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  1. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #028

    Sableye has an interesting history. Introduced in gen 3, it alongside its version exclusive counterpart Mawile were initially written off as paperweights with weird typing, only to be caught for Pokedex completion sake. Not even being Phoebe's ace in the Elite Four was enough to save Sableye...
  2. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #027

    There is a fine line between being a weird gimmick Pokemon and being completely OP. Palafin fits in the latter category. Switching out and then switching back in is far too easy of a requirement to meet in order to get these crazy offenses, defenses, and priority STAB. Smogon was right to ban...
  3. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #026

    Despite looking menacing, being a badass bat dragon, being Drasna's ace, and its pre-evolution being catchable in a late game cave in gen 6, Noivern is not quite the top tier threat you would think it is. In the anime when Ash had to release his Goodra, Noibat->Noivern served as his...
  4. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #025

    Fun fact, every odd numbered generation has given us a new mushroom Pokemon. Gen 1 had Parasect, Gen 3 had Breloom, Gen 5 had Amoonguss, gen 7 had Shiinotic, and now in gen 9 we have the Tentacruel look alike Toedscruel. The convergent evolution mushrom is something of a mixed bag...
  5. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #024

    Once upon a time Bronzong used to be on top of the world in the competitive world. Despite lacking reliable recovery it was a premier defensive wall no thanks excellent defensive typing, Levitate, and access to a few good status moves. But once gen 6 happened and the type chart changed so that...
  6. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #023

    Altaria is hands down one of my favorite Pokemon not just from gen 3, but of all time. Not by virtue of its stats or competitive value though, since it is arguably the weakest of all the fully evolved Dragon types, but just because I love it's design. It's a giant blue bird with clouds for...
  7. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #022

    Whenever a new generation comes down the pipe you can always bank on a few certainties. There will always be two box legendarys, there will always be three starters of the Grass, Fire, and Water types respectively, there will always be a starter Bug type, there will always be a pseudo-legendary...
  8. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #021

    Divine Retribution said more about Toxapex than I ever could about how much of defensive tank it is what with high defenses, access to a myriad of poisoning options while being immune to poison itself, recovery options in its movepool and abilities, and just being impossible to take down. So...
  9. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #020

    Tauros has an interesting history with the Pokemon franchise. In the anime it was known as the Pokemon that Ash suddenly owned dozens of without any explanation as to how no thanks to the banned Safari Zone episode, and in the competitive scene it used to be the undisputed king of gen 1 with...
  10. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #019

    I'm going to be honest, the whole reason I got Violet version over Scarlet was because of this cool and edgy swordsman. Just when you thought Corviknight was the pinnacle of badass and edginess, this ghost knight of vengeance with flaming swords for hands comes into the picture. Ceruledge is...
  11. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #018

    Let's be honest, the only reason we registered Hiker Parry's number back in gen 2 was in the hopes he would call about a Marill swarm rather than him going on and on about his Onyx. You would think with Pikablue practically being the gen 2 mascot and it's early intro in gen 1 that it would be...
  12. XaelOstigian

    If a Pokemon is bulky and has access to a recovery move, it is never not a good idea. Granted I...

    If a Pokemon is bulky and has access to a recovery move, it is never not a good idea. Granted I do not think Clodsire would be a good choice for raids. Raids are better suited to hyper-offensive mons that can chip away at those absurdly high HP pools. But TLDR, I do recommend a Clodsire with...
  13. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #016

    Clodsire is just...perfection. We all wondered what P. Wooper's evolution would look like, but Clodsire surpassed all expectations both aesthetically and competitively. Not only is Clodsire a great defensive tank with access to Toxic, Curse, entry hazards, recovery, and two great abilities...
  14. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #015

    Try looking on sites like Smogon which have a very dedicated community of competitive players that all like to come up with unique sets and ask the in-depth questions about Pokemon viability. They are bigger and more precise than Serebii, but can be a little stand-offish with users that don't...
  15. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #015

    Sea Saurian Sun Sweeper Ability: Protosynthesis Item: Life Orb Nature: Timid EVs: (HP 4) (Sp. Attack 252) (Speed 252) Tera Type: Poison Moves: Sunny Day Draco Meteor Hydro Steam Flamethrower/Tera Blast Set Details: Out for only a week and Walking Wake is already a stellar threat and even a...
  16. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #013

    My bad.
  17. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #013

    Can we all agree that Charizard has been done to death? Yeah it's a cool fire breathing dragon (Isn't actually a Dragon type), but that's about it in terms of novelty. In competitive tiers, Charizard has fluctuated greatly between being a juggernaut offensive drake and a paper dragon. The...
  18. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #012

    Technically it still has access to Charge Beam. Not exactly reliable, but still a niche option.
  19. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #012

    After a prolonged stint as a gen 5 Magikarp, once Tynamo levels up enough and gets its hand on a Thunder Stone, it finally rises to its full potential while still holding the unique title of being the only Pokemon with zero type weaknesses. I find this monster terrifying on a personal level...
  20. XaelOstigian

    Community POTW #011

    When images of Maushold's pre-evolution Tandemaus were revealed alongside Nacli and Squakability, most Pokemon fans wrote it off as another generic rodent Pokemon in terms of design and use. And when its stats were revealed it seemed those suspicions were confirmed since aside from its speed...