Kricketune can learn cut, which is useful for a longer time than stuff like strength and rock climb are. 4 levels of switch training isn't painful either. Bidoof takes 8 levels of mostly switch training to evolve, and Bidoof is somehow good enough for S tier.The fact that you have to evolve Kricketot to make it a marginally passable HM Slave is a huge turnoff when it's such a garbage Pokémon. I don't care if it's only 4 levels, have you see that thing's stats and movepool? (lol Bide is your only attacking option before evolution unless you're playing Platinum.)
There's no way it's worthy of B. The notion that it's better than Machop (no trade) and Geodude (no trade) is also baffling when they have some battle prowess and learn the same number of HMs.
Edit: Never mind. You were right. I'm changing the nomination to C.
Is there or is there not something wrong with this argument?I'm going to try to explain why I think stuff like Azelf and Giratina should drop. I'm very aware that I'm oversimplifying everything, but I think this is enough to get my point across.
An evolution family is tiered based on how much it helps during the run. Imagine that, due to availability, Azelf is only usable for the last 1/4 of the run, but is somehow versatile enough to one-shot everything. Also, a typical C tier evolution family is usable for the last 1/2 of the run, but can only one-shot 1/2 of its opponents. In this hypothetical case, Azelf and that C tier family get the same amount of opportunity to help with the run, so by this logic, they should be the same tier.
One of this idea's flaws is the concept that a Pokemon eats up more experience when obtained earlier, but that flaw alone isn't enough to raise Azelf and Giratina all the way to A tier.
By the way, when Eevee (Espeon) is used on an efficient run, around when should it evolve?