People are very excited because the Indigo Disk DLC has changed Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which has made a lot of noise in the tier list. Hold on tight as we go on this month’s Pokémon journey, which has a lot of ups and downs and surprises.
Who’s New in the UU Tier? The Switch-Up Shuffle
With the recent release of the Indigo Disk DLC, the Paldea Region got a whole new group of Pokémon. As of now, the January tier list changes have been made by Smogon U, our go-to source for Pokémon tier information. The big deal? The Under Used (UU) level.
How did this tier tango come to be? Power creep is when the new kids on the block show off their skills and make it hard for the old-timers to keep up. Let’s look at Blaziken. With Speed Boost, this Fire and Fighting type starter used to be a speed demon that could easily sweep opponents. But things have changed, and the newest Pokémon come with tools to fight the OG threats.
So, what do you think? In January, there was a Pokémon party in the UU tier with Blaziken, Amoongus, Garchomp, Metagross, the lively Latios and Latias twins, and a lot of other fun Pokémon. The catch is that the DLC is brand new—it’s not even been a month. These UU tier positions are like a Pokémon battle in motion; things will change a few times before they settle down for good.
Coming in new to the OU Tier are the Rising Stars.
The changes to Smogon aren’t just happening in UU. We have Pokémon that are moving, getting better, and reaching new heights. The Overused (OU) tier got five new pokemon: Cloudsire, Meowscarada, Pelliper, Weavile, and Torkoal. They brought a breeze of change with them.
The weather teams for Peliper and Torkoal were a big hit, showing how good they are at changing the weather. With Triple Axel and Knock Off, on the other hand, Weavile and Meowscarada got more SLOTBANGJAGO power. Weavile in particular has grown from a threat from the last generation to a powerhouse for the OU. At the same time, Torkoal, the grassy starter, got new ways to cover, which earned it a spot in the OU tier in January.
That’s not all, though. A number of Pokémon, such as Maushold, Armarouge, the fiery Galarian Moltres, and the famous Tyranitar, made it to UU. For Pokémon fans, seeing Tyranitar take back a higher-tier spot in UU brings back fond memories.
Pokémon Moving Down: Taking a Step Back
Even though everyone was happy, some Pokémon fell in tiers this January. The power scale is always changing, and some well-known creatures went through a change. The well-known Prankster Pokémon Whimsicott was in the Rarely Used (RU) tier. It was a graceful fall for Hoopa Unbound, Grimsnarl, Chandelure, Thundurus, and Diancie to the Never Used (NU) tier. Trainers, times have changed!
The good news is that it’s not the end; instead, think of it as a short break to rethink your strategy. It’s important to be able to adapt tier lists, just like it is in games. Don’t worry if your favorite ends up in a lower level. You can still use it in battle and show off your fighting skills.
What’s going to happen? We can’t wait for the rankings to come out next month to see how the Indigo Disk dust really settles. We’re ready for the next exciting chapter in the world of Pokémon, which is always changing.