*Tyranitar is indeed an old school GangStarr, rocking his Choice Bandana much like a thug.
Hello everybody! I know I'm not very well known on Smogon but hopefully with this post I can begin becoming a part of the community.
I've been a competitive battler since earlier black and white (right after skymin ban) and I enjoy making creative teams that are viable and good.
I'm also the leader of the Number None clan which mostly resides on PO because the Smogon server doesn't allow for creation of private channels.
Aside from Pokemon I enjoy producing music and DJ'ing and I'm currently an intern at a studio in Atlanta while trying to start my own record label.
The initial reason I even made this team at all was because for a while I had only been performing quite mediocre on the ladder only getting up to 1550's with average teams.The main reason for that is that I'm simply not good at reading my opponents skill level. If I know how good they are beforehand I can make good predictions easily but I tend to over-predict rather heavily because I predict based on the win conditions of the battle not a turn-by-turn basis. Since realizing this I've begun adding "gimmicks" or surprises in all of my teams so I can just play safely or not be forced to make too many risky plays and still be successful against players as good or better than me without resorting to volt-turn. I initially started off using a different team on my #N0NE|Euthanasia account that was far worse than this. But soon after that team Ban Nattorei/Soviet asked me for a team and in about 5 minutes the team I am presenting to you was made. Sorry for the lack of a real team-building process but it was basically just a bunch of ideas I had in my mind that worked together well.At A Glance
*Choice Band is the given item to give Tyranitar a massive 600 attack stat allowing it to destroy pokemon.
*The ev's were chosen to allow Tyranitar to retain very nice special bulk and speed creep base 70's like Skarmory.
*His role on the team is very crucial he traps a plethora of annoying threats and destroys them with a banded Pursuit.
*Some cute things you can wreck include Rotom-W, Jolteon and Landorus that try to Volt Switch/U-turn away which is a surprisingly common thing.
*Another nice thing is with sand up you can put Politoed and many other mons in a 50/50 of if they have to stay in or switch in order to survive. In fact, against Ninetales even if they burn you Tyranitar can still 1hko with Stone Edge most of the time.
*In addition a huge role he has is to break apart stall. He can 2hko pretty much every stall mon with the correct move. If Skamory has Shed Shell it will not be able to take on 2 Stone Edges from Choice Band Tyranitar.
*SuperPower is here for various steel types and it discourages pokemon like Terrakion/Lucario from trying to set up on you at first sight against them.
*Overall his role is crucial and being up to set up sand is just an added bonus that almost ensures you'll win the weather war.
*Nas the Don! Hippodown is indeed a don being able to shrug off tons of hits and wall many ou physical attackers.
*Leftovers is chosen here to increase Hippowdon's longevity as much as possible
*The given ev's are intended to tank physical hits and allow for a little bit of special bulk which has come in handy
*This is really the pokemon you'll be setting up sand with or leading with most of the time just because it's such a boss.
*An important role his has is to set up the ever present stealth rock.
*Roar is used to phaze obviously but since this is an offensive team Ice Fang has also tested rather successfully
*While Hippodown is able to take on many physical attackers Tyranitar can take on many special attackers. In tandem they ensure sand will remain the dominant weather while checking a large portion of the metagame.
*Full of spunk and energy just like Childish Gambino!
*Leftovers is the preferred item as Life Orb was tested but the recoil damage was too great.
*The ev's were chosen to out-speed Adamant Lucario which also out-speeds a nice bit of the metagame while retaining power.
*The adorable shyman makes an appreance on this team instead of Celebi because I'm a hipster. :|
*Seed Flare is an AMAZING move seriously, 120 bp and 40% chance to drop spdef by -2
*That -2 helps shaymin score a ton of kills it could otherwise never get with the given set
*Some common switch-ins to take seed flare that die to Earth Power at -2 spdef are Scizor, Ferrothorn and Forretress
*The given coverage hits quite alot super effectively and with modest nature is able to 1hko or 2hko practically everything
*Hp Ice is here over Hp Fire because 40% of the time you wouldn't need fire coverage anyways and you can never be too prepared for dragons
*Air Slash is another optional change that worked relatively well to help with fighting types (namely Breloom)
*Rest is fantastic in tandem with Natural Cure allowing you to switch out and be at full hp and awake when you come back in!
*Magnezone just traps you and entices you much the way Kendrick Lamar's lyrics do!
*The item choice here is Choice Scarf because other than Stoutland and Latios it's a relatively slow team and to ensure that max speed life orb Scizor doesn't wreck my team
*Very standard ev's here for max speed and power.
*Of course 3 big roles are to trap Scizor and Skarmory as well as Ferrothorn
*But also thanks to scarf volt switch it works as a great scout and catches many players off guard
*I don't have Thunderbolt listed because I think it's rather pointless scarf Magnezone is rather weak and against rain teams lacking an electric resist you can actually clean through quite easily with the power of Thunder which is only the same accuracy as focus blast in sand.
*Alternatively, Sleep Talk is a very viable choice as the team lacks anything that is ok with being put to sleep so if you're having trouble with Breloom this is a nice alternative I've used from time to time
*Rocking spectacles and being very versatile Latios is much like my favorite rapper Lupe!
*This is the typical Choice Specs set with standard ev's nothing special here
*Latios is latios we all know what it can do but he is very appreciated on this team
*My 2nd water resist and strongest special attacker has all the 3 move coverage it needs
*Draco Meteor just smashes everything, Psyshock helps against special walls and is guranteed a kill on Terrakion in sand
*Trick is crucial because this team lacks a dedicated wall breaker and being able to cripple a wall is much appreciated
*There's no need for hp fire and I like having all the speed possible so Latios can go for speed ties if nessecary while guranteed to outspeed opposing Latios running hp fire
*That cocky arrogant dog that keeps managing to surprise everybody is alot like Stoutland! I still love Kanye's music though.
*Choice Bandana is the only item for Stoutland as far as I'm concerned
*Typical physical sweeper ev's allow Stoutland to end up with 492 attack and 518 speed in sand
*Stoutland has swept so many teams it's not even funny! Don't underestimate this dog!
*Banded Frustration frustrates many teams being able to even do 30% or more to resists and cleanly 1hkoing many pokemon after just 1 switch into stealth rocks
*The other moves are somewhat filler but come in handy from time to time. Fire Fang is used the least so Pursuit has been tested and it really helps make sure you end certain problems then and there.
*Stoutland functions as a strong revenge killer that WILL sweep many teams for you late game.
*Another important thing to note is stoutland has very underrated bulk and can actually take a hit more times than not just don't recklessly switch him into attacks though!
This is one of the best I've built and is definitely one of the most successful especially considering the amount of time it took me to make it.
I urge you all to use it for yourself and see which suggested move changes you think work the best. Thank you for reading and rating!
I personally got 1605 on the PO server in 75 battles with the name #N0NE|Euthanasia
J0k3 a battler who peaked #1 on PO with Arcana Force managed top 15 after this teams initial posting getting to 1650
M Dragon also used this team to get into the top 3 on smogon ladder c:
NPC/Lavos managed to get #1 on the Smogon ladder a bit over a week after the reset iirc
DevinTheDude used this team for the latter portion of his run to #1 on the PO server going from about 1650 to 1739
McMeghan used it to win his last battle royal game
Credits and Shout-Outs
Ban Nattorei / Soviet - If you didn't ask me for a team I never would have made this one!
Yilx - Sorry I used your Hippowdon & Tyranitar picture without crediting/asking you!
Princess Bri / Dice - For stealing this team and trying to take credit for it. Tsk tsk. Please learn to make your own :[
J0k3 - being a cool guy and fantastic battler often bringing more out of my teams than I thought possible
NPC - Being a bro and peaking #1 with the team also increasing Shaymin's speed
DevinTheDude - For always using my teams getting high with them and sharing dope music
Stone_Cold22 - Because without his existence I couldn't survive :3
Solar Prominence - For heading the clan in my absence and helping me read people better.
Arban - Special shout-out for doing all the images to my RMT I love them all and laughed fairly hard.
P.S. - If there is demand for a threat list I'll include that or if people want images of ladder peaks and you catch any spelling errors/formatting issues please let me know and I'll be sure to fix that
P.P.S. - Please leave a luvdisc if you like the team or want to steal it c:
P.P.P.P.S - Due to the new B&W2 changes I altered the team and while I'm going to preserve the rest of the RMT here is a current version that performs well in the B&W2 metagame