Kicking Ass in and out of the Rain
RainApe (Infernape) (M) @ Choice Band / Life Orb
Trait: Iron Fist
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd | 228 Atk / 28 SAtk / 252 Spd
Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)
- U-turn / Swords Dance
- Mach Punch
- Flare Blitz
- Hidden Power [Water]
An Infernape Set designed to "Kick Ass in and out of Rain", despite it's Fire Typing. RainApe should be played by Intermediate Competitive Players with a Hit-and-Run playstyle, possible through Pivoting with a powerful, Choice Band boosted U-turn. The objective of this set is to provide Rain Teams with a Pokemon that remedy it's Sun weaknesses, while also checking many Offensive Threats in the Sand (Terrakion). The Choice Band is what makes this set viable, as it is capable of firing off decently powerful Flare Blitz against Fire weak Pokemon even if the Rain is pouring, while using Infernape's Dream World Ability in Iron Fist to it's fullest with Mach Punch. Hidden Power [Water] makes use of Infernape's respectable Special Attack by receiving a boost from the Rain, and is also used for coverage.
Alternate Set: SD RainApe
A very dangerous alternate set once given the opportunity to Set Up Swords Dance, allowing it to reach or soar beyond the Offensive prowess of the Choice Band set. This set can be played by patient Players who know who, what, and when to begin Setting Up, and should be played Offensively as a Late Game Sweeper. In this version of RainApe, swap the Choice Band for the Life Orb for decent damage without Setting Up Swords Dance. Mach Punch is RainApe's STAB+Iron Fist+LO+SD Priority utility, KOing speedy threats (considering prior damage) before they have the chance to defeating him themselves. Flare Blitz is a decently powerful STAB that becomes acceptable after a SD Boost, while Hidden Power [Water] is a coverage move that is boosted under the Rain and from the Life Orb.
So give this unique set a spin, it will not fail to disappoint!