- Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduced Farigiraf, a previously overlooked Pokemon with impressive battle abilities and stat distribution.
- VGC veteran Wolfe Glick won a major tournament using Farigiraf, solidifying its reputation as one of the strongest Pokemon in the series.
- Farigiraf’s signature Ability, Armor Tail, prevents opposing Pokemon from using priority moves, making it an invaluable asset for strategic play.
While the competitive side of Pokemon has exponentially grown over the past few years, so has the quality of new pocket monsters introduced with every game when it comes to their battle prowess, to the point that several Pokemon Scarlet and Violet critters are some of the best ever made. Creatures like Gholdengo, Flutter Mane, Ogerpon, Kingambit, and Dondozo each reigned supreme in VGC competitions for some time, often winning tournaments due to how strong they are and how borderline-perfect their stat distribution is. For these reasons, one might end up sleeping on a Pokemon with far lower stats and a meme-adjacent origin, such as Pokemon Scarlet and Violet‘s Farigiraf, although it may be a big mistake.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet‘s Farigiraf was first born many years ago as a community joke, at times fan theory, that saw Girafarig’s tail taking over and becoming a new Pokemon that would fix some of the original’s most glaring issues. While Girafarig rarely was front and center of playthrough teams, let alone competitive play, there was a lot of hype surrounding Farigiraf when it was first revealed in a Gen 9 trailer. Farigiraf was what players always hoped it would be in terms of looks, but few expected it to be the competitive menace it truly is.
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Why Farigiraf Won the Biggest Pokemon Tournament Ever
Recently, VGC veteran Wolfe Glick brought Farigiraf to the biggest Pokemon tournament ever in the form of the Charlotte regionals, and he managed to win it by using this Normal and Psychic-type Pokemon. Wolfe Glick’s victory ended up cementing what some players thought, and that is, Farigiraf is currently one of the strongest pocket monsters in the series. There are multiple reasons for this, starting with the Pokemon’s kit.
Farigiraf’s Base Stats
Farigiraf’s Ability in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet can vary – it has access to Cud Chew, which allows the user to eat its consumed Berry at the end of the next turn; Sap Sipper, which makes the user immune to Grass-type moves and instead raises its Attack; and Armor Tail. Armor Tail is Farigiraf’s signature Ability, and it’s arguably among the very best in Gen 9, as it prevents opposing Pokemon from using priority moves until Farigiraf is on the field. As such, making Farigiraf bulky helps a long way in having it survive multiple hits and keep protecting its team.
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Farigiraf’s Ability and Speed Control Make it a Top Tier Pokemon
Armor Tail is particularly strong because it protects Farigiraf and its allies from moves like Fake Out, Grassy Glide, Sucker Punch, and more, which can otherwise become a huge problem for players in many scenarios. Priority moves are an incredible way to apply Speed control and pressure on opponents, and completely negating them just by having Farigiraf on the field is extremely valuable. On top of that, Farigiraf’s low Speed stat and its Psychic-type make it a perfect Pokemon to set up Trick Room, a popular competitive Pokemon strategy where slower critters move first and faster critters move last.
On top of all that, Farigiraf also has access to multiple strong attacking moves – from Psychic to Dazzling Gleam, and from Hyper Voice to Psychic Noise. Whether players want to turn Farigiraf into a battle machine capable of scoring KOs left and right or a supportive pocket monster for multiple types of teams, there is so much to this Pokemon’s kit that it’s hard not to fit it somewhere. Items like Sitrus Berry, Throat Spray, and Rocky Helmet can go a long way in ensuring Farigiraf makes the most of its time on the field, and it may be one of the most sought-after critters when Pokemon Gen 10 games drop.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Pokemon Scarlet & Pokemon Violet are the main entries in the series for Generation IX. They introduced over 100 new Pokemon and brought players to the Paldea region.
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