Nifty Or Thrifty: Psychic Cup (now with splashy meta modifications!)

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The “Nifty Or Thrifty” article sequence takes a complete have a look at the meta for PvP Cup codecs: our second iteration of Psychic Cup, on this case. As is typical for the NoT sequence, I’ll cowl not solely the highest meta picks, but in addition some mons the place it can save you some mud with cheaper second transfer unlock prices and/or leveling up! As a result of for these on a stardust price range — and/or of us attempting to save lots of up some mud for the longer term — it may be daunting attempting to determine the place to spend or not spend it.

In order I attempt to often do, I’ll begin with these with the most affordable second transfer unlock value and steam forward till we lastly arrive on the costly Legendaries. I do attempt to put further emphasis on the thriftier stuff, particularly for codecs like this the place chances are you’ll not use a few of these issues a lot sooner or later. (For a tough information to reusability, although, I’ll rank issues with s, with three being stable in different Nice League codecs, two being okay in no less than sure Cup codecs, and just one being one thing that, truthfully, you’re unlikely to make use of once more.)

A lot of this information is lifted from our final time via Psychic Cup, however there are some BIG shakeups this time which I’ll spotlight… proper now!


Solely one in all these is really new, however all are about to hit the meta HARD this time round. In some methods, that is going to really feel like two completely different metas this week: one which exists earlier than Slowpoke Group Day, and one which exists after. Prepare for some main shifts from the Psychic Cup you already know, particularly after Group Day!




Chunk | Crunch & Psychic Fangs/Aqua Tail

Right here it’s, of us… the brand new terror of Psychic Cup. It’s one in all solely two Pokémon in all the format (Bronzong is the opposite) that has a full Darkish moveset with Chunk and Crunch. Not that it NEEDS cost strikes… it beats 85% of the entire format with JUST Bite! That stated, I DO nonetheless encourage working Crunch, together with Psychic Fangs, although it’s nearly all the time resisted, as a result of it makes every subsequent Chunk damage a lot worse. (Although oft-neutral Aqua Tail protection is okay too, in case you choose that.) About the one issues that actually give Brux bother are Fairies and Fighters (and Malamar) that take solely impartial harm from Darkish, Grasses which may exploit Bruxish’s Water typing (so long as Brux has a protect, it even Bites via Alolan Raichu!), and Cresselia with its Grass Knots. Brux can chew although nearly all the pieces else, and often doesn’t have to fret about what number of shields the opponent has left… although it DOES want a protect of its personal, lest it drop off rather significantly. However make no mistake: it is a terrifying new additon to this meta.


Slowking (Galarian)


Hex | Shadow Ball & Surfᴸ/Sludge Wave

Final yr (and this yr up till Slowpoke Group Day), G-King was fine on this meta, with a uncommon full-Ghost moveset of Hex and Shadow Ball. The issue is that it didn’t have an amazing second transfer, with oft-resisted Psychic (the transfer) or Sludge Wave being its solely choices, with each costing no less than as a lot power as Shadow Ball anyway. However AFTER Group Day, it should have a extensively unresisted bait transfer in Surf that units it as much as be one of the most dangerous Pokémon in Psychic Cup… your new #1, in truth! Like Bruxish, it dominates nearly everything in the entire format, with solely issues that resist Ghost harm (Malamar, Oranguru, and Girafamathingy) or deal a gentle dose of tremendous efficient harm again (Claydol, Bruxish) to fret about, the one different outliers being tremendous speedy Shadow Mewtwo, excessive harm Latios, and tanky Courageous Hen Galarian Articuno. Not like Bruxish, in fact, G-King racks up harm via its cost strikes, so it falls rather hard if at a protect drawback (unlike Bruxish, who simply wants one protect to take care of its excessive degree of efficiency irrespective of what number of the opponent has left). However as I stated on Twitter this man is gonna crash via the wall of Psychic Cup just like the Kool-Help Man this time round. OH YEAH!


Slowbro (Galarian)


Poison Jab | Surfᴸ & Sludge Bomb

Final yr, G-Bro was rather mutedPoison Jab and Sludge Bomb have been extensively unresisted, but it surely was held again by having no cost strikes cheaper than that and infamously taking impartial (quite than resisted) harm from Psychic strikes. It additionally had a clumsy second transfer downside, with Psychic (the transfer) practically all the time resisted, and Focus Blast serving to a bit of when shields are down by punching out Lunatone and Malamar, however nonetheless removed from splendid. After Group Day on Saturday the 18th, now it comes packing Surf and appears [much improved], tacking on wins over each Malamar and Lunatone even in 1v1 shielding, in addition to Xatu and Geeriffarag.




Water Gun | Ice Beam & Surfᴸ

OG Slowbro doesn’t really have it much better, regardless of having some unbelievable theoetical issues going for it: dealing tremendous efficient harm to Claydol and Fires and Rocks (and Flyers because of Ice Beam), dealing widespread impartial harm to most all the pieces else, and truly resisting Metal and Fireplace harm. SOME of that shines out, with wins versus Victini, Metagross, Claydol, and Lunatone, giving it some attention-grabbing potential area of interest use. But it surely simply doesn’t actually capitalize towards anything. Even pushing to 2v2 shielding solely manages so as to add on Wobbuffet and Xatu (barely). I’ve seen a LOT of discuss Slowbro, and I sorta get it, however once you peel again the curtain and provides it an extended exhausting look, it simply doesn’t do as a lot because it feels prefer it ought to. There can be groups that completely profit from it, however simply don’t ask it to do a lot past its very area of interest function.

10,000 Mud/25 Sweet

So whereas I attempt to evaluate the meta fairly comprehensively in these writeups, I lower my enamel approach again once I began (over 400 articles and 4 years in the past!) by keying in on budget-friendly choices to assist of us that don’t have each doable Pokémon already constructed and/or buckets of stardust simply sitting round ready to be spent. All that to say… I often give attention to the 10k class as a lot as doable, as they’re usually the most affordable issues to construct from the bottom up. Sadly, for this explicit Cup that hardly has any starters or something, there’s barely something right here. However there IS one very helpful diamond within the tough, so let’s check out this unfortuntely small group.


Raichu (Alola)


Volt Change | Wild Cost & Thunder Punch/Grass Knot

The one 10k choice ranked inside the Top 10, AhChu’s huge benefit on this format is being one in all only a few issues with a full moveset that may hit (practically) all the pieces for impartial harm… solely Claydol and a pair Grass sorts boring Electrical harm. Usually that all-Electric set is what you’re going to need, however there IS a case for Grass Knotespecially with shields down, with which it may possibly no less than win the mirror (and threaten Claydol). Both approach, AhChu is excellent at chunking issues down, and clearly is a pleasant menace (although not an ideal one, as seen above with Bruxish) to the rising Water sorts this time round.




Fireplace Spin | Flame Cost & Fireplace Blast

Plus aspect: as with AhChu, Delphox dishes out largely unresisted harm, and the Fireplace typing additionally resists Fairy harm. Downsides: must land an enormous costly Fireplace Blast to beat issues like Medicham, Wobbuffet, and Lugia, and often simply barely, and can fall sufferer to Water, Floor, and Rock harm that folks deliver to face down Victini. (Sure, that’s gonna be a BIG factor… extra later.) Ultimately, it’s not an eye-popping track record, however Phoxy IS low-cost and works effectively sufficient as a generalist that may clearly actually burn via Steels.




Air Slash | Psychic Fangs & Aerial Ace

Are you able to inform we’re already reaching a bit? I imply, you CAN do loads worse… no less than Swoobat offers impartial harm to most of the meta (Steels and Lunatone are laughing at it, although), and Psychic Fangs hits particularly softly right here, however does include debuffing to the opponent, so… there’s that? However yeah, the 10ks are actually skinny when that is your third most suitable choice amongst them.

And actually all that’s even left past that’s GRUMPIG, which comes with Shadow Ball however can barely make use of it. Oh, and there’s additionally XL SMOOCHUM, however that’s deciedly NOT an inexpensive construct (having to be absolutely maxed out), and actually not price contemplating in any respect until you one way or the other have already got one constructed. Not less than Claydol, Celebi, and Flyers detest it.

50,000 Mud/50 Sweet

Whereas thr 50k class is often the most important, with the derth of 10k choices this time round, it’s particularly necessary this time as in all probability one of the best place to attempt to get “thrifty”. (All of the Slowdudes and Bruxish fall beneath right here too, by the best way.) Let’s dive in!




Feint Assault | Payback & Heavy Slam

In the event you’ve ever run Bronzong earlier than (and sure, it’s been fairly good in sure previous metas, and in Extremely League), absolutely it was with Confusion and Psyshock. Heck, chances are you’ll not have even recognized it had Feint Assault, as a result of who would ever run that? Effectively, gamers in Psychic Cup need precisely that, together with Payback, to deal tremendous efficient harm to darn close to all the pieces within the format. (Solely a half dozen Pokémon — consisting of Fighters, Fairies, and one notable Darkish kind — handle to take solely impartial harm from Darkish strikes.) Downside is that Feint Assault generates solely the typical 3.0 Vitality Per Flip, and Payback is fairly pricey at 60 power, so regardless of being decently cumbersome and having a really favorable Metal subtyping that enables Bronzong to double resist Psychic harm and resist 9 different related typings, Zong wants an excellent second transfer that does first rate harm for an reasonably priced value. Psyshock is not sensible because it’s closely resisted, and common Zong transfer Bulldoze doesn’t make lots of sense because it prices the identical quantity of power as Payback however offers much less harm and isn’t practically as extensively tremendous efficient. So we flip as an alternative to so-so PvP transfer Heavy Slam, which no less than prices solely 50 power, will get STAB, and is resisted solely by the few Fires, Waters, and Steels within the format, plus Alolan Raichu; it picks up wins versus Claydol, Galarian Rapidash (tremendous efficient harm from Slam!), and each Slowbros (even with them having Surf). You’ll by no means see this kind of moveset be advisable exterior this format, however right here in Psychic Cup, it’s the best way to go.




Psycho Minimize | Foul Play & Hyper Beam/Superpower

There are a number of issues on this format which have stable Darkish/Ghost strikes to wail on most all the pieces else for tremendous efficient harm, and a number of other issues that double resist Psychic harm (all of the Steels within the format, for instance), however there may be nothing else in Psychic Cup that actually does each… and Malamar truly triple resists Psychic! (Psychic resists Psychic, and Darkish double resists Psychic, therefore the Darkish/Psychic Malamar triple resists. See, I can do maths!) Put all of it collectively, and you can see why so many people content material creators have been recommending getting an excellent Malamar throughout Ixkay Analysis Day. It’s very dominant versus the entirely of the format too, and never simply the core meta. Principally deliver a Fairy or one thing with Attraction (or a pair particular issues like Metagross, Celebi, generally Galarian Slowking, and Medicham, who stays part of this meta in very massive half as a result of of Malamar), or Malamar might shred your complete workforce. Thank goodness it doesn’t have a Darkish quick transfer as effectively or it’s doubtless NOTHING would have the ability to beat it. And issues don’t get a lot better in other shielding scenarios both. Too dangerous that it’s pretty limited outside of formats like this.

Final notice: sure, you truly do need Hyper Beam because the second transfer alongside Foul Play. Quick transfer Psycho Minimize can truly get to it in significant spots, and the opposite cost transfer choices won’t ever deal higher than impartial (and often resisted) harm anyway. Superpower no less than offers impartial to enemy Malamar and Metal, Rock, and Ice sorts, however you actually received’t end up wanting that just about as typically as it’s your decision the pure KO energy of Beam.


Rapidash (Galarian)


Fairy Wind | Physique Slam & Megahorn

And in case you assume Malamar seems scary, get a load of THIS. 👀 Working with model new quick transfer Fairy Wind, G-Sprint sort of has all of it: Fairy harm for stuff like Malamar and Medicham and Latios, Megahorn to deal BIG harm to all the pieces within the format (and tremendous efficient harm to the overwhelming majority, as Psychic sorts are weak to Bug harm), and tremendous spammy Physique Slam to put on down most all the pieces else. About the one issues it doesn’t wish to run into are Steels, as they resist all three of these strikes, however most everything else is truthful sport. Observe that in 1v1 shielding, its solely losses which might be NOT Metal sorts are Alolan Raichu, Victini, G-Bro, the brand new and improved G-King, and Attraction Gardevoir. That’s it… that’s the listing. Journey just like the wind, certainly.




Mud Slap | Shadow Ball & Rock Tomb

Ah, Niantic’s long-time pet venture. They’ve tweaked Claydol so clearly and so typically that it nearly turned a joke, including Earth Energy in Might 2019, Mud Slap in July 2019, Ice Beam and Shadow Ball in January 2021, and eventually Rock Tomb when that transfer was revamped in November 2021. Clearly someone over there REALLY desires to make it work. On paper, that is lastly a format the place it SHOULD certainly be superior, completely countering the potent Steels (Bronzong, Metagross, Jirachi), Toxic Galarian Slows, and Alolan Raichu and Lunatone (with each Electrical and Rock sorts additionally being weak to Floor and ineffective towards it), proper? Proper? Downside is that regardless of all of the transfer tweaking, it’s simply remained mediocre at greatest, and that appeared to be the case in early seems right here the place PvPoke’s and my preliminary meta lists had it with the apparent Shadow Ball and slightly-less-obvious Earth Energy to emphasise its area of interest function in hammering on the issues I listed above which might be all weak to Floor. Downside is that in that configuration, it STILL looked mediocre, unable to reliably overcome G-King and even Bronzong {that a} Floor kind actually ought to be beating, and it fell brief towards Hypno and Medicham (each working Ice Punch) as effectively. But it surely seems that with that final and newest replace, perhaps Niantic lastly received it proper, as it’s humble Rock Tomb that seemingly pushes Claydol, lastly, right into a bona fide meta choice. It’s not due to Rock Tomb providing particular protection both, as Claydol truly nonetheless loses to each Flying and Ice kind within the format besides Galarian Articuno. However what Tomb does deliver is a assured debuff to the opponent’s Assault, giving Claydol the additional time it wants to complete each Galarian Slows (regardless of the addition of scary Surf), Zong, Medi, and Hypno off. The impact may be very related in 2v2 shielding as effectively, with Rock Tomb beating Hypno and profitable the mirror match, neither of which Earth Power can reliably replicate. Maybe much more amazingly, Rock Tomb by itself can beat all the pieces it may possibly with Shadow Ball/Rock Tomb in 2v2 shielding! Rock Tomb is NOT an amazing transfer (nonetheless dealing far much less harm than you’d hope for 60 power), and Claydol is NOT an amazing Pokémon, however one way or the other, for one temporary shining second, it one way or the other all simply works. Claydol followers… this meta stays your greatest probability to take Claydol out for… effectively, a spin. 😵😏




Confusion | Shadow Ball & _____ Punch

And now we get into one Psychic kind that the majority gamers have in all probability truly used in some unspecified time in the future, previous dependable Hypno. Sure, it has Shadow Ball, which is a superb begin. Sure, it’s fairly cumbersome and might merely outlast plenty of issues. And sure, it has a wide range of Punches that often deal impartial harm and generally get in for tremendous efficient. However the issue Hypno has is being a bit of gradual because of counting on basically-always-resisted Confusion. I often attempt to preserve ‘Nifty or Thrifty’ critiques comparatively excessive degree and stick principally with the 1v1 shielding situations, however on this explicit case, that state of affairs tells a sad story (together with for Shadow Hypno as effectively). However that undersells Hypno, because it’s a lot better in 2v2 shielding or particularly with shields down. I do suggest it as an area filler on groups, particularly if you have already got it available and (understandably) don’t really feel inclined to speculate too closely right into a one-week format like this with different stuff on this article. Hypno will hardly ever really feel actually dominant, however it may possibly definitely maintain the road simply effective. And as for which Punch to go together with, all of them have advantage, so determine it you wish to burn Steels (Fireplace), freeze Claydol (Ice), or simply go for a good all-arounder with a particular capability to maim Waters (Thunder). Good luck!




Counter | Ice Punch & Energy-Up Punch/Psychic/Dynamic Punch

Sure, Medicham is superior in PvP, however may even it survive in a meta chock stuffed with issues that resist its most important strikes? Effectively, when you have a good rating one, it’s viable-ish regardless of all the pieces working towards it. What Medi DOES do effectively is win the few neutral-on-neutral battles — these versus Steels (Metagross, Bronzong), Rock kind Lunatone, and Darkish kind Malamar — the place each side are dealing impartial harm to one another all through (with one half of their typing being weak, the opposite half resisting, and thus = impartial!). As loopy as it could sound, sure, I feel you wish to run Counter and Energy-Up Punch right here, as a result of regardless of by no means dealing higher than impartial harm, Counter + PuP does nonetheless add up. PuP additionally pumps up Ice Punch, which is Medi’s one attention-grabbing weapon right here for the way it hits practically all the pieces for impartial and is available in with tremendous efficient harm in some key spots (Claydol, Xatu, Lugia), particularly Latios, the place a PuP’d Ice Punch turns into fairly lethal. I don’t essentially suggest Medicham right here, but it surely’s not as insane an concept as you may assume at first.




Feint Assault | Ominous Wind & Aerial Ace

Why oh why couldn’t Ominous Wind have gotten the identical harm increase that Historic Energy and Silver Wind did? I imply, I KNOW why (trace: it rhymes a bit with “cheetah cheetah”), however dang, missed alternative right here. As an alternative, Wind is left dealing a mere 45 base harm, so even having that and Feint Assault — each tremendous efficient versus all the pieces right here that doens’t rhyme with “Nala Bar”, “Gee, Raph, Uh… Huge!”, or “You Rang, Guru?” — leaves Xatu tamer than it should be. Actually viable, although, with good wins versus Claydol (resisting Floor harm is huge), Wobb, fellow Flyer Lugia, and even the massive Steels that usually feast on Flyers. It might probably even hold in there lengthy sufficient to clip Latios’ wings, which is not any small factor. It has been actually years since Xatu made a reputation for itself in very early Silph Area metas, however like am ageing, retired boxer, Xatu might have yet another good struggle left in it.




Deal with | Psychic Fangs & Thunderbolt

OH MY. Are you aware how excited I’m to be closing out a piece in a ‘Nifty Or Thrifty’ article with my homie Farigamariff and it NOT be a complete joke? My boy is legit here, folks! Regardless of working with extraordinarily common (even post-buff) Deal with, resisted Psychic Fangs, and slowish Thunderbolt, Girafathing manages to select off Claydol (who resists all of that however Deal with!), Hypno, Lugia, Xatu and others. However one of the best half about is that, as a Psychic/Regular kind, Figamiraff truly resists Ghost harm, which is useful in these Hypno and Xatu wins, however most impressively, it dominates Galarian Slowking. And whereas it’s NOT a reasonably image with shields down, it does handle to enhance in 2v2 shielding, owing to the resisted however nonetheless impactful (because of opponent debuffs) Psychic Fangs. Shadow Ragafiraf is only a sidegrade right here however continues to be viable too. Both approach… sure, it is a legit, legitimate decide in a meta for the primary time in a number of years, and that’s superior. In the event you really feel like stretching your neck out for this format, it is a very enjoyable and zany approach to take action! 🦒

75,000 Mud/75 Sweet

Effectively, there’s no sugar coating it… there are some superb picks on this and the 100k part, requiring heavier investments and pushing all “thriftiness” off the raft. The excellent news is that a number of of them don’t strictly require a second cost transfer, and those who do profit from them most are more likely to have some playability past simply Psychic Cup, so there’s nonetheless alternative for some financial savings and investments which might be actually price it the place you can’t be too thrifty. Let’s see what we’ve received….




Bullet Punch | Meteor Mash & Earthquake

Metagross solely very hardly ever has a lot affect exterior of Grasp League, but it surely IS nonetheless a stable Metal for metas the place you need precise Metal harm. This right here is one in all them, with Metagross doling out huge neutral-or-better (tremendous efficient versus Ice, Rock, and most significantly, Fairy sorts!) harm to principally all the pieces (AhChu, Waters, Fires, and different Steels do resist). Put all of it collectively, and that is more likely to be Metagross’ greatest Nice League meta ever, significantly when you have one with good PvP IVs, which provides on wins versus Bronzong (one in all very few spots the place Earthquake truly issues) and Galarian Rapidash (who amazingly is in any other case capable of no less than power a tie — if not win outright — with impartial Megahorn and its different strikes being resisted). You CAN pay for Earthquake if you wish to, however it’s actually solely versus different Steels and MAYBE the Galarian Slows that it would perhaps generally flip issues in your favor… all the pieces else could be had with simply Meteor Mash. As scary because it seems, although, I usually don’t suggest Shadow Metagross, as it’s… effectively, gross as compared, walloping Fairies however falling brief versus stuff like Bronzong, G-King, and Malamar that non-Shadow Gross can deal with. In the event you insist on Shadow anyway, you’re greatest with one with a bit of further Assault to no less than win mirror matches… and you keep all the pieces else of notice nonetheless.

Don’t have a sub-1500 CP Metagross? As loopy as it could sound, you’re actually not a lot worse off with its pre-evolution METANG, who has a lot much less inspriring Metal strikes however nonetheless replicates most of what its huge, four-legged bro can do anyway. And on this case, Shadow is on pretty equal footing.




Attraction | Shadow Ball

Yep, you actually don’t want any second cost transfer right here. Heck, 95% of the time, you received’t want ANY cost strikes right here, since we’re speaking about Attraction, however hey, it IS Shadow Ball, in order that’s a straightforward name to TM to as needed. However that is all about that faucet faucet tapping and Charming down a wide swath of the meta, particuarly emo (aka Shadow) Gard, which is mainly a straight uprade with added wins versus Hypno, Claydol, and generally Wobbuffet too. Make no mistake, although: Gardevoir may be very glassy (particularly as a Shadow, in fact) and mainly HAS to have shields to hide behind, but when she does and you’ll keep away from Metal, Poison, and Fireplace sorts (and tremendous thicc Cresselia), Gardevoir can run roughshod over complete groups. Attraction is all the time good, however particularly in a meta the place so little resists it.



And sure, that is additionally that uncommon meta with Charm GALLADE truly is sensible, and as with Gardevoir, you actually don’t want a second transfer. (Simply persist with extensively impartial Leaf Blade.) Additionally like Gardevoir, Shadow is healthier (although solely barely, on this case, with new wins versus Bruxish and Alolan Raichu). In the event you intend to run Attraction, you’re nonetheless a lot better off going with Gardevoir (Gallade taking impartial from Psychic harm whereas Gard resists it is only one of many causes), however uh… maybe double Attraction might run each? (However please don’t, pleaseandthankyou. 😅)


Mr. Rime


Ice Shard | Ice Punch & Icy Wind

One other excellent news/dangerous information story within the making right here. The nice is having a moveset resisted solely by Steels (and the only a few Waters) within the format, huge debuffer Icy Wind as a part of it, and outcomes that get better and better the longer the battle goes. (Oh, and completely obliterating Latios, Claydol, Flyers, and Grasses.) The dangerous is dropping to most all the pieces else, to incorporate Malamar, the Fairies, the Steels (in fact), Fires and Rocks and Waters (once more: in fact), and large names like Medicham, AhChu, Hypno, and Galarian Slowking. Option to cool off the hype there… sorry!

100,000 Mud/100 Sweet

We’re nearly finished! There ARE some impactful Legendaries and Mythicals to cowl, so let’s blow via and produce this on residence!




Fast Assault | V-Create & Overheat

Sure, even with the rise of all of the Surfer Slows, Fast Assault Victini nonetheless seems freaking terrifying. It might probably beat Hypno, Cresselia, Lugia, and even Fireplace-resistant Latios in 1v1 shielding, and add on doubtlessly Malamar, AhChu, and Claydol with shields down. I don’t know {that a} second transfer is strictly required in case you’re strapped for sweet and/or mud, as V-Create does practically all of the heavy lifting by itself, but it surely’s price noting that Overheat helps considerably to beat the Galarian Slows and (significantly in 0v0 shielding) to outrace Bronzong, clearly all vital pickups. And Fast Assault Victini can tear it up in even Open Nice League, a lot much less Restricted metas, so that is wanting like a really protected funding for even when Psychic Cup has pale from the rear view mirror. It’s a good time to construct yours up in case you didn’t already push it previous 1500 CP. However you wouldn’t have finished that after being being advised to keep it at Great League level, now would you? Don’t let these Slowdudes and Bruxish scare you… preserve smoking ’em (actually) in case you received ’em! 🔥




Dragon Breath | Dragon Claw (& Photo voltaic Beam?)

In the event you managed to get one beneath 1501 CP throughout Hoenn Tour, congrats! It’s pretty good hereShadow Latios is fortunately not a downgrade, only a sidegrade, buying and selling in Xatu and Victini that non-Shadow can get VERY shut wins towards (surviving with 3 or much less HP) for comparatively comfy wins versus Alolan Raichu and Medicham as an alternative. Steels and Fairies resist Dragon harm, however apart from them, Latios is a superb generalist that piles on harm very, in a short time whatever the opponent’s provide of shields. You do have to have an escape plan if a Metal or particularly Fairy reveals up, although. 😬 And as with different glassy stuff like Gardevoir, Latios ideally needs at least one shield to hide behind.




Psycho Minimize | Grass Knotᴸ & Moonblast

The title of Cress’ sport is bulk and impartial harm cost strikes, and that may carry it quite a ways. Sure, Grass Knot can break some poor Claydol or Slowbro’s day, and Moonblast makes Malamar and Latios and Medicham cry, however usually Cresselia is simply outlasting stuff in neutral-on-mostly-neutral slugfests. It’s fairly wonderful with shields down, however loses effectiveness when pushed to two shields, so plan her spot in your lineup accordingly in case you plan to deploy one.




Dragon Tail | Sky Assault (& Aeroblastᴸ or Hydro Pump?)

But once more the non-Shadow and extra simply acquired Shadow Lugia stay fairly shut in efficiency, the principle distinction being that non-Shadow holds up lengthy sufficient to take down Victini, whereas Shadow as an alternative overpowers Malamar. It’s additionally effectively price noting that in shieldless and 2v2 shielding, it’s Shadow Lugia that pulls barely forward, buying and selling in Hypno and Slowbro for wins versus Victini, Cresselia, and Gardevoir in 0v0 and choosing up Victini and Alolan Raichu in 2v2 protect (no new losses in that case). ALSO notice {that a} second transfer doesn’t do lots of good for you in simulations, however in case you WANT to shell out for a second transfer (Lugia IS okay in different GL metas and a comparatively protected funding), Legacy Aeroblast is greatest, however Hydro Pump is an appropriate substitute that might shock Victini or Claydol (and offers BIG impartial harm to Steels too).




Cost Beam | Doom Need & Dazzling Gleam

In the event you ever wanted an indication that it is a very unusual meta that turns lots of norms on their collective heads, it’s this: Cost Beam is a advisable transfer. Even higher: Cost Beam is a advisable transfer on one thing that doesn’t get STAB with it and DOES with considerably higher PvP transfer Confusion. However in fact, Confusion is extensively resisted and Cost Beam is extensively not, in order that’s what we’re going with. And you already know what? It actually works, with Cost Beam main on to wins over stuff you’d anticipate Electrical harm to assist with (like Lugia), but in addition one you in all probability wouldn’t consider: Malamar. That final one is basically received by the use of tremendous efficient Dazzling Gleam, but it surely’s solely due to the power beneficial properties of Cost Beam that Jirachi will get there in time anyway. And that is no fluke: JIrachi stays fairly constant in shieldless and 2v2 shielding matchups as effectively. Simply this as soon as, it’s time to TM away from Confusion for every week. Simply be sure that to change again when Psychic Cup is over and also you wanna use Jirachi once more. 😉




Magical Leafᴸ | Seed Bomb & Leaf Storm

Effectively, identical to Jirachi, Celebi additionally comes with Cost Beam and Dazzling Gleam, although on this case I don’t assume you need both. As a result of Celebi comes with a greater different to each Cost Beam and Confusion with Magical Leaf, and might run a full (oft-unresisted) Grass moveset with Seed Bomb and Leaf Storm as effectively, making it a handy generalist that hates particularly exhausting on Claydol and Alolan Raichu and one way or the other even beats Metagross, however in any other case desires to keep away from Steels and Fires just like the plague, amongst different issues. Celebi isn’t something tremendous particular, if I’m being sincere, however when you have an excellent one, dealing as a lot impartial harm because it does is a helpful factor in Psychic Cup.


Articuno (Galarian)


Psycho Minimize | Historic Energy & Courageous Hen

Positive, in case you’ve been fortunate sufficient to A.) encounter one beneath 1500 CP, B.) truly catch the blasted factor, and C.) had sufficient assets to get it double moved, then yeah, you can use it here as maybe probably the most showoffingest of showoffs ever. After which go purchase some lottery tickets.


Mewtwo (Shadow)


Psycho Minimize | Shadow Ballᴸ & Psystrikeᴸ

Mewtwo ties with Alakazam for quickest Shadow Ball within the format. And whereas common Mewtwo beneath 1500 CP continues to be a pipe dream, by now many gamers have Shadow Mewtwo which is a spicy little speedster right here. In the event you like quick battles (win or lose) and blazes of glory, look no additional.


On this further part, I cowl a number of mons which might be no much less “nifty” than these in the principle article above, however require maxing or no less than nearly maxing out, so they’re FAR from “thrifty”! I already talked about SMOOCHUM earlier, however there’s only a couple extra….




Counter | Mirror Coat & Returnᴸ

Final time I advisable Charm, however partly as a result of rise of the Toxic Slows, I’m leaning Counter once more. It helps that it additionally outraces Lunatone, Claydol, Victini, and now Bruxish (generally, particularly when it lacks Crunch) that approach.

And uh… effectively, wow, I suppose that actually is it. I imply, there’s SLOWPOKE and Shadow Slowpoke) and even GALARIAN SLOWPOKE, however they’re actually not anyplace close to price that sort of funding. And don’t attempt to get cute with stuff with favorable Hidden Power types both… it doesn’t truly work.

However I have labored, and might fortunately now declare that this text is a wrap! As all the time, I hope my ramblings provide help to steadiness the price of the place to save lots of your self some hard-earned mud (and sweet!) and put collectively a aggressive and FUN workforce. If I used to be profitable in that, then it was all price it.

Till subsequent time (a long-awaited evaluation on Slowpoke Community Day!), you possibly can all the time discover me on Twitter for normal PvP evaluation nuggets, or Patreon. And please, be happy to remark right here with your individual ideas or questions and I’ll attempt to get again to you!

Thanks for studying! I sincerely hope this helps you grasp Psychic Cup (once more!), and in probably the most reasonably priced approach doable. Better of luck, and catch you subsequent time, Pokéfriends!

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