Quote Originally Posted by jesusfreak94 View Post
Guys, chill.

Look, Yzpo Z., it's fine if you want to use non-Smogon tiers, and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is a moron. But the point I believe randomspot555 was trying to get across was that "Wi-Fi Rules" just isn't specific enough. There are multiple ways people can play over Wi-Fi, and each banlist is different. Now, the way you're talking, it sounds like you're playing on Random Matchup. If that's the case, you can tell us that and we'll know exactly what you're talking about. If you're using a custom ruleset, you'll probably have to explain that in detail so that we can understand. It's not that people want you to use a certain ruleset, it's just that it's hard for people to rate a team when they don't know what the restrictions are for the Pokemon they can suggest.

No more arguing over rulesets, anyone. But while I'm here, I could offer a little advice.

Flying teams tend to hate Stealth Rock, so I definitely recommend you run Xatu to help keep that at bay. I prefer this set over Noctowl.

Xatu @ Leftovers
Trait: Magic Bounce
EVs: 248 HP / 204 Def / 56 Spd
Bold Nature
- U-turn
- Heat Wave
- Roost
- Toxic / Thunder Wave / Featherdance

This is actually a great support Pokemon. In fact, I usually prefer Xatu over Espeon as an OU Magic Bounce user. Heat Wave lets it manhandle common hazard setters like Ferrothorn, Forretress, and Skarmory. 56 Spe EVs beats Adamant Breloom, so it stops him pretty well too. I like Featherdance as a filler for helping curbstomp SD TechniLoom and weakening an incoming Terrakion, but it also has a few status moves to choose from.

Try Gyarados over Swanna. It has the same typing, but more bulk for soaking up Ice attacks, which will give you a little more cushioning there. I think a classic Bulky DD set would fit well over it.

Gyarados @ Leftovers
Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 176 HP / 128 Atk / 204 Spd
Adamant Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Taunt
- Waterfall
- Bounce

Running Choice Scarf Salamence or Thundurus-T over Yanmega would make you a bit less Electric weak (the latter moreso than the former), while also giving you a decent check to a lot of stuff. The sets are:

Salamence @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Moxie
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd
Naive Nature
- Outrage
- Earthquake
- Fire Blast
- Dragon Claw

Thundurus (Thundurus-T) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Volt Absorb
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Thunderbolt
- Volt Switch
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Focus Blast

SD Skarmory is very underwhelming in power. Honestly, I think you'd be better off abusing its best talents, its great typing and bulk. A specially defensive set of Stealth Rock / Roost / Whirlwind / Brave Bird would give you a good sponge for random Draco Meteors and Outrages, while also offering easier support and more survivability.

Lastly, run a Choice Band on Staraptor. Not only are you hitting harder, but you also avoid the recoil associated with the Life Orb, which can really add up quickly alongside the recoil from your STABs. Besides, prediction isn't so much of an issue when you're as ridiculously strong as a Reckless Staraptor.

Just a few tips. Flying monotype teams are tough to make, so I hope this helps! ^_^
Yes, it took me a long time to figure out a good competitive strategy for mono-flying type team. So much that everyone's suggestions of stealth rock seems to be old news I might look into making xatu more status support than a sweeper. That way it gives me a reason to switch out noctowl. I do tend to switch back and forth between life orb and choice band on staraptor, however i do find that keeping her in their with life orb supported me better. Salamence as a scarfer seems interesting, especially if im going to end up outraging everything for the moxie boost. I just don't want to get stuck into a situation where outrage won't work. Ill give the scarf a try and get back to you. Thundurus-T i always wanted to try, but since I'm also trying to make the team for other competitions, it is hard for me to get a hold of a good one. Ill test it in smogon though to see if I like it. Gyarados, my good friend, I trained one as a sweeper before it turned out well. I always wanted to see if I can raise its bulk somehow, and gyarados could be used as my taunter. I always was thinking maybe giving it thunder wave instead of taunt? If its a replacement for swanna, i would need some way of ensuring my team is faster. Ill add your gyarados and thudurus suggestions to my suggested pokemon replacements list.

Thanks for ending the little argument. It was one of my main reasons for asking him to PM me instead. As stated before, I will try to make it more clear as to what I'm using it for. Its not just for random match ups either, I have used this set on smogon, PO, and was even considering VGC tourneys. I just hate it when people only expect it to be one standard rule set without considering other options. Again though, its my fault for not being clear enough.