Given niatic’s recent track record of, well, actually making several pokemon that have potential live up to that potential, the initial movesets of Poison roserade, Electivire, Magnezone, Mamoswine, weavile, Rampardos, garchomp, Yanmega, the last minute alteration to Giratina-O’s moveset, and the move expansions of Roserade, and Honchkrow, with Moltres’ wing attack being a great addition for the Sky attack ones we already had (with the fanfavorite Aerodactyl finally getting a rock fast move to make it actually great for rock attacking), I don’t think its a stretch to assume naitic’s actually understands ‘New pokemon are good, people want them’. Even dialga, who statistically looks inferior to options like Rayquaza, can in practice pull its own weight far better than the stats can show. And thats just for raid, PvP pokemon have seen a large buff and rebalance to shift whats good and for those wanting to be the best there, new options to get.
Now, taking that one step further, gen 4 overtook many previous high standers (who for the most part, were gen 1 pokemon with the exception of the three types that didnt exist when gen 1 was originally made), and even though top attackers shifted, most shifted to another gen 1 pokemon (looking at water, switching from vaporeon to gyarados for nonlegendary water, or nongen ones were ties with gen 1 with a ‘trades X for Y’ reasoning despite many having the stats and move access to overtake gen 1). Then gen 4 happened, and the best of type shifted for a number of pokemon, who had both the stats and move access. With the tease for Gen 5, and gen 5 having many pokemon with potential, I don’t think its a stretch to suggest another power creep gen will soon be upon us.
Using the big name everyone knows, machamp. Fighting’s a high demand type, machamp the pinnacle puncher, is high demand. However, most already have them, so only newer plays really raid it, since they’d go for the best fighting type anyway, few set up players raid it for a need for better machamp (since already having many) and raids are more likely for rewards rather than the pokemon. Now assume gen 5 makes Conkeldurr better. those with machamp no longer have the supreme fighter, and given many people want to get better attackers, a better fighting type will attract even set up players. Since those looking for best fighting types, because they dont have many, will raid which ever is best, but set up players wont so long as they have the same (this of course is assuming conkeldurr’s lines a raid, but also note conkeldurr can also be a pace holder for any new attacker that tops a previous). If they are restricted to eggs, people will hatch like mad. Given how Gible and Cranidos eager people are, placing something as high value as Timburr in a 10k would make a lot of sense, as there’s been a precedent for it.
Its not like gen 5 has any shortage of potential high markers. Nonlegendaries like Archeops, Chandelure, have the potential to be high achievers, and even potentially The top achiever of both their types, while Escavalier, Haxorus, Volcarona, Conkeldurr (as stated) Hydreigon, Zoroark all have potential to be of one type (Haxorus, in particular, having an absolutely ludicrous attack stat similar to Rampardos, though slightly lower, would have Rayquaza teir damage out put due to not having the 9% nerf if given DT/OR). Now all of these pokemon are not exctly what one would say is a ‘common’ pokemon, even in the games being quite rare, with only Conkeldurr and Chandelure being somewhat common species but given niantic made Shinx, a literal route 1 pokemon from sinnoh raid/egg locked, the same could easily be done for those two. Given these pokemon have potential to be good, having the stats and main series move pools, making them top tier and locking them to eggs/raids or making them super rare wild spawns, thus eggs and raid being the best way to get them would certainly get people out spending for them (since we have seen similar for gible and cranidos). Restricting them to raids and or eggs would make sense, since if people want them, they would need to either RNG hatch/raid them slowly, or spend coins on incubators and passes.
Volcarona and Zoroark receive a slight special mention, as they have a signature move and former signature move respectively, Fiery dance and Night Daze, so even if they are released with not best movests for fire and dark, there’s still somewhat of a potential for it, like what many expect for Lucario with Aura sphere and what happened for one Steel wrecking machine, Metagross, with meteor mash. Krookodile also gets a mention, since while not naitively possessing the stats, it does get a signature move, power trip, and its sunglasses form could make for a community day not that dissimilar to Squirtle (Empoleon is also able to learn power trip, but that’s by breeding, and thus still retains signature move status).
Those were just the nonlegendaries, the legendaries also have much potential. Zekrom and both formes of Thundurus have amazing stats, three new potentially raikou/electivire topping electrics, who would shear outstat the big cat and yeti, dont even need wildcharge to be a top electric, so niantic would need to basically trash three legendaries which wouldn’t make sense when it has potential to be a high demand raid target. Reshiram’s fire status isnt as safe, since Blaziken exists, but its extra bulk can make it a dialga-like lower DPS, but more than compensating for with bulk option (Note: Dialga, Reshiram, and Zekrom all share the same stat distribution when converted to GO’s stat formula). Landorus could be a great ground with Earth power, though with no ground fast move access, I dont know how attractive niantic could make it without a new move addition. Tornadus, and most of the swords of justice with current moves dont stand out, unfortunately. Kyurem deserves a special mention here, since right now, niantic cant really make it better than Mamoswine, or at least, its base form. Black/White formes will likely completely outstat every other ice type, and potentially dragon.
That’s leaving out the signature moves, which the Tao dragons, all possess, two for zekrom and reshiram and three for kyurem, while unlikely given niantic’s withholding of signature moves from most legendaries, still is potential, especially given they could give one as a fast, and the other a charge (since kyurem’s freeze-shock and ice-burn are forme locked). With Sacred sword, Terrakion could also become a great fighting attacker, but would need a better fast move since doesnt learn counter.
So theres a lot of pokemon, that if niantic actually understands ‘better pokemon = people want them more’ could live up to said potential in a way similar to gen 4. Now of course, the issue that’s going to inevitable come up is the typical power creep complaints. What do you guys think, could niantic actually be starting to understand people go for better, stronger pokemon, and thus have made more as such, or do you think they accidentally’d themselves into gen 4’s top placers.