The Architect's Way Rayquaza: huehuehue Title is in reference to me having a major in Architecture and that I pave the way (well....Rayquaza's teammates do..). This is one of my many teams that I've been hoping to stick with. They've had some really good wins and some pretty bad losses, due to synergy or bad decisions. It is a standard team that still needs a bit of work, and I'm hoping to get some advice. The Sketch Deoxys-Speed @ Focus Sash Trait: Pressure EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature - Stealth Rock - Taunt - Magic Coat - ExtremeSpeed The standard suicide lead set for Deoxys-S. Deoxys-S is a pretty amazing Pokemon when I'm using it right. Stealth Rocks are there so that Rayquaza is able to pick off most Pokemon that take up the SR damage. Taunt is there for the slower leads that like to set up. Though the problem I've been seeing now is that most leads don't set up. They straight up attack to pick off as many Pokemon as they can before they die. This makes Taunt a bit useless, so I don't use it sometimes and just try to set up Stealth Rock before biting the dust. Magic Coat is to take out any Deoxys formes that like to Taunt so they can't set up themselves, but the biggest blessing this gives Deoxys-S is to use it against Darkrais. Darkrai leads (though starting to be a bit scarce)will always (unless they predict the magic coat, which is usually never)use Shadow Void. The Magic Coat sets the Darkrai to sleep, allowing me to set up Stealth Rocks easily. I then switch out to another Pokemon to take out Darkrai since ExtremeSpeed doesn't seem to be very useful. Though I now know through some trial and error how this lead works against most. I would usually Taunt or Magic Coat with now that I know are attacking leads like Zekrom or Tyranitar, which would usually cost me my entire set up. Tyranitar's Sand Stream would easily pick off my remaining HP when Tyranitar uses one of it's powerful STAB moves. Because I know this now, (again due to very much angry trial and error), I always go to Stealth Rock. All and all, it's a great lead for getting Stealth Rock up very fast and I have no trouble using it now. The Builder Kyogre @ Choice Specs Trait: Drizzle EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 Spd Modest Nature - Water Spout - Surf - Thunder - Ice Beam Kyogre is a goddamned beast, and for good reason. With its already immense Special Attack stat boosted with Choice Specs, he's my best Wall Breaker. Ice Beam is the obvious choice for Giratina variants and other Dragon types weak to it, that aren't specially defensive. Surf is to pick off the low leveled Pokemon, incase of a late game cleaning up. Thunder is for slower Kyogre, but it usually this Kyogre usually survives getting hit by another Thunder, if it's in full health, allowing me to get back at the Kyogre. Lugia from Stealth Rock damage is sometimes a problem. Water Spout is a great move, even knocking off half the HP of Arceus Water if full health. Overall, it's a great Pokemon in my team for taking down walls, but it sort of loses itself to only one usage, depending on the Pokemon. It's Special Defence investment does save my butt a few times whenever I get hit by a Special Attack, allowing Kyogre to finish that Pokemon off (this is if Kyogre is in full health and no Stealth Rock damage.)So it sort of acts as my special wall. The Eraser Wobbuffet @ Leftovers Trait: Shadow Tag EVs: 28 HP / 228 Def / 252 SDef Calm Nature - Encore - Mirror Coat - Counter - Safeguard Man, I fricken love Wobbuffet. It's main purpose is to take down the biggest threats to Rayquaza: scarfed Pokemon. When a scarfed Pokemon is to kill Rayquaza when I lure them, or use another Pokemon to lure them, I switch into Wobbuffet to take them down. Palkia and other scarfers like Terrakion have fallen to Wobbuffet. Encore is for when a Pokemon is stacking up on a stat, so Rayquaza or another Pokemon can come in and set up themselves, but my Pokemon has the freedom of attacking. The problem I have with Wobbuffet though is that it's a one time thing. I'd like to keep it later on in the battle, should there be another scarfer and none of my other Pokemon are able to take it down. The Engineer Scizor @ Choice Band Trait: Technician EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 SDef Adamant Nature - U-turn - Bullet Punch - Superpower - Pursuit Scizor is to pick off any Pokemon that are really low on HP and I need to clean up something, if it's towards the end of the battle or if Rayquaza is taken down. Bullet Punch is an amazing move that allows me to do just that, taking down things that don't resist it or take neutral damage to it. Superpower hasn't really been used all that much. Scizor usually never sees the light of day (either it gets killed off or I lose), and it gets a bit irratating that I can never use it. Scizor is a Pokemon that I consider switching for something else, since Kyogre can also pick off any last minute Pokemon. The Wrecker Kyurem-Black @ Life Orb Trait: Teravolt EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd Hasty Nature - Hone Claws - Outrage - Fusion Bolt - Blizzard Kyurem-B is an absolute BEAST....if I have a time to set up of course. Outrage twice with one Hone Claws can take out Ferrothorn, should he recieve Stealth Rock. The problem with Ferro, of course, is the Gyro Ball so it makes Kyurem a one time thing. Kyurem-B is also pretty fail I notice, but I really want to keep him as a spare wall breaker, should Kyogre fall. It's attack stat is so godly, a Dragon types fall to it's Outrage. Blizzard and Fusion Bolt look great for Water types or Flying types slower than it. I also usually never use Kyurem-B due to him being frail and losing after 1 Outrage or another move due to getting hit and LO recoil, but when I do use him and I set up right, he can get the job done. Though I'd like to see a better way for him to take down more than just one wall. The Final Design Rayquaza @ Life Orb Trait: Air Lock EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature - Dragon Dance - Outrage - Earthquake - Overheat The team's center sweeper. I use it as a late game sweeper, as I have to make sure the walls are down and no Pokemon has set up yet. Dragon Dance Outrage is an amazing combo, as it delivers OHKOs on many Pokemon that aren't physically defensive. For those that are, like Giratina, it OHKOs it should it take damage from Stealth Rock. Earthquake is great for the pesky Steel types, though I usually have to use Dragon Dance twice for faster Pokemon such as Excadrill. Overheat also works well for Steel types and Grass types, but for fast ones like Skymin, I usually have to Dragon Dance twice. The problem with this set is that if there is Stealth Rock in the field, Rayquaza can only do so little when it takes LO recoil, but it can destroy so many Pokemon when I need to finish the game. The team is in need of rebuilding so I can center it around Rayquaza, but so far, it's not that bad. As you can see, this team needs some repairing to do and I'm open to any advice. I'm keeping Rayquaza as my center sweeper. Ratings are also appreciated.