Azumarill is currently a candidate for my Water-type for VGC, but I have a dilemma over what strategy to use: Assault Vest or Belly Drum
I have heard of the glorious raw power of Belly Drum Azumarill and have seen it firsthand (on YouTube), and I think the strategy is rediculous with the proper assistance. However, whenever I see BD Azu, I see either Fake Out or Rage Powder/Follow Me support, which I have none of. I could try and fit it into the team or I can try to run it without support.
Assault Vest Azumarill, however, I am much more comfortable. I have one for my Singles team in Omega Ruby and I'm loving the bulk that AV provides (eats Rotom-
W's Thunderbolt for breakfast), but it does not have the raw power of the Belly Drum set.
Belly Drum Azumarill Pros & Cons
+) +6 Aqua Jets and Play Roughs can really hurt a fella.
+) Has access to Protect, which AV Azu does not.
-) Doesn't get extra coverage outside of Aqua Jet / Play Rough / Belly Drum / Protect
-) Requires some support Pokémon that I don't have at the moment.
-) Sitting pretty at 75% health after Sitrus Berry isn't amazing, and that's assuming Azu doesn't receive prior damage.
-) One-trick pony; he's just there to set up, kill something, then faint.
Assault Vest Azumarill Pros & Cons
+) Gets more coverage moves that BD Azu (Knock Off and Superpower).
+) Tanky as heck with Assault Vest, HP investment and a bit of Special Bulk.
+) Can switch out without fear of losing his one-time-only boost.
+) Doesn't need as much team support.
-) Signifigantly weaker that BD Azu.
-) No Protect.
Thoughts? This will (hopefully) be under Tailwind.