Hello all. The arrogant PROlificHipster is here with his first thread in the RMT forums. This is my latest team that I have been testing and have been doing well with. My only loss comes to an obscure lead that I will mention later. Team Building Process Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide So, my team started off with one of my favorite Pokemon: I mean who doesn't love this thing? Let's be honest here, Exeggutor is best under permanent sun so I had to take this team on a new road. So I thought to myself, who would be the perfect teammate for Exeggutor? Then this guy popped into my head: These two go hand in hand in switches. Everything else regarding the team is just favorite Pokemon of mine honestly. But I decided I wanted a good scarf'd lead Poke with a good ability, a bluffed choice Poke, a Bulky poke and a good late game sweeper so my team ended up with this: Something I kept in mind was to limit the amount of Pokemon with SR weaknesses because there really spinners in NU that fit my style. You may find the Caravanha hilarious but it gets the job done. Well, here is my team and their roles: Raichu @ Choice Scarf Trait: Lightning Rod EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk) ~ Thunderbolt ~ Focus Blast ~ Hidden Power Ice ~ Volt Switch A fan favorite Pokemon (sorta) and in my eyes is the ALOMOMOLA DESTROYER. Putting my hate for Alomomola aside, Raichu is my dedicated lead almost 99% of the time unless for some reason I mistakenly choose that Levitating Mario head. With it's decent special attack, it will leave some holes in the opposition (but mainly it is used for scouting with Volt Switch) and should 2-hit KO any physical/special sweepers that do not resist any of its' moves. I mean the only reason why I am running Raichu over Electabuzz is because of Raichu's immunity to Electric-type attacks. So if you were to try using this team you can safely switch it out for it, but the more immunities the better. Exeggutor @ Sitrus Berry Trait: Harvest EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA Nature: Bold (+Def, -Atk) ~ Substitute ~ Leech Seed ~ Psychic ~ Protect This is probably a set you would've missed on the Smogon analysis page for Exeggutor if you hadn't scrolled down all the way on the bottom. That to me is honestly shocking because I will go out and say that this is probably Exeggutor's best set in NU. It has great physical bulk and sports key resistances to Fighting, Ground, Water, Electric, Grass, and Psychic. Setting up a sub on physical walls is quite easy for Exeggutor. His base 125 special attack is something most stallers dream to have so you can't expect to switch in on a STAB Psychic unless you resist it otherwise you will be taking some hefty damage. I decided not to invest any speed EVs because that's what you have your other teammates for and wanted it to have maxed out defenses. The only time this set has failed me was when I lead off with my Exeggutor and my opponent lead off with their Scarfed Belly Drum Linoone. I mean the odds of you predicting that is quite small. Let's just call that person lucky. Probopass @ Leftovers Trait: Sturdy EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD Nature: Calm (+SpD, -Atk) ~ Stealth Rock ~ Thunder Wave ~ Power Gem ~ Volt Switch This funny little mustache man goes hand in hand with Exeggutor. Sometimes I lead with him if I REALLY need to get my Stealth Rocks up early otherwise I'm really more of a late-game Stealth Rock player. There really isn't much to say about this set since it's pretty standard. I'm running Power Gem over Earth Power to avoid Sub-Bulk Braviary, plus it's STAB. One thing you must be wary of is Ice Punch on Sawk/Gurdurr so make sure to scout out your opponent's skill level before proceeding to switch into Exeggutor. Sawk @ Expert Belt Trait: Mold Breaker EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) ~ Close Combat ~ Earthquake ~ Stone Edge ~ Ice Punch Expert Belt makes a great choice item bluff. I've caught so many people off guard that it isn't funny. There is an art to bluffing the Expert Belt though and there is an art to scouting it. Make sure you delay it as long as possible or until you kill of the Pokemon you need to kill. I personally dislike the idea of being locked into a move and will even go so far to lose the 50% increase Choice Band offers. Raichu is more than enough and since Sawk doesn't run U-Turn or have the bulk to take a couple of hits, Expert Belt is good enough for me. Magmar @ Eviolite Trait: Vital Spirit EVs: 212 HP / 252 SpA / 44 Spe Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk) ~ Lava Plume ~ Psychic ~ Hidden Power Grass ~ Mach Punch Let's be honest, this set I just listed is terrible. I do not like too many Substitute sets on a team and think Exeggutor is more than enough. I was looking for a bulky fire type and eventually landed on Magmar. I am always open to suggestions to this set obviously. I am personally running Lava Plume over Fire Blast is because of the accuracy difference on a bulky attacker is way too low. Mach Punch may seem weird but its a priority move an is just used as a finished. I honestly don't know where to go with Magamar but I definitely know I want him as the role of bulky attacker. Carvanha @ Life Orb Trait: Speed Boost EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) ~ Waterfall ~ Crunch ~ Ice Fang ~ Protect Surprised this little runt doesn't have his own analysis. Sure, it has piss poor defenses but that doesn't mean it's terrible. Carvanha serves as the best late-game sweeper in NU. It's base 90 Attack is nothing to shun and if you don't have a priority move or don't resist any of its attacks, then prepare to be finished. With the tier looming with Psychic Pokemon, Carvanha is an instant threat to them. I decided to run Ice Fang over Aqua Jet for better coverage. Don't expect him to OHKO anything without Stealth Rock damage. His attack is good but not great so that's why he serves better as a late-game sweeper. Anywho, let me know what you think and any suggestions. I definitely know that the Magmar set needs some work but overall it is a solid team.