My team prediction for Ash:
Wild Card: You choose which Pokémon by giving me your opnions.
yay Hoenn two fully evolved starter check (Grenija-sceptile), regional bird check (Talonflame-swellow), pokemon that can't evolve check (Hawlucha-torkoal), 2 stage starter type that doesn't evolve check? (skiddo-corphish), and 2 stage ice type? (Avalugg-Galie)
pretty sure it'll fall somewhere between anistar/ dendemille tbh
In XY45, I think Serena said she'd like to catch a Female Meowstic. Serena's next capture eh ? I'd love if Serena does catch one since Female Meowstic is fabulous. It'd help in her Performing goal.
I'm still gonna predict this team for Ash:
Anyway, to people who are worried about the goat's eventual "lame" moveset… well, I think that, in case Skiddo faced Ramos's Gogoat, it would require at least two non-Grass attacks to attack it. Take Down and Bulldoze would be good enough in its eventual preliminary moveset. Beside, even if it started with a rather weak moveset, it can still improve it later and learn new attacks. In fact, I'd love watching or learn new moves, like everybody else.
What my guess is if Ash gets a Skiddo, its starting set would most likely be,
- Razor Leaf
- Synthesis (its a defensive type pokemon like the Torterra line, so its a possibility) or Defense Curl
- Energy Ball/Horn Leech
And as a Gogoat (if it evolves),
- Take Down/Strength
- Energy Ball/Horn Leech
- Synthesis or Defense Curl
- Razor Leaf or Aerial Ace (its the writer favourite move, so much so that they even gave it to his Quilava and Krookodile)
I doubt the writers would give it Bulldozeespecially since its a pokemon belonging to Ash and the 5th Gym is an Electric type and having a SE move like that would not be good (especially if they decide to make Pikachu the Star in it again).
This is based on how the past Electric type Gym battles have been played out, where Pikachu has most of the time been dominating and the main sweeper and the Grass type or Ground types (if used) have performed really poor (the DP and the BW Gyms).
Likewise i doubt it would get either Surf or Wild Charge as well. While Surf is a rarely animated move and is the type that can be pseudo'ly banned, Wild Charge would most likely be ignored because of Pikachu.
On the other hand, if its Phantump, then the possible move-set could be,
- Energy Ball/Horn Leech/Solar Beam (with higher chance to Energy Ball)
- Will-O-Wisp/Poison Jab (either of the move would be good)
- Shadow Claw/Phantom Force (leaning more towards Shadow Claw for now, and i doubt it would get Shadow Ball since Jessie's Pumpkaboo already knows that move)
Ok, let me tackle this discussion in different points:
Skiddo = defensive role?
There is a chance that Skiddo may be the wall of the team, but I see that Hawlucha can take a lot of hits by himself just fine, so I think that Skiddo could be free to have a balance between offensive power and defensive bulk, as well as being rather agile in its movements (especially if we look at Alexa's Gogoat, which could easily climb up a mountain while carrying three people in its back).
So I think that Skiddo could be a case of jack-of-all-trades, contrary to Phantump who would most likely end up being yet another speedy attacker due to its rather minute physique, and who most likely not evolve (and eventually become a more bulky Pokémon, in a similar way of Turtwig becoming Torterra) due to the requirement of a trade for evolution. Not that I have problems with that, just saying.
Skiddo = lame moveset?
Ok, past Grass-types had rather unimpressive moves. However, that doesn't automatically mean that Skiddo can't have a more varied moveset. Besides, by that logic, shouldn't we expect a bland moveset for an eventual Phantump as well? I mean, why people attribute to Skiddo and its "blandness" a seemingly unavoidable bland moveset, while Phantump always gets interesting options and would seemingly break the mold just because it's a ghost? I find this a rather stupid double standard, to be frank.
Heck, for all we know, Phantump could end up having a rather bad moveset and have just decent moves for all the saga. Its "uniqueness" doesn't guarantee a unique set of attacks.
About Bulldoze… the only way I could see the writers avoiding it is if Clemont takes Heliolisk with him. However, for now that seems an unlikely circumstance, and Bulldoze doesn't see that hard to animate, so the baby goat shouldn't have problems in getting it.
Anyway, these are my two cents. Don't let previous "patterns" hamper your views of the Skiddo line. You could end up surprised.