Calyrex breaks the metagame with wildly high power and speed

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Friday, October 23, 2020

After 17 years since the first three fully evolved Pokémon to start with "CA", namely Camerupt, Cacturne, and Castform, made their debut in Ruby & Sapphire back in March 2003, there is finally a fast Pokémon (Calyrex) starting with that two-letter sequence. Previous CA Pokémon have all been quite slow. There were literally no exceptions until today. Camerupt has a base Speed stat of only forty, and Cacturne and Castform, while faster, are still far too slow to outspeed relevant Pokémon in competitive play. Cacturne has 55, while Castform has 70. In Generation 4, we got Carnivine, which has 46 Speed. This unfortunate trend continued up to Generation 8, breaking today with Calyrex, which has a sky-high base 150 Speed, making it one of the fastest Pokémon in the game, only ten points behind Ninjask, renowned for its base 160 Speed and ability, Speed Boost, which not only makes it faster than it already is, but also, allows Ninjask to use "Baton Pass" to pass the speed gains to other team members.

Since Calyrex-Shadow has a ridiculously high Special Attack stat (165) in conjunction with that 150 Speed stat, it is nearly unstoppable. It can easily fall to priority moves such as "Sucker Punch", but this is easily remedied if Calyrex holds a Focus Sash.

Callum, a 26-year-old Pokémon fan, who has been playing the games for 21 years, since the R/B/Y days, is very happy about this new Pokémon, added as a major character in the Crown Tundra DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield. "I've waited 17 years for there to be a fast CA Pokémon," he said, "and now, Game Freak and Nintendo have given me far more than I ever wanted. Base 150 Speed? Before today, there were like seven or eight Pokémon starting with those letters, and none of them were faster than even 80 Speed! With a base 165 Special Attack stat to go along with that, I can't wait to use this Pokémon in Ubers and Anything Goes!"


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