i like how beluga neither infracted me nor deleted my post
Also, I've been inspired by POTW #62, so I'd like to mention Shuckle. Not only are its defensive sets flat-out crippled by low HP and lack of any offense or speed, but even its Power Trick gimmick is terribly, terribly outclassed. At least it can take a hit in NU...sorta. Maybe if it got Slack Off...and Aromatherapy...and a new evo that has HP worth spitting at.
Also we aren't Marriland! (though at its peak Marriland was really cool)
Terrakion? I barely see it plus Slaking and Cofagrigus are usable in RU. Seriously though, if it's Slaking's moveslot syndrome you're worried about, Baton Pass to a Regigigas with Substitute. Might not be as good at first but it is in the long run (and it's also legal in RU).
I love using Regigigas with Smeargle in higher tiers, it's fun to use, and there's the joy you get when you mop the floor of your foe with it.
Meganium's already been mentioned, so;
Raticate and Golbat have a competitive reason to exist now. Why not Pidgeot?
Now Fearow has finally been redeemed via Drill Run and Sniper (Thank you Game Freak! I can actually use Fearow in the closest to all seriousness he'll ever get!), Pidgeot's the only old Normal/Flying who still needs a reason d'etre. Then GF goes and squanders his Dream World ability. It's absurd.
Also, Delcatty. I want to use that thing, I really do, but it's got the support move pool of champions and not enough bulk to fully make use of it.
Max defense Shuckle will get 614 attack after power trick. Jolly Terrakion will get 714 attack after a sword dance.Also, I've been inspired by POTW #62, so I'd like to mention Shuckle. Not only are its defensive sets flat-out crippled by low HP and lack of any offense or speed, but even its Power Trick gimmick is terribly, terribly outclassed. At least it can take a hit in NU...sorta. Maybe if it got Slack Off...and Aromatherapy...and a new evo that has HP worth spitting at.
Power trick shuckle is still powerful, but people tend to exaggerate it's power. Also, it's terrible defenses after a power trick will make it darn frail, and it's terrible speed will make it darn easy to revenge kill, if the pokemon it tries to set up on it doesn't KO it first. Trick room? Then you'll getting terrible defenses right before your enemy attacks, and you'll only have so long to sweep, which is especially a pain if your enemy uses clever switching or protect.Raticate looks meh in NU, especially since Swellow is there.Raticate and Golbat have a competitive reason to exist now. Why not Pidgeot?
I'd also count Raticate as a sucky pokemon, even if smogon didn't give it a joke analysis.
I refuse to take Dragonite seriously as either an offensive or defensive threat. I don't know why it has become so widely used. That said, I've had a Mamoswine on my main team ever since I started playing this gen, so that probably has something to do with altering my perception. Stealth Rock + Ice Shard = gg.
Well, I've never actually lost to one, but I carry a defensive Gyarados with Dragon Tail and a scarf Terrakion.
Unfezant is pretty bad off. Not only is it pretty lackluster in comparison to other birds, it doesn't even get Brave Bird or Drill Peck for a Flying STAB. It's a real shame too, because it's Atk and speed aren't half bad.
And if we're taking about in-game stuff only, I've never seen much point in Cell Battery and Absorb Bulb. If it at least activated on Pokemon who have immunity for Electric / Water... but no.
Binding Band and Ring Target are even worse. Absolutely, utterly useless.
Well, yeah, I suppose.I try to keep my Mamoswine alive until their Dragonite is gone, and they try to keep their Dragonite alive until my Mamoswine is gone; winner wins. Isn't that basically the whole competitive meta in a nutshell, mate?
Dragonite is still pretty dangerous, you're probably just prepared. Though just about all good players are prepared for Dragonite, with it's popularity.
Unknown is bad (WOW! Didn't knew that!) But honestly, all Pokes can be used with success, (btw all of them outclass each other, so who cares)you just need to build good team around the poke. (Who cares about your dumb opinion? Not me!)
Edit: Finally! New banner! The Poison one was starting to piss me.
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I'll agree that it should be activated even with immunities. Pokemon like Electivire would really appreciate that.
Nearly anything can sweep under full BP chain, so that point isn't really valid I'm afraid :/Unown can be used with success if it has a well built baton pass chain and a good player behind it.
Ah, I see. Well, if you put it that way...
How about moves like Quash or Bestow? I didn't even know those moves existed until recently lolololo