Originally Posted by Fat Wobble
What advantages does Scarf Zard have over say, Simisear or Rapidash?
It's flying typing makes it arguably much worse to deal with Ice types, and it can actually be damaged by things like Ice Shard.
I've also been bothered by the fact that Zard cannot cleanly OHKO Regice and can be hit back with Thunderbolt.
Rapidash would likely fair much better there with a Flare Blitz, as well as Megahorn being a nice coverage move for the common Duosions that are on Hail teams.
It depends on the set you're using. Scarf Zard is a real force to take advantage without any setup, Fire Blast for the common ice types and Air Slash to that Sawk with a pity 85 base speed.
On Simisear, the sub-salac set with nasty plot (that a lot of setup) can be very devasting, but it need a lot of support from your team (double screens anyone?)
On Rapidash (i once owned a Rapidash and named her Sarah Jessica Parker!)
I used a weird set with Hypnosis and an Air Balloon as a counter to choice locked Emboar. But in the new hail metagame, Choice Band Rapidash seems pretty viable, since she don't care about Duosion Psyshock and can retail back with Megahorn. I really like to test rapidash a little more in hail, she is clearly an underrated pokemon.