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name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Grav Apple
move 3: Outrage
move 4: Sucker Punch
item: Life Orb
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Flapple has some merit as a Dragon Dance wallbreaker thanks to its Hustle-augmented Attack stat. After only one Dragon Dance, Flapple can OHKO bulky Pokemon like Toxapex and 2HKO ones that resist its STAB attacks like Ferrothorn. Additionally, although it's Speed is still low after using Dragon Dance, it's just enough to outspeed many non-Choice Scarf Pokemon like Gengar and Hydreigon. However, Flapple has difficulty setting up with poor bulk and can't sweep with such below average Speed. Flapple also suffers from Hustle's miss chance, but because it's so weak, Hustle is mandatory because without it, Flapple can't 2HKO Toxapex at +0 or OHKO it at +1. It doesn't help that its best counter, Corviknight, is very common, and it's still outsped by some faster Pokemon like Barraskewda and Cinderace after a boost. As a result, Flapple is almost entirely outclassed by more consistent Dragon Dance users like Gyarados. Grav Apple is a reliable STAB option that always drops Defense, putting most Pokemon into KO range from another Grav Apple or Outrage, and pressures Fairy-types such as Clefable and Hatterene. Outrage is Flapple's strongest STAB attack and 2HKOes virtually everything bar Dragon-immune Pokemon once boosted. Sucker Punch is helpful priority against faster Pokemon such as Dragapult. Life Orb and an Adamant nature maximize Flapple's power, as it isn't surviving any hits, and the extra Speed from Jolly doesn't let Flapple outspeed anything relevant at +1.
Flapple pairs well with other offensive Pokemon that can take advantage of its counters and create setup opportunities for it. Hatterene in particular beats most defensive Pokemon that would like to come in on Flapple such as Ferrothorn and Galarian Corsola. Other wallbreakers such as Dracovish, Galarian Darmanitan, and Mamoswine appreciate Flapple beating down their defensive checks into KO range or just OHKOing them outright. In return, they threaten the Steel-types that frustrate Flapple like Ferrothorn and Corviknight. In general, any Pokemon that can reliably take advantage of Corviknight, Flapple's most common counter, makes a good teammate. An example of this would be Trick users such as Rotom-W, which can cripple Corviknight and other physical walls.
- Written by: [[leonard (from big bang theory), 295686]]
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