This is a speculation i made on gen 5 metagame shape and core Well to make it simpler to read i will make this post with some important subject that i think will shape the metagame or the "core of the metagame Without further word lets start: -Weather 1. Summoner Alright weather is the hot topic in this metagame with the rise of drizzlelitoed and Droughttales. And many weather abuser to boot such as Solarzard and Chlorosaur. So, you think they will take sandstorm place as the most dominant weather ? nope. Sandstorm dominates the metagame. Also hail still loses to sandstorm. The prime reason is same as gen 4. The summoner factor. Drizzlelitoed and Droughttales might be nice being an attacker but not on par with Tyranitar and Hippowdon, which is a complete beast.Ttar is known by many as "ghostbane" and with Sazandra with shadow tag and Sky high 145 base special around, dont expect Ttar to lose its immense power Threat it held back in 4th gen. And Hippowdon still has everything to wall and with multitude of new physical threads, his walling capability will not go into waste. This concludes the weather summoner factor 2.Abuser Lets talk about weather abuser we all know and love first. Kingdra the mighty Dragon. Its new ability damp is nice but pales in comparison to swift swim so im taking a gen 4 kingdra scenario. This is the biggest reason why Rain will stands to Sandstorm. The rain has best abuser around so its the best having abuser like ludicollo Kabutops and the now crazilly buffed water types in general especially the great buff of Zapdos and a slight bad retyping thet they did to rotom apliances. Or so i say... This gen makes sandstorm looks like a total beast. Doryuzuu for example while not bulky has the new ability sand throw which is swift swin of sandstorm, the thing were all waiting for. Its also has a monstrous 135 base attack and 88 base speed faster than kingdra. The new legendary pokemon Randorosu also have sand strength which increase power of sandstrom affiliated move and acceptable 125/115/101 Stats. Yeah yet another trolly 101 base speed. But his another ability is encourage making it might be used as sandstorm non abuser abuser. Then theres gigaiasu the other sand Strength abuser but having 1 new niche. Stealth Rock. It has rock typing. It is quite bulky. It has monstrous attack and explosion. And with many nice rock type and not to mention that all rock type is sandstrom abuser.There rain and sand dominate the weather section but sandstorm beats rain once again in the end. Sunny day will lose IMO since the new abuser like Venusaur(well venusaur did have growth and sword dance Petal dance "outrage") Charizard loses in term of power to the rain or sand abuser while it have high power abuser like heatran,Tangrowth etc Their conflicting element(heatran excluded) is not favored(they did weaken water though) and their rotom-A lost to Tyranitar (harder though they now neutral to pursuit) If not for the water saviour sand might shape gen 5 metagame but it be a weather war since all three has a big buff waiting to use. -Weather Conclusion Same as gen 4 since sandstorm buff is so immense but the new summoner will make the weather war more intense. I predict a team of Lead(probably gigaiasu),Ttar,Doryuzuu,Randorosu,2 Filler to be nice in this metagame of gen 5. -Playstyle This will be covered in one huge topic. While gen 4 has monstrous offense, its safe to say that theres a balance among offense stall and balance.But will gen 5 still be that way ? we all know that gen 5 offense is downright brutal. Ononokusu with 97 base outspeed many and 147!!!!!! base attack. Its not overhyped as rampardos. its very powerful in true senses. Oh it has taunt. Then theres Sazando the Darkness Dragon. ohhh so bulky so mixed so troll speed (97+1) and more importantly Stab pursuit for a dragon. Then there many set up move that is so overkill hmm shell break(sharply increase attack speed Defense in cost of special defense) Cheer up increase attack and special attack) Claw Sharpen(increase attack and accuracy) and the special dragon dance. heck there even a pokemon with low special attack stats that set up with leaf storm.And Sazandra has reasonable bulk and taunt and shadow tag making it a semi set up machine.But offense will not dominate completely. The absence of tm 76 stealth rock didnt hinders stall and offense since many pokemon learn stealth rock anyway. Ttar ? yeah Gigaiasu ? argh. Gen 4 transfer.....so yeah Hazard might still running around but the interesting point is the new bulky dragon shuffler. Yeah you heard me right. Bulky Dragon Epic Shuffler. Dragon Tail is an attack(no taunt) that deals nice damage (90 after STAB) and shuffles like roar making a stall is a greater force. Beware of the brutality of gen 5 though. Defog kills hazard now making the Anti Stall Gliscor more stall breaking. Then theres sturdy. This means gen 5 metagame is a "mixed bag" since it really has monstrous buff on all side -Dominating element Okay this time i will tell you straight off. Dragon this gen is immense. Grass is buffed. Ghost is buffed even without rotom A. And Steel is dead(seriously Sazandra is the one to blame if not for the new epic sturdy). Its just dragon will meta the gen 5 ? never. Water i say. The advent of simon googles will make water pierce the heavens and creates the universe!!! i mean metagame and i mean swimming googles(lol). This gen buff acuraccy and what type need acuraccy the most until now ? Water. Gen 5 buff water till it broke a lot. A banded feraligatr without equpping choice band ? It dont get dragon dance. no worry it get googles. The googles champion is probably not feral. Imagine suicune with this equipped. Answer: complete beast. Then theres starmie using this making an even more beast of checking(gosh when will starmie leave OU ?) Gen 5 is definitely a heaven for water types if this item effect is nice. If the boost is only 1,1, its equivalent of a + nature making Adamant +1 Gyarados outspeeding many threats and having more accurate moves for example. In ability term all eyes goes to swampert the champion of bulky water. The mixpert is now outdated instead its now named Dampert. No exploding on swampert can spell doom in many situation. Then theres Boiling water which further compliment water's bulkiness. Also seeing now Rotom Water is arguably the Best apliance due to googles and typing Grass will be used alongside water to deal with it or take an advantage of it. The meta might be water based unlike gen 4 coughdragonsteelmencetiascough but its also possible that dragon will rise to wall combat water type creating my core theory water dragon metagame. -Unsuspected Pokemon Mixed grass types due to Growth buff. Also due to icicle spear buff, bulky cloyster with band or life orb(and it as a bonus get shell break) and icicle spear(37 x 5 =185 more crazy than outrage) might be used for a sweep. And it can wear googles too. It also been able to abuse both rain and hail. Then there sableye with his might be priority will-o-Wisp and toxic. The volt absorb Zapdos might create GyaraDos(pun intended)combo but it miss 1 crucial point(earthquake bait) This meta is still new so many sets wil arise. -Entry Hazard (this thing needs more info i need the defog buff info so it will be posted later) -Conclusion The metagame of gen 5 is a new one. But the brutality is like the uber of gen 4 where every pokemon can sweep a whole team alone but because of the many buff in this gen we cant predict the exaxct metagame that this gen has to offer but the addition that this gen has will surely make the gen 5 metagame a blast and a big experience to the metagamers of this gen.