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.