i'm struggling to think of an item that's best for my infernape to use. here's it's moveset:
Shadow Claw (or maybe U-Turn) Stone Edge Close Combat Flare Blitz
Nature: Naive, EV: 4HP, 252 Attack, 252 Speed
i'm deciding between focus sash due to fragility, Expert Belt (boost without consequence), and Choice Band (which i'd have U-turn instead). I know Life Orb is a good item for what i hear, but i feel uncomfortable having an item that lowers HP. what's your advice?
THough maybe that would be a good moveset, depending on your teams needs. What do I know?
Anyways, never use bandape, as ape is more for wallbreaking and end game cleaning, and focus sash is an option ifyou have rapid spin support. Expert belt is still a good idea, depending on what the rest of your team handles.
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BandApe is great. Has plenty of room to be twinked to your needs.
I can't think of any reason for Shadow Claw. Fire Blast and Flareblitz do more damage, and Fire Punch actually does comparable damage to anything except, maybe, less bulky Rotom formes.
Focus Sash basically shouldn't be used on anything that's not a lead. Even if you've got Rapid Spin support, Infernape is MUCH better off with something that boosts his damage.
If you're uncomfortable with Flare Blitz + Life Orb, don't use them both! Actually, I can't really think of any reasonable situation in which you'd want Flare Blitz on anything but a Band set (harder/ impossible to Fire sweep with Overheat/ Fire Blast, but stopping a Flare Blitz sweep is easy enough). Either replace Flare Blitz with Fire Blast or Overheat, or run Band.
Shadow Claw has plenty of moves that can replace it. U-turn, Grass Knot, or Mach Punch are decent decisions, depending on the set, what you want to do, and the rest of the team.
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Actually, I can't really think of any reasonable situation in which you'd want Flare Blitz on anything but a Band set (harder/ impossible to Fire sweep with Overheat/ Fire Blast, but stopping a Flare Blitz sweep is easy enough).
Swords Dance with both Close Combat and Flare Blitz makes a powerful (albeit suicidal) wall-breaker. +2 Flare Blitz breaks stuff like Gliscor that can take Fire Punch.
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