How GOOD was Rayquaza ACTUALLY? - History of Rayquaza in Competitive Pokemon (Gens 3-7)

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Rayquaza is this week’s Pokemon for our competitive history series! Join False Swipe Gaming in this brief overview of Rayquaza in competitive Pokemon!

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Directed by Kellen

Edited By CDK

VFX Intro By
Ryan Gonzales

Written By
Kevin aka BKC

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Notice I said POPULAR formats, meaning a format where there is a significant amount of people who compete in it for tournaments and so on and so forth. Now Popular does not mean official even though two of the formats I will be covering were official formats being Japan Nintendo Cup and VGC, but it is an indicator of what a good portion of competitive players thought was “optimal” at the time. Also sometimes the Pokemon Battle Historia doesn't provide enough information to talk about certain Pokemon so I add Smogon analysis to make sense of it. This is pretty rare though.

To the people asking why I don't cover Smogon Singles for Gens 1 and 2: It wouldn't really be a history video if I covered those because online Smogon gen 1 meta to my knowledge wasn't actually played until late 2000s. I wanted to cover tournaments/competitive battling that was actually played during the early years of Pokemon (late 90s).

To the people asking why I cover Smogon at all for singles: To my knowledge, Smogon was the most popular format for Gens 3-5 and held a number of tournaments throughout the years. As for Gen 6, I am not covering Battle Spot Singles because there is more information and explanations about sets being used relative to their own meta on Smogon. In other words, there are few written analyses about Battle Spot Pokemon besides the Top tiers and I would like to avoid theorycrafting because it may have a hint of bias (though I theorycraft if I REALLY couldn't find information on a certain Pokemon). The keyword here is explanations. Though I did find statistics of most Pokemon used and most moves used, there wasn't really any explanations on why. Also the few Pokemon I did find analysis of for Top Tier Battle Spot Singles had very similar move sets to the Smogon OU sets anyway.

For the record, I do not care what rules or formats people play their battles by nor am I saying these formats are the only formats that should be played. The way you play Pokemon is between you and your opponent and I will not fault you for using evasion or whatever, I just like examining popular tournament formats.

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💬 Comments on the video

Gamefreak: Hey guys we created Mega evolutions to make weaker Pokémon more viable
Also Gamefreak: ok so let’s give this 680 monster a buff

Author — Spore Ambience


“So who else is in your tier?”

Mega Rayquaza: “I *_AM_* the tier!”

Author — Kurt22


"Wanna see me make that guy's health bar disappear?"

-Mega Rayquaza

Author — Mitchell TheGreat


Arceus: How are you stronger than God? This is an outrage!
Mega Ray: No... THIS is an Outrage.
*deafening screams of Arceus echoing*

Author — Tyler Green


Mega Rayquaza fears NOTHING.

Author — Killuminati 7


Uber’s : I fear no man

* weather clears up *

But that thing....

* wind starts blowing *

It *scares* me

_A green glint appears in the sky_

Author — Ev an


3: great
4: great
5: great
6: literally the best
7: literally the best

Author — Gabriel is a fool


*Mega Kanghaskan is the most broken pokémon ever conceived*

Rayquaza: *Hold my Beer*

Author — King Moon


The climax of Emerald in a nutshell
Rayquaza: Will you two *S H U T U P ! ! !*

Author — Edward Ramos


“In the name of the Pokémon order of the senate, you are hereby banned.”
Rayquaza: “Oh, but I AM the Senate.”
“Not yet.”
Rayquaza: “It’s mega evolution, then.”

Author — Yo shi


Rayquaza: I'm completely fair and balanced.

Also Rayquaza: *_nukes Ubers_*

Author — GoldenHydreigon 47


Rayquaza: Teach me the ways of Primal Reversion!
Kyogre/Groudon: *NO!!!*
Rayquaza: *Gains Itemless Mega Evolution* THEN TAKE YOUR SECRETS TO THE GRAVE!!!

Author — - LibertyPrimeV1 -


Mega Rayquaza is the game equivalent of when you answer back your mom and she uses your full name

Author — UltimateShamrock


*Mega Rayquaza:*

*Ubers has left the chat*

Author — Samza


Primal Groudon and Kyogre: D-Do you believe your own hype that much?
Mega Rayquaza: *I AM THE HYPE.*



“How good was rayquaza”

*Laughs in banned from ban-list.

Author — Alastor Radio Demon


Wild how they made a trainable delete button.

In retrospect, imagine Atk Deoxys with actual defenses and HP. That is M-Ray.

Author — Jonathan Shaw


I think you have a spelling mistake in your title, let me help you:

"How GOD was Rayquaza ACTUALLY?"

Author — wippyfr


Arceus: I am the god of this world
Rayquaza: I am going to end this mans whole career

Author — 西方瑜珈


*Mega-Rayquaza:* Hey guys what's going on?
*Smogon:* Mega-Ray, this is an intervention. You need to stop killing everything.
*Mega-Rayquaza uses Dragon Ascent on Xerneas. Xerneas Fainted.*
*Mega-Rayquaza:* What are you talking about?
*Smogon:* Mega-Ray!
*Mega-Rayquaza used Dragon Ascent. Groudon and Kyogre Fainted.*
*Mega-Ray:* What?
*Smogon:* This is exactly what I'm talking about. Don't you dare.
*Mega-Rayquaza used Dragon Ascent. Smogon Fainted.*
*Mega-Rayquaza:* Mhmhmmh.... Good. Nobody shall stand in my way...

Author — Thomas Gibbons