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Alright, so I wanna know whether my Incineroar should have Outrage or Earthquake. My team is Incineroar, Dusk Lycanroc, Tyranitar, Blastoise, Jolteon, and Necrozma.

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Ultra Necrozma, Dawn Wings Necrozma, or Dusk Mane Necrozma?
Ultra. But before it turns ultra, its dawn wings
earthquake, get rid of the tyranitar, lyconrock, and jolteon XD
OK, so for moves without STAB, I work with “Reliability Points”. Outrage has 120 Base Power and 100 accuracy, so it has 220 Reliability Points, while Earthquake has 100 Base Power and 100 accuracy, so it has 200 Reliability Points. Therefore Outrage is more reliable than Earthquake. This seems like a solid method to me

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Well, Incineroar is a starter with a very low speed and mediocre defenses, therefore you would want a move that's strong enough to finish opponents with one usage majority of the time.

That being said, Earthquake is a much better option to use than Outrage.

With Earthquake, you do not have to go through the trouble of using the same move over and over for 2-3 turns - which Outrage provides. With the use of the Outrage, it's only super-effective type against is Dragon, which is just normal-effectiveness against Incineroar. Also, if Outrage is used, you run the risk of the opponent possible switching out to a Fairy-type, since the move is continuous for 2-3 turns (very predictable). However, even if the opponent doesn't switch out, you will turn up confusing yourself after Outrage has fully executed, thus jeopardizing Incineroar in exchanging health for a useful turn.

With Earthquake, it provides a super-effective counter to Incineroar's rock-weakness. Without it, you would find yourself relying on simple STAB moves and mostly Jolteon/Blastoise to be effective defenses for Incineroar, making it almost unnecessary in your team. Furthermore, Earthquake does double damage against opponents with Dig, and can be quite useful in double/triple battles with Flying-type/Levitate allies.

Also, even if your up against a Flying opponent, there's only roughly 15% of flying opponents who are Dragon, or Dragon opponent's with the ability Levitate - thus not provided great chances of Outrage serving more purpose than Earthquake

Your Choice! Hope I helped! :)