Competitive Team Questions (and Incomplete Team Help)
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January 30th, 2013 (7:34 AM).
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To be honest, you'd be much better off with Fire Punch rather than Heat Wave or Flamethrower, because Dragonites are more physical oriented, but if you want a good Fire special move that even works in double battles, I'd honestly go for Fire Blast or Flamethrower, because usually, hitting two pokemon at once in a double battle, isn't as much effective as hitting one, because moves that hit multiple Pokémon have their damage reduced by 25%, unless all other Pokémon have fainted at that point.
In doubles, sometimes hitting both opponents is a benefit, despite the reduced damage. This is why some Pokémon run Rock Slide over Stone Edge, Heat Wave over Flamethrower/Fire Blast, etc.
But other than that, I agree; Dragonite is better off with physical moves, as its Attack is marginally higher than its Special Attack. It can even go mixed in Rain if it has to. Just make sure its ability is Multiscale, as that ability is what makes Dragonite so good in OU:
EVs: 252 Atk/4 SDef/252 Spe
Item: Leftovers/Lum Berry
EVs: 4 HP/252 Atk/252 Spe
Item: Choice Bnad
EVs: 252 HP/72 Def/60 SDef/132 Spe
EVs: 252 HP/4 Def/252 SDef
EVs: 252 HP/252 SAtk/4 SDef
(last 2 sets are for rain only)
EVs: 76 Atk/252 SAtk/180 Spe
Item: Life Orb
EVs: 252 HP/4 SAtk/252 SDef
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