Hello Smogon it's Shuckieee back with another Rate my Team, This time im bringing a OU team to the table. I had wanted to play around with the Scarf Mence set to clean up in the late game, so I decided to build a team around it. Focusing on support for Mence to cause havoc in the late game I decided that Magnezone and a spinner were on top of the list of things that I needed to have. Magnezone, of course being able to remove steal types that would resist Salamences stab, and a spinner to clear the Stealth Rocks in case I needed to switch in and out. Starmie was chosen as the spinner for this team to also provide some offensive support, with it's amazing type coverage it will also be able to remove some checks and counters to mence[/SIZE]. The First Look On To The In Depth Heatran (F) @ Air Balloon Trait: Flash Fire EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Stealth Rock - Fire Blast - Earth Power - Hidden Power [Ice] Heatran is the pokemon that often find's itself in the lead position on this team. Setting up rocks is crucial to any offensive team and Heatran does this job very well. Out speeding Defensive Politoeds and laughing at ninetales, Heatran is a very good option as a rocker. Modest nature allows me to get that extra punch for damage, reaching a special attack stat of 394, there aren't many Pokemon who want to take a stab fire blast. Hidden power ice allows me to take on Pokemon such as Dragonite and Salamence with no problem at all, well earth power is just to round out the coverage on the set. Terrakion @ Life Orb Trait: Justified EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Rock Polish - Swords Dance - Close Combat - Stone Edge Double Dancing Terrakion is a threat that needs to be accounted for on any given team, Being able to boost either speed, or attack 2 stages in 1 move is just ridiculous for this beast of a Pokemon. Terrakion's main role is to punch a giant hole in the opponent's team, making it an easier job for Salamence to clean up at the end of the game. After a single Swords Dance Terrakion reaches a monstrous attack stat of 714. Nothing in the meta game takes either stab move with relative ease. Nothing much is to be said about Terrakion accept that it's just extremely powerful. i'm not sure of the calculations, but i'm fairly positive, that after a single SD it ohkos, or 2hkos every Pokemon in the OU meta game, Gastrodon (F) @ Choice Specs Trait: Storm Drain EVs: 240 HP / 252 SAtk / 16 SDef Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Surf - Earth Power - Ice Beam - Hidden Power [Grass] Gastodon is often used as a primarily defensive Pokemon, but it is an offensive monster if not accounted for. Storm Drain raises it's special attack by a single stage after hit by a water attack and paired with choice specs Gastrodon becomes a little power house, Reaching a special attack stat of 714 I believe. (correct me if i'm wrong). Gastrodon was picked for this team to give some resistance to Salamences and Starmies weaknesses tanking ice attacks and laughing and anything electric. The set has an obvious stab with surf, and coverage rounded out by earth power, ice beam, and hidden power grass. Starmie @ Leftovers Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Hydro Pump - Thunderbolt - Ice Beam - Rapid Spin Starmie is one of the 2 pokemon to be OU in every single gen(gengar being the other) and for a good reason. This little star's coverage is beyond stupid. Getting boltbeam and Hydro Pump, well being able to support it's team with rapid spin is just to good to pass up. Starmie was chosen as the spinner over the likes of Forretress, because of it's offensive capability, Also being able to remove steel types if by some freak accident I happen to lose magnezone to quickly in the match. Leftovers may seem like the odd choice for an item on starmie, but I wanted to prolong his life without having to use recover. Magnezone @ Leftovers Trait: Magnet Pull EVs: 152 HP / 180 SAtk / 176 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Substitute - Thunderbolt - Hidden Power [Fire] - Charge Beam The 5th gen Meta brought new Pokemon to the table such as Ferrothorn, And boy does Magnezone love the metagame. The current ranking for the OU meta game based by usage stats has 5 steel Pokemon the top 14. Scizor, Heatran, Ferrothorn, Jirachi and Skarmory. Magnezone traps and kills 4 of the 5. The given EV spread above is one that gives Magnezone some bulk, Allowing it to set up for days on Ferrothorn without it being able to break a sub in a single hit. Not much needs to be said about the moves. HP fire for Scizor and Ferrothorn, Thunderbolt for powerful STAB, and Charge beam for setting up. Magnezone fits perfectly on this team and is great to have with Salamence, Allowing Mence to not worry about steel types. Salamence (F) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Moxie EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Outrage - Dragon Claw - Brick Break - Earthquake The best this team was based upon. Jolly Moxie Scarf Mence. This set is one of the best pokemon to ever be waiting around in the late game, after certain checks and counters are removed Salamence just destroys pokemon in the late game. Coming in on something with low HP and getting the revenge kill, now your opponent has to deal with a +1 attack dragon with no counters or checks left. To keep it short, there isn't much they can do. Mence has received one of the biggest gifts from dreamworld, and in my eyes, is still the number 1 offensive dragon in ou.