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If you have a good competitive moveset for Lycanroc, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for its pre-evolutions, if any, can also be shared on this thread.

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Lycanroc @ Choice Band
Ability: Steadfast
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Accelerock
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Fire Fang

While Swords Dance may seem more attractive, Lycanroc may be OHKO'ed by a Super Effective move without STAB due to its Low bulk. So I decided to run Choice Band. Stone Edge is STAB, so does Accelerock which is more reliable for a quick KO. Crunch is needed to deal with some Ghost types, while Fire Fang deals with Ferrothorn and Scizor which are some common threats. Steadfast takes advantage of Fake Out which is used to break Focus Sash, raising his speed. He can outspeed majority of the average speed attackers. However, some of them may be carrying a Scarf, so it's advised to be careful of those Scarfers and faster attackers, also Priority move users.

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Not seeing a lot of potential in either of these Pokemon. Defensively, both forms are terrible, as Rock by itself is a poor defensive typing, being weak to common attacking types such as Water, Ground, and Fighting, priority moves such as Mach Punch, Aqua Jet and Bullet Punch, and having poor synergy. This is only compounded by both forms' terrible bulk. Offensively, Midday Lycanroc might've been decent- it could utilize a Choice Band well given its high Speed and good Attack, but its movepool is extremely barren- the only notable coverage moves are Crunch, Fire Fang, Brick Break, and Thunder Fang, all which are relatively weak in the latter's case or provide bad coverage in the former's case. One of the only viable sets I can think of right now is a suicide Stealth Rock lead for hyper offensive teams, which Midday Lycanroc could perform well due to its high Speed and access to both Taunt and Stealth Rock, although even this is severely outclassed by already popular suicide Stealth Rock leads such as Azelf and Garchomp.

Suicide Stealth Rock Lead

Lycanroc @ Focus Sash
Ability: Steadfast
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Stone Edge
- Taunt
- Fire Fang
A Focus Sash is the preferred item as it guarantees Lycanroc two turns on the field, which it probably wouldn't have otherwise due to its terrible bulk. Steadfast is the only viable ability for this set, although it can be useful in some instances. For example, if Mega Lopunny tries to use Fake Out to break the sash, Lycanroc's Speed will rise and it will be able to outspeed Mega Lopunny on the next turn and get Stealth Rock up. 252 Speed EVs and a Jolly Nature allow Lycanroc to take advantage of its Speed tier. Investing in Lycanroc's bulk would be a waste because it is so bad; as such, Attack is maxed out to give Lycanroc an offensive presence. The last EVs are put into Defense so Lycanroc can survive priority better, although offensive Scizor, Breloom and Azumarill still OHKO with Bullet Punch, Mach Punch and Aqua Jet respectively, so it really doesn't matter. Stone Edge is a good STAB move. Taunt stops slower Pokemon from setting up their hazards as well or removing the Stealth Rocks that Lycanroc sets up. Fire Fang hits popular hazard setters such as Ferrothorn and Skarmory super-effectively, doing a whopping 25% to Skarmory. Why you would use this over Garchomp or Azelf, I have no idea, as Garchomp has better Attack, better bulk, a better defensive typing, and a better movepool, while Azelf has better bulk, better offense, higher Speed, and a vast array of utility moves such as Taunt, Skill Swap, and Explosion.

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Gen 8 AG

Lycanroc
Lycanroc @ Focus Sash
Ability: Steadfast
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Rock Tomb
- Endeavor
- Stealth Rock
- Taunt

A new strategy that is becoming popular in AG is Lycanroc Hyper Offense, with Lycanroc being a highly reliable Stealth Rock setter and the rest of the team being Hyper Offense. Rock Tomb slows the opponent down, making threats such as Zacian far less threatening and forcing them to switch to lose the speed boost so a teammate doesn’t revenge kill them. Endeavor brings the opponent down to 1 HP, which is helpful against bulkier opponents like Necrozma-DM and Zygarde to help the rest of your team. Stealth Rocks is Stealth Rocks. Taunt stops other opponents from setting rocks or other hazards, as well as setup.

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Awesome man awesome. 1+
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Lycanroc-Midnight @ Leftovers
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Sucker Punch
- Stone Edge
- Swords Dance / Bulk Up

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Lycanroc-Midnight @ Choice Scarf
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Brick Break
- Return

I don't see any midnight form sets here, so time to post one! This set is pretty much just stone edge spamming until you cant anymore. I've seen it deal with a few tanky Pokemon. Another way I use it is knocking out everything that stone edge cant deal with and KOing it. Crunch and Brick Break to deal with the rest of the team. I couldn't find another move that would be good for Lycanroc midnight though. Sadly, Lycanroc Midnight falls short of it's other form because of it's bad speed, not a very diverse movepool, ect.
(on a side note though I had to go to the animation and capture it with gyazo myself)

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Crush Claw is not that good on Lycanroc. It just lowers Defence though. Lycanroc-Midnight is not really that good. It has Low speed but just more bulk than Lycanroc-Midday. The extra bulk was useless for Lycanroc-Midnight if running Choice Scarf. Why use Scarf Lycanroc-Midnight when you can use Lycanroc-Midday. I prefer Lycanroc-Midday.
I didn't really know what else to put on it. No-Guard is a good ability, but its so slow. The only way I thought I could run it is with a scarf. It's actually help me win a few battles though.
why  3 moves only?
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Midnight Form
Adamant Nature, Ability: No Guard
252 HP, 252 Attack, 6 Defense
Item: Fightium-Z

- Bulk Up
- Counter
- Stone Edge
- Sucker Punch

Lycanroc is a hard Pokemon to use, for sure. What's worse is that it doesn't learn any moves to cover Ground or Fighting Types, both of which resist its STAB. On the other hand it can try to use Counter to take them out by reflecting back the super effective hit; Max HP and the +1 Defense from Bulk Up is enough to let Lycanroc tank super effective hits such as a STAB Earthquake without needing to use a Focus Sash. A Fightium-Z is great because it adds a huge angle of versatility to this moveset. Z-Counter turns into All-Out Pummeling, which means that Lycanroc is granted access to Fighting-Type coverage without losing a moveslot. On top of that Z-Bulk Up is basically a stronger version of Swords Dance since it gives +2 Attack and +1 Defense instead of +2 Attack (Or the +1 Atk +1 Def of regular Bulk Up, which is useful if it doesn't have the time to use Bulk Up twice). Simply put you should use Z-Bulk Up if you don't think you'll need Fighting-coverage and ready your Z-Counter if you think you do. Sucker Punch is a decent way to round off this set by giving it the ability to attack first, though it doesn't hit very hard and is only particularly strong against weakened Pokemon. It deals more damage than Accelrock, so that's something, not that Midnight Lycanroc wouldn't prefer using it.

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You can't have 6 EVs in Defense, only 4.
You can have 6, because the maximum number of EVs is 510 (252 + 252 + 6 = 512), but it only yields 1 EV. Technically speaking, a 252//252/4 spread has 2 unused EV points. They're just useless with that setup.
Wait... 252 + 252 + 6 = 510.
Sorry, you're right, I got the EV max wrong.
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Dusk Lycanroc with its own Z-move is just OP.
Dusk Lycanroc @ Lycanium Z
Ability: Tough Claws
Nature: Jolly/Adamant
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Attack / 252 Speed
Moves:
-Accelerock (STAB priority)
-Swords Dance (Your probably gonna need it)
-Stone Edge (STAB, high power, used for the Z-move)
-Crunch (Yep :T)

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Suicide Lead (RU)

LycanPaul (Lycanroc-Dusk) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Tough Claws
EVs: 252 Atk, 4 SpD, 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Endeavor
- Taunt / Crunch
- Accelarock

This is a lead that is supposed to set up Stealth Rock, and bring down opponents’ HP with Endeavor. Taunt is used to stop opposing leads, Defoggers, etc. Crunch can be used to hit ghost types such as Doublade, but Taunt is usually the superior option. Focus Sash is implemented to allow Lycanroc to surive attacks at 1 HP, making Endeavor very powerful. Accelarock can finish weakened opponents.

This set works best on Hyper Offense teams. While it does face competition with other suicide leads such as Archeops, this set can catch unprepared opponents off guard.

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Lycanroc-Midday @ Focus Sash
Ability : Steadfast
Nature : Jolly ( Spe+ Spa- )
EVs : 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

  • Swords Dance
  • Accelerock
  • Fire Fang / Crunch / Thunder Fang
  • Stone Edge

Focus Sash ensures that it uses Swords Dance before attacking and Steadfast takes advantage of Fake Out. Lycanroc has Jolly nature and Max speed which allows him to outspeed majority of the attackers. Some of them may be carrying a scarf and can be faster though, so it's advised to keep away from Scarfers and quicker attackers. Fire Fang and Thunder Fang is needed to deal with some mons like Ferrothorn and Gyarados and 2HKOes or sometimes OHKO them. Crunch deals with Ghost and Psychic types. Stone Edge provides more power than Accelerock, but has Low accuracy and no priority. Its necessary to deal massive damage.

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Lycanroc-Midnight @ Lum Berry
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 Atk, 4 Def, 252 Spe
Nature: Adamant
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Brick Break
- Rock Polish

Simple set-up 'n sweep set. Your best time to set up is when your opponent is obviously gonna swap. Vital Spirit can be used instead, but I personally would rather not have my Stone Edge miss when it needs to hit. You use a Lum Berry to heal status conditions that would ruin your sweep attempt.

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I have used this Pokemon a lot (Midday, at least) and have found that it is more malleable than people think. That said, the most reliable offensive set is the one posted by Orange Gaimer (although I'd argue Brick Break is more useful than Crunch since most Ghost Types are frail and will fall to a Stone Edge). You can also run Adamant for a considerable power boost, but Speed-natured base 98 Pokemon will outsped you and you'll be spamming Accelroc a lot. That said, a good Swords Dance set that has worked for me is as follows:


Lycanroc Midday @ Life Orb/Lum Berry/Rockinium Z
Type: Rock
Nature: Jolly
Ability: Steadfast (Not very important, as Sand Rush can be of use as well)
EVs: 4 HP/ 252 Atk/ 252 Spe
Moves:
-Stone Edge/Rock Slide
-Accelerock
-Fire Fang
-Swords Dance

While Lycanroc Midday is frail and usually does not appreciate getting hit, there are instances in which you can buff, such as on a predicted switch or a Pokemon that does very little damage, such as Chansey. Certain Pokemon are quite allergic to Lycanroc's STAB and his ability to use priority for it, so they will most likely run away, such as Charizard (Especially Mega Y), or weakened Pokemon. Even if you cannot buff, this set can still put out decent revenge kill power, especially if you run Life Orb, and won't be death weight. Be careful of checks should you decide to buff, as there unfortunately very little you can do to Pokemon such as Garchomp or Zygarde.

Edit: I forgot to mention: Brick Break helps you cover Tyranitar and Porygon Z, which is why I disagree with Crunch.

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Lycanroc @Focus Sash
Type: Rock
Ability: Sand Rush
Nature: Adamant (Atk+/Sp Atk-)
EVS: 6 Defense/252 Attack/252 Speed

  • Accelerock
  • Swords Dance
  • Rock Slide
  • Stone Edge

Most Rock type moves are physical attacks, so it's best to have Swords Dance on your Lycanroc to double the power. With Focus Sash, you have more time to prepare with Swords Dance without KO'ing, then slam your opponent with a Stone Edge/Rock Slide/Accelerock!

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Lycanroc-Dusk @ Lycanium Z
Ability: Tough Claws
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature (+Spe, -SpA)
- Stone Edge
- Drill Run
- Fire Fang / Accelerock
- Swords Dance

Stone Edge is strong STAB and lets you use Splintered Stormshards. Drill Run and Fire Fang are Tough Claws-boosted coverage and give you perfect neutral coverage with Stone Edge. Accelerock is Tough-Claws boosted STAB priority. Swords Dance makes you hit a lot harder. Choice Band (with no Swords Dance obviously) and Life Orb can also be used, but then you miss out on Splintered Stormshards.

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Lycanroc @ Focus Sash
Ability: Steadfast
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
Hasty Nature
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Zen Headbutt
- Brick Break
- Accelerock

Lycanroc-Midnight @ Expert Belt
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Brick Break
- Stone Edge
- Zen Headbutt
- Outrage

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Lycanroc-Dusk @ Lycanium Z
Ability: Tough Claws
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant / Jolly Nature

  • Accelerock
  • Fire Fang / Drill Run / Sucker Punch
  • Sucker Punch / Swords Dance
  • Stone Edge
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crunch is better than sucker punch, and accelerock already has priority. also crunch is boosted by tough claws
Neither Crunch nor Sucker Punch are STAB. Also, Sucker Punch is boosted by Tough Claws.
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Lycanroc @ Lycanium Z
Ability: Sand Rush
EVs: 6 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Accelerock
- Stone Edge
- Drill Run
- Zen Headbutt

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Lycanroc (Dusk Form) Sugimori artwork
Lycanroc-Dusk @ Lycanium-Z
Ability: Tough Claws
EV's: 252 Atk, 252 Spe, 4 SpDef
Jolly Nature
- Stone Edge
- Accelerock
- Drill Run / Swords Dance
- Sucker Punch / Crunch / Swords Dance

Stone Edge is the main STAB for this set, and can also be used for the z-move.
Accelerock is for priority and to take advantage of Tough Claws.
Drill Run is for ground coverage, and pairs well with Stone Edge, while making use of its ability, while Swords Dance is for possible sweeping.
Sucker Punch and Crunch are both Tough Claws boosted, Sucker Punch is more priority, while Crunch is stronger and more reliable. Swords Dance can also go in this slot if you chose Drill Run above.

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you dont need 2 priority moves
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Lycanroc-Midnight (M) @ Lycanium Z
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stone Edge
- Fire Punch
- Outrage
- Swords Dance

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Trait: Sand Rush
Nature: Jolly (+Speed, -Sp. Attack) or Adamant (+Attack, - Sp. Attack)
EVs: 252 Speed, 252 Attack, 4 HP
Role: Physical Sweeper/Set Up

Moves:

  • Stone Edge
  • Stealth Rock
  • Accelerock
  • Rock Slide
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Roar has negative priority so it will KO you before they switch out.
Whoops. I'll change that
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Midday Form
Gen 8 ZU
Lycanroc
Lycanroc @ Life Orb
Ability: Steadfast
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stone Edge
- Accelerock
- Close Combat
- Swords Dance

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