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Pinsir is a Bug Pokémon. It is vulnerable to Flying, Rock and Fire moves. Pinsir's strongest moveset is Bug Bite & X-Scissor and it has a Max CP of 2,959.
"Pinsir is astoundingly strong. It can grip a foe weighing twice its weight in its horns and easily lift it. This Pokémon's movements turn sluggish in cold places."
With 2 DPT (Damage Per Turn) and 4 EPT (Energy Per Turn), Fury Cutter is a great move for building energy, and it allows Pinsir to throw out X-Scissor (45 Power/35 Energy) very early and often.
Close Combat (100 Power/45 Energy) and Superpower (85 Power/40 Energy) are both powerful Fighting-type moves that provide wide coverage, don't cost a lot of energy, and apply self-debuffs. However, they're risky to use and could leave Pinsir vulnerable to be farmed.
Pinsir is a fast mono-Bug type Pokemon, but not a particularly bulky one. Bug-types aren't very valuable in the meta, though Pinsir stands out with its access to two very powerful Fighting-type charge moves which hit hard and provide wide relevant coverage. While other Pokemon can do Pinsir's role a lot better, Pinsir's unique moveset may give it a niche in specific formats.
Pinsir has a few very good matchups in the tier and can be useful in some ways, though Scizor does basically the same job even better.
The lack of many good Bug types with high a CP allows Pinsir to slip into the Master League to some degree. However, it doesn't have many note-worthy matchups, so while worthwhile on paper, it's not great in practice.
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