Hi guys and welcome to my third ever RMT [:O] and first ever UU RMT! I've dabbled in UU in the past but the fact that Froslass and Raikou have been hurled into BL by some great and knowledgeable people has piqued my interest in it once again. Those who know me from IRC or otherwise will know that I'm a big gimmicks kind of guy, and when I theorymoned a Rock Polish Steelix the calcs came out as surprisingly powerful! Thus I decided to build a team which utilised the luring powers of a RP Steelix to open a sweep for another Pokemon I've been meaning to try out - Sceptile. VivalaRevolution I won't be bothering with team building, since it wasn't complicated Alakazam @ Focus Sash Ability: Inner Focus Nature: Timid EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spe - Taunt - Psychic -Focus Blast - Shadow Ball Alakazam starts the party by bashing the hell out of the opposing lead not named Spiritomb. Alakazam works particularly well this stage due to the rise in Ambipom leads (whom 'zam comfortably beats due to inner focus) and Hariyama leads countering said Ambipom leads. The moveset is straight from the analysis, but not much needs changing - the three attacks listed give perfect coverage and taunt seals the deal against bulkier leads whose main aim is to set up entry hazards or screens (hi Uxie). Alakazam has actually been quite underwhelming, so a replacement is welcome. Torterra @ Leftovers Ability: Overgrow Nature: Adamant EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe - Stealth Rock - Wood Hammer - Earthquake - Stone Edge Torterra usage has seen a big rise so far, and for good reason. Due to its natural bulk, nothing much scares it as a HP Ice from Raikou did last stage. I opted for a bulkier spread here, so Torterra can actually get Stealth Rock up (which can actually be surprisingly vital for this team). However, I generally find myself just braying the hell out of the opposing team with Torterra's respectable base Attack and high-powered moves. Torterra provides good synergy with the rest of my core, but I'm often left feeling overwhelmed by faster teams which can easily OHKO Torterra with the appropriate (e.g. Offensive Milotic). Once again, replacements are welcome. Toxicroak @ Choice Band Ability: Dry Skin Nature: Adamant EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe - Cross Chop - Sucker Punch - Gunk Shot - Stone Edge Do excuse me for not following the rainbow theme, the yellow was unreadable :P Toxicroak is another Pokemon on the rise, famed for its ability to break the current version of stall and generally cause chaos with it's handy typing and Water immunity gained through its ability. I've taken a more Wallbreak to Stallbreak route with Toxicroak, hoping to bash through those walls or at least weaken them enough for Sceptile or Steelix to take care of suitably. Really though, Toxicroak's only reason for being on the team is his Fighting resist and Water immunity - he usually doesn't see much action in battle. Gunk Shot was chosen because I feel lucky, and Stone Edge since I kind of need to catch Moltres on the switch. Houndoom @ Choice Scarf Ability: Flash Fire Nature: Mild EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SAtk / 252 Spe - Fire Blast - Dark Pulse - Hidden Power Rock - Pursuit Ah Houndoom, one of two members on my team that I don't feel the need to change. Houndoom has come to the fore as a Fire type in this metagame, having previously been overshadowed by Arcanine, due to its great synergy with Toxicroak (despite both of them being rather frail). Choice Scarf Houndoom has never failed to disappoint in trapping those pesky ghosts for me with pursuit, and generally taking on fast Pokemon who otherwise annihilate my team. Hidden Power Rock was chosen so I can kill Moltres (trust me, I'm not overpreparing here). Houndoom takes Fire attacks very nicely for the team of which 2/3 are weak to Fire (including Toxicroak, who is pseudo-weak due to Dry Skin) and provides a valuable immunity to Psychic moves. Steelix @ Life Orb Ability: Sturdy Nature: Adamant EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe - Rock Polish - Rock Slide / Stone Edge - Earthquake - Explosion Ok before we begin, I'm not an idiot nor am I plain insane (well, the latter is debatable but still). Rock Polish Steelix DOES actually work, outspeeding max+ base 95 Pokemon and below - I.E. everything below max+ Houndoom which is quite a lot! This includes Moltres whom you can happily explode on! This is a member who I won't be changing, regardless of how much you flame me for my choice. Here are some calcs! Crunch vs Subcharge Rotom: 95.9% - 113.2% Guaranteed OHKO with SR Stone Edge vs Subcharge Rotom: 59.9% - 70.7% Guaranteed 2HKO regardless Rock Slide vs LO Moltres: 119.6% - 142.1% Guaranteed OHKO regardless Rock Slide vs Staller Moltres: 91.9% - 108.6% Guaranteed OHKO with SR Explosion vs Bulky Water Milotic: 123.9% - 145.8% Guaranteed OHKO regardless Earthquake vs Offensive Milotic: 63.6% - 75.3% Guaranteed 2HKO regardless Earthquake vs Subseed Venusaur: 48.4% - 57.1% Guaranteed 2HKO with SR Earthquake vs Offensive Venusaur: 67.8% - 79.7% Guaranteed 2HKO regardless Explosion vs Subseed Venusaur: 161% - 189.6% Lol Defensive: LO Venusaur Power Whip: 34.9% - 41.1% LO Venusaur Earthquake: 38.4% - 45.9% LO Scyther Brick Break: 35.6% - 42.5% Subcharge Rotom HP Fighting: 60.3% - 71.2% !koolaid The main advantage of Steelix over other Rock Polishers such as Torterra and Rhyperior is his superior typing - in particular the Steel typing without taking on any 4x weaknesses as Aggron has. This Steelix even survived a Hitmonlee Close Combat once, and proceeded to blow it up into the middle of next week. The advantage of using Rock Polish is that you aren't leaving the switch in to chance, being able to make the most beneficial move at the time rather than "hoping" Pokemon X switches in. Sceptile @ Liechi Berry Ability: Overgrow Nature: Jolly EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe - Swords Dance - Substitute - Leaf Blade - Earthquake This is the spot for the sweeper which capitalises on Pokemon such as Moltres and Scyther being removed. I also just wanted to try out Sceptile, and it doesn't disappoint! With Scyther and Moltres' pesky 4x resistance to Sceptile's STAB and immunity to its only other attack gone Sceptile is free to rip apart teams at a likely +3 stat modifier and Overgrow boost to further boost its deadly Leaf Blade. Once again however, I feel that another sweeper could do this job even better as I've had my Sceptile fix for now. It also seems that Sceptile comes out earlier in the game than I'd hope. Super Short Threat List Very annoying, can sweep my whole team if Steelix, Toxicroak or Houndoom don't kill it first. :( this thing murders my team. Fire away!