Hi everybody, I'm relatively new to competitive battling (and completely new to smogon forums) and wanted to try out a stall rain team. I'm looking forward to your constructive criticism. Politoed (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Drizzle EVs: 252 HP / 196 Def / 60 SDef Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd) - Scald - Toxic - Perish Song - Protect Usually my starter for lack of a better one, the EV spread gives it balanced balanced defenses. Scald is there for a STAB attack that can burn, while toxic is included for walls and special attackers, and also used on physical attackers if I can't gamble on that 30% burn. Perish song is there to stop baton passers or just boosting sweepers, and protect stalls out a turn for perish song, burn, or toxic. Celebi @ Leftovers Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 HP / 220 SDef / 36 Spd Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Giga Drain - Psychic (psyshock?) - Recover - Stealth Rock I replaced my Vaporeon with this Celebi. Giga Drain provides a stab healing, while psychic provides a secondary powerful stab. Recover heals Celebi, and Stealth Rocks was chosen on this set so Ferrothorn could use spikes. I'm thinking about replacing psychic with psyshock, because two moves on the special side seems a little worse than one on each, but I'm not sure. Also, I could put heal bell somewhere on this set, but I would probably have to replace recover, and rely on giga drain and non-existent wish support. Quagsire (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Unaware EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk) - Curse - Recover - Earthquake - Waterfall Quagsire is a pokemon that is useful in many situations. Once a pokemon manages to get boosts, it can usually sweep teams with ease. However, with unaware, Quagsire becomes the counter to many boosting sweepers, especially Toxicroak, a threat to all rain teams that absorbs scald and is immune to toxic. Quagsire can usually scare him away with a super effective earthquake, and curse on the switch, boosting its defense and attack to high levels. If Toxicroak decides to stay in, Quagsire can curse all day and recover off Toxicroak's futile attempts to dent Quagsire. Tentacruel (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Rain Dish EVs: 240 HP / 120 Def / 132 SDef / 16 Spd Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Rapid Spin - Toxic Spikes - Scald - Protect Tentacruel is a pokemon seen on many rain teams, and for a good reason. It spins away hazards and absorbs toxic spikes, while setting up its own. Scald is a stab move, and protect can stall for rain dish, burn, or toxic from one of my teammates. Ferrothorn (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Iron Barbs EVs: 252 HP / 88 Def / 168 SDef Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd) - Spikes - Leech Seed - Protect - Gyro Ball Ferrothorn is a very, very common pokemon seen in and out of rain teams. With the rain lessening its 4x weakness to fire, he can take some weaker fire attacks with ease. He sets up my spikes and can threaten many pokemon with gyro ball. Leech seed for recovery and damage, and protect for more stalling, damage, and recovery. His great typing gives many important resistances to the team. Dragonite (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Multiscale EVs: 252 HP / 60 Atk / 12 Def / 108 SAtk / 40 SDef / 36 Spd Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd) - Dragon Tail - Thunder Wave - Hurricane - Roost Dragonite is a pokemon that has amazing versatility. I never thought of using it on a rain stall team, until I found out about its dream world ability, multiscale. This turns him into a wall that can either roost-toxic stall or thunderwave then roost until the opposing pokemon gets parahaxed. From there, Dragonite can either parashuffle with dragon tail while getting entry hazard damage off, or attack with a stab hurricane that can confuse. He also serves as a good breloom counter, which would otherwise sweep my slow team with bullet seed/seed bomb and focus punch/drain punch/mach punch. Considerations: Rotom-W: He could serve as a nice lead to scout with choice scarf and volt switch. Bronzong: He could use stealth rocks and let Ferrothorn use spikes, but two steel types aren't a good idea, especially with the abundance of Magnezone. Parasect: With spore, he could have a free turn to set up leech seed and substitute, and have X-scissor to beat Celebi, a threat to rain teams, and also other grass types that resist leech seed. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on my team.