Intro to VGC 2016: My Thoughts on the New Format


Welcome. With the new rules out, I thought I share my thoughts on this format while also doing a intro to the VGC 2016 season. I plan to play in this format as I still want to play my best to get quality content out as I enjoy to do it and enjoy helping you know something you may not know.  If you do not know, the new rules allow 15 of the previously banned Pokémon (Mewtwo, Lugia, Kyogre, Xerneas, etc.) are now legal in the VGC format. Also, every Primal and Mega they have access to are usable as well.


  1. Double Battles - 2 Pokemon on the field at the same time for both players
  2. Time Limits for Official Events - 90 seconds to pick your 4 Pokemon to use, 45 seconds to pick your moves, 15 minutes for the entire battle
  3. All Pokemon used must be from the 6th Generation (Blue Pentagon)
  4. Illegal Pokemon - Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Dexoys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, Hoopa, & Volcanion when it's legal.
  5. Players may have no more than 2 of the follow Pokemon on their teams - Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, & Zygarde (The forms of each Pokemon are legal as well)
  6. All items except the Soul Dew are legal
  7. No two Pokemon may hold the same item
  8. No two Pokemon may have the same Pokedex number 

My Opinion
I'm a big fan of this. When I started VGC '15, I wasn't the biggest fan of using legends like Thundurus and Lando-T, but after using them and facing against them, I grown to really enjoy and appreciate their power. After those 15 got announced, I got really psyched to train them all up and teambuild with these beast.

What I think will Happen to Each Legend in the Format
Mewtwo - Personally, I expect it to fade away. It's lack of bulk will certainly drive players away from it in a highly competitive area. Mewtwo-X seems to be the better option. With 106/100/100 for bulk and 2 resistances to Fighting and Rock, it'll be taking a few hits. Mewtwo-Y on the other hand has amazing special bulk and really poor physical bulk, it'll be a really big sweeper like Weavile. The bulk of 106/70/120, that bulk is really poor.
Lugia - Lugia can be a very interesting Pokémon. I feel like it'll find some niche roles, but I also feel like its something to remember that a team can only have 2 Legends on a team, so the question is do you want Lugia to occupy that spot. While it's very bulky with 106/130/154, it'll probably fall into a more supportive role with Icy Wind and Tailwind for Speed Control and Aeroblast as a offensive move to handle M-Venusaur and Amoonguss depending on how good it becomes.
Ho-Oh - Ho-Oh is a very cool Pokémon. Like Lugia, its very bulky with 106/90/154 and doesn't slouch as a powerhouse with 130/110 for it's offenses and moves like Sacred Fire, Thunderbolt Flamethrower, Earth Power, and Giga Drain as possible offensive moves and Tailwind for great speed control.
Kyogre - Kyogre in its normal form is a very cool tech. My problem with using normal Kyogre is that Primal Reversion is revealed before you can pick your move Turn 1 which means that your opponent will know right away whether or not your a Primal. It was really good in 2010, doing well at Worlds. Luckily for Rain teams, you don't have to use Politoed as your manual Rain setter and theirs more variety. Politoed could be your rain setter if you somehow can't get a Kyogre.
Primal Kyogre - The OG of Rain. P-Kyogre is great since you can effectively make sure your Scizor has no weaknesses. The weakness of it is that once it leaves the battlefield, the rain will go away, which is very important to keep in mind and will give him a weakness for trainers to exploit. I have heard of people using it with the classic Gothitelle/Mawile duo which is very powerful.
Groudon - I think that normal Groudon will be better than Primal Groudon since Groudon can possibly win a 1v1 against Primal Groudon. The problem like normal Kyogre is that you'll figure out real fast that it isn't Primal since that's decided the first turn it gets to attack.
Primal Groudon - The OG of this metagame. Expect to see it on a lot of teams. This is because it's going to be a very strong option with high power Ground moves like Precipice Blades and is a Fire type so you can use STAB Fire Punches and do massive damage to it. It's ability Desolate Land means that any Water move used when the ability is active will fizzle out. I think of P-Groudon as the Landorus-T of this metagame in which your really powerful and destroying teams with strong moves.
Rayquaza - Normal Rayquaza is very interesting. While M-Rayquaza is very powerful, the fact that it takes up your Mega Slot and your first of two legends is very sad. While you can just use normal Rayquaza, it won't be as strong, which is for you to decide how you want to handle that.
Mega Rayquaza - While it's going to be good, I don't thing it's going to be as overpowered as people make it out to be. The reason people think this is that in Smogon Ubers, it was deemed to powerful since it can Mega Evolve and still hold an item like a Life Orb or any item you may need. While that is fine and dandy, the thing you need to remember is that Rayquaza also has the Delta Stream ability which means that Flying types on the field will have the times effectiveness for its weaknesses will be cut in half. My main problem with M-Rayqaza is that when you use it on your team, your taking up your Mega slot, and 1 out of your 2 legends slots. My advice is to go for a slightly weaker Mega that's not a legend and you'll still have both legend slots open.
Dialga - Dialga is going to be a very threatening Pokemon in this metagame. Since I predict Xerenas to be a really common Pokemon, Dialga can use powerful Steel moves to handle it. Also, the common 2010 TR Dialga is making a comeback and i'm excited for it.
Palkia - Palkia is going to be interesting Pokemon in this metagame. While it can do well against some of the metagame, there's going to be some prominent threats like Xerneas that will threaten it. We'll see how kind the metagame  is to Palkia.
Giratina - Giaratina can pull some interesting things. It can use the classic Hex/Will-O-Wisp combo to mess with physial attackers. Hopefully, the meta will be fun to Giaratina as I want to try out a Calm Mind set.
Giratina-Origin - This is a pretty restricted form of Giaratina as you'll be forced to hold the Griseous Orb. I expect it to get used but if you do this, it'll all work out.
Kyurem -  I highly recommend not using this version. With Kyurem B&W a thing, better coverage, stats, and usability, the base form will quickly get swept under the rug, 
Black Kyurem - There is one thing stopping it from being great. A 170 Attack stat with no physical Ice STAB moves. It could go mixed, but Kyurem-W could do that better.
White Kyurem - The best form of Kyurem. While you have an amazing 170 Sp. Attack stat, you only have a 95 Speed stat, which can be healed with speed control.
Xerneas - Think of Xerneas of a Sylveon that has set up Calm Mind twice and a Agility twice as well ... All in 1 Turn!
Yveltal -  It's ability Dark Aura can be combo with Mega Mawile or Mega Kangaskhan for boosted Sucker Punches. You can also run a support set with Tailwind and Snarl for greatness.
Zygarde - Don't use this legend. I find it the worst legend in this format since it's outclassed by Garchomp, Landorus-T, and P-Groudon, all which will do it's job significantly better. It could probably find some supportive role, but I highly doubt it.

I hoped you enjoyed my intro to the VGC 2016 format. I plan to do a ton of content for the season, including a Individual Pokemon Analysis for all 15, even if there not that good. See you guys next time with the content for this new season and hopefully more Team Analysis. Follow me on Twitter @KurokyuneVGC for updates on when new content comes out. Bye.


  1. thanks for the analysis of Milotic, I was the one who asked, major changes are not (?), I am very interested Black Kyurem so wait till you get your turn, but equally I am very hesitant with which to build for the next season, excuse the bad English

    1. I plan on doing an analysis on all 15 of the new legends, so when I can, Kyurem will happen