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Gen 5 The OU Viability Ranking thread

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

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  1. GCSChris

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    Agreeing that Jolteon should be low B rank. It's amazing speed is very relevant as stated above, and his ability to baton pass subs is relevant. He has good special attack, and access to thunder, and most importantly (at least in my opinion) a speedy volt switch. While usually outclassed by thundurus-t, again, as stated, it can outspend huge threats and can find its place on a team, although thundurus usually fills the role better with access to nasty poly and agility. Therefore, I believe Jolteon deserves low b rank

    Also, nice to see Jellicent in a rank :]
  2. BlackLight

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    Okay, so just for reference, the Cobalion set we're talking about is Electrolyte's Mixed Cobalion, like so. Any other set is pretty much useless in OU.
    Cobalion @ Expert Belt
    Trait: Justified
    EVs: 28 Atk / 228 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Naive Nature
    - Close Combat
    - Volt Switch
    - Taunt / Stealth Rock
    - Hidden Power [Ice]
    And we can find Electrolyte's RMT, featuring Cobalion, here. Although its half a year old, its still good.

    On to other things, now.
    Durant can go into D-Tier. Attack is good, speed is good, but it has little coverage, bad special bulk, and its best ability lowers its accuracy. Hustle isn't that good when you have to sacrifice being able to run stuff like Swords Dance for Hone Claws, and I'm not really sure why you'd use Durant over Scizor, tbh.
    Donphan... I've always hated this thing. It doesn't do well in a meta dominated by special attackers, its typing is lackluster, its setup fodder for the most part, etc. I guess it is usable on Sun teams if you need the resist, so I guess its C-Tier, but it really has no other purpose. Man, do we need better Rapid Spinners.
  3. Memphis Grizzly

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    I don't like the thought of Jolteon in B, though it does have blistering speed this is easily over turned by a Scarf, Chlorophyll, Priority, Sash or Sand Rush. It's rather frail and has a shallow move pool. There's also enough Pokemon bulky enough to take a move and KO,
  4. SmashBrosBrawl

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    Its not like Jolteon needs other moves that much:
    252 SpA Choice Specs Jolteon Thunder vs. 248 HP / 232+ SpD Rotom-W: 183-216 (60.39 - 71.28%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
    252 SpA Choice Specs Jolteon Thunder vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Heatran: 180-213 (46.75 - 55.32%) -- 14.06% chance to 2HKO
    252 SpA Choice Specs Jolteon Thunder vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Terrakion: 286-337 (88.27 - 104.01%) -- 31.25% chance to OHKO
    252 SpA Choice Specs Jolteon Thunder vs. 240 HP / 0 SpD Volcarona: 250-295 (67.38 - 79.51%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
    There arent many things that like to switch in that and volt switch is always there to scout. Seriously its movepool sucks but Thunder already hits stuff hard enough. It deserves at least B rank for being such a great revenge killer with excellent power and the ability to outrun the entire tier (including adamant gyarados after dragon dance).
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    Yea, I don't have a problem with Jolteon being low B Rank. Its not a terrible pokemon, and I recently enjoyed good success with Sub pass Jolt, so its kinda cool. It "works" but its something id think hard about using first.
  6. Pikachuu

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    The problem with Jolteon is it's coverage sucks. Without HP Ice it's walled by Landorus, Gliscor, Garchomp, etc. Without HP Grass it's walled by Mamoswine, Gastrodon etc. Jolteon also loses to Tyranitar which is really common and Tyranitar can even trap it if it doesn't carry Baton Pass. It also can't do much to Ferrothorn and Blissey/Chansey. Also one shouldn't rely on revenge killing Gyarados with Jolteon, as I think most good players would run enough speed to outspeed Jolteon after a DD. It also has trouble doing anything in the sun as Thunder's accuracy decreases to 50% I believe so it needs rain to really be a threat. Not to mention Jolteon is frail as hell. I think Jolteon should stay in C-rank.
  7. Halcyon.

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    I really couldn't care less about whether Jolteon is B rank, but I do just want to say that your comment on Gyarados is actually wrong. Offensive DD Gyarados runs 252 speed and an Adamant nature and is still slower thank Jolteon at +1. Gyarados reaches 391 speed, whereas Timid Jolteon has 394 speed. Non-Adamant Gyarados seems like a waste to me, since it needs all the power it can get and has to rely on base 80 Waterfall and base 85 Bounce.
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  8. Pikachuu

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    I've used Jolly Gyarados before. I never noticed any significant drop in power. I used it in a rain team though so Waterfall hit much harder. I think if you're going to use Gyarados it's better to use it in a rain team. Btw the Jolly bulky set comes before the offensive set on the Gyarados strategy page: http://www.smogon.com/bw/pokemon/gyarados
  9. Memphis Grizzly

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    Thunder relies on Rain, and the damage output of Choiced Thunder is nice and all. The only thing is an Electric Choiced move is: Set up bait. Landorus-I, Garchomp, Thundurus etc can all abuse their immunity and start boosting.
  10. GCSChris

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    The thing that really makes Jolteon good is its incedible is its incredible speed combind with a fairly powerful volt switch
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    I think Raikou is better than Jolteon thanks to calm mind, coverage (sadly needs rash) and bulk, speed isnt too important (jolteon only outspeed duggy, alakazam and weavile) and doesnt had a rank... i nominate Raikou for C rank at least

    Also keep Durant in C rank, he had many advantages over scizor like
    1 can kill walls like tenta, jelli and skarm (less walled)
    2 can kill and outspeed (non scarf) keldeo, gyarados, heatran, infernape, celebi...
    3 like lucario, can attract pursuit users to do a sweep, or setup in walls like ferro or chansey
    4 scizor can be set up bait for durant (lol)

    Disadvantages

    1 lack of Sdef bulk
    2 no priority and monementum
    3 cant invest in bulk
    4 One trick pony
    5 Latios, Gengar, Alakazam outspeed durant and kill with any move (latios lol) and focus miss (Zam and Gar)

    Durant is a powerful force and Scizor is more utility attacker
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    jolteon isn't the set-up bait that it seems to be, first it's faster than chomp, and landy, so until your opponent knows you're using a specs set, he will never let a pokemon that may be OHKOed by HPice in the next turn stay for long. mamoswine is not a also a good switch as it's 2hkoed by specs signal beam after rocks(252spa specs signalbeam on 4/0 mamoswine: 46,2%~54,8%). Also, apart from special landorus, all named set up sweepers aren't that big deal on rain as they can be hardly cockblocked by gastro/skarmory core or revenged killed by keldeo.
    Jolteon can be incredibly useful as an late game sweeper and lo jolteon can deal huge damage to the common sand offense teams. It deserves at least mid-b tier.
  13. Chou Toshio

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    To me, the real problems with Jolteon are:

    a) So 1 dimensional (come in, spam powerful electric attack)-- there's really not much to its offense besides this. Everything else can carry is just trying to be almost useful.

    b) no real resistances (this is the REAL crux of Jolteon's problems)
    -the fact that the only resistances it has are Electric and Steel (edit: And Flying, though not too many Flying-type attacks in OU Jolt could switch in on...) is a big problem (especially when the vast majority of Steel moves are physical and beat on poor Jolteon pretty damn hard)

    With everything hitting so hard, Jolteon's got basically zero opportunities to come in--

    This is a distinct difference from Pokemon like Gengar, Thundurus-T, and Starmie (or even Breloom), who despite having weak defenses still get opportunities to switch in. Even Espeon and Alakazam, thanks to their spiffy new abilities, have chances to switch in to things like status when few other Pokemon would want to.

    Jolteon's only real opportunity to switch in is on Electric attacks-- but except for Rotom-W and Starmie, Jolteon doesn't have a strong pronounced advantage of users of electric attacks / Thunder Wave-- not compared to most Ground-types anyway. Moreover, against most electric users (bar Rotom-W and Starmie), Jolteon can't do what it does best against them-- spam its Electric attacks.

    Most teams will have an electric-absorber in a Ground type, who generally pack a lot more bulk/resistances (And a lot more opportunities to switch in with advantage against more foes)

    The issue of not having many resistances is a big one in BW; because chances to come in on a kill are fewer and fewer-- and everything hits harder. Furthermore, with even more threats to contend with, the few spots on a team with which to tie together a cohesive net of checks against an expansive threat list are even more valuable. A Pokemon who can't bring any defensive value puts a real strain on everyone else.

    Therefore, Pokemon, like Jolteon, who have little defensive merit-- Pokemon like Infernape, Weavile, et. all have a real hard time making it on teams.

    Looking at the tier list, there are NO Pokemon in the S or A ranks that lack useful resistances except for Alakazam, whose ability gives it other switch in opportunities and extends its longjevity.

    The highest ranked Pokemon on the list with little defensive merit are Dugtrio and Gothitelle, who are trappers with a very special Niche. The next highest ranked is Weavile (oh, another trapper).

    Once you get down to C Rank, you see a LOT more. But the point stands-- not having some combination of good bulk or useful and usable resistances is a BIG set back.

    Basically, if you don't have useful switch-in opportunities that give some defensive benefit to a team-- you will have a HARD time finding a team slot in BW/BW2
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    ^ You forgot to mention Jolteon's flying resistance.
    Granted that now that Tornadus-T is gone it's no longer as valuable as it used to be.
  15. GCSChris

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    This is ablotutely an issue with Jolteon. However, the thing that make it great is its ability to switch on a predicted switch or a free switch after something had been KOed and get off an incredibly fast and fairly powerful volt switch. After the opponents scarfer is gone it also proves a problem as it will outspend just about anything else. I think Jolteon should be low B rank.
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    Wtf? Everything can do that. If you have to predict to get something in or get it in after a KO, that's a liability, not an asset.
  17. kakuna

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    Jolteon deserves low or mid b. It's speed is really valuable to rain teams because it lets them get away without running a scarfer, as it outspeeds +1 dragonite. Jolteon will not be sweeping standard teams anytime soon, but is powerful nonetheless and a scary threat to face. Constant volt switching to be taken by tyranitar and latios can wear them down. Alternatively jolteon can utilize substitute and baton pass which is an excellent set. Jolteon lures in physical attackers, so a pass to double dance landorus therian, cloyster, or other powerful set up sweepers is pretty useful. Jolteon can also check thundurus-therian decently, which is really hard to do in this metagame. Actually jolteon might fit in mid B rank tbh, it is rather effective when used correctly.
  18. GCSChris

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    I know everything can do that. I'm saying its best use is to put it in on a free switch and then volt switch to get switch initiative. It had good special attack and using jolteon in this way can be very effective, and thunder is relevant on a rain team. Plus volt absorb is useful, which hasn't been mentioned yet.
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    I think Jolteon had more of a niche in the Tornadus-T metagame. Although it couldn't really switch in, Jolteon could at least outspeed Torn-T without the need for a Choice Scarf unlike Thundurus-T, so it was free to run a number of sets without needing to be locked into a move. In the current metagame, I'd say Jolteon's viability has dropped a little - its speed tier isn't so useful now that Tornadus-T is gone, and it's still much less powerful than Thundurus-T in general. I think C-rank is probably the best place for it, though it is one of the better C-rank Pokémon out there. It does have at least two sets worth using - the SubPass set and the EBelt. Although Thundurus-T's EBelt set (Thunder/HP Ice/Superpower/U-turn) is much better at simply breaking down things, Jolteon's EBelt set (Thunder/HP Ice/Signal Beam/Volt Switch) is much more effective against offensive teams because its speed tier gives it the jump over almost everything that doesn't hold a Choice Scarf. I don't really like Choice Specs since it isn't strong enough to get away with mindlessly spamming attacks, and Life Orb cuts its already short life even shorter.
  20. victinivcreate1

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    Jolteon has 110 SpA

    Tornadus Therian-Flying-Regenerator
    HP-79
    Atk-100
    Def-80
    SpA-110
    SpD-90
    Spe-121

    Tornadus has 110 SpA yet many Tornadus Therians were running Choice Specs sets.

    "Oh but it can U-Turn"
    Jolteon can Baton Pass or Volt Switch out

    "Flying is a better STAB move"
    Walled by Steel, Rock types and electrics.

    Electric is walled by Dragons, Grounds, grasses, but there are few grass and ground types in OU and Dragons generally dislike paralysis or Volt Switches

    Jolteon can run a Specs set.
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    Making a comparison between the two isn't fair. Has Jolteon ever been close to suspect? Jolteon faces the danger of running afoul of Dugtrio with its Choice set, takes full Spikes and Stealth Rock damage, doesn't have Regenerator to mitigate passive damage and Life Orb recoil, and unlike Tornadus its coverage for bypassing resists is Hidden Power. 100% accurate, yes, but only 70 base power.

    But seriously Regenerator is absolutely insane and comparing anything to Tornadus-T (the only offensive Pokemon, besides Mienshao who is currently UU for all that Regenerator's done, we've ever had with it) because they have similar offensive stats is missing the point.
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    Mienshao? Mienshao was OU in BW1. Not that you can compare that to Tornadus-T, though.

    Anyway, I'm really not sure where Jolteon should be. Yes, it's super fast, but toilet paper has better defense than it. Wet toilet paper. I personally like having a super-fast Volt Switch user and its SubPass set is also pretty good. However, your best bets on getting Jolteon in are either after something dies, on an Electric attack, or after using a slow U-turn/Volt Switch from something else. It has resistances to Flying and Steel, but for the former, you're switching in on.... Skarmory? For the latter, you don't want to be switching Jolteon in on Bullet Punch. Now, from my experience, if you get it in safely you can do work with it, but the problem is... Getting it in safely. I wouldn't mind seeing it in low B rank, but I would also be fine with it staying in C rank. I'd say it's at least a high C rank Pokemon, though; it's definitely better than quite a few Pokemon that are in C rank.
  23. jrp

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    Tornadus-T and Jolteon are also completely incomparable

    although yes Jolteon can use specs well but you didn't really prove anything by comparing it to torn-t :|


    Torn-T was able to pull off a specs set because of Hurricane being a great spamming move that slaughtered a lot of things as well as regenerator. Electric isn't as spammable as hurricane is, but volt switch is a good scouting move.
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    I would like to propose Lucario for A-Rank. It's one of the most threatening sweeper nowadays, it has both Attack and Special Attack statistics very high and while it isn't very fast, it has two priority moves whose compensate the lack of speed. It has a ton of chances to setup as well, it can outspeed on mons locked into Stone Edge and Hidden Power Ice which are quite common now (think about Choice Scarf Terrakion and Choice Scarf Keldeo for example, two of the best revenge-killers on BW2) and it hasn't a lot of checks too, Landorus-T, Gliscor and Hippowdon are the most common but Landorus-T and Gliscor should pay attention at Ice Punch and Hippowdon doesn't like +2 Close Combat. Other good check are Jellicent and Slowbro but again, they should pay attention at Crunch which can smash them. Lucario hasn't lots of revenge-killer too, Jirachi and Choice Scarf Heatran, Terrakion and Tyranitar are probably the best available but once again Terrakion and Tyranitar doesn't revenge-kill Lucario at 100% since Bullet Punch can destroy them. In short, Lucario is a very threatening sweeper nowadays which has a lot of chances to setup and to sweep teams and it hasn't many mons which can actually stop it. Definitely A-Rank material, imo.
  25. victinivcreate1

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    Lucario suffers 4MSS too hard.

    ESpeed/SD/Bullet Punch/Close Combat-walled by Jellicent/Bulky waters

    But With Espeed/Ice Punch/SD/Close Combat u beat Gliscor, but ur slow still so ur gonna get OHKOed by EQ anyway.

    With Espeed/Crunch/Close COmbat/SD, you beat bulky psychics and Jellicent, but u lose to Gliscor, Scarf TErrakion, etc.

    Thats why I think the above set is the best, because BPunch allows you to KO crucial things like Scarf Terrakion, eliminate all Gengar at +2, and smash Steel weak pokemon


    But because that set is easy to wall, thats why Lucario is a B+ rank pokemon
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