Last weekend, Pokémon trainers from across the world battled it out for three days over the Nintendo Network, each battling up to sixty strangers from across the world to gain the highest ranking once the curtains came to a close on Sunday night with Japanese player heireru taking the top spot with a total score of 1882 points. The company also released detailed statistics of all of the Pokémon used, including a tally of the Top 12 which breaks down their usage right down to what moves were used, what Pokémon they were commonly used with, defeated in battle and what would defeat them. The full details can be viewed here, but here’s some information on the Top 12:
Charizard may be one of the most well known species of Pokémon, but until the launch of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y and the introduction of Mega Evolutions, it seldom saw any usage in the competitive scene. However, with the introduction of a brand new evolutionary step, it’s gained the power it needed to fly right back into the competition!
Most Commonly Used Moves: Protect (77.2%), Solar Beam (75.5%), Heat Wave (73.1%), Overheat (25.5%).
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Blaze (83.5%), Solar Power (16.5%).
Most Commonly Used Natures: Timid (45.3%), Modest (33.8%), Adamant (12.9%).
Most Commonly Held Items: Charizardite Y (78.8%), Charizardite X (19.0%), Choice Scarf (1.4%)
Gardevoir was introduced back in the Gameboy Advance pair Ruby and Sapphire but has recently seen a drastic increase in usage due to it acquiring the new Fairy typing. It did also receive a Mega Evolution that was famously used by the Kalos Champion Diantha, but it seems like players in the real world often decide against sacrificing that crucial item slot, as only 7.9% of Gardevoir that were used in the tournament held the Gardevoirite.
Most Commonly Used Moves: Psychic (79.7%), Moonblast (66.2%), Dazzling Gleam (66.o%), Shadow Ball (45.7%)
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Trace (48.7%), Telepathy (43.9%), Synchronise (7.4%)
Most Commonly Used Natures: Modest (74.6%), Timid (17.8%), Bold (2.8%)
Most Commonly Held Items: Choice Specs (30.7%), Choice Scarf (25.6%), Sitrus Berry (11.9%)
10: Heat Rotom
Rotom is a rather unique Pokémon in that when it changes it form, its type changes to. This variety of Rotom, commonly referred to as “Heat Rotom” is an Electric/Fire type, but its ability Levitate means that it completely avoids what would have been a 4x weakness to Ground! Heat Rotom has always been somewhat of a niche in comparison to its Wash Rotom counterpart, but it’s started to find a place of its own in the competitive environment.
Most Commonly Used Moves: Overheat (99.7%), Thunderbolt (90.4%), Protect (78.4%), Will-O-Wisp (72.6%).
Most Commonly Used Ability: Levitate (100% – its only ability).
Most Commonly Used Natures: Modest (75.4%), Calm (11.7%), Bold (7.4%)
Most Commonly Held Items: Sitrus Berry (47.7%), Safety Goggles (11.9%), Leftovers (10.7%)
Despite its double weakness to Fighting-type moves, the Rock and Dark-type Tyranitar has managed to remain a threat since its introduction in Gold and Silver. With its ability automatically generating a sandstorm that gives it a 50% special defence boost, this Pokémon can certainly hold its own while hitting both of its opponent’s Pokémon with a deadly Rock Slide. There certainly was some variation with how people utilised Tyranitar, with even the percentages for its most used moves, natures and items being nowhere near as high as the other Pokémon in this list.
Most Commonly Used Moves: Rock Slide (85.6%), Protect (64.2%), Crunch (45.3%), Dark Pulse (35.1%).
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Sandstream (99.3%), Unnerve (0.7%).
Most Commonly Used Natures: Jolly (29%), Adamant (18.4%), Modest (17.2%).
Most Commonly Held Items: Tyranitarite (26.2%), Weakness Policy (17.2%), Life Orb (15.1%).
Out of the Pokémon that received a Mega Evolution at the beginning of the sixth generation, Mawile was easily the most deserving. Mawile has quickly ascended from being a mediocre, often over-looked Pokémon to being one of the most commonly used Pokémon in the competitive scene thanks to it gaining the Fairy-type, which makes a nasty combination with Steel and having a Mega Evolution that not only has great stats, but an ability that makes them even better.
Most Commonly Used Moves: Play Rough (97.9%), Sucker Punch (96.9%), Protect (78.4%), Iron Head (70.7%).
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Intimidate (98.6%), Hyper Cutter (1.4%).
Most Commonly Used Natures: Adamant (62.7%), Careful (16.7%), Brave (14.3%).
Most Commonly Held Items: Mawilite (100%)
Despite the Fairy-type being promoted as a way to balance the Dragon-type, it’s funny to see the terrifying Salamence rank higher than the only Fairy-type Pokémon in the Top 12 – even if those two are the third and fourth most likely Pokémon to slay one of these dragons. Salamence’s Intimidate ability instantly cuts into your opponent’s physical attacking potential and with powerful attacks like Draco Meteor, it certainly isn’t a Pokémon you want to come across in a dark alley!
Most Commonly Used Moves: Draco Meteor (91.4%), Fire Blast (68.4%), Dragon Pulse (55.8%), Hydro Pump (35.3%).
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Intimidate (99.5%), Moxie (0.5%)
Most Commonly Used Nature: Timid (47.4%), Modest (37.0%), Naive (7.4%).
Most Commonly Held Items: Choice Scarf (66.5%), Life Orb (12.1%), Choice Specs (6.7%)
Typically, the Grass-type isn’t known for being bulky or in fact, very useful at all to be honest. Amoonguss though, is a Pokémon that defies usual conventions by being a rather bulky Pokémon that can really disrupt your opponent’s strategy with moves like Anger Powder and of course, the ever-annoying Spore.
Most Commonly Used Moves: Spore (99.1%), Rage Powder (97.9%), Giga Drain (91.6%), Protect (89.9%)
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Regenerator (74.5%), Effect Spore (25.5%)
Most Commonly Used Natures: Relaxed (27.4%), Sassy (26.5%), Bold (24.8%).
Most Commonly Held Items: Rocky Helmet (60.4%), Black Sludge (28.0%), Sitrus Berry (2.8%)
05: Wash Rotom
Rotom’s Heat form already made the list at #10, but its Electric/Water variant has proven to be significantly popular. With its only weakness being the rarely seen Grass-type, not only can this Pokémon be a considerably bulky team-member, but it can also pack a punch with two very useful types that benefit from a same type attack bonus (commonly known as “STAB”).
Most Commonly Used Moves: Hydro Pump (98.0%), Thunderbolt (85.3%), Will-O-Wisp (79.5%), Protect (63.8%).
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Levitate (100%).
Most Commonly Used Natures: Modest (47.8%), Calm (29.0%), Bold (17.1%)
Most Commonly Held Items: Sitrus Berry (64.6%), Leftovers (11.7%), Choice Specs (7.7%)
Aegislash is the first Pokémon in this list that was actually introduced in X and Y – a Ghost/Steel type that is unique in that its Stance Change ability means that it can change form in the midst of battle, which drastically alters its stats! The image above shows Aegislash’s Shield Forme, which it will revert to when defending itself, but when it attacks, Aegislash moves its shield to the side and uses its blade to deliver devastating attacks to the enemy. This Pokémon was an example of one that surprised GameFreak with how it was being used, as Battle Director Shigeki Morimoto were expecting players to use physical moves, but as you’ll see below, that hasn’t exactly been the case:
Most Commonly Used Moves: King’s Shield (95.9%), Shadow Ball (86.6%), Flash Cannon (67.8%), Substitute (45.2%).
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Stance Change (100%).
Most Commonly Used Natures: Quiet (54.8%), Modest (23,9%), Brave (8.3%).
Most Commonly Held Items: Leftovers (50.35%), Weakness Policy (31.5%), Life Orb (5.1%)
Kangaskhan may have been introduced in the very first Gameboy pair, but just like many others on this list, the introduction of a Mega Evolution was crucial for this Pokémon’s increased popularity. When its Kangaskhanite resonates with a trainer’s Mega Ring, the baby jumps out and starts fighting on its own and the two use their unique Parental Bond ability to allow the baby to attack after its mother (usually for half the damage of the mother’s move). Once it Mega Evolves, Mega Kangaskhan is a threat with very few reliable counters!
Most Commonly Used Moves: Sucker Punch (90.4%), Fake Out (80.7%), Power-Up Punch (69.9%), Return (69.9%).
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Scrappy (88.4%), Early Bird (7.75%), Inner Focus (3.9%).
Most Commonly Used Natures: Jolly (61.6%), Adamant (34.8%), Brave (1.4%).
Most Commonly Held Items: Kangaskhanite (99.6%), Adamant (34.8%), Brave (1.4%).
Usually, the franchise’s “regional birds” are quickly forgotten about – pushed to one side and never seen again. Thanks to a phenomenal hidden ability though, Talonflame has flown into the polls as the second most used Pokémon in this tournament. Its Hidden Ability Gale Wings means that Talonflame can have both a strong attacking role with Brave Bird, as well as a supporting role with moves like Tailwind that will be given increased priority thanks to this new ability.
Most Commonly Used Moves: Brave Bird (99.3%), Flare Blitz (87.8%), Tailwind (42.0%), Protect (38.4%).
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Gale Wings (99.8%), Flame Body (0.2%).
Most Commonly Used Natures: Adamant (78.0%), Jolly (17.0%), Naughty (2.8%).
Most Commonly Held Items: Life Orb (37.2%), Choice Band (28.2%), Sky Plate (10.7%).
Garchomp has been one of the most used and feared Pokémon ever since it was introduced in Diamond and Pearl. Garchomp is fast and when it hits, it hits hard. It also packs an impressive arsenal of moves that help it deal with a large majority of its potential threats. The only shortcoming of Garchomp is that its Dragon/Ground typing does make it extremely vulnerable to Ice-type moves, with Ice Beam being the most popular move to knock out this Pokémon. Despite receiving a Mega Evolution in the newest generation, the drop in speed did mean that only 3.5% of all people using Garchomp had it hold the Garchompite.
Most Commonly Used Moves: Earthquake (99.2%), Dragon Claw (87.3%), Rock Slide (86.9%), Protect (75.8%).
Most Commonly Used Abilities: Rough Skin (90.6%), Sand Veil (9.4%).
Most Commonly Used Natures: Jolly (91.3%), Adamant (7.2%), Naive (1%).
Most Commonly Held Items: Lum Berry (35.8%), Rocky Helmet (21.2%), Focus Sash (14.2%).
If you’re interested in getting into the world of competitive Pokémon, the official website posted an interview with the series director Junichi Masuda and Battle Director Shigeki Morimoto that is definitely worth a read!