The second Little Cup suspect of the generation should be a surprise to no one paying attention. A tried and true Pokemon which was once a top-tier mainstay is now instead up for debate to be removed from the tier. Boasting a distinguished 18 Speed and a desirable Ghost- Poison- typing and helpful ability, Gastly is a unique face in the tier. With a well-appreciated move pool and a handful of mechanics working in its favor, not using Gastly is awfully difficult.
Gastly is not exactly bulky but has the Speed stat to burn and weaken many Pokemon with Will-o-Wisp, in effect making Gastly have a fair ability to take on physical attackers on top of its obvious offensive power. With an all together limited distribution of Knock Off and continued nonexistence of Pursuit, Gastly and the rest of the Ghost-types have fairly desirable defensive profiles. Additionally, common offensive resources for difficult-to-manage threats do not apply to Gastly, which cannot be trapped by Diglett or Gothita and its typing stifles the surprise revenge-killing star of the prior metagame: Nymble. On the defensive end, Gastly can burn and Hex through many Pokemon when given the chance. Will-o-Wisp and Hex are so good against most of the tier that Gastly has flexibility with its final moves, as demonstrated in various Winter League games. To note the most disruptive, these include Protect for scouting offensive checks, Icy Wind both for Toedscool as well as the Speed drop, and Taunt for disrupting defensive checks. Life Orb Gastly remains another noted threat which immediately pressures teams, with Choice Scarf and Nasty Plot sets lurking as additional considerations in the builder.
Tera transformations and types are a dynamic piece of the game, with Gastly the mechanic can serve both defensive and offensive purposes. Most offensive Pokemon can leverage offensive-minded Teras and this is hardly worth noting. When used successfully, Gastly can demolish would-be checks. However, when used too soon, the loss of Gastly's typing can be a detriment though the trade-off is worth it more often than not. These aspects are true enough of many offensive threats when supported by Teras, but as a reminder, this is a holistic suspect on Gastly where we are asking the question: Is Gastly broken?
The voting requirements are a minimum GXE of 78 with at least 50 games played. In addition, you may play 1 less game for every 0.2 GXE you have above 78 GXE, down to a minimum of 30 games at a GXE of 82. As always, needing more than 50 games to reach 78 GXE is fine.
For this suspect test, we will be using the regular SV LC ladder, so you must create a new account that begins with "GASLC" to qualify. When you have reached the requirements, click here to post your proof. Gastly will be legal on the ladder until the suspect is over. The suspect period will end on Sunday, February 26th at 11:59 PM PST / GMT -8.
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