Approved by: @TraceofLife credit to user litraWelcome to the official Balanced Hackmons Viability Rankings thread. As a community, we will discussing the viability of certain pokemon that are viable in the current metagame from alphabetical order (S-D Rank). Common abilities are also listed next to the pokemon. Please provide solid arguments when nominating a change, and we as a community will determine it's validity. S Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that are amazing in the BH metagame. These Pokemon are usually able to perform a variety of roles effectively, or can just do one extremely well. Their use has low risk involved and high reward exerted. Pokemon in this rank have very few flaws that are patched up by numerous positive traits. S+ Rank Chansey (Imposter, Fur Coat) S Rank Mewtwo-Mega-Y (Protean, Contrary, Mold Breaker, No Guard, Moody) Rayquaza-Mega (Aerilate, Delta Stream, Gale Wings, Tinted Lens, Protean) A Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that are fantastic in the BH metagame, and can sweep, support, or wall significant portions of the metagame. These Pokemon require less support than most others to be used effectively and have few flaws that can easily be compensated for when compared to their positive traits. A+ Rank Giratina (Poison Heal, Magic Bounce, Prankster, Fur Coat, Regenerator) Kyogre (Poison Heal, Mold Breaker, Primordial Sea) Mewtwo-Mega-X (Protean, Refrigerate, Pixilate, Contrary, Mold Breaker) A Rank Blissey (Imposter, Fur Coat) Diancie-Mega (Pixilate) Primal Groudon* (Intimidate, Magic Guard, Download) A- Rank Aegislash (Prankster, Magic Bounce) Arceus-Fairy (Pixilate, Poison Heal, Magic Bounce, Unaware, Fur Coat) Arceus-Ghost (Poison Heal, Mold Breaker, Simple) Arceus-Steel (Magic Bounce, Prankster, Fur Coat) Gengar-Mega (Mold Breaker, Prankster, Magic Bounce) B Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that are great in the BH metagame. These Pokemon have more notable flaws than those above them that affect how they function in the tier. Their positive traits still outshine their negatives, but they require a bit more team support to bring out their full potential. B+ Rank Arceus (Poison Heal, Magic Bounce, Simple) Audino-Mega (Poison Heal, Fur Coat, Regenerator, Magic Bounce) Latias-Mega (Fur Coat, Contrary, Adaptability, Tinted Lens) Latios-Mega (Fur Coat, Contrary, Adaptability, Tinted Lens) Regirock (Poison Heal, Regenerator, Magic Bounce, Fur Coat) Slowbro-Mega (Fur Coat, Regenerator, Unaware, Poison Heal, Simple) Shedinja (Sturdy) B Rank Aggron-Mega (Fur Coat, Magic Bounce, Regenerator, Filter) Dialga (Tinted Lens, Mold Breaker, Magic Bounce) Gengar (Illusion, Magic Bounce) Gyarados-Mega (Mold Breaker, Poison Heal) Kyurem-Black (Refrigerate) Slaking (Poison Heal, Scrappy, Simple) Yveltal (Aerilate, Poison Heal, Delta Stream, Gale Wings) B- Rank Arceus-Psychic (Unaware, Poison Heal, Fur Coat, Magic Bounce) Kyurem-White (Tinted Lens, Refrigerate, No Guard) Tyranitar-Mega (Sand Stream, Mold Breaker, Poison Heal) C Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that have notable niches in the BH metagame, but have just as many notable flaws that prevent them from being effective. Pokemon in the C tier often require significant support to be effective. Pokemon from this rank tend to face a lot of competition with the more commonly used Pokemon. C+ Rank Aerodactyl-Mega (Mold Breaker, Poison Heal, Gale Wings, Magic Guard) Blaziken-Mega (Contrary, Speed Boost, Adaptability, Tinted Lens) Deoxys-Speed (Mold Breaker, No Guard, Magic Bounce, Magic Guard) Lugia (Poison Heal, Regenerator, Magic Bounce, Fur Coat, Filter) Regigigas (Poison Heal, Simple, Scrappy, Regenerator) C Rank Ho-oh (Magic Guard, Regenerator, Poison Heal, Gale Wings) Palkia (Primordial Sea, Tinted Lens) Zekrom (Tough Claws, Mold Breaker, Poison Heal) C- Rank Darmanitan-Zen (Contrary, Tinted Lens, No Guard, Simple) Garchomp-Mega (Poison Heal, Mold Breaker) Kangaskhan-Mega (Parental Bond, Poison Heal) Reshiram (Contrary, Desolate Land, Poison Heal, Tinted Lens, No Guard) Venusaur-Mega (Magic Bounce, Regenerator, Filter) Scizor-Mega (Primordial Sea, Magic Bounce, Prankster) D Rank: Reserved for Pokemon that are mediocre in the BH metagame, but are viable enough to justify their use on select teams. These Pokemon are either usable but have no real niche, or are only capable of doing their specific task and fail at doing anything more than that. Pokemon from this rank have multiple crippling flaws that prevent them from being successful a majority of the time, and are often severely outclassed because of it. D Rank Alakazam-Mega (No Guard, Tinted Lens, Magic Guard) Altaria-Mega (Pixilate, Poison Heal) Banette-Mega (Prankster, Poison Heal) Charizard-Mega-Y (Magic Guard, Desolate Land, Regenerator, Gale Wings) Deoxys-Attack (Protean, Tinted Lens, Mold Breaker, No Guard, Contrary) Gourgeist-Super (Primordial Sea, Prankster, Filter, Poison Heal) Ferrothorn (Primordial Sea, Regenerator, Prankster) Heatran (Levitate, Regenerator, Fur Coat) Houndoom-Mega (Desolate Land, Tinted Lens, No Guard) Lucario-Mega (Adaptability, No Guard) Mawile-Mega (Huge Power, Regenerator) Sceptile-Mega (Contrary, Tinted Lens) Shuckle (Poison Heal, Prankster, Magic Bounce, Regenerator) Skarmory (Primordial Sea, Magic Bounce, Prankster, Regenerator) *: The Pokemon must be holding a Red Orb.