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Resource Battle Spot Singles Cores Agenda

Discussion in 'Battle Spot Singles' started by Solerme, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. Solerme

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    Building a team is the first step to get into battles. This can be quite difficult at times and it can leave new players disoriented. Having a few rules for building a team would make this process a lot easier. One of the best ways to ways to start building a team is to build a team around a core.

    What is a Core?
    A core involves the natural synergy between certain types, either in offense and in defense. Cores mostly involve three types, mainly because this strikes a perfect balance between having enough resistances to cover each type's weakness and not having too many weaknesses to end up becoming too vulnerable to a certain type. Cores built around two Pokémon also exist. Cores are great tools for teambuilders, as they enable them to create a solid backbone for their teams without having to worry too much about specific threats. It is also true that it's always important to cover actual threats instead of general types, but at the same time, there are so many usable Pokémon that it's impossible to cover everything individually, and you always need a starting point to your team.

    The Cores
    There are many different types of cores. For example the most popular and well known one is the Fire/Water/Grass (FWG) core, that has been present since the beginning of competitive Pokémon, The Steel/Fairy/Dragon (SFD) core also exists, born with the introduction of the Fairy-type. This core has become even more notorious than the first one. Also, even inside the same core group you can distinguish between Balanced, Offensive and Defensive cores. No matter which tier you're building a team for, cores will always be a great starting point for every one who is building a team. Battle Spot Singles is no exception to this. However, the 3 versus 3 format means that the mechanics will differ thom those in 6 versus 6, and this leads to different cores being used.
    In this thread we will try to list the most common and succesful cores in the Battle Spot Singles metagame

    Everyone can post nominations, but must be done so with a logical point of view. When posting, remember to describe the core.


    Balanced cores

    Classic Mega Kangaskhan Balance
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    Mega Blaziken pseudo FWG core
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    Mega Venusaur Balance
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    BuluTran FWG Balance
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    Elemental Fantasy
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    Generation VII Mega Kangaskhan balance
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    Mega Heracross balance
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    Mega Lopunny balance
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    Offensive cores

    The Japanese Sand
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    Generation VII Mence-Aegi Offense
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    The Hippo-Luke-Dnite Offense
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    Charging under the Sunlight
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    The Hydragross SFD offense
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    Weird Weather
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    Mega Salamence offense
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    Yawning on the rocks
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    Trick Room Offensive Duo
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    Rocks 'n Screens setup
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    Dragon-Fairy Hyper Offense
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    Defending both, the Dragon and the Bunny
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    Mega Lopunny Offense
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    The Intimidating punks
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    Defensive cores

    The Skarmsey core
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    Mega Venusaur seeds stall
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    The flying guardians stall
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    Space reserverd for more particular and underused, yet succesful cores.



    Niche Balanced cores

    Mega Blastoise pseudo FWG core
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    The beauty and the beast
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    The Dragon Fairy and its Steel guardian
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    Niche Offensive cores

    Mega Pinsir Offense
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    Don't phaze me bro
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    Psychic-spam Offense
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    Moody setup
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    Offensive HypnoGrav
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    Niche Defensive cores

    Mesozoic era Stall

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    Lead Skarm to get up most of the time guaranteed hazards while taunting other hazard leads & maybe get a kill with z-move, when skarm goes down Snorlax abuses Yawn+Whirlwind to rack up hazard damage, Mega Gengar cleans with Hex when Snorlax goes down. You can also replace Gengar with almost any setup sweeper.

    I'd probably consider this an offensive core but it could maybe go under balance too.
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    "Don't phaze me bro"
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    Tailwind --> Memento --> Evoboost --> Substitute --> Baton Pass --> Stored Power/Dazzling Gleam/Calm Mind/Morning Sun

    The 5-or-so turn setup is easy enough to shut down if you're prepared, but can easily sweep if you're not. I guess this would be niche offense.
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    Offensive Trick Room

    Mega-Mawile + Porygon2

    Porygon2 sets up Trick Room for Mega-Mawile and can also hit very hard on it's own with great coverage and Download. Mega-Mawile abuses the Trick Room and sweeps. Good partners are Pokemon that can deal with Ground-, Fighting- and Fire-Mons, Pokemon that weaken walls Mawile can't break that good and a second Trick Room setter.
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    The first core is a Niche Offensive Core:
    Psychic-Spam Offense
    Tapu Lele + Mega Alakazam
    Tapu Lele sets up Psychic Terrain for MegaZam and lures in Steels and weakens them for MegaZam. MegaZam can abuse the Terrain very good because of it's great Speed, SpA and STAB Psychic. Furthermore it is immune to Priority now. A good 3rd partner would be sth that deals with Steels and Mimikyu and SR Setters are also pretty useful.
    And yes soLerme, of course you can also go with Espeon > MZam ;)

    The second core is a Balanced Core:
    Mega Heracross Balance
    MHeracross + Cresselia + Heatran

    These three have a very good defensive synergy. Heatran provides special and Cresselia physical Bulk. Furthermore Cresselia can set up a Trick Room for Mega Heracross or also use Thunder Wave for Speed Control. Lunar Dance allows Mega Heracross a "new life".

    And I have one question:
    MGengar/Tyranitar/Chansey/Skarmory/Toxapex/Gliscor have proven to be a very good stall core but is it able to add a 6-Mon Core to the list? This core is made out of a few cores ("The Flying Guardian Stall", a kind of "Skarmsey Heal 'n Stall", MGengar + Skarmsey and Tyranitar/A-Muk + Skarmsey) so we could also add all these cores on their own.
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    Here's a Niche Offensive Core...

    Cancerous Core
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    Added the suggested cores and new cores as well
    Thanks everyone for the help :D
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    Oh, here's one more!

    Offensive HypnoGrav

    Landorus-T + Mega Gengar

    The goal of the core is to set up Gravity with Lando-T so you can raise Hypnosis' accuracy for HexGengar. Lando also helps against Blaziken and some Dark-types that can ruin Gengar's day, such as Tyranitar and Alolan Muk. The core appreciates help to deal with mons that are faster then Gengar and Choice Scarf users.
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    Updated the thread with new cores, featuring Mega Lopunny, Mega Manectric and Mega Altaria and new strategies such as the dual screens one in the offensive teams. Also added new options with other mons in cores that already were in the thread.
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    Niche Offensive Core:
    Tapu Koko + Golisopod


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    This core is hard to pull off, but really fun. Golisopod is a fine partner for Tapu Koko thanks to its Ground resist, which makes it tremendously useful for greatly weakening threatening archetypes, such as sand and stall, and chunking a not-so-insignificant portion of the meta with First Impression and Liquidation. Tapu Koko takes care of some of the scarier threats to Golisopod as well, such as Salamence, and the two have some great pivoting synergy together which can be augmented by intelligent use of Emergency Exit.

    Side note: Golisopod is a fantastic team member for the Tapu Koko/Salamence/Aegislash core, due to its fantastic matchup vs Mamoswine.

    e: if this is /too/ niche then I guess that's fair but Golisopod has been talked about and I can say from experience that it's both fun and effective when it's used properly :)
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    added Goli as a possible partner in the koko/mence/aegi core
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