Originally Posted by Fat SpecsX
Umm... I have killed a lot with Ice Beam as after SS and Deepseatooth, it's SpA is like 64(?). Please clarify what makes this set unusable w/ out Surf. I have actually 2HKOd Chinchou(though 'twas on the ladder, so take tha with a grain of salt)
What is the point of using Hidden Power Electric over Surf? Not a single thing will be hit by HP Electric that Surf doesn't already KO (except Water Absorb Mantyke, but Ice Beam OHKOes that). Surf allows you to take down things like Porygon, Magnemite, and Bronzor while still killing everything. If you can name anything that you can KO with Ice Beam/HP Electric that you can't with Surf/Ice Beam, I'll be surprised.
In addition, Substitute is far superior to Protect, as Clamperl has surprisingly good Defense and can actually take a Fake Out. The Fake Out user is obviously going to switch after using Fake Out, so Substitute not only guards you from future Fake Outs but also protects you from other priority.