- Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s DLCs have added a large number of fan-favorite Pokemon, making the competitive metagame more diverse.
- The Teal Mask and Indigo Disk DLCs bring back moves like Meteor Beam, which can be used effectively by Pokemon like Glimmora.
- Gen 9 also introduces new moves, such as Shed Tail, which Sceptile can now utilize in its offensive and defensive moveset.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are now filled with tons of fan favorites from earlier generations. Although there are still hundreds missing from the Pokedex in Gen 9, Scarlet and Violet’s Teal Mask and Indigo Disk DLC added so many Pokemon that have provided much-needed diversity to the competitive metagame. Although staples such as Incineroar and Porygon2 are already seeing a lot of usage, there are still a plethora of Pokemon that haven’t yet been explored, despite their potential in Regulation F.
As every single starter Pokemon and tons of Legendaries have returned, the competitive meta has never been more diverse in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. As such, certain Pokemon will inevitably be overlooked, despite their viability. It’s important to consider anti-meta picks when building a team, as it allows trainers to catch their opponents off-guard and create more specific strategies.
One Returning Pokemon Drops The Ball in Scarlet and Violet Indigo Disk’s Regulation F
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Regulation F competitive metagame has threats that prevent one Legendary from finding a place on teams.
The Return Of The Powerful Rock-Type Move, Meteor Beam
The Teal Mask and Indigo Disk DLCs didn’t just allow older Pokemon to be transferred, they also brought back moves that were first added to Sword and Shield’s downloadable content. One of these moves is Meteor Beam, a 120-base power Special Rock-type move. It’s 90% accurate, however, and only attacks on the turn after using it. Yet, the Power Herb held item can allow Pokemon to use it in one turn, most notably on Lunala and Nihilego in Gen 8. Furthermore, there’s a Gen 9 Pokemon that is the ideal user of this attack.
Meteor Beam’s Best User, Glimmora
Glimmora is a Rock and Poison-type Pokemon with a massive 130-base Special Attack. It’s most commonly known as a partner to Dondozo and Tatsugiri, as its Toxic Debris Ability sets up Toxic Spikes on the opponents’ side of the field if it is hit by a physical move. This allows Dondozo, especially when its defensive stats are boosted, to stall out opponents more effectively. Since the Indigo Disk DLC, however, Glimmora has found a new role for itself.
- Item: Power Herb
- Ability: Toxic Debris
- Level: 50
- Tera Type: Grass
- EVs: 100 HP / 252 Special Attack / 156 Speed
- Modest Nature
- Moves: Protect, Meteor Beam, Earth Power, Sludge Bomb
This set allows for Glimmora to fully take advantage of its offensive capabilities. The combination of Meteor Beam and Power Herb allows it to use the 120 base power move in one turn, and can easily pick up one-hit knockouts, especially on Pokemon like Incineroar. Earth Power provides necessary Ground-type coverage to deal with threats such as Raging Bolt and Archaludon. Sludge Bomb takes care of its other STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) attack, as a 90 base power move that also has a chance to poison opponents. Finally, a Grass Tera Type provides defensive security for Glimmora, as Ground and Water-type attacks no longer become super effective.
Gen 9’s New Moves
Scarlet and Violet introduced a lot of moves that both old and new Pokemon can make good use of. Shed Tail is a unique move, which allows the user to make a Substitute and pass it on to a partner Pokemon in the back, which is defensively incredible. The only Pokemon that have made productive use of this move are Cyclizar and Orthworm, but a certain Grass-type starter recently got access to this move in the Indigo Disk DLC.
Sceptile’s Newfound Access To Unique Support Moves
Sceptile was given niche moves in Gen 9, including Shed Tail. The Gen 3 starter Pokemon is a Special Attacking Grass-type, a rarity in Regulation F’s competitive meta, allowing it to utilize a moveset that’s a hybrid of offensive and defensive moves.
- Item: Focus Sash
- Ability: Unburden
- Level: 50
- Tera Type: Grass
- EVs: 4 Def / 252 Special Attack / 252 Speed
- Timid Nature
- Moves: Protect, Shed Tail, Leaf Storm, Upper Hand
This set allows Sceptile to fulfill a diverse, yet niche role in Regulation F. Shed Tail, coming from a 120-base Speed Pokemon is amazing as a pivoting move, and gives partners defensive security. Upper Hand is another move introduced in the Indigo Disk DLC and helps trainers deal with the onslaught of priority attacks that are prominent in the meta. The Fighting-type move allows Sceptile to protect itself and its teammates from priority attacks such as Extreme Speed and Fake Out, while also causing the opponent to flinch. Leaf Storm’s 130-base power allows the Pokemon to instantly knock out notable threats such as Rapid-Strike Urshifu. Lastly, a Grass Tera Type is ideal for simply dealing as much damage as possible, as a defensive adjustment might not be enough to save Sceptile due to its weak defensive stats.
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.
- November 18, 2022
- E For Everyone Due To Mild Fantasy Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 31½ Hours