Analysis

VGC19 Sun Series – Solgaleo

Solgaleo, the face of Pokémon Sun and a new monster that has been introduced to the 2019 VGC scene. At first glance, there are a lot of Pokémon that threaten Solgaleo so it may not look as appealing as some other other restricted Pokémon to choose from. But with a base 137 attack stat and the Full Metal Body ability, ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Yveltal

Yveltal premiered alongside Xerneas in Pokémon X&Y as our cover legendaries. In its one other legal format, Yveltal performed adequately. It won the German National Championships under the direction of Arash Ommati, paired alongside Primal Groudon and Jumpluff. Unlike Xerneas, it did not have strong Worlds finishes outside of Sam Pandelis of Australia finishing in the Top 16 with it. ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Kyogre

Kyogre is back with a splash! Despite not being able to use its Primal Reversion in the Sun Series, its regular form has taken the metagame by storm, topping the usage charts of all restricted Pokémon in the first month of VGC19. The combination of Kyogre’s sky high Special Attack stat of 150, Drizzle ability, and its access to strong ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Lunala

Lunala, the Moone Pokémon, and game mascot of Pokémon Moon is one of the newcomers to the VGC scene in the 2019 season. At first, this Pokémon may seem underwhelming, with its Psychic/Ghost typing presenting it with two troublesome 4x weaknesses to Ghost and Dark moves. However, thanks to its high overall stats, ability and wide move pool, Lunala managed to ...

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VGC19 Sun Series – Xerneas

Xerneas has only ever been legal in one VGC format before 2019. For most of 2016, Xerneas was the Pokémon to be and the Pokémon to beat. It dominated at the Regional and National level with 2016 US Nationals being a Xerneas mirror between Chase Lybbert and Aaron Traylor. While it was not as dominant at Worlds (pushed to Top ...

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VGC18 Pokémon Analysis – Volcarona

Written by Zac Emerzian Pokemon Showdown! January Rankings –  Unweighted: 26th (6.47749%) 1500: 22nd (7.23836%) 1630: 20th (8.22456%) 1760: 25th (6.73196%)   Everyone’s favorite fire moth has returned to VGC. However, now more than ever, Volcarona finds stiff competition in the Fire Pokemon department. Much of the Heat Wave spamming limelight was taken by Mega Charizard-Y when X and Y rolled ...

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VGC18 Pokémon Analysis – Tyranitar

Written by Damon Murdoch Championships Battle Season 8 Ranking: 8th Pokemon Showdown! January Rankings –  Unweighted: 12th (11.81300%) 1500: 12th (13.24225%) 1630: 11th (14.52369%) 1760: 11th (15.06136%) Throughout the history of VGC, Tyranitar has frequently been used as a disruptive weather setter to counter strategies such as rain or sun. It also has been used to drive teams built around its ...

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VGC18 Pokémon Analysis – Charizard-Y

Written by Jeremy Gross Championships Battle Season 8 Ranking: 7th Pokemon Showdown! January Rankings –  Unweighted: 7th (17.77703%) 1500: 5th (20.55929%) 1630: 4th (23.11132%) 1760: 7th (21.74931%)   Mega Charizard Y has been one of the top Mega Evolutions in almost every format it has been allowed in (bar the one where it had to compete with Primal Groudon) since its introduction ...

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