Saturday, June 28, 2014


     Furfrou is not only adorable. Not only has he got a serious  "I'm going to kill you" look on no matter what trim he's flaunting. He's also battle material.
     OK, I'll admit I'm using Pokemon from my Y team for my reviews, but there's no prejudice here on that. I love my Furfrou, but I would've gotten rid of him if he sucked, I'm not like Ash, who keeps his Pikachu with him everywhere, because Pikachu's actually really bad. Besides, that means I've used them successfully :)
     Moves: Headbutt, Cotton Guard, Dig/Thunder Wave, Sucker Punch
     Furfrou, like Slurpuff, needs super training, not as much as Slurpuff, but he needs it nonetheless. Base him in attack and speed, especially speed. Headbutt is an STAB flincher, and it's very helpful. Next is Cotton Guard. Cotton Guard? "But Tyler", you say," what about Furfrou's ability that magically takes all the pain away from physical moves? He doesn't need bulk!" Oh really? His base defense stat on Bulbapedia is 60. 60. Fur Coat may seem good, but the only thing that can make a fur coat look good is Macklemore. If a Garchomp or a Hydreigon or even a Greninja had this ability, we'd be all set, but instead we've got this thing who barely limps along without it. Cotton Guard buffs him to supreme safety except when it comes to Focus Blast (flippin' Gardevoir), so yes, he does need it. Dig is really random, but it actually fits, removing the type known only as Steel, allowing fairies to dance in peace, knowing no giant iron worms or metal birds are going to poop on their parade(basically, it's a fairy type set-up). If you are still one of those people who decide to hate on Fairy types because they're 'girly' or 'weak', then you can: a.use Thunder Wave to halt physical attackers b.realize Fairy types will kick your butt one day c.get a Poison or Steel type before you get torn to shreds by Sylveon. Finally, we have Sucker Punch. Furfrou's only way to remove Ghost, unless you decide to change one of his vital moves into Odor Sleuth. Sucker Punch only works on defensively incapable Pokemon like Gengar or Banette, but it ususally works wonders.
     Counters:Most Psychic Types
     I would say all Psychic types, but there are some weird ones out there, like Gallade, who couldn't in a million years use Focus Blast effectively. Pokemon like Alakazam, Musharna and Gardevoir ]:< (really hated champion's Gardevoir) can toss out Furfrou like last weeks garbage by using Focus Blast, but it's not worth dropping Cotton Guard.

Friday, June 20, 2014

I'm Back! Slurpuff

     I've decided to do articles for this blog on Saturdays starting next week, hopefully.

     OK. Pokemon X and Y are pretty good. I still like Black and White the best, but these are good. When I saw Fairy type, though, the first thing I noticed was, "What the heck, Jigglypuff can beat Salamence." But then I saw Slurpuff. I know, I know, it looks awful, but I'm a sucker for cute Pokemon and this one fit the bill. So I tried it. By itself it's an icing covered mess. You can do nothing with it. Enter: Super Training. Holy crap. You can do anything with this sticky, confusing, edible monster. It's impossible to predict and it can learn lots of TM's. 
Moveset: Draining Kiss, Fake Tears, Cotton Guard, Dazzling Gleam
     I clearly went down the Sp.ATK path because I noticed Slurpuff was slightly more solid in that stat than any other. Always start with either Cotton Guard or Fake Tears, Cotton Guard for defending yourself from Steel and Poison or Fake Tears for setting up your primary target. Draining Kiss is for after Fake Tears just to test the waters and to ensure your health. Dazzling Gleam is for after you've confirmed you can use Fairy type moves effectively. 
     Counters: Lucario, Swalot, Other Sp.Attacking Poison Types
OK, notice how Slurpuff has no non-fairy type attacks? That's because he needs the STAB. He can't do much else. Lucario with Flash Cannon evades Cotton Guard and Sludge Bomb can do the same. However, most should be strong enough to withdraw before you lose your light, candy friend.