I tried Conkeldurr as a Emboar replacement for a while yesterday and he just seems like dead weight. He doesn't OHKO Lucario without resorting to Guts + Flame Orb, Infernape & Terrakion are the same story. The only threat he really took care of was Sawsbuck. That pure Fighting-typing makes him a lot harder to switch-in than I'm used to with Emboar. I'll have to take a pass on him, but thanks anyway.
Originally Posted by Fat Dezza Laa
Absolutely amazing team buddy. Well presented and has some amazing unheard of Pokemon and sets that WORK. I however would think Infernape would work better over Emboar. If you carry Mach Punch that is almost all your threats gone! Something like Overheat / CC / Thunder Punch + Mach Punch.
I tried that Infernape set and I'm loving it. I normally run Stealth Rock over ThunderPunch, but I'm glad I gave that set a shot. Even though, Close Combat does more to Water-types, I've ran into a fair about of Jellicent and ThunderPunch is definitely helping.
I recently got a Dream World Nidoran-F, so I started looking into Sheer Force Nidoqueen. Comparing her to Nidoking and 4th Gen Nidoqueen. Making custom sets for a little while until I finally came up with this:
Nidoqueen (F) @ Air Balloon
Trait: Sheer Force
EVs: 156 HP / 136 Def / 216 SAtk
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Earth Power
- Fire Blast
- Ice Beam
- Toxic Spikes
Right now, this is what I'm testing over Bisharp. This is a combination of 4th Gen's Toxic Spikes Nidoqueen and 5th Gen's Nidoking, effectively applying what Nidoking does on a bulkier Pokemon. The Defensive EVs aren't exactly optimized yet as I haven't ran very many calculations yet. But I have at least optimized the Sp.Attack EVs. Nidoqueen with 216 Sp.Atk EVs OHKOs Max HP/Sp.Def Ferrothorn in Sand, Terrakion in Sun (And resists BOTH its STABs
), Lucario, Infernape, Sawsbuck, Garchomp, and Gliscor. It can even survive an unboosted attack from all of them thanks to Air Balloon, so Nidoqueen does effectively counters all my threats. (Infernape being iffy due to Sun-boosted Overheat, but my own Infernape can handle it if need be)
This does however open some old wounds as with no Steel-type, by team becomes weak to Outrage again. Nidoqueen can survive an Outrage from most Dragons and hit back with Ice Beam, but it doesn't feel like a safe enough option to not consider it a big threat.
Probably the best thing about this set is how easy it makes some Pokemon to KO as they expect the tried and true 4th Gen Nidoqueen and forget that she has Sheer Force now raising her mediocre Sp.Atk to a very respectable 354 (or 312 in my case) making her powerful enough to not have to be completely defensive and can run Ice Beam effectively as well as Earth Power instead of Earthquake. So when that Gliscor tries to Taunt and set-up on this Nidoqueen, he's going to end up with something entirely different to deal with.
But rambling aside, what do you guys think of it? Once I test Nidoqueen & Infernape enough, if I truly think they're the next big step, I'll commit them to the RTM's OP. But until then, hell, even after then, please offer ideas, suggestions, and criticism.