So its time for take two. A trip to the simulator and some tests later has devised a new strategy to take home some kind of honor. Im going to try out a new team for a basic single battle theme. The team consists of Whimsicott, Swampert, Ferrothorn, Sigilyph, Rampardos, and Chansey.
I'd like to know what anybody thinks.
Whimsicott (F) @ leftovers
EV's: 236 DEF, 252 Sp DEF, 20 SPD
So my leader here has a pretty simple job. His main job is to counter pokemon that would set up to sweep, while at the same time setting up my own team to sweep the opponent. Thanks to the EV's leech seed heals a nice amount each turn. Paired with leftovers and im getting about a third to take home. Taunt breaks setup in others and forces a switch on occasion which is nice, but a little inconsistent. Tailwind doubles the speed for the team which is well recieved by the less swift of the group, namely rampardos and swampert. I've had times where the enemy has simply countered my team left and right, and im left with nothing but Whimsicott. I was wondering if there was a different move, set of EV's, or nature i should switch to if it would help.
Swampert (M) @ Salac berry
EV's: 200 DEF, 52 ATK, 200 Sp ATK, 56 HP
This is my pal Swampert. I used a mixed strategy here so that he could be leniant enough to get targets like Chancey and still defeat Tyranitar. In that way i like him as a hard hitter. He's never been the guy to finish a fight for me, more like the one i've turned to to get rid of the big obstacles in teams like Scizor And Volcarona. I usually start this guy in battle using stealth rocks if it isnt already up. Then I follow with the best move for the situation. Surf is Awesome STAB to hit Volcarona and bulky guys like forretress. Earthquake 2HKO's all the ferrothorn ive come across. Sludge wave was my wild card to protect me from faster set up grass types like Breloom and Septile. In my experiences hes worked OK but id like to know if he could be bettered particularly in EV placement. Ice beam was also an option i considered next to sludge wave and itd be nice to know which is better.
Rampardos (F) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Sheer force
EV's: 252 ATK, 252 SPD, 6 Sp DEF
So Rampardos was a fun idea of mine that can be used so long as his speed was emphasized as much as possible. In that regard, i have applied full speed EV's, given a choice scarf, and taught my Whimsicott tailwind, so i have no question of whether or not hell get his two cents in. Head Smash Makes me so proud as it pushes aside verything that does not resist it and puts it into the ground. Crunch was intended to help me be rid of pests like jellicent which otherwise bother me with their jellicentlyness, alongside a myriad of powerful psychics including Alakazam and Duosion. Thunderpunch defeats tentacruel and vaporeon whose Special attack OHKO's rampy. Earthquake is my yet-to-be-used-method of getting rid of ferrothorn. I was wondering if running this guy on this team was a good idea at all, even though its worked well so far to win me matches against some tough teams.
Sigilyph (M) @ Flame Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
EV's 56 DEF, 200 Sp DEF, 252 Sp ATK
Sigilyph...is practically unfair. When this thing gets going, there is simply no stopping it. The strategy works astoundingly well. The nature increases defence which is fortified by psycho shift burning anything too threatening. The natural Sp Def along with the Ev's and calm mind make it terribly difficult to attack this thing. 252 special attack means that if you let this thing go, your making a mistake. Roost heals really well and is the biggest troll. Stored Power is the bow on top of it all, ensuring that they would want to turn off the DS or close the simulator to get away. Ive run this thing against a sigilyph that does the same thing except that it uses cosmic power. He used his stored power and dealt 10% damage. I used mine and 1HKOed everything he had with him. Latias, Chancey, Ferrothorn, just fell to the ground. I guess dark would be a problem though ive yet to come across it.
Chansey (M) @ Eviolite
Ability: Natural Cure
EV's: 6 HP, 252 DEF, 252 Sp DEF
Chancey is pretty nice. Its a reliable switch in when i know somebodys about to use a special attack because it absorbs it like a sponge. Substitute helps absorb damage while wish brings back the loss of health. Toxic is a good status as Chancey just keeps wishing and substituting, effectively stalling somebody out. Seismic toss is weak but dependable damage. The biggest problem ive had with Chancey is Toxic. Toxic is nice damage which Chancey can stall pretty well. But Ive noticed people switch into poisen types almost imediately after chancey goes in so i guess its predictable to see one with toxic. I was considering thunder wave and was wondering if that would be better. Lastly, ive been pondering the nature. Its kind of a hard decision between bold and calm and was wondering which worked better, but thats about it.
Ferrothorn (M) @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: iron barbs
EV's 252 DEF, 108 ATK, 148 Sp DEf
I was aware that so many people had one of these, i just had to try it myself. Whaddaya know? Not too shabby. The main spiel on these guys is entry hazards as well as that devastating Iron Barbs-Rocky Helmet combo.I put curse and gyro ball on so that on the extremely low chance it survived more than two turns (one to switch in Volcarona the second two kill ferrothorn) it would have a good synergous move to use that emphasizes its low speed and decent attack. I like this guy. Hes so nasty with his hazards and his offensive defense. It makes me laugh when i see others use him and i just switch mine in to get a laugh( im not so much of a noob that ive done this more than once).
Anyhow, that there is the gang. I released a team in a different thread for the first time with the intention of getting some pointers. They showed me some serious flaws and mentioned it looked like the kind of team you would see in game. I only just learned of the awesome testing abilities of the online battle simulator. Thank you to Master Coordinato Ilan and Doormat Troll loco1234.
Tell me what you think of them.