This thread is designed to discuss Pokèmon found in the TRPG, and, eventually, I'm hoping to form a tier list for each of the regions (excluding promos). Anyways, for now I just want to discuss some Pokèmon and the merits of using them in the TRPG. I'm going to start the discussion with five different poison types you can find in Amaya. Formatting might be rough due to mobile. Group 1: Poison Poison types have never been the most popular type, but since fairies appeared and became popular, they have become more valuable. Amaya has introduced some particularly good poison types, so let's take a look at the ones everybody can get. Thylere is the only Poison type you can find before the Toxic Tunnels; it can be found on the first route if you explore further. Thylere has a good 470 bst complete with a huge 110 Attack. These stats will make most early random trainers tremble. It has dual-STAB very early, and this is easily abused against many Pokemon. Despite its great stats for the area, Thylere struggles in important fights early on. In Chrome Stadium, the trio of Tamachroa stop Thylere completely. Their hefty defenses combined with the rock typing wall our semi-manticore friend entirely. Ferris is even worse since his team cannot even be poisoned. If you keep training Thylere past this, you've got spirit. It will be fairly useful against Iris, packing a good super effective STAB attack in Poison Tail; however, any usefulness it had will start to fade past this as enemies get more powerful. In the late game: It's difficult to give an opinion when TMs are missing. It has a low BST for the late game though; however, if you pick up an Acid Rain summoner and Thylere's Hidden Ability, Catalyst, it could be a surprisingly effective attacker. Acid Rain nabs it a defense boost and a huge speed boost to remedy its mediocre physical bulk and low speed, and its level up movepool provides decent neutral coverage. From the Toxic Tunnels, things are far more varied, so it gets harder to talk about specific battles (most people will be able to handle battles with something). I'm just going to talk about the relative effectiveness of each mon vs things you have a high chance of facing after obtaining it. Inferatris is the rarest Pokèmon in the Toxic Tunnels, and it is not worth hunting for. Every other poison type there will evolve to serve you better. Sorry Inferatris lovers. Inferatris has a great typing for resisting damaging status in Fire/Poison. Intimidate is also a great ability. Unfortunately it doesn't have much else to work with. This Pokèmon is slow, and the Amaya region carries a lot of speedy water, ground, rock, and psychic types. Inferatris has a horribly shallow movepool and average attacking stats, so it simply cannot deal with threats such as Gardevoir, Zagitarius, Harpure, Gallade, Miralair, Starmie, Flygon, etc. If you want to use Inferatris, use it to support your team. It will not function well alone, but it can learn Toxic, Will-o-Wisp, and Glare. These are all great options for crippling foes so the rest of your team can have an easier time. Get a Gobbear with Run Away. It will evolve soon. Gobbear is hard to use and it has few redeeming qualities (besides Gobbull that is). You can find Gobbull in the Toxic Tunnels, so it might be worth hunting for one with Sheer Force. This is a great Pokèmon if you have the right ability. Without Sheer Force, Gobbull is only decent. Get that Decimate relearn move as soon as you can on Gobbull. With Sheer Force and STAB, Decimate has an effective 216 base power off of a 115 Attack stat. Furthermore, nothing is immune to it. Unless something has a good defense and resists dark type moves, Decimate will rip it apart. Sheer Force boosted Poison Moves are useful for killing those fairy types, and you can tutor Zen Headbutt to wipe out Fighting types. Rapteroc, Tyranitar, and other Gobbull are the only Pokèmon in the Amaya dex that resist this trio. Gobbull has decent bulk and speed alongside brute strength, so it makes a viable late game Pokèmon in the TRPG. Watch out for fast ground types that mods may throw at you though. This line is arguably the best non-legendary Poison type line in Amaya, but only if you have its hidden ability. Poison Sky causes its foes to take periodic damage, and it gives the line great physical bulk. This ability also allows it to support Pokèmon running Catalytic (if there are actually any good abusers). Let's look at the rest though. Great special bulk, good special attack, passable speed for a bulky attacker, and (presumably) the awesome movepool most poison types have. These make it a strong, but not the best, pick if you cannot get the hidden ability. It, at the very least, will be the bane of the onslaught of powerful fairy types in the region. While it can take hits from both sides and deal out good damage, its level up movepool is bland. It needs tutors and TMs to be an effective pick. Powerful physical ground types (Volterra, Flygon) will always lay waste to it with ease. Without coverage options provided by external sources, Steel types wall it completely. This can be the best Poison type Amaya has to offer, but you have to put a lot into it to get it to that point. If you can't put in that effort, turn to Gobbull or the final poison type in my list... I think this is the best Poison line Amaya has to offer. It requires less work than Sauroxic to use optimally, and it is able to abuse it's dragon typing more than most dragons currently can. Neurake can be found in the first route of West Amaya, but it will evolve soon after you find it. It's not worth talking about. Miasmyrm has a great ability in Rough Skin, and most people will want to use that. It's fine, but Miasmyrm's real potential comes from spamming powerful dragon Moves without punishment. Spiteful, its hidden ability, gives Miasmyrm an attack boost when a Pokèmon takes no damage from a attack. The plethora of fairies running around Amaya cannot safely switch into Miasmyrm because they risk boosting it's already great attack further. Now combine this with dragon dance, and you have a Pokèmon that can take out a huge portion of the Amaya Elite Four on its own. It has great bulk and a great physical attack; its speed is lack luster, but after a dance, it can outspeed what it needs to in the Amaya dex (hard hitting ground types, psychic/fairy types). Its level set leaves Steel types as the sole type able to wall it; however, it will likely get earthquake as a TM (I'm noticing a trend here). This means that Miasmyrm should only really have trouble with Skarmory and Ferrothorn in Amaya. Bring a fire type. If you don't have Spiteful, bring something to deal with Gardevoir. __________________ Anyways, since this is the first post, I expect it to be a little rough. Feel free to comment, give your opinions, criticize my opinions (constructively please), make suggestions for themes/Pokèmon to look at next, etc.