MAN OF STEEL Hey guys, this is my second RMT that I'm adding to this forum, and it's a pretty neat team centered around the standard Swords Dance Lucario. The team ultimately functions by weakening or straight up KO'ing pokemon that Lucario tends to struggle with, so that I can ultimately get a late game sweep with it. I've managed to ladder up to 2050+ with this team, but there are some flaws with it that can ideally be sorted out with some help from raters. With all that said and done, lets get into a more in depth analysis of the team. The Team Lucario @ Life Orb Trait: Justified EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 SDef Adamant Nature - Close Combat - Crunch - Swords Dance - ExtremeSpeed The team was created with the goal of pulling of a late game sweep with Lucario, because despite being such a magnificent Pokemon, I haven't seen it being used too often nowadays. I opted to go with an adamant nature over jolly because most of the Pokemon who I would out-speed when I'm jolly nature ultimately get demolished by ExtremeSpeed coming from an adamant nature. The only things I really miss out on out-speeding with an adamant nature are Hydreigon and Jirachi, both of which can be dealt with by my team fairly easily. Other than that, the moves I've chosen are fairly standard on SD Lucario. I'm running crunch over ice punch unlike most people, because I've found that most things that are hit by ice punch for good damage out-speed Lucario and KO it, making ExtremeSpeed the only option in practically all cases. However, Crunch I found was a very handy move that could nail Jellicent and Gengar on switch in, seeing as how both of these Pokemon (especially Jellicent), seem to enjoy switching into Lucario a bit too much for my tastes. Finally, Justified is the preferred nature over steadfast, because the ability to get up to +1 in attack by switching into a move I 4x resist was opted for over not flinching, especially because it can be tough at times to set up with Lucario, seeing as how it's so frail. Gyarados @ Leftovers Trait: Intimidate EVs: 88 HP / 248 Atk / 4 Def / 168 Spd Jolly Nature - Substitute - Dragon Dance - Waterfall - EarthquakeBulky Dance Gyarados is a new addition to the team over the Bronzong that I had run. Although there are certain things Bronzong did better, such as wall most dragon types better, as a pivotal Pokemon, Gyarados has been working wonders. Gyarados can help deal with quite a few physical threats with intimidate, and helps my team deal with Sun and Rain teams much better. As far as moves go, I chose to run earthquake over bounce, mostly because I'm not a particularly huge fan of the move bounce, because anything with protect or substitute can play around it without a problem. I'm also not a huge fan of the switches it allows my opponents to make, so overall, earthquake just seemed like the better option. Although it doesn't ever pull off a sweep, Gyarados does serve to be an invaluable member of the team because of the sheer amount of pressure it can place on my opponent. Thanks to Lugios for suggesting it. Celebi @ Leftovers Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 60 HP / 252 SAtk / 196 Spd Modest Nature - Leaf Storm - Earth Power - Psychic - Hidden Power [Fire]Celebi is on the team mostly to do one thing, lure in dark type attacks so Lucario can nab a free attack boost. The fact that it's a great Pokemon is mostly an added bonus. Most of the time, Celebi draws in Tyranitar, a Pokemon who loves to try and pursuit trap it for days on end. However, when they see how much damage leaf storm is doing, it tends to opt to straight up KO me with a crunch rather than risk me staying in on their pursuit. At this point, I switch out to my Lucario and get up to +1. Even if they hit me with a pursuit, it ultimately still gives me a free switch into my Lucario, and my opponent has to choose to either lose his Tyranitar to a Close Combat, or switch and risk me setting up on him. Other than this purpose, Celebi can also catch most Heatran and Magnezone by surprise with earth power, as these Pokemon love to switch into the specially defensive set. Also, due to it's great over all bulk, it can still serve as a switch in to things like Starmie, Politoed, and Rotom-Wash. Hidden Power Fire was placed over Recover because of how good of a bait Celebi is for Scizor, and ensures that Swords Dance variants won't get any free boosts up on Celebi. Gary (Latios) @ Choice Specs Trait: Levitate EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Draco Meteor - Psyshock - Sleep Talk - TrickIn order for Lucario to pull off a sweep, most Pokemon on the field have to be weakened to a certain degree. That's why I decided to put two Wall Breakers on the team. The first of these is Latios. I don't feel like I have to sit here and talk about why Specs Latios serves as a magnificent wall breaker, but I'll do it anyway. It has sky high special attack with the specs intact, great speed, and relatively good bulk. Top all of that off with access to stab Draco Meteor, and you have a Pokemon that wreaks havoc. I opted to go for Sleep talk over Surf to help the team deal with things like Amoongus and Breloom better. As for the 4th moveslot, many people suggested surf to hit things like Tyranitar and Heatran harder, however, I found that even with the specs intact, surf was just not useful enough, and thus, trick was opted for. It's very useful to cripple many of the switch ins to Latios, and ultimately opens up plenty of room for Lucario to set up. Mainly against things like Blissey and Tyranitar. Tyranitar @ Leftovers Trait: Sand Stream EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 SDef Sassy Nature - Crunch - Stealth Rock - Fire Blast - Ice BeamAfter playing with the team a couple of times, I realized that sand would end up being a vital addition to it, as it reduced the risk of me being swept by Venusaur, while also helping me deal with rain, and the occasional hail team. Generally, all Tyranitar has to do is stay alive until the opposing team's weather setter or abusers are sufficiently weakened. After this, I can usually freely use this thing as death fodder, because nothing on my team really NEEDS sand to function. Other than helping me deal with weather teams, Tyranitar can also serve as a great special wall. It also functions as my stealth rocker and perfect bait for Landorus-T, who threatens both Lucario and Terrakion from pulling off a sweep. On top of all of this, the residual damage provided by sandstorm comes in quite handy against stallier teams, inhibiting leftovers recovery and allowing bulkier pokemon to be worn down significantly faster. Terrakion @ Choice Scarf Trait: Justified EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 SDef Jolly Nature - Close Combat - Stone Edge - Rock Slide - X-ScissorTerrakion serves as the replacement for a previous member of the team, Conkeldurr. Although it does not break through walls as easily, nor absorbs status as well, Terrakion adds some well needed speed to the team. It also comes in handy that it's another pokemon with access to the move justified, which gives me another great switch into choiced Tyranitars and Scizors who attempt to trap my celebi. Consequentially, most things that counter Lucario are also the things which counter Terrakion, meaning that both of them can ultimately work together to weaken and muscle through walls really well. Scarf Terrakion, despite not hitting as hard as Conkeldurr, makes my team significantly less weak to set up sweepers (especially Volcarona), outspeeding most of the more prominent ones, even at plus one. Conclusion That's about it for the team. It's proven to be fairly successful in the first few battles that I've had with it, but it's definitely not a perfect team. There are certain Pokemon that this team struggles with greatly, and I'm simply not sure as to how I would fix them without screwing up what I've already got going. I've managed to ladder up to 2058 ACRE with all of the changes suggested by raters, so I appreciate all of the help I've recieved with the team. Threats Terrakion is a pain because of it's rock polish set. It can come in on my Tyranitar at any time and get off a free boost. My main way of dealing with set up sweepers, my own scarf Terrakion, is outsped by it, and it has a 93.75% chance to OHKO Gyarados after stealth rock. I can generally play around the choiced sets with predictions and the check the choice band set with my own Terrakion, however, it's Rock Polish set continues to be a pretty troublesome one to face. Here's an importable for anyone who want's to test this team out. Feel free to suggest any changes you have for the team. I'll take all of them into consideration.