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Joe Merrick of Serebii shared an image to Twitter depicting the top 10 most-used Pokémon from the May International Challenge. The information came from the Battle Data section of the Pokémon Home app.

Here are the rankings according to Pokémon Home as of May 28:

  1. Togekiss
  2. Dragapult
  3. Tyranitar
  4. Excadrill
  5. Dusclops
  6. Whimsicott
  7. Incineroar
  8. Conkeldurr
  9. Mimikyu
  10. Charizard

The Pokémon Sword and Shield May International Challenge was an online event that ran from May 21 – 24. By competing in VGC battles, players were able to earn in-game rewards. In addition, the best-performing players in each region qualified for the Pokémon Players Cup.

Togekiss leads the top 10 Pokémon list as one of the most useful Pokémon in the current meta. Togekiss has many moves that allow it to function as an effective support Pokémon. It can redirect attacks with Follow Me, put opponents to sleep with Yawn, or strengthen ally attacks with Helping Hand. In addition, Togekiss can apply offensive pressure using moves like Dazzling Gleam, Air Slash, and Heat Wave.

More about the May International Challenge’s top 10 Pokémon

Most of the top 10 list is filled with powerful offensive Pokémon. Dragapult, Tyranitar, Excadrill, Conkeldurr, Mimikyu, and Charizard can all provide incredible offense. When partnered with good support Pokémon, these six can wreak havoc on opposing teams, especially in their Dynamax forms. Notably, Mimikyu often runs Trick Room, allowing it to support slower Pokémon while also acting as an offensive threat.

Incineroar has a diverse set of tools, allowing it to fill supportive and offensive roles. Its Intimidate Ability allows it to lower the Attack of enemies, and it can flinch non-Dynamax Pokémon with Fake Out. In addition, Incineroar can use Parting Shot to lower its opponent’s offensive stats before switching out. On top of support moves like Snarl and Taunt, Incineroar can go on the offensive using moves like Flare Blitz and Darkest Lariat.

The other two Pokémon in the top 10 list, Dusclops and Whimsicott, tend to fill primarily supportive roles. With moves like Trick Room, Pain Split, Haze, Ally Switch, and Will-O-Wisp, Dusclops has a myriad of ways to give its opponents a hard time. Conversely, Whimsicott’s primary purpose is to raise its allies’ Speed with Tailwind. Thanks to its high Speed stat and Prankster ability, Whimsicott can almost always set up Tailwind before getting knocked out.

Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.
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