Greetings Pokefans! Michael here. I’d like to use my little unrelated to the video slot here to promote Wonder Trade Christmas to all of you. Wonder Trade Christmas is something that’s been done the last few years, where on Christmas Day and the day after, instead of putting crap Pokémon into Wonder Trade, you put good Pokémon, such as version exclusives, hidden ability Pokémon, rare Pokémon, Pokémon with Pokerus, or if you’re feeling really generous, shiny Pokémon. The idea is to be really generous to people who just got the games, but also to the Pokémon community as a whole. So on December 25th and 26th, be sure to Wonder Trade a bunch of awesome Pokémon. I certainly will be! But now onto the video. A couple weeks ago, I made a video called the Top 5 Strongest New Pokémon from Pokémon Sun and Moon.
That video did quite well, but a common criticism of it was that I ranked the Pokémon by base stat total rather than competitive prowess. I did that simply because that’s how I did it in my Top 5 Strongest Pokémon of All Time video, but because of the discussion in the comments, I decided that I actually did want to make a video counting down some of the best new Pokémon for competitive. So in this video, I’m going to count down the Top 10 Most Overpowered New Pokémon from Pokémon Sun and Moon.
This will be based entirely on how good they are in competitive battling, and I’ll cover multiple different metagames, such as Smogon OU, VGC 17, and the Battle Spot. Also as a disclaimer, I’m pretty knowledgeable about competitive but I don’t consider myself an expert, so if you disagree with any of these picks or have any other cool info to add, please let me know in the comments below. I love learning more about all this. So be sure to leave a like and subscribe if you haven’t, and without further ado, here are the Top 10 Overpowered New Pokémon from Pokémon Sun and Moon. Number 10 – Oranguru Oranguru is a Pokémon that I could tell early on was going to be useful in Doubles thanks to its phenomenal ability and signature move Instruct. Oranguru’s best ability is telepathy, which prevents damage from allies in double battles.
This is nice because it lets your spam spread moves like earthquake or surf with no concerns for damaging Oranguru. But in addition to that, Instruct is a phenomenal utility move, allowing you to make your hard hitting partner Pokémon hit twice in one turn. With respectable defenses for longevity, this makes Oranguru a dominant utility Pokémon in various doubles metagames. Number 9 – Alolan Marowak It makes me happy that Alolan Marowak is good, because this thing is really freaking cool. Alolan Marowak is great because it is solid both defensively and offensively. For defenses, it has great defense, alright special defense, three immunities with Lightningrod, and seven resistances. For offense, fire and ghost is great unresisted coverage, and with its signature item the Thick Club, you can double its attack without really taking up an item slot for metagames that ban repeated items since no one else is going to use a thick club.
And the fact that its immune to burns is a great plus as well, since it can’t have its physical attack crippled by the status condition. Number 8 – Minior I was very pleased to discover that Minior is actually good in competitive, since I thought it was going to be super mediocre thanks to the odd gimmick of its shields down ability.
However, this ability can actually be really effective thanks to Shell Smash. How it works is that Minior uses Shell Smash, lowering its defenses but doubling both attacks and its speed. However, thanks to holding a White Herb, the defense drops go away. This also consumes the item, so suddenly Acrobatics has a base power of 110. Once its health drops to below half, you suddenly have a Pokémon with base 100 attack and 120 speed that has doubled both of those stats, allowing for some pretty impressive sweeping capabilities. This set is unfortunately fairly predictable, but I could definitely see it being devastating against less experienced players and certainly in the Battle Tree. Number 7 – Mimikyu Mimikyu is another Pokémon that probably wouldn’t be very great if it weren’t for its ability. Disguise allows Mimikyu to take one direct hit without taking any damage, and when I say direct, I mean it can’t be broken by entry hazards or weather, so if you send it in first, you get a free turn to set up with Swords Dance.
Then you have a respectably fast Pokémon with double the attack, so you can start sweeping with Shadow Sneak, Play Rough, Shadow Claw, and plenty of other moves. I’ve heard of someone using a Mimikyu like this to wreck in the Battle Tree, and I personally plan to try it out at some point. Just have to be wary of Mold Breaker. Number 6 – Tapu Bulu The Tapus are a force to be reckoned with this generation and Tapu Bulu is no exception. With a monstrous base 130 attack stat with a wide physical movepool, Tapu Bulu hits like a truck, especially with a Grassy Terrain boosted Wood Hammer. Plus Grassy Terrain is like a free leftovers, and if you use Horn Leech as well, you can gain back that Wood Hammer recoil damage in no time. It’s speed isn’t great, but it’s also not something to be scoffed at. It’s not the strongest of the Tapus, but it definitely is a force to be reckoned with.
Number 5 – Tapu Koko If you’re in the competitive scene, expect to see this guy everywhere. Tapu Koko is blazingly fast, and while it unfortunately can’t make much use of its base 115 attack due to its limited physical movepool, its base 95 special attack is still solid, and when you have a thunderbolt paired with electric terrain, it’s going to do some seriously strong damage. It also has a lot of other useful special moves, and even a couple physical ones to counter certain Pokémon, so you can be sure Tapu Koko will be quite the offensive threat. And on top of all that, it even gets roost. Few strong offensive Pokémon have reliable recovery, so that’s another positive thing added onto Tapu Koko’s repertoire.
Number 4 – Toxapex You’ve probably heard of how good Toxapex is, and I can attest that this thing can survive almost anything. It has a whopping 8 resistances and only three weaknesses, HUGE base 152 and 142 defenses, and it has access to reliable recovery with Recover. All these things together make Toxapex a spectacular tank. And its abilities are amazing as well! Merciless makes it so every hit on a poisoned foe is critical, which makes whittling down opponents go MUCH faster, and Regenerator is another awesome way to heal this Pokémon easily. No matter what battle format you’re playing, expect Toxapex to be seen and survive quite a lot.
Number 3 – Celesteela Another Pokémon that is great in multiple different metagames is Celesteela. Celesteela, in the words of a SMogon article, is like Ferrothorn but with better stats and Skarmory’s better typing. Steel flying means it is only weak to fire and electric, and with base defenses both over 100 and a high HP stat of 97, this thing can take a lot of hits. But in addition to that, it also gets Heavy Slam, and since this Pokémon is the heaviest of all time, it will hit nearly every other Pokémon with a base 120 power perfectly accurate STAB move with 10 pp. It’s absolutely devastating. If you don’t prepare for Celesteela, it will decimate your team. Number 2 – Tapu Lele Amusingly, the Tapu that looks the weakest in my opinion since it looks the most like a child is actually the strongest of all of them.
With an incredible base 135 special attack and a solid base 95 speed to back it up, Tapu Lele hits VERY hard, especially with the psychic power boost it gets from psychic terrain. That terrain also shuts down priority moves that are strong against it, like Shadow Sneak and Bullet Punch, so Tapu Lele can be used to cripple Pokémon that would normally hurt it a lot. Toss on some Choice Specs or a Choice Scarf, and Tapu Lele will psychically blast away a lot of the competition. Number 1 – Zygarde Complete Zygarde’s Complete form is the only new Pokémon currently banned to the ubers tier other than Solgaleo and Lunala. However, I opted not to include the other two on this list, simply because I think it’s less interesting to discuss Pokémon that are sent to ubers straight from the start because of their box art legendary status. I wanted to discuss Complete Zygarde though, because it was given a chance in OU and was banned quickly, and for good reason. A Zygarde with Power Construct will transform into Zygarde Complete form when its health gets below half, and if it heals its health with Rest or Leftovers, it remains in its complete form.
This is a big deal, since Zygarde Complete form is one of the bulkiest, if not THE bulkiest Pokémon in the entire game. Zygarde Complete’s base HP is 216, the 4th highest in the game. While it does get beat out by Blissey, Chansey, and Guzzlord, those three have poor defenses, whereas Zygarde Complete has base defenses of 121 and 95. If you Rest up and end up with a full health Zygarde Complete, it will be very challenging to kill, even for Ice types. Combine that with base 100 attack and Thousand Arrows, a STAB ground move that can even hit flying foes, you have the most overpowered new Pokémon in the game. No wonder they banned it so quickly. * So there we have it! Those are the Top 10 Most Overpowered New Pokémon from Pokémon Sun and Moon, in a competitive sense. I hope this video gave you some knowledge about some good Pokémon you could try out using. It certainly did for me! What did you think of this video? Do you agree with my list? What are some other new Pokémon you think are phenomenal in competitive? Let me know in the comments below, and if you liked this video be sure to leave a like and if you haven’t already you should definitely subscribe for more fun Pokémon content of all kinds.
All right, that’s all I have for now, so until next time Pokefans…gotta catch them all!.
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