We chatted with Bennett Piercy, the Senior Division at the National Pokémon Championships in Indiana in 2015, and got the scoop on battling competitively in Pokemon Sun and Moon.

There’s no question that Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon have become runaway hits for Nintendo. The pair of titles earned the monicker of ‘the most pre-order Nintendo game of all time’ before going on to sell an impressive 3.7 million units in the span of two weeks following launch. Indeed, there are quite a few people enjoying their time with the latest Pocket Monster installments, which means that it’s becoming progressively more challenging to be the very best like no one ever was. Fortunately, we were provided the opportunity to interact with someone that knows a thing or two about Pokemon Battles.

Nintendo recently afforded Game Rant the opportunity to interact with Bennett Piercy, the Senior Division at the National Pokémon Championships in Indiana in 2015. We asked the Calgary, Alberta native for some tips pertaining to the recently released Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, and the competitive player did not disappoint. Check out some tips straight from the champ’s mouth below.

Don’t Overestimate Trick Room


“The aggregate speed stat of the Pokémon in the Alolan Pokédex (the Pokémon that are allowed in VGC 2017 competitions) is much slower than that of previous years. Many players believe that this bodes well for the move Trick Room (Slower Pokémon move first in the turn for 5 turns), but don’t get too excited about this move, because that’s not necessarily true.”

“Trick Room has always been a prominent move in VGC, but it doesn’t actually benefit from a slower metagame. This is because the move doesn’t give an advantage to Pokémon that are slow, but instead benefits Pokémon that are slower than the rest. A better example of a metagame that supports the move Trick Room would be one wherein the very best Pokémon are significantly slower than the average commonly-used Pokémon, such as it was in VGC 2016.”

Try Using Pokemon Types That You Haven’t Before


“There are 18 different Pokémon types, but not all of them are competitively equal; there have always been a few that are more relevant to the VGC metagame than the rest. Some types that have been very prominent in recent years might not be quite as important this year, including Flying, Ice, Dragon, and Rock, while others including Fire, Water and Fairy should remain popular.”

“Other types that haven’t been in the spotlight in the past such as Electric, Poison, and Grass might be common in VGC 2017. This is partially because many of the powerful new Alolan Pokémon can showcase the power of some underrated types that we’ve missed out on in previous years.”

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