The PU Viability Ranking Thread Welcome to XY's PU Viability Ranking thread. The basis of PU is that it is what would functionally be an official tier if there was one to exist below NU based on the current tiering process of using usage stats to determine the Pokemon present in a tier. The main discussion thread for the PU metagame can be found here, which can help provide a foundation of learning the tier, enhancing your proficiency in the various PU projects to participate in, this being the first, but with many more to come. Most of the discussion towards the PU metagame occurs in the IRC channel, #pu. Feel free to join this channel if you want to get involved with the community and learn a bit more about the metagame. The general idea of this topic are as follows towards that of the official tiers. Seeing as PU is a tier where many Pokemon are viable and various Pokemon have more or less useful niches than others, we feel that it would be ideal to formulate a process of determining the rankings of Pokemon in descending order of sequence based on their overall viability of the metagame among their specific niches. From there, our dark task will be to deliver our attempts of gauging the metagame data and ensure accurate ratings to the best of our ability towards every viable Pokemon in the PU tier. From here on, this is the source where many of the players that are interested into playing this tier are giving many opportunities to analyze the metagame and ultimately "have their questions" answered in regards to how you should be managing your teams and what to expect for the competitive scene of PU. On a side note, keep in mind that everything within their ranks are sorted into alphabetical order; a method in which its use is geared towards organizational purposes. This has no bearing as to what is better or worse if they happen to be listed into the same ranking. After a certain amount of time, the council will address every nomination made in this thread by voting on them internally; the eventual verdict will be posted and the rankings updated. There may occasionally be focused discussion on certain Pokemon, but additional nominations are free to be made and discussed as well. For reference, the XY PU Council is: WhiteDMist (Leader) Dell (Co-Leader) trc Magnemite Robert Alfons galbia scorpdestroyer Montsegur Anty Tier Ranking List S-Rank Poliwrath Tauros A-Rank A+ Carracosta Leafeon Misdreavus Ninetales Piloswine Roselia Scyther Sneasel Throh A Barbaracle Bouffalant Haunter Kecleon Lickilicky Mr. Mime Regice Rotom-F Tangela A- Aurorus Avalugg Chatot Golem Gourgeist-XL Kadabra Marowak Pelipper Raichu Togetic B-Rank B+ Beheeyem Dodrio Flareon Gourgeist-S Heatmor Huntail Purugly Simipour Stoutland Swanna Torterra Victreebel B Articuno Basculin Carbink Clefairy Ditto Drifblim Fraxure Frogadier Hippopotas Leavanny Metang Mightyena Prinplup Sawsbuck Stunfisk Swoobat Ursaring Volbeat B- Bastiodon Duosion Dusknoir Electrode Floatzel Gogoat Grumpig Jumpluff Kingler Klang Kricketune Linoone Luxray Meowstic-M Rampardos Rapidash Solrock Vigoroth Whirlipede C-Rank C+ Arbok Beartic Electabuzz Gabite Girafarig Golduck Machoke Monferno Munchlax Politoed Quilladin Relicanth Seviper Simisage Simisear Sliggoo Vullaby Wigglytuff Zebstrika Zweilous C Butterfree Dusclops Dragonair Dwebble Glaceon Lapras Murkrow Raticate Snover Tropius Vanilluxe Wartortle Whiscash Wormadam-T C- Ariados Bibarel Furfrou Hypno Lairon Lampent Masquerain Mothim Natu Octillery Scraggy Swalot Wailord D-Rank Carvanha Delibird Fearow Frillish Gigalith Gourgeist Gourgeist-Large Illumise Lumineon Magcargo Magmar Meganium Meowstic-F Ninjask Noctowl Parasect Persian Pineco Porygon Shedinja Shelgon Stantler Vibrava Walrein Yanma E-Rank Beautifly Bellossom Carnivine Castform Cherrim Chimecho Corsola Dedenne Delcatty Dewgong Dunsparce Dustox Emolga Farfetch'd Furret Ledian Lunatone Luvdisc Maractus Minun Pachirisu Phione Plusle Regigigas Seaking Slaking Spinda Sudowoodo Sunflora Unfezant Unown Vespiquen Watchog Wobbuffet Wormadam Wormadam-G Rules: Try to only suggest nominations for viable Pokemon only. There is no real reason to include the entire PU legality list when some things are simply too mediocre / incompetent to justify any use. Post intelligently. Posts like "I think Pokemon X should be in this tier" will not be tolerated. This applies the same way for statements that doesn't back up any sufficient evidence. Try to remain civilized with everyone at all costs. There is absolutely no reason to outright scold another user just because they happen to disagree with you. Usage statistics may be used to support an argument or a claim, but don't base your ENTIRE argument around them. For example, you can't just say "Pokemon X shouldn't be this tier because they aren't used that often!" Also, just because you realistically think a Pokemon is better that doesn't always apply within the case of the actual metagame. No talk about editing the official Smogon tier lists or any mentions of Pokemon possibly moving out from PU to NU. Happy posting!