Originally Posted by Fat The Reptile
Dark Pulse (and Shadow Ball) do less than Fire Blast but more than Lava Plume on any psychic-type that doesn't resist Fire.
Thanks for running the calculations! I've been having some connectivity problems so my previous post was made without them.
The quoted statement just strengthens my conviction that Dark Pulse and Shadow Ball should be disallowed, since they overpower Lava Plume, Flamethrower, and Sludge Wave (albeit marginally, but battles can be won by margins) on psychics that aren't weak to one of Mollux's STABs. [I personally don't like using Fire Blast because of the low PP and accuracy check, but that's just me not caring that it still overpowers the moves under scrutiny]. I also forgot about Jellicent when I made my original post, and would very likely have used it rather than Reuniclus as my example pokemon for what Mollux would threaten with these moves.
As for Signal Beam, I guess the arguments being made are pulling me closer to neutrality on this one. I still don't like the idea of getting a SE hit on the latis without having to work for it (ie, Hex), but then again, Signal Beam is only slightly better than a SE Hidden Power...