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What are some of the pros/cons of having a mixed attacker?

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Some Pokemon, depending on how you train, can have very balanced Attack and Sp. Atk, right? I would like to know some of the upsides and downsides of having a Pokemon like this.

asked Mar 18, 2013 by Celestial★Hurricane

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Pros:

  • Mixed attackers are rather surprising these days and can pull off sweeps due to their surprise factor.
  • They are hard to wall, as their mix of physical and special attacks mean they can usually beat dedicated walls with a move that hits the defensive stat they have not invested in.
  • Mixed attackers almost always have excellent coverage, allowing them to hit a multitude if things and making them hard to wall.
  • Mixed attackers are not completely crippled by burns as physical attackers are. (thanks Marz)

Cons:

  • Their attacks are usually slightly less powerful duets their EVs being spread apart more.
  • They are usually more frail, although there are some exceptions.
  • Typically once your opponent knows you are mixed, he will be much more careful and therefore harder to take down, as your element of surprise is gone.

Notable Mixed Attackers:

  • Meinshao
  • Infernape
  • Hydreigon
  • Tyranitar
  • Metagross
  • Genesect
  • Zoroark
  • Salamence
  • Landorus
  • Honchkrow
  • Tornadus
answered Mar 18, 2013 by |SentByRavens|
selected Mar 19, 2013 by Celestial★Hurricane
++ Mixed attackers are also not rendered completely useless by burn.
Mixed attackers can also take advantage of a move that lowers stats. Example: Rayquaza with 3 physical moves won't have to worry about Draco Meteor's Special Attack drop.
you didn't put lucario on this list
I didn't say I was listing every pokemon that could possibly run a mixed set ever, I sadi just a few notable ones from the top of my head.
oh,  ok