Originally Posted by Fat alkinesthetase
question, btw, for those who've made heavy use of conkeldurr: does that drop from superpower notably affect prolonged battles? machamp looks like very compelling competition and it doesn't have that problem.
It does in fact have that problem as some pokemon who would take 2 attacks from it can survive the second because of the drops. Since Conkeldurr has less survivability it doesn't last very long in the prolonged battles. In fact, Conkeldurr should only be mid-tier in my opinion, since most of the important battles have 6 pokemon to beat, Conkeldurr can barely beat 1, and even then he has to take them one at a time. His ability is terrible too, so no benefit there.
To sum up his poor standing in this game, it's best to consider this: You have to attack to win battles (you can't win through stall or entry hazards etc). Therefore a pokemon that gets weaker after every attack (easier to kill and harder to kill things) must have a serious upside to redeem it, something Conkeldurr just doesn't have. His raw stats mean he isn't terrible though, just so outclassed by Machamp.