I love reading factory warstories :) Personally I would have taken the risk and traded for Skuntank only because even if you get the "stall" set, Skuntank's typing is still defensively awesome for facing Grass types in general (unless it has EQ or a strong neutral secondary stab I guess) Also, out of the 16 (I think, I may have miscounted) Grass types you can fight, only Venusaur/Victreebel/Vileplume/Roserade (and Breloom if it has Poison Heal) can't be poisoned, and from my memory most of the Grass/Poisons use solely Grass/Poison attacks. Also Roserade and Victreebel are pretty frail physically and are probably 2-3HKO'd by stalltank's Crunch anyways. Also, Skuntank is the coolest Pokemon ever :fart: :fart: Good job breaking 40 though, I'm still at lowly 34 :(
Which brings me to my warstory. Throughout this streak I had started off every set with 6 bad choices but then ended up trading my way to gg teams by the end of the set. Once I noticed that my streak was literally at 14 wins and 14 trades, I decided to see how far I could go while trading after every battle. Long story short, I ended up with 28 wins and 28 trades. Short story long:
Traded my way up to Thorton. His lead was a Stone Edge Armaldo (showing me that it was a set with 4 physical moves). I had *happened* to fight Skarmory2 in the last battle and traded for it, leaving me with:
741 Rhyperior Impish Focus Sash Horn Drill Avalanche Payback Counter HP/Def
509 Skarmory Careful Leftovers Fly Toxic Double Team Roost HP/Def/SpD
778 Lanturn Modest Expert Belt Surf Thunderbolt Ice Beam Signal Beam HP/SpA
I'm feeling pretty confident simply because I know I'm going to start off in the lead thanks to CounterSash Rhyperior, who can then sacrifice itself to scout the next Pokemon's moveset. Battle starts, his Armaldo uses EQ doing like 40%, Counter OHKOs (it was the Life Orb Armaldo). Thorton sends out Articuno. "Shit." I decide to sacrifice Rhyperior and just use Horn Drill while the Articuno kills me so I can scout the set and send in the appropriate Pokemon. However, Articuno uses Reflect and Rhyperior hits a one-hit KO! Thorton sends in Regigigas. I again decide to sacrifice Rhyperior because I know I can send Skarmory into any set except the special set and just stall it out with Toxic. "Regigigas used Focus Blast!" Again, "Shit." The special set was ganna be hard to deal with. However, "Regigigas' attack missed!" and once again, "It's a one-hit KO!" comes across the screen as I smile from just 3-0ing the factory head with 2 OHKO kills.
Also, I think it would have been hilarious if Horn Drill hit Articuno and missed Regigigas, only because Thorton *happened* to use the only Articuno set Skarmory could set up on as well as the only Regigigas set Skarmory COULDN'T set up on (but with any other Articuno/Regigigas sets I would rather hit Articuno and miss Regigigas if I could only choose one). I just kinda noticed that now and giggled to myself.
Anyways, went from 22-28 with no troubles, still switching after every battle just because, and started off my 29-35 set with 6 overall mediocre choices. I forget what they all were but I ended up taking:
732 Hippowdon Adamant White Herb Superpower Fire Fang Ice Fang Fissure HP/Atk
751 Togekiss Modest Wise Glasses Air Slash Heat Wave Signal Beam Magical Leaf SpA/Spe
844 Shuckle Calm Leftovers Toxic Substitute Double Team Sandstorm HP/Def/SpD
Overall pretty lackluster other than Togekiss (who had Serene Grace), but I tried Hippowdon and Shuckle out even though they gave me double Water/Ice weaks because of the Sandstream ccccombo
Throughout the next few battles I ended up fighting several gg Pokemon and ended up trading every battle (again) and ending up at 34 with:
893 Garchomp Adamant Persim Berry Outrage Earthquake Crunch Fire Fang Atk/Spe (absolutely made sure I didn't misclick again)
847 Steelix Brave Quick Claw Gyro Ball Earthquake Stone Edge Explosion Atk/Def
838 Rampardos Jolly Choice Scarf Head Smash Earthquake Giga Impact Superpower Atk/Spe
So my opponent leads with Swampert -_- I know I didn't want to switch Rampardos into any of the Swampert sets and I didn't want to switch Steelix into the special set, so I use Outrage and do 60-65%ish while it OHKOs me with Ice Punch, showing me that it's Swampert1. I send in Rampardos to revenge kill it and use Earthquake just incase the next Pokemon sent in is weak to Ground (and even if my opponent sends in a Ground immunity I know I would have been switching out regardless had I used Superpower). Dumb move on my part because it left Swampert with a sliver of HP left while it killed me with Waterfall. I really should have just gotten it off the screen asap considering how weak my team was to it. So I send in Steelix and kill Swampert with Quick Claw activating, giving my Steelix full HP at least. Opponent sends in Regigigas, who uses EQs me 3 times leaving me with like 40 HP while I just barely 4HKO it with EQ (and a timely Quick Claw activation again on the last one). Opponent sends in Venusaur who promptly kills me with Giga Drain.
Again, I should have just gotten rid of Swampert asap with Rampardos, then switched to Steelix no matter what. Then Steelix would have either Exploded or just died from a special move or something while Rampardos hopefully cleans up the rest of this dumb battle with scarf Head Smash or something :( But it's a lot easier to think of what I should have done AFTER I've already made the mistake and lost huh
Also Glen I've only noticed "perfect" AI from battles 28+, excluding Thorton1. Same thing with set numbers. Before battle 28 my opponents Pokemon are always the same set number (like Swampert1, Regigigas1, Venusaur1 as opposed to the Swampert1, Regigigas4, Venusaur2 team I fought at battle 34). What I'm wondering though is if these things are determined by number of trades maybe instead of what battle you are at?
Last edited by Phiddlesticks; Nov 6th, 2009 at 5:08:49 AM.