Originally Posted by Fat Zystral
Hemp Man: I'm just getting discussion going first. Feel free to refer to the existing one and make any suggestions you feel, and if there are enough differences, I'll push for an update of the one currently on site.
I'm going to start this off by suggesting Blaziken for Top Tier. The fact that it's a Starter Pokemon means it is the first Pokemon you obtain in the game, and following a little bit of grinding (honestly nothing considering Roxanne has a Level 15 Nosepass and Torchic evolves at Level 16), you end up with a Fire/Fighting powerhouse with STAB Ember, STAB Double Kick, and Peck. This alone should see you through the first three Gyms of the game (given a little grinding for Wattson's Manectric, which you should still O-2HKO with Double Kick).
Also for High, possible Top tier, discussion needed, is Pelipper. Wingull you get very early on (possibly second or third caught in the game), learns Wing Attack early on (13, you catch it at about 4-5), meaning you can do easy training in the forest after you catch it, plus it thwacks Brawly. On top of that, it eventually will learn Water Gun, giving you an advantage vs Roxanne and Flannery. Then, by the time you reach Norman, it evolves and learns Protect. Fucken' win. It also learns Fly and Surf, giving you a small bit of leeway with your HM slaves (your options expand because Fly and Surf are no longer needed).
Finally in Emerald, Rayquaza for Top tier. It's not only Level 70, but it's fucking Rayquaza. End of story.
I'll give these a while to be disputed, but if there is enough support for any of them I'll write them up shortly.
Wingull directly comes with Water Gun as soon as you have it, giving it an immediate advantage against Roxanne. I'd however see it in High moreso than Top, as it's stuck with Water Gun until after Norman and Wing Attack comes off it's rather low base 50 Attack. Stats are also sort of underwhelming, but it's definitely a kickass mon to have and you can diversify it as a slave if you really want to, hence why I'd keep it High.
Mudkip/Swampert for insta Top, it's the absolute closest to perfection that an ingame Pokemon has yet to get IMO. Balanced stats, great defenses and good offenses for balancing out as a tank, fantastic typing which initially gives it an advantage VS Roxanne and eventually grants you only one weakness and a fantastic secondary offensive type that makes mincemeat out of most opponents. Only real disadvnatage I'd say is its low speed, but it has the defenses to easily tank hits, and remember, you have ALL THE RECOVERY you need. Can also be used as a great HM slave as it learns 5/8, but it deserves better than that. c: