Is Mega Gengar Pokemon X and Y’s Big Game Breaker?
In a generation introducing Mega Evolution, Fairy types and a ton of other such competitive multiplayer altering mechanics, there have been a lot of predictions about what things in Pokemon X and Y would completely devastate the metagame. Type changes would wreck Metagross and Hydreigion, Xerneas would crush the Ubers scene simply by being a Fairy among the Dragons, Mega Mewtwo would be broken in general… you name it, people have considered it as potentially overpowered.
But even among this stuff, a new Pokemon forme has emerged that might challenge them all for ‘most broken thing in the Pokemon X and Y metagame’. It is…
No really. This thing from the below picture is apparently a massive danger to the competitive scene:
Why is this you may ask? Well up to now, people never really knew what ability it had. So for all we know, it could just have the (useful but not game breaking) Levitate or some useless new ability no one cares about, making it just the equivalent of another legendary for the higher tiers.
Then however the horrifying truth came out. Mega Gengar… has Shadow Tag.
Above: People now go into panic mode.
Yes, that ability that terrified people when they realised Chandelure could get it from the Dream World. The one that got Wobbuffet kicked upstairs for two generations due to its brokenness. And it’s been given to a new form of Gengar with uber tier level stats…
But it gets worse still. You know what other moves Gengar can get?
Destiny Bond and Perish Song.
Oh yes. The move that auto KOs anyone who KOs it first, and the move that wipes out everything on the field in three turns. So you’ve now got a Pokemon with cover mascot level stats and great attacking moves, who can trap its opponents in battle, and who can both take them down when they KO it and wipe out itself and the opponent in a guaranteed three turns to boot.
That has to be one of the scariest things even possible in the series. Add a typing that resists Fairy moves (it apparently keeps Ghost/Poison typing when Mega Evolved) and outright immunities to Normal and Fighting type attacks, and what you’ve got is the type of monster that the likes of Smogon will probably kick upstairs to Ubers near instantly.
Still, look on the bright side! At least we don’t have Encore as a Move Tutor move or TM… yet. That would be even more ridiculous. I mean, just imagine the sheer horror on your opponent’s face when they accidentally use a Fighting type move on Gengar, it Mega Evolves and uses Encore, then just uses Perish Song while they’re helplessly left flailing around and completely unable to damage you or switch out.
But even without this, the Pokemon is broken in general. God help anyone playing these games competitively when this thing ends up on everyone’s teams…