If you're like me, you know how much using a fire type sucks when everyone spams stealth rock. So I figured, why not use the damage to my advantage? I battled my friend using this, I killed him, but it was just luck that time. Fire types will lose 1/4 of their health, at least from stealth rock. My plan is to do the following:
-Use a starter evolution, Either Charizard, Typhlosion, Blaziken, or Infernape.
-keep them in the party setting up sunny day for them and powering up their attacks with other pokemon (not necessary, but nice)
-Wait until the foe sets up stealth rock.
-switch into stealth rock with the fire pokemon, and they lose health.
-give them and item ( I was thinking either Salac berry (mostly to boost speed on Blaziken), a Pataya berry,a liechi berry, or some focus band or life orb.
with all this that means the pokemon has:
-blaze ability (X1.5)
-possible Sunny Day(X1.5)
-item (either higher special attack, or life orb boost)
-STAB power (X1.5)
Also when I did this, I managed to baton pass 3 nasty plots to my typhlosion. Pure luck, so I won't depend on this.
Some possible flaws with each starter though:
Charizard-While he is powerful, and all these boosts would kill pokemon that are even resistant to fire, he loses 1/2 of his health to stealth rock, so I only get one shot at killing the foe. On the plus side though, he can outspeed most of the targets that stand in my way.
Typhlosion-I was thinking of using him, since he's what inspired this strategy. he's got the good moves, and the speed.
Blaziken-When this guy lands a hit he is DANGEROUS!! But his only flaw is his speed, which is why I though of giving him the salac berry, but I don't want to waste it on him if I just have to switch out.
Infernape: He's got the power and the speed, but a single priority move would bring him down with his frail defense (aqua jet would be his undoing.)
My question to you is:
-Which starter should I use (please base it off of facts, not opinions)
-Are there any other ways to power them up that I'm forgetting?
-Any flaws are counters to this strategy?