I don't think it is necessary to have separate entries for Poliwag at least. Cons: weak to water grass and ground attacks, which are more common than its other weaknesses fighting, steel and bug. It also obtains super effective coverage on three gym leaders pre-e4. Also, Perfect Cell - it doesn't matter if Misdreavus has a good match-up against Whitney; you can't get Misdreavus before Whitney other than by trading. He can run Psychic and Grass sets that are viable in solo raids, but there are better options.
For those of you unsure on what these terms mean, this article will clear it up. Using Vine Whip for so long gets annoying, but it gets the job done when it's needed. The Pokemon Company declared a yearlong celebration of legendary Pokemon for 2018, and it seems clear the Tier 5 raid train will continue to chug along. Matchups- You don't get to face anyone else by this time except for Red. Mid-tier is appropriate for Chikorita. Unlike all the other Tiers, this one isn't abbreviated as anything. Smeargle can learn any move it wants, but it's extremely painful to do so once every ten levels with no move tutor and no double battles to copy partner attacks.
I think a more appropriate tier for Chikorita would be mid. Red Gyarados Availability: Required event Stats: Above Average Movepool: Above Average Additional Comments: The Red Gyarados rolls around at about the same level or higher than the rest of your team. This Tier is one of the largest, being composed of all the Pokemon that failed to be recognized as strong enough for the UnderUsed Tier and above. Might beat the other Dragonair if it tries and misses Slam a lot. These Pokemon are the most used Pokemon in all of the Meta Game, primarily because of the strength they possess.
Can soak up a Psychic but can't do much back. Matchups are pretty much Falkner, Bugsy, Chuck, Pryce, Will, Lance, Blue, Red, Misty, Brock's fossils, and Janine. Blaine: Nope Blue: Loses to Pidgeot, Rhydon and Arcanine. Alolan Exeggutor does better in those matchups. Other than that Machoke could be used to switch in and take an attack while you heal yor other Pokemon.
Can easily deal good amounts of damage and take a hit or two, but no more than that. It becomes fairly useless after a while, until it finally evolves into Ampharos and immediately gets ThunderPunch. By limiting this environment it allows for a balanced Metagame whilst granting a different experience to standard play. Pokemon found here are too strong for the RarelyUsed Tier, but are still too weak to be deemed worthy of the UnderUsed Tier. Surf + Ice Punch is about all it needs -Power: Fairly strong, gets some powerful moves early.
Generally speaking, Borderline doesn't have a true battling Metagame, rather its where 'Underused standards' are placed. Examples including Poliwag and Growlithe being available much earlier in Crystal. Do we have separate entries for things like this? Surge: Earthquake, clean win Sabrina: Even match Janine: clean win Erika: lol Misty: Thunderpunch can beat the less defensive mons, Misty wins Brock: The ones with good defense win, but Omastar and Kabutops lose Blaine: Earthquake, clean win Blue: Advantage on Pidgeot, gyarados, exeggutor, neutral vs Arcanine and Alakazam but can win more often vs arcanine, loses to rhydon Great special attack and usable speed. Even after the first half of the gyms, it does great in the Team Rocket Portions of the game and walls Rattata and Zubat all day. It is also weak to what is probably the least common attacking type in-game, Ground. I know beating the in-game story in pokemon isn't extremely difficult or anything but I still think it would help to know which pokemon are useful for the story and which aren't. Rayquaza is also the current top Flying attacker with its double Flying moveset.
Jasmine: Killed by Thunderbolt and Iron Tail will take it out quickly. Brock: Sweeps if you give it Giga Drain which isn't unreasonable because it isn't that valuable. It also take some effort to find and train. But this leaves me with a question. It rarely hits for effective damage, but Dragon moves are seldom resisted.
Misty: Starmie and Lapras beat it easily sadly. Ditto is so terrible it needs no explanation. As time goes by, Bellsprout stays useful by learning Sleep Powder! It might beat Xatu though, since none of them have Flying attacks. Pryce: Killed by the Ice attacks. Oh, and by the way, I think Smeargle and Ditto should be bottom tier for obvious reasons.
. Another Psychic-type boss should mean some familiar counters but some newcomers from Gen 4 and the stat rebalance have joined the Attackers Tier List this month. It's better as a Poison attacker, but Poison is far worse as an attacking type. However, pidgey has pretty similar attack and special attack and there are move options for both, too. No real clear bias against the others but will lose most likely. Expect to keep seeing Kyogre as the top counter for any Pokemon weak to Water. Also fares poorly against Team Rocket members.
One of those guidelines is the division of the Metagame into tiers, and Pokémon are assigned to these tiers based on: Use and Power. Even as an Ampharos, most things will outspeed it. Charizard and Aerodactyl are a bit more dangerous and should be handled by a Water-type Slowbro, Poliwrath. Its durability was awful and used to hinge on the legacy Shadow Claw. Cresselia rounds out our legendary tier 5 raids this month.