The Art of Sun Heavy Offense
Hi there! Neliel is back with an another rtm!
This time i will present you a sun team that wasnt even meant to be a sun team, but it turned out this way. I havent ladder much with it but its solid overall, i've never found any evident weakness but maybe im wrong, thats why im posting it :3
Team building process:
Ninetales (F) @ Air Balloon
The idea was to do an heavy offense team constisting in setup sweepers with priority moves. I've used this playstile back in bw1, but genesect ruined most of these pokemon so i only started to play again heavy offense now that its banned.
Basically i started with Dragon Dance Dragonite, Sword Dance Lucario and Sword Dance Scizor. This core is strong as hell, they can revenge kill stuff and sweep at the same time, without losing momentum and breaking walls easily.
Now i was searching something to deal with rain team better, particularly tornadus-t; my first choice was scarfkeldeo but since i didnt want to use choice pokemon, i put Sword dance Breloom.
Still, i needed a sort of water pokemon because Breloom takes a lot of damage by hydro pump anyway and its an another pokemon fucked by Tornadus-t, so i thought about something with Swift swim, Kabutops. Kabutops has Sword dance+ aqua jet, and under rain with swift swim is strong as hell.
Now i didnt know what to do, i needed a stealth rocker but i didnt want to use Deo-d because i had the feeling that rain teams were still problematic, not having a weather inducer its just a disadvantage, so i put a Ninetales just to see how bad it is in an heavy offense team. In this way i had something to beat rain team better.
At this point, since i also wanted to change breloom because i dont think its so good at sweeping, i changed breloom to venazorr and i changed the set of Kabutops into a stealth rock / spinner one.
Just some fix on some set and this is how the team definetely looks like!
EVs: 248 HP / 252 SDef / 8 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Sunny day
This set was difficult to do because Ninetales is not really good as an offensive mon, it has Nasty plot but not a great coverage and anyway is not even here to sweep but just to support my team. I didnt want to be a complete setup fodder of everything, so i put Roar just to phaze things out that thinks they can setup on me, say Sd garchomp or Ddnite. Will-o-wisp is nice to burn some shit that switch on me like Politoed or Tyranitar, as well as offensive pokemon like Kyurem-b. Flametrhower is my main stab and hidden power fighting is a filler move to hit Tyranitar and break the air baloon on Heatran, thats it really, this move have no other purpose and im thinking to change it but honestly it does not even have others options so who cares. The spread is to outspeed Mamoswine, Lando-t, and Kyurem-b. In this way i can burn them / ko them. Max hp is to take some hit and the rest is into special atk to do something with flametrower. Air baloon is here just to troll against Sheer force Landorus, Hippowdown, Mamoswine and even Dugtrio.
Hidden power fighting seriously do nothing so i change it to sunny day to deal with rain better. i also gived more special defense, and the speed to outspeed Adamant Mamoswine.
Kabutops (F) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Swift Swim
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd
- Stealth Rock
- Rapid Spin
Credit to "the silent storm" for this set. This is an another supporting mon that can turn into a deadly sweeper in the right situation. Stealth rock is because i dont have other slot, Rapid spin its not even that necessary honestly, its a nice support for Ninetales and Dragonite but its not really necessary to win, since i dont rely on winning the weather war with ninetales so i dont care if it dies or not. Waterfall is a strong stab that under rain does a shitload of damage, while stone edge is the second stab to do some random damage under sun. Under rain this thing is really annoying to face, so many time i spammed and revenge killed stuff with this thing. You are maybe thinking why the hell i have Focus sash: the point is that kabutops does not really have a single safe switch-in into everything, so if i need to setup stealth rock early for example, i just send it out at turn 1 to have the sr, or for example i send it out into the stealth rocker of my opponent to force it to switch and then spin. Honestly it shouldnt have any other item in my opinion, but whatever. Im thinking about Superpower somewhere to hit Ferrothorn and Heatran but i dont know..
Superpower proved to be more usefull against Heatran and ferrothorn, so i changed it.
Venusaur (F) @ Life Orb
EVs: 80 Atk / 252 SAtk / 176 Spd
Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Giga Drain
Venusaur its suchs a great sweeper under sun, i cant tell you many time i got an easy sweep with this pokemon, however, the set is pretty much standard.
The evs are to outspeed Scarf Latios under sun, i put the rest of the speed to power up the attack so that i can do more damage with Earthquake. Earthquake is here because i dont have any slot for Dugtrio and i didnt obviously want to be walled by Heatran. I prefered hidden power ice since with earthquake it gets pretty much perfect coverage, also i didnt want to be setup fodder of the dragons, and steel types like Ferrothorn are not exactly a problem for this team so its fine. Giga drain is the main stab to get a recovery and life orb to do more damage.
Scizor (M) @ Life Orb
EVs: 80 HP / 252 Atk / 176 Spd
- Swords Dance
- Bullet Punch
- Bug bite
Scizor is a nice revenge killer to a lot of weakened things as well as a deadly sweeper, threatening both offensive and defensive teams at the same time. It has a lot of chance to setup a Sword dance and then wreack things. I prefer Quick attack so hit Fire-Water-Eletric types stronger, also i've never liked Bug bite because scizor is slow and anyway Reuniclus and Slowbro are not going to switch-in on me. Superpower let me do a shitload of damage on Skarmory as well as hitting other steel types. The spread is to maximize the attack and to be sure that i can outspeed Calm Rotom-w.
Changed quick attack for Bug bite, to hit Slowbro and Reuniclus.
Dragonite (M) @ Lum Berry
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
- Dragon Dance
- Fire Punch
An another deadly sweeper, just setup a Dragon dance with multiscale and spam Outrage. Your opponent has a steel? Do Fire punch! A +1 Fire punch under sun does a lot even to skarmory and its like a ko to all the other steel types. Extremespeed comes in handy to kill weakened stuff that tries to revenge kill me, like Scarf politoed or Scarf Keldeo. Its really good also to setup against other sun team as well as water attacks like Scald. Sometimes i even lead with it and start destroying things thanks to Multiscale.
Lucario (M) @ Life Orb
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Swords Dance
- Close Combat
- Bullet Punch
The last sweeper, we all know what lucario can do after a sword dance. A lot of offensive things are koed by an extremespeed with stealth rock damage, and the things that can take an extreme speed are only rock and ghost types, but bullet punch does a nice job koing terrakion, gengar and Scarf tar. there are not so many things that can wall me, Gliscor and jellicent are the closest thing to a counter of lucario but they are both handled well by the rest of my team so its not really a big issue. Close combat is strong as hell, it koes sp def rachi as well as Skarmory after stealth rock damage and its also usefull here since it can outspeed and ko offensive variants of Heatran, which can be problematic otherwhise.
This team is really fun to use and it does not have many weaknesses, Terrakion is somewhat problematic if it has stealth rock but i have 2 bullet punchers and Venazzzor so it cant 6-0 me. I hope you liked this team and feel free to steal / rate it !