Originally Posted by Fat The Cicada
anyone who thinks Darmanitans recoil is a legit argument needs to consider that the recoil doesnt matter since you can just use a hyper potion after the battle, and with Scrafty, if you dont want it outpaced and killed, needs to be recovered during battle.
Again, in that example he killed himself just trying to finish off Throh. He's going to be dying before the battle even ends. This keeps being brushed off for some reason, but its a pretty serious detriment. You can't just hand-wave it with "just hyper potion after" because he's literally dying in battle if another Pokemon gets a hit in.
Not to mention how ridiculously inefficient it is to Hyper Potion after every single battle.
Interesting you guys brought up Fire Punch. Against that Throh, Darmanitan does 75-88 damage. Barely doing better than +0 Scrafty. Since he's not OHKOing anything, he's going to get demolished with those terrible defenses. And of course Scrafty becomes the much better option after a kill.