When Trees Attack!
Today we have, for PotW, Shiftry!
Shiftry has a few neat little tools in its arsenal, such as Chlorophyll and its high Attack and Sp. Attack stats. It can easily do a lot of damage, and is a solid Dark type.
Shiftry @ Heat Rock
6 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
~ Sunny Day
~ Hidden Power (Fire)
~ Dark Pulse
Set up Sunny Day, power up Solarbeam and prepare to sweep. HP Fire gets a nice boost from Sunny Day as well, allowing you to flatten Bugs who would otherwise kill you. Basically, go on a rampage until the Sun runs out. Of course, beware the ever-present TTar, Hippowdon, and Abomasnow. Although the latter will fear HP Fire. Dark Pulse mentioned for basic STAB, as well as the flinch chance. And before you use this set, set up Stealth Rock, as Focus Sash Pokemon will spell disaster for you.
Shifty @ Focus Sash
6 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
~ Energy Ball
~ Dark Pulse
~ Nasty Plot
Speaking of Focus Sash . . . This is similar to the last set, but operated very differently. First off, use Nasty Plot. Even if you are attacked, Focus Sash will save you. Then, use your STAB moves to sweep until a counter comes in. Once it does, Explode in its face for a hopeful KO. Again, beware of opponent Focus Sashes, as well as the Sand Stream Pokemon. Steel Pokemon can be troublesome as well (In particular Metagross and Lucario have evil priority moves) so a good Fire type is recommended.
Ballom's Rating: 5/5! I haven't given that rating in a while (I think), but Shiftry deserves it! I always love Grass Pokemon, and it is no exception.
Now tune in for the next episode of When Trees Attack!*, featuring Sudowoodo! Not really.
*Disclaimer: Trees should not attack, or make any movement at all. If you notice such behavior, please notify your local Tree Control Center immediately.