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Join Date: May 2010
Personally, I think that S-Rank should be restricted to Mienfoo, Misdreavus, and Murkrow. While a few tiers have some debate as to which Pokemon is the best, very few would disagree that those three are not the dominant forces in the metagame. Mienfoo and Murkrow are incredibly diverse and powerful, and pretty much every team has trouble with at least one set. Misdreavus is a little more predictable, with its moveset having Shadow Ball and HP Fighting most of the time, but those other two moveslots let it vary itself enough that predicting the wrong coverage or status move will screw you over. Plus, it has some amazing bulk and that 19 Speed. These three will be the top mons for a long time to come.
As for A rank, a few that I know should be there are Snover and Hippopotas. Hippo is an awesome SR setter, but even more important is Sand Stream. That pretty much auto-qualifies it for A rank since it acts as the harbinger for Drilbur, Sandshrew, Lileep, and the rest of the sand squad. That's also why Snover should be there. While usually Snover is slapped on as a fix-all for sand teams, it is also pretty good in its own right. It has a base 120 power move that can never miss and super effective coverage on the Water-type walls that would block it. It nukes every Flying-type in the tier bar Mantyke with its Scarf set, which paves the way for all the Fighting-types in the tier to wreak havoc. Auto-weather, like I said, is pretty much a free ticket to the A rank. There's plenty of other stuff that should be A rank, such as Staryu, Scraggy, Porygon, and Chinchou, but that's too many words :x
B-rank is a little tougher because its pretty subjective from person to person. Some think some of the mons here should be A rank, while others think they are overrated and belong in C. For me, Timburr stands out as one of the ones floating between A and B. It's so bulky and strong at the same time, and is OHKOed by only 3 Pokemon in the tier, and they are all Flying-types, which can be cleaned out by the aforemented Snover. Yeah, Timburr lives through every unboosted Psychic in the metagame, even from Sash Abra. It is way bulkier than you think, and with a few Bulk Up boosts, it can wreck the tier. However, it can get worn down easily sometimes, and then there is Mienfoo, who is usually picked over it. Also here is Magnemite, who has a huge Special Attack stat and 13 resistances, but unfortunately has a weakness to Fighting, which puts it at the mercy of every single Fighting-type in the tier. The Scarf set remedies its Speed, but its bulk then leaves something to be desired. Snover, for example, does 50% with Blizzard to non-Eviolite Magnemite. There's also Chinchou who doesn't care about it at all. Magnemite has a lot of checks, but it does have awesome power that not many Pokemon can switch into.
C rank is where I would put Deerling and Archen. Scarf Deerling served me well for a while, but it really is a niche mon, which pains me to say. As opposed to a Scarfer like Mienfoo, Derrling isn't a great wallbreaker unless it gets a Sap Sipper boost, but it is an excellent late-game cleaner that can finish off weakened Pokemon, and has the unique ability to always beat Pawniard no matter how many Swords Dances it has with Nature Power. Archen has the same problem as Magnemite, in that it has awesome power but a ton of checks. Defeatist is a really terrible ability that makes Archen dead weight except for super effective attacks after it falls below 50% HP. Staryu and Misdreavus exacerbate this problem with Hydro Pump, Thunderbolt, or Shadow Ball and a Speed stat of 19, Abra can beat it, Murkrow can win with prediction, Scarfers beat it, Bronzor sets up on it, etc. Roost doesn't alleviate this problem either since it still doesn't help against faster threats, and it just leaves it as a sitting duck for a turn. And of course Stealth Rock.
D and E tier, I don't know! I never use/see any because I don't face people dumb enough to use them that often. Actually, I see Beldum way more than I should. It gets Iron Head, Zen Headbutt, and that's pretty much it. Stop using it!
[22:11] Helias: FUCK YOU HAWKSTAR THAT'S NOT MY NAME