First off, we need to preface this post by saying: If you already feel you have a solid grasp on how to play the character or you’re looking for how to compete at a higher level, this is not the post for you. Treat this as simply a 101 overview for a quick rundown on the Pokemon at a high level. That being said, let’s get into it:
This represents the third of 22 “episodes” by Redonkulous Gaming. We will provide overviews of all of the playable characters in the newly released Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. Please reference the below video as a compliment to this breakdown.
Overview of Empoleon
- Health Pool: 630 HP
- Pokemon Type: Standard
- Play-Style: Smooth Criminal
- Speed: Average with uncanny agility
- Recommended Cheer: Standard until comfortable enough to use Special
Duel Phase vs Field Phase
Empoleon is a surprisingly good fighter in both duel and field phases. His lack of pure speed is made up for with great agility and the ability to “glide” towards his opponents and unleash flippers of fury. In the field phase, be careful of faster pokemon and try to push them to duel phase early if possible. Of course, just like any fighter in Pokken Tournament DX he does most of his damage in duel phase. We advise using your support pokemon in field phase to allow you an easier transition to close on your opponent and push duel phase. Empoleon has a fairly strong grab attack, but grabs can be easily countered, so try to avoid over-use of your grab.
Once in duel phase, it is your time to shine. Executing simple combos such as: (FORWARD+A HOLD) (A) will lay down a path of ice and body slam your opponent.
Empoleon is not as combo heavy as some of the other fighters in this game. Instead he relies on burst damage, executing his ultimate attack, and defending as needed. If you are going to main Empoleon, you will need to get somewhat creative and mix up your fighting style when appropriate. If you are consistently assaulting your opponent, then you are opening up yourself to counter-attacks. As mentioned before, Empoleon is not the fastest fighter, so you will need to deploy some guerrilla warfare tactics to chip away at the enemy and build your synergy burst. You can utilize the following combo to make the most of your offensive advances:
The great thing about this one is that it will leave your opponent reeling and open them up for another attack. If executed properly, you will chain the enemy over and over keeping them airborne and finish it with a devastating blow that should give you time to start yet another wave of attacks.
Empoleon can also be sneaky good from the air, but this one requires timing and proper set up to execute. Go ahead and jump towards your opponent and press:
(MIDAIR: Y) (DOWN+Y) (Y+Y)
For an aerial attack that will end with an icy burst.
We rate all Synergy Phases (Mega-Evolutions) on a scale of 1 to Redonkulous! Here is where Empoleon stacks up to the other playable characters:
- Strength of Synergy Phase: Empoleon’s Mega-Evolution is not Redonkulous, but it is pretty darn close. This might be unfair, but when compared to the other fighter’s synergy burst, Empoleon’s is strong, but not strong enough. We give it a score of 9.
- Coolness Factor: Empoleon is sneaky good, but at the end of the day, your affinity for penguins will likely determine how cool you think he really is. We give him a grade of 7 on our sliding scale.
- Finisher: Empoleon’s finisher (ultimate) move is pretty strong alone. That being said, there are nuances required to execute that make it difficult for some to pick up. You have to create a circumstance that will enable Empoleon’s ultimate attack to land. Opponents can dodge it simply by jumping, being just BARELY out of reach, or by shielding. You need to set up the ultimate with a flurry of rock smashes and slaps with the flipper to bring the shield down and keep your opponent grounded. The ease of use is what brings this last score down to an 8.
In addition to to your playable Pokemon, you get to choose a combination of 2 support Pokemon to aid you in battle by pressing (L) when your support gauge is full. This will summon your selected Pokemon to perform a move before fleeing the battlefield. While ultimately the choice will likely come down to personal preference, here is the support combination we recommend to get you started:
- Cubone: Cubone is on a fast charge time which is absolutely great. He doesn’t deal a lot of damage but what he does is set you up to chain attacks by tossing out his bonemerang and moving the enemy closer to you.
- Diglett: Diglett is also on a fast charge time and he is a perfect pairing for Empoleon. By calling Diglett to the battle, he will burrow and pop up under your opponent hitting them several times essentially stunning them. This gives you an opening to glide in and slap around the opposing fighter.
The choice is yours, so be sure to play around with other support options that fit your play-style!
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