Shout-out to PK Gaming for this idea and Ebeast and Honus for the reformatting of the thread and making the picture, respectively. So basically, the purpose of this thread is to discuss the viability of most, if not all relevant Pokemon in the metagame. The pokemon are organized into ranks, with S rank being the highest, and D rank being the lowest. Top tier pokemon such as Sceptile and Druddigon go into S, for example, while pokemon that are totally awful go into D, the definitions are explained later on in the thread. Now, what is your job here? Your job is to discuss the ranks given to every pokemon, make arguments for making a pokemon higher or lower ranked, and also to discuss the possible ranks for the "untested" rank. These are pokemon that might have potential, but havent been tested enough to get official ranks yet, if you have used any of these, now is your time to say so! The overall tier list for RU is in alphabetical order. This is mostly for organizational purposes, so it has no bearing on whether or not you think Ditto is superior to Dusknoir. While that may be true, I'd rather hear it from you! S Rank: Reserved for the top threats in the RU metagame. These Pokemon are usually able to perform a variety of roles effectively, or can just do one extremely well with little to no extra support. Their use has low risk involved and high reward exerted. Pokemon in this tier have very few flaws that are patched up by numerous positive traits. Top: Druddigon Slowking Mid: Moltres Sceptile Low: Escavalier Kabutops Uxie A Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that are outstanding in the RU metagame and can sweep, wall, or support the majority of the tier. These Pokemon require less support than other Pokemon to be used effectively, but still perform less consistently than the average S rank Pokemon. A rank Pokemon have few flaws that can be overlooked when compared to their positive traits. Top: Alomomola Durant Emboar Entei Gallade Magneton Qwilfish Rhydon Rotom-C Smeargle Sigilyph Mid: Absol Golurk Lilligant Mesprit Spiritomb Steelix Tangrowth Tauros Low: Accelgor Aggron Omastar Rotom-N B Rank: Reserved for Pokemon who are slightly above average in the RU metagame. These Pokemon have more notable flaws than of those above it that affects how they function in the tier. Their positive traits still outshine their negatives, but they require a bit more team support to bring out their full potential Top: Amoonguss Braviary Cinccino Galvantula Hitmonlee Jynx Poliwrath Roselia Samurott Zangoose Mid: Aerodactyl Bouffalant Clefable Crustle Cryogonal Exeggutor Ferroseed Fraxure Kangaskhan Lanturn Ludicolo Magmortar Manectric Medicham Miltank Musharna Sawsbuck Swellow Torterra Typhlosion Low: Carracosta Drifblim Feraligatr Hariyama Haunter Klinklang Misdreavus Piloswine Regirock Scolipede Seismitoad C Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that have notable niches in the RU metagame, but have just as notable flaws that prevent them from being top tier threats. Pokemon in the C tier often require significant support to be as effective as higher ranked Pokemon in RU. C rank Pokemon tend to face a lot of competition with the more commonly used Pokemon. Top: Altaria Archeops Cacturne Charizard Crawdaunt Dragonair Duosion Eelektross Gardevoir Gurdurr Hitmonchan Mandibuzz Pinsir Primeape Scyther Shiftry Zweilous Mid: Drapion Electivire Garbodor Kadabra Quagsire Rotom-S Swanna Victreebel Low: Arbok Basculin Butterfree Camerupt Gabite Lickilicky Liepard Murkrow Relicanth Rotom-F Sandslash Scraggy Vigoroth Volbeat Weezing Whimsicott D Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that are below average in the RU metagame. These Pokemon often require very significant amounts of support with a relatively low reward compared to higher ranked Pokemon. Top: Ditto Flareon Gothorita Leafeon Linoone Marowak Muk Riolu Serperior Simipour Skuntank Torkoal Low: Articuno Audino Dusknoir Golem Gorebyss Natu Ninjask Rapidash Shedinja Shelgon Swoobat Vileplume Untested Rank: Reserved for pokemon that might have niches, but havent been sufficiently tested. Post your experiences with them here so we can give them a tier. and now onto: THE RULES. ~Rules~~Only nominate viable Pokemon. We are not going to put every legal Pokemon in RU on the list. There is no reason to put stuff that no one will ever use. ~Post intelligently. Posts like "I think pokemon X should be in this tier" will not be tolerated ~No flaming ~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!" ~No talk about editing the OFFICIAL smogon tier lists. ~Only pokemon in RU and below are up for nomination, pokemon in higher tiers are not allowed to be nominated, this should be common sense but lol someone nommed nidoking for S rank.