Pros:
- Viable attack and bulk combined with Intimidate which makes it bulky
- Access to multiple useful attack like Cross Chop, Thrash, Flare Blitz, etc., and especially Dark Lariat.
- Access to support moves like Will-o-Wisp, Roar, etc.
- The most useful starter.

Cons:
- Absence of reliable recovery move outside Rest. Leech Life is not reliable.
- Intimidate is still not available.
- Speed is within the death zone range, making it hard to utilize the stat-boosting moves like Swords Dance, Bulk Up and Nasty Plot.
- Lacks move that will cover its weakness to Water and Ground