Wut. Where did brandan get the idea of Bubblebeam dealing a HB of damage? Nah, I mostly ref Bubblebeam as .5HB on a stationary target and up to .8HB on a moving target (.8 is the absolute max- like, if a pokemon was Extremespeeding through it).
Ah, yes, Empoleon. I had less trouble with him than I did with Feraligatr, but he was still somewhat dificult, even with a pair of Shinx- you really have to watch out after you get his bar high, as he'll start turning around mid-slash. On the other hand, his geyser attack is quite exploitable.