I'd like to present a new episodic sort of segment, in which I cover the most commonly used Pokémon with the ability Prankster. For those that are unaware, Prankster gives a +1 priority to any non-damaging, status move. Eg. Thunder Wave.
Prankster was introduced in Gen 5 and by far the best abuser of this great ability was Thundurus. Since then Prankster has seen a slight nerf in Gen 6, as Prankster priority attacks are blocked by Quick Guard.
Today I'm going to have a look at Murkrow. I've had some recent hands on time with it for a couple of weeks now. And I admit that I really enjoyed using it. It has access to Priority Quash.
Quash's effect is to make whichever Pokémon that was hit by Quash move last. So if I use Quash on a Kangaskhan, it will be the last Pokémon to attack in that same turn it was affected by Quash.
With some clever calls you can gauge which Pokémon on your opponent's side of the field poses the greatest threat, and Quash it so you can KO it with your other Pokémon. It can be very useful in the right situations, but you're most likely to be better off spamming T-wave if you aren't able to make efficient use of Quash.
The Krow also has the right to abuse Roost to keep it healthy and out of that KO range. It's very handy.
My set ran the following:
- Thunder Wave - basically there for the speed control, and very handy on the off chance it paralyses your opponent;
- Roost - see reason above
- Quash - handy to get KO on faster, threatening, Pokémon.
- Taunt - prevent Trick Room Pokémon from setting. Could be replaced with Swagger.
If you're even remotely interested in using this guy, I would whole-heartedly recommend you take him for a spin on SHowdown!. He has a lot of that hipster/niche thing going for it.
In the next installment of Prankster Pokémon, I will cover Meowstic-M.