Just a bit of background before you read on; I have divised the team below building around a lot of my favourite Pokémon. I read around and saw the kinds of things needed to put together a decent team, but having been someone whom has shy'd away from the competitive side of Pokémon since I started playing the games, I really am looking for a little help with my squad.
As I have been posting for a while now, I am looking into getting into competitive battling. My team probably isn't filled with the best/most popular Pokemon, but I would like to give them a go.
From what I read, I need a set-up based around the following rules (as suggested for newbies): Lead, 2nd Lead, Core 1-3 and Glue.
Galvantula @ Focus Sash
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe (HP DONE)
- Bug Buzz
- Energy Ball
I picked Galvantula because it is a) one of my favourites and b) it has a rather nice Ability to take advantage of a fantastic STAB move. It's Electroweb can be used to slow down the opposing Lead and then followed up with a nasty attack from one of it's powerful moves to take them out. Focus Sash to keep it in the game a little longer because I know it's defenses are very poor.
Swampert @ Leftovers
EVs: 248 HP / 216 Def / 44 SpD
- Stealth Rock
- Ice Beam
Basic Tank Swampert ripped from Smogon. I originally had Empoleon here, but it was advised against and this monster seemed to fit in nicely. The information I read said that it is good to make a Stealth Rock/Spikes user your second lead. I'm thinking of taking Roar in the last slot to force Stealth Rock damage as Swampy can take a hit or two.
Reuniclus @ Life Orb
EVs: 192 HP / 64 Def / 252 SpA (HP DONE)
- Focus Blast
- Shadow Ball
EV spread to help keep Reuniclus in battle to make a dent with his fantastic Special Attack. Add in Recover to his bulk and he becomes a rather frustrating member of my team for the opponent. This set isn't on Smogon, but I'm hoping that as I get more and more used to the ins and outs of Competitive battling that I can make it work.
Hydreigon @ Life Orb/Choice Specs
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe (COMPLETED!)
- Dragon Pulse
- Dark Pulse
Once again, not one completely torn out of the Book of Smogon. With this one I have gone for reliability over power as my luck is not something I would wish on anyone (I once missed 4/5 Focus Blasts). Two very nice STAB attacks and basic EV spred for SpA and Spe to make sure it's a force to be reckoned with. Life Orb will whittle my HP down, but I would need to swap out if my opponent were to predict a Choice Spec and if Hydreigon is my last hope, I'd rather not be stuck with only one attack option (especially if my opponent has more than 1 Pokémon available to them).
Dragonite @ Life Orb
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
- Dragon Dance
- Dragon Claw
Another basic EV spread on my second dragon. I have loved this Pokémon since Gen I and it was a toss up between this guy or Nidoking. With a lot of Focus on Special Nidokings and my full to brimming SpA users, I thought I'd take Dragonite. With my large weakness to Infernape and other Fire/Fighting types, I wanted something that would be able to counter them. This guy seems to fit the bill rather nicely and with Swampert as backup, should do me proud.
Scizor @ Life Orb
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Spe
- Bullet Punch
- Quick Attack
EVs ripped from a Scizor set, but the moves are not from any specific set. U-Turn for scouting, Bullet Punch and Quick Attack to deal some late game damage and Pursuit to hurt the opponent when switching to counter my favourite Pokémon.
Thank you for your time.