Just coming back to pokemon after several years. Haven't really played since advanced. About a month into it and on my second team, but I could use some help finishing this one up. The team is slowly creeping up to ~1700 as I have become better at piloting it, but there is definitely room for improvement. NIDOKING (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Sheer Force EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature - Earth Power - Fire Blast - Focus Blast - Ice Beam I've always wanted to try Nidoking, and it has always managed to make itself a nuisannce against my previous teams. Sadly I have found it to be incredibly random, being amazing against some teams and useless against others. Originally I had Stealth Rock over Focus Blast, but struggled to find time to use it. Focus Blast meanwhile has been fantastic against the super common Snorlax and Umbreon switch ins. WEAVILE (F) @ Choice Band Trait: Pressure EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Adamant Nature - Ice Shard - Night Slash - Low Kick - Pursuit Another pokemon I always wanted to try, and it has become my defacto revenge killer. Banded Weavile has fallen out of favor to SD Weavile from what I can see, and that has let me catch a few people off guard with how hard it hits. I often find myself missing Ice Punch, but can't find a slot to fit it. MISMAGNIUS (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Levitate EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature - Shadow Ball - Hidden Power [Fighting] - Substitute - Calm Mind The final poke I wanted to fit in. The calm mind set has been So-So, allowing for a few easy setups sometimes, but making me wish for more coverage other times. 105 special defense and 3 immunities give it some nice chances to switch in, but I often wish it could hit somewhat harder. HERACROSS (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Guts EVs: 4 HP 255 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature - Close Combat - Megahorn - Stone Edge - Swords Dance Lacking something with aromatherapy, I needed a pokemon to take on status effects. Heracross seemed like a good fit for the job. Sadly it has been another really random pokemom, dominating in some matches and barely being a speedbump in others. The shaky accuracy on all of its moves has burned me more than once, and I am open to replacing it with something more consistent. SNORLAX (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Thick Fat Shiny: Yes EVs: 144 HP / 188 Def / 176 SDef Careful Nature IVs: 30 Atk / 30 SAtk - Body Slam - Crunch - Curse - Rest While everyone was hyped up on Blissey during the advanced era, this was my go to special wall. Still love the set and haven't found a reason to change it. Tons of teams have no answer to a last poke Snorlax, and have managed to set up on several teams despite the insane number of strong fighters in the tier. BLASTOISE (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Torrent EVs: 212 HP / 252 Def / 44 SAtk Relaxed Nature - Scald - Ice Beam - Dragon Tail - Rapid Spin Using Blastoise as my physical tank. The lack of quality rapid spinners in the tier highlights what I feel is one of the biggest problems of designing a tier list based on usage. I would like to change it out for something else, but there are enough spikers in the tier to keep it around. The team has a few problems. First of all is that, while it has plenty of midgame power, it lacks a real cleanup sweeper that can finish out the game. Nidoking blows big initial holes in teams, Heracross and Mismagnius have lots of easy switchins and great damage midgame, but nothing is really fast or powerful enough to come in late and clean it all up. I'll often have big leads on foes, but find myself unable to finish. Second is that I don't have a great lead. Nidoking has been alright, but if it sacrifices any coverage for stealth rock, then it has been subpar. It also struggles being at middling speed, which can often force you to guess about what kind of speed EVs they have on their lead. Third is the complete lack of support. No stealth rocks, or other entry hazards. No status effects except off scald and body slam, both of which are inconsistent. In longer games, this has proven costly. I am interested in any suggestions or help.