Friend's Prophecy. Hello. So, I'm here to present my third RMT. This is a pure ladder team, a somewhat brainless & weatherless HO. A bit of history, I started playing this team during the Deoxys-D suspect. And guess what, I peaked #1 quite fast (and then I played random stuff for fun because I could lose as much as I want, suspect voters know what I'm talking about). Oh, I also hit #1 on the classic PS! ladder after the suspect, undefeated. So, the version of that team that I post here is the old one that I used for both peak, I'm now using some kind of rework of this team. So go ahead, play it, steal it or post a RMT with two slight changes and get my luvdiscs x 4. I won't even get mad. I already published this team some time ago on the french forum, so you can check it out if you understand our sweet language. Team Building Time for some mind-blowing explanations. Basically I started with Keldeo, and I took Landorus aswell, because I like to take risks. And then Weavile, because I'm too hipster and I like to trap stuff that doesn't care about Landorus. But overall, it's because I'm too hipster. And then, Breloom for the bulky waters, for the Spore, for the StoneQuake resistance (and because Breloom+Pursuiter is too hipster). I need a steel, I need Scizor, nuff said. I needed SR, and I wanted a powerful dragon. Druddigon was very hipster, but I chose Garchomp because I'm not that hipster too. Say that it's classic, alright, but if you go back to the Deoxys-D suspect, and if you look closer at my builds, you'll realise that while I'm using classic pokemons, there is some magic in every single set. Oh, but you can't look closer yet, so here we go. The Team Father Nitani "He told me to look for a priest from Japan with tattoos... He told me his face would be scary, but he'd be a good person" Item : Focus Sash Jolly / 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe Nothing fancy here. Moves : Stealth Rock Sword Dance Earthquake Outrage Yes, you can play Fire Blast over Sword Dance. No, you don't need to post a rate to point out that change. So Garchomp lead is something really useful, you get SR up no matter what and usually you can punch a hole in the enemy's team. Depending on the team you're facing, you'll need sometimes to save this guy ! For instance against a Volcarona, you better have a healthy Garchomp ready. Basically, there will be good players able to know when to start with him and when to not, and there will be less good players starting with him all day. The first pokemon you send, and the "lead" match-up is REALLY important for a HO team. You need to outplay your opponent, one thing I wanted to do, is make the lead Garchomp obvious (no other SR setter here), so I could easily play around what could be sent by my opponent. Yes, you can play Terrakion here, but you'll need to change one or two other things. Otcho "Nobody knows his name or his nationality or anything... but all the people around here call him by the name of Shogun !" Item : Life Orb Naive / 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe Nothing fancy here too. Moves : U-Turn Focus Blast Earthpower Hidden Power [Ice] "Oh my god, he plays U-Turn Landorus, no one falls for it". MAYBE, but when I was playing it, it was fairly uncommon, I was still a hipster. All those Landorus discussions made this set pretty known, and thus, not so original and surprising anymore. Landorus works wonders with Keldeo (no fuck really ?) and along with Weavile, there are only few things able to stand in Keldeo's way. What I love about the U-Turn version, is that if you're able to predict decently your opponent, you'll be rewarded. In a HO, it's a risky game, and many people will prefer the RP version to build a "chain of sweepers" team. That's not my plan. I wanted my team to be dynamic, Landorus fuels my team with energy thanks to his pivoting. You'll also notice that each of my pokemons has a "defensive task" and shares a particular synergy with the rest of the team. This is what, in my opinion, makes a HO interesting and versatile (and not just a fucking chain of sweepers). Masao "Don't worry ma'am, it'll be all ok. You won't have to suffer anymore, a new world is about to begin" Item : Life Orb Jolly / 32 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD / 216 Spe The Weavile's spread, no need 232 anymore since Tornadus-T is gone for a better world. Moves : Ice Shard Pursuit Low Kick Night Slash In theory, Landorus U-Turn + Weavile = Keldeo Sweep. This pokemon is my favorite, but I'm really not trying to put him in every single team ! I used Tyranitar in here for a fairly long time too (no need to post a rate about it, thank you). Funny to see that when I posted a team with Weavile some time ago, every single rater tried to make me change this pokemon. While when Weavile is used in other people's team, they are like "oh my god, so creative, so original, I never thought of Weavile, this is crazy" blablabla. Ice Shard is also what makes Weavile unic. No Landorus's (or Thundrus-T) sweep... but also, no Starmie, no Alakazam, no Lati@s etc. Weavile is cool, he's a Dark typed pokemon, he fills my opponent's brain with fear because he knows that if he switch in his Psychic Pokemon, this will be his last time. Konchi "Don't betray your old friend from our secret base buildin' days this is... This is Konchi !" Item : Fighting Gem Adamant / 112 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 140 Spe This spread is "the spread". You live ANY of Scarf Keldeo's attack after SR. 252 SpA Keldeo Hidden Power Ice vs. 112 HP / 4 SpD Breloom: 228-270 (78.89 - 93.42%) -- guaranteed 2HKO. You outspeed defensive Rotom-W, Cresselia with HP Fire... Yes, I'm so proud of it. Moves : Spore Bullet Seed Mach Punch Focus Punch What a noob, Focus Punch Breloom ! I've been terrifying the ladder with that Breloom. I don't know how many people switched in their Jirachi thinking "this fool gonna Bullet Seed" and then left after the OHKO. This set was so "gimmick" when I started playing it, but it wall breaks SO HARD to be honest. Skarmory gets killed with that, SpD Celebi too. There is no other wall breaker for my team than this guy. He does his job so well. I don't know what to say, Breloom is a crucial part of the puzzle and I love using this set as a cheap wall breaker. Kenji "Even if the Rain falls, even if a storm comes, even if it's raining spears. Everybody go back to your homes. Don't make me force you. No one has the right to stand in my way." Item : Iron Plate Adamant / 200 HP / 252 Atk / 56 Spe Spread to outspeed Ttar and Jellicent, rest in bulk, classic. Moves : Bullet Punch U-Turn Sword Dance Roost The fakeZor, it gives so much substance to my team, so much defensive presence, without giving up the offensive momemtum. Who else could do that while tanking Dragons ? Occasionally, he sweeps. Especially when the guy against you is like "I'm sure he's choiced, I'll just let my Ferrothorn in and put some hazards" while you SD. And when he tries to worn you down with Leech Seed/Gyro Ball as you Roost Stall him before your +6Atk sweep... So good. He plays different roles, depending on the match-up, on the plays etc. He's versatile, he provides me with bulk, a win condition, and momemtum... Don't touch my Scizor. Kanna "I'll be a hero... I promise Donkey" Item : Choice Scarf Timid / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe Yes I know, amazing spread. Moves : HydroPump Surf Hidden Power [Ice] Secret Sword Okay, so this team is supposed to be built around a Keldeo's sweep. In theory, nothing can wall this pokemon in the late game given the other sweepers assisting the pony. I don't have much to say here, this guy works really well against the most classic weather teams archetype, Rain and Sand offense. The few pokemons able to outspeed this guys should be checked by the rest of my team. His typing is ideal, I need a water pokemon, and the Fighting type helps against Scizor aswell. Oh well, screw it, I have nothing to add to this description. Conclusion So, this is a team made for the ladder, but I'm also proud of the overall balance of this team. As you can see, this team looks like my last RMT in the way it has been built, and considering the pokemons that I use. I made a "fast" threat list etc. because I'm too lazy, and because I've already done it in french so I guess I don't need to redo all the work, I can rather just jump to the conclusions I've made when I built the original threat list. This team looks braindead, it looks like a "send your sweeper and attack" team, but don't get fooled or you'll never be able to adapt to every situation and make the team work. Every single pokemon has a specific role defensively and offensively speaking, if you disregard that, you'll end up losing many easy games, like "Oh fuck, I shouldn't have let my Garchomp die, this Infernape is raping me "... this kind of stuff. Raters Don't rate, unless you have something really good and original to propose. I got Gyarados and Volcarona as threats, don't even try to post your "change Scizor for Heatran" or "change Keldeo for Rotom-W" rates, or I will probably ignore your rate. I'm not really looking for changes, but if you have some nice custom spread or set, or a creative improvement... well go ahead, and I'll try this out. However, if you want to play the team and give me your honest opinion, this is what I'm looking for ! Threat List : Will be quick. Match-up : Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide DragnMag Keldeo and Weavile, here we go. Weatherless Offense Too hard to prepare yourself for that, but my team has a high average speed. Weatherless Stall Breloom and Landorus will do some work, I need to trap stuff and wall break stuff. Sun Offense Keep Chomp healthy if you see Volcarona, but you also need to get SR up. Kill Venusaur with priorities. Hard match-up, as always with a weatherless. Sun Stall Awful match-up given Cresselia, U-Turn trap/Spore this shit, but you'll need to worn it down before. Rain Offense Easy. Rain Stall Should be like Weatherless Stall, Politoed is a bitch though, Breloom will be your life savior. Sand Offense Easy (in theory). Sand Stall Pressure them hard, unleash Keldeo after breaking through Celebi/Jellicent with Landorus/Weavile/FPLoom. Hail No one plays that. Threats : Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Abomasnow: Mixed Attacker - Choice Scarf - Alakazam: Focus Sash - Offensive Calm Mind - Azelf: Lead - [*]Dual Screens - Nasty Plot - Choice Band - Azumarill: Choice Band - Breloom: Physical Attacker - Choice Band / Choice Scarf - Bulk Up - Sub Punch - Celebi: Tinkerbell - Nasty Plot Sweeper - Choice Specs / Choice Scarf - Cloyster: Shell Smash - Conkeldurr: Bulk Up - Flame Orb + 3 Attacks - Darmanitan: Choice Scarf / Band - Life Orb - Deoxys-D: Fast Spiker - Dragonite: Dragon Dance - Choice Band - Mixed - Parashuffler - Rain Abuse - Dugtrio: Focus Sash - Choice Band - Empoleon: Agility - Choice Specs - Espeon: Baton Pass - Dual Screens - Garchomp: Swords Dance - Choice Band - Choice Scarf - Genesect: Choice Scarf / Band - Rock Polish - Expert Belt - Gengar: Substitute + Disable / Pain Split - Gorebyss: SmashPass - Shell Smash Sweeper - Gothitelle: Choice Scarf / Specs - Gyarados: Offensive / Bulky Dragon Dance - Choice Band - [*]Choice Scarf - Haxorus: Choice Scarf / Choice Band - Dragon Dance - Swords Dance - Heatran: Choice Scarf / Specs - Air Balloon - Hydreigon: Mixed Attacker - Choice Specs / Scarf - Substitute - Expert Belt - Infernape: Choice Band / Choice Scarf - Mixed Attacker - Nasty Plot / Swords Dance booster - Jirachi: Substitute + Calm Mind / Substitute + 3 Attacks - Wish + Calm Mind - Expert Belt - Choice Scarf - HaxAchi Wish Défensif Body Slam BS - Keldeo: Choice Scarf / Specs - Calm Mind - Kingdra: Choice Specs - Rain Dance - Dragon Dance - Kyurem: Choice - Substitute + 3 Attacks - Substitute + Roost - Kyurem-B: Substitute Substitute + Dragon Tail Choice Band Mixed Choice Scarf - Landorus: Rock Polish / Swords Dance - Special Attacker- Choice Scarf - Substitute + 3 Attacks - Powa Landorus-T: Stealth Rock - Swords Dance / Rock Polish - Substitute + 3 Attacks Gravity - Choice Scarf - Latias: Life Orb - Choice Specs - Calm Mind - Latios: Life Orb / Expert Belt - Choice Scarf / Specs - Calm Mind - Lucario: Swords Dance - Magnezone: Substitute - Choice Scarf / Specs - Mamoswine: Physical Attacker - Focus Sash + Endeavor - Meloetta: Relic Song Mixed Attacker - Calm Mind + 3 Attacks / Substitute - Metagross: Stealth Rock - Choice Scarf / Band - Agility - Mew: Stealth Rock Baton Pass Nasty Plot Mienshao: All-Out Attacker - Choice Scarf / Band - Ninetales: Special Attacker - Politoed: Choice Specs / Scarf - 3 Attacks - Reuniclus: Offensive Trick Room- Calm Mind - Rotom-C: Support - Choice Scarf / Specs - Rotom-W: Support - Choice Scarf / Specs - Salamence: Dragon Dance - Mixed - Choice Scarf / Band - Scizor: Choice Band - Swords Dance - Bulky Swords Dance - Scrafty: Dragon Dance - Bulk Up - Sharpedo: Speed Boost - Smeargle: Hazard Lead - Baton Pass - Starmie: Life Orb - Choice Specs - Stoutland: Choice Band - Non Choice - Terrakion: Substitute + Swords Dance / Salac Berry - Choice Band / Choice Scarf- Double Dance - Thundurus-T: Nasty Plot - Agility - Choice Scarf - Tornadus: Tailwind Tornadus-T: Standard - Choice Specs - Toxicroak: Swords Dance - Bulk Up - SubPunch - Tyranitar: Choice Band - Choice Scarf - MixTar - Venusaur: Growth - Victini: Choice Band / Scarf - Special Attacker - Virizion: Calm Mind - Swords Dance - Volcarona: Offensive Quiver Dance - Bulky Quiver Dance / Roost - Chesto Rest - Substitute - Standard OU Defensive Threats Amoonguss: Standard - Blissey: Support - Bronzong: Tank - Celebi: Physically Defensive - Specially Defensive - Chansey: Support - Cloyster: Utility - Cresselia: Support - Sous Sun. Calm Mind - Empoleon: Specially Defensive - Espeon: Calm Mind - Ferrothorn: Standard - Forretress: Physically Defensive - Specially Defensive - Gastrodon: Tank - Gliscor: Substitute + Protect - Britscor Stallbreaker - Swords Dance Gyarados: Bulky Support - Resttalk - Same shit. Heatran: Specially Defensive - Hippowdon: Physical Tank - Specially Defensive - Jellicent: Utility Counter - Jirachi: Specially Defensive - Latias: Support - Reflect / Refresh + Calm Mind Mew: Stallbreaker - Ninetales: Specially Defensive - Politoed: Defensive - Porygon2: Defensive - Quagsire: Physically Defensive - -Rotom-H: Support - Choice Scarf - Rotom-W: Support - Sableye: Prankster - Skarmory: Physically Defensive - Specially Defensive - Slowbro: Tank - Starmie: Rapid Spin - Tangrowth: Defensive - Tentacruel: Substitute + Toxic - Protect - Tyranitar: Specially Defensive - Vaporeon: Rest Hydration - Wish Support - Venusaur: SubSeed - Wobbuffet: Max Speed - Bulky - Xatu: Standard - So, basically, Gyarados (with Intimidate, the Moxie version is "ok"), Volcarona (if Sun is up), Cresselia (if Sun is up), Defensive Jirachi (if Rain isn't up). SD Scizor is annoying, Keldeo Scarf too, some version of Amonguss etc.. Having SR up solves most of these issues, careful plays solve the remaining issues. Importable : Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Kanna (Keldeo) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Justified EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature - Hydro Pump - Secret Sword - Hidden Power [Ice] - Surf Otcho (Landorus) (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Sheer Force EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Naive Nature - Earth Power - Hidden Power [Ice] - Focus Blast - U-turn Masao (Weavile) @ Life Orb Trait: Pressure EVs: 32 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SDef / 216 Spd Jolly Nature - Ice Shard - Low Kick - Night Slash - Pursuit Konji (Breloom) @ Fighting Gem Trait: Technician EVs: 112 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 140 Spd Adamant Nature - Bullet Seed - Focus Punch - Spore - Mach Punch Father Nitani (Garchomp) @ Focus Sash Trait: Rough Skin EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature - Earthquake - Outrage - Swords Dance - Stealth Rock Kenji (Scizor) @ Iron Plate Trait: Technician EVs: 200 HP / 252 Atk / 56 Spd Adamant Nature - U-turn - Bullet Punch - Swords Dance - Roost Keep the nicks, don't be a bitch !