art by AmirAlexanderWelcome to the second official ULTRA Sun & Moon NU Viability Rankings thread. This thread will be updated regularly by myself, Hootie, Finchinator, and rozes to rank all competitively viable and consistently usable pokémon in the Neverused Tier. You're encouraged to civilly post your thoughts and opinions on the various Pokemon that are usable in NU and what rank they should fall under. The general idea of the topic is to rank each NU Pokemon under "rankings" that go in descending order; from S to C. Unlike previous NU Rankings, we've made the decision to be much more strict with our standards of what gets ranked in order to give the most accurate representation of the meta as possible. We have also removed the C- rank from the VR. Furthermore, Pokemon are now ordered by viability within their subranks. Discussion regarding these subrank orderings are encouraged (though you should not make posts solely based on re-ordering these), but keep in mind that at the end of the day the Viability Rankings are a subjective resource, and everyone will have differing opinions which must be respected.
To make ranking these Pokemon easier we have come up with a list of positive and negative attributes each Pokemon should meet to fit a certain rank. Positives: Threat level, Splashability, Consistent, Effect on the metagame, Reliability. Negatives: Passive, Outclassed, Consistency, Usefulness in the current metagame, Weak to Hazards, Speed, General Bulk, Matchup. However, something to remember while ranking is that filling criteria is not a black and white process. Pokemon A might have a stronger effect on the metagame compared to Pokemon B, but Pokemon B might still influence teambuilding a lot. Take into account the varying degrees of these criteria as you reflect on a nomination.
Current VR Team:
If you are curious about what sets some of these mons use, or what they do in the tier, check out the analyses we have on site!
Pokemon in this rank fill all of the main criteria and then some with a strong proficiency in one or more of the positive traits. If a Pokemon in this rank has any downsides, they are usually tame or eclipsed by their obvious assets.
Pokemon in this rank may fill the majority or all of the positive criteria. These Pokemon may have one major or a handful of minor negative characteristics that could set them back.
Pokemon in this rank do an alright job fulfilling criteria, albeit not as convincingly. These Pokemon will have some issues you should be accounting for while building your team.
Pokemon in this rank do a mediocre job at filling criteria. The sizable amount of negative characteristics associated with these Pokemon are something to weigh against their positives before you fit one on a team.
Pokemon in this rank are those that are NU by usage, but are otherwise unviable. Do not discuss the placement of Pokemon here nor nominate Pokemon to move up/down to this rank.