Lanturn @life orb
+Sp Atk - Atk
EVS: 252 Sp Atk, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Ability: Volt Absorb
This was the first pokemon I selected for the team. I knew I wanted to make good use of Rain, and
Lanturn's STAB water moves Thunder seemed a good choice. Ice Beam gives coverage vs.grass types, but
I'm not 100% sure on that move.
Toxicroak @life orb or @black sludge
+Atk -Sp Atk
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Ability: Dry Skin
Physical attacker for the team. Nothing too fancy, I found the typing interesting, and I think it
complements lanturn well. My biggest debate is on item and final move selection. Life orb will
boost attacks, while black sludge will help with HP recovery (combined with dry skin). For an
attacker, I'm leaning towards life orb. Finally, Earthquake will give some great coverage, but
Substitute will allow some regeneration from dry skin (and sludge if used).
+Spd -Sp Atk
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Speed, 4 Atk
Ability: Pressure (?)
Aerodactyl's job is to be my lead off rain dancer/hazard set up. My plan is Move 1: Taunt, Move 2:
Rain Dance, Move 3: Stealth Rock. I'm hoping that in most situations I can outspeed the opponent and absorb enough hits to get those three moves off. In any situation, I should at the very least be able to get rain dance off before a KO. I'm not sure what to use for the last slot. I was debating on Aerial Ace or something similar, but I'm wide open to suggestions.
EVs: 160 HP, 78 Atk, 184 Def, 88 Sp Atk
This was the second pokemon I picked. Rest + Hydration + Rain seems like a good combination in a physical wall. I wanted to use an EV split that still left some options for offense. Ice Beam to help against grass (with his 4x grass weakness) scald for STAB and burns, and I put earthquake, but I debated on using protect or substitute here as well.
+Sp Def -Atk
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Sp Def, 4 Spe
Ability: Rain Dish
I was looking for a second wall/staller type that would give better special coverage and avoid the weakness to grass that Whiscash suffers from. Ludicolo seemed like a good choice. The main issue I have with this pick, is I have access to white and black 2 + dream world pokemon. My research is giving me conflicting information, so I'm not sure if I can even get a ludicolo in my version.