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Old 12-10-2019, 05:04 PM   #5095
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I'll take the contrary on that. I think Dragapult is underrated relative to its usage, while Garm is overrated.

Scarf Garm hits incredibly hard for a scarfer but like Scarf Dracovish it is an anti-HO tool. It misses important KOs against defensive mons like Clefable, Ferrothorn, and Hatterene that force awkward switches.

+1 252 Atk Darmanitan-Galar Icicle Crash vs. 252 HP / 24 Def Ferrothorn: 171-202 (48.5 - 57.3%) -- 46.9% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery


+1 252+ Atk Choice Band Darmanitan-Galar Icicle Crash vs. 252 HP / 24 Def Ferrothorn: 280-331 (79.5 - 94%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

So what are you trying to outspeed with Base 95 speed?

Rotom-W/Rotom-H (scarf)
Dracovish/Dracozolt (scarf)

Look at this list of targets. Dugtrio is almost always sash, Mimikyu has Disguise, the Rotoms resist most of Darmanitan's moves.

Scarf Darmanitan is quite literally "overused", especially compared to band which (at worst) is a 2HKO against anything slower than Base 95, meaning if you switch it in safely against something slower, you're almost guaranteed to kill something.

By comparison, Scarf Dragapult is even better at cleaning and anti-HO, as Draco Meteor/Fire Blast is a clean kill on other common scarfers like Hydreigon and Darmanitan, and Infiltrator makes it an emergency button for common sub spammers like Corviknight, Hydreigon, and Gengar.

There's really no other answer to sub/NP/DD abusers because even though Pex can Haze them, she can't break their subs and is otherwise useless at stalling them. Dragapult is really the only answer to a NP Hydreigon with Dark Pulse and Flash Cannon.

Bulk Up, Roost, Brave Bird and Substitute Corviknight is also a huge pain. Darmanitan is a bad check because it gets OHKO by Brave Bird when it breaks the sub. Clefable and Hatterene take significant damage trying to hit Corviknight with fire-type moves. Neither Ferrothorn or Toxapex can Corviknight behind the sub and they get Pressure stalled.

So yeah. I think Dragapult is absolutely worthy of the #1 slot right now. People are dumping on the scarf set too when it's insanely stupid and forces you to run something like Bisharp to deal with it.
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