THIS IS NOT A SUSPECT DISCUSSIONThis is a thread to talk about NU's new megas, which ones you (dis)like, what movesets are good etc. Whether any of them are broken or not is not relevant to this thread. When Banette left NU a few months ago the tier was left without any Mega Evolutions. However, with the upcoming release of ORAS there are now several Megas in the tier all vying for a slot on your team. So which to pick? Let's meet the candidates. Beedrill Type: Bug/Poison Ability: Adaptability Base Stats: 65/150/40/15/80/145 Continuing Mawile's work, Beedrill is another crappy Pokémon given a new lease of life by a mega evolution. With Mega Beedrill, Game Freak didn't bother improving its bulk at all and reduced its special attack to an appalling 15, all in the name of turning it into a powerhouse. I think it's fair to say they succeeded: an incredible 150 Base Attack coupled that with an amazing 145 Speed you can outrun every unboosted Pokémon bar Ninjask (and a few slower Scarf users too), and wreck everything not resisting Beedrill's STABs. Speaking of STABs, Adaptability boosts the otherwise middling power of Poison Jab to a snatch under that of a STAB Fire Blast. On the flipside, 65/40/80 defences are terrible so be sure not to switch it into anything unless you absolutely have to. Pidgeot Type: Normal/Flying Ability: No Guard Base Stats: 83/80/80/135/80/121 Looking to bring some fly spam to NU, Pidgeot's mega evolution is one of those Pokémon that you probably wouldn't think of when putting a team together, but if you do choose to put it on your team it won't be a decision you come to regret. 135 Special Attack is very solid, and thanks to No Guard you can spam perfectly accurate STAB Hurricanes which 2HKO most things not resisting them. Mega Pidgeot is also one of the only Defoggers in the tier that can pull its weight offensively. Unfortunately its bulk is average at best, and Pidgeot's special movepool pretty much ends after Hurricane, Heat Wave and Hidden Power. And while perfectly accurate Hurricanes are nice, bear in mind opposing Stone Edges will always hit too. Steelix Type: Steel/Ground Ability: Sand Force Base Stats: 75/125/230/55/95/30 When Mega Steelix was first revealed I wondered why you'd use it. To be honest I still don't really know why you'd use it. While it is bulkier than regular Steelix, it only has Rest for recovery since it can't hold Leftovers. Sand Force is at best situational (Analytic would've been better), and Steelix is far too slow to use it effectively. I suppose it could run an offensive tank set, but to be honest I'd prefer to use Rhydon in that role: it's more powerful, faster, doesn't take up the mega slot and has STAB EdgeQuake. Sceptile Type: Grass/Dragon Ability: Lightningrod Base Stats: 70/110/75/145/85/145 I had high hopes for Mega Sceptile, and I have not been disappointed. Game Freak did exactly what I was hoping they'd do for Mega Sceptile: buff its attacking stats and push its already excellent Speed through the roof. Grass/Dragon typing is cool, giving Sceptile some alternate STABs in Dragon Pulse and Outrage which have much better coverage than its Grass ones. Said typing removes Sceptile's Fire weakness while increasing its Water and Grass resistances, although unfortunately it also increases its Ice weaknesses. Mega Sceptile's a versatile Pokémon too - it can run special and physical sets equally well. Despite its poor bulk, x4 resistances and Lightningrod give Sceptile switch in opportunities. Glalie Type: Ice Ability: Refrigerate Base Stats: 80/120/80/120/100 Glalie's a Pokémon I've always hated: I don't like its design, it has mediocre stats all round, and generally it's always been outclassed. Enter its mega evolution, and while I still don't like its design, it is much more useful than it has ever been before. Respectable 100 Speed and solid 120/120 attacking stats mean it won't be set up fodder, and while it previously lacked a good STAB Refrigerate has taken care of that: it now has a 198 power Return and a 234 power Double-Edge. Oh, and a completely unprecedented 468 power Explosion. Said Explosion makes Mega Glalie a great offensive Spiker - it can set up hazards, and then Explode before the opponent has a chance to Spin or Defog. Unfortunately though, it is still a pure Ice type. That means a Stealth Rock weakness, 4 weaknesses, and only 1 resistance. Camerupt Type: Ground/Fire Ability: Sheer Force Base Stats: 70/120/100/145/105/20 When the base stats of the new megas were released, I wasn't impressed with the fiery camel and didn't think it would become a threat. That was until I faced one. This Pokémon makes Trick Room teams relevant in NU almost on its own: Sheer Force boosted STAB Fire Blast and Earth Power coming off a 145 base Special Attack maim anything not resisting them, and with the same Speed as Ferrothorn if you can add Trick Room and remove the bulky waters it will cause devastation. While it does have a X4 weakness to Water and a weakness to common Ground moves, it has a useful immunity to Electric moves while also resisting Fire, Poison, Bug, Steel and Fairy moves. It will need a bit of babysitting to perform at its peak, but Mega Camerupt is well worth considering. Altaria Type: Dragon/Fairy Ability: Pixilate Base Stats: 75/110/110/110/105/80 The fact that this thing's being suspected in LU right now should give you an idea of Mega Altaria's abilities. What was once the worst fully evolved Dragon has now become a Pokémon feared throughout the tier. With solid stats in all areas bar HP and Speed, excellent typing giving it 7 resistances and 1 immunity, Mega Altaria can fit on almost any team with ease, as it can run a wide variety of sets ranging from physical sweeper to special wallbreaker to wall. Flaws? Well it's Speed isn't great - even after a Dragon Dance Mega Beedrill and Mega Sceptile still outrun it (although the latter can't touch Mega Altaria anyway), and before Mega evolving it's weak to Stealth Rock. Enjoy using Mega Altaria in NU now: if it isn't banned, it'll probably move up. Lopunny Type: Normal/Fighting Ability: Scrappy Base Stats: 65/136/94/54/96/136 Once a gimmicky Pokémon with one semi usable set, now one of the most fearsome physical attackers in the tier. With nearly unmatched Speed and great (if unboosted) Attack, only the sturdiest of physical walls can risk switching in on Lopunny. Because Scrappy enables it to hit Ghost types with both its STABs, Lopunny can hit all Pokémon bar the god awful Shedinja for neutral damage with just its STABs. Whatever the opposite of 4 moveslot syndrome is, Mega Lopunny has it: after Return and [Fighting STAB] you can do what you want with the other 2 slots. And Lopunny has a smorgasbord of options: Fake Out, Drain Punch, Power-Up Punch, Encore and Healing Wish to name but a few. Despite a slight Defence boost though, Mega Lopunny is still a fragile creature, so don't switch it in unless you absolutely have to. Gallade Type: Psychic/Fighting Ability: Inner Focus Base Stats: 68/165/95/65/115/110 I was happy to hear that Gallade was getting a Mega - after all, Gardevoir got one. It certainly doesn't disappoint: Gallade's biggest faults (its average Speed and poor Defence) have both been addressed, while its Attack has gone through the roof. With a world shattering 165 base Attack, Mega Gallade ties with Rampardos for having the highest Attack in NU. It also manages to pull off a rare trick: coexisting with its original forme. Mega Gallade is better for fast sweeping sets, while regular Gallade is a better bulky booster. And while it may not have any bearing competitively, it has one of the best designs of any mega evolution. I just wish it had a better ability than Inner Focus. Audino Type: Normal/Fairy Ability: Healer Base Stats: 103/60/126/80/126/50 While I may have originally claimed that Mega Audino would be the worst Mega, I will retract that statement. It's the second worst - IMO, Steelix takes that crown. That's not to say Mega Audino's a bad Pokémon: 106/126/126 defences are great by any standards, and Normal/Fairy is solid typing. It can run a decent bulky boosting set with Calm Mind, Dazzling Gleam, Wish and Heal Bell, and it can make a good wall too. Unfortunately though, it will need multiple boosts to hit hard, its Speed is poor and post Mega Evolving Audino loses Regenerator (its one niche over the likes of Vaporeon and Lickilicky as a Wish Passer) trading it in for the useless in Singles Healer. While it can work, it's not a Pokémon I'd ever recommend using. So in conclusion, those are NU's new Megas. Enjoy using them while you can, as some of them will likely be banned or rise up on the own in the near future. I'm just happy that some Pokémon which used to be complete crap are now getting a chance to shine.