Originally Posted by Fat GRs Cousin
I disagree with this completely. Many Scizor carry U-turn, which they will use to OHKO CAP5. Simply relying on teammates to counter this will not work at all, as U-turn will let them switch to a counter as soon as you switch your teammate in.
I'll be a bit more specific about what I was saying. Assume rocks are on both sides of the field, and you just switched CAP5 into Politoed in Rain and absorbed a Scald.
Turn 1) You can pursuit the Toed as it switches out, Grass STAB in the hopes it stays in, or Rapid Spin and split your bets. Let's say we Rapid Spin.
Enemy Trainer switched in Scizor! It took 12.5% SR Damage.
CAP 5 used Rapid Spin! No more Rocks!
Turn 2) You are now facing Scizor, a counter to CAP. You switch out to Ninetales.
Come back CAP5, Go Ninetales!
Scizor used U-turn, Ninetales took about 35%, then recovered 6% from lefties.
Politoed switches in, takes 12.5% SR Damage, then recovered 6% from lefties.
Turn 3) Ninetales vs Politoed in Rain, quite the ordeal. Lets switch in CAP5 to turn things around!
Come back Ninetales, go CAP5!
Politoed used Scald! CAP5 took lol damage! Politoed recovered 6% again from lefties.
So now we're back in the same situation again, except we got to spin rocks from the field in exchange for losing about 35% on Ninetales. That might not seem very great, but considering we played super conservatively through that whole sequence it isn't bad either.
Next time, we could try Pursuit instead to take a big chunk out of Politoed, or even attempt a double switch into Ninetales to frustrate Scizor. None of our options are fantastic, but we aren't on the same permanent backfoot against Rain we were before either.