How GOOD was Garchomp ACTUALLY? – History of Garchomp in competitive Pokémon (Gens 4-6)

GARCHOMP! The Pokémon Land Shark! The ace of Cynthia Pokemon and one of the greatest powers of the franchise in almost all iterations since its presentation in Gen 4. We already know that this Pokémon is good, so let's see how powerful it really is! Join False Swipe Gaming in this brief description of Garchomp in Competitive Pokemon!

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Zane Bhansali aka Epengu


Notice that I said POPULAR formats, that is, a format in which there is a significant number of people competing in it for tournaments, and so on. Now, Popular does not mean official, although two of the formats that I will cover are official formats such as Japan Nintendo Cup and VGC, but it is an indicator of what a good part of the players of the competition considered "optimal" at that time . Also sometimes the battle story of Pokémon does not provide enough information to talk about certain Pokémon, so I add Smogon's analysis to make sense. This is pretty weird though.

To the people asking why I do not cover Smogon Singles for Gens 1 and 2: It would not really be a story video if I covered them because online Smogon Gen 1 goal, as far as I know, was not played until the end of the 2000s. I wanted to cover competitive tournaments / battles that were actually played during the early years of Pokémon (late 1990s).

To the people who ask why I cover Smogon at all for singles: to my knowledge, Smogon was the most popular format for Gens 3-5 and held several tournaments over the years. As for Gen 6, I am not covering Battle Spot Singles because there is more information and explanations about the sets that are used in relation to your goal in Smogon. In other words, there are few written analyzes of Battle Spot Pokemon in addition to the Top levels and I would like to avoid the elaboration of theories because it may have a touch of partiality (although I am theoretical if I REALLY can not find information about a certain Pokémon). The keyword here is explanations. Although I found statistics on most of the Pokémon used and most of the movements used, there was really no explanation as to why. Also, the few Pokémon that I found in the analysis of the first level Battle Point Soldiers had sets of movements very similar to the Smogon OU sets anyway.

For that record, I do not care what rules or formats reproduce their battles or say that these formats are the only formats that should be reproduced. The way you play Pokémon is between you and your opponent and I do not blame you for using evasion or whatever, I just like to examine popular tournament formats.

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    How GOOD was Garchomp ACTUALLY? – History of Garchomp in competitive Pokémon (Gens 4-6)

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    1. 14:22 Lol I didn't catch this while editing or voice recording >_< I meant to say scarfed salamence, mega gardevoir, and hydreigon but salamence and mega gardevoir are switched in the script. Megas cant have other items lol. My b

    2. tl;dr version:

      Gen IV – Uber because it was fast, strong and bulky enough (and had Outrage unlike Mence before Platinum), and that infinite weather setting outside of Sand was terrible or non-existant, and Garchomp's only ability gave it an evasion boost in that permanent weather
      Gen V – More manageable, but still Uber until Rough Skin was released. No more Sand Veil abuse.
      Gen VI – Still good and versatile. Fairies were not much of a problem because Earthquake. Mega is not worth using on pretty much every format.
      Gen VII – Landorus-T turned out too good now and Garchomp is just outclassed. No chance for it to drop to UU though (or at least, dropping AND staying there)

    3. Nice to see pokemon from different generations now. Should be the theme for a long while now as we had too many from there first two gens.

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