So, I've decided to make a team with a more unusual theme. This one contains Pokémon to represent some of IGRMT's best raters, past and present, or at least those that I know of. Before I begin, you should know that I did not include everyone. As that would be simply impossible with the six Pokémon limit. Therefore, please don't swart bawwing if you weren't in it... Anyway, introductions aside, here goes.
• Scizor @ Bullet Punch
• Adamant Nature
• 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
~ Brick Break
~ Bullet Punch
~ Swords Dance
Yay moar Scizor. He appears on every other team, but that's because he's awesome. I wouldn't have used him in this case but he represents two people at once, so no comments on the standardness please.
As most of you will know, this set is made to fully abuse Technician in conjunction with Swords Dance by employing low-power Double STABs which rise to 135 and 90 Base Power for Bug Bite and Bullet Punch respectively. The third slot is the one which is giving me the most trouble as I am having a hard choice in deciding between instant recovery (and please do not tell me to use potions) or coverage against Steel as well as an answer to Fire. The EVs, Nature and Item are all bulky physical Sweeper.
• Arcanine @ Choice Band
• Jolly Nature
• 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
~ Flare Blitz
~ Iron Head
~ Thunder Fang
I quite like CBNine yet I've never had a real chance to use one in-game, so I thought I might as well as do it now. I'd rather not go mixed with this set if I can help it, although it may turn out to be necessary.
Anyway, it's a straightforward physical Sweeper really. Flare Blitz provides incredible power, especially with the Choice Band behind it. Extremespeed makes Arcanine into a powerful Revenge Killer by outspeeding pretty much everything, even if the opponent is also using Priority, which is fairly uncommon in-game. Crunch provides some helpful coverage, both super effectively and neutrally. The set is finished with either Thunder Fang to cover Water or Iron Head to cover Steel. I'm leaning towards the former right now although I'd appreciate a second opinion here. Standard physical Sweeper EVs are standard.
• Vaporeon @ Leftovers
• Modest Nature
• 188 HP / 64 Def / 252 SpAtk
~ Ice Beam
~ Hidden Power [Electric]
Vaporeon can be an offensive beast if played well, and I feel I may have found a good set here to support its good SpAtk and excellent bulk.
Surf is a given, as almost any powerful attacker needs a solid STAB behind it. Ice Beam is then added to help take care of Grass types without being forced to switch out, and for good coverage in general. Hidden Power [Electric] is added to prevent Waters from walling this set and to also provide solid BoltBeam coverage. In the last slot, I'm not sure wether to go with Toxic for a kind of Lapras-esque Pokémon but with more power or Wish for support, although I'm already using another Pokémon with this move. Once again, please do not ask me to use Potions instead of the recovery move. The EVs meet the maximum possible Leftovers +1 recovery point, maximise SpAtk, and then dump into Def for good measure.
• Umbreon @ Leftovers
• Impish Nature
• 252 HP / 152 Def / 104 SpDef
I generally like a bit of stall, or at least some status and support, on every team and I had an opportunity to use it here. I've explained it so many times before that I'll just copy and paste myself here.
The EVs equalise defences after maximising HP for general bulk. I included the slight emphasis on SpDef to make Porygon & Co get Atk boosts rather than SpAtk boosts from the Download ability. I know they're not a massive threat but there's no reason not to include that feature, so. I also know that it is generally advisable for Umbreon to run a little Atk to put some power behind Payback but I personally prefer not to. That's not to say that I won't change it with persuasion, though.This is pure stall, really. The idea is to come in on something more defensively-orientated which can't hit extremely hard, hit them with Toxic, and then use Umbreon's reasonably stable typing to your advantage as Toxic does the damage for you.
Toxic + Protect is a classic combo, allowing you to intensify the damage done while evading it yourself, and earning a turn of Leftovers recovery. Wish is also great alongside Toxic and Protect, giving you extra recovery and therefore durability against an opponent that, hopefully, will be unable to beat you. An added advantage is that Wish can be passed over to teammates, too, which means it outclasses Moonlight. The only reason Payback is used is to do some damage when you need to, which won't be often but is worth having just in case you don't feel like stalling out something that can be OHKO'd anyway.
• Alakazam @ Wise Glasses
• Timid Nature
• 4 HP / 252 SpAtk / 252 Spe
~ Signal Beam
~ Energy Ball
~ Focus Blast
So, I needed a special Sweeper and I thought Alakazam could do the job. Very simple and straightforward but effective.
Despite its poor coverage, Psychic is in the set for simple power, providing a good STAB to base most of my attacks off. Shadow Ball helps to cover the Ghost weakness as well as provide reasonable general coverage. Energy Ball extends the coverage further by hitting Water, Ground and Rock well. In the last slot, I'm not completely sure. I really hate Focus Blast's accuracy but I'm not completely sure that the drop in power is completely worth it. Opinions?
Thanks.Originally Posted by GrumpySnorlax
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