WELCOME! Team at a Glance: Greetings and welcome to my second RMT! I hope you will stay a while and help out. Now here's the deal. I'm involved in a tournament that's coming up within the next month or so. All standard OU rules are in effect except for one key difference. We can use 2 Pokemon from OU, 2 Pokemon from UU, 1 Pokemon from RU, and 1 Pokemon from NU. With that in mind, if you suggest to replace a Pokemon, please keep it within the tier. Thanks. That said, on to the good stuff. Team-Building Process Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide I decided quickly on HO Rain. To do so effectively, Politoed is needed. Hence, he entered the team. Now I debated on whether or not to use my other OU slot on a hazard setter. I ulimately decided against it, and instead opted for the attacking power of Keldeo. Having squared away OU, I next looked at UU. Two Pokemon immediately came to my attention. One, a speedy nightmare and the other a monstrous attacking powerhouse. Enter Sharpedo and Azumarill. That having gone rather quickly, I was optimistic about RU. That, however, was short-lived. I didn't see much of anything that interested me or really seemed to help. I ultimately settled on Hydration Accelgor, though not without a bit of hesitation. I fared much better in NU, however. I knew that a NU Pokemon wouldn't be much for attacking, so I needed a gimmick. Something to support the others in as many ways as possible. Prankster Volbeat seemed absolutely ideal for this, so he went in. Purely for my amusement, my Pokemon will be represented by gijinkas. Now moving on to the team itself. - - - - - Art by NinjaKurohyou - - - - - Politoed (M) @ Choice Specs Trait: Drizzle EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 Spe Modest Nature (+SpA, -Atk) - Hydro Pump - Ice Beam - Focus Blast - Perish Song For rain to work, you need the rainmaker. Being that this is meant to be a Hyper Offense team, I chose Specs Toed for his ability to punch holes in things. With the boost in the rain, STAB and Specs, most Pokemon are severly hit by Hydro Pump, being 1-2HKO'd. Ice Beam and Focus Blast provide the coverage that Toed's diverse movepool is famous for. Perish Song is there to force out set-up Pokemon and maybe KO their last Pokemon before fainting himself. - - - - - Art by Onisuu - - - - - Keldeo (Ordinary Forme) @ Life Orb Trait: Justified EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe IVs: 2 Atk / 30 Def Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Hydro Pump - Hidden Power Ice - Secret Sword - Calm Mind My other OU Pokemon of choice, Keldeo is complemented well here. I decided on the Calm Mind set because I felt that there were too many Choiced Pokemon, should I have chosen the Scarf route. Nevertheless, Keldeo's exemplary stats and good coverage shine as my main special attacker. Should he receive a Baton Pass from Volbeat, this man is absolutely monstrous. In fact, Volbeat being on the team is a main reason I am considering the Scarf set. I'd like to hear opinions on this. - - - - - Art by RottenKrow - - - - - Sharpedo (F) @ Life Orb Trait: Speed Boost EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA) - Waterfall - Crunch - Earthquake - Protect This is the first UU Pokemon I selected. Solid dual STAB moves and a great Ability in Speed Boost make this Pokemon quite deadly, whether in the rain or out. He can also act as a pseudo-scout with Protect, mostly mining for Choice Pokemon while gaining some Speed for himself. Waterfall hits like a truck in the rain. Even Skarmory is 2HKO'd by it, which is rampant in my meta. - - - - - Art by Dragonfly-World - - - - - Azumarill (F) @ Choice Band Trait: Huge Power EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA) - Waterfall - Aqua Jet - Return - Superpower Kind of a yin-yang thing with the speedy Sharpedo, the hugely powered Azumarill is my second UU choice. This Pokemon receives so many static attack boosts from abilities, the weather, STAB, etc. that most others can't keep up. Aqua Jet hits surprisingly hard with all the boosts, and the priority is just the icing on the cake. A very solid rain member, for sure. - - - - - Art by Colonel Carnotaurus - - - - - Accelgor (M) @ Choice Specs Trait: Hydration EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Giga Drain - Focus Blast - Bug Buzz - Final Gambit I don't know about this guy. He's my RU choice, mostly because nothing else really stood out to me for HO rain. Problem is, he lacks a decent Water move. Giga Drain, Focus Blast and Bug Buzz provide adequate coverage, but aren't affected by rain. Final Gambit is if I really, REALLY need to KO that guy across from me, but without a solid HP investment, it seems a little lackluster. This Pokemon is certainly on the chopping block, and if anyone can think of a better RU choice, I'd love to hear it. FYI: The pickings for Accelgor gijinkas is super slim. Sorry. - - - - - Art by Song64 - - - - - Volbeat (M) @ Focus Sash Trait: Prankster EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Rain Dance - Thunder Wave - Tail Glow - Baton Pass My NU Pokemon, and surprisingly decent. Volbeat's stats may be nigh-abysmal, but this man nevertheless serves two functions. First and most important is to Baton Pass a Tail Glow to either Keldeo or Accelgor. Prankster is a godsend to this type of strategy, allowing me to priority Tail Glow, survive the attack with Focus Sash, then priority Baton Pass. The other function activates is Politoed is KOed. In that case he acts as a priority weather inducer. For NU, I'm satisfied. So that's the team. I realize the unique tournament rules may make team analysis a little awkward, but any help I get will be most appreciated. Thanks.