The Best of The Worst in OU

By Jordy. Released: 2019/01/03.
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Introduction

As many of you may know, Smogon tiers are based around usage statistics. It's a common misconception that Pokémon that are stuck in lower tiers are bad in all higher tiers; however, this couldn't be further from the truth. These Pokémon simply do not meet the usage threshold, but that does not mean they're bad; in this article we will take a look at the best Pokémon in OU that are below the usage cutoff.

Mega Tyranitar: A

Mega Tyranitar
  • Tyranitar @ Tyranitarite
  • Ability: Sand Stream
  • EVs: 168 HP / 252 Atk / 88 Spe
  • Adamant Nature
  • - Stealth Rock
  • - Pursuit
  • - Stone Edge / Crunch
  • - Fire Punch / Crunch / Earthquake
  • Tyranitar @ Tyranitarite
  • Ability: Sand Stream
  • EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  • Jolly Nature
  • - Dragon Dance
  • - Stone Edge
  • - Ice Punch
  • - Fire Punch / Earthquake

Mega Tyranitar has excellent bulk coupled with a good offensive typing that is also decent defensively. It's an excellent choice as a Stealth Rock setter because of its ability to pressure Defoggers, such as non-Fightinium Z Tornadus-T and Zapdos, and its offensive presence, which lets it force plenty of switches and pressure defensive builds pretty well. Mega Tyranitar is also a very good check to Pokémon like Mega Latios and Heatran, which are very common in the tier. It can also function as a late-game sweeper on certain builds, which can be devastating thanks to its great power once boosted, variety of coverage moves, and surprise factor, which grants it a good number of setup opportunities.

Mega Latios: A-

Mega Latios

Mega Latios is a decent check to extremely common Pokémon like Heatran, Garchomp, Gliscor, and Kartana thanks to its typing, bulk, Speed, and movepool. When it's running Earthquake, its respectable Attack stat also lets it deal with common Psychic-type answers like Magearna and the aforementioned Heatran. Additionally, thanks to Levitate, which makes it immune to Toxic Spikes and Spikes, and its typing, Mega Latios can easily take advantage of Pokémon like Toxapex. It should be noted that Mega Latios fears status from Pokémon like Heatran, Toxapex, and Gliscor, which it is otherwise supposed to check.

Mega Latias: A-

Mega Latias
  • Latias @ Latiasite
  • Ability: Levitate
  • EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe
  • Timid Nature
  • - Calm Mind
  • - Recover
  • - Stored Power
  • - Substitute / Reflect Type / Surf
  • Latias @ Latiasite
  • Ability: Levitate
  • EVs: 248 HP / 8 SpD / 252 Spe
  • Timid Nature
  • - Ice Beam
  • - Surf
  • - Hidden Power Fire
  • - Roost
  • Latias-Mega @ Latiasite
  • Ability: Levitate
  • EVs: 248 HP / 8 SpD / 252 Spe
  • Timid Nature
  • - Psychic / Ice Beam
  • - Hidden Power Ground
  • - Thunder Wave / Defog
  • - Roost

Mega Latias can function as a Calm Mind sweeper that gets immensely stronger thanks to Stored Power. It finds itself ample setup opportunities thanks to its typing, extreme bulk, and high Speed stat, forcing out many common Pokémon. Thanks to Reflect Type, it can outlast several Dark-types one-on-one if Toxic Spikes are set on the field, namely slower ones such as Tyranitar as well as Weavile if Mega Latias uses Reflect Type on the switch, as well as Magearna, which is often used as a check to Psychic-types. Thanks to the great bulk, Speed, and coverage Mega Latias has to offer, it can also be used as a utility attacker that makes use of its great bulk and movepool to check Pokémon like Heatran, Gliscor, and Kartana. Mega Latias can also offer other utility with moves such as Thunder Wave and Defog, which it gets to use quite often thanks to its great matchup against the aforementioned Pokémon.

Reuniclus: A-

Reuniclus
  • Reuniclus @ Leftovers / Psychium Z
  • Ability: Magic Guard
  • EVs: 252 HP / 212 Def / 44 Spe
  • Bold Nature
  • - Calm Mind
  • - Acid Armor
  • - Psychic / Psyshock
  • - Recover
  • Reuniclus @ Leftovers / Psychium Z
  • Ability: Magic Guard
  • EVs: 252 HP / 212 Def / 44 Spe
  • Bold Nature
  • - Calm Mind
  • - Psyshock
  • - Energy Ball / Focus Blast / Signal Beam
  • - Recover

Reuniclus possesses great bulk, a decent typing, and Magic Guard, which gives it an immunity to Toxic damage, making it a great Calm Mind user. Reuniclus is good at dismantling bulky builds and has a good matchup against hyper offensive teams as well. What differentiates Reuniclus from other Calm Mind users like Mega Latias, Mega Alakazam, Clefable, and Magearna is its access to Acid Armor, which allows it to set up on Mega Scizor and physical Dark-types like Tyranitar and Weavile with the help of constant Toxic Spikes or Spikes chip damage. Access to STAB Psyshock further allows it to win most Calm Mind wars and easily beat Chansey. Reuniclus is a great check to Fighting-types like Keldeo and Mega Medicham and also a good check to Gliscor. Thanks to Magic Guard preventing Toxic damage and Reuniclus's typing, it's one of the best Pokémon to use when wanting to take advantage of Toxapex. Thanks to Magic Guard, Calm Mind, coverage options, and its good natural bulk, Reuniclus can also function as a stallbreaker.

Mega Diancie: A-

Mega Diancie

Mega Diancie is a decent anti-meta pick because it can keep Stealth Rock up against stall and deals with other common Defoggers like Tornadus-T and Zapdos. Thanks to its access to Earth Power coupled with its potent double STAB moves, Mega Diancie is great at dismantling common cores like Tapu Bulu + Heatran. Mega Diancie can also take advantage of common hazard setters such as Heatran, Ferrothorn, and Toxapex, which may try to set hazards on a predicted switch out from Mega Diancie, and potential Choice item users like Ash-Greninja, Landorus-T, and Greninja, thanks to Protect.

Gyarados: B+

Gyarados

Gyarados is a very devastating sweeper with few checks thanks to Dragon Dance, its extremely strong Supersonic Skystrike, and Moxie to snowball out of control quick. Thanks to its typing, Gyarados can take advantage of the popularity of Pokémon like Landorus-T, Heatran, and Tangrowth to get free setup opportunities and quickly end games. Gyarados is especially hard to deal with for builds that rely on Pokémon like Tangrowth, Toxapex, and Celesteela as their defensive backbone. Its typing also makes Gyarados hard to revenge kill because it grants Gyarados a resistance to common priority moves, namely Water Shuriken and Bullet Punch.

Mega Heracross: B+

Mega Heracross

With the single highest raw Attack stat in the game, access to various coverage moves, and the ability to take advantage of many staples on stall teams, Mega Heracross finds itself as one of the strongest wallbreakers and best stallbreakers in the tier. It can easily get past most Fighting-type answers like Reuniclus and Tornadus-T thanks to Pin Missile and Rock Blast, making its Close Combat insanely spammable late-game. Mega Heracross's decent defensive typing and defenses give it ample setup opportunities on Pokémon such as Tapu Bulu, Choice-locked Landorus-T, and Kartana.

Weavile: B

Weavile
  • Weavile @ Choice Band
  • Ability: Pressure
  • EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  • Jolly Nature
  • - Icicle Crash
  • - Knock Off
  • - Ice Shard
  • - Pursuit
  • Weavile @ Choice Scarf
  • Ability: Pickpocket
  • EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  • Adamant Nature
  • - Knock Off
  • - Icicle Crash
  • - Foul Play / Brick Break
  • - Pursuit

Weavile is the definition of a glass cannon as a fast Pursuit trapper that outspeeds the likes of Mega Latios, Mega Latias, and even Mega Alakazam when equipped with a Choice Scarf. It has extremely spammable STAB moves, which makes it great as a wallbreaker capable of pressuring many teams featuring Pokémon like Tapu Bulu, Tangrowth, and Garchomp. However, it should be stressed how much of a glass cannon Weavile really is. It's extremely frail and sports 6 weaknesses, which makes it hard to get it into play without offensive double switches or VoltTurn support and means that it offers little to no defensive utility.

Hydreigon: B

Hydreigon

Hydreigon has a unique niche in the tier thanks to its typing and access to reliable recovery, which let it pivot into Heatran, Reuniclus, and Blacephalon and prevent Choice Specs Greninja from easily transforming without Ice Beam. Generally, Levitate, which grants Hydreigon an immunity to Spikes and Toxic Spikes, makes it very hard to consistently wear down, allowing it to consistently check the aforementioned Pokémon. Access to Taunt makes Hydreigon a big annoyance to stall and balanced teams alike. It's also a decent Defog user thanks to its favorable matchup against most hazard setters, but Hydreigon experiences trouble fitting it onto a set. However, Hydreigon's typing leaves it with a very crippling weakness to Fairy-types like Magearna, Clefable, and Tapu Bulu, though it can bypass this weakness with its access to Flash Cannon and Earth Power.

Closing Words

While these Pokémon may not be OU by usage, they are definitely good and have a defined niche in the tier, so make sure to try them out!

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