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Honchkrow is a Dark & Flying Pokémon which evolves from Murkrow. It is vulnerable to Rock, Electric, Ice and Fairy moves. Honchkrow's strongest moveset is Snarl & Brave Bird and it has a Max CP of 2,711.
"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."
Snarl is recommended for its very fast energy generation, which lets it utilize its strong charge moves much sooner.
Sky Attack is a strong charge move that is efficient on energy and also benefits from STAB. Dark Pulse is Honchkrow's second best move, and a powerful hit on the Steel-types that resist Sky Attack.
Honchkrow is a very fragile and offensive-oriented Pokemon, with one of the poorest bulk ratings among competitive picks in this league. Honchkrow somewhat makes up for this major liability by threatening huge damage from its strong STAB charge moves, which it can access very quickly thanks to its fast energy generation. Unfortunately its reliance on shields for survival in addition to its inability to endure prolonged battles results in a poor rating.
At first glance, Honchkrow's Dark typing may seem valuable in a Giratina-centric meta, and wins against the Origin Forme may support that claim. However, its poor bulk results in losses against not only the Altered Forme, but certain bulky Psychic-type Pokemon, which sets Honchkrow back when considering the Dark-type role. The combination of Snarl and Dark Pulse can still deal big damage to another huge threat such as Registeel, though, which has a much easier matchup against other Flying-types.
Honchkrow has a max CP of 2711, which is inadequate for Master League, despite its strong moveset.
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