(format stolen from Django Reinhart) Over the past few days a huge amount of information regarding the new Pokemon games has been released, meaning us competitive players can finally get a glimpse of what the new metagame will actually look like. These changes will be available on a simulator ASAP, but for now lets discuss the effects of stuff we know has been released and will be available! Discussion on potential releases should still remain in this thread. So this is what we currently know: Move Tutors New Level-Up moves TMs A whole load of Dream World abilities are coming out, e.g. Regenerator Amoonguss Here's my thoughts on some of the big RU changes: Two of the very best physical walls just got even better. Cofagrigus gets Pain Split, erasing its only real flaw (lack of recovery other than Rest) and making it the undisputed best defensive spinblocker in RU. Tangrowth gets Synthesis, allowing it to stay in and wall attackers that previously could have forced it out with 3HKOs. Will RU's physical attackers be able to overcome these improvements to two walls that were already nearly impossible to beat without super effective moves? More importantly, will people finally stop using Dusknoir now? Moltres now learns Hurricane from level-up. Rain-troll sets aside, this makes it nearly unwallable. LO Hurricane 2HKOes Slowking after SR 100% of the time. If you can stomach the low accuracy of its dual 120 BP STABs, LO SubRoost should be amazing. Will Moltres finally get the usage it deserves? Will Lanturn or other niche Pokemon rise with it? RU's Dragons got some nice new toys to play with. The biggest boost is probably Fraxure, who finally has some coverage moves now in Superpower, Low Kick, and Aqua Tail. We might finally have a viable Dragon Dancing Dragon! Druddigon and Zweilous also improved as wallbreakers; Zweilous gets Superpower and Aqua Tail to hit Steels with, and Druddigon gets Sheer Force Fire Punch. Druddigon also gets Stealth Rock now, allowing it to run a very Swampert-esque tank set. Will we finally see some real Dragon offense in RU? Speaking of Stealth Rock, Golurk is now the only Ghost-type in the game that can set up those sneaky stones. It also gained access to Drain Punch and the elemental punches, giving it ridiculous coverage and power with Iron Fist. Golurk has mostly been a disappointment since dropping back into RU a few months ago, but this should bring it back to being one of the most interesting Pokemon in the tier. A few other things that probably won't shake up the meta, but will be fun to try: - Qwilfish can now use Pain Split with Intimidate. Now it has 7 moves it wants on the utility set instead of just 6! I imagine Spikes / Waterfall / Pain Split / Filler will be the new standard, with filler being one of T-Spikes, T-Wave, or T-aunt. - Slowking and Jynx can now use Trick with their DW abilities, giving them another possible tool for Choice sets. - Slowking also gets Aqua Tail and Drain Punch with Regenerator now...CurseKing time! - Mandibuzz learns Foul Play. As if it wasn't annoying enough already, now it can actually do damage. - Archeops and Braviary now learn Roost. Will bird offense make a comeback? - Miltank can now use Stealth Rock and the elemental punches with Sap Sipper. Which ability will be the standard now? - Ferroseed can now use Stealth Rock, Spikes, and Leech Seed on the same set. But is that worth becoming even bigger set-up bait? - Klinklang now learns Wild Charge from TM. Most of RU's Steels will still wall it easily, but at least it can get past Poliwrath easier. - Armaldo can use Aqua Tail with Swift Swim. - Dragonair can use RestTalk with Marvel Scale. - Prankster Volbeat with Tail Glow + Tailwind + Baton Pass for the ultimate setter-upper. - Combusken can use ThunderPunch with Speed Boost. Watch out! - Heatmor learns Giga Drain, ThunderPunch, Superpower, and Low Kick. It is now unquestionably the best Fire-type in the game. - Stunfisk learns Stealth Rock! Will it ever return to its former glory? - Charizard learns Roost. Who cares? Try to keep the discussion to the Pokemon that are available in RU now. While there will almost certainly be some tier changes eventually, those won't happen until several months from now, so let's focus on what we'll have until then.