Although, I have gone through many Uber teams in my Uber career, I have never posted a rate my team thread/ topic about one so I decided to post on of my recent team which has had decent success reaching a CRE ranging from approximately 1350-1400, barely missing the top 50 on the leader board. I knew this team revolving around a Roosting Physical Ho-Oh could be improved, so I decided to post this team and seek advice from the Smogon Community. I hope you guys enjoy reading about this kind of successful team and I hope I don’t bore you too much. Changes in the Team Since When it was Posted Team At a Glance Lead Replaced By Honour [NN] Groudon @ Leftovers Impish Nature | Drought Ability 252 Hp/ 156 Atk/ 32 Def/ 60 SpDef/ 8 Spe Perfect IV’s Earthquake Stone Edge Stealth Rock Thunder Wave Reasons Basically, It has been moved from being one of the team's tanks to the lead position because and empty slot was needed to add a Pokemon which could successfully counter CM Rest Talk Kyogre which was a threat. Old Lead Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Redemption [NN] Deoxys-A @ Focus Sash Naïve Nature | Pressure Ability 252 Atk/ 252 Spe/ 4 Hp Perfect IV’s Stealth Rock Extreme Speed Mirror Coat Superpower Opinion and Thoughts Once you think about a common Uber lead, what comes to your mind? Without even thinking about it, as if you had it memorized, you would probably say a lead Deoxys-s; one of the most common, yet one of the most reliably and effective leads in the metagame; so in my team, I thought why not take advantage of this and use its weaknesses against it so it could be minimally effective while I still get to successfully complete my intentions with my [Anti- Deoxys-S] lead. So after thinking for a while, I concluded what other Pokémon to use other than Deoxys himself, just in an altered form? Technical Information [EV’s, Moves, Nature] Deoxys-A is not only able to stop speedy leads including Deoxys-S and choice scarf Darkrai with the swift use of a couple of ExtremeSpeeds, but Deoxys-A also fares quite well against other common leads including Groudon and Tyranitar which will fall to a base 120 power Superpower paired up with an ExtremeSpeed if it is needed [Tyranitar will be OHKO’d by Superpower so ExtremeSpeed will only be needed for Groudon leads]. And of course, the last attacking move, Mirror Coat provides excellent coverage of Kyogre leads who will probably use a water Spout to get Deoxys out of the way and while Deoxys-A will survive due to its focus sash, Mirror Coat will OHKO Kyogre. And after Deoxys-A has done its primary job, it can also set up stealth rock before going down to an opponent’s revenge killer. Valiance [NN] Forretress @ Leftovers Careful Nature | Sturdy Ability 252 Hp/ 44 Atk/ 212 SpDef Perfect IV’s Rapid Spin Toxic Spikes Spikes Payback Opinion and Thoughts If you are an experienced Uber battler, you may already know that for Ho-Oh to sweep to it’s fullest potential, it needs all the help it can get to successfully sweep with the least amount of trouble caused and it is for this very reason that I have provided it with not only a rapid spinner [Ho-Oh has to pay a toll of 50% of its HP every time it switches into stealth rocks], but also I had thought of maximizing its potential but providing it with both spikes and toxic spikes support as this will help it wear down the opponent much faster. And what other Pokémon to use than Forretress which can successfully set up both these entry hazards [most of the time], while also striving to be an excellent rapid spinner as well? Technical Information [EV’s, Moves, Nature] For the actual set, I have chosen to run the standard specially defensive Forretress set as it allows it to more efficiently compete in the Uber metagame which is primarily based around special attacks. This set not only takes STAB dragon type attacks from the likes of Palkia like a beast, it also is able to deal with OU Pokémon used in the Uber tier including Salamence spamming Draco Meteors and ever so common Gengar which is ‘thought’ to be one of Forrtress’ counters. This set also allows this Pokémon to set up its entry hazards with much more ease as it can now take many of the common attacks in the Uber Tier including Draco Meteor among others. But of course, the greatest weakness of any Pokémon which sets up entry hazards is a rapid spinner and this is exactly the reason I have this Pokémon … Defiance [NN] Giratina-O @ Griseous Orb Lonely Nature | Levitate Ability 248 Atk/ 64 SpAtk/ 196 Spe IV’s: Hidden Power [Fire] Dragon Claw Shadow Sneak Draco Meteor Opinion and Thoughts In my opinion, Giratina-O serves not only as one of the best spin blockers in the Uber metagame, but also this Pokémon can take on the roles of an excellent special sweeper, only without the need of setting up and boosting moves like calm mind and such. Giratina-O, nicknamed ‘the Great Wall’ definably lives up to its name as its massive base HP stat coupled up with its great defensive stats make it not only a defensive Pokémon but also an excellent sweeper as it also has a decent special attack and access to a STAB priority move and also, a great set of other moves which allow it not only to overcome its common counters like choice band Scizor but also allow it to sweep by firing off STAB powered dragon claws or Draco Meteors for added power. Technical Information [EV’s, Moves, Nature] As you can see, I’m running the standard mixed attacking Giratina-O set which is pretty basic, yet very effective. Not a lot to say here about the EV’s, moves and such here, so I guess I’ll quickly write about the strategy. After [If] Forretress has started to set up [Hopefully Finished], the opponent will most probably switch into a rapid spinner which will most likely be their own Forretress and as they attempt to rapid spin, I switch into this beast without taking any damage as Giratina is immune to normal type moves [for anyone who doesn’t already know]. Then I proceed with path [A] [which is using Hidden Power [Fire] to finish off Forretress if the decide to stay in] or [go strait for a Dragon Claw or Draco Meteor if I predict a switch to a Pokémon that resists the fire attributed move]. That’s basically the strategy associated with using Giratina-O on this team. Elegance [NN] Latias @ Soul Dew Timid Nature | Levitate Ability 112 HP/204 SpA/192 Spe Perfect IV's Calm Mind Dragon Pulse Thunder Recover Reasons Team was needing an exceptional counter to CM RestTalk Kyogre as it could cause many problems for the team and basically stop Ho-Oh's sweep as it brought in the rain among other things. CM/ Recover Latias does a great job countering this Kyogre as it can set up CM after CM beside the Ogre and when the time is right , it can KO Kyogre with a swift Thunder. Old Pokemon Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Honour [NN] Groudon @ Leftovers Adamant Nature | Drought Ability 252 Hp/ 256 Atk/ 32 Def/ 60 SpDef/ 8 Spe Perfect IV’s Earthquake Stone Edge Stealth Rock Thunder Wave Opinion and Thoughts Probably the one thing that can really stop Ho-Oh from continuing to sweep is its average base speed stat. due to it being quite low, Pokémon including Palkia and Rayquaza can totally stop its sweep so to help stop this problem for Ho-Oh, I’ve given it thunder wave support so threats which out speed it would be a thing of the past. Not only that, Groudon can also start a sweep of its own by the amazing coverage given by Earthquake and Stone Edge powered up with STAB [Earthquake] and its base 150 attack stat, Groudon has started its own sweep in many of the battles I had used this team in. Technical Information [EV’s, Moves, Nature] There’s not much to say here since I’m running standard EV’s and moves but the one thing that you may think isn’t right is that I have stealth rock on Groudon. You’re probably thinking: “Why would you have stealth rock on Groudon when Deoxys-A already has it?!”, and my response would be that when I use Deoxys-A as a lead, I focus on using it as an anti- lead, not a set up lead so often, he goes down without being able to set up the much needed rocks and this is why I have given Groudon stealth rock just in case Deoxys-A is unable to get them on the opponent’s side of the field when the battle begins. Eternity [NN] Dialga @ Choice Scarf Timid Nature | Pressure Ability 4 Atk/ 252 SpAtk/ 252 Spe Perfect IV's Draco Meteor Thunder Fire Blast Dragon Pulse Reasons Dialga also aspires to be a great revenge killer just like my former revenge killer, Palkia, but it seems as Dialga is more suitable for this team as it doesn't add another Dragon Type Weakness which Palkia did. So in short, Dialaga achieves the same role as Palkia but is just better for the rest of this team in terms of synergy 9Without Dialga, I would be sending out Forretress every time I see a Dragon Type attack coming). Old Member Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Valour [NN] Palkia @ Choice Scarf Timid Nature | Pressure Ability 252 SpAtk/ 252 Spe/ 4 Atk Perfect IV’s Spacial Rend Surf Thunder Outrage Opinion and Thoughts Well, as you have probably guessed, I was lacking a decent revenge killer which could come in on many of the metagame’s sweepers and deal a swift OHKO or 2HKO [obviously, after another one of my team members has fainted or maybe when I predict a resisted attack]. So I started looking for a reliable revenge killer … my search soon ended when I looked up Palkia’s choice scarf set in the strategy Pokedex; I had found the fifth member of this team without too much hassle. Technical Information [EV’s, Moves, Nature] Thought this excellent revenge killer is quite powerful at its job, it does have a couple of weaknesses namely Roost Ho-Oh, Dialga, Blissey and most Steel types so this is when the team truly starts to show how interdependent they are; Groudon can come on any of these Pokémon and scare them away and in the process also setting up stealth rocks or a thunder wave so even though I’m using ordinary sets for these two Pokémon, they still make an extraordinary combo which finish setting the battle field for Ho-Oh to come in and sweep the remains of the opponent’s team … Chivalry [NN] Ho-Oh @ Life Orb Adamant Nature | Pressure Ability 252 Atk/ 224 Hp/ 32 Spe Perfect IV’s Sacred Fire Brave Bird Earthquake Roost Opinion and Thoughts Say hello to the star of the show. Ho-Oh with its massive attack stat coupled with its wide move pool of attacks and access to a useful recovery move makes it an excellent late game sweeper even without the need of a set up move [Calm Mind, Swords Dance, etc]. With its STAB powered signature move, Sacred Fire, Ho-Oh can prove to be a great threat and with its counters removed and with every entry hazard it needs [Courtesy of the rest of the team] there’s pretty much nothing that can stop its rampage from completely destroying the opponent’s team. Technical Information [EV’s, Moves, Nature] As you can see, I’m using a standard physical attacker Ho-Oh set which aspires to be one of the best late game sweeper sets in the Tier. The given speed EV’s allow Ho-Oh to out speed most defensive Kyogre without the thunder wave support Groudon provides and also it can out speed Jolly Tyranitar. Max attack allows Ho-Oh to attack with the most ferocity possible and the rest of the EV’s are put into HP for bulk and survivability. The move pool consisting of two STAB attacks and the last for almost perfect coverage, there isn’t much that can stop Ho-Oh after Spikes, Toxic Spikes, Stealth Rock and possible paralysis. If everything were to go according to the strategy, the opponent would probably facing defeat much faster then he had been expecting victory. Team At a Final Glance Well, that was my newest Uber team and I hope you enjoyed reading about it! I’m still actively battling with this team and would like to reach the leader board so any [thought out and logical] advice is completely welcome, so please post giving suggestions on how to improve this team!