Wow, thank you for such a detailed answer. Much of what you are telling me is in my long term plans - because I have gone through this site and marked all the TM changes I need to make. My problem is my absolute void of TMs. I have seen one in a month. And that is probably 10+ raids. My last TM didn’t even come from a raid, I think it was a trainer battle - or something unusual like that. I don’t know what pokemon gods I have offended, but I’m DYING for TMs.
A couple of details…
My Hariyamas are as follows
Hariyama 2320 14/10/13 with Counter/Dyn Punch - good!
Hariyama 1585 13/14/11 with Bullet Punch/Heavy Slam
Hariyama 1184 11/14/14 with Bullet Punch/Heavy Slam
I typically leave the BP/HS Hari’s in gyms.
I have three Pinsirs
Pinsir 2517 11/13/14 with Bug Bite/Vice Grip
Pinsir 2038 13/13/14 with Rock Smash/Close Combat - LUCKY!
Pinsir 1589 13/14/15 with Rock Smash/X-Scissor
I have a half dozen Taurus but I have never seen them do anything extraordinary
Taurus 2305 14/15/08 with Tackle/Earthquake +24 weather bonus sunny
Taurus 1829 14/08/15 with Zen Headbutt/Earthquake +24 weather bonus sunny
Taurus 1812 12/11/12 with Zen Headbutt/Horn Attack
Taurus 1676 11/15/12 with Zen Headbutt/Iron Head
Taurus 1458 10/15/14 with Tackle/Earthquake +24 weather bonus sunny
Taurus 1453 13/11/11 with Tackle/Earthquake +24 weather bonus sunny
Looking at my dark, bug, ghost …
Cacturne 2081 11/15/12 Poison Jab/Dark Pulse
Weavile 1921 15/14/14 Feint Attack/Focus Blast
I have several muks - regular and alolan
I have a Scyther 1917 that I haven’t powered up because I’m trying to save eggs to make it a Scizor
I have a Haunter that I’m trying to get to Gengar, but it probably won’t happen by the next two weeks. I only have 36 candies and I’m not seeing any Gastlys right now.
I have a Mismagus 1479 with Hex/Dazzling Gleam and a Banatte with 1284 and Shadow Claw / Dazzling Gleam.
Ghost is a WEAK area for me.
What is so crazy is when I first started, I thought that I had these great Pokémon’s. Not I know so much more about the game and I consider most of my mons useless and the good ones still need fine tuning!
Last thing: You were talking about gameplay. Right now it is usually my son and I (and occasionally my daughter) going to raids (me searching futilely for TM’s, him wanting cool mons) and catching mons in the wild.
We don’t do much PVP and only a little GYM battling when the research calls for it. And we do research,. We are mostly collecting stuff right now.
Thanks again, you have already given me some good ideas.