Where the "intelligence" of TRAINERS is put to the test!
I would prefer this approach to leaving things as isI think there is a solution to atsync's concern:
Open a bit more on the viability of S Rank
We could open the floodgates to be a bit more accomodating with tiering some Pokemon in S. Some mons are like so close to solid and their arguments against them being S is like "but they aren't Abra / Totodile / Spearow good". On the same token, though, these Pokemon are above and beyond quite a few of these Pokemon as well. Take Cyndaquil for example - I actually could debate this Pokemon to B tier, honestly, and not a significantly better Pokemon than, say, Growlithe in Crystal. Ember is pretty mediocre after mons like Totodile and co are learning Surf, and there's not a lot of coverage options that Cyndaquil can go through. There's Fire Blast, which I admit isn't bad, but with low PP, a chance to miss, and needing to dump a lot of resources to obtaining it there's some awkwardness with calling it (almost 100%) A Tier.
With all due respect, I completely disagree with this, and I would also point out that this contradicts the ranking criteria listed in the OP:On the contrary, we don't really rank Pokemon based on their difficulty to catch. The only real reason that I ranked Entei and Raikou that low is the practicality of catching it at a reasonable time is after you obtain the Master Ball. We base the Pokemon AFTER the Pokemon is caught, which is partly why I raised Entei and Raikou up a rank as well. I probably wouldn't even severely object to placing them in B either. This would be why I disagree with Tauros drop based on that alone.
We are ultimately making a tier list for an "efficient" playthrough, based off of real time, and ranking Pokemon only on how they perform after they are caught would be a misleading representation of their usefulness in such a playthrough. Pokemon don't just magically appear on your team the moment you enter the area in which they are obtained - almost every Pokemon in the game requires some sort of time investment to obtain, ranging from a bit of walking back and forth/Sweet Scenting in a patch of Grass until the Pokemon appears, to back-tracking to a previously inaccessible area, and even to catching a Pokemon through annoying flee mechanics. Some Pokemon require more time than others. If a Pokemon is expected to cost players substantial time to acquire and would hinder the player's goal in completing the game as efficiently as possible, then it has to have SOME weight in where it ends up on the list, as is the case with stuff like Crystal Teddiursa (I genuinely think it would be S-tier if it weren't so difficult to catch).Availability - Based on how early and probability that the Pokemon is found in the game. Does it require backtracking, HM moves, or other specific requirements such as constant searching? A Pokemon found earlier and with little effort is often better than those found later in the game.
Now in regards to Tauros specifically, it could be argued that its availability and grinding issues are what keep it out of S-tier rather than a reason to drop it down to B (or some hypothetical tier between the current A and B). Alternatively, people might think that its strengths out-weight these flaws enough for it to go up to S-tier. I would disagree and that is something that can be discussed, but either way it has to be considered when deciding its ranking and not just dismissed.
I like this idea. I would probably envision such an F-tier to be almost exclusively low-leveled Kanto Pokemon myself, and that would put stuff like the Odd Egg mons a tier above which I think is reasonable. Johto junkmons like Ledyba are more debatable (they're technically bad but have more to contribute to a playthrough than most of the Kanto crew).I also feel I may add an F Tier since some Pokemon really do deserve to be here based on absolute shit availability or having absolutely little-to-no niche whatsoever.
No need to apologize - we all appreciate everything you've done to get this project to this point!I apologize for those waiting for tier changes and the like, but I really need to sit and consider a lot first before doing so.