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I've heard of it being used on certain Talonflame sets, as well as seeing it on Forretress in a replay, but I'm not exactly sure what purpose it serves or how the machanics of the attack work. If someone could explain those two points for me, that would be superb.

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On Talonflame it basically means you can use Acrobatics, since there's no flying gem this Gen, as well as dealing with stuff like Swampert if you hold a Rindo Berry when you use Natural Gift. It also means you don't have to blank Talonflame's item slot in order for it to use Acrobatics, and it gets some additional coverage (albeit one use).

I have no idea what it could benefit Forretress. Maybe it can hold a Shuca Berry and hit Heatran for x4 why holding onto life from Sturdy. It's also got the surprise element; most Smogon players don't do well with surprises/ unusual sets.

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Berries 1-16 are 60 power. Berry 1 is Fire type, Berry 2 is Water
type and so on. Berry 16 is Steel type.

Berries 17-32 are 70 power. Berry 17 is Fire type, Berry 18 is Water
type and so on. Berry 32 is Steel type.

Berries 33-35 are 80 power. Berry 33 is Fire type, Berry 34 is Water
type and Berry 35 is Electric type.

Berries 36-52 are 60 power. These are the type damage reduction
berries. Their type is the same as the type of damage they reduce.
Berry 52 is the only berry that does Normal type damage.

Berries 53-60 are 80 power. Berry 53 is Grass type, Berry 54 is Ice
type and so on. Berry 60 is Bug type.

Berry 61-64 still have an unknown effect. Note that there are five
types left to complete the 80 power set, but only four berries left.

[Berry Number List for reference][1]

"Natural Gift inflicts damage and has no secondary effect. Natural Gift's power and type vary depending on the user's held Berry. Using Natural Gift consumes the held Berry"

                                                                             as stated by *Bulbapedia*

Say you wanted a grass move on your Ninjask to get rid of those pesky Swamperts that keep using Roar and switching you out when you try to set up. You could give it berry that gives Natural Power a grass type and then KO those Swamperts

Basically, it's only useful when surprising opponents

Hope it makes sense
[1]: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Berry

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Dang, it was hard to pick a BA. I chose fondont's because it explained its use on Talonflame. I upvoted yours, though. It was a tough choice XD
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lol it's all good dude XD. Oh and I'm working on getting this other team atm, but I'll gladly battle you with another team of mine. Looking forward to it :D