Article Why you shouldn't use Ambipom

Started by PokéCommunity Daily April 11th, 2016 6:49 AM
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I've always found it so underwhelming. It's an annoyance and Fake Out is a very nice thing to have but it's just not worth a team slot. Glad to see something that points out all of it's flaws!

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What I don't understand is why it's still outclassed. The point of cross-gen evolutions was to make previously bad Pokemon into a competitively viable Pokemon for OU, and yet it didn't become an OU Pokemon since its debut, thus making this evolution a waste.

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It was decent in Gen 4 UU, but Cinccino was introduced afterwards. That didn't end well for Ambipom.
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What I don't understand is why it's still outclassed. The point of cross-gen evolutions was to make previously bad Pokemon into a competitively viable Pokemon for OU, and yet it didn't become an OU Pokemon since its debut, thus making this evolution a waste.
No? Last time I checked GF didn't care all too much about competitive Singles, let alone Smogon's ruleset. Also there's a lot more to balancing than just giving something an evolution.
On the other hand, if people stopped using Ambipom in RU, it would drop down to NU, where it might get a chance to shine; kind of like Hitmonchan.
It was decent in Gen 4 UU, but Cinccino was introduced afterwards. That didn't end well for Ambipom.
How much better is Cinccino? At least from what I've gathered, it's not much better in RU than Ambipom, though, granted, I don't know much about RU, anyway.
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No? Last time I checked GF didn't care all too much about competitive Singles, let alone Smogon's ruleset. Also there's a lot more to balancing than just giving something an evolution.
On the other hand, if people stopped using Ambipom in RU, it would drop down to NU, where it might get a chance to shine; kind of like Hitmonchan.
Except is NU is the worst place for any Pokemon to fall into, because players who are new to competitive Pokemon will dismiss them, and any Pokemon not in OU, as the worst Pokemon to use, even if it contains a Pokemon that can handle itself decently in OU and only landed on NU due to lack of usage.

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I thought of a moveset for Ambipom using Technician with Covet and the Normal Gem, so you can then steal the opponent's item.

It can also exploit the gimmicky Fake Out + Last Resort Combo, although you need to KO any Ghost / physical wall in the opposing team.

Maybe my ideas are crap, I'm not a huge fan of Smogon's metagames, but yeah, if you have to use Ambipom, maybe it can help. And maybe you will lose because you listened to me :'(

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I find Ambipom cute, and Technician Fake Out paired with a Normal Gem can do some good damage on the first turn. Nice to see an article that points out its downsides, though it's definitely not as bad as you'd think, but that might be me watching it use some interesting strategies on some competitive videos I have watched.
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