Gen 4 DPP Monotype


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DPP (Gen 4) Monotype was in discussion multiple times among veteran Monotype players. Credit goes to Chras for pushing the metagame. This format is meant to give players a taste of a meta that wasn't explored when it was the current metagame.​

Notably Different Mechanics:
  • Rotom is Ghost/Electric type regardless of form
  • Sleep lasts 2-5 turns, the counter does not reset upon switching out
  • Magic Coat does not reflect entry hazards, Taunt, or Torment
  • Extreme Speed has a priority of +1
  • Toxic is 85% accurate
  • Taunt lasts 2-4 turns
  • Pokémon holding Life Orb will not take recoil damage hitting a substitute
  • Encore lasts from 3-7 turns
  • Explosion halves the target's defense (250*2=500 BP)
  • The first Pokemon slot is your lead; no Team Preview
Banlist (same as Gen 4 OU's)

Viability Rankings:
S Rank
Scizor
Heracross

A Rank
Armaldo
Forretress
Yanmega

B Rank
Pinsir
Ninjask

C Rank
Venomoth

D Rank
Vespiquen
S Rank
Tyranitar

A Rank
Weavile
Spiritomb
Houndoom
Umbreon

B Rank
Honchkrow

C Rank
Drapion
Skuntank

D Rank
Shiftry
Sableye
S Rank
Dragonite
Latias

A Rank
Flygon
Kingdra

B Rank
Altaria

C Rank
Shelgon

D Rank
Dragonair
S Rank
Rotom-Wash
Zapdos

A Rank
Magnezone
Raikou
Jolteon
Electrode

B Rank
Luxray
Electivire

C Rank
Magneton
Lanturn

D Rank
Manectric
S Rank
Infernape
Breloom

A Rank
Heracross
Lucario
Machamp
Gallade

B Rank
Blaziken
Medicham

C Rank
Toxicroak
Hitmonlee
Hitmontop
Primeape

D Rank
Poliwrath
Hariyama
S Rank
Infernape
Heatran

A Rank
Entei
Torkoal
Houndoom

B Rank
Arcanine
Moltres
Blaziken

C Rank
Typhlosion
Magmortar

D Rank
Charizard
S Rank
Aerodactyl
Skarmory
Zapdos

A Rank
Skarmory
Zapdos
Dragonite
Togekiss
Gliscor
Gyarados

B Rank
Staraptor
Honchkrow
Yanmega

C Rank
Moltres
Ninjask

D Rank
Articuno
Charizard
Drifblim
S Rank
Gengar
Froslass

A Rank
Rotom-Wash
Dusknoir
Spiritomb
Mismagius

B Rank
Drifblim

C Rank
Banette
Sableye

D Rank
Shedinja
S Rank
Breloom
Celebi
Roserade

A Rank
Cradily
Shaymin

B Rank
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Ludicolo
Torterra

C Rank
Abomasnow
Venusaur

D Rank
Leafeon
Tangrowth
Sceptile
S Rank
Flygon

A Rank
Mamoswine
Quagsire
Nidoking
Gliscor
Hippowdon
Donphan

B Rank
Swampert
Claydol

C Rank
Nidoqueen
Torterra

D Rank
Dugtrio
Rhyperior
Steelix
S Rank
Abomasnow
Walrein
Cloyster
Froslass

A Rank
Weavile
Mamoswine

B Rank
Jynx

C Rank
Articuno
Lapras

D Rank
Piloswine
Regice
S Rank
Smeargle
Staraptor

A Rank
Snorlax
Porygon-Z
Blissey
Clefable

B Rank
Ursaring
Tauros
Miltank

C Rank
Porygon2
Ambipom
Dodrio

D Rank
Slaking
Kangashkan
Swellow
S Rank
Gengar
Roserade

A Rank
Nidoking
Tentacruel
Drapion
Weezing

B Rank
Nidoqueen
Crobat

C Rank
Skuntank
Venomoth
Qwilfish

D Rank
Venusaur
Muk
S Rank
Azelf
Jirachi
Latias

A Rank
Bronzong
Metagross
Starmie
Celebi
Medicham
Cresselia
Gallade

B Rank
Slowbro
Alakazam
Uxie

C Rank
Claydol
Jynx

D Rank
Espeon
Slowking
Exeggutor
S Rank
Tyranitar
Aerodactyl

A Rank
Cradily
Omastar
Rhyperior

B Rank
Aggron
Armaldo

C Rank
Kabutops

D Rank
Regirock
Rampardos
S Rank
Heatran
Skarmory
Scizor

A Rank
Empoleon
Metagross
Bronzong
Jirachi
Lucario

B Rank
Magnezone
Forretress

C Rank
Registeel
Magneton

D Rank
Aggron
S Rank
Swampert
Suicune

A Rank
Empoleon
Gyarados
Cloyster
Starmie
Tentacruel
Kingdra

B Rank
Azumarill
Omastar

C Rank
Lanturn
Qwilfish
Slowbro
Sharpedo
Milotic
Blastoise

D Rank
Kabutops
Feraligatr

Type Viability Rankings:
S Rank


A Rank


B Rank


C Rank


D Rank

Sample Teams:
click on the sprites to get each team's importable!
:azelf::celebi::jirachi::latias::medicham::metagross:-
Hyper Offensive Psychic by Jolly Togekiss ^-^

:bronzong::scizor::skarmory::empoleon::heatran::jirachi:-
Balanced Steel by Jolly Togekiss ^-^

:qwilfish::starmie::empoleon::sharpedo::suicune::swampert:-
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Offensive Qwilfish Water by maroon

:aerodactyl::dragonite::zapdos::gyarados::moltres::skarmory: -
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Offensive Flying by StarBlim

:electrode::Raikou::Zapdos::rotom-mow::Magnezone::Luxray: -
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Electric by StarBlim

:heatran::houndoom::infernape::Charizard::Torkoal::Blaziken: -
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Fire by StarBlim

:venusaur::roserade::celebi::breloom::torterra::exeggutor: -
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Grass by StarBlim
 
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Dropping my Ghost-type team and writing some thoughts about the VR.

DPP Balanced Ghost

While Ghost don't have many options to build it still has good Pokémon and good matchups against top tier types like Psychic, Steel and Fighting. Froslass is the only usable Ghost-type with hazards and has a good matchup against most leads, as it good Speed allows it to set Spikes and cripple opposing Pokémon with Taunt, Destiny Bond, and Icy Wind. Rotom-Heat is a good defensive Pokémon with access to Overheat, it helps against common Steel-types like Jirachi, Scizor, Skarmory, and Metagross, Shadow Ball hits Psychic-types while it can continue healthy using Pain Split and cripple opponents with Thunder Wave. Spiritibom is a good specially defensive Pokémon that helps with Ghost-, Dark-, and Psychic-types due to it's typing, with a RestTalk set it can check most special attackers with ease. Dusknoir is the best Ghost physical attacker since Bannete's bad movepool, BoltBeam and Earthquake are good coverage moves, Shadow Sneak is the STAB and has priority. Mismagius has access to Nasty Plot, making it a good wallbreaker, it can use Substitute on passive Pokémon and setup, Shadow Ball and Thunderbolt hit all the metagame. Gengar is the speed control of the team, with its good movepool, Speed and Special Attack it can pressure opposing teams, and clean on the late-game.


:rotom-heat: UR -> A Rotom-Heat helps a lot Ghost teams with it's access to Overheat and good defensive stats, it can reliably check most Steel-types that otherwise would be threatening to Ghost, and can cripple opposing Pokémon with Thunder Wave, that has 100% accuracy on fourth generation. Since Rotom-Wash is ranked as A i think that Rotom-Heat should be ranked as A, it can help Ghost more than Rotom-Wash because Hydro Pump doesn't help as much as Overheat and can do everything that Rotom-Wash can.
 


Notably Different Mechanics:
  • Rotom is Ghost/Electric type regardless of form
  • Sleep lasts 2-5 turns, the counter does not reset upon switching out
Sleep can last one turn in all generations at mininum (in my experience I see that).

https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen4ou-1496910555-bczz9q3eefa55wevj3xhcny6kdh1mb1pw

Bulbapedia is wrong in this case.
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Sleep_(status_condition)

Thoughts on this metagame:

The sand veil ban afects dragon (can't use gabite as a SR user), dark and grass (cacturne). Maybe is worth using a complex ban (Sandstream + sand veil) in order to use this mons.
Maybe is worth doing the same with snow cloack + snow warning but this change nerf ice teams (froslass + abomasnow are good choices in monoice).
This metagame is very match up dependant and ofense/ bulky ofense is probably the best playstyle in the majority of types.

I share teams with the rest of types that don't have a sample (I'm not enough expert in the tier so watch out if you use):

https://pokepast.es/abef6cb0ccf371b4
 

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