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Offensive, Defensive, or mixed?

Started by Palamon July 23rd, 2019 9:53 PM
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When battling in the Pokemon games, are you an offensive battler, defensive battler, or a mixed battler?
Not in the competitive sense, btw, just in general.

I'm mixed. I like to raise my stats when it's necessary, but usually when playing the game normally, all I care about is attack moves.
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Definitely mixed. I love running a tanky, impenetrable team of Pokemon, only to Baton Pass it right to something with offense for days. But, if I'm not feeling particularly strategic, I'll just use my Fairy powers and mow 'em down in one hit. >:)


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offensive, although for whatever reason I have way more special attackers on my team than physical attackers, and that's somewhat unintentional.

props to people who can use defensive in-game teams because idk how to pull that off!


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Offensive when going through the story for sure. I feel it tends to be easy enough without needing to worry about defenses. But there are those rare moments where things get tough (battling Elesa if you chose Oshawott as your starter) and I'm forced to go a bit more defensive!


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Mostly offensive. That's why I prefer more attacking mons and "glass cannons" over defensive walls. I often have movesets with just attack moves
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90% of the time I stick with offensive moves while playing in-game. Once and a while it makes sense to bust out a more defensive strategy, but most of the time there's no need to, so I never bother.

Any time I'm battling against someone else though, that 90/10 pretty much flips the other way. I love playing the long game and trying to out-strategize someone with statuses, stat moves, weather, etc.


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Offensive for sure, I've rarely used status moves and I mostly make my teams learn a full set of damaging moves.

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My typical playstyle is more defensive and safe, but in-game I tend to lean more towards offense, just because it seems to be a lot quicker and easier when going through the story.
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Offensive is pretty much objectively the best strategy for the main games imo. The enemy AI doesn't have enough nuance to it (+ the inability to switch out most of the time) to make defensive play or competitive tactics like stalling really worth the effort. Only the occasional hard boss made me feel the need to switch things up - in the Ultra Necrozma fight I had to lead with my Zoroark with a disguise to bait out a useless Psychic and waste one of its turns, which gave me room to barely scrape together a win. But needing that kind of thing is pretty rare in Pokemon.
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Offensive is really the only way to go in-game. If you have a few levels on your opponent, you can make sure everything goes down in one turn. No attacks for them, no damage for you, no defense needed.
As much as I love to use stall teams - and believe me, I have tried to train Shuckle in-game as well (note the word "tried") - it just takes way too long to get through the game.


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Offensive doesn't matter how much of a tank you are if they have a lot of Goku level muscles then your set to be the offensive champion
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