@Suicune95: This is the best bulky set to be posted on the thread imo. However, it should be noted that the team really needs to be built around this set since either STAB option has common resists/immunities to play around.
I beleive too many of these sets are focused purely around Emboar hitting as hard as it can with Reckless. Reckless is great and Emboar can hit hard, but it is not nearly as intimidating as Blaziken or Infernape in terms of a sweeper. Base 65 Speed is terrible, and sets that want to utilize it have to give up bulk in order to compensate for this stat. What I see is a tank ready to happen.
What Emboar can
do that both Blaziken and Infernape cannot is tank. Comparing stats I see all with good offenses on all ends, Blaziken sporting 120/110/80, Infernape with 104/104/108, and Emboar with 123/100/65. Simply put, Emboar is a less intimidating Blaziken
with its lack of speed, similar Attack stats, and Blaziken's superior Fighting STAB. Blaziken and Infernape also have the moves Swords Dance (and Infernape of course has its Nasty Plot) which is far more effective for sweeping than Bulk Up, making those measly 3 base points and the 20% Reckless boost moot. Emboar's offense also kills most of the extra HP it has. Flare Blitz and Head Smash are unfortunately the best choices Emboar has to deal with threats and would lose vital KO's by switching to Stone Edge. This defeats Emboar's ability to take a hit since each attack has recoil even without Life Orb. Superpower also lowers both Attack and Defense, making it much more difficult to perform a sweep. However, when we look at defensive stats I see Blaziken with 80/70/70, Infernape's 76/71/71, and Emboar with 110/65/65. This is where Emboar sets itself apart from those with similar typing: defense
I can see that some would not consider Emboar to have good typing for a tank. I can agree to some extent but there are many reasons why it can work and work so well. It resists Fire, Grass, Ice, Dark, and Steel-type moves while having a x4 resistance to Bug. Immediately I see a reliable Scizor counter or, at bare minimum, check. Since Psychic is basically not used, Emboar must watch out for Water and Ground while keeping in mind Flying is used from time to time. Though he has some difficulties with the metagame at a standpoint, he can deal with some threats without much of a problem. I suggest a set such as this:
220 HP / 112 Attack / 120 Defense / 56 Speed
- Flare Blitz
- Superpower/Brick Break
- Head Smash
Emboar's Speed might be low but its not quite useless. With 56 Speed
, Emboar will outrun Skarmory, bulky Scizor, 76 Speed Tyranitar, lead Metagross (and other 12 Speed variants), and bulky Breloom. Notice these are all threats Emboar can dominate in one hit. 220 HP
is the highest leftovers point Emboar can reach (thought its not that great of a number, I find its a better investment than 252 into HP). 112 Attack
is a solid jump point, a few things to mention is it will always OHKO Heatran
, 252 HP Scrafty
, and Tyranitar
with Superpower (Brick Break is there for those who don't mind the power drop compared to the stat drop), scores a OHKO on Defense Skarmory
12% of the time with SR down and always OHKO's Metagross
, and Jirachi
with Flare Blitz, while Head Smash will score a OHKO on Gyarados
, and Zapdos
with Stealth Rock down. The 120 Defense
points are mostly left over and placed there to increase its ability to take physical threats near its Speed level.
Though, as mentioned before, Emboar's movepool seems to prevent anything Emboar would have. A WoW on the switch can cripple faster Earthquake users. Not only that, but two of the best Wish-passers, Vapreon and Latias, cover Emboar's weaknesses and vice-versa and both appreciate WoW support. Since Emboar's typing tends to keep Steel-types at bay, Toxic can nab things like Jellicent or Swampert.
There are other options for Emboar, such as Mix-sets focused around move combinations like Flare Blitz / Wild Charge / Grass Knot / Superpower
and defensive Rest/Sleep Talk variations, but both are outclassed. The next best thing is a Jolly Choice Band set.