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Strike (Special) Tier 1
Analysis by EmmaNielsen
Other Forms

Trainer

Pokemon Info

Type Dark
Weak Vs Fighting
Role Strike (Special)
Base Potential
Gender Female

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Stats

HP 85
ATK 18
DEF 9
Sp. ATK 22
Sp. DEF 9
Speed 22
HP 460
ATK 268
DEF 155
Sp. ATK 336
Sp. DEF 141
Speed 345
Bulk 463

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Pokemon Analysis

Overview

Karen & Houndoom are a hyper-offensive Striker Sync Pair who could also be considered to be a pseudo-Tech Sync Pair. The duo come with multiple mechanics to shake up your foes, whether you immobilize them or straight up knock them out on the spot. On top of Houndoom’s absurd damage output, it can Flinch the enemy and even reduce their Sp.Atk, greatly easing your team’s path to victory.

Strengths

High Base Stats

Houndoom has one of the highest Sp.Atk stats in the game, with very good Speed on top of it. Upon transforming, Mega Houndoom amplifies these stats to an even higher level, leaving most competitors in the dust with its blazing Speed and terrific Sp.Atk.

More Than Just Damage

Before Mega Evolution, Houndoom has access to Bite, which can Flinch the enemy, and Snarl, an AoE attack that reduces all enemies’ Sp.Atk by -1. Houndoom therefore comes with a lot of utility before Mega Evolution. After Mega Evolving, Bite turns into Snarl, and the previous Snarl turns into Dark Pulse, a 95 Base Power move which can leave the enemy Flinched.

Build-Up Phase Not an Issue

One of the best things about this Sync Pair is the strong Build-Up Phase that Karen & Houndoom have, which is the period between the encounter beginning and Mega Evolution occurring. Karen has the Trainer Moves Dire Hit, which raises Houndoom’s Crit Rate by +1, and “Entertain Me!”, which raises Houndoom’s Sp.Atk by +3 and a further +1 for each 20% health it’s missing. With the right support, it’s possible for Houndoom to reach +6 Sp.Atk and +3 Dire Hit for maximum Special damage and 100% Critical Hit Chance.

Weaknesses

Not Quite Dedicated to Being A Striker 

Karen & Houndoom have an amazing kit for dishing out a lot of damage, but Blue & Pidgeot showed us that it is possible to dish out even more damage, and even a fully promoted Mega Beedrill (a natural 3 star!) will end up having more offensive stats than Karen & Houndoom. Due to the semi-Tech elements of Karen & Houndoom’s kit, they incur the drawback of hitting some limitations in terms of absolute power.

Team Synergy

Karen has the perfect Trainer Moves to boost Houndoom’s offensive capabilities, so pairing Houndoom up with Support Pairs who can stack even more of the same buffs is the most direct way to support it. For Houndoom, those would be Sync Pairs with party Sp.Atk and Dire Hit buffs, making sure Houndoom gets +6 Sp.Atk and +3 Dire Hit. Speed and immediate Move Gauge Replenish also have their uses for helping dish out additional damage.

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Moves

Type Dark
Category
Power
39 / 46
Accuracy 95
Target All opponents
Cost
Lowers the target’s Sp. Atk.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Category
Target Self
Uses 2
Sharply raises the user’s critical-hit rate.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Type Dark
Category
Power
95 / 114
Accuracy 100
Target An opponent
Cost
Has a small chance of making the target flinch.
Move Unlock Requirements
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
The lower the user’s HP is, the more this move raises the user’s Sp. Atk.

Sync Move

Type Dark
Category
Power
160 / 192
Accuracy -
Target An opponent
Effect Tag -

Become Mega Houndoom.

Passive Skills