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Old June 24th, 2011 (12:57 PM). Edited June 24th, 2011 by Zealot740.
Zealot740
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Join Date: Jun 2011
So I've heard that Braviary is always compared to the famous Staraptor. I decided to take a look at these Pokemon and I fell for Braviary because of of his bulkiness. His speed would be considered his flaw compared to Staraptor. But first, let's take a a look at his possible outcomes as a competitive Pokemon:

(I am bias for this Braviary)

Physical Sweeper:

Moves: Crush Claw/Brave Bird/Super Power/Bulk Up
Nature: Adamant (Jolly is optional)
Ability: Sheer Force
Item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 Atk/Speed + 4 HP

I'm going to point out, I'm not all that Pokemon-smart when it comes to Pokemon like Braviary, but I'd say I'm rather knowledgeable about him.

What seems to be the flaw here is that his moves rather hard to differentiate. But let me say this:

Super Power's stat-reduction AND Brave Bird's recoil CANNOT be negated (canceled) by Sheer Force

So you may need to go for a different strategy then to be extremely reckless.

I thought that Leftovers would be better to use to ensure Braviary stays alive from using Brave Bird. He gets the STAB boost, but is Life Orb boost really necessary? I mean walls (particularly Rock and Steel) are very hard to bypass, but Super Power is what comes into play.

Life Orb is, indeed, optional if you are going for a quick and easy KO. As I said, Life Orb is only needed if you are going to be reckless. IF you are able to somehow recover his health in any way (from using moves such as Brave Bird), then that would be fantastic. Curse you, GameFreak for no egg moves on this amazing Pokemon.

Super Power reduces Atk/Def by 1 stage every use. But with Bulk Up, you can regain those stats one again. Of course you don't get STAB from this move, but remember, you don't need your Base Power to be over 9000.

Crush Claw and Return is the next debate that I've come to conclude for myself. Both moves get STAB boost, but Crush Claw gets a 30% boost from Sheer Force (thus, canceling it's secondary effect, I believe it was 50% chance of reducing the target's Def by 1 stage). Return, I believe had a Base Power (from added boosts) was around 107. Can you ensure that your Braviary is likely to be happy ALL the time? It's possible to maintain it, but in my eyes, difficult (to me).

Tail Wind/Bulk Up/Hone Claws are stat increase-moves that people seem to be arguing about, too.

Tail Wind: Of course you're most likely to attack first every time if this is used so you can quickly take out your target's with ease But remember that Choice Scarf can also be a substitute also. ENSURES YOU GET 1ST ATK!

Bulk Up: This will not only increase your Def and Atk, but if you get the chance to use it without your Braviary fainting, you can use Super Power to your own will. VERY RISKY!

Hone Claws: I'm not quite sure what the deal is with this move. I'm just assuming if you're trying to make sure you take your target's out efficiently, then you may need to go with a much more different moves. Assuming that you'll most likely go with Rock Slide, Return, and Sky Drop. EFFICIENT SWEEPING. ENSURES YOU HIT THEM.

This Pokemon is very mind-boggling, but I finally got what I wanted. If you feel that you may have a better setup for this Pokemon, feel free to state your opinion.

- Zealot740