Greetings Smogon community. I have stepped into competitive battling only a month ago, just through watching a lot of YouTube videos (mostly TheFlamingSpade's). I have found my own play-style and managed to a rather balanced team. I would like to present it to you, and receive as much feedback as possible. Overview My intention around building this team is mainly trying to balance it for the maximum type coverage, stall and offense. Team Construction Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Uxie is a pokemon with balanced stats and a decent support movepool, so I decided to use him as the core of this whole team. With Uxie carrying Stealth Rock, I added arguably the best spiker in the RU tier - Qwilfish. Qwilfish is also a solid check against physical sweepers. Checking dream world abilities, I just couldn't resist using Cradily. With above-average special defense, he's used mainly as a counter against grass and water types. Primeape is the occasional lead scarfer/revenge killer/sweeper. U-turn is the main reason I added him to this team. Shitry is the late-game physical sweeper, who can be used in any tier, which gives him a huge range of versatility. With the team vulnerable to Will-o-Wisp and lacking a special sweeper, the underrated Magmortar seemed to be a solid fill. The Pokés Uxie @Leftovers Ability: Levitate EVs: 252 HP; 80 Def; 80 SpAtt; 96 SpDef Nature: Calm Moves: -Stealth Rock -Thunder Wave -Heal Bell -Psychic Role: lead/support. Strategy: the main strategy is setting up Stealth Rock and switch out immediately. An alternate way is using Thunder Wave on a faster opponent and then setting up Rocks. Heal Bell is to get rid of any status ailment, especially burns and paralyzes. Psychic is the most problematic move in this set. I once used U-turn for switch initiatives, but sometimes I need to just stay in, wall the opponent and dish out as much damage as possible. Qwilfish @Black Sludge Ability: Intimidate EVs: 252 HP; 56 Att; 200 Def Nature: Adamant Moves: -Toxic Spikes -Spikes -Waterfall -Revenge Role: spiker/physical wall Strategy: the main purpose of this puffer is setting up entry hazards. Toxic Spikes and Spikes are pretty obvious, and I often use him as a suicide spiker when the opponent's team lacks a rapid spinner. Waterfall is the main stab move, securing a OHKO against standard Aerodactyls and 2HKO a Crustle. Revenge is a good way to eliminate Quick Feet Ursarings, as a Qwilfish is capable of living a Swords Dance Facade after Intimidate kicks in. Cradily @Leftovers Ability: Storm Drain EVs: 252 HP; 176 SpAtt; 80 SpDef Nature: Calm Moves: -Energy Ball -Hidden Power Fire -Toxic -Recover Role: Grass/Water type counter/special wall Strategy: Energy Ball is surprisingly strong with this EV spread (241 overall sp.Attack). Hidden Power Fire is for any Tangelas or Whimsicotts. Toxic is to put a timer on walls and wear down anyone who tries to set up, while Recover is a reliable move to stall the opponent. This is basically a standard Cradily with slightly tweaked EVs. Primeape @Choice Scarf Ability: Vital Spirit EVs: 252 Att; 4 Def; 252 Spe Nature: Adamant Moves: -U-Turn -Close Combat -Stone Edge -Punishment Role: scout/revenge killer Strategy: with a choice scarf, Primeape can lead and U-Turn away, which is the main point of using him. I prefer Adamant over Jolly nature, as in the RU tier, I am not sure how many pokemon would actually stay in againsnt a scarfed Primeape. Close Combat is for STAB, Stone Edge predicting a switch into someone like Drifblim. Punishment is my main trump card. The point of it is leaving Uxie against a potential set-up threat, crippling with Thunder Wave and Psychic-ing away and just letting it die, after which send in Primeape and smack it with Punishment. Works especially good against Nastly Plot/Swords Dance/Calm Mind users. Shiftry @Lum Berry Ability: Chlorophyll EVs: 252 Att; 4 SpDef; 252 Spe Nature: Adamant Moves: -Swords Dance -Sucker Punch -Seed Bomb -Explosion Role: late game suicide sweeper Strategy: when the opportunity comes, safely bringing in Shiftry and setting up a Swords Dance is crucial. After just 1 boost, it is easy to sweep at least 2 pokes with a Sucker Punch and Seed Bomb. As there is normally no opportunity to set up twice, Explosion is used as a desperate way to take someone with him. I used Shiftry with Normal Gem a few times, but a single Will-O-Wisp just crippled it entirely. Magmortar @Life Orb Ability: Vital Spirit EVs: 252 SpAtt; 4 SpDef; 252 Spe Nature: Modest Moves: -Fire Blast -Thunderbolt -Psychic -Hidden Power Water Role: special sweeper Strategy: this Magmortar is pretty much a sleep counter. Bring him in against a spore/sleep powder and just Fire Blast away. With Modest nature and this EV spread, 382 SpAttack and Life Orb Fire Blast would do a decent chunk to anyone in the RU tier. Thunderbolt for more coverage, while Psychic is mainly used as a safe move. Hidden Power Water is just more cvoerage. I threw in Magmortar just as a filler to this team, but it has been working pretty good with its raw power. Threats to the team: Galvantula gives me a lot of trouble, as my team has 3 weaknesses to Bug, 1 to Electric and 5 neutral to a STAB Thunder. Dusknoir's substitute Will-O-Wisp Focus Punch set punches huge holes in half of my team, while Earthquake Shadow Sneak punches a hole in the other. Rotom and his Life Orb set takes care my whole team except Magmortar, assuming Fire Blast doesn't miss. Sigilyph's Stored Power and Air Slash kills my whole team, so I have no other choice but to hope for a Stone Edge or Thunderbolt/Fire Blast combo to take it out before it manages to set up. Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Thanks for reading all of this, feel free to leave any suggestions on how to improve my team. I come from Vietnam, and this is my long lost childhood, as my generation is more into the new Pop-stuff. And TheFlamingSpade just gave me the push I needed to do what I really enjoy. And a special thanks to the whole Smogon community, Pokémon is a part of me which has been dead for a long time, and you helped it revive. Thank you.