Hello everyone! I am extremely new to the competitive battling scene, but have been playing the franchise since I was a little boy playing Blue Version. I recently got back into Pokemon after a friend had bought me Soul Silver for my birthday. Needless to say I got hooked immediately. I was referred to smogon's pokemon guides to help me assemble my team, and well...here I am! The plethora of things smogon has to offer it's battlers is pretty astounding and I am very grateful to those who put the effort in to create this all. A little bit about my team. Being completely new to the metagame I had no idea what to expect in the OU scene, or even what Player vs. Player battles would feel like. With that in mind, I literally took a look at the top used OU characters from doug's stat reports and tried to create a balanced team from that. Lots of thinking and Notepad usage later, I came up with this team that has done pretty well for me. I've gotten up to 1200 CRE so far and will keep rising hopefully! My team at a glance: ------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------- SURPRISE! *An OU Warstory* Down to the wire! *An OU Warstory* I have been reading quite a few Warstories (the good and the bad) to learn the thought process of battlers better than myself, and never enter a fight without the Pokemon Guide and Damage Calc pages open to act as my beginner's crutch. Keep in mind i'm still glaringly new, but I'm not retarded. I've been battling competitively for about a week now (as of June 4th). I'm still learning the metagame, and would love all the feedback I can get from you guys about my team. I also plan on enrolling in the Battle Tutor program the next time it opens. Swampert (M) @ Leftovers Ability: Torrent EVs: 252 HP/252 Def/4 Spd Relaxed nature (+Def, -Spd) - Stealth Rock - Earthquake - Ice Beam - Roar/Protect My lead, my SR user, my Bulky Water, and my Electric Immunity. A carbon copy of the Mixpert Lead from Smogon, though I put the 4 attack EV's into Speed to break possible speed ties with opposing Swampert should it ever come to that. I opted for Protect over Roar to have a way to ward off Explosions without exposing my Gengar, and to gather up all the safe extra leftover recovery I can get, and the scouting is nice too. I'm currently torn on the topic however, as two phazers would be nice in the instance something happens to Skarmory. Skarmory (M) @ Leftovers Ability: Keen Eye EVs: 252 HP/60 Atk/176 Def/20 Spd Impish nature (+Def, -SAtk) - Brave Bird - Roost - Spikes - Whirlwind Tried and Failed: Skarmory (M) @ Leftovers Ability: Keen Eye EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD Impish nature (+Def, -SAtk) - Brave Bird - Roost - Spikes - Whirlwind Skarmory is my Wall, my Spiker, my Phazer. A carbon copy of the Spiker Skarm from Smogon, but I boosted its speed by 4 EV's to outspeed Opposing Skarmory trying to phaze me (which happens fairly often actually). Gyarados (M) @ Life Orb Ability: Intimidate EVs: 252 Atk/4 Def/252 Spd Adamant nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Dragon Dance - Waterfall - Stone Edge - Earthquake Currently testing: Gyarados@Leftovers Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) 72 HP / 252 Atk / 184 Spe -Waterfall -Earthquake -Taunt -Dragon Dance Carbon Copy of the DD Gyara from Smogon. I wanted a boosting sweeper on my team, but loved my Mixmence, so I picked Gyarados. I've been thinking about trying out the Bulky DD Gyara, but having EQ on Gyara has really been helpful in some win or lose situations. I dont know how much a Taunt/2nd Phazer would help the team though. Food for thought I guess. Salamence (M) @ Life Orb Ability: Intimidate EVs: 16 Atk/252 Spd/240 SAtk Naive nature (+Spd, -SDef) - Draco Meteor - Earthquake - Fire Blast - Outrage Carbon copy of New Mixmence from Smogon. God I hope this guy doesn't get banned. This is the funnest pokemon i've ever played with. Not much to say other than he likes crushing people, heh. I've tried the DD Mence but like the feel of Mixmence on this team much more. Scizor (M) @ Choice Band Ability: Technician EVs: 248 HP/252 Atk/8 Spd Adamant nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - U-turn - Bullet Punch - Superpower - Pursuit Currently Testing: Tyranitar@Choice Band 252 HP/42 Atk/216 Spd Careful -Crunch -Stone Edge -Pursuit -Aqua Tail/EQ Scizor covers a plethora of threats against my team, is my Alternate Revenge killer, and is my only Pursuit user. Very fun when used properly, but i'm still learning. Another carbon copy, so i'll stop at that. Gengar (M) @ Choice Scarf Ability: Levitate EVs: 4 HP/252 Spd/252 SAtk Modest nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Shadow Ball - Focus Blast - Hidden Power [Fire] - Thunderbolt Currently Testing: Gengar (M) @ Choice Scarf Ability: Levitate EVs: 4 HP/252 Spd/252 SAtk Modest nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Shadow Ball - Trick - Hidden Power [Fire] - Thunderbolt Tried and Failed: Rotom-A @ Choice Scarf Timid 38 HP/252 spA/220 Speed Thunderbolt Shadow Ball Trick HP Fighting / Will-o-Wisp Gengar is a major trump card of sorts on my team. Most people don't expect a Scarfgar, and it's very easy to play mindgames on people with him. It always makes me smile when I outspeed a Starmie who tried to land a kill on me after I block its attempt at a Rapid Spin. He's also great against Trick users like Jirachi. He uses HP Fire over Ice, as the Steel's in OU give me more trouble than Salamence whom I can kill quite easily when playing smart. He's my second explosion counter and more importantly my RSpin blocker. He's been and is a vital part of my team. --- Here's some random Notepad notes I had written during the few days it took me to build this team (remember, i'm brand new, only having 1 week of Competitive playing experience. Team Building is very hard for me, heh.) Move Coverage Steel Water Rock Ground x3 Ghost Electric Fighting x2 Ice Bug Steel Dark Dragon x2 Fire x2 Flying Missing Move Coverage Normal Poison Grass Psychic Current Unresolved OU Weaknesses HP Grass Zapdos (LO/Subs) - Not too bad, I beat the few teams that used it. It was just a pain in the you know what. HP Grass Jolteon (LO/Specs) - I've never had a problem with Jolteon so far, but a friend on IRC gave me dire warnings about it. Current Questionable Wants Rapid Spinner - SR wrecks Gyara and Salamence, and it would be nice to be able to spin it away, but I don't know if Starmie or Forretress would really fit right on this team. It's not a major need, just something that would be nice. Trick - For the sole reason that it looks really fun, has very crippling effects on the recipient, and is great in War stories. Taunt - Unsure as to how much this would really help me. Feedback would be appreciated. Explosion - Easymode you die now button. Torn feelings on this one, as i'd rather not be killing my pokes if theres another way around it. Curious as to how much success this move has given to experienced players.