So I've been looking through the usage statistics, the ranked stats and the unranked stats. Usually the ranked stats are more defined than the unranked stats, as you have statistics involving better players. So what this means is that the ranked stats show what Pokemon are more successful in the OU metagame. Think about it, if Kyurem-B is much more favorable in the ranked stats than the unranked stats, then you know Kyurem-B is a really good Pokemon and is underrated. Because people with higher rating have found success in using it, thus use it more. So under this notion I decided to investigate the tier on what the most underrated and overrated Pokemon are, as I now have statistical evidence to back it up. Of course there may be other factors involved and you may not entirely agree with me, but this is just an over oversimplification based on some tangential data. I've provided my own implication for each Pokemon on whether it's overrated or underrated. You are free to make your own implication and post it on this thread! Overrated = Deserves significantly less usage than it already has. Underrated = Deserves significantly more usage than it already has. I'll be using the most up-to-date stats to measure how underrated and overrated each Pokemon is (stats as of 8/27/2013). Analysis of the MOST OVERUSED Pokemon in spoiler: Spoiler Scizor Unranked usage: #1 at 23.36% Ranked usage: #1 at 27.31% Deviation: 0 ranks at +3.95% Implication: Scizor is the the most used Pokemon in the OU metagame, but even so more used in the ranked stats by as much as 4%! That's actually a big difference. This means that players with high ratings have found a lot of success just by adding a Scizor to their team. It may not be as threatening to call it a potential Uber, but it has a special niche, being able to fit in almost any team as the best priority attacker in the game. Politoed Unranked usage: #3 at 15.58% Ranked usage: #2 at 19.33% Deviation: +1 rank at +3.75% Implication: We all know how big of an impact rain has on the metagame. Instant permanent rain boosting the already STAB Water-type attacks and weakening opposing Fire-types, as well as giving a lot of powerful moves like Thunder and Hurricane 100% accuracy. So it's no doubt players are attaining higher ratings just by abusing team under rain. Tyranitar Unranked usage: #5 at 14.05% Ranked usage: #5 at 16.66% Deviation: 0 ranks at +2.61% Implication: While not as big of a surprise as Politoed, it does show that Sandstorm is more prevalent in the hands of higher rated players. The increased usage of both rain and sandstorm shows the impact of weather, and how beneficial it is to have weather to succeed in the OU metagame. Especially the necessity of overturning weather from weather-based teams. Jirachi Unranked usage: #6 at 13.82% Ranked usage: #3 at 18.74% Deviation: +3 ranks at +4.92% Implication: It's no surprise that players with high ratings use Jirachi more, because Jirachi is one of the few Pokemon that can handle threats such as [email protected], Gengar, Alakazam, and other devious special attackers. And believe it or not, the most popular Jirachi set is the specially defensive Wish supporter set. Latios Unranked usage: #7 at 12.58% Ranked usage: #6 at 16.59% Deviation: +1 rank at 4.01% Implication: Also not a surprise, this monster has the strongest Draco Meteor in the OU tier (along with Kyurem). Only difference is, it's much faster and can resist a priority Mach Punch from Technician Breloom very well, making it a great counter and revenge killer to many threats. Keldeo Unranked usage: #16 at 9.40% Ranked usage: #10 at 13.36% Deviation: +6 ranks at +3.96% Implication: Underrated. Keldeo is a beast, everyone knows it. And there's a pretty big difference between the ranked and unranked usage behind this Pokemon. Keldeo hasn't even shown its biggest impact on the metagame yet. Its usage is still rising, more people are discovering just how big of a threat this thing is. A 6 rank differentiation with 3.96% usage deviation? That's just too big of a gap for this little monster. Gengar Unranked usage: #10 Ranked usage: #17 Deviation: -7 ranks Implication: Somewhat Overrated. Gengar is one of those Pokemon that everyone loves to have on their teams. I'm not going to lie, Gengar is a great Pokemon. It is immune to Fighting-, Ground-, and Normal-types. And is immune to Toxic/Toxic Spikes and is a Ghost type, meaning it can act as a Rapid Spin blocker! However, Gengar's not really that powerful, it can hardly OHKO most Pokemon with Shadow Ball and Focus Blast combined with its weak defenses, it can't really take a good hit. Not to mention how much hair every player loses from missing a crucial Focus Blast. Higher rated players have realized this so it's not as often used, dropping 7 ranks. Salamence Unranked usage: #17 Ranked usage: #25 Deviation: -8 ranks Implication: Overrated. If you're using a Salamence on your team, than you need to rethink your team because Dragonite and Garchomp have so much more to offer than Salamence. Sure Moxie and Intimidate sound cool, but it's no comparison to Dragonite's awesome Multiscale ability. Not only that Dragonite gets a priority attack, ExtremeSpeed. Higher rated players have found priority attacks to be very beneficial, that's why so many powerful priority attackers are highly overused. Garchomp on the other hand is not weak to Stealth Rock, a huge plus for a metagame overwhelmed by rocks. Garchomp is also faster and a better stall breaker having access to Swords Dance. Gliscor Unranked usage: #19 Ranked usage: #27 Deviation: -8 ranks Implication: Overrated. I'm actually surprised by this one as Gliscor used to be one of the best physical walls in early BW OU. But not anymore. Gliscor can't stop a sweeper Technician Breloom without Acrobatics. And now since Sand Veil is banned, there's less reason to use the Substitute + Acrobatics Gliscor set. Not to mention, with Sheer Force Landorus-I rampant in the metagame, you can't hope for Gliscor to stop it, HP Ice easily OHKOs. Gliscor can't stop Garchomp after a Swords Dance, Ice Fang won't even 2HKO a Garchomp carrying a Yache Berry at full health! Mamoswines are much more common now. So Gliscor has lost much of its shine, and most players are forced to try the Substitute + Toxic + Protect set to stall out their opponents. (And this set is stopped dead by Pokemon such as Gengar, Skarmory, Air Balloon Heatran, etc. Espeon Unranked usage: #21 Ranked usage: #34 Deviation: -13 ranks Implication: Overrated. Espeon is a very overrated Pokemon in OU. Sure Magic Bounce is a great ability, but it's just too predictable. It's too predictable that you're going to send in your Espeon to bounce away Stealth Rocks. Might as well just attack instead because Espeon has terrible defenses. Higher rated players have easily seen this flaw in Espeon and have stopped using it as a way to avoid hazards. Espeon does a better job in Baton Pass chain teams or as a dual screen supporter (and those teams are also not that reliable most of the time). Infernape Unranked usage: #27 Ranked usage: #37 Deviation: -10 ranks Implication: Overrated. Infernape was an excellent Pokemon in Gen 4 OU, but with the advent of BW it lost much of its prowess. Sure its Base 108 Speed is great, but it still gets outsped by the common Latios, Gengar, and Starmie that are rampant in the metagame. Not to mention, Infernape has very feeble defenses. Priority attackers can demolish Infernape, even a resisted Choice Band Bullet Punch from Scizor does a lot of damage. Infernape's Base 104 Atk and SpAtk are also not that impressive in this metagame, too weak to OHKO many threats. There are also many common checks to Infernape: Jellicent, Tentacruel, Gyarados, [email protected], etc. Cloyster Unranked usage: #30 Ranked usage: #42 Deviation: -12 Implication: Overrated. Cloyster is one of those Pokemon that has the potential of totally annihilating a whole team after one turn of set up. However, pulling it off isn't quite that easy. Shell Smash lowers both its defenses allowing almost anything to take it down. While White Herb sounds like a great item, Cloyster needs Life Orb to OHKO many bulky threats in OU. Then you have the 25% Stealth Rock weakness which isn't that great. And it doesn't take a Choice Band Bullet Punch from Scizor too well (the most common move in the metagame), nor does it take the common Mach Punches. Sure Cloyster can be a great sweeper, but it requires its own special niche to succeed. You can't just throw it on a team. Jolteon Unranked usage: #33 Ranked usage: #43 Deviation: -10 Implication: Overrated. Jolteon is the fastest Pokemon in the OU metagame. While this may sound impressive, it's also one of the worst OU Pokemon in my opinion. Base 110 SpAtk may sound okay, but you're not going to use a Modest Jolteon. It has a terrible movepool and horrendous defenses. Any stall/balanced team eat this thing alive, and any priority attack will deal heavy damage. Vaporeon Unranked usage: #35 Ranked usage: #44 Deviation: -9 Implication: Overrated. Vaporeon is most commonly used as a Wish supporter, but it highly outclassed by Jirachi mainly because of effect Jirachi is at checking threats such as Latios, Gengar, Alakazam, etc. And as a bulky Water-type, it's highly outclassed by Jellicent (a Ghost-type that can block spinners and can act as one of the best checks to Keldeo, Scizor, and many other common threats). Blissey Unranked usage: #37 Ranked usage: #45 Deviation: -8 Implication: Overrated. Another common Wish supporter that is outclassed by Jirachi. What makes Jirachi a better Wish supporter is its typing and ability to check a Gengar under a Substitute. Blissey would require a SpAtk to break Gengar's Substitute. Blissey also can't take on Latios as well as Jirachi. Specs Draco Meteor still hurts a lot and Psyshock is a big problem. Jirachi, being a Steel-type is a big benefit, ability to take on many common Outragers in the metagame. Thundurus-T Unranked usage: #38 Ranked usage: #29 Deviation: +9 Implication: Underrated. Another beast that deserves more usage. It's incarnate form was banned, deemed too powerful. And now you have its therian form, which may be a bit slower but still holds tremendous power. It has a greater SpAtk, Base 145, strongest SpAtking Electric-type. Can annihilate stall teams with Nasty Plot. Volt Absorb is also an excellent ability. It doesn't have to worry about Jirachis in the rain with Thunder. And unlike Jolteon, it's actually significantly more defense and can resist the common priority moves Bullet Punch and Mach Punch. There are very few checks to Thundurus-T in the OU metagame. Latias Unranked usage: #41 Ranked usage: #30 Deviation: +11 Implication: Underrated. Latias is actually a very underrated Pokemon. It has great SpDef, which sets it apart from Latios. It is one of the few Pokemon in the OU metagame that can check Keldeo, Thundurus-T, and many special attackers under the rain. Kyurem-B Unranked usage: #48 Ranked usage: #38 Deviation: +10 Implication: Underrated. I'm actually not sure why this beast lacks so much usage. In my opinion, it deserves way more usage even in the ranked stats. Base 170 Atk stat and is a Dragon-type Pokemon with access to Outrage? That's just insane regardless of how you look at it. It's movepool isn't even that bad, even has access to a great mix attacking movepool. Very few checks to Kyurem-B in the metagame. It is also a great check to Starmie, Rotom-W, and other devious SpAtkers. We can definitely hope to see a rise in usage for Kyurem-B! Weavile Unranked usage: #52 Ranked usage: #60 Deviation: -8 Implication: Overrated. Weavile has a pretty nice typing and speed for a revenge killer, but it's too weak to revenge kill most bulky OU Pokemon. Sure Base 120 Atk sounds great, but you're forgetting its move pool. Base 70 Atk Night Slash and Base 75 Atk Ice Punch, that's just horrible! To make matters worse, it has a 25% Stealth Rock weakness, and is weak to the most common priority attackers in OU, not to mention its feeble defenses (so it's basically weak to any priority attack). Ninjask Unranked usage: #54 Ranked usage: #73 Deviation: -19 Implication: Very Overrated. One of the most unreliable Pokemon with an unreliable strategy that plagued the Pokemon world since Gen 4. Unless if you're using Ninjask in a very solid Baton Pass chain team with Espeon, don't bother using it! (My opinion) Abomasnow Unranked usage: #65 Ranked usage: #56 Deviation: +9 Implication: Underrated. Abomasnow is actually pretty underrated. It has an excellent typing to fight against the common rain teams and dragon abusers. Rain teams are the most commonly abused weather, so a Hail team would be a great check for that. Stoutland Unranked usage: #88 Ranked usage: #65 Deviation: +23 Implication: Very underrated. Stoutland is the best Sand Rush abuser in the OU metagame. With no set up, just by being present in the sandstorm it doubles its Speed stat. This allows it to be a great revenge killer and and late game sweeper. Definitely a Pokemon worth looking at if you're using a Sandstorm team that needs a good revenge killer. Porygon2 Unranked usage: #78 Ranked usage: #67 Deviation: +11 Implication: Underrated. Eviolite Porygon2 is one of the most defensive Pokemon in the game. Combine it with Trace, the ability to copy many of the most threatening abilities in OU such as Multiscale, Flash Fire, Natural Cure, Levitate, Rough Skin, Poison Heal, Intimidate, and so on, make Porygon2 a great Pokemon to have on your team. Azelf Unranked usage: #83 Ranked usage: #69 Deviation: +14 Implication: Underrated. One of the best suicide leads in the OU metagame. Taunt allows you to stop opposing Pokemon from setting up Stealth Rock, and its fast speed allows you to set up your own Stealth Rock so you can go about wrecking the opposing team with heavy offense. Kyurem Unranked usage: #101 Ranked usage: #81 Deviation: +20 Implication: Very Underrated. Kyurem-B may have taken much of Kyurem's popularity, but it hasn't taken what Kyurem is best in doing. Kyurem is a SpAtker, with the strongest Draco Meteor in OU (along with Latios). Couple it with Hail, and you also have the strongest Blizzard abuser in OU. Not to mention its Substitute + Roost tactic with Pressure ability is a very annoying thing to deal with. Definitely an underrated Pokemon. INCOMPLETE...MORE TO COME!