alright, so let me explain this gimmicky set, though there's not honestly much to explain. Basically, use Z-Rain Dance to set up the rain, and more importantly, raise your Speed by 1. Now that you've boosted your Speed, destroy everything you can with your STAB Thunder, which will now have 100% Accuracy in the rain. HP Water, which also benefits from the rain, and Signal Beam provide pretty good coverage and will always hit hard due to Xurkitree's massive base Sp.Atk, which will only increase with each KO because of Beast Boost.

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Xurkitree @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Volt Switch
- Thunderbolt
- Grass Knot
- Hidden Power [Ice] / Hidden Power [Ground]

Pretty straightforward Scarf set to help cover for Xurk's unfortunate speed stat. Last slot can be HP Ice for dragons and some grass types, or Ground for Marowak Alola and Heatran.

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The Z-NUKE Wallbreaking Set:

Xurkitree @ Electrium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def, 252 SpA, 252 Spe

- Thunderbolt
- Hidden Power [Ice]/Hidden Power [Ground]
- Energy Ball
- Tail Glow

Xurkitree is straight up insane in terms of the raw power it dishes out with STAB Thunderbolt or Gigavolt Havoc. This thing is absurdly strong; it has a base Special Attack stat of 173, and can boost it even further with Tail Glow and Beast Boost. If not for it's somewhat disappointing Speed, it will most certainly be an extremely dangerous Pokemon. Run this with Sticky Web support, grab a Tail Glow and start nuking things. As long as the enemy does not pack an electric immunity, something is getting ERASED by Gigavolt Havoc. To provide a testament to this thing's ridiculous power:

+3 252 SpA Xurkitree Gigavolt Havoc vs. 4 HP / 252 SpD Eviolite Chansey: 451-532 (70.2 - 82.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

With just a bit of prior damage, Chansey is getting OHKOed by this thing. Energy Ball is to hit Gastrodon and other Ground types trying to come in and block its STAB, and the choice of Hidden Power depends on who you want to get rid of. Ice is generally preferred to OHKO Garchomp and Landorus on the switch, but Ground is also an option if you wish to destroy the likes of Alolan Marowak and Magnezone who walls it otherwise. Or does it?

+3 252 SpA Xurkitree Gigavolt Havoc vs. 252 HP / 76 SpD Assault Vest Magnezone: 297-349 (86.3 - 101.4%) -- 50% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock

Oh wait, never mind. So Hidden Power Ground is pretty much only for Alolan Marowak, if you are really afraid of it.

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Xurkitree @ Psychium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hypnosis
- Tail Glow
- Thunderbolt
- Energy Bal

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Xurkitree @ Psychium-Z
Type : Electric
Ability : Beast Boost
Nature : Timid ( Spe+ Atk- )
EVs : 4 Hp / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

 -Hypnosis
 -Thunderbolt
 -Hidden Power Ice (Energy Ball if wrong IVs)
 -Tail Glow

Ok so, if put in with a favorable opponent or you can catch them switching out, this Pokémon alone gives you about a %60 chance to win the battle.
First step: Z-Hypnosis. This gives you the same speed boost as a scarf, without being locked in.
If hypnosis doesn't land, consider using it again to put them to sleep.
Second step: Tail Glow. Now that you are at +3 special attack (over 1300), almost nothing can take a stab thunderbolt from you. And with beast boost that can max at over 1700 special attack!
Third step: Win! Their only chance is if they are prepared with sashes, priority move Pokémon, ones that still outspeed, or scarfed Pokémon.
Some examples I have encountered include: Pheremosa, Scarf Lando-T, Scarf Greninja, etc....

Now for move choice
Thunderbolt for a reliable and powerful STAB.
Hidden Power Ice is for Bolt-Beam coverage for all but like 7 of all Pokémon.
Energy Ball covers it's only weakness : Ground. (Only time I use this is if I know what my opponent is bringing or if it's my one in game that doesn't have the right IVs)
Beast Boost is just absolutely insane for one of the highest special attacking Pokémon in the game. So pretty much this Pokémon was made to sweep.

Since Xurkitree is the definition of a glass cannon, you have to make sure you send him out at the right time, if possible set up rocks and sticky web to break sashes and stop any possible outspeeds.
Also watch out for Tapu Fini and Tapu Koko's Surges, they prevent sleep and make the setup very difficult.

I hope you have fun with this set! I know I have!

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Xurkitree @ Wiki Berry
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 228 HP / 52 Def / 172 SpA / 52 SpD / 4 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Discharge
- Dazzling Gleam
- Protect

As usual, this is my VGC17 moveset for this electric... cable... thing? so, this spread let xurkitree survive an earthquake from a jolly garchomp and activate the wiki berry, survive a psychic from modest tapu lele under psychic terrain, offensively: dazzling gleam always 2-shots non-defensive garchomp and under tailwind it outspeed max speed adamant pheromosa.

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Xurkitree @ Electrium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
Nature: Timid
252 Sp. Atk/252 Spd./4 HP
31 IV's (All)

Electric Terrain
Thunderbolt
Energy Ball
Signal Beam

So I'm not quite sure why no one has suggested this strat yet, but I got the idea from BurlyGator's answer. But, instead of using Z-Hypnosis, which only has 60% accuracy, Z-Electric Terrain also boosts speed, but obviously doesn't miss, and also boosts the power of Xurkitree's Thunderbolt. Energy Ball is a solid move with a chance to lower Special Defense, (which shouldn't matter since the opponent will be knocked out) but more importantly, it covers Xurkitree's only weakness, Ground. Finally, I chose Signal Beam over Dazzling Gleam because once it has a few Beast Boosts, the 5-point base power difference won't matter too much, and it could also possibly confuse the target. Also, a lot of people chose to run tail glow, but honestly, Electric Terrain Thunderbolt is already boosted by two stages, essentially, because of the electricity on the field and because it's a STAB, which should allow you to get a KO, where it only gets easier from there.

In my opinion, this has worked really well for me, and while it may not have as much coverage, it has more power than any other version of a competitive Xurkitree, more options than any scarfed ones, and it's also more reliable.

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Xurkitree @ Balloon
Type: Electric
Ability: Beast Boost
Nature: Timid
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Sp. Att. / 252 Spe

Moves:
- Thunderbolt (Obvious must have. STAB and overall very powerful and reliable move)
- Energy Ball (Covers those pesky ground types)
- Dazzling Gleam (For those dragon types that resist the two other attacks)
- Tail Glow

Role: Special Sweeper (Very reliable set up if switched into unexpected mons)

This set is very strong when running screens, especially if he's freshly switched into a ground type Mon. People don't expect balloon on Xurkitree, so it takes a turn to miss a ground move, a turn to hit the balloon away or switch. Xurkitree will outspeed almost all ground type mons so you can put up your one or two tail glows and start sweeping. It's recommended to only do one glow since the second isn't exactly necessary, unless you run into a super bulky poison/grass type or something. Very good wall breaker as Xurkitree can take hits well if the opposing mon isn't invested into offensive stats. Pretty good speed but be weary when your balloon gets popped.

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Xurkitree @ Focus Sash
Ability: Beast Boost
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk / 4 Sp. Def / 252 Spe
Nature: Modest
- Tail Glow
- Thunderbolt
- Dazzling Gleam
- Power Whip

Use Tail Glow at first, it wont matter if they one shot you because you have a Focus Sash. Then, dominate.

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