Gholdengo I think dropped for no reason, it's still one of the most used mons, I get it that it's not used as much or usage = VR. But lets not act like S to A+ is a fair drop when there hasn't been anything that changed in the meta which drops it out of the top 4 in terms of viability. It literally controls the meta, a mon that forces you to not remove entry hazards (outside of Court Change) needs to be constantly accounted for.
Okay so to respond, faster meta, sure but it's not like no one runs Scarf Dengo (It's still being used). Dengo sometimes * gets punished by Gambit but a lot of people switch in Gambit on Dengo when it has the ability to OHKO with Focus Blast if it hasn't tera'd yet. A+ is undeserving it has a 41% usage for the month of February (There's good reason for that) Usage =/= Brokeness but it definitely has something to do with viability. I want to take something into account when comparing Gholdengo to any other mon like saying oh it has a lot of threatening sets (pult), but such as Kingambit it takes advantage of Tera. Is Offensive Nasty Plot not a threatening set with the right Tera? Air Balloon sets for switchins to rapid spin / EQ for Tusk? Defensive sets which becomes very hard to break? where if you put 252 HP EVS / 252 DEF EVS BOLD it has 378 HP / 317 Defense it becomes a literal wall that cannot be statused, and regardless of running a defensive set, it has a fantastic natural bulk ontop of that? I think there just needs to be more reasoning on it dropping 2 spots vs just 1 spot which could be understood a bit more because it's just a change of the nature of the meta. It's S-, I understand if it's not viewed as a top 2-3 mon but lets be real it's in the top 5.
Thank you for the work of the council to have the VR updated
I don't really agree with this post for a few reasons - I strayed away from Gholdengo in tournaments quite a bit despite trying my best to make it work, but I couldn't really make many teams I liked with it. I find Gholdengo has many issues rn that take it out of the top 5, which imo is pretty cleanly taken up by Great Tusk, Kingambit, Volcarona, Dragapult and Iron Valiant.
Gholdengo has been struggling to pick its poison a bit lately. With the standard NP STABs Recover set, it's walled by Kingambit, which has become incredibly popular. If you drop Make It Rain, you struggle with immediate power and even after a boost you don't have your nuke option for stuff like Fairy Garg, plus you're much more easily walled by Unawares in Clodsire and (Tera) Skeledirge. If you drop Recover, you lose out on a lot of the midgame utility Gholdengo has against stuff like Iron Valiant, making it much more difficult to justify, an issue also seen in the Choiced sets. And if you drop Nasty Plot, stuff like Pex and Corv is much less scared to give you a free turn.
To elaborate more on the Choiced sets, they are extremely limited in what they can do. Scarf Gholdengo is incredibly difficult to justify because it's fodder for two of the most brutally overbearing Pokemon in the tier right now, Kingambit and Volcarona. It still gets used, of course, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's good. Specs doesn't fare much better because it's still going to give Kingambit a free SD or Volcarona a free QD, to say nothing of the difficulty it has with giving free turns to stuff like Iron Valiant if it locks into Focus Blast or Hydreigon if it locks into Shadow Ball, and Make It Rain is of course not great to lock into since Steel is a mediocre offensive typing & the SpA drop is huge. You end up having to overcompensate for these issues heavily, and they're not easy to get past because of how brutal the things Gholdengo gives free opportunity are.
Then we get to another issue which is less specifically tied to Gholdengo; its best partners are just falling off quite a bit. Ting-Lu is not nearly as good as it once was, for instance, and Glimmora-based hyper offenses are becoming less popular in favour of other leads. Gholdengo is very rare on those offenses now, too, because the slot it fills is more often taken up by Kingambit; Gholdengo isn't threatening enough to really be a great fit on HO since it's so slow and isn't the hardest thing to wall, and shredding balance, its best job, is not a trait that's in demand on a team style that can easily fit Kingambit, Baxcalibur, Iron Valiant and Volcarona. Backbones with the likes of Dondozo still work but they're a bit janky and not the most comfortable to play. Midgame Spikers like Meowscarada are great but they don't really -need- their hazards to be protected as much, so Gholdengo blocking Defog is less of an appealing option, on top of the fact that its presence has somewhat forced Corviknight out of the metagame anyway (something that is definitely noteworthy in its favour).
Defensively speaking, Gholdengo is kind of a crappy check to just about everything other than really passive walls like Toxapex. It's not very good at handling Garganacl, for instance, despite running Covert Cloak, because Earthquake just does too much damage and you can't really beat one of the most common Tera-types in Water anyway. Its matchup into the top 4 Pokemon is abysmal, and its matchup against Iron Valiant is pretty crap too considering how common Knock Off and Shadow Ball are. Baxcalibur and Dragonite shred it with EQ, Cinderace with Pyro Ball and Roaring Moon with Crunch, etc. If you look at S through A on the VR, you'll see that the only Pokemon it's truly capable of abusing is Toxapex - something that should've probably dropped anyway, and also something you need Nasty Plot to actually beat.
This isn't even getting started on Gholdengo's somewhat abysmal matchup against offense thanks to its pretty crappy Speed tier and inability to handle any offense staples. Take my own Week 5 SPL team
as an example. I'm not doing this to toot my own horn or whatever, it's just a common offense structure; literally every single Pokemon here can hit Gholdengo for super effective damage, and after a boost they all OHKO it. That's a very relevant team style that Gholdengo is effectively worthless against. That's not the making of an S-rank threat. Something ranked that high shouldn't have such polarising bad matchups; it should be able to accomplish things at a baseline level in every game, and go beyond that often as well.
To be honest, it's a testament Gholdengo's versatility and influence that it's still ranked this high. With the way the tier is going rn, it's a really tough landscape for it. If Pokemon were ranked solely off their in-game influence, I think Gholdengo would drop even further than this; its builder influence is large enough to justify the A+ ranking, but it is trending downwards for now. As time goes on and people discover more sets that make it more effective, it will surely pick back up and come back with a vengeance, but for now it just does too little to justify the problems it gives you in the builder and in the battle.