Besides, with or without Life Orb, Seismic Toss will still cause too much damage while Chansey or Blissey completely sponge even +2 attacks.
@SharKing and @Heathcliff Huxtable
blissey hard counters any hydra without taunt.(Edit: that is any hydra without physical moves or u turn which are not useful on a np set) I agree that seismic toss would do a lot but with leftovers and wish support, hydreigon can get easily get to +4 against blissey. Taunt is a fantastic stall breaker. And hydra gets Dragon pulse + Fail blast(perfect 2 move neutral coverage).
Unforunately hydra lacks speed to do any stat boosting.
What if a grass type Pokemon was also half fire type? It would be weak to only one type! Man, that would be useful.
It would also be Stealth Rock weak so that could play a factor. It would also need a move that could heavily damage Dragon Types and Heatran as those may prove to be problematic, so a Rock Type move could be what it needs. Reckless or Rock-Head could work with Flare Blitz, Wood Hammer, and Head Smash.
Emphasis on defensive. Aerodactyl's built for fast and hard hitting, it's kinda frail when it comes to it. With stuff like Sazandora out there, I wouldn't want a part dragon Aerodactyl.
Flying's not as good as Dragon offensively, which is really where that came from. Aerodactyl's already pretty frail, so I didn't think it would make much difference, but good point about the hazzards.
Kinda along the same lines, would you use a Dragon/Fire PKMN in the OU Metagame if it had the Base Stats of Celebi?
What if Swampert got Sap Sipper? Tehehe
^lol,then Ferrothorn would scurry at the sight of Swampert.
Actually any dragon poke with decent boosting moves, having a niche and a good ability will be OU.
Yeah, and that's why sadly Druddigon is too outclassed by Haxorus. However, with a CB on a Trick Room team it fits perfectly (since I believe it has some bulk and a pretty good Attack stat)
@Synthesis Then Swampert would have a much better niche in the metagame than Unaware Quagsire.
Haxorus has a bst of 540 while Druddigon has a bst of 485. Haxorus has one used stat (Special Defense) lower than that of Druddigon, while its Attack and Speed are significantly higher. Haxorus is ultimately, conceptually, a sweeper, while Druddigon can't sweep without team-specific support. (trick Room, Baton Pass, etc.)
Haxorus doesn't even need Dragon Dance, frankly, though it is a better of the options for Haxorus that Haxorus likes even when it isn't utilized (as it increase set unpredictability).
If you use Druddigon as a Haxorus, it ultimately won't ever be as good as Haxorus. Druddigon's base speed is 48--one shouldn't automatically think "sweeper" when thinking of using it. (Druddigon exclusively has some useful "odd" moves by the way, Chip Away, Pursuit, Sucker Punch, and Glare. Snarl also can be useful-ish.)
Regarding Swampert, well, if Swampert had Sap Sipper, then I dare say that it wouldn't have been a starter pokemon at any time in its life. The Water pokemon is "scissors," after all, in a repeated, simplish formula.
But such is not a competitive observation. Regardless, I don't like speculation of this sort. It equates to "What if we took a pokemon's very big weakness--that also being its only weakness--and made it so that it was immune to this weakness (or better, with Sap Sipper) completely?" The same thing could be done with Scizor, Forretress, and other pokemon I'm sure that I don't care to think about.
Imagine if a weaker Pokemon like Banette could learn Dark Void and Hypno could learn Psystrike, for example? If they got these moves/other good abilities like how Ninetales and Politoed got great ones, would they rise in usage?