Special Season 16: Battle Spot Singles Underused!

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Oh boy, as if Gamefreak decided to drop a mini little E3 morsel for us: Special 16 has gotten announced! This time, it's the return of an old favorite, Battle Spot Singles UU! Here's the rules!

Banned Pokemon (besides the usual event and boxart legendary stuff)

Aegislash
Azumarill
Blaziken
Breloom
Celesteela
Charizard
Cloyster
Dragonite
Excadrill
Ferrothorn
Garchomp
Gengar
Gliscor
Greninja
Gyarados
Heatran
Hippowdon
Hydreigon
Kangaskhan
Kartana
Landorus (all formes)
Lucario
Mamoswine
Mawile
Metagross
Mimikyu
Naganadel
Porygon2
Rotom (all formes)
Salamence
Scizor
Serperior
Skarmory
Slowbro
Snorlax
Tapu Fini
Tapu Koko
Tapu Lele
Thundurus (all formes)
Toxapex
Tyranitar
Venusaur
Volcarona
Zapdos

These are all Pokemon that have ended a season in the top 30 at some point in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. A lot of staples are gone, so this is going to be a radically different metagame than usual!

The only other special rule to note: TRANSFERS ARE ALLOWED! Yep, time to crack out the Fissure Politoeds and other stuff like that!

I'll update this to include a viability rankings after this format gets some play, and also, yes I will update that giveaway thread of mine to focus on this format sometime this week!

Preliminary Viability Rankings (thanks cant say !)

PRELIM TIER LIST MADE BY ME AND MY STREAM VIEWERS

S tier
Kommo-o


A+ tier
Gardevoir (mega)
Pinsir (mega)
Porygon-Z
Pheromosa
Tapu Bulu

A tier
Vivillon
Lopunny (mega)
Cresselia
Amoonguss
Suicune
Xurkitree
Muk-Alola
Araquanid
Primarina

A- tier
Swampert (mega) +
Pelipper (
Politoed )
Glalie
Chansey
Ninetales-Alola
Incineroar
Magnezone
Entei
Togekiss


B+ tier
Heracross (mega)
Reuniclus
Manectric (mega)
Alakazam (mega)
Nihilego
Diggersby
Empoleon
Darmanitan

B tier
Tornadus-T
Latias
Latios
Aggron (mega)
Nidoking
Tangrowth
Piloswine


#66 - Chandelure
#75 - Quagsire
#77 - Whimsicott
#78 - Sharpedo
#81 - Marowak-Alola
#84 - Ditto
#86 - Espeon
#87 - Milotic
#90 - Gastrodon
#93 - Clefable
#97 - Blacephalon
#98 - Aerodactyl
#100 - Steelix
#105 - Lanturn
#106 - Donphan
#107 - Abomasnow
#109 - Blastoise
#110 - Lapras
#115 - Gigalith
#116 - Eevee
#122 - Moltres
#125 - Stakataka
#126 - Beedrill


we made this super quick because I was limited on time. mostly posted as a discussion sparker !!
 
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Sorry for the double post, but I didn't want to put my opinion in the OP lol. Just have a few hazey thoughts since I just woke up.

Maybe it's just me, but Kommo-o being allowed sounds nuts. This format banned damn near all of its common checks, and most of the good fairies left are slower than it! I imagine most people are jumping to Kommonium Z, but I bet physically based sets work too just because most of the good fairies are squishy enough that boosted Poison Jabs and Earthquakes are gonna be bad news for them!

Speaking of fairies... just off the top of my head, we basically got Tapu Bulu, Primarina, Nega Gardevoir, and Sylveon to work with. Maybe people will use Klefki too if desperation sits in. At the very least, Primarina and Slyveon could probably work well on Trick Room, and I like that Mega Gardevoir outspeeds Kommo-o. I also imagine that Tapu Bulu is going to be among the best Grass-types usable in this format!

Speaking of Trick Room... Cresselia appears to be allowed for this. That thing sounds sorta nuts with the major Ghost-types getting banned lol. It'll easily be the default Trick Roomer with Porygon2 and Mimikyu gone.
 

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PRELIM TIER LIST MADE BY ME AND MY STREAM VIEWERS

S tier
Kommo-o


A+ tier
Gardevoir (mega)
Pinsir (mega)
Porygon-Z
Pheromosa
Tapu Bulu

A tier
Vivillon
Lopunny (mega)
Cresselia
Amoonguss
Suicune
Xurkitree
Muk-Alola
Araquanid
Primarina

A- tier
Swampert (mega) +
Pelipper (
Politoed )
Glalie
Chansey
Ninetales-Alola
Incineroar
Magnezone
Entei
Togekiss


B+ tier
Heracross (mega)
Reuniclus
Manectric (mega)
Alakazam (mega)
Nihilego
Slowbro (either)
Diggersby
Empoleon
Darmanitan

B tier
Tornadus-T
Latias
Latios
Aggron (mega)
Nidoking
Tangrowth
Piloswine


#66 - Chandelure
#75 - Quagsire
#77 - Whimsicott
#78 - Sharpedo
#81 - Marowak-Alola
#84 - Ditto
#86 - Espeon
#87 - Milotic
#90 - Gastrodon
#93 - Clefable
#97 - Blacephalon
#98 - Aerodactyl
#100 - Steelix
#105 - Lanturn
#106 - Donphan
#107 - Abomasnow
#109 - Blastoise
#110 - Lapras
#115 - Gigalith
#116 - Eevee
#122 - Moltres
#125 - Stakataka
#126 - Beedrill


we made this super quick because I was limited on time. mostly posted as a discussion sparker !!
 
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I think Talonflame has viability as an anti-meta mon. Strongly considering it since Bulu shreds its defensive answers too.

Edit: Update the viability list to not include Dragonite. Just tried building with it and got a message saying it's banned.
 
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