~~~Blistering Sands~~~ [pimg]389[/pimg][pimg]213[/pimg] Helpful reading: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3463764 I've slowly developed this team ever since I first started playing Balanced Hackmons. This particular version is quite different from previous versions, but it's more or less the one I've used the longest and to the most success. Unfortunately, it's time I retire this team. Everything on this team serves a very specific purpose that for the most part can't be filled by other Pokemon; thus, I can't stick in an Unburden Rayquaza like I could on a standard BH offense team. Goodbye Blistering Sands. It's been real. This team revolves around Sand, easily the best weather in Balanced Hackmons. It gives Rock-types a buff, has a decent number of abusable abilities, and eats Shedinja. The residual damage is wonderful, granting the offensive Pokemon 6% extra damage and giving the Rock-types a 6% advantage over the opponent. Early-game, I scout the opponent's lead with Deoxys-S, hopefully getting in a bit of damage as well, and as soon as I can send in Regirock to get the sandstorm going. I stall with Shuckle and Regirock, sending Blissey in to combat things that Shuckle and Regirock don't particularly like. This continues into the midgame when things are being worn down, but then I send in Shaymin to start boosting. It draws out and (usually) defeats Imposter users - paving the way for Kyurem-B to step in and annhilate endgame. Of course, Shaymin can sweep on its own too. ~The Team~ [pimg]389[/pimg] Deoxys-Amphetamines (Deoxys-Speed) @ Lum Berry Trait: No Guard EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Magic Coat - Skill Swap - Taunt - Magma Storm This is a funky little set I've used to great success. Deoxys-S is normally a support lead along the lines of dual hazards, Spore and Taunt / Magic Coat. This has Taunt and Magic coat, sure - relatively common moves. The key is Skill Swap and Magma Storm. No Guard applies to the entire field in singles, so Skill Swap will only benefit Deoxys-S. At this time, it is free to trap the opponent with Magma Storm and switch to Regirock. When there's a really bad matchup, I simply switch out to Regirock first. Lum Berry is for status. Birdy Hedgehog (Shaymin-Sky) @ Icicle Plate Trait: Magic Bounce EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef / 252 Spd Modest Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Judgment - Giga Drain - Earth Power - Quiver Dance Oh Skymin you adorable little thing. With Icicle Plate Judgment, Shaymin-S can actually beat Imposter Pokemon most of the time. They're stuck with a weak Normal-type Judgment while Shaymin-S smacks them back with a 4x super effective Ice-type Judgment! Giga Drain and Earth Power do I picked it over Gengar because of STAB Giga Drain, which allows it to fight the residual damage it would accumulate from weather and hazards. Unfortunately, the little hedgehog is rather frail, and can't come in on anything particularly strong... which is where Magic Bounce comes in, sending status moves and hazards in the other direction. Reggie Boulder (Regirock) @ Lum Berry Trait: Sand Stream EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SDef Careful Nature - Recover - Stealth Rock - Magic Coat - U-turn Out of all of the Pokemon on the team, Regirock is probably the least useful. It does, however, bring an endless supply of sand, which is enough to whittle down most Pokemon in the tier and inexplicably bury the Relic Castle from the inside out. It also provides Stealth Rock, which limits the number of times the enemy can switch in. U-Turn is my way to escape a bad matchup (or ImposterBliss copying my Deoxys-S). Recover... recovers. Magic Coat gives it a nice scouting option that bounces back Taunt and the like. Roid Rage (Kyurem-Black) @ Life Orb Trait: Sand Rush EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SDef / 252 Spd Adamant Nature - Outrage - Close Combat - Sacred Fire - Magic Coat Oh my God. Oh. My God. Kyurem-B is sitting pretty at #4 in the Balanced Hackmons usage statistics right now. While that's mostly due to Prankster Assist teams, that doesn't change the fact that Kyurem-B is a fucking monster and you should pray that your sorry ass doesn't get destroyed by it. Especially when Sand Rush doubles its Speed in sand and makes it immune to Sandstorm damage. What to do: SPAM OUTRAGE. Close Combat and Sacred Fire are for assorted Steel-types. Magic Coat bounces Spore. Fatty (Blissey) (F) @ Lum Berry Trait: Imposter EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef / 252 Spd Bold Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Wish - Aromatherapy - Sandstorm - Volt Switch It's an Imposter Blissey. Imposter copies the species, type, stats, moves, and stat boosts of the opposing Pokemon... except HP. So imagine a Contrary Reshiram with over 700 HP. Lum Berry absorbs Spore. There is nothing more to say. Derptle (Shuckle) @ Lum Berry Trait: Unaware Shiny: Yes EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef / 252 Spd Careful Nature IVs: 0 Atk / 0 SAtk - Foul Play - Leech Seed - Spikes - Recover 01:48:01: <Verbatim> unaware shuckle could very well be the king of bh 01:48:04: <Verbatim> if it was used more Quoted for truth. Shuckle doesn't really shine anywhere... except here. Leech Seed allows it to regain its health while doing noticeable damage to the opponent - against many opponents, Shuckle gets 20% of its health back, and against Blissey that number jumps to over 33%. Unaware and the SpDef Sandstorm boost makes it a great counter to Belly Drum Slaking and most Contrary Pokemon... as well as pretty much anything else that boosts. Spikes lets Kyurem-B and Skymin wreck more. Recover recovers as usual, and Foul Play hits pretty much everything decently hard since most people use 252 EVs everywhere. Lum Berry blocks Spore, although Shuckle is incidentally my only Pokemon to never have a way to prevent Taunt. ~Threats~ - Imposter: When Blissey copies my Shuckle, it's hard to take down. When it copies Kyurem-B, I have to resort to sacking my own Kyurem-B and walling it with Regirock or Shuckle. - Escavalier - Is it Flash Fire? Is it Prankster Copycat? Usually by the time I figure it out I've lost most of my team. The damn thing hits everything either super effectively or off of 150 BP. - Prankster Assist teams - these teams are ass. But they're good ass. As in they work well but they're full of bullshit. I cannot beat these teams. - some other stuff I don't remember. Importable (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Importable (open) Importable (close) Deoxys-Speed @ Lum Berry Trait: No Guard EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Magic Coat - Skill Swap - Taunt - Magma Storm Shaymin-Sky @ Icicle Plate Trait: Magic Bounce EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef / 252 Spd Modest Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Judgment - Giga Drain - Earth Power - Quiver Dance Regirock @ Lum Berry Trait: Sand Stream EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SDef Careful Nature - Heal Order - Stealth Rock - Magic Coat - U-turn Kyurem-Black @ Life Orb Trait: Sand Rush EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SDef / 252 Spd Adamant Nature - Outrage - Close Combat - Sacred Fire - Magic Coat Blissey (F) @ Lum Berry Trait: Imposter EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef / 252 Spd Bold Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Wish - Aromatherapy - Sandstorm - Volt Switch Shuckle @ Lum Berry Trait: Unaware Shiny: Yes EVs: 240 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef Calm Nature IVs: 0 Atk / 0 SAtk / 0 Spd - Foul Play - Leech Seed - Spikes - Recover So that's it. Maybe I'll pull this team back out and play with it again sometime. But goodbye for now, BH Sand. It's been real.