Special delivery from 4th gen!
Item: Choice specs
EVs: 252 Special Attack, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Leaf Storm/Energy Ball
Air Cutter/Silver Wind/Toxic
Shiftry straight from D/Pea/Pla/HG/SS can do some things when dealt with correctly after that semi-annoying mini game to get it to Black and White. Leaf Storm should be seldom used if you don't want to lose Sp. Attack, but can pack a rather big punch, while Energy Ball can lower the opponents Sp. Defense, but doesn't pack as big a punch as Leaf Storm. Dark Pulse, learned through TM 79 in 4th gen, is the best special dark type move for Shiftry, but Speed would make the Flinching thing not as useful. Extrasensory is the same deal as Dark Pulse, and has a lot of PP for an 80 power psychic type attack that covers Poison types. Air Cutter, learned through paying up 48 BP in HG/SS and through shard exchange in Platinum, covers bug types and is the most referred since Shiftry is pretty weak to bug types, while Silver Wind, learned through TM 62, isn't very reliable, but can raise all of Shiftry's stats by 1 stage, and Toxic is just there if you don't want either of the other 2 options. Choice Specs raise Shiftry's Sp. Attack by enough to equal the power of Shiftry's Physical Attack.
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