Okay guys I'm going to restart this. With Platinum in tow we need to learn the new leads that seem viable and weed out the old ones that just aren't as great as before. This means that the old one I contributed is severely outdated and I will do my best to have something like an update on this sort of ordeal once the full article is written. Also, I'd like to give credits to RB Golbat who 1) suggested to me that I restarted this and 2) is willing to help with this. I first felt that a discussion topic was in order to help learn some of the most effective leads and why. We already know about Pokemon such as Bronzong making an excellent lead but we've never discussed Suicide Leads, Anti-Leads, etc. So for this reason we're going to outline certain types of leads: - Suicide Lead What falls into this category? == Anything that carries Stealth Rock, Spikes, or Toxic Spikes, and usually combines the use of Focus Sash. These leads in general have one goal set in mind: setting up Stealth Rock and either sweeping as much as possible or Exploding. Some of these carry Taunt in their movesets to shut down other set-up leads. == It is hard to elaborate what a Suicide Lead exactly does because in reality it can do multiple things at once. Endeavour has started to become a new niche for many Pokemon and some take advantage of it. Some rather prefer total coverage and shut down as many leads as possible. In reality there are many things that could be described as a Suicide Lead as they have once goal in mind: support the team in some way to its maximum effect. Examples: Infernape, Azelf, Aerodactyl - Dual Screen Lead What falls into this category? == These carry Reflect and Light Screen in their movesets. They have a plethora of other options to consider though usually they set-up for their allies to sweep easier. Pokemon like Heatran, Suicune, and Salamence love this in their teams. Examples: Azelf, Bronzong, Rotom Appliances - Anti-Lead What falls into this category? == There are many Pokemon that can fall in here. These Pokemon have niche movesets or even regular movesets that set them apart to being a great lead. Whether it's the use of Lum Berry, Trick, or Hypnosis, any of these type of Pokemon cause trouble against their opponent. They could also carry many other moves such as Brick Break, Taunt, a priority move, U-Turn, or Pursuit. Examples: Metagross, Scizor, Crobat, Porygon2 - Bulky Leads What falls into this category? == These Pokemon don't have much Speed behind their backs; however, they can make other Pokemon's life hell when given the chance. They have no liability of using Focus Sash at all and can easily crush some of the other leads. Examples: Swampert, Bronzong - Lighting-Speed Leads What falls into this category? == Pokemon that have either a high Speed stat or Choice Scarf perhaps in particular, these Pokemon usually attempt an early sweep. Some of these carry Focus Sash on top of them to give more of a chance with elminating other threats. Examples: Azelf, Gengar, Weavile - Weather Leads What falls into this category? == There are many Pokemon that can fall into this type of lead. Whether it's learning Rain Dance or Sunny Day that give them the niche of helping their teammates is what counts. There's also the auto-weather Pokemon such as Hippowdon and Abamosnow who easily set-up the weather with no problems. Also to include in the list is Trick Room. Despite it not being an actual "weather"-type move, it does have merit of being a change of pace for the next 5 turns of the battle taking everything slower to move ahead of the game. Examples: Bronzong, Electrode, Hippowdon, Abamosnow - Baton Pass Leads What falls into this category? == These Pokemon usually carry the move Baton Pass (duh). They pass a myriad of boosts to their teammates or niche moves such as Ingrain. They fear Taunt and priority leads. Examples: Ninjask, Smeargle An example of how these above will be done: After we've described what types of leads there are, we are giving examples of who falls into their category. Some Pokemon like Bronzong will fall into many categories while others such as Weavile fall into one. With all that said and done we go into where we describe Pokemon that are effective leads, what they can do, and why they are great leads. After that we will mention Pokemon that make shaky leads but could possibly work with care (such examples being Gengar and Skarmory). Of course we also will conclude it and such. So this will work similair to the ADV Starter Topic. Use this for reference. Also, we will list how to counter the leads that you fear the most just so you're aware of what to do when you see the Pokemon. Here is also an example of the in-depth discussion: So now you're asking "Hey Colonel M what can I do?" It is very simple: help contribute to it. Intelligent discussion is highly recommended and appreciated; this means no bullshit such as "Electivire makes a good lead because it can hit many Pokemon for super effective damage." Sorry folks but this is a serious discussion. Not to sound like an ass I'm afraid but I want to make that clear. You can help describe Pokemon that fall into such categories or even explain what a certain Pokemon can do as a lead. Remember that this is geared toward Platinum and not D/P. And now, I ask for us to start! Here's a small list that I am going to use so far: Azelf Tyranitar <--- Colonel M Bronzong Metagross <--- Colonel M Gengar <--- Colonel M Zapdos <--- Colonel M Infernape <--- Colonel M Scizor <--- Colonel M Aerodactyl <--- Colonel M Hippowdon <--- RB Golbat Salamence <--- RB Golbat Gyarados <--- Colonel M Ninjask <--- RB Golbat Yanmega Shaymin-S <--- Colonel M Weavile Roserade <--- RB Golbat Heatran <--- Colonel M Machamp <--- RB Golbat Swampert <--- Colonel M Crobat <--- Colonel M Abamosnow <--- Colonel M Jirachi <--- Colonel M Ambipom <--- RB Golbat Togekiss <--- RB Golbat Jolteon <- Colonel M Forretress <--- Colonel M Smeargle <--- RB Golbat Porygon2 <--- Legacy Raider Electrode <--- Colonel M These are the top 28 leads from October usage, including Pory2 and Electrode. #1 was Deoxys-S; however, it is declared Uber. So, let's go!