The above Pokemon invariably ends up in the preselected party of 6, and I just don’t get it. It doesn’t seem to matter who the defenders are (except if it’s all water, or something), this Rhydon is always there, and most often first in line. I have plenty of high-level pokemon who are better attackers available. Sure, Rhydon is bulky and has an okay attack stat, but so does Snorlax, and the game never suggests a higher-level Snorlax for my party. Ever. I have a 3400+ DB/DC always available for attacking, and it only makes it in the preselected party about half of the time. My high-level Vaporeons are almost never suggested, even with type advantage for the whole gym, and Gyarados, Jolteon, Machamp only rarely appear in the preselected party (but usually for the right reasons). Lapras never, despite being my best available counter to Dragonite. The only other pokemon who constantly appear in the suggested list are Exeggutor and Golem, and they are usually much more useful than Rhydon.
I could always unfavorite Rhydon. I tried unfavoriting this particular one, and the game just suggested another weaker Rhydon. I could unfavorite all Rhydons, but they do have their uses, and I often have them as a backup for Snorlax or Tyranitar. So I did a little test to see under what conditions it would continue to suggest this Rhydon. I put various high-level defenders in empty gyms and prestiged once and/or took gyms down to level 1 with a single defender left. For Dragonite, Tyranitar, Snorlax, and even Gyarados, this Rhydon was selected (usually first). WTF? I fought with it. It did crush the Tyranitar. It probably would have done well against the Snorlax (ZH/BS) if I could have dodged better, but the REALLY slow moves on this Rhydon make it virtually impossible to dodge effectively, so I ended up losing the battle. The two ground moves against Dragonite would seem to make it a really poor choice by the game, but it actually did better than I thought it would; still a horrible choice compared to any ice type, any pokemon with rock moves (especially quick rock moves), another dragonite, or anything, really. The game even suggests this pokemon for a counter to Blissey, albeit not first on the list.
Anyway, does anyone have any insight as to why this Rhydon with bad attacking moves always gets suggested as the go-to attacker… or insights into the game’s preselection process, in general?
No clue here. I am, however, stunned at the level of research and insight you have put in. Very impressive. Here’s my level of sophistication when it comes to gym battling or training.
Battling: “Hey Ghost! Look at that blue/yellow gym with only (pick a number equal to 3 or less) mons! You can take ’em! And get 10 more gold coins!” So I select the gym and battle with whatever is already chosen for me. After a few battles, I put a mon, typically something over 3000CP, in the gym, battle it once to add a few hundred points to the gym and walk away. Oh yeah, collect coins.
Training/Prestiging: “Hey Ghost! Look at that red gym! It has an empty spot, jump in!” Or “IT only needs 1000 points (or less) to open up a spot in the gym! And get 10 more gold coins!” So I select the gym, look and see what the lowest CP in the gym is and pick my first 3 mons around 1/2 that number regardless of type. I do not select the other 3 because I rely on them to bail me out if I did not make good choices. Battle enough to push up to next level, add a mon that is generally in the top half and walk away. Oh yeah, collect coins.
So reading what you have done Dos makes me feel like a grade schooler enrolled in the doctorate program. Thanks! Seriously, I love reading this stuff because it does make me a better player.