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I have 3 Vaporeon, and each has different moves. 1 with Water Pulse, 1 with Aqua Tail, and the other one with Hydro Pump.

Which one should I keep to power up? I think the choice is Vaporeon with Aqua Tail and Hydro Pump. Aqua Tail has 2 bars with 50 power, and Hydro Pump has 1 bar with 60 power. I think it should be the one with Aqua Tail since the power difference is just 10 and the gauge can fill faster. Which is the best for battle efficiency?

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    Possible duplicate of Should I prioritize CP or moves? – Wrigglenite Jul 15 '16 at 16:41
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    Don't believe this is an duplicate. He is only comparing moves between his Vaporeons and not asking about CP. – Kevin Tian Jul 15 '16 at 16:52
  • Edited to make the question focused on the moveset, since that is what the user is really asking about. A determination on a "better moveset" can be done independent of the CP of the Pokemon in question, and can be more on the topic of battle strategy... If this is looking like a duplicate of another one, or should be closed still, so be it. But I think this edit makes the question a bit more focused. – king14nyr Jul 15 '16 at 18:47
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You can find the best moveset for a pokemon on this site - e.g. for Vaporeon it's Water Gun and Aqua Tail.

The site takes into account not only how long the attack takes, but also the critical chance and whether the attack gets a bonus for being of the same type as the pokemon (STAB).

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The difference between one bar and two bars is rather huge because you can use your special move twice as often while the difference in damage in this case isn't that significant. Apparently the best moveset for Vaporeon is Water Gun and Aqua Tail so it is ultimately up to you.

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Thinking between bars and damage done between moves is easier with the tool in this site: http://poke.isitin.org/ Where you can also see how good your pokemons IVs are. It displays the possible attacks that the selected pokemon can have. What you should be thinking when assessing what moves are better is the power/second for fast and special moves compared to the optimal case where they are both the best that pokemon can have. Also having different e.g. Water as special and Ground as normal attack can be useful if you happen to encounter some pokemon that is resistant to Water attacks. By checking the site in the link above you can see that Vaporeon has only Water attacks...

That being said the ideal Vaporeon has Hydro pump and Water Gun (fast).

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For almost all the moves, you pick the basic move that can be used the fastest and then you pick the strongest charge attack.

You pick the fastest basic move because you want to charge your special. The timing difference between a lot of the moves is quite significant, but the DPS is almost the same, so you really want the fastest one.

You want the strongest special because your charge time is equal to 4-5 fast basic moves. Moves with 3 charge or more are usually so weak that you might as well just attack normally, unless you're triggering STAB and Super Effective bonuses.

  • In the OP's case, the one with Hydro Pump clearly wins. The other two specials are just not worth the delay to really bother. Maybe use it to end a fight, but I wouldn't spend too much time trying to charge move. If you miss one charge attack by charging too early, you just lost a ton of damage. – Nelson Aug 22 '16 at 13:58

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