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My Garchomp Moveset issue?

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My garchomp is this -

Garchomp (M) @ Choice Band
EVs- 4 HP/252 Atk/252 Spe
Nature - Jolly
Ability - Sand Veil
Moves-
- Dragon Claw
- Earthquake
- Outrage

and I'm having a problem with the last move slot; I'm considering Fire Fang or Fire Blast and I don't know which would be more effective. I've had Fire Blast on for a while now and it's worked well but I've recently heard that fire fang was very effective too. It does play on the huge attack stat that Garchomp has, but it has low power, but on the other hand Fire Blast uses my Garchomp's low special attack (especially with the nature drop and the fact that Garchomp's special attack sucks) and has low PP (and accuracy, but that's never bothered me too much in the past). Either way, they're only really for the likes of steel or grass types, but I still can't seem to find a way to test it without actually experimenting in the game and I'd love to get someone's opinion on it.

Thank you

asked Oct 13, 2013 by Eoko

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Although it is contradictory to what logic would dictate, Fire Blast is the superior option for surpassing the physically inclined steels that stand in your way

Here are some calcs of fire fang vs. fire blast's power against the Pokemon you would use them against


  • 0- SpA Garchomp Fire Blast vs. 224 HP / 32 SpD Skarmory: 166-196 (50.76 - 59.93%) -- 85.94% chance to 2HKO
  • 252 Atk Choice Band Garchomp Fire Fang vs. 224 HP / 252+ Def Skarmory: 122-144 (37.3 - 44.03%) -- 99.95% chance to 3HKO

  • 0- SpA Garchomp Fire Blast vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Forretress: 384-456 (108.47 - 128.81%) -- guaranteed OHKO
  • 252 Atk Choice Band Garchomp Fire Fang vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Forretress: 244-288 (68.92 - 81.35%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

  • 0- SpA Garchomp Fire Blast vs. 252 HP / 208 SpD Ferrothorn: 192-228 (54.54 - 64.77%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
  • 252 Atk Choice Band Garchomp Fire Fang vs. 252 HP / 48+ Def Ferrothorn: 296-352 (84.09 - 100%) -- 6.25% chance to OHKO

Those are three of the most commonly used walls that resist dragon that are not weak to ground. These Pokemon, that are resistant to both dragon and ground, are really the only Pokemon you should use this fire coverage move against. For Grass types, and bug types, a STAB outrage will have 180 base power, as opposed to 130 from fire fang and a 240 from fire blast coming of a weakened special attack stat. Even dragon claw does a strong, reliable 120 damage. As such, Fire Blast, a move who does what the fire coverage should do better than fire fang, should be considered a superior option.

However, if you find the fire blast is not satisfactory, do not feel the need to avoid using fire fang, as it is still a legitimate option.

Hope this helps

answered Oct 13, 2013 by Ludicobro
selected Oct 13, 2013 by Eoko