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Murkrow is a potent wallbreaker in PU. It can hit most of the tier neutrally with its coverage and can be difficult to switch into with Brave Bird. Sucker Punch is helpful against offense as well, preempting threats like Magmar that outspeed Murkrow naturally. While extremely frail, Murkrow does have a sliver of defensive utility in the form of Insomnia, letting it aggressively switch into some of the tier's Grass-types like Tangela and Victreebel, which use Sleep Powder. However, this is rather risky. Murkrow also struggles with sustainability between Stealth Rock, Brave Bird, and Life Orb recoil.
name: Life Orb Attacker
move 1: Brave Bird
move 2: Sucker Punch
move 3: Hidden Power Grass
move 4: Heat Wave
item: Life Orb
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
Brave Bird is rather spammable with Murkrow's decent Speed tier. Sucker Punch is solid at picking off weakened fast threats like Purugly and Magmar. It can also hit Metang before a Custap Berry activates. Hidden Power Grass is able to remove common bulky Pokemon like Quagsire and Rhydon. Heat Wave hits Metang without relying on it attacking and does more damage to Tangela than Brave Bird. Given its lack of sustainability, Murkrow tends to fit best on offensive teams. Glalie is a good partner that can use Taunt to block Stealth Rock and provide Spikes to wear down Pokemon like Metang, which Murkrow struggles to break past immediately. Purugly works well with Murkrow, as it can weaken faster Pokemon like Choice Scarf Monferno with Fake Out. Purugly can also bring Murkrow in on foes like Misdreavus with a U-turn. Murkrow can remove Normal-resistant Pokemon like Relicanth and Rhydon in turn. Pokemon like Golduck and Gabite, which are annoyed by Grass-types like Bellossom and Tangela, appreciate Murkrow as well. Relicanth and Bellossom are able to beat foes that check Murkrow like Purugly and Electabuzz.
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