Originally Posted by Fat ginganinja
EDIT 2 at ChouToshio
Could you not argue that Infernape could run SD and NP sets well?
Certainly I would imagine it got more use than SD Scizor
No, you cannot argue that SD/NP Infernape is good. It's just . . . no . . . it's not . . . Infernape has so many sets that far exceed SD/NP in usability.
The only reason I could even think you would use SD with Infernape is because of Mach Punch, which frankly, with no Techinician and coming from Infernape's mediocre 104 ATK (comparing this to Scizor or Lucario) it's just . . . not hitting hard enough . . .
Once you get Mach Punch and SD you are either forfeiting Close Combat (which you pretty much need with Infernape) or Stone Edge (meaning you will have forgettable coverage). If you don't use a fire attack than Lucario is definitely better than you already. :/
Also, I mentioned this too:
Frankly, Scizor's kind of iffy too-- CB was always the more popular (and better) set.
So the only "truly" successful SD/NP pokemon of 4th Gen were Garchomp, Lucario and Manaphy (in that order).
Also, regardless of how crappy/not crappy NP/SD Infernape is, that doesn't change the fact that Zoroark is definitely crappier.