Axew -- Top Tier
Availability: You can get it at the sixth gym in the Mistralton Cave. It isn't real common but it's not super hard to find either. (20% encounter rate)
Stats: Haxorus' base 147 Atk is godly, getting the second-strongest Attack stat pre-E4. (strongest is Zweilous.) Its Speed and defenses aren't so bad either.
Type: Dragon-type. Next question.
Movepool: Learns Dragon Dance, at most, 5 levels after you catch it. It knows Dragon Claw when you catch it, and if it doesn't, it will learn it once you level it up. Dragon Claw will be its main STAB move for most of the game, and it will HURT coming off that godly Attack stat. Also learns great coverage moves like Brick Break, Bulldoze, X-Scissor, and Rock Slide on the physical side and Hidden Power, Focus Blast, Grass Knot, and Surf on the special side.
Matchups: As an Axew, it won't win against any major opponents. It requires a bit of babying when you first catch it, but as a Fraxure it can easily take down Skyla, with the exception of her Skarmory. Be aware that her Swoobat has Unaware, so your Dragon Dances will be useless against it! Drayden also poses a problem with his super-effective STAB, but you also can hit him with SE STAB Dragon Claw. Marlon will irritate you with random burns from Scald, but outside of that he can't really do anything to you on Easy/Normal mode. On Challenge mode his Wailord and Mantine can Ice Beam you, which won't be fun. Ghetsis is a joke if you get some Antidotes beforehand and set up on Cofagrigus. Haxorus can solo the entire Elite Four and the Champion with the exception of Caitlin's Sigilyph and Iris's Hydreigon and Lapras, which is quite an impressive feat. Grimsley's Krookodile may be a problem with Dragon Claw, but it shouldn't be a huge issue.It should be mentioned that all 4 problem Pokemon mentioned above can easily be dealt with by a Lucario that knows Ice Punch.
Additional Comments: A top-tier Pokemon even in competitive play, Axew/Fraxure/Haxorus is a Pokemon that will not disappoint.
Last edited by Geodude6; Mar 18th, 2013 at 5:13:04 PM.