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Stunfisk-Galar: UR -> D

From its release in Gen8, most would consider Stunfisk-G a joke. Its ability is awkward, it gets no physical Steel moves outside of Metal Claw, and it faces a bit of competition from Steelix, who was nommed recently (and Excadrill in some cases).

I’m here to prove how Stunfisk-G does have a niche in this meta.

Stunfisk is anything but bad. It has great defensive stats and its tech can take many by surprise. I have been testing this for a couple of days now and it is much better than what people give it credit for. It can also do some things better than Steelix and this post will include that.

There are two sets of interest and this is the first:

ur grandpap a trap (Stunfisk-Galar) (M) @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Mimicry
EVs: 252 HP / 96 Atk / 160 Def
Impish Nature
- Yawn
- Protect / Endure
- Earthquake
- Sucker Punch

This set is literally a trap. It functions kind of like Gen7 1v1 Stunfisk (UOPfisk lmao), where its niche was that it checked some of the top tier VR mons, albeit with a Petaya berry instead of WP (though they act quite similarly). It is quite simple—Yawn and live a hit, Protect/Endure turn 2, and then attack. Sometimes you don’t even need to Yawn.

https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen81v1-1042143856 - This replay visualizes what exactly this set does. I do use Yawn in the replay but you could literally just EQ -> Sucker Punch against Darm-G

+1 252+ Atk Darmanitan-Galar Flare Blitz vs. 252 HP / 160+ Def Stunfisk-Galar: 356-420 (84.3 - 99.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Choice Specs Dragapult Fire Blast vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Stunfisk-Galar: 346-408 (81.9 - 96.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+1 252 Atk Mold Breaker Haxorus Close Combat vs. 252 HP / 160+ Def Stunfisk-Galar: 338-398 (80 - 94.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 96 Atk Stunfisk-Galar Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Haxorus: 220-261 (75 - 89%) -- guaranteed 2HKO (Doesn’t even need the defense drop, which means it can beat an EQ Haxorus too)

+2 96 Atk Stunfisk-Galar Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Haxorus: 103-122 (35.1 - 41.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

Some things this set checks: Dragapult (non WoW, which is a move that doesn’t even show up on usage1500), Scarf Darmanitan-G, Crustle, Haxorus, Duraludon, Dracozolt, Tyranitar, Toxapex, Toxtricity, and more but those are the ones that came to mind. It MAY beat Aegislash (because I have), but I am still investigating matchups vs. SD sets (Yawn and Endure are strong against it though).

Stunfisk isn’t limited to this set—he can run a special set:

ur grandpap a trap (Stunfisk-Galar) (M) @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Mimicry
EVs: 252 HP / 104 Def / 152 SpA
Relaxed Nature
- Earth Power
- Sucker Punch
- Metal Sound
- Flash Cannon

Due to the effects of the Weakness Policy, you can actually defeat a lot of Togekisses. However, if you beat Togekiss here then you sacrifice the Darm-G matchup unless it’s Jolly Scarf (which you can’t determine in battle). The spread for Darm-G would be 160+ Def 96 SpAtk, which isn’t strong enough to beat Togekiss. 152 SpAtk could beat it though, which is shown in the replay.

https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen81v1-1044699857

252+ SpA Togekiss Fire Blast vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Stunfisk-Galar: 288-340 (68.2 - 80.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+2 152 SpA Stunfisk-Galar Flash Cannon vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Togekiss: 266-314 (85.5 - 100.9%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO, and dont forget about:

+2 0 Atk Stunfisk-Galar Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Togekiss: 44-52 (14.1 - 16.7%) -- possible 6HKO

It’s very unlikely Togekiss will survive this combo as you can see (assuming you land two low rolls it only has 0.4% HP left).

This set also has a good matchup vs. Cloyster compared to the previous set and a more favorable win against Crustle (Sucker Punch after Flash Cannon). You CAN use a Yawn strategy on this but it’s probably better to use Metal Sound since Stunfisk will be less passive against walls. It beats most of the same stuff that the physical set beats and some others like Weezing-G (even if it’s Levitate). 104+ Def lives Jolly Band Haxorus Close Combat, just like the physical set, while also beating Togekiss and some others.

By testing this in battle I was also able to beat: Grimmsnarl, Corsola-G (something Steelix can’t do) and Dusclops.

Other options (memes): Sludge Wave, Reflect Type (Ferrothorn users will hate you), Snap Trap (chip damage against defensive), Curse, and Stealth Rock (for heavy disrespect). It also has Counter—something that Steelix doesn’t. A Passho Berry Counter set with 252 HP / 224+ Def beats Adamant Scarf Dracovish and Band Golisopod, but in most situations the sets I provided perform better anyways.

Conclusion

Stunfisk-G is a nichemon that can handle some of the more relevant threats in the VR (some of the things it checks are A- or higher) and others. Like a few other things it became a lot more worth using with the removal of Sableye. Compared to Steelix, it has more mixed potential, more special bulk (which can be invested in if needed), a priority move, and access to sleep via Yawn. In a team situation you can use Stunfisk in place of Excadrill or Steelix if your team struggles against Scarf Darm-G, Specs Dragapult, or Haxorus (use physical Stunfisk instead of Excadrill, assuming you deal with Mew and Mimi among your two other mons) or Corsola-G (use special Stunfisk instead of Steelix if you beat fairies already, but note that Stunfisk can still deal with Scarf Togekiss).

With all of that considered, I think that a D rank position is justified for this guy. Won’t make direct comparisons here but I had much more success with this than I did with some of the other D rank mons.

Thanks for reading and have a good day!

EDIT: 23 January 2019
After testing this for a little while, I can confirm that the special set has bad matchups against Corsola and Togekiss which can literally just outplay it (Corsola WoW turn 1, Night Shade spam, Togekiss can use Trick). However, the set itself does perform quite well in practice; I made it past 1560 on a testing alt using the stupidest team ever — Sylveon / Stunfisk / Arctovish. Hilariously enough, I actually ended up using it more than Sylveon for a lot of the games. Metal Sound is a good move and so is Yawn.

ANOTHER edit 2 Feb 2020:
ur grandpap a trap (Stunfisk-Galar) (M) @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Mimicry
EVs: 252 HP / 72 Atk / 160 Def / 24 SpD
Relaxed Nature
- Earthquake
- Earth Power
- Snap Trap
- Sucker Punch

Mixed Fisk is the way to go. Snap Trap can bait Weakness Policy on Steelix and it has good chip potential in general. Earth Power is great for Crustle (who wants to use Counter) and for whatever reason Scarf Sawk (Band beats Fisk anyway though lol). The EVs are not completely optimized but I was able to kill a lot of Sylveons who thought using Mystical Fire was a smart idea (you do EQ into SuckerPunch here).
 
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State of the Metagame:
So, I feel that the VR pretty much needs to be updated, esp at the high ranks. I discussed in the 1v1 room with a few people about the Top 8 best mons currently. This is what I have:

:ss/mew:
#1: Mew
Unless you haven’t played 1v1 recently, like at all, I don’t really think this should be disputed.

:ss/darmanitan-galar:
#2 Daramanitan-Galar
Really Good options in Dual Choice. Band should be used over scarf as amazing damage output + the guaranteed matchups on Pokemon such as Aegislash and Coriknight is great.

:ss/mimikyu:
#3 Mimikyu
Thing’s a beast. Really think it's quite unexplored, as sets that I ran last gen (Bulk Up + Charm) and such are really good. Don't sleep on scarf.

:ss/sylveon:
#4 Sylveon
Specs + Yawn is amazing right now, beating the aforementioned Pokemon (besides Band darm).

:ss/dragapult:
#5 Dragapult
This shouldn’t be S, and Idk why it still is. It's a great mon, but nothing near the levels of Mew and Darm-G, or Even Mimikyu.

:ss/dracovish:
#6 Dracovish
Feel like this thing is a bit Underused. Dual Choice + Haban is really cool.

:ss/aegislash:
#7 Aegislash
Really good offensive option. Although not as good as it was last gen, its STABs are Amazing in the current meta.

:ss/excadrill:
#8 Excadrill
This mon shouldn’t be B+. It beats a significant portion of the notable mons with Life Orb and Dual Choice.

Of these mons, here are my proposed nominations


Dragapult S- -> A+
Sylveon A -> A+
Aegislash A- -> A
Excadrill B+ -> A


Just please de S-Rank pult. Please.


Have a nice day as always.
 
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In gen 7, sudowoodo was a meme. Its whole shtick was sturdy combined with a strong rock z-move and priority, and this was done better by golem (who could also run a groundium set). Common ground- and steel-types ruined its day, and it was generally terrible. Its only niche over sudowoodo was Wood Hammer, which let it beat mega swampert, gastrodon, and the occasional diggersby.

However, with the change to gen 8, sudowoodo actually got somewhat viable. Many of the more powerful ground types have been removed, a lot of other, better, sturdy pokemon are gone now, and the power level is lower overall. Sudowoodo has a viable niche as one of the few remaining Sturdy users, and the only one to get strong priority.

For this reason, I would conservatively recommend to list sudowoodo as a C- or D rank pokemon, with reasonable matchups against the top tiers and a notable niche as a sturdy that beats the two main other sturdies (crustle and sawk).

I've been using the following set:

Sudowoodo @ Hard Stone
Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Rock Blast
- Wood Hammer
- Sucker Punch
- Counter

Dragapult gets 2hkod by Sucker Punch if it's choiced. Even the bulky 216 HP scarf set is killed 86% of the time. SubDisable pult kills if it's smartly played.

Galarian Darmanitan just dies to counter.

Mew obviously beats you.

Mimikyu is what you run 252 HP for. Max attack life orb has a 0.4% chance to kill you with two play roughs, rock blast almost always deals enough damage to kill during that time. Curse similarly doesn't like rock blast.

Dracovish gets killed by counter. Setup vish can play around you with substitute, but rock blast minimizes the number of 50/50s.

Sylveon tanks anything you can throw at it and 2hkos.

Below A-rank, some other noteworthy things you reliably defeat are Crustle, Sawk, scarf Haxorus, scarf Togekiss, Bewear, Chandelure, Cinderace, Dracozolt, Rhyperior, Durant, Gastrodon, Diggersby, and Quagsire.
 
B- --> B+/B
The most likely reason why Aromattise is placed this low is apprehension that post-Sableye it would not fare as well. While it definitely lost part of its niche because of Sableye's removal the core of what Aromattise does is still there, very bulky Encore+Disable with help from Aroma Veil. Aromattise is very bulky and does not need much sptak investment w/ a decent 99 sptak and Moonblast being 95 BP. Few things can dent Aromattise and those that can usually do so with the help of a choice item. And Aromattise can also play around Trick w/ Encore and slowly chip away anything trying to Trick away its choice item. Overall, Aromattise covers a decent section of the meta, mainly physical attackers and choice users, to become a very solid pick in this meta. However, it's not perfect. Some things can beef past it and Mew has
ways of dealing with it so it's not a reliable check for Mew.

A+ --> S-
Now that S- has been made an option I definitely think Mimikyu qualifies. The issue is that this clogs up S. S is meant to be the best of the best and having three things in S- may be a little awkward. Ignoring this, Mimikyu is a top three mon for sure. Dragapult definitely has its uses but it's not really comparable to Mimikyu's vast amount of great sets. The main three pillars are SD/Physical, Curse, and Scarf. Scarf doesn't really have that much variation however Physical and Curse sets are able to run so much making it a hassle in team preview. Beyond being a pain, Curse is a great speed trap and Physical sets are solid breakers and beat various faster things like Darm, Mew, Pult and have an easier time w/ Sturdy mons.
To show the variety of sets I made a PokePaste* for some of its better sets.
The strongest point of Mimikyu's variety is that it is not variety to make up for weaknesses but instead is meant to complement an already strong core set. Curse really only needs 3 moves: Protect, Substitute, and Curse. Physical sets are stab w/ priority and filler for the 4th slot. Of course w/o certain tech Mimikyu will lose to certain things but unlike some mons it doesn't compromise the main goal of the set to beat checks.
Even with the Disguise nerf this thing is still crazy good and more than worthy of S status, if Mew wasn't as ridiculously good as it is I would nom it for S.
*PokePaste has various errors use discretion.

Side note, even w/ S- being created I still don't think it is worthy of S. Its versatility stretches it to thin and really lacks a strong defining trait.
For example: Mew has an insane movepool 100s for stats, Darm has strength and coverage that makes it a balanced Kyu-B, Mimikyu has Disguise and a useful movepool, Dracovish has Fishous Rend, Sylveon has insanely strong fairy moves, Aegislash has 140 defenses and offenses w/ a very good typing.
These traits allow for these mons to flourish in 1v1 allowing them to build off their strong cores. You could say that Dragapult has high speed and a good typing but that really isn't incredibly impressive. Dragapult S- --> A+/A
 
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Appletun C- —> C

I understand that this change was recent, but I disagree with this. Mike’s effectiveness might seem limited with the rise of other Haban Dragons, but he has access to great tools and amazing bulk.

Mike (Appletun) (M) @ Haban Berry
Ability: Thick Fat
EVs: 200 HP / 16 Atk / 88 Def / 204 SpA
Quiet Nature
- Apple Acid
- Draco Meteor
- Sucker Punch
- Recover

With some of Mike’s checks running Haban themselves, we can beat them just by increasing his attack power (which was previously uninvested in). Sucker Punch lets it beat Dracovish and Choice Dragapult more consistently after the now stronger Draco Meteor.

-6 204+ SpA Appletun Draco Meteor vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 116-140 (30.5 - 36.8%) -- 70.2% chance to 3HKO

I’m putting Mike at -6 to prove that Draco Meteor will always break Pult’s Sub. Most go Specs anyways, which you live:

+1 252 SpA Dragapult Draco Meteor vs. 200 HP / 0 SpD Haban Berry Appletun: 319-376 (77.6 - 91.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Not only can Mike use a Haban set, but he also can use Ripen with other berries like Sitrus, Kee, or Maranga. Mike has a ridiculous amount of recovery tools including Leech Seed and Recover, plus the bulk to make it work. The Ripen gimmick alone has a lot of untapped potential and it can probably adapt to some matchups that another set might lose to.

I think that Mike works a little too well to drop—it is really versatile and I think C rank works for it just fine.

Also...

Dragapult S- —> A+
I know this is not new, but this thing does not belong with Galarm—it is easier to check and does not beat the “silent meta” as well as the other S ranked guys. I do not think it matters what rank it goes in but please just separate this and Galarm/Mew.

Thanks and have a good day.
 
yo. so S- was introduced in like some vr shift idk and I disagree with its existence.

:mimikyu: is not worse than darmg or dragapult. Curse Salac and Life Orb with (The)Shadow Claw has become my favoured sets and it even beats mons above it (except like sitrus or kasib mew ig) which is extremely wack.
So, remove S-
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to A+ (darmg and draga are not far above vish and sylveon as well)
would love to see actual council feedback instead of the lets randomly vote and voila
 
So, I have been playing a lot of sudowoodo, and I think he could be a pretty solid pokemon, worth at least C+.

Sudowoodo @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Counter
- Fire Punch
- Stone Edge
- Sucker Punch

With his reasonably high attack for the metagame, and very nice bulk combined with sturdy, he can check a large portion of the metagames physical attackers effortlessly. Counter is fairly obvious, as it takes down Golisopod, Dracovish, Haxorus, Tyranitar, sturdy Sawk and Darmanitan, to name a few. Fire punch allows you to deal with pesky steel types who don't attack as often, such as Ferrothorn, or Ghost Steel types, notably Aegislash. Stone Edge, coupled with his high attack, can be used to take down a fair chunk of the special attackers of this metagame, such as Dragapult, Togekiss, and Chandelure. Sucker Punch is also pretty self explanatory, allowing him to take down most threats he couldn't kill first, such as other sturdies, or high bulk pokemon. All of this is further boosted by my item of choice, Weakness Policy. The sheer number of pokemon in this metagame who run moves that are super effective against sudowoodo is extremely high, and coupled with sturdy, allows him to reliably counter attack against a large number of common threats.

On the other hand, he does have a few weaknesses. Sylveon will always win against sudo, and most stall pokemon can also deal with him fairly easily. Luckily however, Sudowoodo does have a few options. Against bulky water types like Milotic, Wood Hammer is a great move to have, as it allows you to reliably kill pokemon you otherwise would not be able to, and with access to Taunt, he can even be used to bait out stall pokemon. Sudowoodo even has access to Iron Defense and Body Press, so if you go for a bulky build, you can do a very large amount of damage with it.

Overall, with his diverse movepool, access to Counter and Sucker Punch, and Sturdy, Sudowoodo is a very strong pokemon who can be used reliably against an extremely large subset of the current metagame.
 

Nalei

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After making the SWSH sets compendium, I have a lot better understanding of the meta. There's a few Pokemon that I'm either constantly or never preparing for and I think that's a very important factor in viability. I also know what relatively untested lower tier mons are capable of now. Here's a long chain of justifications:

:sylveon: A -> S-
Sylveon is an incredibly powerful Pokemon in the current meta that can play as a brutal breaker, potent stallbreaker, or customizable Yawn user. The fear of Hyper Beam or Yawn forces so many to run Sub which is easily exploited by Hyper Voice and the prevalence of our 600 BST Dragons makes it a very good check to them, especially when running its physically defensive set. Besides the few Band users who can brute through it, almost every Pokemon either loses to or is forced to prepare especially for Sylveon making it extremely influential and splashable.
:crustle: A- -> A
Crustle is a benchmark I was constantly prepping for in sets. It's another Pokemon of huge influence and depending on its item or plays, it can beat tons of Pokemon that would like to beat it such as getting through Taunt Mew with Mental Herb, outspeeding a Dragapult with Endure+Salac, and cheesing out KOs with Hard Stone.
:whimsicott: A- -> B
Whimsicott has fallen off and relies on its berries and last slot to beat the things it wants to. The prevalence of Poison coverage from random mons like Mew and Sawk, multi-hit from Crustle and Rhyperior, and sound from Sylveon give this thing a brutally hard time and meanwhile Whimsicott is struggling to beat Grass-types and either Dark-types or anything with sustain.
:hydreigon: B+ -> A
Hydreigon is blessed with a speed tier of 98, outspeeding Haxorus by 1, and SpA for 125, giving it the hardest hitting Draco around. Most Pokemon simply can't afford the EVs to tank a Modest Specs Draco from Hydreigon and it's also the best Haban user in the tier imo being capable of beating every other Dragon type but Band Dragapult, Scarf Unnerve Haxorus, and Specs Goodra. It also packs some utility with Taunt, Nasty Plot, and Snarl, can make mons like Tyranitar drop dead to Focus Blast, or run Scarf. Hydreigon is massively undervalued right now.
:togekiss: B+ -> A-
From how I've spoken about this mon, Mega Gengar, and Jirachi last gen, you should know very well how much I dislike these kinds of strategies but the power of Togekiss is undeniable right now. Flinches aside, Togekiss has access to Trick (for Scarf) and Encore (for Life Orb), giving it great matchups against stall. Its high stats and Fairy typing let it take on all of the Dragon spam going on but it's not completely helpless against Steel types thanks to Fire Blast. And yes, Air Slash; Togekiss can and will win matchups it has no business winning with this move making it a very splashable pick.
:tyranitar: B+ -> A-
Expert Belt Tyranitar is an insanely anti-meta Pokemon capable of taking on 5/7 of the highest ranked Pokemon and maintaining reasonable matchups throughout the rest of the VR thanks to its raw stats, STAB speed control, and Taunt access. There's not much to say about this mon other than the fact that it does work.
:arcanine: B -> B+
Arcanine is often seen from an offensive perspective and while Band and Life Orb are good, this Pokemon thrives as a defensive tank thanks to Intimidate, Will-O-Wisp, Snarl, great stats, and even the ability to void its typing when necessary with Burn Up. Another Pokemon that simply does work.
:duraludon: B -> B-
Duraludon as an incredibly awkward Pokemon to use in my experience. Its speed isn't bad but falls just below the point of usefulness, its SpD is trash to the point that it needs Assault Vest to check opposing Dragons despite its amazing typing. It has an incredibly shallow movepool and while tech like Rock Tomb and Metal Burst sound cool on paper, they fall victim to Substitute as do Draco Meteor and the less good Steel Beam.
:rhyperior: B -> B-
Rhyperior isn't a bad Pokemon on paper but simply faces great competition from Crustle and Tyranitar. While there's a few Pokemon it can take care of like Excadrill which they can't, it's abysmally slow and forced to invest extremely heavily in defenses.
:snorlax: B -> B+
Band Snorlax is a bulky Pokemon with awesome coverage. It can fall victim to certain techs and doesn't do well against things it can't hit super-effectively but it nonetheless does a great job taking down FDS cores with Heavy Slam, Outrage, and Heat Crash.
:aromatisse: B- -> B+
Aromatisse works in strange ways but gets the job done nonetheless. It threatens every Choice user with a sneaky Disable and easily beats up on Pokemon that can't 2 shot it Encore+Disable. Aroma Veil is an awesome boon against Pokemon like Corviknight, Mandibuzz, and non-Mental Herb Mew and I think that we can expect this Pokemon to see an increase in usage in the future as people better learn its ins and outs.
:grimmsnarl: B- -> B
Grimmsnarl's Bulk Up set functions as a blanket check to physical attacks beating Band Dracovish and having a chance vs Band Darmanitan while having excellent stallbreaking capabilities in the form of Prankster Taunt and not autolosing to special attackers. I was bordering on B+ for this but I think we'll see where things go in the meantime.
:rotom-heat: :rotom-wash: B-/C+ -> B
Both of the main Rotoms perform excellently as defensive Pokemon and Choice Scarf users. Their Ground immunity and unique typings give them distinctive niches and they can pack a very surprising amount of utility. They're not without issues but can be very difficult to play against and are definitely under-prepared for.
:rillaboom: C+ -> B
Rillaboom is imo the best Leech Seed user in the tier, at least until Mew is banned. Unlike Ferrothorn and Eldegoss it has reliable Mimikyu and Aromatisse matchups and a beats every Imprison Mew but Taunt+Sitrus+Substitute. While you'd think it has no business taking on Golisopod and Weezing, it can and will beat them and if you're willing to drop Protect and its matchups, you can abuse Drum Beating+Taunt to shut down any non-Grass stall Pokemon.
:silvally: C -> C-
As someone who's actually used it, Silvally is not a good Pokemon. The only good thing about this Pokemon is set ambiguity and besides taking top-tier teambuilding to take advantage of, the schrodinger's Silvally tactic is unreliable at the best of times and hugely matchup-dependent. Borderline D rank for just how gimmicky it is.
:copperajah: C -> B-
Copperajah hits like a truck and is a great blanket check to FDS much like Snorlax. It ironically has some issues that arise from the type matchups of being a Steel-type and needs to invest too much in defenses like Rhyperior but still manages to be anti-meta and can even edge around Haban by opting for Sheer Force Play Rough instead of Outrage.
:steelix: C+ -> B-
Steelix is very similar to Copperajah in theory and in practice. While it loses out on some raw power and great coverage options, Sturdy eliminates any rolls vs Fire-type attacks and its STAB EQ gives it a better matchup vs certain Steel-types.
:gardevoir: C -> C-
Meh. That's all there is to Gardevoir. It has okay coverage, an okay typing, okay damage output, okay speed, okay utility... need I go on? It has a hard time doing much as a physically-frail Pokemon in a physically-oriented meta dominated by bulky offense.
:indeedee:
C -> UR, C -> D
Indeedee is a really bad Pokemon, especially its male form. It doesn't get half the kills you'd expect, its speed tier is irrelevant, and it requires way too much bulk to survive anything. Male is 100% outclassed by female and female is very close to being outclassed by Togekiss, having only 1 matchup over it and beating about 10 Pokemon total.
:obstagoon: C -> C-
Obstagooon has decent bulk, decent damage, decent utility, and decent speed, putting it a similar but slightly better position than Gardevoir. What holds it back however is its rigidity. This Pokemon would kill for some move options like Sucker Punch, Rock Tomb, or even Quick Attack.
:reuniclus: C -> D
Psychic just isn't a good typing. Prevalent Pokemon Mimikyu, Dragapult, Hydreigon, and Golisopod immediately shut Reuniclus down and contrary to what its stats might suggest, Reuniclus doesn't get much use out of Calm Mind. Acid Armor isn't the worst but there's better physical walls out there.
:umbreon: C -> D
Umbreon is pretty heavily outclassed by Mandibuzz but finds a niche in its pure Dark typing, allowing it to beat just a couple Pokemon like Darmanitan and lose several others ignoring the issue of its speed tier. This should be reflected in its ranking as using it has a huge opportunity cost.
:vaporeon: C -> C+
Vaporeon is pretty neat. Its neutral typing, great bulk, and access to Yawn let Vaporeon beat most of the tiers bulky offense blow for blow and even crack a couple stall Pokemon. Has some issues with Substitute users and Yawn RNG but not as outclassed by Sylveon as people tend to say it.
:wishiwashi-school: C -> B-
Wishiwashi is the real Pokemon that Vaporeon sees competition from. Wishiwashi has outstanding bulk and damage output and while it's utterly inflexible and loses a few matchups that Yawn grants, its raw damage and superior reliability make it a great tank.
:appletun: C- -> C+
Appletun is a really cool Pokemon that deserves better. Ripen+Sitrus+Iron Defense/Amnesia allows it to wall almost any Pokemon that can't OHKO it and Apple Acid provides great stallbreaking capabilities. Haban is also very cool and it manages to differentiate itself from other Dragons with access to Sucker Punch and Recover.
:eldegoss: C- -> D
Eldegoss can do a couple things that Rillaboom can't like beat Band Haxorus/Sawk thanks to Cotton Guard but is otherwise outclassed. Very similarly to Umbreon, while it's not a bad Pokemon, it faces huge opportunity cost.
:centiskorch: D -> C+
In addition to a slightly gimmicky stall set, Centriskorch is a really effective Choice Band user capable of beating Mew, Darm, Dragapult, Corsola, Sylveon, and more. Check it out!
:tsareena: D -> C
Tsareena may seem outclassed by most other defensive Grass-types but the combination of Taunt and Rapid Spin allows it to break Pokemon like Corviknight and Mandibuzz giving it a unique niche. It also has very surprising natural bulk.
:quagsire: :sirfetch :orbeetle: :trevenant: C-/D -> UR
Quagsire is outclassed by just about every other bulky water in the tier, Sirfetch'd is outclassed by Conkeldurr, and Orbeetle and Trevenant are just plain bad. Let me know if you find a reason to use any of these mons.
 
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Cantius

I COULD BE BANNED!
:sm/hippowdon:
C- Tier

After discussion in the 1v1 Discord, I am re-nominating this. It faces stiff competition from Rhyperior except in the following matchups:
  • Sawk: Sand Stream finishes after an Earthquake.
  • Rhyperior: More consistent than your own Rhyperior.
  • Gyarados: with Thunder Fang. It can survive a non-Choice Band-boosted Waterfall.
  • Hydro Pump Choice Specs Dragapult: Band Hippo beats Hydro Pump Dragapult, while Band Rhyp can't (although AV Rhyp beats Hydro Pump Specs Pult). It needs Crunch to do this.
  • Choice Scarf Chandelure: Tanks Energy Ball, which Band Rhyperior doesn't, though AV Rhyp can do the same.
  • Choice Band Power Whip Grimmsnarl: Hippowdon's lack of a 4x weakness to Grass lends it a hand, although super bulky Rhyperior can still tank the Power Whip from Grimmsnarl.
If you want to get super super niche you can use AV Hippowdon to beat Specs Chandelure and Vikavolt.

Here's what is loses against that Rhyperior beats (S to B-):
  • Galarian Darmanitan
  • Mew
  • Haxorus
  • Whimsicott
  • Golisopod (Rhyp beats if outspeeds)
  • Mandibuzz (Rhyp beats if not running Iron Defense)
  • Aromatisse
  • Rotom-H
Note that many of the lost matchups are very common while three of the won matchups are situational. Overall I think Hippowdon has too small a reason to use over Rhyperior to justify anything higher but is better than Tsareena or Vikavolt.
 
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Here's what is loses against that Rhyperior beats (S to B-):
  • Galarian Darmanitan
  • Mew
  • Haxorus
  • Whimsicott
  • Golisopod (Rhyp beats if outspeeds)
  • Mandibuzz (Rhyp beats if not running Iron Defense)
  • Aromatisse
  • Rotom-H
Note that many of the lost matchups are very common while three of the won matchups are situational. Overall I think Hippowdon has too small a reason to use over Rhyperior to justify anything higher but is better than Tsareena or Vikavolt.
In summary
Click the hippo.
 
Usage Stats Analysis: January 2020

This is the second edition of usage stats analysis, and this time, my co-writers are pqs Squirtell 1v1 and Alakazam

1. Mew and Mimikyu are both over 25% usage. This is important due to the current mew suspect, and lots of speculation about Mimikyu’s place in the meta.

2. Cinderace has reached number 5 in usage (10.3%) due to the prevalence of Mew and Mimikyu, both of which it has great matchups against.

3. Arcanine is the new Serperior. It’s risen meteorically to #6 with a usage of 9.88%. This is due to Metachang’s use of Air Balloon Stall Arcanine. It’s ability to check so many physical attackers is incredible.

4. Rip Darmanitan. Dropped from number 2 to number 9. It currently relies to heavily on scarf (70%) when it really needs Band (24%) to deal with the current meta threats such as Corviknight, Snorlax, and Sylveon. In addition, it struggles with Mimikyu and Mew, as both have started to run Choice Scarf sets which can easily dispatch Darmanitan. In addition, the prevalence of Arcanine (6), Crustle (22), and Sawk (13) severely hurts Darmanitan.

5. Choice Band vs Choice Specs. Once again, the meta trends severely more physical than special. Top 20 usage Band users include Mew, Mimikyu, Dracovish, Dragapult, Cinderace, Arcanine, Darmanitan, Sawk, Excadrill, Rhyperior, Haxorus, Snorlax also known as 55% of the top 20. Specs users include Mew, Dragapult, Hydreigon, Sylveon, or 4/20 (20%). The pokemon who don’t use these items such as Golisopod, Corviknight, Aromatisse, Aegislash, Togekiss, and Rotom Wash trend slightly more special, however this just shows a trend towards passive Pokemon utilizing more special moves. This trend has led to the prominence of Physical walls such as Arcanine, Rhyperior, And Corviknight. Once again, dedicated special walls make no high ranked appearances.

Nominations

Mimikyu -> S

With mew getting suspected banned, it’s clear that Mimikyu will become the best Pokemon in the meta. With access to Life Orb, Salac Curse, Choice Scarf, and Choice Band, there’s very little that Mimikyu can’t do.

Dragapult -> A

Loses to Scarf Darmanitan, all Mimikyu, all Sylveon, Arcanine, there’s so much this guy can’t do. It hasn’t adapted to the current meta in the slightest. It doesn’t deserve S- and it doesn’t deserve A+.

Darmanitan -> A+

Darmanitan has fallen from grace. Too much has become too prevalent for it to be considered S-, as it has so many definite weaknesses. Sawk, Arcanine, Sylveon, Mimikyu, Crustle, Band Dracovish, scarf haxorus all destroy it. It’s not as good as it was.

Sylveon -> A+

Sylveon on the other hand has benefitted from the current meta, and will benefit greatly from a Mew ban. Crustle, Sawk, Scarf Dracovish, Scarf Darmanitan, Dragapult, Scarf Haxorus all fall to it.

Arcanine -> A

Arcanine is fantastic right now. Holy cow. Stall is so powerful. “It’s a fire type that beats rock types” - TDA. We’ve talked a lot about it already, beating Darm, Dragapult, some Mimikyus, Sawk, Crustle, everything under the sun ... it’s just so good. It deserves absolutely nothing less than A tier. Burn up + Willo + intimidate makes it an absolute beast with Morning Sun. The option between Snarl and Flamethrower is pretty noncommittal because both win about 90% of its MUs.

Crustle -> A

TDA told me to so alrighty-o. Crustle is debatably the strongest Sturdy User in the meta at the moment. The trend away from Shadow Sneak Mimikyu is incredibly helpful for it. Dragapult falling is helpful for it, as is the low amount of Quick attack sylveon. Dracovish and Cinderace usage make Crustle a big threat to the meta. Mental Herb will remain strong to deal with Mandibuzz. Also Snorlax is strong so that’s helpful.
 
Hard agree with Mimikyu to S. Being able to speed trap almost any unboosted mon and even some slower scarfers like Dracovish and Darm-G is crazy. Besides the main Curse + Phantom Force set, it also has viable Band/Life Orb attacking sets, and some people are even running Scarf. Basically, Mimikyu is a fantastic mon that is imo worthy of a suspect.
 

stableprince569

formerly SilvioGiovanna
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Turtonator case study: Viability.

Turtonator @ Haban Berry
Ability: Shell Armor
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Draco Meteor
- Overheat
- Shell Smash
- Taunt

S- Rank
:Darmanitan-Galar: W unless Band
:Dragapult: W unless substitute (but who tf runs that)
:Mimikyu: L if Curse, W if other (I think, I should look more into the matchup)

A+ Rank
:Dracovish: W unless Band
:Sylveon: L

A Rank
:Corsola-Galar: W

A- Rank
:Aegislash: W? Need to look into it
:Corviknight: W
:Crustle: L
:Haxorus: W unless Band
:Sawk: L
:Whimsicott: W, it's a couple 50/50s if the whimsi has taunt

B+ Rank
:Arcanine: W
:Excadrill: L
:Hydreigon: W unless Substitute
:Togekiss: L to Scarf
:Tyranitar: L

B Rank
:Bewear: I think this dude runs Band so L. W if he's scarf
:Chandelure: W unless Scarf
:Cinderace: L to Band, W to anything else
:Dracozolt: W
:Duraludon: W
:Ferrothorn: W
:Golisopod: W
:Mandibuzz: W?
:Rhyperior: L
:Snorlax: L
:Weezing-Galar: W

B- Rank
:Aromatisse: idk if it runs SpD, but it does beat 252 HP. W unless SpD, or like Modest CM
:Conkeldurr: I.. dont know
:Durant: L to Banded Dig, W otherwise or if it misses
:Gastrodon: L
:Goodra: L to Specs
:Grimmsnarl: W? I think?
:Milotic: L
:Rotom-Heat: W

C+ Rank
:Bisharp: W
:Diggersby: L
:Dubwool: W
:Gengar: L
:Rillaboom: W unless Band
:Rotom-Wash: L to Specs
:Silvally: ???
:Steelix: L
:Type: Null: W

C Rank
:Alcremie: idk, probs W
:Appletun: W unless specs
:Cloyster: W unless Band
not even gonna bother lower than this
Haban Turtonator actually wins more matchups than I would've expected it to. The biggest thing is that most of these can just run a different non-committal set and just beat it.
Considering this, I would nominate it for C+/B-, waiting on further metagame development.
idk if taunt is a good 4th move but turt really doesn't have good coverage/support moves. it does do better against whimsi but idk idk.

EDIT: LittleRunnerXC just hit me up with
SKURT TURT (Turtonator) @ Haban Berry
Ability: Shell Armor
EVs: 252 HP / 44 Def / 28 SpA / 144 SpD / 40 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Shell Smash
- Draco Meteor
- Fire Blast
- Taunt

Beats Rotom-Heat, Choice Band Dracozolt, Choice Specs Duraludon and speed creeps Golisopod.
 
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Cantius

I COULD BE BANNED!
:sm/crawdaunt:
Crawdaunt @ Choice Band
Ability: Adaptability
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Crabhammer
- Knock Off
- Aqua Jet
- Switcheroo

Crawdaunt is a very simple Pokemon; the choice of a move is pretty obvious. Matchups won in S through B tiers:
  • Curse Mimikyu
  • Choice Scarf Dracovish
  • Sylveon
  • Galarian Corsola
  • Aegislash
  • Corviknight
  • Whimsicott (no Moonblast)
  • Arcanine (defensive)
  • Excadrill
  • Tyranitar (that's slower)
  • Chandelure
  • Cinderace
  • Mandibuzz (that's slower (always) or any non-Taunt)
  • Rhyperior
  • Gastrodon (non-Counter)
  • Grimmsnarl
  • Milotic
  • Rotom-H (Choice variants)
Total Pokemon in S through B tiers:
Matchups won: 10
Matchups lost: 36
Set-dependent matchups: 8

Winning a third of relevant matchups isn't bad for a D/C- tier Pokemon I guess
 

Lkjc

Formerly Lkjchjdhbjidcgjhd
:sm/crawdaunt:
Crawdaunt @ Choice Band
Ability: Adaptability
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Crabhammer
- Knock Off
- Aqua Jet
- Switcheroo

Crawdaunt is a very simple Pokemon; the choice of a move is pretty obvious. Matchups won in S through B tiers:
  • Curse Mimikyu
  • Choice Scarf Dracovish
  • Sylveon
  • Galarian Corsola
  • Aegislash
  • Corviknight
  • Whimsicott (no Moonblast)
  • Arcanine (defensive)
  • Excadrill
  • Tyranitar (that's slower)
  • Chandelure
  • Cinderace
  • Mandibuzz (that's slower (always) or any non-Taunt)
  • Rhyperior
  • Gastrodon (non-Counter)
  • Grimmsnarl
  • Milotic
  • Rotom-H (Choice variants)
Total Pokemon in S through B tiers:
Matchups won: 10
Matchups lost: 36
Set-dependent matchups: 8

Winning a third of relevant matchups isn't bad for a D/C- tier Pokemon I guess
-You have to predict which mimi/vish set it is
-252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Crawdaunt Crabhammer vs. 252 HP / 200 Def Sylveon: 372-438 (94.4 - 111.1%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO
- Whimsicott - Moonblast 54.340%
- Top used ttar set - Adamant:16/240/0/0/0/252 16.551%
- Chandelures with bulk - 252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Crawdaunt Aqua Jet vs. 248 HP / 4 Def Chandelure: 296-352 (91.6 - 108.9%) -- 50% chance to OHKO
- Gastrodon - Counter 27.478%
- Rotom H - 252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Crawdaunt Aqua Jet vs. 248 HP / 0 Def Rotom-Heat: 256-304 (84.4 - 100.3%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO


Overall very inconsistent matchups that require you to know your opponents set or depend on a roll. Not worth a spot on VR in my opinion.

Also dracovish is better in almost every way.
 

Cantius

I COULD BE BANNED!
-You have to predict which mimi/vish set it is
-252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Crawdaunt Crabhammer vs. 252 HP / 200 Def Sylveon: 372-438 (94.4 - 111.1%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO
- Whimsicott - Moonblast 54.340%
- Top used ttar set - Adamant:16/240/0/0/0/252 16.551%
- Chandelures with bulk - 252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Crawdaunt Aqua Jet vs. 248 HP / 4 Def Chandelure: 296-352 (91.6 - 108.9%) -- 50% chance to OHKO
- Gastrodon - Counter 27.478%
- Rotom H - 252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Crawdaunt Aqua Jet vs. 248 HP / 0 Def Rotom-Heat: 256-304 (84.4 - 100.3%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO


Overall very inconsistent matchups that require you to know your opponents set or depend on a roll. Not worth a spot on VR in my opinion.
Tyranitar is very varied. If you look at top sets it's more like a 50/50, you can see it without looking at all the sets in the first place because it's only 16.55%.
Code:
 | Spreads                                | 
 | Adamant:16/240/0/0/0/252 16.551%       | 
 | Adamant:252/252/0/0/4/0 12.541%        | 
 | Adamant:168/252/0/0/0/88 12.470%       | 
 | Adamant:4/252/0/0/0/252  6.550%        | 
 | Jolly:0/252/84/0/0/172  4.510%         | 
 | Adamant:236/100/160/0/0/0  4.285%      | 
 | Other 43.094%                          |
Most Chandelure do not run this much bulk. This is obvious as shown by the top used set.
Code:
| Timid:0/0/0/252/4/252 68.160%          | 
| Modest:240/0/0/252/4/12  4.974%        | 
| Modest:0/0/0/252/4/252  3.821%         | 
| Modest:248/0/44/196/20/0  2.670%       | 
| Modest:0/0/0/252/0/252  2.522%         | 
| Modest:4/0/0/252/0/252  2.398%         | 
| Other 15.455%                          |
Chandelure with no Speed is 196, my Crawdaunt is 209 Speed. You actually outspeed then and kill with Knock Off. Therefore Crawdaunt beats all of the EV spreads recorded in usage stats.

Counter Gastrodon is about one fourth of all Gastrodon, not a 50/50. Acid Armor (65.611%) is much more common since it has more favorable chances against Mimikyu.

I recognized before Crawdaunt beats only offensive Rotom-H, but Choice item Rotoms make up about 50% of the total share:
Code:
 | Items                                  | 
 | Choice Specs 31.460%                   | 
 | Choice Scarf 25.610%                   | 
 | Kee Berry 17.590%                      | 
 | Life Orb  8.396%                       | 
 | Leftovers  7.329%                      | 
 | Petaya Berry  4.237%                   | 
 | Assault Vest  1.331%                   | 
 | Other  4.047%                          |
 

Lkjc

Formerly Lkjchjdhbjidcgjhd
Tyranitar is very varied. If you look at top sets it's more like a 50/50, you can see it without looking at all the sets in the first place because it's only 16.55%.
Code:
| Spreads                                |
| Adamant:16/240/0/0/0/252 16.551%       |
| Adamant:252/252/0/0/4/0 12.541%        |
| Adamant:168/252/0/0/0/88 12.470%       |
| Adamant:4/252/0/0/0/252  6.550%        |
| Jolly:0/252/84/0/0/172  4.510%         |
| Adamant:236/100/160/0/0/0  4.285%      |
| Other 43.094%                          |
Most Chandelure do not run this much bulk. This is obvious as shown by the top used set.
Code:
| Timid:0/0/0/252/4/252 68.160%          |
| Modest:240/0/0/252/4/12  4.974%        |
| Modest:0/0/0/252/4/252  3.821%         |
| Modest:248/0/44/196/20/0  2.670%       |
| Modest:0/0/0/252/0/252  2.522%         |
| Modest:4/0/0/252/0/252  2.398%         |
| Other 15.455%                          |
Chandelure with no Speed is 196, my Crawdaunt is 209 Speed. You actually outspeed then and kill with Knock Off. Therefore Crawdaunt beats all of the EV spreads recorded in usage stats.

Counter Gastrodon is about one fourth of all Gastrodon, not a 50/50. Acid Armor (65.611%) is much more common since it has more favorable chances against Mimikyu.

I recognized before Crawdaunt beats only offensive Rotom-H, but Choice item Rotoms make up about 50% of the total share:
Code:
| Items                                  |
| Choice Specs 31.460%                   |
| Choice Scarf 25.610%                   |
| Kee Berry 17.590%                      |
| Life Orb  8.396%                       |
| Leftovers  7.329%                      |
| Petaya Berry  4.237%                   |
| Assault Vest  1.331%                   |
| Other  4.047%                          |
The point is that dracovish beats everything crawdaunt does and more but without needing to worry about rolls or sets.
 

Cantius

I COULD BE BANNED!
The point is that dracovish beats everything crawdaunt does and more but without needing to worry about rolls or sets.
Codes: * Scarf Vish beats this ^ Band Vish beats this
  • Curse Mimikyu
  • Choice Scarf Dracovish *?
  • Galarian Corsola
  • Aegislash ^
  • Corviknight ^
  • Arcanine (defensive) *^
  • Excadrill *^
  • Tyranitar (that's slower) *^
  • Chandelure *^
  • Cinderace *^
  • Mandibuzz (that's slower (always) or any non-Taunt) ^
  • Rhyperior *^
  • Gastrodon (non-Counter) *^
  • Grimmsnarl *^
  • Milotic
  • Rotom-H (Choice variants) *^
Crawdaunt beats Curse Mimikyu, Galarian Corsola, Milotic, which Dracovish can't. Consistently against opposing Scarf Dracovish without having to sacrifice the Aegislash, Corviknight, and Mandibuzz matchups.
 
Melmetal -ny> S Tier (this thing isn’t fair)
252+ Atk tChoice Band Mold Breaker Sawk Close Combat vs. 184 HP / 252 Def Melmetal: 386-456 (84.4 - 99.7%) -- guarantee 2HKO

0+ Atk Choice Band Iron Fist Melmetal Double Iron Bash (2 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Sawk: 440-522 (151.2 - 179.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Yikes

Also AV can live Specs Pult,

In addition: +1 252 Atk Choice Band Darmanitan-Galar Flare Blitz vs. 184 HP / 252 Def Melmetal: 382-450 (83.5 - 98.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

It lives Banded Blitz

Mimikyu and Sylveon evaporate.

Crustle, Haxorus, Whimsicott, all gone

It underspeeds and OHKOs aegislash

+1 252+ Atk Mold Breaker Excadrill Earthquake vs. 184 HP / 252 Def Melmetal: 338-402 (73.9 - 87.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

AV beats hydreigon

Togekiss -> nope

Tyranitar lol

Dural, golisopod, Scarf Zolt. This thing is absurd and only really loses to stall. Band + AV Duality is incredibly strong and versatile. This pokemon absolutely deserves S rank.
 

This thing is a monster NR --> S
Not sure I need to explain why this thing is silly good. Insane bulk and strength in addition to great typing and unique STAB. Melmetal is probably the best tank 1v1 has ever had. Double Iron Bash+Iron Fist insures it needs minimal investment to kill everything in its path, it also ignores sub cheese and Kyu. It also has opportunity for some pretty solid variety as its movepool is good and DIB is gonna murder everything. AV looks scary, CB insures a lot of kills, and I came up with an Air Ballon set.
I wanna talk about the Air Ballon set in particular as it may shove this thing over the edge. I've seen Rotom-Wash lose as it can just rest off everything and wait until the opponent runs out of PP or Melmetal wakes early and clicks boosted Body Press. It can also run Toxic w/ Occa expediting the process and allowing it to beat stuff like Necrozoma, Darm-Galar, physical Arcanine(if that exists.)
This thing is borderline banworthy, just play ladder you'll see how silly this thing is.

Dragapult S- --> A/A-
Really not a great choice and seems only worse with home. A bunch of mons just got Knock Off back and it now has to deal with Primarina. Never a fan of this mon and my opinion of it decreases every day.

Primarina NR --> B+/B
It is early on but I'm quite happy w/ Primarina. It has a useful typing and solid stats making quite a good mon. It has a fair amount of utility checking slower things and various walls like Arcanine and most Mandibuzz. It makes an excellent partner for Melmetal as well.

Aromatisse B- --> C+/C
With Melmetal running around everywhere and new home drops like Jirachi this thing kinda blows. Teams that for some reason aren't running Melmetal still have ways of dealing with this thing. Consider this nom null if Melmetal is banned.

Some brief thoughts on some mons after home. The new meta looks pretty cool but something would make it even cooler.
Mimikyu S- --> Banned
Edit: Forgot to credit Rosa for evs
 
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:necrozma: UR --> A or higher

Necrozma, mainly its Choice Specs set, is very good in the current Home metagame. Access to its signature Photon Geyser and Prismatic Laser can 2HKO or OHKO most Pokemon on ladder, and I'm betting that it's gonna see a lot of usage in PL too. Heat Wave and Earth Power are also good damage moves to cover Steel-types. Necrozma also has decent HP and Defense being around 100, and not to mention it's great ability in Prism Armor which makes it take less damage from super effective attacks from powerful Pokemon like Choice Band Durant.

Here are its Choice Specs variant matchups spanning from S- to B-.
Key: W = Win, L = Loss, U = Unreliable, (text) is used to explain matchups.
The sets I'm using to calc versus Necrozma are from Nalei's set compendium.
S- Rank
:Darmanitan-Galar: Darmanitan-Galar W (Can EV for even CB Giga Impact)
:Dragapult: Dragapult W / L (Can EV for Specs but will lose versus Substitute)
:Mimikyu: Mimikyu W

A+ Rank
:Dracovish: Dracovish U (Depends on the set)
:Sylveon: Sylveon L

A Rank
:Corsola-Galar: Corsola-Galar L

A- Rank
:Aegislash: Aegislash L
:Corviknight: Corviknight W
:Crustle: Crustle W
:Haxorus: Haxorus W
:Sawk: Sawk W
:Whimsicott: Whimsicott U (Occa Berry, Prismatic Laser, Photon Geyser, all vary the matchup)

B+ Rank
:Arcanine: Arcanine U (Cannot win versus Snarl variants)
:Excadrill: Excadrill W
:Hydreigon: Hydreigon L
:Togekiss: Togekiss U (air slash etc etc)
:Tyranitar: Tyranitar L

B Rank
:Bewear: Bewear W
:Chandelure: Chandelure W / U (Wins versus all non-Specs variants, 50/50s specs)
:Cinderace: Cinderace W
:Dracozolt: Dracozolt U (Wins vs scarf, loses to Life Orb)
:Duraludon: Duraludon L
:Ferrothorn: Ferrothorn W
:Golisopod:Golisopod W
:Mandibuzz: Mandibuzz L
:Rhyperior: Rhyperior U
:Snorlax: Snorlax W
:Weezing-Galar: Weezing-Galar W

B- Rank
:Aromatisse: Aromatisse U (depends on how aromatisse invests their evs)
:Conkeldurr: Conkeldurr W
:Durant: Durant W
:Gastrodon: Gastrodon W
:Goodra: Goodra L
:Grimmsnarl: Grimmsnarl L
:Milotic: Milotic L
:Rotom-Heat: Rotom-Heat U
Though Necrozma isn't perfect, it's way too good on ladder right now to pass up, and with more shifts in the metagame plus optimization it'll probably get even better.
pls dont laugh at me if i made a mistake ;w;
Edit: Changed nomination from B+ to A. Seriously, this is way too good.
 
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Going to go over quite a few things including all relevant home drops and some various things from the current vr so I’m going to be brief.

Haxorous was moved to B+ and this is odd to me. It still has all its great traits and even as checks for it are being run more it gets the job done. Very strong at a good speed tier in addition to useful movepool and ability makes Haxorous a great pick. Scarf sees the most usage but Haban and Band expand its usefulness. Various other techs such as Unnerve for Haban/Babiri make Hax not only strong but also diverse. Suggesting this thing moves back up to A-.

Also it may be just a filler until decisons are made but I still think S- should be nuked, with Kyu to S and Darm to S/A+.

Moving onto home drops.
Celebi deserves a spot in C. Not sure where specifically but Celebi doesn’t seem to do much. It’s worth experimenting but its awful typing and limiting movepool hold it back.

Necrozoma is an A mon. Specs, WP, and CM have already proven good sets. It has great bulk and movepool w/ an excellent ability. It is a massive pain for offense and has potential as a wallbreaker.

What does Keldo do. Water/Fighting isn’t a particularly useful typing and its movepool doesn’t help. 129 is not even that strong and its lackluster bulk makes it easily dispatched. Taunt sets seem to be decent but I really don’t see why you would run this over a better Water or Fighting type. B/B+

Cobalion seems alright. It has a good speed tier with pretty solid bulk and in addition to strong stab options it looks neat. Scarf looks cool for beating Togekiss and Jirachi. This is all sidelined by its abysmal 90 attacking stats but I feel it has a solid niche. B-/B

Terrakion. Strong and fast. Not enough of either to be notable. B-/C+

Virizion has the same problems as the other swords but with an awful typing. C/C-

Decidueye doesn’t really have anything great and in addition to mediocre typing it falls short of having a solid niche. Outclassed by Rillaboom. C-/D

Tiger thing, not spelling it. Seems like an Arcanine w/ better typing and Taunt giving it a niche. It’s relatively strong as well. Faces competion from Arcanine but I think it is just as good if not better. B+ or higher if you’re feeling adventurous.

Primarina is nice. Solid spatk and bulk leads to it being quite a solid mon. Good typing w/ a good movepool as well. Solid mon specs and Petaya looks promising. B+/A-

Kyurem has a great Noble Roar set in addition to solid offense. It can beat a lot with Pressure stall and with the potential to run Haban or Chople it is even scarier. It isn’t unbeatable it can be killed by faster things w/ super effective moves but it is quite good. B+ at the very least.

If I forgot something it didn’t leave an impression on me. Thanks for reading the post.
 

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