So I started this local league at my college, and I wanted to make a team I can use throughout that required some sort of gimmick or something really fun. I remembered back to the good old days of DPP when I created a pretty damn successful Belly Drum team focused around Charizard. Unfortunately, Charizard is not nearly as viable anymore with all the priority and SR. (I also never updated the OP for that thread, so there are no changes to look at ) So, here is what I came up with:
*Spoiler for your convience*
Spoiler:- Team Building Process:
There are a few rules that need to be considered when rating this:
1. I am not allowed to use legendaries or Rotom. I would love to use a Heatran, as Scizor kind of gives me slight problems, but I can't use legends.
2. Must be breedable in 5th Gen. I don't have access to any previous generations so I can't get those. That means Chansey, unfortunately, can't get Wish. Sad face.
3. My team is revolved around Belly Drum, respect that. Oh and the team is a reference to the children's book "Drummer Hoff"
So without further ado, my team:
Hoff (Slowbro) (M) @ Leftovers
EVs: 138 HP / 252 Atk / 118 Def
- Belly Drum
- Slack Off
- Aqua Tail
A pretty standard BellyBro. Aqua Tail + Return has near perfect coverage and hits HARD. Slack Off and Regenerator are the main reasons I chose Slowbro over the likes of Snorlax. I can Belly Drum and still safely switch out and do it again. This has been clutch. I will be honest, he doesn't get to see the daylight often, but when he does, it throws the opponenet for a loop.
Parridge (Chansey) (F) @ Eviolite
Trait: Natural Cure
EVs: 252 Def / 252 HP / 4 SDef
- Stealth Rock
This is Chansey. I opted against Wish as I do not have access to it. I also can not get Seimic Toss, so that is not an option either. She is complete setup fodder, but there is not much I really see myself doing without her. She is great support and takes Special hits like a boss. Toxic is there to prevent too long sweeps from opponents. Stealth Rock is there for residual damage for all the switches I plan on making. Which I do by the way.
Farrell (Tentacruel) (F) @ Leftovers
Trait: Rain Dish
EVs: 240 Def / 252 HP / 16 Spd
- Toxic Spikes
- Rapid Spin
Tentacruel provides spin support and toxic spikes clean up. Spinning is not the greatest requirement, as I am using Slowbro, but it can't hurt to keep the extra damage out of there. TSpikes are fairly obvious and Protect for stall.
Chowder (Hippowdon) (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 244 Def / 12 SDef
- Slack Off
- Ice Fang
This was originally a Gliscor. However, Gliscor was not really adding much to the team. Hippowdon, while hurting most of my members with Sand, provides another layer to stall with the aforementioned sand. I chose Roar > Stealth Rocks because Chansey already has rocks and Roar helps rack up the damage.
Border (Skarmory) (F) @ Shed Shell
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
- Brave Bird
Pretty self explanitory. It forms the age-old SkarmBliss core. Whirlwind + Spikes racks up damage while Brave Bird and Roost keep me on my toes. I opted for Shed Shell because of Magnezone. I've gotten plenty of Magnezones cornered by switching in Gliscor on their cocky Thunderbolts.
Bammer (Sableye) (M) @ Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 124 Def / 128 SDef / 6 Spd
IVs: 30 Atk / 30 SAtk / 30 Spd
Ah Sableye. Probably one of my favorite Pokemon of all time. I used to run Foul Play, but it never really saw much use. This thing is a beast. I've shut so many Pokemon down with him alone. It is so awesome to ALWAYS safely switch into a Reuniclus and not worry at all. No one seems to remember Sableye is immune to both Psychic AND Fighting. Heh. I use Sub to scout and stall the Will-o-wisp damage. Also functions as a great spinblocker, netting me a very funny curseout in one match followed by a D/C thereafter. Lulz.
Basically, this team is a Stall core at heart. You have TentaScor and Skarm Bliss, both of which complement each other perfectly. The goal of this team is to get the opponent confused and switching a lot. After all the damage is done, Slowbro switches in on something that will switch up and sets up. This sometimes happens early or late, but I have never gotten a full on sweep. That is ok by me, because the team works exceptionally well even without Slowbro. I also love being yelled at that I take the fun out of the game with this kind of team. People hate it when you outpredict them. It is fun to watch.
I can't really truely handle it. Nothing hits it hard enough to scare it off and it uses half my team for set-up fodder. Since the league I'm playing in doesn't seem to be too competitive, I don't see this as a problem. But if I want to keep this team for real competitive use, something to handle this would be great.
While this isn't as big of a threat, it OHKOs Slowbro 100% of the time. Gliscor and Chansey can handle it, but only if it stays in on Chansey.
I think that is about it. I've shut down many Pokemon with this team and Sableye really destroys physical sweepers. Yup.
Constructive criticism is greatly appreciated. Thanks!