Hello, and welcome to the December edition of Pokémon Online (PO) News! As 2016 nears its end, Generation 7 is underway with the release of Sun and Moon. This edition covers new tiers that will be available on PO, Official Tournaments, PO League, new mechanics that Generation 7 has introduced, and more! Tier News Recent Decisions and Current Suspects The Sablenite suspect has reached the decision that Sablenite will not be banned from ORAS OU. It was decided that Mega Sableye can be reasonably overwhelmed by key Pokémon in the tier, such as Heatran and Clefable, and that there are enough ways to deal with Mega Sableye to prevent it from being broken. The Registeel and Audinite suspects discussed in the last edition of PO News are still ongoing. Arguments in both suspects seem to be balancing out because neither suspect appears to be leaning toward or against a ban. Sun / Moon Tiers Start With the release of Generation 7, it is time to start playing with Sun / Moon (SM) tiers. In SM OU, a new set of Pokémon called Ultra Beasts are immediately making their presence felt along with other Pokémon that Generation 7 introduced. Pheromosa has base 137 / 137 / 151 offenses and Speed, which makes it the new fastest Pokémon without boosts. Tapu Lele works well with Pheromosa due to its ability, Psychic Surge, which generates Psychic Terrain upon entering the battlefield. Psychic Terrain blocks priority moves, which can make it much more difficult for Pheromosa to be revenge killed. Toxapex is another new Pokémon to watch out for as the metagame develops. Toxapex is a Poison / Water type with access to Baneful Bunker, which operates similarly to King's Shield except that it poisons Pokémon that make contact. In addition, Toxapex has 50 / 152 / 142 bulk with access to Regenerator and Recover, which gives it the ability to wall key Pokémon in the metagame, such as Pheromosa, as well as opportunities to setup Toxic Spikes. In SM Ubers, Solgaleo and Lunala are the newest cover legendaries to enter the tier. Solgaleo might be the first Pokémon to make Splash useful for something other than PP stalling thanks to the addition of Z-moves. Z-moves allow Pokémon to use a powerful attack once per battle if the Pokémon is holding a Z-crystal that matches the type of one of its four moves. There is a Z-move for each type that can allow Pokémon to use an absurdly powerful attack, depending on the Base Power of the attack that triggers the Z-move. However, if a status move is selected to trigger a Z-move, a special effect will occur instead. Solgaleo can take advantage of this by using Z-Splash, which increases its Attack by three stages. Lunala can be used as a special tank or Calm Mind sweeper thanks to its acceptable bulk, access to Roost, and ability, Shadow Shield, which is essentially a clone of Multiscale. Both Solgaleo and Lunala have signature moves with 100 Base Power that ignore the effects of abilities. SM LC is likely to see usage of another Z-move that is so good, it could be quick banned. Some Z-moves can only be learned by specific Pokémon, and Eevee is one of the few that has its own Z-move. Eevee's Z-move, Extreme Evoboost, increases all of its stats by 2 stages. A boost like this is extreme enough to turn Eevee into a major powerhouse already, but in case Eevee still can't get the job done, it can Baton Pass all of these boosts to a teammate. However, it should be noted that Eevee must know Last Resort to be able to trigger the Z-move. While Extreme Evoboost may prove to be too much for LC to handle, Z-moves in general are likely to make a major impact in the metagame due to the raw strength produced by the very high Base Power of these moves. However, in a tier where Eviolite and Berry Juice are extremely valuable to have, there is a notable opportunity cost to running Z-moves, and the user must choose the time to use their Z-move carefully, since Z-moves can only be used once per battle. Tournament News Official Tournaments The Lower Tier Triathlon (LTT), a best-of-three tournament consisting of the tiers ORAS UU, ORAS LU, and ORAS NU, has concluded. Casparov defeated ZoroDark in two battles to become the latest LTT winner. In a long UU battle, Casparov had good luck with Sleep Talk, which eventually allowed his Bulk Up Tornadus to break through ZoroDark's team. In the LU battle, ZoroDark lost his Dragalge early to Caparov's Mega Camerupt and then had nothing left to stop Casparov's Calm Mind Aromatisse. Congratulations on winning the LTT, Casparov! Meanwhile, the Old Generations Tournament (OGT), a best-of-five tournament consisting of the OU tiers for RBY, GSC, ADV, HGSS, and BW2, is currently in Round 2, with Round 3 scheduled to begin on December 12th. Forum Tournaments The SM Ubers subforum is preparing to welcome Generation 7 by hosting SM Ubers | The Beginning!, which is a best-of-three tournament that follows the standard rules of SM Ubers. Nuzlocke OU is an interesting ORAS OU tournament starting in the Tournaments subforum. Nuzlocke OU is based on the premise of a Nuzlocke playthrough in the Pokémon games, which forces players to discard Pokémon if they faint. However, for the tournament, the player who loses a Pokémon isn't the only one penalized because fainted Pokémon will not be available to anyone in the following rounds. Server Games News Server Tournaments Rankings Users @Annoying Orange, @JoyFrost, and @La.Neptune finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively, on the Tournaments leaderboard for the month of November. Annoying Orange finished with 170 points, followed by JoyFrost with 126 points and La.Neptune with 96 points. On the Tournaments event leaderboard, @electraheartcomplex placed 1st with 15 points and a comfortable lead. JoyFrost and @Troller tied for 2nd place with 9 points apiece. @Atli, not far behind, placed 3rd with 8 points. Congratulations to our winners! Trivia November was the first month in which players could compete to earn badges by placing 1st on the Trivia leaderboards. After all was said and done, resident server moderator, @闪亮原始盖欧卡 managed to place 1st on the knowledge, speed, and elimination leaderboards with 242.5 points, 42 points, and 3 lives, respectively. Congratulations 闪亮原始盖欧卡 for your impressive achievement! The Trivia staff would also like to notify everyone that since Pokémon Sun and Moon have been released, many questions are being updated to reflect Generation 7, and questions about the new Pokémon are being added! Other News PO League Underway The PO League is officially underway. Players can make a post in the Challenge Log thread; they will then link to it when they challenge gyms. This season, players must earn seven badges to be eligible to challenge the Elite Four, and players may have up to eight losses before they can no longer challenge gyms. The PO League members and their positions are listed below. BadgeGymGym LeaderORAS Ubers@Mysterious MORAS OU@MetaMence, @Hassin627ORAS UU@DracoNovaORAS LU@gengar17ORAS NU@AtliORAS LC@E.T.BW2 OU@FinchinatorHGSS OU@Whereabouts UnknownADV OU@La.Melle2402GSC OU@XdevoRBY OU@Mister TimInverted Battle@Annoying OrangeMonotype@Tavi97ORAS Balanced Hackmons@チャンピオンワタルChallenge Cup@diamondslight, @JoyFrost Elite Four@Lutra, @snaga, @Edna, @MEOWMIX Champion@Troller Generation 7 Changes for Existing Pokémon and Mechanics There have been several big changes that are sure to have a significant impact. Thunder Wave only has 90% accuracy now, and paralysis only cuts Speed by 50%. Pokémon use the Speed stat of their Mega Evolution on the turn they Mega Evolve. Gale Wings only activates when the user is at full health. Dark-type Pokémon are now immune to the effects of Prankster moves. Burn only deals 1/16th of maximum HP worth of damage now, as opposed to the previous 1/8th. The second Parental Bond hit only does 25% of the damage that the first hit does. Soul Dew is nerfed to only increase the Dragon- and Psychic-type moves of Latios and Latias by 20%. Dark Void only has 50% accuracy now. Several ability changes are bound to shake things up as well. Gengar lost Levitate and gained Cursed Body, which means that it is no longer immune to Ground-type attacks. There will be more options for setting up weather because Pelipper gained Drizzle, Torkoal gained Drought, Gigalith gained Sand Stream, and Vanilluxe gained Snow Warning. Beartic gained Slush Rush, which doubles its Speed in hail. There have been base stat boosts that should increase the viability of a few Pokémon. Dugtrio increased from base 80 to base 100 Attack, so it should be much more potent than before as an Arena Trap user. Beartic increased from base 110 to base 130 Attack, which should help it be a dangerous sweeper in combination with Slush Rush. Swellow increased from base 50 to base 75 Special Attack, and this is significant for lower tiers due to Boomburst sets. Other notable changes include Mega Alakazam's base Special Defense from 95 to 105, Dodrio's base Speed from 100 to 110, Mantine's base HP from 65 to 85, and Pelipper's Special Attack from 85 to 95. Some new move distributions will make a few Pokémon drastically better than they were previously. Mantine can now learn Roost, and since it also gained an HP buff, Mantine should become a premier Defog user. Flygon can now learn Dragon Dance, so it finally has a reliable way to boost its Attack and Speed without relying on Choice items. Dodrio can now learn Swords Dance and Jump Kick, so it has the potential to be a potent sweeper or cleaner thanks to the Speed increase that it also received. Bellossom and Wormadam can now learn Quiver Dance. This concludes this edition of PO News. If there is any news that you would like to see discussed in future editions of PO News, post in our suggestion thread or contact @E.T. on the PO forums. Spoiler: Special Thanks E.T. - Writer Joyverse - QC Sobi - QC, Grammar gengar17 - QC RedJoker25 - Grammar Annoying Orange - QC, Artist Spoovo The Pirate - QC Do you want to contribute to Articles too? Here's How to Become an Articles Contributor.