Any reason why Joltik and Blitzle are a tier apart? They're both electric pokemon, Blitzle would've probably been evolved by the time you have Joltik, both do well against Skyla(and Zebstrika is more durable to boot) and it also has flame charge against Brycen and Burgh. Not to mention it does pretty good against Elesa's Emolga. Zebstrika also has a small defensive advantage over Galvantula.
Now granted Galvantula has a slightly better variety and such, I don't think Signal beam/Poison Jab should be what makes these two a tier apart.
Orange Crush might have explained this already, but I see a few cons with Blitzle. First off, its durability is complete ass. Because, let's face it, 45HP/32Def/32SpD isn't going to hold out against a whole lot(Joltik has only marginally better durability, but Galvantula loses durability to Zebstrika), and Blitzle is not an offensive god like Archen(who, believe it or not, has better durability than Blitzle). Yeah, early Flame Charge helps, but that's literally ALL it has for coverage(other than lolNormal), whereas Joltik, while joining later, has STAB Signal Beam at Lv34(2 levels before he evolves; which is a LOT more potent than Flame Charge at that point in the game)to work with, as well as Compoundeyes Thunder through TM25(which is gotten soon after Skyla), which is pretty hax, while Zebstrika has to rely on either Spark or Wild Charge for his STAB, the former of which is a tad weak as a main STAB and the latter causing recoil, which in turn uses up healing items, and doesn't learn naturally until lv47.
Now I'm not saying that Joltik is without his cons(joins somewhat late, has rather pathetic offense before evo), but I found that Galvantula's late game contributions are a bit more profound that Blitzle's early game performance(he trolls Elesa's Emolgas, and can do some damage against Burgh with Flame Charge, but after Skyla, his days are basically numbered)
Let me see what the community thinks on Blitzle, and I may consider upping his tier placement or lowering Joltik's.
Edited by Mercenary James, 21 April 2012 - 09:54 AM.