Hello Smogon fellow´s. For my first post I intodruce my first Raindance-Team. For starters - pardon when my english may be wrong or wierd. I´m from Germany, so my english isn't really the best. But I´ll try my best for everyone to understand. On the first look: Politoed (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Drizzle EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 Def Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Hydro Pump - Psychic - Ice Beam - Focus Blast An absolute necessity for Rainteams. I run this Ev-set on Politoed for hitting other Pokémon hard, but without being a frail. I dont run a Choice Item on him, to surprise my opponent pretty early fooling him I use a Choice item just to hit for example Toxicroak with Psychic after he switched into a Hydro Pump. Dragonite (F) @ Life Orb Trait: Multiscale EVs: 252 Atk / 252 SAtk / 4 Spd Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd) - Hurricane - ExtremeSpeed - Aqua Tail - Roost The powerhouse in my team. Might look wierd on the first place, because I play him without any Wish support or spinner. But with good prediction I can set this guy up and Roost. Due the quiet nature and the ev-split he can hit almost everything pretty hard what switches in a Hurricane for just ending up to get a x-speed for good. Aqua Tail is for bulky ground types and Heatran. Vaporeon (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Hydration EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 Spd Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Roar - Rest - Toxic - Scald Annoyer/Wall/Phazer. I like this guy - specially when it´s raining. He does a pretty good job on walling other Pokés. As example: he can survive a Latios' Draco Meteor (even with Choice Specs) and Rest, forcing Latios to switch out. Rotom-W's Volt-Switch is no problem either. The problem is, that Ferrorthorn can set up without any efforts against him. Therefore I have 2 predict well. Another option I consider would be Icebeam over Toxic to hit predicted Breloom switch-ins hard. Wish could do a good job too, for switching Dragonite at 100% in. Ferrothorn (F) @ Rocky Helmet Trait: Iron Barbs EVs: 224 HP / 32 Def / 244 SDef Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd) - Spikes - Leech Seed - Gyro Ball - Stealth Rock Yep, this guys sets up my hazards. I play him over Skarmory because on the first hand I cannot afford any more electric weakness and because he makes up a great synergy with Vaporeon, Politoed and Rotom-W. I use Rocky Helmet to deal some signifant (especially Dragons that are using Outrage) damage. Plus I can cripple Tentacruel to death with Leech Seed, Rocky Helmet and Iron Barbs, when he keeps on bouncing my hazards away. I prefer Gyro Ball over Power Whip, because Gyro Ball can surprise many switch ins á la Terrakium and Tornadus. Rotom-W @ Choice Scarf Trait: Levitate EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Volt Switch - Hydro Pump - Hidden Power [Ice] - Trick Because I´m lacking some speed, I decided to play him. His typing is just excellent. And scarfed he speeds at least everything out at +0. Voltswitch works great with some hazards around. I play HP [Ice] to threaten Dragonnite, Salamence, etc. I´d say this set doesnt require more explanation, because everyone knows and loves it. Genesect @ Life Orb Trait: Download EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Rock Polish - Bug Buzz - Thunder - Ice Beam My acepoké. He sweeped many teams. usually I set him up on a wall (for Download´s SpA boost) during the mid/endgame. With hazard support he can ohko almost everything. I dont play Flamethrower, because it gets obv weakened while it's raining. And imho the Bolt-Beam combo is too important. Bug Buzz is his STAB move and indispensable. Overall this team is pretty solid. The problem´s I noticed during playing were that I struggle against electric attacks aka Jolteon (which speeds 5 of my Pokémon out and hits them pretty hard), since Ferrothorn is the only poké that can tank some. Threats: Yep, an electric Pokémon. He speeds almost everything out I have and is capacble to sweep my Team with just spamming Thunder, if I cant manage to K.O him with Dragonites X-Speed or Rotom-W. Same goes for this guy - specially when my opponent runs Choicescarf on him. Volt-Turns can hit me really hard, when I cant switch Ferrorthorn in anymore. I think that thing is a common threat to almost every team. To be frank I hate this ***** so much. His coverage Rock/Fighting Stabs hit all of my Pokémon really hard. The only options to get rid of it would be to predict a switch-in while Ferrorthorn is out and killing it with Gyro Ball. The other option would be revenging it with Rotom-W - but on this point I have to sacrafice one of my Pokés and my opponent switches him out anyways. He speeds at least 5 of my Pokémon out plus Hurricane hit´s everything pretty hard. And if I switched to Rotom-W, Hurricanes hurts him too. Confuse hax and ending up Ko´ed would be the worst scenario.