Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Featured Pokémon: Braviary


By: Aaron A.

Braviary is the symbol of American Pokémon. His eagle form, red, white, and blue coloration, and fancy headdress profess everything American. Many Native Americans deified eagles and also saw them as prophets or good omens.  The eagle is a majestic symbol of power and grace.  Braviary has the power, but lacks the grace. Braviary’s attack is base 123 which is great and maxes out at 379! But he lacks the speed of a true sweeper at base 80 (maxes out at 284).  It seems Braviary is a classic physical sweeper, but has a few neat options for special moves like Hyper Beam, Air Slash, and Heat Wave (in Black2/White2).

Unfortunately its Normal/Flying typing is far from unique and Staraptor outclasses Braviary in speed.  In comparison Staraptor probably has a better move pool and abilities as well.  Braviary has fair bulk (100 base HP, 75 base defenses), but with Flying’s weaknesses Braviary’s lack of speed is a killer.  Braviary’s abilities are ok and Sheer Force is probably the best option, with Defiant (in BW2) being the other.

Here are some move-sets that work well with Braviary:

Tonto Pronto (Physical Sweeper):
  • Brave Bird
  • Thrash/Giga Impact
  • Superpower
  • Tailwind
Nature: Adamant or Jolly
Hold Item:Focus Sash, Shell Bell, Leftovers, Lum Berry, White herb, Yache Berry, Life Orb.
Ability: Defiant/Sheer Force
EV Spread: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 HP/Def
Lum Berry will be excellent for healing confusion after Thrash. White herb will allow the use of one Superpower without stat loss.  Focus Sash will assure a 1v1 Tailwind.  In 2v2 Tailwind will also benefit your partner. This set does help for first hit moves like Ice Shard, which in reality Braviary can’t do much against.  But you could use the Yache Berry to weaken that first shard. The best item option would be Life Orb on a Sheer Force Braviary. Sheer Force will ignore the Life Orb recoil. Otherwise, Defiant is probably the best ability. With all of the Intimidators out there, the attack boost instead of the drop is ideal. You'll have to wait for BW2 for that one.

The Colors of the Wind (Mixed Attacker):
  • Brave Bird
  • Heat Wave
  • Tailwind/Work Up
  • Hyper Beam/Giga Impact
Nature: Naughty, Naïve preferred (don’t wanna cut defense due to shards!)
Hold Item: Life Orb, Yache Berry, or Focus Sash
Ability: Sheer Force
EV Spread: For Tailwind (252 Attack, 252 Special Attack, 6 Speed) For Workup (200 Attack, 252 Speed, 58 special attack)

This set will take a lot of work, and is very situational. Seems like every bird gets Heat Wave these days (well.. at least if you look at HeartGold /SoulSilver and B2W2) and for 2v2 this is great. Brave Bird is standard for max damage.  You can choose between Work Up or Tailwind and that will affect your EV spread (Max out attacks for tailwind or speed for Work Up). Again Yache Berry is great here for those Ice Shards, but Sash will ensure a hit for stat boosting in 1v1 and Shell Bell can somewhat counteract recoil from your Braveness. Regardless, this set is more of a joke than anything.. chose any other set and it'll be better.

Uh-merican Legend (scout):
  • Brave-Bird 
  • Rock Slide 
  • Superpower 
  • U-Turn 
Nature: Jolly
Hold item: Life Orb or White Herb
Ability: Sheer Force
EV Spread: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 HP/Defense

This set provides a lot of coverage for weakness in general. Again, White herb is great for keeping your stats up.  This is likely the best set on here.

The Spirit of Courage (Wall set):

  • Roost
  • Facade
  • Bulk Up
  • Shadow Claw
Nature: Adamant, Impish, Careful
Hold Item: Leftovers or Shell Bell
EV Spread: Adamant (252 Def, 252 Sp. Def, 6 HP/Speed) Impish:(252 def, 200 Sp Def, 58 Speed).

This set is designed to be somewhat defensive, but I will be the first to admit this won’t be easy or ideal.   But hey, what if you get an Impish shiny right?  Bulk Up is almost a must here and if used once allows you to place EVs outside of Attack.  Leftovers are always an option. Scope Lens will help shadow claw and should be considered. Facade us there to take advantage of those pesky toxic/burn guys.