Hello! I'm new to Smogon. I started having a lot of fun on Pokemon Showdown and I hit a plateau. Through trial and error, I've attempted to create a balanced team. Members have helped me out through asking lots of questions and I thought it was time to get more help through the forums. I take criticism extremely well, so feel free to be brutal. It makes me more motivated. Any help, tips, changing out and trying a different Pokemon, changing strategies, etc is beneficial. I'm really bad at explaining my team since I'm still new to the lingos and strageties. My descriptions might be too brief for comfort, but I am trying my best. Btw, if anyone here lives or knows someone in Okinawa, Japan, please hit me up! Deoxys-Defense @ Rocky Helmet Trait: Pressure EVs: 4 SDef / 252 HP / 252 Spd Timid Nature - Spikes - Taunt - Stealth Rock - Magic Coat My lead. I originally had an Azelf as a lead, but someone suggested I switch to Deoxys-Defense. I usually use Taunt as the first move, unless someone like Espeon comes out. In the typical situation, I'll keep using Stealth Rock and Spike until I faint. I'll Taunt whenever possible. If someone is Sword Dancing or boosting stats somehow, sometimes I allow the opponent raise those stats while I set up Stealth Rocks and Spikes. If I'm stuck in a taunt, I'll typically wait a turn to assess the situation. If they switch, I usually switch after. Once my opponent is basically OVER 9000 status and finishes off Deoxys, I switch to my Choice Scarf Ditto and possibly sweep or force the opponent to switch. Latios (M) @ Choice Specs Trait: Levitate EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature - Draco Meteor - Psyshock - Hidden Power [Fire] - Trick I love using Latios with Trick when I run into something a Ferrothorn. Being new, I've observed Ferrothorn being in 95% of my battles. If I'm having a hard time with against a certain Pokemon with a wide Moveset, the Trick does the Trick. Once that's done, it has a widespread of Special attacks. I usually use Latios or Rotom-W as my special offense. Ditto @ Choice Scarf Trait: Imposter Shiny: Yes EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef Sassy Nature - Transform My favorite. I've tried making teams without Ditto, but I couldn't part. If you suggest I do change out Ditto, I don't mind. Maybe I just haven't found the right Pokemon to replace Ditto yet. It's almost like a default for when I'm stuck in a corner. Typically opponent will either switch or just trade blows. With the Choice Scarf I usually attack first. Like I mentioned with my Deoxys-D, if my opponent builds up a sweeper near the beginning of the battle, my Ditto copies that Pokemon sometimes turns into an unexpected sweep. I feel even luckier if the opponent had Baton Pass where I'll switch to Latios, Rotom-W, or Meinshao depending on the situation. Blissey (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef Calm Nature - Aromatherapy - Toxic - Softboiled - Seismic Toss Special Wall of course. I notice with this gen that more people are using Chansey. I just personally have had better luck with Blissey as my wall and Aromatherapy during a long winded battle is very useful. Offense wise, I feel Blissey is almost useless, but it's support to heal status and stalling has pulled me out of tough situations. Not much else to say really about Blissey. When I get hit with Taunt against a Ghost type, that's pretty annoying. Rotom-Wash @ Leftovers Trait: Levitate EVs: 184 HP / 4 Def / 144 SAtk / 176 Spd Modest Nature - Volt Switch - Hydro Pump - Will-O-Wisp - Hidden Power [Ice] Rotom-Wash I use mainly for Volt Switch and Hydro Pump. With the little experience I have, I know one of the Kami Trio pops up very frequently. Rotom-Wash is pretty well against Landorus and Tornadus. I'll usually us Volt Switch if I'm low on HP. Hydro pump against the Heatrans that I run into often also. And Will-O-Wisp to reduce the attack of those nasty physical attackers such as Terrakion. Mienshao @ Choice Scarf Trait: Regenerator EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd Naive Nature - Hi Jump Kick - U-turn - Hidden Power [Ice] - Stone Edge I use to have Life Orb on Mienshao and someone suggested Choice Scarf. I loved it ever since. It makes it a pretty great revenge Pokemon finishing off a Terrakion with a Hi Jump Kick & Stone Edge on the Kami Trio if I feel like risking it. U-Turn to pop that air balloon item or to finish off the opponent and switch to Latios as my Special attack offense. I've been debating on switching Stone Edge with Rock Slide because I hate the sense of missing when nearing the end of a battle. Which has happened before.