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Introduction to Tiers and D/P TIER LIST (Ubers, OU, BL)

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    Introduction to Pokémon Tiers

    First things first. Before we have a list of the Pokémon present in each tier, we should first define the tiers themselves. What is the OU tier? BL? UU? How are the respective Pokémon for each tier determined?

    The tier list is separated into three actual playing modes (Overused (OU), Underused (UU), and Neverused (NU)).

    In addition to those three, two more categories, Ubers and Borderline (BL), exist as "meta-tiers" to keep the playing field in OU and UU level and fair, in addition to maintaining the dual ranking nature of the tier lists: a combination of power and popularity, or usage.

    Therefore, for the sake of defining tiers,
    Pokémon in the OU and BL tiers are considered equal in terms of power. BL exists as a tier which serves to define Pokémon that are not literally "overused," but are still too powerful to be allowed into the UU tier. Ubers exists for a similar purpose: to maintain the balance of the OU tier by removing Pokémon deemed too powerful for it through analysis and competitive play.

    Each playing "mode" inherently includes lower tiers; therefore, arguments like "<Pokémon> should not be UU, because I want to use him in OU" are completely invalid because there is absolutely nothing stopping you from using UU-tiered Pokémon in OU play.

    Tier Definitions:

    Ubers -
    Pokémon too powerful for OU; a catch-all playing field. Anything goes as far as Pokémon allowed.

    OU -
    Pokémon who are used frequently in battle. Since our focus is on battling COMPETITIVELY, one can safely assume that Pokémon used often in battle are stronger than most other Pokémon because the object of competitive play is ultimately victory in battle, which is achieved by using a "powerful" team.
    USED OFTEN, STRONG

    BL - These Pokémon are not seen as often as those in the OU tier, but are considered too powerful for UU play. These Pokémon ARE NOT considered any weaker than Pokémon in the OU tier.
    USED OCCASIONALLY, STRONG
    • The need for a BL tier may at first glance seem questionable. However, it is important to represent usage as well as power in the tiers. Those Pokémon in the OU tier serve as a threat list of sorts; they tell you what Pokémon to keep in mind and what one should aim to counter when building a team. This is highly useful for veteran players and invaluable knowledge for people new to competitive battling.

    UU -
    Pokémon not used often, that are relatively weak.
    USED RARELY, WEAK

    NU
    - Pokemon considered essentially unusable.
    NEVER USED, VERY WEAK



    Pokémon Diamond/Pearl Tier List:

    NOTE: This list is tentative. It will very likely be revised over and over like any good tier list; it's a starting point. Try not to get upset on its account.

    Any PMs sent to moderators about the tier list will be ignored.


    Uber:
    Arceus
    Darkrai
    Deoxys (all forms)
    Dialga
    Giratina
    Groudon
    Ho-oh
    Kyogre
    Latias
    Latios
    Lugia
    Manaphy
    Mew
    Mewtwo
    Palkia
    Rayquaza
    Wobbuffet


    OU:
    Aerodactyl
    Azelf
    Blissey
    Breloom
    Bronzong
    Celebi
    Cresselia
    Donphan
    Dragonite
    Dugtrio
    Dusknoir
    Electivire
    Forretress
    Garchomp
    Gengar
    Gliscor
    Gyarados
    Heatran
    Heracross
    Hippowdon
    Infernape
    Jirachi
    Lucario
    Machamp
    Magnezone
    Metagross
    Porygon-Z
    Rhyperior
    Salamence
    Skarmory
    Slowbro
    Starmie
    Suicune
    Swampert
    Tangrowth
    Togekiss
    Tyranitar
    Vaporeon
    Weavile
    Weezing
    Yanmega
    Zapdos


    BL:
    Abomasnow
    Alakazam
    Ambipom
    Arcanine
    Articuno
    Blaziken
    Charizard
    Claydol
    Cloyster
    Drapion
    Empoleon
    Entei
    Espeon
    Exeggutor
    Floatzel
    Flygon
    Gallade
    Gardevoir
    Hariyama
    Honchkrow
    Houndoom
    Jolteon
    Jynx
    Kingdra
    Leafeon
    Lickilicky
    Ludicolo
    Magmortar
    Marowak
    Medicham
    Mesprit
    Milotic
    Miltank
    Mismagius
    Moltres
    Ninjask
    Porygon2
    Raikou
    Ramparados
    Regice
    Regigigas
    Regirock
    Registeel
    Roserade
    Sceptile
    Scizor
    Slaking
    Shaymin
    Shedinja
    Smeargle
    Snorlax
    Spiritomb
    Staraptor
    Steelix
    Tauros
    Torterra
    Umbreon
    Uxie
    Venusaur
    Zangoose

    UU:
    To be determined

    NU:
    To be determined

    For discussion on the BL and UU tiers, see the D/P Tier Discussion thread.
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