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Kyurem (JP) is a species of Pokémon in the series of the same name. It is a dual-type Dragon/Ice legendary Pokémon that made its first appearance in the fifth generation games Black and White. It can turn into other forms using the DNA Splicers and another member of the Tao Trio in a process called Absofusion. It can become White Kyurem with Reshiram and Black Kyurem with Zekrom. Both keep Kyurem's typing but, change its ability to the other and give it access to its signature moves.

Physiology and Behaviour

In its base form, Kyurem is a gray and blue, bipedal Pokémon of indefinable but seemingly draconic basis. Kyurem has a blue head and snout and has yellow eyes without pupils, has a pair of pointed light bluish horns on its head, and a yellow crest on its skull. Three pointed teeth jut out the bottom of either side of its jaws, which are frozen shut by the ice covering its head. Its long, gray neck has lines running around its whole body, legs, arms, and tail. It has two arms, each with its own claw, and each arm is jointed together from its oddly shaped blue wings, which are believed to be used for flying and storing cold air. Each wing has two spikes of ice. The ice covering the wings can break, revealing gray tendril-like appendages on Kyurem's back. The right side of its body seems to be damaged in some way, as the wing and horn on its head on that side are shorter; the right side of its head also has a spiked edge near its jaw hinge that is absent from its left. Its legs are somewhat slender and have three sharp ice-like claws on each enormous foot. Its tail has three blue conical spikes on its tip, and appears to be some sort of propulsion device or a container of energy; exactly what it is based on is unclear, but it may be a damaged turbine.

Kyurem has two alternate forms, White Kyurem and Black Kyurem, which are formed by combining with Reshiram and Zekrom, respectively, and share many aspects of their designs with them. It can use Absofusion on their respective Dragon Stones to change to White or Black Kyurem. The reason for this is due to Kyurem retaining the gene of the other dragons which allows said fusion. When transformed into either, its legs are just like before, but shorter and the middle toe becomes ice.

As White Kyurem, it has some extra icy details on the legs. Its tail resembles that of Reshiram or Zekrom, but they are attached to the body with three gray parts of the skin. The tail is capable of movement and contains four holes: they are horizontal on White Kyurem and vertical on Black Kyurem. The torsos of each form are similar, but White Kyurem's torso is slimmer than Black Kyurem's bulky torso. Its shoulders are covered in 'squares' of ice with two pins protruding from each which can come out and 'plug into' the aforementioned holes. As White Kyurem, it has thin arms with two rings and three claws each, wings between the rings on its forearms, and its right arm and wing are frozen. As Black Kyurem, it has Zekrom's arms, but more muscular and without wings, and its left arm and wing are frozen. Its neck is the same shape, but becomes upright; White Kyurem uses Reshiram's fur and Black Kyurem uses Zekrom's skin.

In both forms, the ice covering one of Kyurem's jaws (upper for White Kyurem, lower for Black Kyurem) has partially disappeared, allowing it to move its mouth. During a battle, Black Kyurem and White Kyurem enter Overdrive mode and tubes sprout from its back to its tail. In White Kyurem's case, the ends of its hair and wings become fiery and its tail acquires fiery highlights. In Black Kyurem's case, parts of its right arm and the tip of the horn on the back of its head turn blue, while its tail lights up with electricity. In the anime, Kyurem can also change into White Kyurem or Black Kyurem without fusing by channeling the power of powers of both Reshiram and Zekrom it has within itself.

Kyurem generates powerful, freezing energy inside itself, but its body became frozen when the energy leaked out. By keeping its body frozen, the cellular structure will remain stable. It is said to have a power that exceeds that of Reshiram and Zekrom; however, this power is kept at bay by the extreme cold. Kyurem also shares Reshiram's or Zekrom's beliefs in truth or ideals when fused with either of the two dragons. Due to an old legend, it may be assumed Kyurem may be hostile towards Pokémon and humans, due to the fact it supposedly ate them if they were found outside at night. It is said to be an extraterrestrial Pokémon according to folklore.

Appearances

Main Pokémon games

Pokémon spin-offs

In the anime

Kyurem appeared in the 15th Pokémon movie, Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice. It was challenged by Keldeo, who wasn't ready to fight it, but arrogantly claimed that he was a Sword of Justice. After the terrified Keldeo fled during the middle of the fight, Kyurem relentlessly pursued Keldeo in order to finish the battle they had started.

In-game information

Pokédex entries

Title Entry
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black It generates a powerful, freezing energy inside itself, but its body became frozen when the energy leaked out.
Pokémon White It can produce ultracold air. Its body is frozen.
Pokémon Black 2 This legendary ice Pokémon waits for a hero to fill in the missing parts of its body with truth or ideals.
Pokémon White 2 This legendary ice Pokémon waits for a hero to fill in the missing parts of its body with truth or ideals.
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X This legendary ice Pokémon waits for a hero to fill in the missing parts of its body with truth or ideals.
Pokémon Y It generates a powerful, freezing energy inside itself, but its body became frozen when the energy leaked out.
Pokémon Omega Ruby This legendary ice Pokémon waits for a hero to fill in the missing parts of its body with truth or ideals.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire It generates a powerful, freezing energy inside itself, but its body became frozen when the energy leaked out.


Game locations

Title Location(s)
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black
Giant Chasm (Only one)
Pokémon White
Giant Chasm (Only one)
Pokémon Black 2
Giant Chasm (Only one)
Pokémon White 2
Giant Chasm (Only one)
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X
Trade
Pokémon Omega Ruby
Gnarled Den (requires Reshiram and Zekrom in the party)
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Gnarled Den (requires Reshiram and Zekrom in the party)


Base Stats

Normal Kyurem

Base Stats
HP 125
Attack 130
Defense 90
Sp. Attack 130
Sp. Defense 90
Speed 95
Total 660

White Kyurem

Base Stats
HP 125
Attack 120
Defense 90
Sp. Attack 170
Sp. Defense 100
Speed 95
Total 700

Black Kyurem

Base Stats
HP 125
Attack 170
Defense 100
Sp. Attack 120
Sp. Defense 90
Speed 95
Total 700

Moveset

Main article: Kyurem/moveset

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