Pokemusings, week 44

Helping Hand gives an attack boost to its partner. The great thing about this move is that it precedes all other attacks, regardless of the Pokemon's Speed stat. This is a great move for a Water Absorb Vaporeon. In addition to boosting its partner's Surf for higher damage, Vaporeon will just sit back and soak up some hit points. Similarly, Helping Hand can be used by Jolteon to boost a Discharge while it soaks up health with Volt Absorb and by Flareon to boost a Lava Plume while getting a fire boost with Flash Fire.

Above: Jolteon can make excellent use of Helping Hand

Between our doubles issue in October and this edition of Pokemusings, you can see that doubles battles are a whole different ballgame (go Yankees!!!). While you're figuring out what doubles moves are right for you, we're going to be giving away a pair of items that a perfect for another doubles team: an Adamant Orb and a Lustrous Orb. These fine items give Dialga and Palkia, respectively, a huge power boost. For a chance to win these items, head on over to our Pokemongeneral discussion boardsand look for a thread called "Pokemusings #44: Win an Admant Orb and a Lustrous Orb!!!" Good luck to everyone and see you next week!

May 8, 2008