A Dragon Riding a Pony Driving a Lawnmower Hi all, some of you may remember me, as I post frequently in the RMT forum, in fact, some of you may have had your team rated by me. Today, you get to return the favor. After trying for a long time to get an idea for a team, I stumbled across the forgotten life orb hydreigon. A monster that gets extremely good coverage, having full neutral coverage and super effective coverage on 10/17 types is also a pokemon that can clean house if a chance for a sweep is exposed. Basically, kill all special walls, paralyze everything that can outspeed or kill it with scarfed pokemon, and I win. Now, I would like to give you a glimpse into my very first RMT, (in OU anyways) A Dragon Riding a Pony Driving a Lawnmower. Here's some music to listen to while you are rating. You know you like Gangnam Style. Teambuilding Story Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide So, I discovered this thing called life orb hydreigon, which... um... it... well, it completely destroys stuff. Then, I figured I would need paralysis support to outspeed most of the fast part of OU. The most obvious choice was jirachi, I mean come on. He's the original parahaxer. Now, every sweeper needs a little stealth rock support, and dreaming back to the 4th gen heatran/latias core, I thought, what better pokemon to set up stealth rock than heatran, and what better pokemon to clean up the holes that hydreigon may punch than latias? At this point, I need some good revenge killers. Genesect? No, too mainstream and boring. Seeing as how I have a free switch-in to fire type attacks cough cough heatran, what better pokemon to lure them in and revenge kill at the same time than scizor? Of course, I still need a scarf pokemon. I could go for a fire/water/grass core. After checking stuff, I find the most suitable pokemon for the job to be keldeo. Now, after finding out that jirachi wasn't pulling its weight, as it just tacked on more fire and ground weakness onto the team and I already had pokemon to kill dragons. Bye bye jirachi. Unfortunately, I had no paralysis now. I needed a creative way to deal with rain teams and get thunder wave support without sacrificing valuable moves on a moveset. After some searching, I stumbled across Rotom-C. The little lawnmower, so overlooked, yet devastating to rain teams due to hitting most of their sweepers super effectively with either grass or electric moves. Even thundurus-t can be taken care of with a hidden power ice and a scizor bullet punch afterwards, and stealth rock strips him of his health. Well, the team was finally finished, and after seeing no common threats big enough to 6-0 the team, I decided that it was an acceptable quality to reveal it to the world. Well, here it is! Houston, the awesomeness has landed! If you don't feel like reading all the mumbo jumbo, there is a "bottom line" below the pokemon, which is basically a tl;dr version of what can be found in the description. HIGHdreigon (Hydreigon) @Life Orb EVs: 252 Sp. Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP | Modest | Levitate ~Dragon Pulse ~Dark Pulse ~Flamethrower ~Surf Theme Song! Hydreigon was born to be wild! Here he is, the whole reason this team was made, it's the mighty... HYDREIGON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot tell you how unbelievably good this guy has been. After paralysis support, he can basically outspeed the entire metagame, and he takes full advantage of this, tearing pokemon apart limb from limb with his mighty coverage and powerful special attack. You really couldn't ask for much more in a sweeper, as long as you give him support, he will pay off. Dragon Pulse is like a wrecking ball to the other team, and the mess it causes can easily be cleaned up by scizor's bullet punch and scarf keldeo. Dark Pulse is used for a second option as STAB, and it hits ghost and psychic types harder than all his other moves. Flamethrower is for coverage on all steel types, specifically forretress, scizor, skarmory, and ferrothorn, 4 menaces to hydreigon. Surf rounds out the movepool with perfect neutral coverage, blasting nasty heatran in the face as well as nabbing the power boost from rain so it is stronger than dragon pulse, assuming the other pokemon has no weakness/resistance to both moves. This thing is no defensive slouch either, and you will be hard-pressed to 1hko it without a super effective move. Bottom line: Fantastic coverage, fantastic wallbreaker, fantastic stallbreaker, fantastic cleaner. Did I mention it was fantastic? Motom (Rotom-C) @Leftovers EVs: 252 HP, 252 Sp. Def, 4 Sp. Atk | IVs: 30 Speed | Calm | Levitate ~Thunderbolt ~Leaf Storm ~Hidden Power Ice ~Thunder Wave Theme Song! He kicks (cuts?) grass like it was spring. Ah, you amazing little lawnmower. While at first glance, rotom-c doesn't look like a very good fit for an OU team, he has certain niches that make him a quite useful fit on mine. The first one is his general ability to destroy rain teams. Between electric, grass, and ice coverage, there is nearly nothing on rain teams that is standing in his way. He can also tank a few hits as well, giving him opportunity to switch in on weak water attacks from rain teams such as tentacruel's scald. The second niche is thunder wave. At first, this doesn't help much, my team has priority and a 108 speed scarfer, but it provides paralysis support for hydreigon. Is Scarf terrakion standing in your way of world domination? Paralyze him and obliterate him with surf from hydreigon! How about that nasty tornadus-t? He might be able to ko rotom with repeated hurricanes, but he easily goes down to a hydreigon dragon pulse once paralyzed. Is volcarona about to set up and sweep? Thunder Wave on the quiver dance and switch to heatran, you now outspeed volcarona with basically everything on the team, and he can die easily to a choice band scizor aerial ace. Bottom Line: Provides valuable support against rain teams and gives paralysis support to hydreigon, which facilitates a successful sweep. The Ground is Lava (Heatran) @Shed Shell EVs: 252 HP, 164 Def, 92 Sp. Atk | Modest | Flash Fire ~Fire Blast ~Earth Power ~Roar ~Stealth Rock Theme Song! Fire in the Sky! The great fiery blob steel tank magma monster thingy has risen! Ok, all lava puns and long nicknames aside, heatran provides valuable support to this team with his ability to tank hits on both the physical and special side while dealing considerable damage back. Being able to set up stealth rock further increases his utility. Don't ask about the ev spread, I made it up long ago. All I remember is that it works. Either way, heatran provides a great way to absorb fire moves aimed at the rest of my team. Setting up stealth rock proves key in bringing key sweepers such as tornadus-t, thundurus-t, and volcarona into ko range of my pokemon. I normally prefer lava plume with heatran, but fire blast was chosen for the 40 extra power, which proves to be deadly with paralysis support. It is also used so lava plume's high burn rate does not clash with thunder wave. There's nothing wrong with burning the terrakion on the switch, but paralysis means it dies so much more easily. Earth Power gives it some way of defending itself against rock types, specifically tyranitar. Hidden Power Ice is great for clipping dragons' wings and obliterating ground types like landorus and garchomp. Heatran provides valuable glue and stealth rock to my team, which it cannot succeed without. Bottom Line: Great ability to tank hits, especially from sun teams, stealth rock, and good offensive coverage ensure heatran is never going away. Fluffy (Latias) @Leftovers EVs: 252 HP, 248 Speed, 8 Sp. Atk | Timid | Levitate ~Dragon Pulse ~Calm Mind ~Substitute ~Recover Theme Song! Don't mean a thing what you do, latias is getting her sweep. The red snowbird comes in once again to devastate her victims and leave nothing but corpses and a fluffy white coat of down in her wake. Latias was originally added to form a stalwart defensive combo with heatran, but she became much more than that. She quickly evolved into the role of cleaning up all the messes hydreigon made, assuming he couldn't sweep the team. Substitute + Calm Mind makes her free from status and nearly untouchable by special attackers while packing a heavy punch. Recover ensures that latias can keep making substitutes, and it also means she just won't die. Dragon Pulse provides reliable STAB, and it hits resistances hard after only two calm minds. Latias can tank many special attacks from sun sweepers and rain sweepers, providing a stalwart check to rain teams and non-volcarona sun teams. She acts as a general special wall capable of dishing out pain if need be. Latias needs time to set up, but can turn the enemy into a pile of pokébones if they weren't prepared for it. Bottom Line: Great at sweeping, great at tanking, what more could you ask? Metaltech (Scizor) @Choice Band EVs: 252 Atk, 248 HP, 8 Speed | Adamant | Technician ~U-Turn ~Bullet Punch ~Superpower ~Quick Attack Theme Song! Scizor switches in, cue this music. Scizor is a marvelous pokemon that brings to the team both priority and a good slow u-turn to get hydreigon in to sweep. U-turn is basically a free switch, assuming scizor or your switch-in can take the heat from the opponent's pokemon. Bullet Punch provides priority, and I really don't need to tell you how useful this is with the power gained from technician, do I? Go die in a hole tornadus-t, you cannot survive scizor's bullet punch. It is great for picking off annoying frail pokemon, or just for revenging the rare pokemon that's faster than scarf keldeo or for when keldeo is dead or can't handle them. For when the opponent reaches the high point in speed, scizor says "I don't care, I will go first." *Bullet Punch to the face* Scizor has so much power behind the bullet punch that it alone can mop up sufficiently weakened teams. Superpower is for steel types, specifically heatran and magnezone, who wish to take advantage of scizor's choice band, only to realize that its master is decent at predicting switches. Aerial Ace is there for volcarona. As volcarona is a threat to this team, the plan of action goes like this: use rotom's thunder wave on the quiver dance, then sac a pokemon of my choice, usually one I keep at low health for this reason. Bring in scizor, then aerial ace. If volcarona hasn't accumulated more than one quiver dance, it can usually be revenged by keldeo. If not, then it becomes a lot more complicated. Overall, a solid pokemon that I really love on this team. Bottom Line: STAB priority, good coverage, and a free switch-in to hydreigon. What more could you want? (No I am not a brony, do not ask.) My Little Kelpie (Keldeo) @Choice Scarf EVs: 252 Speed, 252 Sp. Atk | IVs: 30 Speed, 30 Atk, 30 Sp. Atk | Timid | Justified ~Hydro Pump ~Secret Sword ~Surf ~Hidden Power Ice Theme Song! I personally hate MLP, but this seemed to fit for keldeo. Here he is, the final one. Scarf keldeo serves as an effective revenge killer for my team, being able to outspeed all common scarfers except for latios and terrakion, which are easily handled by scizor's bullet punch. Hydro Pump hits like a truck, obliterating many annoying scarfers and general nuisances, such as landorus. Secret sword is a great fighting STAB that hits on the physical side (poor blissey) but uses the special attack stat to determine damage. This is extremely useful because keldeo can now punch through some of the better special walls due to the fact that their defensive side is total weaksauce when compared to keldeo's offensives and their own special defense. Surf is basically hydro pump's little brother. It is used when the team is very weakened, and the high accuracy ensures it won't miss so you can kill every last one of their pokemon. Hidden Power Fire is a rather odd choice, but it is completely legitimate, as it provides a good answer to choice scarf genesect, a pokemon which this team is weak to. It also hits ferrothorn, scizor, and forretress super effectively. While scizor doesn't like taking hydro pumps, hidden power fire will always hit it, and it is a 1hko. All in all, keldeo is a great revenge killer, obliterating many fast threats and picking off weakened hyper offense teams. Bottom Line: Great revenge killer, works together with scizor's bullet punch to destroy many faster threats. Well, that's the team! 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A Final Look Importable Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide HIGHdreigon (Hydreigon) (F) @ Life Orb Trait: Levitate EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Dragon Pulse - Flamethrower - Dark Pulse - Surf Motom (Rotom-C) @ Leftovers Trait: Levitate EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 SDef Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Thunderbolt - Leaf Storm - Hidden Power [Ice] - Thunder Wave The Ground is Lava (Heatran) (F) @ Shed Shell Trait: Flash Fire EVs: 252 HP / 164 Def / 92 SAtk Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Fire Blast - Earth Power - Roar - Stealth Rock Fluffy (Latias) (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Levitate EVs: 252 HP / 8 SAtk / 248 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Dragon Pulse - Calm Mind - Substitute - Recover Metaltech (Scizor) (F) @ Choice Band Trait: Technician EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - U-turn - Bullet Punch - Superpower - Quick Attack My Little Kelpie (Keldeo) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Justified EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Hydro Pump - Surf - Secret Sword - Hidden Power [Ice] And now, I bid you farewell, good sirs. Changes: Considering changing hydreigon's set to a mixed set with superpower and roost over surf and dark pulse.