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Due to its lack of defense and sp. defense I thought maybe giving my Zoroark a Focus Sash would be a good ideia, but at the same time giving it a Life Orb would really make this thing a threat to many Pokemon.

Zoroark @ Life Orb/ Focus Sash
Ability: Illusion
Timid Nature
252 Sp.Atk/ 252 Spd/ 4 HP

  • Nasty Plot
  • Night Daze
  • Focus Blast
  • Flamethrower
If it has to take a hit, which it normally will to set up nasty plot, you won't be able to do much before you die without a sash. LO will make you die faster due to the recoil, and is something a setup sweeper can do without.

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I'd say Focus Sash just so you could set up nasty plot. If you want to run Life Orb I would rather have U-Turn than Nasty Plot. And if you decide to go with Focus Sash, make sure you have a spinner.

Now that I think about it, with the plethora of hazards this gen, i'd say you could go either way.

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You should go for the Focus sash. Thanks to the focus sash, you can set up a nasty plot, and with that major speed, you should be able to take down some foes.

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Life Orb.

Focus Sash is generally an item most Pokemon would prefer not using, with the exception of random leads like Infernape, Endeavour Mamoswine etc. etc.
Zoroark would prefer the extra power of Life Orb in my opinion, rather than Focus Sash. You're basically using a copy of the Old Gen 5 Smogon Zoroark set, which also utilised Life Orb or Leftovers.

Yes I guided myself from that but still, just asking
Life Orb > Focus Sash. It gives you some extra power, and lets you hit right off the bat if neccesary. Also, it isn't completely useless if someone sets up hazards unlike Focus Sash.
And what if I buff up with Nasty Plot first and die right after that?...
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focus sash. why: because if you were holding a life orb, your HP would go down when you want to preserve your energy.

life orb. why: because all your moves are not effective against your opponent's Pokemon & this will power it up.

it all depends if you want HP or power. it is your Pokemon. you can do what you want with it.

Who cares if you need to preserve energy? Zoroark is frail and would die in a hit from a good sweeper anyways. Your reasoning is confusing.