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Old April 25th, 2016 (5:30 AM). Edited April 26th, 2016 by gimmepie.
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With over seven hundred Pokémon currently in existence, it's perhaps not surprising that there's a fair few really cool ones out there. Some of them have great designs, some of them are brutally powerful and some of them are even both! Sadly though, there's a lot of Pokémon that have really good concepts or designs that fall short of the benchmark in competitive battle. Generation Six however, introduced to us a way for some of these Pokémon to get a second chance: Mega Evolution.

The PokéCommunity was asked, which Pokémon they would like to give a shot at the limelight by creating a new theoretical Mega Evolution for them. After a vote, the community settled on Roserade. A fan favourite since back in the fourth generation, Roserade has a lot of potential but just falls short of the bar residing in the UnderUsed competitive tier where it sits at thirty-third in usage statistics. So what does it do well, and how can it do it better?

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#407 Roserade
Classification: Bouquet Pokémon
Type: Grass/Poison
Ability: Natural Cure/Poison Point/Technician

Base Stats
HP: 60
Attack: 70
Defence: 65
Special Attack: 125
Special Defence: 105
Speed: 90

Roserade has a fair few positives to it already. It has a notably high Special Attack stat and a fairly decent Special Defence on top of that. It's also fast enough to outspeed a lot of the physically bulky Pokémon you can come across and hit them hard with it's great Special Attack whilst still being able to take a few decent neutral Special attacks. As an added bonus, two of the abilities it has access to - Natural Cure and Technician are pretty good. With Natural Cure, if Roserade cops a paralysis or burn it can switch out and make it go away whilst Technician powers up weaker moves quite a lot. Roserade even has an exceptional movepool having access to great offensive moves like Sludge Bomb and Giga Drain, entry hazards in the form of Toxic Spikes and Spikes, utility moves like Sleep Powder and Toxic and even Recovery with Synthesis.

So with all these great characteristics, you're probably wondering why Roserade doesn't even make the top twenty Pokémon of its own tier, let alone see much use in OU or Ubers. The biggest reasons are its typing and stats. Fire, Flying and Psychic Pokémon are extremely common and Water Pokémon (that Roserade will generally be switched into) often carry Ice Beam. Steel Pokémon are also very common, and whilst Roserade can run a powerful Hidden Power (Fire) to deal with them, many sets don't leaving it completely walled. In addition to this, Roserade's physical stats and HP are extremely low leaving it vulnerable to physical attacks - even those its type resists. It's Speed is also an issue as even though it can outspeed a fair few bulky, defensive Pokémon, it is severely outpaced by common offensive threats.

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"...But I'm fabulous!"

Mega Roserade
Type: Grass/Poison
Ability: Storm Drain

Base Stats
HP: 60
Attack: 50 (-20)
Defence: 75 (+10)
Special Attack: 165 (+40)
Special Defence: 125 (+20)
Speed: 140 (+50)

Our new Mega Roserade does retain its original Grass and Poison typing, however it gets a really handy ability in Storm Drain and a huge boost to its Speed and Special attack as well as a nice little prop-up to its defensive stats. This means that it unfortunately retains the weaknesses to common Flying, Fire, Psychic and Ice attacks. However, it retains the positives that this typing brings too - it's immune to powder moves (ie. Spore), Poisoning and it cannot be burned switching into Scald now thanks to Storm Drain. In fact, switching into any Water attack will provide our already formidable Mega Roserade a nice boost to it's massive Special Attack whilst taking no damage.

Our Mega Roserade takes the typing that once served as a hinderance and uses its now monstrous Special Attack and Speed to turn it into a dangerous anti-meta Pokémon. With powerful STAB-boosted Sludge Bombs and Giga Drains Mega Roserade can outspeed and demolish common and dangerous Water and Fairy types like Keldeo and Clefable with super-effective damage or deal hefty neutral damage to many other Pokemon. There'll be no switching in with Latios/Latias or Jirachi (without a Choice Scarf) to get a revenge kill either since Roserade has access to Shadow Ball to cover those pesky Psychic types, the majority of which our Mega is now faster than.

This is not an overpowered Mega that will be banished to the depths of Ubers (where it would never be seen again) though. Despite it's good Special Defence, that will allow it to take some neutral hits, our Mega Roserade still has poor HP and Defence. This means that it will have trouble switching in to dangerous physical attackers like Landorus and Talonflame or super-effective special attackers like the aforementioned Latis and Heatran.

The PokéCommunity's design for Mega Roserade checks all the boxes for a good Mega Evolution. It's powerful, has a niche it can easily fit into and looks amazing whilst not being overpowered thanks to its defensive limitations and typing.
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Old April 26th, 2016 (5:31 AM).
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Alright, finished this. Now it just needs editing.
Also, I know that the poll for the design isn't actually finished yet but Jo is obviously going to be the run away winner so I put her picture in anyway. If by some miracle one of the others overtakes her I'll switch it xD
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    hit them hard with it's great Special Attack
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    It's Speed is also an issue
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    nice boost to it's massive Special Attack
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    Despite it's good Special Defence
    All "it's" that should be "its".

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    Despite it's good Special Defence, that will allow it to take some neutral hits,
    I don't think you need the comma after "defence" since it's connected to the part after it.
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    Looking good overall. It needs some mention in the intro and the second half about the art contest and linking to the thread in A&D while directly mentioning readers can see other designs submitted in there. I'd also add a bit more to the end alerting readers to the relevant thread for the next Mega Evolution creation discussion/vote.

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    Generation Six however, introduced to us a way for some of these Pokémon to get a second chance: Mega Evolution.
    I'd either remove the comma or add another before 'however'.
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    The PokéCommunity was asked, which Pokémon they would like to give a shot
    Remove this comma after 'asked'.
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    As an added bonus, two of the abilities it has access to - Natural Cure and Technician are pretty good.
    Add a hyphen after 'Technician'.
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    With Natural Cure, if Roserade cops a paralysis or burn it can switch out and make it go away whilst Technician powers up weaker moves quite a lot.
    Maybe add a comma before 'whilst' just to give a pause in narration that seems to fit well.

    Is it worth giving it a short mention on how the mega could benefit it in doubles/typical VGC? E.g. makes Surf a more viable option as now there's an additional Pokemon that benefits from being hit by the move, and could even help negate the downsides of Leaf Storm... somewhat.
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    I've applied the above edits, added one more sentence about the Doubles bit, and added a bit at the top and bottom about the art designing and the next mega designing thread (plus links to the previous).

    All it needs now is a cover image and maybe a beter excerpt (I threw in an example already)
    http://daily.pokecommunity.com/?p=1235&preview=true
    http://daily.pokecommunity.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1235&action=edit

    And you can access it via logging in and going to all posts first, but gimmepie I think you should have access anyway.
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    I've applied the above edits, added one more sentence about the Doubles bit, and added a bit at the top and bottom about the art designing and the next mega designing thread (plus links to the previous).

    All it needs now is a cover image and maybe a beter excerpt (I threw in an example already)
    http://daily.pokecommunity.com/?p=1235&preview=true
    http://daily.pokecommunity.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1235&action=edit

    And you can access it via logging in and going to all posts first, but gimmepie I think you should have access anyway.
    How about just using the artwork as the cover image also?
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    How about just using the artwork as the cover image also?
    Hi gimme. If you can still load other stuff, Rivvon made some artwork already (see the graphic request thread sticky), which may undergo a minor edit first if Kirby has a version with a transparent background.

    Issue with just using the art is that it is too vertical (troublesome with the thumbnails used next to the Bulletin Board), so it needs some editing in some way at least.
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    Hi gimme. If you can still load other stuff, Rivvon made some artwork already (see the graphic request thread sticky), which may undergo a minor edit first if Kirby has a version with a transparent background.

    Issue with just using the art is that it is too vertical (troublesome with the thumbnails used next to the Bulletin Board), so it needs some editing in some way at least.
    I'm fine using Rivvon's art :)
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    Is the article ready for publishing once Rivvon replaces the Mega-Roserade in the cover picture with the Transparent version?
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    Yes.
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    Yes.
    I was able to make some minor movements with the art assets now that I was using the Mega Roserade with transparent background--thank you! I have uploaded a few: green, yellow, and light gray text versions (you really couldn't see dark gray or black over the Mega Evolution helix), so you can choose whichever you prefer for the cover image!

    Green / Yellow / Light Gray
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    I went with the yellow one.

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