He Guys, this is my first RMT here, so I thought I might make it fairly simple. This is my current PO team, and a slight edit of a team I have posted on both the Pokecommunity and Smogon forums. I used a different name for lack of creativity there, but here it is, the Forest Fire!
My team at a glance:
The team-Building Process:
So... I decided I wanted to build a new team! I Looked at a Sheer Force Team featuring a NIdoking, but couldn't find inspiration for partners...
It was then that I remembered hearing about Darmanitan. that LO+Drought+Sheer Force made one very strong Flare Blitz... so I decided to make a Drought team...
I started off with just those 2 Pokemon
That's when I remembered seeing Venusaur. I'd battled Drought teams before, and often had a Venusaur switch in to destroy my Toxic Spikes, then continue to sweep through me with seemingly godlike speed (it outsped my froslass, I knew it was boosted somehow)
so I looked up Venusaur, and found it's DW Ability to be Chlorophyl
I then added Venusaur to my team
After Figuring out Chlorophyl made Venusaur Faster than Deoxys-S with no investment (as long as sun was in play) I looked to find another Chlorophyl User. I found Leafeon
That made 4 Pokemon. I thought about using Harvest, hearing about how Tropius could PP Stall eternally in sun by using Synthesis @Leppa Berry/Harvest, so I thought of putting him in. Then I noticed Exeggutor also had Harvest... So I added him instead
Next up, I needed a Lead... After a fair bit of looking (well, not much) I decided on Heatran, as it could absorb Fire attacks my Grass types Hated, and was immune to Sandstorm Damage... And he had Access to the Rocks, that always helps...
Now with my team complete, I went off and tested battling
I found that Despite using Adamant, Focus Sashed SD Leafeon, I didn't have the coverage to do the damage I wanted to deal... After a lot of asking and arguing on PO, I found out that Sawsbuck had the Coverage I was looking for, despite the lack of speed and attack... So I swapped Leafeon for him
My last Change was Suggested by a moderater on the Smogon PO server called +Shrang. When I found myself with problems facing fire types, Rain teams, and Tyranitar. He suggested me using ChestoRest Kingdra, which has proved to be quite useful in my team... I swapped Exeggutor out for him
The team then went well... but it was having trouble with stall a bit... particularly rocks and spikes...
After asking around, I have decided to add Claydol as a dedicated Rapid Spinner/Stealth Rocker. Due to it's immunity to spikes, and resistance to SR, as well as having access to the much-needed spin+rocks...
Since then, I have decided that Forretress is a better option, but I may change back to Claydol at any given moment...
Forretress also adds that much needed steel-typing to take care of Powerful Outrages...
well that's my team as it is now! It's still having trouble with Stall, now it's T-wave - it screws up my speed and has that all-too annoying Paralysis effect, plus there's no clause, so often my entire team gets paralysed and theres nothing I can do about it...
It wasn't a rock! It was a rock Lobster! This guy is my dedicated spinner/Rocker, and has spikes there so it can keep busy. Gyro ball and a 0 speed IV (with a negative nature) because it's not going to outspeed anything with Choice scarf Jolly, so maxing Gyro Ball's Power has no side-effects. I might swap Spikes out for Explosion, Earthquake or Volt Switch
RageFace (Venusaur) (M) @ Black Sludge
EVs: 204 HP / 136 Def / 160 SAtk / 8 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Energy Ball
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Sludge Bomb
Meet RageFace, my Pride and Joy. This guy is my favourite Pokemon and my best ever creation. He has enough speed to beat anything non-scarfed, and enough Power to take down most of his threats, He also has a LOT of Bulk. 204 EV's is a leftovers No. on Venusaur, and his Bulk is dead even (EDIT: he has 1 less defence point, so that Download Pory-Z Doesn't get the SA boost)
Now, before you go complaining, yes, that IS a Black Sludge. I know the whole controversy about B-sludge being worse than Leftovers, but to be honest, I think Black Sludge is better, because nobody is going to Trick a Choice Scarf or Choice Specs on to this guy after he +2's, especially if they'll take extra damage from doing so...
This is the one Pokemon I won't accept any advice from, don't even bother trying to edit him, It took me too long to make.
TrollFace (Darmanitan) (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Sheer Force
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Flare Blitz
- Rock Slide
Where would RageFace be without a TrollFace around? This is Darmanitan, Pokemon's Biggest Troll since Electrode. Just look at his face, he's about to pound your head in, AND kill you with fire. U Jelly?
This was suggested by the Smogon PO mod +Shrang, because I was having trouble with other Weathers. In Rain, I can send this in and sweep the **** out of the opponent, and in sand, Kingdra's STAB Waterfalls can really wreak havoc if they don't have a Gastrodon Ready, and even then, I just Outrage in it's face.
ChestoRest allows me to be a real ass and DD up until I'm about to die, and then rest to full health. The opponent won't stand a chance...
Flower Power (Sawsbuck) (F) @ Focus Sash
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Horn Leech
- Swords Dance
- Nature Power (EQ)
This guy is just amazing. Nature Power is Earthquake in Wi-fi, except for one thing:
It bypasses sucker Punch
This guy is my go-to-girl against Politoed. one Horn leech is an instant OHKO, as well as a free-heal if they go for a scarf Ice beam. 301 HP means he can survive 3 Seismic tosses without getting healing from Horn leech.
SD also allows me to boost his power to monumental levels, after a SD in the sun, both his Speed and attack reach over 1000...
(note: Female is only for aesthetic reasons [Flower Power])
Naruto (Ninetales) (M) @ Leftovers
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Energy Ball
- Power Swap
and Finally, the most important member of my team, Ninetales - This guy needs a facelift, as I don't do anything with him except Overheat and Power Swap on CM users for an almighty troll, when I promptly switch to Sawsbuck or Darmanitan for the kill. It can't kill much, and it really needs some help...
thanks guys for taking the time to read my RMT, and I hope to get some Constructive critisism (GTFO if you aren't going to be constructive)
Hello there dark_pulse. I'm too lazy to type a super big paragraph but heres a few things.
Your Darmanitan is just a beast under sun, but he's pretty slow. May i suggest running scarf adamant darmanitan. Not only is it powerfuler and faster than LO set it outspeeds common counters and lets face it, unless your battling a flash fire opponent all your really gonna need to use is flareblitz and uturn as flare blitz already 2hko's the whole meta under sun.
On venasaur may i suggest sleep powder > sludge bomb, and hp ground/fighting> hp fire. Your already walled by heatran who seems to be the troll against your team, and sleep powder allows you to set up growth 2x in a scenario like this:
venasaur vs x
x switches to heatran, saur uses growth.
Saur use sleep powder, heatran fast asleep. You can now ohko with hp ground or if you opt hp fire continue setting up growth.
Other than that your team seems solid.
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