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PostSubject: Salamence    Sun May 29, 2011 10:56 am

name: Offensive Dragon Dance
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Outrage / Dragon Claw
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Fire Blast / Roost
nature: Naive / Naughty
item: Life Orb / Leftovers
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

name: MixMence
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Fire Blast
move 3: Brick Break / Earthquake
move 4: Roost / Outrage
nature: Rash / Naive
item: Life Orb
evs: 116 Atk / 216 SpA / 176 Spe

name: Defensive
move 1: Wish
move 2: Protect / Roost
move 3: Dragon Tail
move 4: Flamethrower
nature: Bold / Relaxed
item: Leftovers
evs: 252 HP / 240 Def / 16 Spe

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<p>Salamence has numerous additional options at its disposal, and while all of them are usable, there is usually another Pokemon that can do it better. Choice Band Salamence is a devastating force, thanks to the power of Outrage right off the bat. However, with options such as Garchomp, Dragonite, and Haxorus available, each with their own advantages over Salamence, its Choice Band set will never truly have the chance to shine, with the exception of on teams that simply try to abuse multiple Dragons. Choice Specs Salamence is also surprisingly powerful, thanks to its base 110 Special Attack stat and moves such as Draco Meteor, Hydro Pump, and Fire Blast. However, with the introduction of Hydreigon, who all but outclasses this set, Choice Specs Salamence should only be used either for its three base Speed points over Hydreigon, or for the sheer surprise factor. Latias and Latios also give Salamence competition for a Choice Specs set due to their higher Speed, Special Attack, and lack of a Stealth Rock weakness. A Choice Scarf set is also usable, but due to Salamence's Stealth Rock weakness, as well as competition it faces from Pokemon such as Garchomp, it is generally discouraged.</p>

<p>In addition to Choice items, there are several unique ways in which Salamence can take advantage of Dragon Dance. First and foremost, a bulky Dragon Dance set is viable, which takes advantage of Salamence's decent bulk in combination with Roost and Intimidate. The goal of this set is to accumulate multiple Dragon Dances thanks to defensive investment, Roost off any damage taken, and then sweep. However, Salamence must rely on Fire Blast or Earthquake as its secondary attacking move, each of which has its own disadvantages. Dragonite, on the other hand, not only has the more reliable Fire Punch, but also boasts Multiscale, which is generally superior to Intimidate when trying to accumulate multiple boosts.</p>

<p>A Dragon Dance set with Draco Meteor is also usable, as it allows Salamence to unleash a powerful STAB move without locking itself into Outrage. Draco Meteor also has the advantage of doing serious damage to certain physical walls such as Slowbro, Hippowdon, and Gliscor. Of course, this does have several downsides. For one, Fire Blast cannot be used after Draco Meteor, or it will be nowhere nearly as powerful, doing laughable damage to threats such as Skarmory and Bronzong even considering their weakness to Fire moves. Even if Earthquake is used over Fire Blast, Pokemon such as Skarmory, Bronzong, and Ferrothorn become much more capable of walling Salamence, meaning more team support is needed. Lastly, using Draco Meteor forces Salamence to shift either more Attack or Speed EVs into Special Attack in order to have a respectably powerful Draco Meteor, and whichever the choice, those EVs will be missed.
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