Hi everyone, This is my first gen 5 team so be gentle :3 It's a rain dance team with a little twist, toxic spikes. I found toxic stalling to be a really effective strategy. I saw a guy on po called drugthug69 using a similar team a couple of months ago and since then I've been using this team, upgrading it constantly. Even though Delko tutored me good, I can't seem to hit the 1400 peak on the ladder. So that's why I decided to post an RMT, so perhaps you guys can help me :3 I hope you like it: Politoed (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Drizzle EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Scald - Protect - Perish Song - Ice Beam Politoad is the obvious lead for this team to set up the needed rain. As you can see here, and obviously on most other team-members I utilize protect alot, which I found useful on various occasion, especially with toxic spikes on the field. Scald is useful and helps getting a burn on dangerous steel types like scizor and excadrill. I also use scald on a lot of pokes as well, it's just a solid move. with perish song I have a solution for last poke reunclus and the likes as well as dealing with rare baton pass teams. Ice Beam is for Dragons, and Grass/ Poison types trying to absorb Toxic Spikes. Tentacruel (M) @ Black Sludge Trait: Rain Dish EVs: 252 HP / 240 SDef / 16 Spd Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Rapid Spin - Scald - Toxic Spikes - Venoshock Tentacruel is the most important member of this team as it lays down toxic spikes, and acts as a rapid spinner. Also another poke I use scald on just because it's a very good move. What is different about this Tentacruel is the fact I use a full specially defensive set, because he also acts as my counter to volcarona and special virizion, that's also the reason I use beam. Tentacruel is used for a lot but with such investment in bulk, black sludge and raind dish, he's says healthy like it's nothing. Ferrothorn (M) @ Leftovers / Shed Skin Trait: Iron Barbs EVs: 252 HP / 48 Def / 208 SDef Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd) - Stealth Rock - Leech Seed - Protect - Gyro Ball Under rain ferrothorn is one though poke to take out. Ferrothorn acts as my mixed wall and the poke that lays down stealth rock, as well as taking electric moves aimed at my three water pokes. He becomes even more annoying with leech seed and protect as with toxic spikes up and iron barb the opponent will take a lot of residual damage. I choose for gyro ball instead of power whip as it's have better usage overal. I found myself in need of shed skin more often due to the rise of magnezone, and to a lesser extend it lets me fake a choice band. Yet again another poke that uses Protect :3 Gliscor @ Toxic Orb Trait: Poison Heal EVs: 244 HP / 176 Def / 88 Spe Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk) - Sword Dance - Taunt - Earthquake - Ice Fang Gliscor keeps the physical attackers in check. It also help me against Stall teams, with Taunt and Sword Dance. His weaknesses are well covered by the rest of the team and Jellicent's ability to spin-block isn't needed as much anyway, since spinners are rare these days. Gliscor is immune to status which help by taking on stuff like Breloom easier. Chansey (F) @ Eviolite Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spd Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Wish - Toxic - Protect - Seismic Toss Chansey us just an amazing poke, it's so damn bulky. With the rain up I don't miss leftovers recovery much making it a better choice then blissey. Chansey is my main wall for thunderus and other special attackers. Other then that chansey makes sure that my other pokes remain healthy, as politoad, ferrothorn and tentacrual have no recovery move. Toxic is for Levitators and Flyers who are immune to Toxic Spikes. Seismic Toss is used because unlike blissey, chansey has no offense whatsoever and it does solid damage. Chansey is yet another poke with protect to add to the stallish feel. Latias (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Levitate EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Calm Mind - Roost - Substitute - Dragon Pulse I've seen this latias set alot recently but I know why, it's an amazing set. Latias is the closest thing I have to a sweeper and late game it's does so perfectly. I opted for a subroost set because I found that effective with toxic spikes on the field but lately I've been trying roar as well, so it can deal with reuniclus better. Dragon pulse hurts a lot when it's at +6, even steels. Latias is pretty bulky and as the glue of this team to cover the last possible threats.