TEAMBUILDING PROCESS Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Parasect is Uber strong. In Gen IV, I started using Parasect in Ubers ever since Gen. Empoleon, now known as Matthew, made the set. I use a more offensive take on it, since it holds merit on its own as a Physical sweeper. Its usage is disappointing, thus the point of using it for the Dark Horse Project. Of course, the reason Parasect was functional in Ubers was because of Dry Skin, its new (at the time) ability. Dry Skin is one of the most complex abilities because it provides many advantages and weaknesses one has to play around. Of course, with that many of each, playing with Parasect and putting him in a dedicated team should be easy. Politoed is one of the simplest teammates, as its Dream World ability, Drizzle, systematically benefits many a Pokemon in the tier. When looking for other partners, I slowly realized that Skarmory and Blissey were still popular Pokemon. Fearing the dreaded SkarmBliss combo, I brought with me one of the greatest Pokemon for the job of trouncing the defensive combination (which still lingers in the form of SkarmChans, as well): Magnezone. It benefits from Rain in being able to send off STAB Thunders which hurt switch-ins that aren't Landorus and Gliscor. Another common Pokemon sight to behold in OU is the attribute of Dragon Pokemon. Gen V brought a couple more Dragons into the fray who need to be dealt with. Latias does this by tanking Special attackers. Latias himself serves as a cheque to Blissey, even if a tenuous one which simply makes it setup fodder. Fighting-types are also a common sight in OU nowadays. Poison/Fighting is a good defensive typing, save for those pesky Psychics (who simply get Sucker Punched). I wanted to use Scrafty, in order to prevent it from dropping to UU. However, Toxicroak provides a more advantageous BulkUp set while also being helpful to the team. Last but not least is Tornadus. I wanted to use Heatran (for Flash Fire goodness), but it reinforced a Ground weakness for nearly the whole team which would simply not do. Furthermore, Heatran also provided an advantage for Fighting-types which I could not bear to allow my team to do. Updated the team by replacing Magnezone with Bronzong. Ultimately, I ended up mistakenly pulling off something cookie-cutter in OU by doing what people refer to as "DragMag". In order to avert this travesty, Magnezone had to depart my team. He's still part of my UberStrong coalition, but as a sideliner and someone who is simply a counterpick Pokemon. THE CREW Politoed @ Leftovers Ability: Drizzle Nature: Bold EV spread: 252 HP, 252 Def, 4 SpDef Moves: 1. Scald 2. Toxic 3. Protect 4. Ice Beam The standard set for Politoed on Smogon's website. Politoed's endless rain is one of the heaviest contributors to the overall balance of the OU metagame. It helps Ferrothorn, Scizor, Forretress, and other x4 Fire weak Pokemon (or x5 Fire weak, in the case of Parasect) deal with their weaknesses more effectively. However, on its own it is a force to be reckoned with. Your choice of affliction can either be burn (via Scald), freeze (via Ice Beam) or poison (via Toxic), and then you may stall out the option, scouting the lead. If I see a Baton Pass chain, I simply lock on to one of the main aggressive moves in order to stop the chain from working, or ensure the marginal error of said chain to be nil. Parasect @ Leftovers Ability: Dry Skin Nature: Adamant EV Spread: 84 HP, 252 Atk, 172 Def Moves: 1. Spore 2. Seed Bomb 3. X-Scissor / Brick Break 4. Swords Dance I bring Parasect down from its pedestal in Ubers to use in OU, for its niche has expanded to being usable in the OU metagame. Offensively, this badass serves as one of the best counters to Ferrothorn in my party (it laughs at Leech Seed and doesn't afraid of anything), as well as a solid counter to many of the Bulky Waters that make their home in OU. Still, other weather changers can prove a nuisance for the Grass/Bug mushroom. However, Parasect can hold its own against a Tyranitar or Abomasnow; it must watch out for Ninetales (even while using Spore on the respective weather abuser). Between X-Scissor and Brick Break, both serve well to counter the many opposing threats Parasect has. Brick Break has the added bonus of hitting Ferrothorn and Heatran harder. Hitting Heatran on the switch is the only option, though, and Parasect still 2HKOs Ferrothorn with +2 X-Scissor. The reason it's only slashed is because being able to one-shot Latios is an absolute must, thereby X-Scissor stays on him. Grass / Bug is a fairly solid dual-STAB offensively. Defensively, it lends itself to being helped by many, many partners (as stated earlier). Parasect is the Hannibal Smith of the team. He loves it when a good plan comes together, and is often one of the Pokemon who provokes victory. Bronzong @ Macho Brace Ability: Levitate (I sure as hell prefer Heatproof, but the Rain weather already acts as a pseudo-Heatproof, which allows me to essentially have two abilities in one 'mon) Nature: Brave IVs: 0 Speed EVs: 252 HP, 252 Atk, 4 SpAtk Moves: 1. Trick Room 2. Gyro Ball 3. Earthquake 4. Payback / Hidden Power Electric Replacing Magnezone in order to avert a travesty known as "DragMag" from being present on my team while, in the process, improving my team per the suggestions of many people. I use an offensive set as I doesn't afraid of being So Zetta Slow. Mind, this doesn't quite counter Skarmory, although I am considering Hidden Power Electric to fix that. However, Offensive Trick Room as it is will be absurdly powerful against anything that isn't Skarmory. Defensively, Bronzong is capable of pulling an Offensive Trick Room. Not only will it get kills itself, it essentially nets Parasect a free Spore against Heatrans and other Steel-types, and lets it smack them silly with +2 Brick Breaks (although unboosted Brick Breaks also hurt Heatran rather hard, albeit not to the level of 2HKOing). Latias @ Leftovers Ability: Levitate Nature: Timid EV Spread: 252 SpAtk, 4 SpDef, 252 Spe Moves: 1. Calm Mind 2. Recover 3. Dragon Pulse 4. Surf Latias is my other anti-SkarmBliss/anti-SkarmChans Pokemon, as well as a great teammate for Magnezone. Since Magnezone is x4 weak to Ground, the ideal scenario is to switch to this Pokemon against a predicted Earthquake/Earth Power. To better get the gist of better IVs and being able to counter Scizor better, I switched Hidden Power Fire as suggested by DEMo_Gorgon47. I've tried Dragonite for a Rain tank set, but this proved to be more efficient a partner. Overall, a Special wall was more along the lines of what I needed for the team. Latias has amazing Special stats, and a decent Speed to boot. Only his Attack and HP are average, and my EVs would go into HP if I were running a defensive set. Given his current movepool, Latias is capable of still being good at both being defensive and offensive in terms of role. Toxicroak @ Life Orb Ability: Dry Skin Nature: Adamant EV spread: 4 HP, 252 Atk, 252 Spe Moves: 1. Swords Dance 2. Cross Chop 3. Sucker Punch 4. Ice Punch Toxicroak is my other Physical sweeper, and yet another counter/check to Blissey/Chansey. The defensive combination of Poison/Fighting only has one true flaw to it: a x4 weakness to Psychic. However, such is not to be worried about, as Psychics are one of the least of Toxicroak's worries. Sucker Punch usually OHKOs its hated enemies. As suggested by skidilidy, I changed the set to be more offensively oriented. Instead of a BulkUp Drain Punch set, the set being used is a Swords Dance set. Nevertheless, Toxicroak is a solid Pokemon on my team. The only other Fighting-type I'd use for this team would be Scrafty. Tornadus @ Choice Specs Ability: Prankster Nature: Timid EVs: 4 Atk, 252 SpAtk, 252 Spe Moves: 1. Hurricane 2. Focus Blast 3. Hidden Power [Ice] 4. U-turn The mono-Flying Genie Pokemon whose only flaw at the current moment is not being voiced by Robin Williams (that might also be a mixed blessing: I hate all the Pokemon movies, such that not even Robin Williams' voice would help any of them). Most of the time, I will be firing off STAB Hurricanes that OHKO nearly everything it will face against. If I'm coming across a Ground-type who has a partial resistance to Flying, then I switch over to HP Ice and kill it without hesitation. Again, the only problem with Tornadus is that it's not voiced by Robin Williams. I ain't never had a friend like it! :D FORMER TEAMMATES: Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Magnezone @ Leftovers Ability: Magnet Pull Nature: Timid EV Spread: 36 HP, 252 SpAtk, 220 Spe Moves: 1. Substitute 2. Thunder 3. Flash Cannon 4. Hidden Power [Ice] Magnezone is my Skarmory counter. With Magnet Pull, Skarmory cannot escape from its fate! Once Magnezone has called down the Thunder, it proceeds to contribute in sweeping the opponent's team. Provided, that is, when it's properly played. At its worst, it ends up healing a Fighting-type attacker. At its best, said Fighting-type doesn't stand a chance. Magnezone is also one of the few Pokemon to be blessed with a x4 resistance against Flying-type attacks, which is something Parasect wishes it had. The only Pokemon I could think to replace Magnezone with is Volt Absorb Raikou. However, that would pit me in Dream World OU, which is a whole 'nother ball game to prepare for. SEE: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1726291 - (4th Gen) Warstory: We are Uber strong This warstory was the first thing I was shown before I started using Parasect in Ubers. Immediately, I was intrigued. I did not know Parasect could survive a Stone Edge from Garchomp! However, I've deviated a bit from the build Gen. Empoleon birthed into the metagame. It is she who I must thank with immense gratitude for inspiring me to use Parasect in Ubers to begin with! ONE MORE THING! The overall purpose of the team is to partake in the Dark Horse Project. If I wanted to remove Parasect from this team, I would have done so and have kept it for the Ubers metagame. Parasect's not broken, but instead a very underrated Pokemon. It has a niche here. ONE MORE THING! x2 I refer to Latias as a "he" as a joke that I kept from when I was younger and watched the Pokemon movie he was in. I lament that the only good thing about that movie was that it allowed me to ship LatiasxAsh, and only in order to troll the most close-minded of PokeShippers. I dislike Ash (and a majority of the Pokemon anime in general) for a myriad of reasons irrelevant to the OU metagame of competitive battling. ONE MORE THING! x3 I hope you enjoyed this RMT. If not, that is fine. If I didn't think the team was good enough for OU, I would not have created it in the first place. Ergo, complaining about it being a Rain team is completely missing the point of the teambuilding process entirely: I'm trying to be creative with the OU metagame, and participating in the Dark Horse Project is how I go about accomplishing this. ONE MORE THING! x4 Pay attention to the edits when I make them. I will update them once I've playtested various suggestions already being given. EDIT I: Changes to sets are in bold. I switched the Toxicroak set to be more offensively-oriented, while otherwise my team composition is the same. This is mostly to get a more grand idea of what I'm doing with each of my team members before I replace any of them (barring Parasect; Parasect is non-negotiable to due to the conditions of Dark Horse). People have suggested replacing Magnezone, and I might just do that. EDIT II: I replaced Magnezone with Offensive Trick Room Bronzong. While I'll miss free OHKOs/2HKOs with STAB Thunder, other than that my Bronzong seems to be particularly efficient at helping my team while getting in on some of the action itself. Considering I loathe uncreativity, and noticed that I had DragMag in my team, I proceeded to take the suggestion already provided and did the imminent replacing. I also wanted to wait for until after April Fool's so people don't get confused as to what I'm doing for my Dark Horse team. EDIT III: Not really much to do other than switch Life Orb with Macho Brace on Bronzong. I tried to use Kyurem instead of Latias, but then realized the error of that decision quickly.