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Hi! New here and just wanted to ask some questions to help me move forward.

What are the niches of some of the lower ranked Pokémon in the VR? Mainly these ones:
  • Mega Aerodactyl
  • Mega Manectric
  • Mega Camerupt
  • Dragonite
  • Shuckle
In case of the first three megas, wouldn't it be a waste of a move slot for a mega evolution? If someone could answer this for me, thanks a lot!
 

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Hi! New here and just wanted to ask some questions to help me move forward.

What are the niches of some of the lower ranked Pokémon in the VR? Mainly these ones:
  • Mega Aerodactyl
  • Mega Manectric
  • Mega Camerupt
  • Dragonite
  • Shuckle
In case of the first three megas, wouldn't it be a waste of a move slot for a mega evolution? If someone could answer this for me, thanks a lot!
Aero should honestly be unranked. It’s a fast attacker that has cool coverage, so it can be good against offense, but it’s rarely worth using. I personally voted to unrank it multiple times.

Manectric is a nice momentum grabber with fantastic speed, fire ice electric coverage, and intimidate. It has a niche thanks to speed + typing + effectiveness against offensive teams, especially thanks to how well it does against generic cores that rely upon Bulu or Tang for electrics. It still is fairly frail and hard to use, so it isn’t ranked too highly.

Camerupt is mainly a Pokemon of the past in OU, but it’s a nice core breaker with absurd power and a respectable defensive presence. It’s just so slow and weak to a lot of common metagame presences, so it also is ranked fairly low.

Dragonite is hardly ever used, but I never bothered to try it myself, so no comment.

Shuckle has been used as a Sticky Web setter, but it’s often outclassed by those ranked higher.
 
Aero should honestly be unranked. It’s a fast attacker that has cool coverage, so it can be good against offense, but it’s rarely worth using. I personally voted to unrank it multiple times.

Manectric is a nice momentum grabber with fantastic speed, fire ice electric coverage, and intimidate. It has a niche thanks to speed + typing + effectiveness against offensive teams, especially thanks to how well it does against generic cores that rely upon Bulu or Tang for electrics. It still is fairly frail and hard to use, so it isn’t ranked too highly.

Camerupt is mainly a Pokemon of the past in OU, but it’s a nice core breaker with absurd power and a respectable defensive presence. It’s just so slow and weak to a lot of common metagame presences, so it also is ranked fairly low.

Dragonite is hardly ever used, but I never bothered to try it myself, so no comment.

Shuckle has been used as a Sticky Web setter, but it’s often outclassed by those ranked higher.
Thanks for answering, and fast as well.
Yeah Aero seems incredibly hard to use, though i suppose its high speed stat could be attractive.
What types of teams generally use Mega Mane? Seems pretty interesting now that you've explained its niche. I'm guessing HO because of its speed?
 
Aero should honestly be unranked. It’s a fast attacker that has cool coverage, so it can be good against offense, but it’s rarely worth using. I personally voted to unrank it multiple times.

Manectric is a nice momentum grabber with fantastic speed, fire ice electric coverage, and intimidate. It has a niche thanks to speed + typing + effectiveness against offensive teams, especially thanks to how well it does against generic cores that rely upon Bulu or Tang for electrics. It still is fairly frail and hard to use, so it isn’t ranked too highly.

Camerupt is mainly a Pokemon of the past in OU, but it’s a nice core breaker with absurd power and a respectable defensive presence. It’s just so slow and weak to a lot of common metagame presences, so it also is ranked fairly low.

Dragonite is hardly ever used, but I never bothered to try it myself, so no comment.

Shuckle has been used as a Sticky Web setter, but it’s often outclassed by those ranked higher.
Nowadays camel is mainly used on TR no?
 

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Nowadays camel is mainly used on TR no?
Mega Camerupt is not used on the "standard" (which is not so standard at all) TR team; in fact, I have only seen it maybe once or twice on Trick Room. It used to be a nice niche option on balances that broke through specific cores (i.e: AV Magearna cores or Toxapex + Grass + Clefable -- those type of teams never had a switch-in to it). Here is an example of a Mega Camerupt team, but again it is outdated and so is most of Mega Camerupt's viability.
 

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well, talking about mega camel, might as well share a recent team i’ve made centered around it. i’d say it gives a more fresh perspective on the mega-camerupt-balance playstyle.

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  • kicked off with mega camerupt, of course, and a moveset of four attacks felt like the most natural. speaking of natural, nature power helps deal with rotom-w and just hit other water-types hard under terrain.
  • then, tapu bulu was an obvious pick mostly for the terrain support but also for covering ash-greninja and zygarde all in one slot, and, c’mon we all know what tapu bulu does by now.
  • afterwards i picked gliscor, gives a heatran switch in and frees up a moveslot on mega canerupt, which is in turn really important to improve the volcarona matchup with rock slide.
  • tornadus-t forms an excellent core with gliscor and, in a way, checks pokémon like kartana, mega medicham, tapu bulu. i hate tornadus-t with less than 252 speed, but i had no choice really as this is the sole kartana answer and tornadus-t can’t drop to two smart strikes at all.
  • calm mind pain split magearna helps w the stall matchup and also covers psychic-types as a whole. complementing the tornadus-t & gliscor core quite well.
  • lastly, ash greninja brings spikes and an anti-offense tool to the table. not much else to say so i’ll leave it at that.
but yeah even though trick room is dead, there’s even less of a reason to run trick room without mega mawile, that’s way too good to pass up. and mega camerupt still has a trait or two desirable for balance, as it is quite the wallbreaker but still has plenty of defensive utility.
 

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Why was dd latios viable in BW ou, and why isn't it viable today along with mixmence and mixchomp?
First and foremost, all discussion of past generations belongs here. Anyway, DD Latios is "viable" in BW OU, but it is largely niche. You need to use it alongside Magnezone and even then, the opportunity cost of using it is oftentimes not worthwhile given how potent and consistent Specs Latios is in BW OU (not to mention LO variants can be solid and Scarf has more viability than DD even, but Scarf is only seen on Rain tbh). All things considered, DD Latios has never been seen too consistently in competitive play and you should not expect that to change anytime soon given its stats, movepool, and counterplay.

Garchomp and Salamence are built entirely differently than Latios; they both have much more fitting physical attacking niches throughout the generations, but it is worth noting that none of these Pokemon are particularly viable as standout mixed attackers in the SM OU metagame. In BW, mixed sets on both of these are viable, especially Garchomp. Garchomp's mixed viability is largely due to its counterplay often taking significant chunks from LO Draco Meteor and Fire Blast while Earthquake remains its best shot at doing consistent damage to grounded Pokemon such as Tyranitar.
 

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Thank you Finch. Due to my innate desire to use weird sets, should I use chomp or mence as a mixed attacker if I want to use either one in SM?
Use Garchomp for sure. It can at least double as a Stealth Rock setter and a lure to things like Celesteela. I'd go with Stealth Rock / Draco Meteor / Fire Blast / Earthquake with Max SAtk. An example (albeit, a dated one) of it being used in SM can be found here.
 

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Garchomp @ Life Orb
Ability: Rough Skin
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Naive Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Draco Meteor
- Fire Blast
- Earthquake

This is what I used then; you really do not need to depart too greatly from this, but if you find a reason to run some Atk over SAtk, then be my guest.
 
Is it hard to build a team around Mega Venusaur (given the viability of various psychic breakers)? Does it actually check Mega Mawile? Because if you SD as your opponent switches into Venusaur, you can 2HKO it with play rough or sucker punch. Venusaur outspeeds Mawile, but sucker punch works around that, so the Venusaur player would have to click synthesis and hope that play rough misses or they go for sucker punch. Not to mention that a second SD as you heal makes things worse.

Venusaur also fails to ensure a 2HKO with either earthquake or HP fire. Roar could alleviate this issue, but Venusaur has a bad case of 4MSS. I understand Aggron checks Mawile much better (worst case scenario, it 2HKOs you with +2 fire fang, but you can afford to run roar), but I'm looking to explore options.
 

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Is it hard to build a team around Mega Venusaur (given the viability of various psychic breakers)? Does it actually check Mega Mawile? Because if you SD as your opponent switches into Venusaur, you can 2HKO it with play rough or sucker punch. Venusaur outspeeds Mawile, but sucker punch works around that, so the Venusaur player would have to click synthesis and hope that play rough misses or they go for sucker punch. Not to mention that a second SD as you heal makes things worse.

Venusaur also fails to ensure a 2HKO with either earthquake or HP fire. Roar could alleviate this issue, but Venusaur has a bad case of 4MSS. I understand Aggron checks Mawile much better (worst case scenario, it 2HKOs you with +2 fire fang, but you can afford to run roar), but I'm looking to explore options.
It is hard to build with Mega Venusaur and that is why it does not receive as much usage as one might expect. It is still a decent Mega Mawile countermeasure, BUT there are ways around it as you allude to. You can still spam Synthesis on predicted Sucker Punch and eventually get it right, but if they're healthy, you're weakened, you're more SDef oriented, they have Iron Head, etc., then you're going to have a hard time.

Anyway, I have personally been working on some anti-meta balance with Giga + Sludge + EQ + Synth Mega Venu, SR TWave Clefable, and Heat Wave Defog Zapdos. The three pair very well because you have Mega Venusaur to check Mega Mawile, which takes advantage of Clefable a ton (large part of why Clefable's viability is dropped and it's oftentimes paired with Magnezone). Heat Wave Zapdos is great glue with these two, too, seeing as it covers Ferrothorn and Spikes in general. Teams like this still need Speed Control, Heatran check, etc..., but if you can get a Mega Venusaur build off to a balanced, worthwhile (compared to other Grasses) start, then it is going to be worthwhile. Otherwise, you probably are just best using something else.
 

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What are soft and hard checks/counter?
Different terms used for Pokemon that can defeat other Pokemon. A check is generally seen as something that can consistently 1v1 or revenge kill the opposing Pokemon. For example, Scarf Landorus-Therian is seen as a soft, offensive check to Mega Alakazam. Soft/hard are just rough descriptors for how effective they are in context of games when it comes to actually checking the Pokemon in question. A counter, on the other hand, is a Pokemon that can always switch-in, wall, and either defeat or force out the opposing Pokemon. For example, Chansey is seen as a counter to Mega Alakazam.
 

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If you can pull it of successfuly, Could you maybe Share ist?
Assuming this was in response to my Mega Venusaur post right above, sure. I just tried it out and here is what I came up with.

The concept behind the team is that currently Clefable is limited and less viable than normal because Mega Mawile takes advantage of it a ton, which oftentimes leads to free kills. A lot of Clefable teams have been forced to run Magnezone recently, but a way around this would be making use of it with Mega Venusaur, which is a Pokemon that can function on balanced while also being a good switch-in to common Mega Mawile variants. The main issue with the two is that they both are vulnerable to Heatran, especially if you forgo Earthquake on Mega Venusaur, and if you lack HP Fire on Mega Venusaur, then you are just asking for Ferrothorn to set-up on you all day. Because of this, you either have to use Magnezone for Ferrothorn, which would defeat the purpose of the Mega Venusaur + Clefable core to begin with, or you can use Defog + Heat Wave Zapdos. While I normally dislike non-Pressure Zapdos, this team has various means of handling bulkier teams and this team appreciates the spread of paralysis a lot as you will see throughout. From there, Heatran still stood out as a major inconvenience, so to add some more yellow magic and handle that, I elected to go with a bulkier set-up + Glare Zygarde. This one specifically is EVd to creep SR Toxic Gliscor so it can not get Toxic'd by it and oftentimes beat teams that rely upon it. With SDef Venusaur, you can afford to slight drop in bulk, especially seeing as you are "just winning" a lot of games vs teams that rely on Gliscor as a countermeasure. From there, Ash Greninja gave me a surefire mono-Reuniclus answer/Dark type, Spikes, speed control, and just a generally effective "glue" pokemon. OH I forgot, the Magearna set is sorta another "glue" Pokemon in a sense as it provides an answer to Tapu Lele and Mega Alakazam while also being a bit of a stallbreaker, taking advantage of the paralysis support, and just pushing the offensive issue on a lot of bulkier cores -- overall, the Magearna feels like a near perfect fit here.

The team still is not tested and I worry that with Magearna not being AV and there being no other Steel type, it may be a bit vulnerable to opposing Tapu Lele if they are played aggressively enough, especially if they're Specs or Z. In addition, it may be a tad on the slower side, but paralysis up the ass and Ash Greninja with priority could very well be sufficient. I'm unsure, but here's the concept and it is at very least worth testing!
 

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