Friday, March 3, 2017

New legacy Pokemon You Should Save!

New Legacy and what they were replaced with

  With the new update we saw a massive amount of changes not only with the addition of new pokemon but also to existing pokemon, not only what attacks that they can and cant get but also all the attacks were reworked. This makes some pokemon super useful and some of these super useful pokemon unable to be attained anymore.

#1 Dragonite

   Dragonite had many moves that became legacy with this update, his fast move dragon breath was switched for Dragon Tail. Dragon tail has better DPS and EPS but its much slower animation makes him more vulnerable to attacks(dragon breath is a .5 second animation to dragon tails 1.1)

Legacy

Dragon Claw: is the king of both attacking and defending for several reasons, first off its an insanely fast animation of 1.7 seconds and secondly it got buffed from 35 damage two bars to 50 damage 3 bars.

Dragon Pulse: Dragon pulse went from is still a two bar but its damage was increased to 90 damage.

Replacements

Hurricane: 110 damage with a 2.7 second animation. This makes this the strongest flying type attacking moveset for any pokemon in the game. This will be a very useful move set if youre wanting a pokemon with flying type attacks. Dragonite with Hurricane will be the king of flying type attackers until we get Ho-oh, however since we still are get to get the legendary pokemon from generation 1 he will most likely be the king of flying types till next year. The downside to this attack is that its the lowest damage output for the bar of any of dragonites charge moves, as the closest for the bar is dragon claw or hyper beam which are 40 damage more at 150.

Outrage: 110 damage with a 3.9 second animation. This is the most damage for a bar we see 220 however it is the slowest animation that dragonite can get. since its only slightly longer than dragon pulse with a slightly higher dps, this becomes dragonites new best two bar attack.

#2 Gyarados

   Gyarados has two new charge moves and one new fast move. Dragon breath was made legacy long before so no new legacy moves for fast moves. The two moves that are now legacy are Dragon Pulse and Twister. Dragon tail was added with no fast move being deleted, since dragon tail hits harder 15 damage, it is a better move for a gym pokemon since gym pokemon are restricted to set attack times instead of spamming as quickly as a trainer can make them attack. Bite is still a far superior fast move for attacking with Gyarados.

Legacy

 Dragon pulse: Dragon pulse as previously stated was buffed to 90 damage for a two bar

 Twister: This attack got a major reworking, it went from 5 bars too 3 bars but went from 25 to 45 damage, an overall increase for the attack. more than that though its a 2.8 second animation and its fairly hard to dodge, making it a great defending move set.

Replacements

Three new moves were added depite only two being removed, this was due to an early removal of Dragon Breath with no replacement! These replacements are Crunch, Outrage and Dragon Tail

Crunch: is a harder hitting move than twister at 70 damage, however it is a slower animation at 3.2 seconds. This is a defensive move set.

Outrage: This was previously covered on dragonite, the only difference between the two is dragonite has STAB( same type attack bonus).

 Dragon Tail: This is the new king of defensive primary moves for Gyarados, although its far inferior as an offensive move.

#3 Tangela

 Tangela only had one move made legacy, power whip. This move got a massive increase in power and a tangela with power whip vine whip is one of my favorite trainers!

Legacy

 Power Whip: Power whip recieved a massive buff, going from a one bar 70 damage move to two bars 90 damage each. More than this it is only a 2.6 second animation!

Replacement

 This move becoming so powerful and becoming legacy may be pretty disappointing if you dont have several of these! However cheer up! It was replaced with Grass Knot, it is the exact same damage, bars and animation time, its just not a collectible move set!

#4 Exeggutor

 Exeggutor lost both his fast moves and kept all of his charge moves, which all got buffed. Confusion and Zen Headbutt are both now legacy for Exeggutor, which were replaced by Bullet Seed and Extrasensory.

Legacy

 Confusion: this is the best defensive move for Exeggutor and now you cant get it, this will be a very valuable legacy.

 Zen Headbutt: This move is now legacy however it went from the best attacking move for exeggutor to a useless move, because it is neither best for attacking or defending. Please hear this though, this is still a legacy move so it will be collectible, plus you never know how future updates will modify these moves so you should still hang on to these!

Replacements

 Bullet seed: This is a welcome change as it finally makes Exeggutor the king of grass types officially, before he had no grass type primary, so he was rivaled by Venasaur as a top pick for a grass type despite is severe CP disadvantage. This attack has a fairly low DPS of 9.09, but what makes this attack really viable is its huge EPS of 12.73 and a respectable animation of 1.1 seconds. Which 1.1 seconds is equal to Zen headbutt. The massively higher EPS will make the real damage that Exeggutor does over time much higher. 

 Extrasensory: This move makes Zen Headbutt obsolete as an attacking move set as its DPS is equal to Zen Headbutt and its EPS is higher at 10.91 to zen at 9.09. I will still save my legacy zen attackers i had, because they are collectable, but i would choose Extrasensory to actually use in battle, or at least until the next time they restructure attacks!

#5 Parasect

 Parasect whether you knew it or not has always been an insane training pokemon and mostly due to his bugbite solar beam combo. This is one of my favorite training pokemon and probably one of the pokemon I use most frequently when training. The only move he lost is Bug Bite which was replaced with Struggle Bug.

Legacy

 Bug Bite: this move is 12.5 DPS and has an insanely high EPS of 12, this balance for his fast attack, combined with its short animation of .5 seconds, play a huge factor in why i choose parasect to beat pokemon well over two times his combat power. Bug Bite Solar beam was an insane combination before the update, which only made solar beam even stronger. This is an extremely valuable pokemon for any player who likes to play on gyms.


Replacements

 Struggle Bug: this was the replacement attack for Bug Bite, it has the same DPS of 12.5, however it is inferior in every other way, it has an attack animation of 1.5 and a EPS of 10. This change makes parasect way less usefull! A 1.5 second animation, leaves him way more likely to be hit by attacks and the lower EPS reduces his overall damage output by a huge amount!

#6 Arcanine

 Arcanine has for a long time been the strongest fire type pokemon, with the highest CP and the best balance of stats for a fire pokemon. Arcanine has two legacy moves for charge Flame thrower and bulldose. For quick attacks he has one legacy, bite which was replaced by snarl. Arcanine's charge moves were replaced with Crunch and Wild Charge.


Legacy

 Flame Thrower: This move was already the best defending move set, also for many players it was still the move chosen for attacking(myself included), this is due to the much lower animation time leaving your pokemon less vulnerable. It recieved a major buff as its now a 70 damage two bar move with a 2.2 second animation.

 Bulldoze: this move saw a major reworking as it moved to a two bar 80 damage. Its still not great or really that useful because its a ground attack on a fire pokemon, also because of its long cd and the fact Arcanine has flame thrower, which does more damage with the STAB, its not a great choice for usefulness Although it is now collectable!

 Bite: this was the fast move that was replaced, it is inferior to Fire Fang in both DPS and EPS, however it is only a .5 second animation which makes it useful for avoiding attacks

Replacements

 Wild Charge: this was a replacement for flame thrower, the two bar that was lost. It has a high DPS considering even without STAB it does 34.62 DPS, also its decent for the fact that it would get bonus damage versus water types, however ground can be used to counter Arcanine as well, which ground types are strong versus electric attacks. So this move set would be a waste to invest in.

 Crunch: this is the replacement for a spam move, which bulldoze used to be before the update which made it a two bar.  Three bars at 70 damage, would be a good attack on a dark pokemon for defending, but with arcanine being weak to so much of the top tier and him getting no stab, this attack set wouldn't be that useful.

 Snarl: This move is superior to bite in EPS, however it has lower DPS and over twice as long of an animation 1.1 seconds to bites .5.

#7 Snorlax

 Snorlax: lost by far his best defensive move and lost his best move that will be used for future battles, Body slam. It was replaced by Heavy Slam.

Legacy

 Body Slam: This move gained a massive buff with the update, making it a three bar 50 damage move, which he gets STAB on. You might be wondering why experience players rate body slam so high, when you consider its DPS is 32.89 compared to hyper beams 49.34. The reason is very simple Hyper beam has an animation that is twice as long as Body Slam, 3.8 to 1.9. When an attack is easily dodged  you can to consider that the actually damage it will be doing is going to be this reduced amount which is 37.25. The probability that a player attacking a gym will successfully dodge every body slam with its 1.9 second animation is extremely low, unless they player is extremely skilled well also being lucky if they are using any pokemon that isn't using extremely fast animation attacks as well.

Replacement

 Heavy Slam: This is the replacement, it is a two bar 70 damage attack, it has a 2.1 second animation. This is still a pretty good defensive move set with its slightly higher dps 33.3 and only having a slightly slower animation. The real difference is that its a two bar instead of a three, so it wont spam as much as Body Slam.

#8 Gengar 

This update replaced two of Gengar's charge attacks and one of his fast moves. He lost Shadow Claw for fast moves, Sludge wave and Dark pulse for charge moves. They were replaced with Hex, Sludge Bomb and Focus Blast respectively.

Legacy

 Shadow Claw: This move is going to be valuable as it has one of the highest DPS for any fast move and it also has good EPS and a quick animation time of .7 seconds. This attack combined with even shadow ball(two attacks normal types are resistant too) is strong enough to beat blissey before the timer, even using a far lower CP... pretty OP. Too bad he is such a lower stat pokemon or he would be the top choice for attacking for many players!

 Sludge Wave: This attack is very strong 110 damage 3.2 second animation. Although Sludge bomb replaced it and is a better attack! So collectible, but not a best move set!

 Dark Pulse:  3 second cast, two bar 80 damage, strong but without the stab and a longer animation time its a far inferior attack to Sludge Bomb! Once again collectible but this move has no practical use!

Replacements

Hex: This move has a far lower DPS than the legacy move it replaced at 10.42 versus Shadow Claw at 16.07, the only upside is it has a huge advantage in EPS at 12.5 versus 8.57. What really makes Shadow claw so much better is its combination of both a much higher dps and a way shorter animation time of .7 seconds versus hexs 1.2!

 Sludge Bomb: This is a best attack set for charge moves for Gengar, both by raw numbers and intuitively. It is a two bar attack with 80 damage and it has a quick animation time of 2.3 seconds with a DPS of 43.48. 

 Focus Blast: This is a heavy hitter at 140 damage at 40 DPS. Pretty slow animation though at 3.5 and with no STAB on a pokemon with low CP its pretty useless. Gengars Huge Attack stat will make it hit pretty hard, but its definitely not a great move set for this pokemon!


Notes Please Read!!!

 I am aware of all of the Legacy moves, this guide is far from complete. I am posting this so people can get the information as I have time to add to it. I will try my best to complete this guide as i dont want trainers deleting legacy pokemon they wont be able to collect in the future other than from trading, which legacy pokemon will be very valuable to someone collecting them! So they wont come cheap! I wont have time to go back through every place I posted this, so either check back or i will post updates on my Facebook page, i will simply post that i have made additions on my comment on my page. There are a lot of Legacy pokemon with this new update, some of them are just things i wouldnt even waste inventory space holding, i will get to these last. 

 I have included the explanations about each move and their replacements because this information will help you regardless of whether or not you happen to have a specific legacy pokemon!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dealing with blissey

 Dealing with Blissey, The new King of the Gym


Blissey is by far the strongest gym pokemon since the update simply because of its massive HP and its attack combination with its Normal Pokemon type.
 I have seen it recommended that players should use Primape or Machamp, this is a terrible idea and i feel bad for players who have spent resources on these pokemon. Blissey has raw stats that are far too high for either of these pokemon to deal with especially when you consider that 1 of the 2 "fast" moves that blissey has is Zen Headbutt a psychic type attack, which fighting type pokemon are weak too. Also Blissey gets Psychic which will destroy Either of these two pokemon, in a fight where levels are equal a machamp(the better of the two) will lose versus a blissey with zen psychic, and even without either of these attacks he will barely survive if the player successfully dodges every attack. Since Blissey has so much health you cant dodge its fast attacks or you will end up timing out well fighting it with most pokemon. So if you use a fighting type pokemon, even if you successfully beat it you will go through multiple pokemon and not efficiently beat the gym unless you're at a lvl advantage, then best case scenario you will barely win.

Pokemon To use Versus Blissey

Top tier


 Top tier is comprised of pokemon I personally would choose to use, these pokemon will beat a Blissey with no problem once you use them a few times, and most of them can suffer failed dodges and still come out victorious. The whole focus of a trainer wanting to build a strong battling team, should be to have a team of 6 pokemon that can take down a lvl 10 gym by themselves. Using top tier pokemon you can beat a blissey and then still beat another pokemon. These pokemon actually carry their weight in a 6 versus 10 fight in a gym. Focus on these pokemon, if there is a nest farm it, if you see one nearby go for it. Vaporeon is the easiest to acquire, if you cant get a dragonite, tyranitar or gyarados get several vaporeon, I sometimes will use three Vaporeon when I attack a gym. In fact all of these top tier i list i would use multiple of them in my inventory versus many gym builds! These pokemon will not only be great choices for gyms now but they will be top picks for trainer battles in the not too distant future!


 Dragonite: The Best pokemon to deal with a Blissey is a Dragonite, it has fast attacks and deals insanely high amounts of damage regardless of the type of pokemon it fights against. Against a Blissey and with the new update changing Dragonites moves, any dragonite will take out a blissey if you simply dodge its charge attacks and dps when its using just its fast attacks.
 Take note that even when a dragonite fights against a blissey with Dazzling gleam he will have more life left than a machamp fighting the same blissey well both dragonite and blissey are the same lvl(this is assuming you dodge the charge moves, because no pokemon will survive eating the attacks of Blissey and successfully beat it).



 Tyranitar: this pokemon will also easily deal with a blissey, with its massive attack stat, good HP, high defense, and the fact that it will be resistant to the normal type attacks and psychic type attacks that blissey can be equipped with(pound and Hyper Beam, zenheadbutt Psychic). Tyranitar would be best attacking Blissey if it had Bite and Stone Edge(it is fast with a high DPS) or Bite Crunch(crunch has a larger raw damage output but crunch leaves Tyranitar open to attacks for larger periods of time). Bite will generate more EPS(Energy per second), do more damage, and is a fast animation so it will make dodging easy! Stone Edge Tyranitar gets STAB with and its a very fast animation. I don't even have one yet so i understand most player wont have access, but i still have to cover this pokemon.




 Gyarados: This is one of the best attackers you can use versus blissey, however only with one attack set, "Bite" "Hydro Pump". Gyarados is an excellent choice because its high damage attack sets with good EPS fast moves and STAB on its charge attack with its high attack stat. It is also a very balanced pokemon with attack:237 defense:197 Stamina:190 This is another Pokemon that may be hard for players to get unfortunately though, since it requires so many candies to evolve.



 Vaporeon: Since not all players have a dragonite and probably very few have Tyranitar at this point, my next suggestion is something that every player should have, if you don't you are able to get one guaranteed through the Easter egg hunt by naming a Eevee "Rainer"( this only works once so make sure to use it on a high IV Eevee). There are two attack sets that will efficiently take down a Blissey with a Vaporeon, either Hydro pump or aqua tail. Hydro pump hits harder for its one bar making it nice because it only has to be used one time for the single bar, Aqua Tail is an insanely good move since the update as it is only a 1.8 second animation and does 50 damage with 3 bars, this is a great attack for attacking as well because the full bar will do 150 damage and its insanely quick animation leaves little chance for a pokemon to land a large attack on you. Vaporeon would be my #1 recommendation for most players for several reasons, first off it is easy to obtain, second 2 of its 3 possible attack sets are going to make dealing with blissey easy, third it has a very high HP stat combined with good attack and defense, meaning it will not only be able to do enough damage to take down a blissey, but it will also be able to take a bunch of hits! It is still very important to dodge the large attacks! Blissey is the best defending pokemon because even when using a Top tier pokemon its gauranteed to do a good amount of damage because you have to focus on dealing damage or you wont beat it before the timer expires. So even when using a dragonite, your dragonite will suffer a lot of damage!(or any other pokemon). Vaporeon is a very balanced pokemon for a top tier pokemon attack:205 defense:177 Stamina:260. Vaporeon has been one of my favorites since the beginning and has only gotten better with the update! It is by far the strongest of the Eevee evolution's and all players should try to get a few of these!




Middle Tier

 Middle tier are pokemon that can be useful to defeat a Blissey, although they are not proficient or a best choice, they have some other factor that already makes them valuable to a trainer, so it puts them into a category where powering them up wont leave a trainer with a pokemon they invested in that inevitably they will find to be useless.

 Rhydon: He has good things going for him versus a Blissey, he is resistant to normal type attacks, hyper beam and pound. He also has massive stats and a well balanced spread of those stats. The reason why this top tier pokemon falls into the middle tier is for a few reasons. First off both his attacks are slow animations, and the one that gets a weakness bonus doesnt get STAB so the DPS and EPS isn't that great. More than this, because he has slow animations he is likely to get caught by many of the charge attacks, or he will spend lots of time not actually dishing out his mediocre DPS. Rhydon is a top tier defender, there is no contesting this with his heavy hitting primary attacks and his hard hitting and quick animation Stone Edge, just his attack combinations dont tanslate well for an attacker. I use Rhydon as a gym defender and all but 1 of my Rhydons have wins.. and I have a lot of them! More than this, most players might not know this, but Rhydon has a future evolution "Rhyperior", so when pretty much every pokemon we currently have becomes obsolete because future generations are so much stronger, Rhydon will just evolve and be right back at the top of the food chain!


 Golem: With this update Golem became way stronger and more viable as an attacker due to the increase in the strength of "rock throw". The DPS is very respectable and is actually higher than both mudslap and rocksmash for effective DPS over a Rhydon, despite Rhydon having far superior raw stats. Golem is actually a useful pokemon because he is strong versus a dragonite if he has Rock Throw and Stone edge. Also with his resistance too normal type attacks and the fast animation of both Rock Throw .9 seconds, and Stone Edge 2.3 seconds, he is actually a pokemon I would use in my personal arsenal. I enjoy using the double ground of my legacy Golem, Mud Shot + Earthquake and i now enjoy my max Rock Throw Stone Edge. This still isnt something that i would power as a priority, however it is a good pokemon to add to your arsenal with the nerf of Lapras he is a top contender for a counter to Dragonite, him being mediocre versus Blissey just adds more usefulness to him with this attack set.



 Exeggutor: This pokemon has a good attack stat and a much better HP than Alakzam or Espeon. Its highest damage output settup is Confusion and Solar beam(this is now legacy) this combination gives the highest damage output due to confusions high DPS and Solar Beams high damage. Since we had an event just before Confusion became legacy on him you may have one, however a confusion Exeggutor is a better gym defender than attacker! Luckily Exeggutors new attack sets, although they lack the DPS of confusion, they make up for it with the high EPS of their new attacks. Exeggutor makes a more legitimate choice to power up over a Machamp, because Exeggutor is good versus a wide variety of common pokemon that are on gyms, Vaporeon, Rhydon, Golem, and he would be decent versus a Tyranitar(He wont be an optimal choice versus Tyranitar because Tyranitar is a Dark type along with rock, so he will do extra damage to Exeggutor), for these reasons I once again suggest focusing on getting a Vaporeon first as its great versus Rhydon, Golem and Tyranitar and will beat a Blissey with plenty of life remaining to take out another pokemon or at least take out a large chunk.



If you dont have a top tier


 This group of pokemon are pokemon that have the attack power and attack sets to win in certain scenarios or are able to barely get the job done. This could include pokemon that will take blissey down successfully if they are a higher level or simply if the Blissey doesn't have an attack set that that pokemon is weak too.

 Espeon: This pokemon has an amazing attack stat(only about 10 less than Dragonite), this combined with a hard hitting "Confusion"15.63, and "Future Sight" 55.56 make it so that it can beat a blissey before the timer. The problem with Espeon is it has very low HP. On the Bright side its resistant to psychic attacks. This still isn't something to focus on getting, trainers should only get lower tier pokemon once they already have all the top tier they need maxed out and sufficient gym defenders.





 Alakazam: This Pokemon has an even higher attack stat than Espeon and can get Confusion and Future Sight, it however has an even lower HP stat, it will beat blissey before the time but may take 2  of them to accomplish the job. Alakazam will also be resistant to psychic. Once again this is a pokemon i do not reccomend to focus getting. I want you to focus things that will help you to beat a gym solo, not something that will require multiple pokemon or will barely get the job done!




 Machamp: Machamp is able to beat a Blissey under correct circumstances, these mainly being that the blissey doesn't have psychic. If the Blissey has Psychic and zen headbutt unless the Machamp is a much higher level he will not be able to solo the Blissey. Even best case scenario if a max Machamp fights a Max Blissey and the blissey does not have psychic he will barely win the fight assuming you don't get hit by any of his charge moves. This is a very poor decision to invest stardust in a pokemon specifically  to fight a pokemon that it can only barely beat and cant even beat it if it has a certain attack set.

Primape: This pokemons stats are so bad that it never should have been suggested as a viable counter for a top tier pokemon like Blissey. CP is an output of a pokemons overall stats, Primape maxs over 1000cp under blissey. The only way Primape wins vs a Blissey is at a severely high level advantage. This is plain and simply a waste of resources, dont ever invest in a primape unless it recieves an insane stat boost, which it never will because its not a popular pokemon, never has been and never will be.

You might be wondering why I don't have a primape here. The answer is simple, i have way too much good stuff to even clutter my inventory with even a legacy primape. They are garbage, the only reason to catch one is for experience and stardust.
Notes and Conclusion

 I am not going to go into every pokemon that can beat a Blissey well suffering many causalities, simply because you should all focus on getting the top tier instead of investing your valuable resources into things that wont be very effective! If you don't have any of the top tier focus on Vaporeon, because it is the easiest to obtain and two of its 3 attack sets will work for taking down Blissey. I also suggest focusing on Vaporeon not only because it is the easiest to obtain, but also because soon Tyranitar will be in every gym you fight against, Vaporeon is the best counter against tyranitar as well, because it has a water fast attack and water charge attacks. So Vaporeon will do extra damage to Tyranitar because of his "Rock" type" well also being resistant to his quick move "iron tail" and his fire move "Fire Blast". Also Gyarados may be more effective vs Blissey but it will be less effective vs Tyranitar because Tyranitar will be resistant to his fast move "Bite".



 Nothing will beat blissey without taking a decent amount of damage, its just not possible because over time the small hits will add up, that is why its important to use pokemon with a good balance of stats, well also having enough damage output to beat it before the timer ends. Don't be discouraged by these gym monsters, consider it a new challenge to learn how to deal with :). You will learn how to dodge its attacks and be knocking them out of gyms soon enough now that you know what to use. Also remember to use team work if you can! Pokemon go was meant to bring people together!

 You should take note that although it is possible for a machamp to beat blissey, it is simply not the best choice, it will suffer more damage even when not fighting against a blissey with psychic. Also the usefulness of machamp is very limited and he isn't a best choice against anything. A vaporeon for instance will absolutely destroy Rhydons, golems, or Tyranitar and be able to go through several of them if you're not hit by charge moves. When I invest resources into a pokemon I want it to be as useful as possible, I dont want to be investing resources in a pokemon that will barely beat one pokemon, when I could have invested in a pokemon that could go through two or three. Machamp is way better than he was before the update but he still falls far short of many other choices. Exeggutor is in the same position as vaporeon in the fact that it will beat every pokemon that machamp will and he will do it more efficiently.

 Take note, I have limited time and work on these when i find time. I have listed the most frequent choices and the best picks. If you have something you would like me to add please comment and I will add it when I have time!