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If you have a good competitive moveset for Calyrex, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. You may post movesets for Shadow Rider Calyrex and Ice Rider Calyrex here.

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Calyrex Pokédex and learnset for reference.

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Uh dumb question does this include its forms? :P
Yes -- I added some extra specification to the thread. If you answer this question, make sure you specify which Calyrex form you're using, if any.
Fun fact: the magical ropes that don't even touch either Pokemon are 1.4kg for both forms. I think

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Let's have a look at Calyrex, first off stats, base 100 HP and base 80 everything else, so above average HP and mediocre at everything else. The only thing I see it being good at is a relatively tanky Special attacker, so here you go.

Calyrex @ Leftovers
Ability: Unnerve
EVs: 128 HP / 252 SpA / 128 Spe
Timid Nature or Modest Nature

  • Psychic - STAB plus deals with the powerful fighting types of the tier, like Blaziken (but be careful with him).
  • Giga Drain - STAB and self recovery for the above average HP.
  • Calm Mind - Set up for extra bulk, but be careful who you set up against.
  • Reflect - Set up for the rest of your team as well as yourself, for Defense that you don't have EVs in.
    I know, subpar moveset, no coverage, but it's a subpar Pokemon with no coverage.

Now is my favorite form, Calyrex Shadow Rider, a absolutely monstrous Special Sweeper, so here you go.
Calyrex-Shadow @ Focus Sash
Ability: As One
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Timid Nature

  • Astral Barrage
  • Nasty Plot
  • Psychic
  • Pollen Puff

Astral Barrage - STAB, base 120 power with 100% accuracy without any drawbacks? obvious first pick
Nasty Plot - Raise Special Attack 2 stages, with Focus Sash it's guaranteed, perfect
Psychic - More stab, with a chance to lower sp.def, if they even survive the hit
Pollen Puff - Weird but it covers Dark types

Basically come in on something preferably that can't hit you and set up Nasty Plot, then proceed to sweep, or don't set up if you don't have to. Dark type? Kill it with Pollen Puff. Ghost type? Astral Barrage. Normal Type? Brute force it with Psychic.

Now for Calyrex Ice Rider, a once again monstrously powerful but this time physical attacker, but it's super slow, so time to prey it has decent priority moves or your running a Trick room team.

Calyrex-Ice @ Leftovers
Ability: As One
EVs: 252 Atk / 128 Def /128 SpD
Adamant Nature

  • Glacial Lance
  • Swords Dance
  • Close Combat
  • Zen Headbutt

Glacial Lance - Same deal as Astral Barrage but slightly more powerful, physical, and ice type
Swords Dance - Nasty Plot but for physical attack
Close Combat - I know it lowers the defenses but it covers 3 of it's 6 weaknesses
Zen Headbutt - Decent Stab, but that's really it
Yes, it doesn't have much coverage for fire,bug, or ghost, but that's what switching is for, I only reccomend this set for a trick room team though or else you'll get outsped and OHKO'd by one of it's 6 WEAKNESSES

I hope these helped you make a decision!

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Why sash
Your Calyrex Shadow is exactly my set! I was thinking on putting Draining Kiss, but it has low power. And also, Sash makes sure it can set up a nasty plot. Then, max mindstorm, and boom. sucker punch and shadow sneak don't work.
@R3BEl, Focus Sash might be used to be able to tank moves such as sucker punch or just other moves that would normally OHKO it in the first place
Change the Defense EVs to HP EVs
i would recommend psyshock instead of psychic just to be able to take down pokemon like chansey and blissey more easily
I run that same set but with Psyshock, as the most common normal types are Chansey and Blissey.
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Calyrex-Shadow @ Choice Specs
Ability: As One (Spectrier)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Astral Barrage
- Energy Ball
- Psyshock
- Trick

This thing has great sweeping potential, with a 120 BP STAB move with 100% accuracy and no side effect. Choice Specs are for boosted power, and it already has 429 Special Attack without them. Astral Barrage is pretty broken, in my opinion. Energy Ball is for coverage. Psyshock is Psychic STAB that hits Special Walls. Trick can give your Choice Specs to a wall/physical attacker to annoy your opponent.

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Seems good, but you can try Leaf Storm which is better for Choice Specs set.
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Once upon a time, a Pokemon named Calyrex rode his fellow shadow horse, Spectrier. Together they ruled the tier AG. Things seemed to be going well until Calyrex and Spectrier got into an argument. "You're nothing without me!" Spectrier would say. "Oh yeah? Watch me!" Calyrex would say. "Fine then, I am no longer your fellow shadow horse, and I'll banish you to ZU!" Spectrier said. And thus, Calyrex, without his horse, was banished into the realms of ZU.

Gen 8 ZU

Calyrex @ Leftovers
Ability: Unnerve
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Substitute
- Calm Mind
- Psyshock / Stored Power
- Giga Drain

Calyrex, ashamed to show its face in ZU, hides in a Substitite. While hiding, Calyrex would try to get a Calm Mind, raising its Special Attack and Special Defense while trying to convince himself he can try to accomplish something. Psyshock is STAB that shocks opponents from a little bit of energy he gained from riding his shadow horse. This energy is so shocking that it even hits special walls. Calyrex could opt for Stored Power to unleash all of the energy he has inside of him. Giga Drain is for Calyrex to heal himself.

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They're not really ruling AG. Yveltal is still lurking at it....
But yeah they make Yveltal mandatory so they kinda rule it. Nice set though XD
OMG THIS IS SO FRICKIN FUNNY XD
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Gen 8 Ubers
Calyrex-Ice @ Leftovers
Ability: As One (Glastrier)
EVs: 44 HP / 252 Atk / 212 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Swords Dance
- Glacial Lance
- Close Combat
- High Horsepower

This set is to be used in Trick Room. Swords Dance to boost your Attack stat. Glacial Lance is a strong STAB Ice type move. Close Combat is good coverage and can boost your attack stat you Dynamax causing Close Combat to turn into Max Knuckle. What makes Max Knuckle powerful is that if you set up a Swords Dance, then Dynamax and OHKO a Pokemon using Max Knuckle, in addition to the Attack boost from Max Knuckle, you also get a boost from Calyrex-Ice's Ability, As One(Glastrier), which raises your attack stat even more when it knocks out a Pokemon. High Horsepower also provides good coverage.

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You know what I think? This moveset is GENIUS! It's like a Trick Room version of Gyarados!
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Format: Nat Dex AG
Calyrex-Shadow @ Life Orb
Ability: As One (Spectrier)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk

  • Astral Barrage
  • Draining Kiss
  • Nasty Plot
  • Expanding Force

I'm submitting my moveset for the Pokemon I hate the most. This one's a total monster. Astral Barrage kills almost anything after a +1 boost. Draining Kiss kills Yveltal after +3 boost, in Dynamaxed form. Nasty Plot for stall breaking, while Expanding Force induced Max Mindstorm making Psychic Terrain protects from Yveltal's Sucker Punch and Marshadow's Shadow Sneak. Alternatively, Substitute instead of Nasty Plot to protect from Ditto or Psyshock for Chansey. Don't use this Pokemon if you're my friend, lol.

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Gen 8 ZU
Calyrex @ Leftovers
Ability: Unnerve
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Calm Mind
- Agility
- Giga Drain
- Stored Power

Should be self-explanatory. Calm Mind boosts your Special Attack and Special Defense. Agility raises your speed. Giga Drain is STAB and is for healing. Stored Power is STAB and gets powerful the more you raise your stats with Calm Mind and Agility.

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Nat Dex AG
Groundium Calyrex-Ice Rider
Steel Lion killer

Calyrex-Ice @ Groundium Z
Ability: As One (Glastrier)
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD
Brave Nature

  • Trick Room
  • Swords Dance
  • Glacial Lance
  • High Horsepower

Seeing those annoying Necrozma-Dusk-Mane coming to all of your attacks? Now it's time for punishing it in return. Z-Moves are never limited to Light That Burns The Sky and Calyrex-S with Z-Moves (Z-Rex) but they are just too unexplored. With a Groundium Z, you can do a 180 BP Tectonic Rage, which straight OHKOes many steel-types without any boost, and Physically Defensive Necrozma-Dusk Mane after a Swords Dance. It's built around a Trick Room team, and never something like Agility . Now, let's see how it works:

Generally, you had wanted to bring this to a Ice-weak Pokemon that is afraid of getting KOed and will switch—like Eternatus, Arceus-Ground, non-V-Create Mega-Rayquaza. First, set up Trick Room if you don't have it already. Second, when the steel lion comes, you click a Swords Dance. Third, you click Tectonic Rage and BOOM!!!

+2 252+ Atk Calyrex-Ice Tectonic Rage (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 456-537 (114.5 - 134.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO

One can argue that a Life Orb boosted High Horsepower is much better. However, in my opinion it already further chips the Stealth Rock weak Calyrex-Ice. Secondly, it fails to OHKO:

+2 252+ Atk Life Orb Calyrex-Ice High Horsepower vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 322-380 (80.9 - 95.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

That's about this set. In Trick Room, without Dynamax nothing can stop it out of Arceus-Water—however it has seen decent usage stats drop, meaning this set is safe to use. And well, We are gonna make a Grassium set too if it becomes popular!!

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Calyrex(Shadow Rider)@Life Orb
Ability:As One
Nature:Timid
EVs:252 SpA/252 Spe/4 HP
•Astral Barrage
•Psyshock
•Giga Drain
•Pollen Puff

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Calyrex-Ice @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: As One (Glastrier)
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Swords Dance
- Glacial Lance
- Taunt / Seed Bomb
- High Horsepower

Heavy Duty Boots allows it to safely get in and out without taking hazard damage, which is crucial. It allows the use of setup at basically full HP. Glacial Lance is STAB. Taunt is to stop status, but it might be too slow to use it effectively. You could try Seed Bomb to beat the Unaware Quagsires that seem to be popping up frequently in Ubers. High Horsepower beats steels, primarily Dusk Mane Necrozma.

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double dance

Calyrex-Ice @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: As One (Glastrier)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Swords Dance
- Agility
- Glacial Lance
- High Horsepower

After just one agility you sit at 388 speed
After another one you theoretically outspeed the entire unboosted metagame
Glacial Lance and High Horsepower pair together incredibly well coverage wise

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A fast Calyrex-Ice I've never seen it but this is such a good moveset
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A Baton Pass gimmick
National Dex AG
Calyrex-Shadow @ Buginium Z
Ability: As One (Spectrier)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Baton Pass
- Astral Barrage
- Pollen Puff

Earlier, I used to hate this Pokemon the most, but now, I just love it! This set has get me to Top 10, and it looks like a gimmick but can actually sweep if you're not careful.
Similarly, a Ghostium Z set can be used, but it's only good on a lead Calyrex-S which is unwise due to many Yveltal and Focus Sash gimmicks leading at start.
Nasty Plot, then baton pass into a special attacker, notably Yveltal if opponent is using Arceus-Dark, etc. Baton Pass also helps escaping Pursuit, leaving opponents dumb-founded. Pollen Puff is incredibly useful. Z-Pollen Puff OHKOes non-investment Yveltal, Arceus Dark and Tyranitar at max Sp.Def after a Nasty plot which you get on a predicted switchin. Alternatively, Psyshock instead of Baton Pass does a lot to Chansey sisters, but it lacks more viability than that. Substitute can also help against Sucker Punch, but it's your choice :P.
Now moving on to calculations.

+2 252 SpA Calyrex-Shadow Savage Spin-Out (175 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Yveltal: 463-545 (117.8 - 138.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Calyrex-Shadow Savage Spin-Out (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Arceus-Dark: 578-682 (130.1 - 153.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252 SpA Calyrex-Shadow Savage Spin-Out (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Tyranitar-Mega in Sand: 386-456 (95.5 - 112.8%) -- 75% chance to OHKO

(Hopefully, most Tyranitars are non-mega)

Some replays:
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8nationaldexag-1243284827-8kngcvsokd69to3fcvbohrxarbrlsj4pw
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8nationaldexag-1239373592-enxaei0v4l9ar9rot8vqdgxiu3hi5v4pw

Nasty Plot, then Baton Pass to Yveltal and have fun sweeping them ;)

That's all, thanks for reading.

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Calyrex @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Unnerve
EVs: 252 HP / 84 Def / 172 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Pollen Puff
- Psychic
- Helping Hand
- Trick Room/Ally Switch
A doubles support Pokemon. It can setup trick room, heal with pollen puff, and support with helping hand. Psychic is if you need some more damage. If no trick room, it can use ally switch for gimmicks

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Calyrex @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Unnerve
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Trick
- Calm Mind
- Giga Drain
- Psychic

First, you start with Trick to lock wall Pokémon into using one move. Calm Mind is to raise your Special Attack and Special Defense after you use Trick on a Pokemon that use a status move such as Iron Defense. Giga Drain is STAB and healing. Psychic is STAB.

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Calyrex-Shadow @ Life Orb
Ability: As One (Spectrier)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Astral Barrage
- Psyshock
- Energy Ball

Nasty Plot doubles your Special Attack stat. Astral Barrage is a strong STAB move that can do serious damage after Nasty Plot is used. Psyshock is to hit special walls. Energy Ball is coverage.

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Gimmicky
[email protected] weakness policy
Ability: As one
252atk/252hp/4sp.def
Brave nature
- glacial lance
- close combat
- high horsepower
- trick room
The nice thing abt this is that it can set up it's been own TR. It has great bulk and would likely tank one super effective hit and it has so many weaknesses. How ever, it gets one hit ko by zacian- crowned so be careful
+1 252 Atk Zacian-Crowned Behemoth Blade vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Calyrex-Ice: 422-498 (104.4 - 123.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
So start off with tr, then kill
Can hv dusk mane necrozma on the team to use it's tr if it dies too soon

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Calyrex-Shadow @ Leftovers
Ability: As One (Spectrier)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Astral Barrage
- Nasty Plot
- Psyshock
- Substitute
A substitute setup set. If you can get its sub up, it can setup one nasty plot and basically sweep their team. Simple as that. Astral barrage and psyshock are stab.

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Calyrex-Ice @ Lagging Tail/Leftovers(If using Trick Room)
Ability: As One (Glastrier)
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Glacial Lance
- Trick/Trick Room
- Swords Dance
- Stomping Tantrum
This is probably a set used in National Dex AG to slow down sweeper Zacians. Lagging Tail puts the Pokemon last in the Priority bracket, which you can Trick and give it to Zacian or any Pokemon so that they will go last, especially common-used ubers in national Dex AG which are fast sweepers, Glacial Lance is a strong Ice Type STAB move that can also work in doubles, Swords Dance is for setting up, Stomping Tantrum can be use for coverage against nasty sweepers such as Zacian and Groudon-primal.

I've hoped I've helped!

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I believe Zacian-Crowned cannot have its Rusted Sword removed, therefore Trick would not work.
@eee01 yea Zacian-Crowned can't have its item removed
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Calyrex-Shadow @ Life Orb
Ability: As One (Spectrier)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Astral Barrage
- Dark Pulse/Psychic/Tri Attack
- Nasty Plot
- Giga Drain/Energy Ball
Astral Barrage is a nice STAB move that works well in double battles, Dark Pulse can Flinch the oppoment, with a base speed that outspeeds Zacian, Calyrex would most probably go first in almost all situations, making use of the flinch chance, Nasty Plot is for set up, Giga Drain heals up Calyrex that can really help, Energy Ball have a 20% chance special defense drop which is like raising your special attack, Psychic is a good STAB move and Tri Attack have some nice effects like Burning, Paralysis and freezing.

I've hoped I've helped!

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Maybe Stored Power?
It wouldn't work, Calyrex is too frail to set up Calm Mind and Agility or Nasty Plot for a few turns.
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Calyrex-Ice [email protected]
Ability:As One
Nature:Impish
EVs:252 HP/252 Def/4 SpD
•Leech Seed
•Protect
•Body Press
•Glacial Lance

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Glacial Lance is more powerful than a full powered Avalanche.
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Calyrex @ Leftovers
Ability: Unnerve
Nature: Bold
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 Def

  • Substitute
  • Leech Seed
  • Encore
  • Giga Drain / Psychic / Trick Room
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