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Which Pokemon is better competitively?
Formats: 1v1 and 2v2 Double Battles
(Please do not include Mega Salamence or Mega Metagross in your answer.)

They're too different to be compared.
Not really, I mean type wise yes, but strength wise no.
This is fine. These aren't beyond comparison, it has been done below.

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So, for these Pokemon's typings, Metagross is a Steel and Psychic type, leaving it weak to Fire, Ground, Ghost, and dark type attacks. This Pokemon also has an immunity to poison type attacks. This Pokemon resists Normal, Ice, Grass, Psychic, Flying, Steel, Fairy, Dragon, and Rock. A very defensive type combo. Salamence is a dragon and flying type, leaving it weak to dragon, fairy, and rock type attacks, with a 4 x weakness to ice type attacks. This Pokemon is immune to Ground type attacks and resists Grass, fire, water, fighting, and bug type attacks. Another solid type combo.

However, their is always a winner and the winner of typings goes to of course Metagross in both formats. Metagross just resists more and doesn't have a 4 x weakness to anything. It may be weak to a lot of common competitive types, but it is still good enough to resist as much damage as possible Ice may not be a common type in the competitive scene, but a lot of Pokemon carry ice beam in singles and blizzard in doubles. Both of these are things that Salamence just can't outlive.

Stats and Possible Abilities:
HP: 95
Attack: 135
Defense: 80
Special Attack: 110
Special Defense: 80
Speed: 100
Total: 600
Abilities: Intimidate (lower the oppoosing Pokemon's attacks on switch), Moxie (raises the users attack by one stage if opposing Pokemon is KO)
HP: 80
Attack: 135
Defense: 130
Special Attack: 95
Special Defense: 90
Speed: 70
Total: 600
Abilities: Clear Body (prevent the other Pokemon from lowering its stats), Light Metal (halves the Pokemon's weight in battle)
The winner for stats and abilities is Salmence because of a few things. One, its abilities are good in each format, intimidate for doubles and moxie for singles. Also, it just has better stat distribution and can go as a mixed attacker.

My computer that I am typing this on is lagging, so I will leave the rest in another post.

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I'm sorry about the delay on other things going on in my computer was not to be very cooperative.

anyway so it looks like you've already chosen my answers the best answer so I will come inconclusive and tell you which one is better.

In this comparison I am going to say that the better Pokemon here in 1v1 and 2v2 is of course Salamence. Here is why. Metagross again is an amazing Pokemon but according to the stats Salamance just out classes it a little bit because of its mixed attacking stats, its speed, and fact that is too great abilities for either format, Moxie for singles and intimidate for doubles. Sure Metagross can avoid the intimidate but that doesn't make it as viable as Salamance. So the winner of this comparison is Salamence.