Honchkrow, The Big Boss Pokémon. A single cry from this nocturnal Pokémon, and more than a hundred of its Murkrow cronies will assemble. If its Murkrow cronies fail to catch food for it, or if it feels they have betrayed it, it will hunt them down wherever they are and punish them. It will absolutely not forgive failure from or betrayal by its goons. It has no choice in this if it wants to maintain the order of the flock. Its goons take care of most of the fighting for it. The only time it dirties its own hands is in delivering a final blow to finish off an opponent.
Murkrow was one of the handful of pokemon to gain a new evolution in DPP and Honchkrow helps round out Mukrows rougher edges, namely by increasing its power. Honchkrow is a powerhouse being a dangerous wall breaker with its massive 125 Attack and 105 Special Attack. This power is cemented with Honchkrow's impressive movepool with access to STAB Sucker Punch and Pursuit, furthering how flexible Honchkrow can be as well as make it a more threatening wall breaker as it can “trap” threats with a Pursuit, almost matching Tyranitar's power down a couple tiers. However, Honchkrow continues to suffer from most of Murkrow's problems, namely its poor defenses making Honchkrow easy to revenge kill, as well as middling Speed.
Insomnia - Prevents Sleep - Insomnia is a good ability as it allows for more switch-in opportunities, but when there's the option of Moxie, Insomnia loses a lot of its usefulness.
Life Orb Attacker
Brave Bird is the primary STAB move muscling through a large part of the lower tier metagame, or at least removing large amounts of health. Sucker Punch is the primary Dark STAB giving Honchkrow a way to answer both faster threats and clean up kills on choice locked threats. Pursuit makes a home as a tech choice to trap in threats and hurt things trying to get out. Superpower is there to round out coverage to help deal with threats such as Steelix and Rhydon that can give Honchkrow a headache.
Other Options and Partners
Heat Wave - Not as good as it used to be, Heat Wave is still nice to hit Steel threats that Honchkrow has to use Superpower or Sucker Punch to deal with. While not always worth giving up the coverage, it's still a solid move.
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
With Doubles being the land of the Fairies, Honchkrow does not have the prowess to make a lasting impression on the format. The crow is further hindered by his low base Speed stat, though access to priority moves helps alleviate that somewhat. It is not recommended for competitive use, so proceed with caution.
- Brave Bird
Brave Bird functions as a potent STAB option for Honchkrow, possibly scoring mayor damage if he is not under the influence of Intimidate. Sucker Punch offers a form of priority that is reliant on the opponent using a damaging move, however the attack has lost prominence with the existence of Tapu Lele and Psychic Terrain which effectively nullifies all forms of priority moves. Superpower strikes Steel-type Pokemon such as Ferrothorn for high amounts of damage, though it immediately drops Honchkrow's attack power while simultaneously making it more frail against physical moves. Pursuit can be option if it intends on catching a Pokemon switching out. Protect increases longevity, and eases prediction. Life Orb increases damage output, but it comes at a cost of recoil which worsens when used in tandem with Brave Bird. Alternatively, Honchkrow can provide speed control via Tailwind which increases speed by one stage.
Other Options & Team Ideas
- A special set consisting of Heat Wave, Dark Pulse, and Icy Wind could be considered if it was not for its inferior Special Attack stat.
Priority - With its low base Speed, Honchkrow is weak to strong priority users. Faster priority users can get around Honchkrow's own priority due to Sucker Punches mechanics work. Slower Priority users also have an edge as Honchkrow users might not go for Sucker Punch favoring more damage.
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