Originally Posted by Fat Molk
Ok, im not going to make any updates to the ranks just yet, but im considering making a change and i just wanted to know everyone's opinion ^_^.
I'd like to move Drapion down from A rank -----> B rank
While Drapion is certainly a good Pokemon, i just dont think its cut out to be an A rank threat anymore. This is due to a combination of factors including competition, a few metagame shifts, and the fact that the fabled Toxic Spikes set is completely unviable in this metagame, imo. While Drapion has a solid 90 Attack stat, its just not enough sometimes, especially on the Swords Dance set, where it'll just barely miss out on KOs against some of the bulkier Pokemon in the tier, and it will often get crippled or flat out knocked out in return. To put this into perspective, +2 non Life Orb Drapion Crunch is actually weaker than +1 eviolite Scraggy Hi Jump Kick by a very small amount, thats not terrible, but its not amazing either, imo. To make matters worse for Drapion, it also recieves competition as a pursuit user from Escavalier, Spiritomb, and Absol, who all hit harder, while Absol and Spiritomb have access to priority to revenge kill dangerous Pokemon, something Drapion does not possess. All in all, i think Drapion is still a very good Pokemon, but its lack of raw power and competition as a Dark-type, pursuit user, and defensive Pokemon (this set is so bad lol...) is simply too much to keep it in A rank imo.
sorry if none of this made sense :x, im tired lol, but yeah, i think moving Drapion down to B rank would be reasonable.
EDIT: i support adding audino, regenerator is pretty cool, especially when one of the qualms with clefable as a queen counter is being worn down by repeated hits and being forced to recover. If queen gets banned though, it wont be as cut and dry for me.
I second this.
Drapion is decent, but not good enough. Toxic Spikes is nigh unusable in this meta, with Scolipede, Nidoqueen, Roselia, Qwilfish, Drapion himself, and Amoonguss running amok, and a defensive set is pretty damn bad. As a Dark-type, I'd very often rather use Absol, who besides having a nice mix of cute and cool, is just a much better Dark-type. He has a significantly higher attack stat to use SD with, has priority, and is just a stronger user of it. Not only that, Absol along with Spiritomb and Escavalier, are better Pursuit trappers to get rid of things like Slowking, Uxie, and Mesprit. 90 Attack is not that good, and what was one of the mocking points about Scrafty applies here. Drapion sometimes cannot hit hard enough, and he will miss out on some KO's. So yeah, I support Drapion for B-Rank
(Lol, I was just about ready to propose that, but now it's proposed.)
I also second adding Audino for D-Rank, it's not great, but it can be used to some effect.
Also, I have a proposal
I'd like to propose adding Natu to D-Rank. Natu is not a very good Pokemon in general, but it is still very usable. It has access to Magic Bounce, so if your team needs a way to bounce off hazards, this thing can do a decent job. It also has T-Wave and Dual Screens to work, I guess. Also, it's frail, and slow, and just mediocre. However, with Magic Bounce, it's decent enough to justify its use on some teams. Natu for D-Rank!