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By SimonFlash
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⚡ Competitive Pixelmon ⚡

- Official Tier List -


Greetings all! My name is Simon, and on behalf of the PixelmonMod Team I present to you the newest project to enter the competitive field - the creation of an official Pixelmon tier list.

In the interests of making this thread easy to read, navigate, and understand for competitive and non-competitive players alike, I have divided the thread into organized sections with individual chapters. If you notice an error, please reference the section and chapter the error is found in so I can fix it in no time!

This project is designed to involve the community along every step of the process. Members of the community are encouraged to participate in tier discussion and, at times, suspect tests. Without a doubt, this is an ongoing project - so stay tuned for consistent updates, announcements, and community projects!

Without further ado, I present to you the Official Pixelmon Tier Lists!



Introduction to Tier Lists


Before getting started, it's important to understand the concepts of competitive play. This section is designed to introduce the concept of tier lists to newer players as well as familiarize competitive battlers with the precedent used to establish them.

Competitive Terms You Should Know

In order to understand why tier lists exist and how to create one, we should understanding the base concepts of competitive play that form a need for such as tier system to be implemented.

Let's start by defining balance - the ultimate goal of having a tier system. Balance is the idea that both competitors have a fair (but not necessarily equal) chance of winning that allows for a variety of strategies to be executed effectively. Not all teams will be equal going into the battle, but each competitive starts off on the same playing field through teambuilding. If only one or two strategies ever worked in battles, the game is said to be broken - though everyone can use them, it isn't very fun as it lacks diversity. This concept of balance is effectively known as 'perfect imbalance' were battling is imbalanced just enough to allow for a variety of play styles to be used.

Surprisingly, next we need to define the rules themselves. In competitive play, most players follow a set of rules agreed upon beforehand that regulate what can and can't be done during battle, called clauses. Currently, the 6 clauses are Species, Sleep, Evasion, OKOH, Moody, and Baton Pass (not all are self-explanatory, and Endless Battle has been excluded). Clauses are established when a move or strategy, such as boosting evasion, changes the metagame too much and leads to unbalanced battles. Each tier also has a specific banlist, which prevents certain moves, items, and other competitive aspects from being used in that tier.

Moving on, it's no surprise to say that pokemon are different, and some are better than others on the field. In competitive play, we refer to the primary purpose of a pokemon as it's role. For example, a pokemon with a high special attack, such as Mewtwo, often has a role as a special sweeper. Some of the common roles are Sweeper, Bulk/Tank, Wall, Wallbreaker, Setup, Support, and Pivot.

As you can certainly imagine, not all pokemon are made equal. A Pokemon X that can almost always defeat Pokemon Y under any circumstances is said to counter Pokemon Y. A Pokemon X that checks Pokemon Y will lose normally, but may defeat Pokemon Y under specific circumstances such as if Pokemon Y is burned, stealth rocks is active, or through damage roll. It is essential to understand the difference between checks and counters as they are critical to knowing how competitive tiers are formed. It should also be noted that the terms soft check and hard check refer to check and counter respectively, but for purpose of clarity those terms won't be used.

On the battlefield, you'll often find pokemon that are difficult for your team to defeat. Pokemon that aren't easily beaten by your team are called threats. Typically, a Pokemon X is a threat if your team has no more than one counter to Pokemon X, or if less than half of your team can check Pokemon X. Battling is extremely circumstantial, so these rough definitions may not apply in all situations - work to develop your own understanding of what poses a threat to your team, and you'll be a stronger battler because of it.

If your team has too many threats, your likely having an issue with teambuilding. The way that your pokemon function together as a team to defeat the opposing team is known as synergy. Good team synergy will reduce the number of threats you have while providing a variety of checks and counters to common pokemon in that metagame. Generally, teams with a variety of roles and types have stronger synergy.

What Defines a Tier?

Smogon's tier list is built around the OU (OverUsed) Tier. The OU Tier is defined based on the probability of usage, which is simply put a lot of math. In laymans terms, a pokemon is in the OU tier if it's used on roughly 3.5% of teams and has about a 50% chance to be seen in 20 battles. Even so, what exactly is a tier supposed to be?

A tier is a set of pokemon that are roughly equal in competitive ability as determined by their usage. The goal of using a tier system is to allow all pokemon to participate in battle without providing a severe disadvantage to one side. While hard to understand, tiers attempt to balance the metagame and determine what should and shouldn't be allowed in certain levels of battle in order to lower the chances of 'op' or 'cheap' strategies appearing in battle.

Smogon currently endorses 5 tiers - Ubers, OverUsed, UnderUsed, RarelyUsed, and NeverUsed. BorderLine is a 'sub-tier' that lies between all tiers except Ubers and OU in the form of BL1 between OU and UU, BL2 between UU and RU, and BL3 between RU and NU. Tiers can get to be complicated (especially with all the other metagames), so we’ll stick to the main 5 for now.

With that being said, that's all the base knowledge you need to know to get started!



Developing Tier Lists


Tiers are always changing, and it's not the easiest thing to explain how pokemon are placed into tiers. This section attempts to explain the general idea of placing pokemon into tiers and well as outlines the method we'll be using to develop our own tier lists.

Placing Pokemon in Tiers

The tier in which a pokemon resides changes over time and grows with the metagame, as do the pokemon themselves. In order to address the changing times and place pokemon in their correct tiers, we look at suspect tests. A 'suspect' is any aspect of competitive play (pokemon, move, item, etc.) that may benefit competitive play by being moved or implemented in another tier. In other words, A suspect is simply anything that would improve gameplay for a tier if added or removed from the tiers banlist.

Cyclical imbalance is the idea that players build their teams to beat the most current threats in the metagame, which in causes old threats to 'phase out' and new ones to develop. While this idea is perfectly normal and healthy for a game, sometimes it becomes stuck when something is just too overpowered. For example, Mega Rayquaza was the first pokemon to be banned from the Ubers tier (a banlist from OU itself) because it broke the metagame to a point where cyclical imbalance couldn't restore it. The key is versatility - it becomes necessary to make a gameplay chance to restore balance when the metagame becomes dominant around a certain feature, in this case defeating Mega Rayquaza, for too long.

So what does make a pokemon in a certain tier? It's impossible to say, but in general pokemon that have strong sets, act as checks or counters to common threats, serve as a threat to common pokemon, provide a unique role to a team, and having good synergy within the majority of teams are placed in the OU tier. Each of the other tiers are built around OU, so for a better explanation please check the resource section at the bottom of this thread for Smogon's explanation of tier placement.

Guidelines for Tier Construction

In the interest of keeping this project organized, I'd like to propose the following guidelines or postulates, if you will, that we'll be using to establish the Official Pixelmon Tier Lists.

1: To delineate between Smogon Tiers and Pixelmon Tiers, the abbreviations of Sm and Pm will be added before the tier name. Therefore, SmUbers is the Smogon Uber Tier while PmRU is the Pixelmon Rarely Used Tier.

2: All Smogon Clauses are to remain the same provided that they function as intended. An additional 'Bugged Clause' will be added that prevents all features that do not work as intended from being used. A delineation between buffed features and debuffed features may also be specified.

3: The tier list will be centered around the PmOU Tier as standard competitive pokemon. PmUbers is therefore defined as pokemon too overpowed to be used, while PmUU through PmNU is categorized as pokemon that are less used than the pokemon in the tier higher. The PmNU tier may be separated into separate PmNU and PmPU tiers at a later time.

4: Tier lists will resign in either an 'Editing' or 'Sealed' status. When a tier is in Editing mode, changes may be made to the tier without a vote being conducted on said change, but changes must be documented and posted for community review. During a Sealed state, all changes must receive a 2/3 majority vote by the community over one week's time. A tier will only have an Editing status when significant changes to the metagame have occurred, such as an update with a large amount of new pixelmon.

5: Responses to this thread should be related to the project as a whole to remain on-topic (such as project suggestions or policy changes) . Discussion on the placement of pixelmon, items, or abilities should take place in a relevant active Suspect Test or, if none exists, a separate discussion thread to keep thoughts organized.

Weekly Focus

Each Friday, I will be updating this thread with a new focus for the next week. Past and present focuses will all be listed below with the most current (aka active) focus at the top.

Sep.23: Finalize the PmOU and PmUber tiers; begin constructing PmUU tier[i]
Sep.16: [i]begin constructing the PmOU and PmUber tiers


At the end of the week, I will take all of the changes made to the tiers and post them on the forums for review by the community. This process will be explained in more detail when we get closer to the first review phase.



Types of Discussion


There are two main types of community discussion that affect the tier lists - formal and informal.

Formal Discussion

Any change made to the an existing tier list or the project as a whole requires a formal discussion thread, or an official thread from the Competitive Team specifically designed to discuss the change and vote on a solution. All formal discussion threads must include a community vote that is open for at least one week's time prior to accepting or rejecting the change. If a change is rejected, a one month waiting period (starting from the last day of the vote) must be met prior to opening a new formal discussion thread so a new vote may be held. If a 2/3 majority is not met by the end of the first week, the vote may be extended by up to an additional week.

A Policy Change is any form of revision to the structure of the tier lists or the methods used to create and maintain them. After receiving a suggestion for a policy change, the Competitive Team will either approve, deny, or table it. Approved suggestions are brought out to the community shortly for official discussion, while denied ones are left to informal discussion until they receive significant support or fall off. Most suggestions are tabled for a later time for a variety of reasons, typically because we don't have the resources to process it or we aren't far along enough in development to propose such a change.

A Suspect Test is a research, discussion, and voting process regarding an aspect of competitive play that would improve the game by adding or removing that aspect to a tier's banlist. Changes in one area of the tier lists can have a significant effect on other, so it's important to consider the implications before voting. Tier discussions go a mile a minute, so keep track of the conversation as there are sure to be new consequences (good and bad) that should be factored into your final decision and always have an open mind!

Informal Discussion

The remainder of community discussion falls under informal discussion, which is discussion that does not directly result in an official change to the OPTL. In other words, if it is not posted by the Competitive Team or does not contain an official vote it falls under informal discussion. Because this thread does not contain an official vote, any discussion is informal can cannot result in a change without a formal thread as well.



Understanding the Database


In order to keep track of all the changing variables involved in such a project, I've created a spreadsheet database of all GenV Pokemon for easy access. This section explains the general formatting of the database and how to use it successfully.

Official Pixelmon Tier Lists Database: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing

Navigating the Database

The Database uses a very specific organization system that relies on fairly complex formatting. Once understood, the system becomes so easy to navigate that you'll wonder why you'd ever use anything else.

Pokemon are typically sorted by their National Dex number and appear in two styles. Pokemon that are underlined Blue are already in Pixelmon and contain a hyperlink to their page on the PixelmonMod Wiki. Pokemon that are not yet in Pixelmon are colored White.

Next to each pokemon is it's SmTier according to the GenV Smogon Pokedex. Pokemon without a SmTier are either LittleCup or in no tier at all.

The PmTier column is one of the more complicated sections to understand due to the semi-complex color code used, explained below.

Green: Lower limit for proposed tier suggestions
Blue: Upper limit for proposed tier suggestions
Orange: Proposed tier suggestion under discussion
Yellow: Proposed tier suggestion awaiting approval
Red: Reserved for Suspect Tests when sealed
Purple: Denotes a tier placement with special circumstances
Black: Approved tier placement ready for action!

The Notes section lists important information about that pokemon to help determine what tier it should be in. In some cases, Pokemon might have multiple tier locations depending on the set they are using.

Finally, the last section that looks like a bunch of random numbers is for various sorts. Each sort divides the list into being organized by National Dex number, alphabetical order, or by Sm/Pm Tier. Typically, the database will remain sorted by National Dex number.

Using the Database

Using the database is a walk in the park! Look for pokemon that are either without a tier (and in Pixelmon!) or have a Green, Blue, or Orange colored tier. If you have something you'd like to add about that pokemon's placement, simply create a comment in the Notes section using either the Comments are in the top-right or by right clicking and selecting 'Insert Comment'. I'll get a notification, and I'll be able to get a response back to you in no time!

If you want to talk about a certain pokemon in more detail, feel free to create a thread about it on the forums. From there, other users (myself included) can post their own thoughts and opinions on the pokemon, and I'll be adding notes into the database throughout the process. When we've come to a conclusion, that tier moves out of discussion and into the approval process starting on the next Friday. If all goes well, that tier becomes finalized and your suggestion is now permanent for all to see!

Don't be afraid to add in some comments to the database, especially if you notice a mistake. It's a team effort, so it's essential that we get as many people as we can involved in the process as it's literally one of the largest changes to Pixelmon in a long time!



Active Tier Lists


Pixelmon 4.2.7 Tier Lists
Spoiler:
Coming soon...


Resources & Knowledge Base


Resources Used

Intro to Competitive: http://www.smogon.com/dp/articles/intro_comp_pokemon
Terms & Definitions: http://www.smogon.com/dp/articles/pokemon_dictionary
Clauses & Banlists: http://www.smogon.com/bw/banlist/
Smogon Tiers: http://www.smogon.com/xyhub/tiers
Suspect Tests: http://www.smogon.com/smog/issue6/suspect

Helpful Links

Official Pixelmon Tier Lists Database: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
PixelmonMod Wiki: http://pixelmonmod.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
Pokemon Showdown: http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/
Basic Teambuilding: http://www.smogon.com/smog/issue28/teambuilding
Teambuilding Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98NpL76KNhI



Closing Thoughts


This project is one that takes a lot of time and dedication, and it is my belief that it's exactly what the Competitive Pixelmon community needs to get our name known. The best way you can help the project is to share this threads with other community members and participate in putting together the Official Pixelmon Tier Lists. Until the next update, Game On!



Written by Simon_Flash | Last Updated Sep.23 2016
Last edited by SimonFlash on 23 Sep 2016 12:33, edited 5 times in total. Reason: Discussion Types, New Weekly Focus
By JeanMarc1
#187029 Don't know if the thread is left open on purpose, but I thought I'd give some feedback about the idea.

First of all, I'm very glad to see an official effort at making a tier list. I've seen a few ones before, heck, I attempted making one myself, but in general, the discussion for those tier lists are limited to handful of players, which in general doesn't give a good representation of a metagame, even if said players are skilled. Creating an official tier list with the help of the community is something that's pretty awesome, and can't wait to see where it's going to end up.

Now, here's a few issues with discussions on the metagame:
-People in general that will be discussing the tier list will have backgrounds from different backgrounds. While it can have an advantage, in general, since servers have different spawn rates for legendaries or hidden abilities, different kinds of playerbases, different competitive communities and different breeding times. Because of that, competitive communities aren't as developed as we could wish, and doesn't have as good as a reference as smogon.
-No easy way to test theory easily in mid-big scale. Smogon's data for usage rates have been taken directly from Pokemon Showdown. They've been able to take the amount of pokemon used in every game, and scale the usage rate based on player ratings, as in, a pokemon used by a higher ranked player would be worth more than a base ranking player, to prevent people to skew number, like trying to put Magikarp into OU with a bunch of alt accounts. We don't have a place where people can build their teams and easily battle with a team without starting over on a new server, we don't have server that lets people build teams as simply as on showdown, so most of the tiers would be determined with theory, which wouldn't be all that representative.
-Versions coming out with new feautres and new Pokemon change the metagame very quickly, which would sometimes make tiers change quite a bit very quickly. As some major Pokemon from the gen 5 meta aren't present and makes some pokemon less useful as they could be, and make others much better. While it isn't necessarily soemthing stopping from making a tier list, it's something to consider as they're being made.
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By SimonFlash
#187037
JeanMarc1 wrote:
Spoiler:
Don't know if the thread is left open on purpose, but I thought I'd give some feedback about the idea.

First of all, I'm very glad to see an official effort at making a tier list. I've seen a few ones before, heck, I attempted making one myself, but in general, the discussion for those tier lists are limited to handful of players, which in general doesn't give a good representation of a metagame, even if said players are skilled. Creating an official tier list with the help of the community is something that's pretty awesome, and can't wait to see where it's going to end up.

Now, here's a few issues with discussions on the metagame:
-People in general that will be discussing the tier list will have backgrounds from different backgrounds. While it can have an advantage, in general, since servers have different spawn rates for legendaries or hidden abilities, different kinds of playerbases, different competitive communities and different breeding times. Because of that, competitive communities aren't as developed as we could wish, and doesn't have as good as a reference as smogon.
-No easy way to test theory easily in mid-big scale. Smogon's data for usage rates have been taken directly from Pokemon Showdown. They've been able to take the amount of pokemon used in every game, and scale the usage rate based on player ratings, as in, a pokemon used by a higher ranked player would be worth more than a base ranking player, to prevent people to skew number, like trying to put Magikarp into OU with a bunch of alt accounts. We don't have a place where people can build their teams and easily battle with a team without starting over on a new server, we don't have server that lets people build teams as simply as on showdown, so most of the tiers would be determined with theory, which wouldn't be all that representative.
-Versions coming out with new feautres and new Pokemon change the metagame very quickly, which would sometimes make tiers change quite a bit very quickly. As some major Pokemon from the gen 5 meta aren't present and makes some pokemon less useful as they could be, and make others much better. While it isn't necessarily soemthing stopping from making a tier list, it's something to consider as they're being made.

Each of these are valid concerns, and while I do have solutions for a majority of them it's never going to be perfect. The most important aspect of this project is to have group participation. Not only does it make things go faster, but it also helps to prevent a couple people (myself in particular) from dominating the project. This will help reduce the impact of these issues to the best of our ability.

First, the thread is meant to be open so members of the community like yourself can post their questions, comments, and concerns. I'm sure there's something I haven't considered, which is why having that support is crucial to the success of this endeavor.

We're going to have to start by stating that any server using this tier system allows players to obtain all pixelmon, moves, items, etc. We also have to ignore the rarity of the pixelmon at most times and varying ivs and such, otherwise it just becomes too complicated. Furthermore, we can use tier banlists to change the tier of a pixelmon depending on if it has it's hidden ability or not. For example, Speed Boost Blaziken (HA) might be PmUbers while Blaze Blaziken might be PmUU.

Once we have a complete tier list created (v1), it is my goal to do everything in my power to add a Pixelmon metagame to Pokemon Showdown. While it's easier said than done, having been in competitive play for years I have a variety of well know contacts within Smogon. It's sort of like the end goal of champions, but nothing's impossible!

The missing pokemon (and some broken features) is the primary reason why we can't import the GenV tier lists and start from there if not use it entirely. This drastically changes the metagame, and that's why I need as many people to help with the project as possible. I'm well familiar with GenVI, so I might be thinking of a pokemon as UU when it should be OU because threats such as Excadrill and Diggersby can't do any damage (they aren't in game) and it's no longer walled by Ferrothorn (also not in game).

Overall, there's no 'perfect solution'. It's my job to get things started with making a tier system that works for most. Servers are welcome to make their own changes depending on their situation, but at some point I would like this system to be standard on most competitive servers. For the meantime, the project serves as a good way to get the competitive Pixelmon community unified and growing.

~Simon
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By urbymine
#187069 looking forward to this, willing to help, been around since late 2012~ and got quite some knowledge on pixelmon specific meta.
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By Geodude671
#187105 For reference, here are all Pokemon that are currently implemented in 4.3.x/5.x Beta 9 in their respective Smogon tiers:

Uber | Show
    Blaziken
    Groudon
    Ho-Oh
    Kyogre
    Lugia
    Mewtwo
    Rayquaza
OU (Overused) | Show
    Alakazam
    Blissey
    Breloom
    Celebi
    Cloyster
    Donphan
    Dragonite
    Dugtrio
    Espeon
    Forretress
    Gengar
    Gliscor
    Gyarados
    Infernape
    Jolteon
    Lucario
    Magnezone
    Mamoswine
    Metagross
    Ninetales
    Politoed
    Reuniclus
    Salamence
    Scizor
    Skarmory
    Starmie
    Tentacruel
    Tyranitar
    Vaporeon
    Venusaur
    Volcarona
BL (Borderline) | Show
(basically the "Ubers" of UU)
    Chandelure
    Chansey
    Staraptor
    Wobbuffet
UU (Underused) | Show
    Arcanine
    Azumarill
    Bisharp
    Blastoise
    Crobat
    Empoleon
    Flygon
    Gligar
    Heracross
    Hitmontop
    Honchkrow
    Houndoom
    Kingdra
    Krookodile
    Machamp
    Mew
    Milotic
    Mismagius
    Nidoking
    Nidoqueen
    Porygon-Z
    Porygon2
    Raikou
    Registeel
    Rhyperior
    Roserade
    Sableye
    Sharpedo
    Slowbro
    Snorlax
    Suicune
    Swampert
    Togekiss
    Umbreon
    Weavile
    Xatu
    Yanmega
    Zapdos
    Zoroark
BL2 | Show
    Venomoth
RU (Rarely used) | Show
    Absol
    Aerodactyl
    Aggron
    Archeops
    Clefable
    Crawdaunt
    Crustle
    Drapion
    Electivire
    Entei
    Feraligatr
    Gallade
    Galvantula
    Hitmonchan
    Hitmonlee
    Kabutops
    Klinklang
    Lanturn
    Magmortar
    Magneton
    Medicham
    Moltres
    Omastar
    Poliwrath
    Quagsire
    Qwilfish
    Rhydon
    Sceptile
    Scyther
    Slowking
    Smeargle
    Steelix
    Typhlosion
    Whimsicott
BL3 | Show
    Jynx
    Scolipede
NU (Never used) | Show
    Altaria
    Ampharos
    Armaldo
    Bastiodon
    Braviary
    Camerupt
    Carracosta
    Charizard
    Cradily
    Ditto
    Drifblim
    Duosion
    Dwebble
    Electabuzz
    Electrode
    Exeggutor
    Gardevoir
    Gigalith
    Golbat
    Golem
    Golurk
    Haunter
    Kadabra
    Kangaskhan
    Klang
    Lapras
    Magmar
    Metang
    Miltank
    Misdreavus
    Ninjask
    Piloswine
    Pineco
    Pinsir
    Primeape
    Regice
    Regirock
    Riolu
    Roselia
    Samurott
    Serperior
    Tangela
    Tauros
    Wartortle
    Weezing
    Wynaut
    Zangoose
BL4 | Show
Nothing currently.
PU (That stinks) | Show
    Arbok
    Ariados
    Articuno
    Beedrill
    Bellossom
    Butterfree
    Chatot
    Combusken
    Corsola
    Delcatty
    Delibird
    Dewgong
    Dodrio
    Dragonair
    Dunsparce
    Emolga
    Farfetch'd
    Fearow
    Flareon
    Furret
    Girafarig
    Glaceon
    Golduck
    Granbull
    Hypno
    Jumpluff
    Kingler
    Lairon
    Lampent
    Leafeon
    Leavanny
    Ledian
    Lunatone
    Luxray
    Machoke
    Magcargo
    Mantine
    Marowak
    Meganium
    Mightyena
    Minun
    Mr. Mime
    Muk
    Munchlax
    Murkrow
    Natu
    Noctowl
    Octillery
    Pachirisu
    Parasect
    Pelipper
    Persian
    Pidgeot
    Pikachu
    Plusle
    Raichu
    Rampardos
    Rapidash
    Raticate
    Regigigas
    Seadra
    Seaking
    Seviper
    Shedinja
    Shelgon
    Shiftry
    Shuckle
    Sneasel
    Solrock
    Stantler
    Sudowoodo
    Sunflora
    Togetic
    Torterra
    Tropius
    Unown
    Ursaring
    Victreebel
    Vileplume
    Wailord
    Walrein
    Wigglytuff
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By Geodude671
#187109 Now talking about moving Pokemon between tiers: I believe Golduck should be moved to BL4, as it is one of if not the most versatile Pokemon in the PU tier. It sets the 85 Speed tier as the key tier to outpace, its Scarf set is an excellent revenge killer especially against the weather sweepers that are so popular in SmPU due to its decent Sp. Atk and Cloud Nine ability, and Scarf Cloud Nine Golduck outspeeds every Chlorophyll and Swift Swim user in the tier. Jumpluff, Mantine, and Leafeon cower in fear of its powerful Ice Beam or HP Electric. Its Life Orb set is also very potent, as is the Calm Mind set. It also has Encore to disrupt opposing setup and provide time for your own setup. Ironically, it is one of the few Water Pokemon that can function well in the sun, thanks to its Cloud Nine ability. Golduck is very easy to fit on any team. Its biggest counter in SmPU is Rotom-F, which is not yet implemented in Pixelmon, meaning no true counter to Golduck exists in PmPU. It is for these reasons that I think Golduck should be banned.
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By urbymine
#187114 I think it would be best to start from top to bottom, as ubers are considered ' to strong' for any other tier, OU and BL are to OP for UU ect...

since we don't have a usage statistic on each pokemon, nor do we have a good way of obtaining one (other than organising a pixelmon lobby in showdown and having people compete there and submit their usage stats). The best way of making a tierlist would be to get a list of all the pokemon pixelmon doesn't have each in their tier.
For example, pokemon that check/counter pokemon that aren't in the mod, are less usefull, while pokemon that got countered by that pokemon could move up because their treat is not in the game yet.
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By SimonFlash
#187139
Geodude671 wrote:
Spoiler:
Now talking about moving Pokemon between tiers: I believe Golduck should be moved to BL4, as it is one of if not the most versatile Pokemon in the PU tier. It sets the 85 Speed tier as the key tier to outpace, its Scarf set is an excellent revenge killer especially against the weather sweepers that are so popular in SmPU due to its decent Sp. Atk and Cloud Nine ability, and Scarf Cloud Nine Golduck outspeeds every Chlorophyll and Swift Swim user in the tier. Jumpluff, Mantine, and Leafeon cower in fear of its powerful Ice Beam or HP Electric. Its Life Orb set is also very potent, as is the Calm Mind set. It also has Encore to disrupt opposing setup and provide time for your own setup. Ironically, it is one of the few Water Pokemon that can function well in the sun, thanks to its Cloud Nine ability. Golduck is very easy to fit on any team. Its biggest counter in SmPU is Rotom-F, which is not yet implemented in Pixelmon, meaning no true counter to Golduck exists in PmPU. It is for these reasons that I think Golduck should be banned.

SmPU is one of the tiers that was created after the release of GenVI, and as such doesn't have an accurate GenV metagame. I'd be interested in creating a PmPU tier at a later time, but as urbymine said below it's best to start from top to bottom. Don't worry, we'll get there soon!
urbymine wrote:
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I think it would be best to start from top to bottom, as ubers are considered ' to strong' for any other tier, OU and BL are to OP for UU ect...

since we don't have a usage statistic on each pokemon, nor do we have a good way of obtaining one (other than organising a pixelmon lobby in showdown and having people compete there and submit their usage stats). The best way of making a tierlist would be to get a list of all the pokemon pixelmon doesn't have each in their tier.
For example, pokemon that check/counter pokemon that aren't in the mod, are less usefull, while pokemon that got countered by that pokemon could move up because their treat is not in the game yet.

Very true! I've actually compiled a complete list of all GenV pokemon that shows what tier they are in as well as if they are in Pixelmon. I haven't created all of the different sorts I would like to yet, but it's coming along nicely and will be a bit help for keeping track of everything. I've set it so all users can post comments, so feel free to make a note about something you'd like to be in there!

Official Pixelmon Tier Lists Database: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
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By Demoonic
#187162 I think the Pixelmon tiers should give pokemon like Chatot and others a chance to thrive in the higher tiers. Chatot, a PU Pokemon, has a signature move, as you all may know, which is Chatter. Smogon decided to ban Chatot's signature move, but not Chatot itself, which essentially took away its competitive ability, and its only chance of moving up from PU. I think that the Pixelmon tiers should stray from this path, and instead of limiting Pokemon that have a broken move or ability, just ban them from that tier instead of making them unable to move up. Thanks :]
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By Geodude671
#187166 [quote=SimonFlash] SmPU is one of the tiers that was created after the release of GenVI[/quote]
Actually, XY is when PU became an official tier. It still existed unofficially for a few years before that, including for a significant amount of time in BW.