Melmetal’s brief appearance in Monotype so far has shown the council that it is the best candidate for the new generation's first suspect test. Melmetal boasts the third highest Attack stat in the tier and a physical bulk that puts even fully defensive Toxapex to shame. Its enormous HP offsets its rather poor Special Defense, enabling it to survive hits from even the tier's strongest wallbreakers including Choice Specs Keldeo's Hydro Pump. While mono typing is ironically subpar most of the time in Monotype, Melmetal being immune to poison means it has no fear of Toxic Spikes or Toxic from a wall. Even though its Speed is irredeemable, its bulk makes it very difficult to 2HKO even with multiple Pokemon working together, and most defensive Pokemon will hardly even scratch Melmetal, giving it many opportunities to fire off its powerful attacks.
This incredible survivability is backed by one of the strongest attacks in the metagame: Double Iron Bash, which has an effective 120 Base Power that is further boosted by STAB and Iron Fist. Melmetal also comes fully equipped with excellent coverage options in the form of Thunder Punch, Earthquake, and Superpower allowing it to break the few walls that can survive Double Iron Bash like Toxapex, Corviknight, Torkoal, and Ferrothorn. Its Attack is so high that even if Toxapex luckily gets a burn with Scald, Melmetal is still capable of 2HKOing it with Facade. Due to this, the council has voted to suspect Melmetal to assess its presence in Monotype.
Feel free to post in this thread with your thoughts on Melmetal in Monotype. You are encouraged to post replays to prove your point.
In order to cast a vote in this suspect test, you must participate on the [Gen 8] Monotype ladder in which Melmetal will continue to be allowed. You must make a new account to ladder with. This account's registration date must be at earliest the day this suspect begins. You must prefix your account name with the tag: MSG8 in order for your account to qualify.
The requirement for qualification is at least 80% GXE and at least 45 games played. The suspect test will last two weeks until Sunday March 29 at 11:59 EDT (GMT-4 NOTE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS). You will then have three days to cast your vote. Melmetal will require a 60% majority of voters in favor of banning it in order for it to be banned from Monotype.
Upon meeting the requirements, you must post proof of the qualification in the Voter Identification thread, which is separate from this thread and will be created closer to the end of the suspect. Do not post your proof in this discussion thread.
You may use this thread to discuss this Melmetal suspect or ask for clarification for any questions you may have.
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