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Old May 9th, 2016 (6:44 AM). Edited May 25th, 2016 by gimmepie.
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There are a lot of Pokémon out there, over seven hundred in fact. A great many of this number are both awesome and viable competitively. Unfortunately though, a lot of really cool Pokémon don't pass muster with their limited competitive prowess. Generation Six however, gave us a way to give the passed over a second chance: Mega Evolution. Through Mega Evolving an otherwise useless Pokémon like Mawile or Altaria can become an absolute powerhouse.

The Make-a-Mega series asks the battlers of PokéCommunity which of these left out Pokémon they'd like to receive a new Mega Evolution. The competitive battlers of PC then spend several weeks determining any typing, ability and stat changes our Mega Pokémon gets whilst the community's artistic whiz's develop a design for our hypothetical Mega Evolution. This time around the community decided to create a Mega Luxray.

Banished to the depths of the lowest possible competitive tier, Luxray is beloved for it's extremely cool design but isn't very useful at all as a competitive option. Even in its lowly home tier of PU, it is generally outclassed by other Electric-typed Pokémon such a Raichu, Zebstrika and even Ampharos.

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#405 Luxray
Classification: Gleam Eyes Pokémon
Type: Electric
Ability: Guts/Intimidate/Rivalry

Base Stats
HP: 80
Atk: 120
Def: 79
Sp. Atk: 95
Sp. Def: 79
Spe: 70

Unlike Roserade, our previous Make-a-Mega choice, Luxray doesn't have much going for it to begin with. It has a decent Attack stat and an average at best Special Attack. So offensively it does have some power to it - although by the current meta game's standards not a huge amount. It also has a fairly good ability in Guts. However Guts requires it to cop a status condition like Burn or Poison which will rapidly eat away at its health since it has no recovery. On top of all this, Luxray is painfully slow and even in PU it is massively outpaced by other Pokémon and it has an extremely narrow movepool. Despite it's decent Attack stat, it's lack of Speed and moves render it all but useless as an offensive Pokémon.

Luxury has nothing to boast about defensively either. It's base eighty HP isn't too bad (all things considered). However, coupled with extremely low Defence and Special Defence stats, it's not enough rendering Luxray painfully frail. Even if it carries Intimidate to lower opposing Pokémon's Attack stats it is unlikely it will survive more than a hit or two of neutral damage, let alone super-effective moves.

All in all, as it is Luxray is essentially useless. It has limited offensive capabilities and no positives to speak of defensively. Even in PU, the land of the weak and forgotten, Luxray's good looks conceal a distinctive lack of battle prowess. So, what can we do to remedy this travesty?

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Mega Luxray
Type: Eletric/Dark
Ability: Strong Jaw

Base Stats
HP: 80
Attack: 140 (+20)
Defence: 119 (+40)
Sp. Atk: 65 (-30)
Sp. Def: 99 (+20)
Speed: 120 (+50)

Now this is more like it! Our Mega Luxray has a lot more to work with than it's regular counterpart. Gaining a Mega Evolution doesn't do anything to improve Luxray's rather pathetic movepool, but its new ability does help fix the problem. Luxray's main sources of coverage are the biting moves Fire Fang, Ice Fang and Crunch, but aside from Crunch these moves are quite weak. Strong Jaw however makes these moves 50% more powerful turning the weak elemental fangs into powerful coverage moves each with 96 base power and good accuracy. Thunder Fang also becomes a reliable STAB option, now matching Wild Charge's recoil but having a similar base power. Crunch, with Luxray's added Dark type, becomes a powerful primary STAB move with a base power of 120 and no drawbacks.

Even better is the twenty point boost to Luxray's Attack stat and the complimenting fifty point boost to its Speed. The boost solidifies Luxray a place as a powerful physical attacker allowing it to do some really serious damage to all but the sturdiest of foes. Now however, Luxray also lacks the hindrance of its one mediocre Speed stat and is able to outspeed Pokémon that would have once obliterated it like defensive Landorus, non-Scarfed Tyranitar and Excadrill without the benefit of Sand Rush.

Luxray is also nowhere as flimsy as it once was either. Before this Mega Evolution, Luxray would fold over like paper before any moderate offensive Pokémon capable of dealing neutral damage. Now, with 119 base Defence and 99 base Special Defence, Luxray has some decent bulk that will allow it to not blink an eye at attacks it resists and to even take some neutral damage.

Despite all these boons however, our Mega Luxray does have some balancing factors. It's new typing provides it with a powerful STAB boosted Crunch, but also results in an additional set of weaknesses to the common Fighting and Fairy types. Mega Luxray's Speed Boost is notable, but it is still slower than most Choice Scarfed Pokémon, Sand Rush Excadrill and also several Mega Pokemon that can hit very hard. It also had to lose points to its once decent Special Attack in order to have room for the massive increase to its Speed.

The PokéCommunity's theoretical Mega Luxray, like Mega Roserade before it, ticks all the boxes for a superb Mega Evolution. It turns an otherwise useless Pokémon into a powerful offensive threat but it also has balancing factors that prevent it from being absurdly powerful like Pokémon such as Mega Rayquayza. Add on a fantastic design, and you've got the making of something that could be a fan favourite... if only it were real.

Submit an idea to our current Make-a-Mega polls or take a look at some other potential designs for a Mega Luxray.
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Unfortunately though, a lot of really cool Pokémon don't pass muster with their limited competitive prowess. [...]Generation Six however, gave us a way to give the passed over a second chance: Mega Evolution.
^ I know that's part of an introduction but maybe you want to give some examples in terms of the cool Pokemon that "don't pass muster." Helps with the transition a bit.

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but coupled with extremely low Defence and Special Defence stats it's not enough, rendering Luxray painfully frail.
^ I don't know if it's because of your region or not but in the game Defense is spelled with a "s" not a "c."

I'll look over more for any typos and such later (:
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^ I know that's part of an introduction but maybe you want to give some examples in terms of the cool Pokemon that "don't pass muster." Helps with the transition a bit.


^ I don't know if it's because of your region or not but in the game Defense is spelled with a "s" not a "c."

I'll look over more for any typos and such later (:
Just looking now I've already seen several, that's what I get for always doing my writing at night. I'll come back ad fix them later. As for giving examples, I left that bit vague intentionally since when I say "cool Pokemon" everyone is going to have a few different ones come to mind. Like, I think Articuno and Typhlosion are great (and also useless competitively) but a lot of people might read that and have Sudowoodo come to mind instead or something xD
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Just looking now I've already seen several, that's what I get for always doing my writing at night. I'll come back ad fix them later. As for giving examples, I left that bit vague intentionally since when I say "cool Pokemon" everyone is going to have a few different ones come to mind. Like, I think Articuno and Typhlosion are great (and also useless competitively) but a lot of people might read that and have Sudowoodo come to mind instead or something xD
True that! (: For the Mega, are other users creating the description/attack patterns/movesets/etc. for it? Or is that under your monitor?
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True that! (: For the Mega, are other users creating the description/attack patterns/movesets/etc. for it? Or is that under your monitor?
I run a series of polls in Battling & Team Building where the community can submit ideas for the Pokemon, any type changes, any change to ability and stat changes and then vote to determine which ones we use. Meanwhile (one the Pokemon is determined) a related poll goes on to determine the design.
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I run a series of polls in Battling & Team Building where the community can submit ideas for the Pokemon, any type changes, any change to ability and stat changes and then vote to determine which ones we use. Meanwhile (one the Pokemon is determined) a related poll goes on to determine the design.
Oh awesome! That's some great community integration you got going there! :D
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All the battle-related stuff is determined now so I'll start writing this soon whilst votes for the design go on.
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This is mostly done now, I'll add it to wordpress for editing once I have the design.
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    The promised edit!

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    they'd like to receive a new Mega Evolution.
    Sounds better as "they'd like to see receive a new Mega Evolution."

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    the community's artistic whiz's
    "whizzes" is the appropriate spelling.

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    such a Raichu, Zebstrika and even Ampharos
    "such as"

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    it's extremely cool design
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    Despite it's decent Attack stat, it's lack of Speed
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    It's base eighty HP
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    it's regular counterpart
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    It's new typing provides it
    All "it's" that should be "its."
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    Made those changes and also fixed a few other errors I saw. I think it should be just about ready now.

    http://daily.pokecommunity.com/?p=1939&preview=true
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