Over half of Unova has been released so far (91 total come February 2nd), and with Flying Press recently announced by Niantic, it got me thinking about Generation 6. You may remember that I did a lot of speculation for Gen 5, and I’m excited enough to give Generation 6 the same credit, despite my feeling that it won’t be nearly as profound or as shaking as Gen 5 has been. In fact, Generation 6 is the smallest generation so far with only 73 total Pokemon, and has the least amount of Legendaries/Mythicals since Johto. (3 Legendaries, 3 Mythicals).
Anyway, here are some Pokemon I feel will be standouts for Generation 6, in addition to being good assets for the game. While none of these will upset the meta that I can tell, anything is possible:
Generation 6 introduces the Fairy-type officially, and therefore will have a larger amount of Fairy-type Pokemon than ever before. That being said, Florges will be the standout among the non-Legendary Fairy types. With an overall balance in stats, it will surpass Gardevoir in CP, although not as well in attack. It will simply be the new Togekiss. Alarmingly though, it cannot learn Charm. This is probably the generation that will introduce a new Fairy-type moveset, and my candidate is Fairy Wind. Time will tell how this one will fair, but I so have my concerns.
Another Fairy type, but this one is more secure in its future. The Eevee line knows Charm naturally, so it undoubtedly will know Charm. Pair it with Dazzling Gleam, and we have another well-rounded Fairy type. I’m more expectant of this one than pretty much any other Pokemon outside the starters. Evolving this will be interesting since it involves a process that is outdated in the main series, and uses the friendship process in Gen 8. Could we just get a Kalos Stone to evolve it instead? There’s a lot of Pokemon in Gen 6 that indicate a Kalos Stone would be present, so maybe…
Goodra is the pseudo-Legendary of Generation 6, and it’s a little on the weaker side in comparison to its pseudo-Legendary brethren, but it will be a very solid Dragon type as every single stat it has is over 200, if not marginally so. It’s the most balanced of them all. Odds are it will know Dragon Tail and Dragon Pulse, but Outrage is still a viable option.
Since this list was so small, I’ll include all three Legendaries and their prospective movesets. I’m basing this on Bulbapedia’s list as current as Gen 7 since these Legendaries don’t make an appearance in Gen 8 as of yet:
Fast Moves: Take Down, Zen Headbutt
Charge Moves: Dazzling Gleam, Megahorn, Focus Blast, Psychic
Despite Xerneas’ impressive stats (presumably 4000+ after the nerf), I fear Xerneas will be the Ho-Oh of Kalos. Without knowing Charm or Fairy Wind–in fact, it only knows two Fairy-type moves total–this Legendary will be sorely nerfed by its moveset. Hopefully, it will be introduced in the Gen 8 DLC and get some more Fairy-type moves to help it. Otherwise, it will fail harder than Ho-Oh, and that’s a shame.
Fast Moves: Snarl, Air Slash
Charge Moves: Dark Pulse, Sky Attack, Psychic, Focus Blast
Yveltal looks to be the new king of Dark-type attackers, and even could rule as a Flying-type attacker could it get the moveset that I found. I’m honestly looking forward to this Pokemon over any other Pokemon in Gen 6. It’s also the first Legendary I’ve ever caught, so I might be biased. Yveltal looks like it will rule over Gen 6 as long as it gets great movesets.
Fast Moves: Dragon Tail, Bite
Charge Moves: Earthquake, Outrage, Dragon Pulse, Stone Edge
Zygarde is admittedly an odd one. On paper, it’s a weaker Legendary but among the most well-balanced ones. It also has a 100% forme, which only adds a smidgen more Attack and a lot more HP so it wouldn’t honestly change much about it aside from its longevity. This Pokemon is also the one I’m the least sure how it will be implemented due to it having three different forms and even a single-cell origin. Could it get the Meltan treatment? Only time will tell.
That’s really all I have, but I had to get it out of my head tonight. Thanks for letting me voice my thoughts here!