Originally Posted by Fat Yonko7
Volbeat deserves to be in C tier, which is the same as Whimsicott.
Prankster Volbeat has garnered his(?) fame thanks to priority Rain Dance or Sunny Day, but Sunny Day is generally performed better by Whimsicott. Basically, Volbeat is the 'Politoad' of RU, in that he can set up rain 80% of the time. Additionally, the ability to pass Tail Glow, and Substitutes can make some special sweepers really fearsome. Encore is the icing on the cake to stop setup sweepers in their tracks.
The downside is that Volbeat is Stealth Rock weak, so it won't be able to switch in too many times, also it isn't the bulkiest Pokemon either, but its bulk still serves its purpose. Also, Volbeat is utterly destroyed by Taunt, but it will usually pass away before that can happen!
Volbeat for C tier
I agree with this, ill move Volbeat up ASAP. I will admit that i have been the victim of volbeat in the past (damn you slory and your rain team). Volbeat holds the niche of rain dance (whimsicott doesnt learn it, lol) and Tail Glow pass over the other prominent weather setter, Whimiscott. Ive also heard Jabbathegriffin talk about how volbeat doesnt even need to be on a rain team to function effectively, doing any offensive team a service as an emergency stop to set up sweepers as well as tail glow passing. I have also taken your proposals for Roselia and Crustle into consideration, and i would opinions from all of you on where they should be :).
while moving volbeat to C rank, i decided to move drifblim to C rank and Charizard to D rank because of arguments that have been made for and against them both in this thread and on irc, i might also be making some other moves soon (Tangrowth to B rank). Also, despite the fluctuating ladder, im not going to change the ranks based on the second metagame until we have an official verdict on queen and cress. Thank you for listening =).