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Well, i mean you could just attack... Are there any benefits at all?
Any scenarios where it is useful? In my opinion, using moves that damage the opponent instead of using Future Sight is way better.

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That's really true for almost all attacks that don't cause damage. –  SaintWacko Mar 22 '13 at 20:27
    
@SaintWacko Lots of attacks that don't cause damage do have an effect that is tangible and useful (like Calm Mind, for example). Future Sight...isn't like that. –  StrixVaria Mar 22 '13 at 20:28
    
@StrixVaria I've never found any of those to increase damage output enough to justify not attacking that turn. –  SaintWacko Mar 22 '13 at 20:29
    
Yeah, @StrixVaria is right. Lots of attacks that don't cause damage do have an effect that is super useful. But Future Sight aparently don't. –  MurifoX Mar 22 '13 at 20:33

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Well Future Sight does damage your opponent, just two turns later. In fact, unlike many status-inflicting attacks, Future Sight isn't quite "wasting" an attack either; two turns later Future Sight will inflict damage in addition to whatever move you make, so it's still possible to attack 3 times inside 3 turns with Future Sight, provided the battle lasts until Future Sight activates.

One of the benefits of Future Sight (from Bulbapedia) is:

Future Sight can hit through Wonder Guard, Protect, and Detect. It can knock out a target that used Endure, but not one wearing a Focus Sash that has full HP. Protect and Detect does not stop from using this move.

A potential setup against a defensive pokemon is to use Future Sight when you expect them to use Protect/etc to save up your attack for later or to hit through a future Protect status attack.

But it's still not that great, since it requires your opponent to be defending either when the move hits or when you cast it. When it's a move with an unusual use that Smogon can't find a use for it's often not all that great of a move (if there's some amazing, broken use for a move, Smogon will find it. Then they will ban it).

An additional use was that prior to Gen 5 it did not take type into account, always dealing a 1x type based multiplier. As of Gen 5 it's a proper Psychic move though, so it's useless as a type-ignoring move. It does however have 100 power in Gen 5 (it used to be 80), making it one of the stronger Psychic attacks (albeit with an annoying handicap). Psychic is only 10% weaker but has zero set up required.

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There are a number of good reasons to use Future Sight, especially in Gen II-IV.

The most important aspect of Future Sight is that it will hit a replacement monster. This means that you can cast it against a monster you can defeat easily in the first round of combat, and use the damage on a later, more dangerous monster.

In Gen II-IV, the damage dealt was typeless, and based on targeted pokemon's Special Defense, NOT the hit monster's.

And, as Ben says, it can strike through a number of defensive moves.

This is a move that's only really useful in trainer battles, but it has a little niche that might be hard to otherwise fill.

Source: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Future_Sight_%28move%29

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I'm hardly a pro in pokemon, but say you expect the opponent to use protect, dig, fly, or any other move that basically ignores any attacks of yours. Using future sight would allow you to not waste a turn. Especially if the opponent uses protect, Future Sight ignores that move and deals damage anyway. But that's my experience. I'm sure it has other uses.

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Hmm, that's an interesting way of seeing this. But, if the Future Sight have a 2 turn wait, won't the Protect/Fly/Dig user just use it again on the second turn? –  MurifoX Mar 22 '13 at 20:33
    
Likely, yes. But if he uses protect again, it doesn't matter. And if he uses Fly or Dig, then you're nearly 100% sure he WILL use those moves. Therefore, you can plan ahead, since you know what he'll do. –  Shinra Mar 22 '13 at 20:37
    
@MurifoX Protect/Detect have increasing chances of failure as you use them repeatedly (not that it matters against Future Sight itself) –  Ben Brocka Mar 22 '13 at 20:41

The first thing I see on the usefulness of Future Sight is that it can hit through Protect, Detect, other defensive moves (you just have to be patient), ignores Endure.

Because psychic is NOT super-effective against either Ghost or Bug types, Future Sight can be used to break through Shedinja's "Wonder Guard" ability (instead of using other psychic attacks and have the damage reduced to zero). Another thing is: because the damage dealt is "type-less", Future Sight is able to deal damage to Dark type pokemon (as they should be immune to psychic type attacks).

Not sure if its been mentioned already, but another thing is if the defending pokemon uses Bide (or some similar move), you can use Future Sight (if not a supportive move like Calm Mind or status inflicting attacks) to prevent from receiving damage after the turns the defending pokemon prepares to return 2x the damage you deal it.

And, the moves description says that "Future Sight can hit activate even if the user and/or the (original) target switch out".

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