So here comes our first Community Discussion Article. These articles will be based on group discussion in our community, PokeAustralia, so feel free to join the conversation! The following are just some comments from our members on what they think are the Top 3 Pokemon in VGC for 2013.
1. Cresselia: The best Pokémon in VGC hands down in my eyes, it offers the best support to any team and can fit in to pretty much any team. It also has some useful moves like Sunny Day, Icy Wind, Rest, Thunder Wave and Skill Swap. It generally takes 3 hits to KO it as well. It’s also a great counter to weather with Trick Room and Thunder Wave.
2. Metagross: Easily takes hits from Dragons, destroys Hitmontop and Tyranitar and does a decent amount of damage to Cresselia. It also carries Ice Punch and Trick which are good surprises to carry.
3. Hitmontop: A pretty standard Pokémon. It’s the best Pokémon to lead with as it has the powerful Intimidate ability, and Fake Out support. There isn’t a Pokémon that wont benefit having Hitmontop on their team… unless you are facing Rain teams, in which case you are best off not using it.
The first two don’t need further explaining but the last one does.
3. Politoed: Politoed is so good that it warps the entire format around it. A Water Gem boosted Surf is a horrific meatgrinder that almost no-one wants to be on the other side of. The only thing that commonly resists water in the format are dragons, and most water Pokémon carry Ice moves. You don’t even need a full “rain team”, a Hurricane here or a Waterfall there grant you access to a strong backup plan. This gets even more insane with the release of BW2 now that Hurricane is everywhere. Politoed and Moltres together at last?
1. Tyranitar: Can summon Sandstorm upon entry into battle, which gives it an instant Special Defence boost, allowing it to wall Special Attackers with ease. Best check to Latios, Salamence, Thundurus, plus many more. It also has STAB Crunch that can hit Cresselia hard.
2. Thundurus: Yes, I am serious. It is everywhere on PO/PS at the moment. I love to use it because it can use priority T-wave, and Taunt to stop Trick Room.
3. Cresselia: Does not need explaining.
1. Garchomp: Garchomp is a monster, especially under an expert Trainer’s command. It’s so terrifying that it was considered Uber for over 4 years. But I digress. A base 130 Attack is never something to take lightly, especially coming off from its impressive speed. Dragon Claw/Earthquake/Protect/Substitute is good enough as it is, but thanks to the common sandstorm in VGC ’13, and its ability Sand Veil, it has a 1/4 chance of evading attacks in a sandstorm. Pair that up with Substitute and you better pray you have a super-effective move! Note: Yes, Latios is faster, but he has 5 weaknesses compared to Chomp’s 2. Sometimes speed isn’t everything.
2) Metagross: Not only is Metagross a physical tank, but it’s also a physical powerhouse. Metagross is the perfect Dragon check and can deal with Cresselia and Hitmontop(the two most common Pokémon in VGC). Metagross itself is fairly common though, so here’s a tip: Give him some extra speed so you can out Earthquake your foe’s Metagross.
3) Gastrodon: One uncommon weakness. Bulk. Storm Drain. Scald. I shouldn’t need to write more than that.
1. Heracross – For those who know me, Heracross would not be a surprise. I love Heracross for it’s pretty good offensive typing, two 120bp (base power) STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) moves, and Moxie as a hidden ability. Slap a Choice Scarf and Moxie on a Heracross and you got yourself one of the best revenge killers in the metagame. I have tried to make a team without Heracross in it… It didn’t work, I just had to have Heracross in my team. It’s physically impossible for me to build a team without Heracross.
2. Porygon2 – I also like to call Porygon2 “The more offensive, more bulkier, one weakness Cresselia”. The only thing Cresselia can do that Porygon2 can’t is set up screens. Chris and I have had a small side war over why Cresselia shouldn’t be the superstar people have made it. Porygon2 with it’s eviolite, haxxy tri attack, boltbeam (Ice Beam and Thunderbolt), the only Trick Room setter that isn’t weak to dark or ghost attacks AND a great support movepool. I think that the time of Cresselia will be over when more people try this cyber duck wall. MOVE OVER YOU LUNAR PUNK, PORYGON2 IS HERE!
3. Metagross– Every team needs a steel type pokemon because of their large amount of type resistances (the main resistance you will notice is dragon). Metagross boasts a massive attack stat, decent movepool and after a swagger + lum berry combo a simple bullet punch will punch holes into teams. I really cannot stress how good Metagross, in my eyes this walking super computer has a potential to be more diverse than people want to think.
1. Froslass: Froslass is a huge pain to face with Snow Cloak in the Hail. With good speed and decent Special Attack, Blizzards and Shadow Balls are going to put some real dents in the opponents team. Add the fact that Froslass has access to Destiny Bond, you have one scary Pokemon on your hands. Froslass is only let down by it’s poor defensive stats and typing.
2. Kabutops: Kabutops is a seriously under-rated Rain sweeper, and perhaps the best physical Rain sweeper. It outspeeds Timid max Speed Ludicolo with relative ease, and it has a great base 115 Attack stat. Waterfall and Rock Slide are two great STABs to abuse, the former being boosted by Rain, the latter being able to hit both opposing Pokemon, and both have a chance to flinch, which can turn the battle around in your favour. Kabutops also has X-Scissor, which can hit Grass and Psychic types like Amoonguss and Cresselia for super effective damage, and an increased critical hit chance.
3. Dragonite: Easily the best Trick Room counter. Most Trick Room teams will have their Trick Room starter lead paired with something with Fake Out or Taunt to help ensure they get their Trick Room up straight away. Dragonite gets around this with Inner Focus to avoid the Fake Out flinch, and using Dragon Tail to phaze out the Trick Roomer to get around Taunt. Dragonite can then begin dishing out damage with Dragon Claw, Fire Punch, and Extremespeed.
Do you have a Top 3 in VGC 2013? Feel free to comment below and your Pokemon will be added to our article!