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Gen 5 The OU Viability Ranking thread

Discussion in 'Ruins of Alph' started by PK Gaming, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. TaBuu

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    Enter Suspect for B-Rank: Mienshao [コジョンド]

    If it's one word that can describe Mienshao, it has to be "Underrated". Coming straight out of UU, Mienshao really has potential to shine in the OU environment. In fact, Mienshao fits in quite well as Weatherless Offense is taking OU for a spin as of now. Equipped with a potent 125 Base Atk/95 Base SpA/105 Base Spe stat spread, a deadly Fighting STAB in the form of Hi-Jump Kick, access to U-Turn andcertain boosting moves, most notably Swords Dance, and two great abilities in the forms of Regenerator and Reckless, Mienshao really is capable of an offensive niche.

    Its basic playstyle revolves around abusing Regenerator. Switching in and out until it can find a kink in the opponent's armor to capitalize on, Mienshao should never be seen as an inferior Breloom or Terrakion. Players must realize that Mienshao is a deadly threat in his own respect and with some careful playing and support, Mienshao can really differentiate itself from the pool of Fighting Type Pokemon.

    Life Orb Abuse is the most popular method of using Mienshao thanks to Regenerator. With its above average 125 Base Attack, coupled with Life Orb, Mienshao will be doing something whether it be achieving a KO or shifting momentum in your favor with U-Turn.
    Choice Scarf is also viable as it can outspeed certain threats such as +1 Salamence and Volcarona. Choice Scarf is special from other Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Terrakion because Mienshao really could give less of a damn towards Stealth Rocks and Spikes, as switching out he'll recover 1/3 of his HP.
    Swords Dance is super deadly and it really capitalizes on punishing the opponent's mistake. If it can safely come in and set up an SD on an opponent's misplay, things that fail to outspeed or resist Life Orb High Jump Kick will be taking a hefty, if not an OHKO, amount of damage.

    So why should Mienshao be B-Rank?
    Well I have to admit it cannot dream of A-Rank because it's pretty damn frail (although it can survive a LO Technician Mach Punch from Breloom and KO back). Hi-Jump Kick is very risky because it can miss or a Ghost Switch-in will spell recoil for Mienshao
    However it really can fulfill a niche. Offensive pivoting is his middle name and late-game cleaning is his game. Mienshao is a true abuser of Regenerator and really can prove itself to be a deadly force.
    Looking at other offensive Pokemon that reside in Rank B, such as Tornadus, Alakazam, Kingdra, Gyarados and Lucario, Mienshao is truly capable of matching their level of play and therefore I think Mienshao has a shot at taking B-Rank.
  2. Smilodon

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    I absolutely agree with that advice. Mienshao doesn't fit in every team, especially because he's really frail, but given the right allies, he really shines.
    I've used it recently in a Volt-turn team (don't know why this style has been neglected, it's almost as deadly as it was in BW1, especially with the offensive metagame that bring frail threats), and he was really the star of the team.

    Tabuu already mentioned most of his usefull moves, so I'll just gona point out two that are often forgotten :
    - Fake out : Revenge killing is always nice, and despite the low power, this move is amazing to do that. Sometimes I spam it, then I switch out, sacrifice something and come back to shut down a threatening boosted sweeper. Many targets fall under High Jump Kick's KOs range after it.
    - Hidden Power Ice : Mienshao is the only fighting type which can run an efficient mixed set in OU (Infernape can, but he doesn't often carry HP ice, 4MSS). Yes, being a fighting type that is an immediate threat to Gliscor or Landorus-T is a very unique niche.

    And regenerator is one of the best ability in the game. Being able to switch in multiple times without caring about residual damage is just amazing.
    And his speed tier is quite good, above Landorus and Garchomp that he can hurt with super effective hit.

    Of course, he does have flaws. Ghost types are a real pain to face, especially Jellicent and Gengar. Tentacruel is really annoying (but spedef versions can't take too many High Jump Kick).
    But he's actually one of the best scoots of the metagame, and a really underrated threat in OU.

    Another point is that he is hard to use : an unpredicted protect means you can lose 50% of your life, you lose momentum if you don't predict an obvious switch, you have to make good calculations to know your chances to KO something (as you can't take any unresisted hit). But when you know how to use it, your opponent may have real troubles.
  3. False Sense

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    Not a lot of activity now, huh? Well, I'm going to second Mienshao going up to B-Rank. Having used it before, I can attest that it's positive qualities far outshine the negatives. In particular, I've found the Choice Scarf set to be particularly good. (Fake Out is a little less-than-stellar in my opinion, but that's just me.) Anyway, when looking at the Choice Scarf set, it's somewhat hard to not compare it to Terrakion, who packs better power, speed, bulk and STABs. The key to Mienshao's niche is it's ability to maintain momentum. Unlike Terrakion, Mienshao has access to U-Turn, as well as access to the amazing Regenerator, allowing it to shrug off any minor damage it may receive from hazards or recoil. Couple this with his fantastic speed (which outspeeds the same key threats that Terrakion does, such as Salamence and Volcarona), it's deadly Hi Jump Kick, and it's access to a decently powerful Hidden Power Ice, and you have a pokemon capable of putting good pressure on opponents, gaining momentum and even cleaning up late game. It's main flaw is that it really can't take a hit, but if you play it right (in this case, revenge killing what it can and U-Turning all over the place) it shouldn't have to. Overall, I've found it to be a very solid pokemon with a unique niche as a U-Turning Fighting type. I think it definitely fit into B-Rank.
  4. ScraftyIsTheBest

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    And I third Mienshao for B-Rank.

    Mienshao may look outclassed, but it's got some real good perks going for it. Firstly, it's offensive stats. 125 Attack, 95 Special Attack, and 105 Speed is very good, and allows Mienshao to wreck shop. The first cool thing is that 95 Special Attack is pretty good, so it can run Hidden Power Ice, which is a great perk to pose a threat to Landorus-T, Landorus-I, and Gliscor, so unlike the other Fighting-types, Mienshao can keep common counters at bay. Hi Jump Kick is really deadly, and coming off of 125 Attack, it's definitely gonna hurt. 105 Speed is really good and can get at Lando-I pretty well, not to mention it also outpaces Mence, which is good. Stone Edge is good too. Of course, the big ace in the hole for Mienshao is U-turn, and when paired with Regenerator, this thing can definitely keep up offensive momentum (RIP the days when I used this in conjunction with Genesect), and shrug off residual damage, and this also makes Mienshao a good fit on hail and sand teams because it kicks ass and has good synergy with Ttar/AbomaSTRONGTH. It may be frail and have trouble dealing with Ghost-types, but those are still outshined by the positive points. After all, there's a reason it got the S-Rank in UU. Mienshao should definitely be B-Rank, for it definitely fulfills a given offensive niche, and does it damn well.

    Another discussion, but where should the speedy spiker Bugs that we all know of by the names of Accelgor and Scolipede be placed on the list? Perhaps D or C? Well, they are both good at spiking so they should at least be on the list.
  5. BlackLight

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    Summed it up pretty well. Life Orb sets are very good as well, as Mienshao doesn't care about the recoil, and can easily smash a couple heads with the power boost. B-Rank
    It should be noted that Fake Out is an awful move. Its predictable and weak, which pretty much gives a counter a near free switch in. There are much better options than it (if you're willing to use a slot for Fake Out, try Protect, which can scout for surprise moves), and I would suggest either being very tricky with it or not using it at all.
  6. Arcticblast

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    It should be noted that Hi Jump Kick is boosted by Reckless. For a move already stronger than Terrakion's Close Combat, that's just overkill.
    252 Atk Reckless Mienshao Hi Jump Kick vs. 252 HP / 232+ Def Skarmory: 144-169 (43.11 - 50.59%) -- 53.13% chance to 2HKO after Stealth Rock
    252 Atk Terrakion Close Combat vs. 252 HP / 232+ Def Skarmory: 112-133 (33.53 - 39.82%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
  7. False Sense

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    Oh dear, I never even considered that... that's just scary... Out of curiosity, does that calculation have an item factored in to boost the power of Hi Jump Kick?
  8. Magcargo 2

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    I've never used mienshao, so I don't know how good it is.

    Anyway, I agree with ScraftyIsTheBest that Scolipede and accelgor should be added to the D-rank. They are the fastest spiking leads in OU and can get past pokemon such as Ttar and latios with Megahorn/Focus blast/bug buzz. Scolipede's typing also allows it to check pokemon such as breloom. Accelgor can also get past starmie, OU's best rapid spinner. They often are useless outside of being a lead.

    D Rank: Reserved for Pokemon who have a small niche in the current OU metagame, but have very noticable flaws that make them more trouble then their worth the majority of the time.

    They fit this description perfectly. Scolipede and accelgor have a niche in the metagame, but are often useless after preforming their duties.
  9. NfskMjmMal

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    No.

    252Atk Life Orb Reckless Mienshao (Neutral) Hi Jump Kick vs 252HP/232Def Sturdy Skarmory (+Def): 55% - 65% (186 - 219 HP). Guaranteed 2HKO.
  10. Bent1ey

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    Ok, after reading a bit on the Landorus suspect thread, I've been convinced that part of it's power really strives from great synergy with one of the better pokemon in the game. It is indeed, because of this tandem, that I'd like to propose Tyranitar for S-Rank.

    Sure, Sandstorm is not as broken as Drizzle, but Tyranitar is certainly the better pokemon when compared to every other weather inducer, and it also happens to remove critical treats with it's ability to Pursuit-trap. The fact that it can check the only two reliable counters of one of the most offensive threats in the game right now, while setting up a weather, makes it's niche in the meta absolutely critical. Landorus is stated as S-rank, but Tyranitar is certainly also in the winning side of this tandem, and I believe that it can be enough to bump it up a rank.
  11. Rayquaza_

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    Tyranitar isn't S-rank because of its slow speed, plethora of weaknesses and bad matchups against all the other weather starters (yes, even Ninetales, as Tyranitar doesn't like a Will-o-Wisp on the switch and Sunny Day+SolarBeam variants will force it out).
    Also, unlike Hippowdown, it's Dugtrio bait.

    A S-rank pokemon should always be a welcome addition in every team that requires its niche (which is Sand Stream in Tyranitar's case).
    However, the very fact Tyranitar's presence isn't desirable in all sand teams (due to the aforementioned flaws) is reason enough not to put it in S-rank.

    Notice that the current S-rank pokemon do not have to compete for a teamslot with another pokemon. That's a big part of the reason they're S-rank.
    Tyranitar will always have to compete with Hippowdown for a teamslot instead.
    Please don't say that Tyranitar is always better on offensive teams and Hippowdown is always better in stall teams as it's a gross overgeneralization.
  12. False Sense

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    Interesting, so there's more than one possible way of playing Mienshao. I imagine Regenerator would usually be the preferable ability, but the sheer power of that Reckless Hi Jump Kick might be a viable alternative. I bet Choice Band sets could really just spam Hi Jump Kick and things would die. Really though, the fact that Mienshao can have this amount of firepower at it's disposal gives it another good reason to go to B-Rank, I think.
  13. G-Von

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    What's really messed up is that under support, it can really be classified as S-rank because of his role with supporting the likes of Keldeo and Landorus. Those three on a team make an incredibly hard offensive core to break. BandTar, SpecsKeldeo, and SF Landorus destroys anything thrown its way. Keldeo handles water and ice moves that lando would be weak to while t-tar traps the checks and counters to Keldeo and Landorus.

    I must second it, Tyranitar for S-rank.
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    Tyranitar doesn't support Keldeo in any way, shape or form. In fact, Sandstorm damage actually damages Keldeo.

    They cover a few of each other's weaknesses? So do Jellicent and Ferrothorn, that doesn't mean they're S-rank worthy because of it.

    In the support department, Tyranitar and Hippowdown are perfectly equal, so if Hippo isn't S-rank, Tyranitar isn't S-rank material either.
  15. zerohero

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    I dont think meinshao should move up to b-rank imo. c-rank seems just right for the weasel. There are better and faster fighting types that are more useful. The only thing that
    he has over the fighting types is regenator which is great ability and needs it since he is so frail. I feel like the common scarfer or anything in the 108 speed tier can ohko it. As for moves wise i feel like infernape could use the same move with equal sucess and a better mixed sweeper since most of the moves you mention he also have.
  16. False Sense

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    While I would rather not take sides in this Tyranitar debate, I felt like I should point out that Tyranitar is well known for being able to Pursuit trap almost all of Keldeo's counters, which makes them a lethal offensive duo. That's how Tyranitar supports Keldeo so well.
  17. G-Von

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    What are you talking about? Why are you trying to bring up Hippowdon when he is totally irrelevant to Keldeo and Landorus? Hippo does nothing good for either attacker. You don't understand, Hippo falls pathetically to Celebi and Latias, who needs to be gone for Landorus or Keldeo to sweep. Tyranitar traps them with Pursuit and kills them off easily without taking big damage from either one, even STAB Giga Drain from Celebi. Just because Tyranitar summons in sand doesn't mean that's the only way he can support.
  18. Ojama

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    How doesn't Tyranitar support Keldeo in any way ? Tyranitar removes all Keldeo's counters but indeed, it doesn't support it. What can handle Keldeo? Jellicent, Celebi, Tentacruel, Latias, Latios, Starmie, Amoonguss and maybe a few other ones. Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Tyranitar kill 90% of this list? Keldeo + Tyranitar is one of the best cores of the game for your information.
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    B Rank: Reserved for Pokemon who cannot sweep through or wall significant portions of the metagame, but can properly fulfill a given offensive/defensive niche. Support Pokemon in this category have flaws that prevent them from doing their job or are setup bait for dangerous sweepers. Pokemon who are partially outperformed by a Pokemon in A or S Rank, but are otherwise very dangerous, may also fall into this category.

    Personally I believe that Mienshao fits in here quite nicely. It fulfills an offensive niche as a U-turning Fighting type, something that only Infernape can also boast, but it doesn't have that amazing Regenerator ability. While something like Terrakion or Keldeo may oftentimes be more suitable for a team, keep in mind that those are both S-Rank pokemon, so they basically outperform everything, and Mienshao still has several unique qualities to distinguish itself from them. Partially outperformed, but still very dangerous is a very suitable way of describing Mienshao.
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    Look in all real honesty Mienshao is often more trouble than its worth. Sure it hits very hard and has great speed coupled with two great abilities, one of which prevents it from being worn down. But then you come to realize that his offensive movepool consists of not one but TWO unreliable moves (hi jump kick and stone edge), he is as frail as a zoroark and simply doenst do much that terrakion doesnt do already. All it truly has is u-turn and its superior abilities. Like seriously being reliant on bad-accuracy moves when youre frail is simply terrible. You can never be sure that it will fullfill its role because it might just miss a hi jump kick against blissey and suffer recoil plus giving your opponent a free switch. Its just too unreliable and frail. It honestly doesnt deserve B-Rank.
  21. False Sense

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    Well, that's a valid point, except I think you're slightly over exaggerating the issue. Hi Hump Kick has a pretty solid 90% accuracy, so while it does miss from time to time, it's hardly any worse than the constantly-spammed Hydro Pumps we see all the time. Terrakion uses Stone Edge too, don't forget. On top of that, it often has HP Ice or U-Turn as more reliable options, so it's not completely luck based. But back to Hi Jump Kick, I think that the accuracy isn't that big of an issue. If it was, say, Focus Blast it was relying on, then we would have problems, but Hi Jump Kick WILL hit 90% of the time, and I don't think that's low enough to warrant it being held back.
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    Cause it makes you lose 50% health everytime you miss. Add life orb recoil into that and you see how unreliable mienshao really is.
  23. False Sense

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    Don't forget that it can switch out at any time and regain a large portion of that health back.
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    It loses 60% health by missing and recover 33% by switching. That adds up VERY quickly and not everyone uses regenerator.
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    50%; Life Orb isn't factored if it doesn't hit. And not everyone even uses Life Orb; Choice Scarf sets can easily come in after a Revenge Kill or slow U-Turn, do some damage and switch out. And again, Hi Jump Kick will more often than not hit; it really doesn't add up that quickly.

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