Sabrewoif’s Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

For anyone who doesn’t know, the Spooky Cup is an online tournament for the handheld games Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The cup runs from October 23rd 2015 to October 25th 2015 with registration open from October 15th 2015 to October 22nd 2015.

Even without access to the official tournament itself, the Spooky Cup is now an added ladder to Pokémon Showdown, allowing for anyone to practice and participate. 

The Spooky Cup is themed for Halloween and as the name suggests, only allows use of  Pokémon that are deemed “spooky”. 

S tier Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

Aegislash, Granbull, Rotom, Houndoom, Drapion, Volcarona, Tangrowth, Galvantula, Hydreigon, Noivern, Crobat,

A tier Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

Weavile, Chandelure, Umbreon, Absol, Toxicroak, Malamar, Scolipede, Claydol, Spiritomb, Gothitelle, Dusknoir, Mr. Mime, Sharpedo, Exploud, Skuntank, Ditto, Krookodile, Meowstic (M), Liepard, Murkrow, Sableye, Zoroark, Gliscor

B tier Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

Meowstic (F), Glalie, Arbok, Mawile, Garbodor, Gourgeist, Banette, Cacturne, Golurk, Noctowl, Beheeyem, Mismagius, Marowak, Shiftry, Swalot, Cofagrigus, Muk, Drifblim, Dusclops, Kabutops, Honchkrow, Weezing, Basculin, Sigilyph, Jellicent, Froslass, Tangela, Parasect

C tier Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

Gengar, Gligar, Doublade, Zweilous, Purrloin, Lampent, Krokorok, Golbat, Trevenant, Swoobat, Gothorita, Elgyem, Misdreavus, Carvanha, Seviper, Haunter,  Lunatone, Duskull, Stunky, Ariados, Dustox, Mightyena

D tier Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

Rattata, Raticate, Espurr, Loudred, Pikachu, Pumpkaboo, Sneasel, Houndour, Cubone, Drifloon, Kabuto, Yamask, Skorupi, Frillish

E tier Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

Ekans, Zubat, Paras, Grimer, Gastly, Koffing, Hoothoot, Spinarak, Unown, Whismur, Venipede, Noibat, Cacnea, Gulpin, Baltoy, Joltik, Honedge, Woobat, Zorua, Litwick, Whirlipede, Snorunt, Croagunk, Phantump, Shedinja, Shuppet, Gothita,

Tier Explanations

Murkrow, Meowstic (M), Liepard, Purrloin & Sableye (The Prankster Users) Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

The Prankster users are an important part of Double battling. While the popular picks of Thundurus and Klefki aren’t available, trainers still have access to the last of the trifecta: Sableye. Albeit without its mega evolution choice however, leaving it vulnerable to being taunted by faster available pranksters. Cue the rest

Every single available Prankster choice has the benefit of being faster than Sableye, meaning a well-timed taunt will remove its effectiveness immediately. Of the four, only Mewostic can’t actually use Taunt. However, Safeguard makes for a very suitable replacement achieving the same effect. All prankster users aside from Purrloin stay within A tier because of their helpfulness but also their ability to be one-upped by each other.

Granbull & Mr Mime (Fairy Tail) Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

Granbull’s case is easily explained. Granbull is a Fairy Type Pokémon in a tournament mostly populated by Dark types. It also benefits from having Intimidate as an ability. Not much else needs to be said here. Mr Mime also makes it onto A tier simply due to advantageous typing. It would also be a preferred pick over Granbull if your team is in need of a more support oriented Pokémon.

Drapion and Skuntank (It’s not very effective!) Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

Drapion and Skuntank benefit greatly from the format of the tournament by being Poison and Dark types, granting them STAB boosted Fairy repellents, resistance to Ghost, Dark and Poison type moves as well as immunity to Psychic. Their only weakness is Ground type moves which have a shortage of same type representatives within the Spooky Cup.

That’s not to say these two are particularly unstoppable. But they won’t slaughtered. 

Volcarona, Tangrowth, Tangela & Ariados (Rage Powder) Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

Just when you thought you’d have a break from Amoongus, the curse lives on in the form of these four. You can’t escape the rage.

Both Volcarona and Tangrowth are very viable Rage Powder users due to respectable bulk stats, Volcarona’s leaning more to special defence and Tangrowth’s to physical defence. Ariados, well only if you really want to but I can’t promise it tanking much if anything at all. You’d probably just be better off with an evolite Tangela if you’re desperate to not take the two clearly better picks.

Volcarona and Tangrowth do of course have other uses outside Rage Powder, the former still being a very valuable pick when combo’ing Quiver Dance and Heat Wave. Volcarona also benefits from access to STAB boosted Bug type moves, allowing it to remain a threat to Psychic and Dark types.

Gengar (Why so low?) Pokémon ORAS Spooky Cup Tier List

See the main three types that dominate this tournament? Dark, Psychic and Ghost? Well Gengar is weak to all three of them. In fact I’m fairly certain that Gengar has the worst type coverage of all the usable Pokémon in the tournament, which is only made worse by not being able to mega evolve. 

Don’t get me wrong, Gengar can still do Gengar things, but its a far more risky pick due to the Pokémon usage restrictions. To get the most out of the ghost, you’ll have to rely on out-speeding and one shotting your opponent or possibly making use of a Rage Powder/Prankster buddy. 

Other mentions:

Crobat: The fastest Pokémon in the tournament

Gliscor, Claydol, Krookodile, Marowak, Golurk: Ground type picks

Hydreigon and Noivern: The only two Dragon types

Zoroark: High stats and a better environment to capitalise upon its Illusion ability

Basculin: Adaptability Basculin is nothing to laugh at

Exploud: The Scrappy ability allows it to hit ghost types with normal type moves like its signature Boomburst

Rotom: Remember you can change its form, and subsequently its typing. Although you’ll probably only see Rotom-Wash like usual. It is after all the best Water type pick in the tournament in my eyes.


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