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The PU Viability Ranking ThreadWelcome 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)
- Robert Alfons
Tier Ranking List
Reserved for Pokemon that are amazing in the PU metagame. These iconic figures are viewed as the top tier threats that bring the highest of examples of what causes them to define the shape of the metagame. These Pokemon are usually able to perform a variety of roles effectively or can perform a certain role to phenomenal success with little to no support. Their use has low risk involved and high reward exerted. Pokemon in this rank have very few flaws that are patched up by numerous positive traits and are considered the foremost of the Pokemon that truly define the metagame.
Reserved for Pokemon that are outstanding in the PU metagame and can sweep, wall, or support the majority of the tier. These Pokemon require less support than other Pokemon to be used effectively and have few flaws that can be overlooked when compared to their outstanding traits. Their potential among most exceeds expectations among many areas, but there are minor flaws that prevents them from sharing the same consistency or metagame-defining nature towards that of a S-rank Pokemon.
Reserved for Pokemon who have solid niches in the PU metagame. These Pokemon have more notable flaws than of those above them that affect how they function in the tier and how much more support would be required compared to higher-ranked Pokemon to push their use to success. Their positive traits still outshine their negatives, but they require a bit more team support to bring out their full potential.
Reserved for Pokemon that have notable niches in the PU metagame, but have just as notable flaws that prevent them from being effective. Pokemon in the C rank often require significant support to be effective in PU. C rank Pokemon typically tends to face a lot of competition with the Pokemon that are ranked higher.
Reserved for Pokemon that are mediocre in the PU metagame, but are decent enough to justify their use on some teams. These Pokemon are either usable but have no real niche or are only capable of doing their specific task and fail at doing anything more than that.
Reserved for all other fully-evolved Pokemon that simply have no viable niches to match any of the rankings listed higher than this rank, therefore no place on a serious team.
- 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.