Mamma Mia, here I go again
Smell that? It's the smell of the first Little Cup suspect of a new generation. It couldn't really be anything else but Girafarig. A brand new-to-us Pokemon that didn't strike the immediate radar as broken, but absolutely had the stat total and movepool to be problematic. After the wave of autoban and quickbans, the giraffe stood alone as the last true powerhouse of the new additions. Boasting a blazing fast 19 speed and Psychic typing, it immediately hit the tier with shades of Abra. That being said, Abra's paper thin defenses does not light a candle to Girafarig, who has respectable, but not overwhelming defensive prowess. Couple that with powerful attacking stats on both Attack and Special Attack, and comparisons to Ponyta were more apt.
Girafarig is not Abra or Ponyta though, this is a threat unlike many of the others that have embraced the metagame. Girafarig has a movepool unlike many Pokemon, with powerful special attacking options like the new multihit move Twin Beam, and the new Tera Blast to compliment not just a notable Normal-type STAB, but a STAB of whatever type Girafarig can choose to Tera into. Couple that with coverage options which make the Pokemon more complete, but options to boost your already high Special Attack stat. Nasty Plot and Calm Mind are options which make the giraffe from more of a wallbreaker to more of an immediate threat to sweep the game. And this does not include your options on the physical side, with Psychic Fangs and Body Slam providing excellent STAB options, coverage in Crunch and even a speed-boosting option in the new Trailblaze. And if all of that was not enough, depending on the set, chipping it down becomes a challenge with Wish and Rest sets as uncommon options to complete your Girafarig.
While there has been a significant amount of counterplay, both new and old, part of the first suspect of the generation will be determining if that counterplay is significant enough to fend off the suspect in question. Nymble is a rather unassuming Bug-type on the surface who does an excellent job of forcing out Girafarig with First Impression, U-Turn, or Sucker Punch. Diglett is an everpresent threat who outspeeds and can revenge kill with relative ease. Additionally, Girafarig has rather unassuming OHKO potential, leaving many things able to successfully trade blows. Part of the challenge, however, is determining which set to check with the options available on your team. For example, Toedscool does a wonderful job eating Twin Beams from Special Girafarig, but will fold to a physical-oriented set. Proper team reading and scouting of potential moves can alleviate this, but doing this incorrectly could potentially result in a free Calm Mind for your opponent, which is particularly dangerous.
There is also the elephant in the room, of Tera transformations and typing, which add a different, previously unseen dynamic to the game and will affect the outcome of this suspect test. Girafarig has several different popular Tera types, and we won't be getting too much into which ones specifically, but it is important to note that Girafarig has the potential to use Tera both offensively and defensively, giving it an additional resistance to a particular threat or being able to blow past a typical check is not something to be scoffed at. Tera, while not the focus of the suspect and should not be given significant weight, is something that needs to be accounted for throughout the suspect within the scope of how it is used for, against, and by Girafarig.
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 "GLCLG" to qualify. When you have reached the requirements, click here to post your proof. Girafarig will be legal on the ladder until the suspect is over. The suspect period will end on Sunday, January 29th at 11:59 PM EST.
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