When's PAX Prime? I'm sure people attending that could try out new and exciting things for the benefit of the fandom. :p
Groudon, there isn't a mascot duo in which one member is clearly and deliberately dominant over the other. Kyogre and Groudon's case more or less signifies how there is more water than land. Ho-Oh most certainly has super-effective moves to counter Lugia with, and neither have type disadvantages against each other. Plus, Lugia has very low attacking stats, so it can't really touch Ho-Oh with special moves, even when super-effective. I'd say they're quite balanced. As for Dialga, its advantage over Palkia wasn't really intentional; Game Freak simply wanted two dragons that had subtypes which reflected the game titles. In complete contrast, though, if Fairy both resists and deals super-effective damage against Dark, then Game Freak is giving a clear message that Xerneas triumphs over Yveltal, which wouldn’t be ideal for this specific duo. Life and death are very yin-yang-like concepts, so Fairy and Dark reflecting this relationship by being weak to each other would be fitting.
Umbreon takes the same range of damage as the Lv30 Sylveon did (all of the Pokemon used in the demo had max IVs, so I assume the Gabite does as well), so based on that, it likely has the same Defense, unless they changed the damage formula as some have suggested.
Tyranitar if its body is supposedly thin and fragile? It has to have some characteristic that explains its high defenses.
I wrap my long, white tail around my neck to show off. I also repel dust and static electricity.
Dialga and Palkia as time and space should be equal in concept. If they didn't care with those two groups, then there's nothing saying they will care with Yveltal and Xerneas, especially since Death as a concept that appears in traditional children stories is always played as "Evil" and thus can be on the losing side.
As for the GS duo, Ho-oh only learns Ancientpower naturally (and isn't nearly that useful) and Lugia has fantastic defensive stats and Multiscale, though I'll admit I overlooked Thunderbolt and Thunder for both in terms of TMs (though Lugia's still at a slight advantage as it benefits more in the rain and thus can use Thunder while Ho-oh would not dare go near it).
Thanks for the clarification on that. I'm fairly certain then that 65 SAtk cannot OHKO a Gabite with a STAB base 60 power Fairy Wind, and I have trouble believing that it has higher base power than that.
Too bad, it's playing more like Vaporeon rather than making a contrast with Umbreon. Kind of also sucks that this "Dragon Killer" is physically weak in its defenses since you know, most dragons have high Attack and doesn't have Vaporeon's HP to compensate. Combine that with Mega Mawile's weakness to fire and ground, and Gardevoir being defensively weak on the physical side as well....I'm beginning to question whether any fairy was made to have the stats to counter dragons or if Game Freak simply went "being Fairy is enough"
Spritzee is the doctor Pokemon or something yeh? I could easily see its evolution having high HP and defenses to combat dragons.
How would that explain Sylveon losing 41 HP worth of damage from a critical hit Take Down?
Flabébé is still weak to fire, which a lot of Dragons pair their STAB with. But true, the others haven't been revealed.
Good point. So we know its 95 HP. From Scarftail's calculation, its 110 Def. Given that Sylveon survived that critical hit STAB Life orb boosted Hydropump, we know that SDef has to be high (so 130). I really hope that my initial random prediction that I made with little consideration of any other information that it's stat distribution is basically a physical/special mirror of Umbreon's is true
and that there's a Draceon they didn't think was worth advertising
Umbreon is meant to be more like a (Sp)Def tank while Sylveon seems to be Special-oriented. I don't think they're really a physical/special mirror.
More of a reason for Flabebe to not evolve into Fairy/Grass.
I still think that Fairy Wind deals 40 or 60 base damage. How did Sylveon manage to beat the Politoed?
I predict that Drain Kiss will have a base damage of 75 like the other Drain moves. Maybe we can more accurately determine Sylveon's base Sp. Attack this way. It seems like all Pokémon are IV-trained and some of the Pokémon's stats have 252 EVs like Gallade.