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I am playing Pokémon HeartGold, and I have a Gyarados and a Steelix. I had originally planned to use Earthquake on Gyarados because it covers all of its weaknesses, but then I realized that I didn't have a good STAB move for Steelix (other than Dig).

Maybe I should give Gyarados Dig?

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Gyarados doesn't get Dig... hence he would prefer Earthquake. Steelix on the other hand likes Earthquake, but can work with Dig as well. IMO Gyarados > EQ and Steelix > Dig (if you can't have EQ on both).

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Steelix sounds like the most logical since its a steel and ground type Pokemon. However if Gyarados knows earthquake, that gives the element of surprise.

In my opinion, Gyarados seems like the ideal choice. Gyarados is a water and flying so having a ground type move to counter electric types. Hope I helped

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Some people expect eq on gyarados now
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I'd say Steelix.. He doesn't really have a good movepool at that time

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A simple answer: both. Both Gyrados and Steelix require Earthquake. You can never have too many Earthquakers in a team. Remember that. However as you are playing HeartGold, you'd have to buy a second one in the Battle Frontier shop for 80 BP. I f this is not possible I would suggest Steelix having Earthquake, he needs it.

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