Metagross is awesome, although power creep has made it much lower in OU ranks than it was before. In 3rd gen OU it was arguably the best physical attacker together with Tyranitar, Salamence, and Heracross. It's amazing physical bulk, combined with a boatload of resistances and special sweepers still lacking Nasty Plot and Choice Specs made it an incredible force. Whilst even in 3rd gen it lacked super effective coverage, Meteor Mash + EQ + Rock Slide provided 100% neutral coverage and hit hard enough, and Salamence and Tyranitar also didn't have the STAB moves they have today. Since then, Heracross dropped to UU, and TTar and Mence both got great improvements since 3rd gen (like Stone Edge, physical Crunch, and Sandstorm boost for TTar and Outrage, Roost, physical Dragon Claw, and Draco Meteor for Mence), whilst Metagross stayed behind.
Metagross did get some treats. The elemental punches are useful, Pursuit getting physical is useful, Hone Claws and Bullet Punch are good new move options, but Metagross didn't get something nearly as defining as Mence or TTar received. Getting a worthless Dream World ability was just an extra troll. Even at half weight Metagross is still so heavy that it takes Grass Knot and Low Kick at 120 BP, so Light Metal doesn't do anything at all. Always run Clear Body to block Intimidates and random stat drops from stuff like Psychic and Crunch. Especially Intimidate blocking is amazing. Pokémon like Salamence and Gyarados rely on Intimidate to take care of a significant portion of their physical bulk, and Clear Body makes it much harder for them to switch in safely.
Last edited by Sceptile Leaf Blade; 26th November 2012 at 8:48 PM.
Master balls are the cheapest thing ever invented. It's more fun catching everything with balls that can fail. 'caught Latios in the wild without master ball ftw'