I'll assume Unburden with Sitrus would be the way to go, as Sitrus activates at 50% and are easy to replenish with Poke Pelago.It maaaaaay be a bit early to do this, but I nominate Hawlucha (Trade) for S+++++ ingame tier
He is just fantastic in the game, rigth ability and rigth nature, and soloes several inportant trainers thank to STAB + Hone Claws
Is just so good
Actually, you can get Volcarona early in the game...you just need to find a wild Larvesta, and be patient. It’ll appear via SOS, like Salamancehttps://richi3f.github.io/pokemon-team-planner/national_dex.html#nidoking gastrodon volcarona mimikyu
All traded in as level 1 Pokes, max IVs, EV trained, with any TMs I could give them but no Heart scale or tutor moves. I don't mind that they'll be OP in the early game - it's not like you get trophy points for knocking out Pidgeys. And yeah I'm a bit worried about the EXP boost from trades, but I'm kind of hoping that turning off Exp.Share AND having only 4 (randomly selected) Pokemon balances that out. The 4-random thing is the biggest issue IMO; I limited myself to 4 specifically selected Pokemon during SM and still ran into problems, so I expect I'll get into some severe trouble later. But that's OK, challenges are the most memorable part of the Pokemon games, by far. (Misty/Whitney/Cynthia/Ghetsis, anyone?)
I expect Mimikyu (Parian) to carry from the start into the mid game, possibly early-mid game as its frailty starts to become an issue. If I get early access to the Ghost or Fairy Z-crystals, maybe less so, but that's unlikely. Nidoking (Nilbog) could carry me through most of mid to late game assuming Moon stones are cheeseable via Pelago, (Nidoking from level 16? Yes please) though its movepool kind of stinks outside of the TMs I'm lucky enough to get during playthrough or have given it already (Ice Beam).*
If the level curve ends up reaching high in the late game I might actually get use out of Volcarona (Khepri), rather than having to use Larvesta as revive-fodder. Maybe even for the elite 4? I don't fancy my chances if I'm still lugging around a max Sp.Atk Larvesta by then.
Gastrodon (Gregor) is going to end up carrying me. I can feel it in my bones. Recover/Toxic on a bulky mon is just too good against anything that doesn't run grass or doesn't have a crazy Z move.
* On moves: My intent for the Pokemon was to use the playthrough as an excuse to train anything that was OU viable (read: on the rankings) that I didn't already have, hence the stats/EV training etcetera. I gave them any TMs I had from SM who were listed on their analyses that they could be taught to save time, but no TMs outside that. Those moves are then locked down - I'm not letting myself replace them even if it makes sense during the playthough (e.g. I'm probably not going to get much use out of Hidden Power Psychic on Larvesta). Them's the breaks.
I almost included Hawlucha, but it's only really usable on Rain/E-terrain teams and anyway I hated the idea of having to lug around dozens of expendable items to proc its ability. Would have trained a Pelipper too if I'd known there were Defog tutors... although I don't think I would have wanted to play with a Rain team anyway, so maybe not.
You need Machamp to access the area where Larvesta is found, right? If so, unless Machamp comes much earlier, it's not catchable until late.Actually, you can get Volcarona early in the game...you just need to find a wild Larvesta, and be patient. It’ll appear via SOS, like Salamance
It’s in that cave in Lush Jungle. Larvesta is incredibly hard to find, but Volcarona is even harder.
Wouldn't matter in any case. I'm only using a Volcarona as an excuse to train up the last remnants of breedable OU viable things - no catching involved for my playthough, so availability isn't a problem.At least you can get it before E4. Better than nothing.