NUCLEAR WARFARE Introduction Sup everyone its me again. Shit its been a long time since I posted a RMT but seeing as I hit 2000 posts, and have a good team I might as well post one now! This team was actually created when I was going through a really tough time. Teambuilding, a previous passion of mine had lost all interest for me and I had all but quit smogon. Anyway around this time, bored out of my mind and really just going through the motions certain people on #ocn (like nagai, Hip, Stallion, BK) told me different ways to build teams and encouraged me to try it out. I discovered the technique of overloading, and switched my style of play to offensive synergy rather than defensive synergy. Also around this team Frizy was harping on about how awesome Virizion was so I decided to build a team based around CM Virizion so prove to him how much it sucks. Team Frizy Sucks was rather successful (to my utter shame) however it suffered from a few issues so I retired it. However, the core concept I developed within that team stuck with me, and I continued to test it out, trying to find the perfect team with it. Eventually, I found my combination and the team you see below is the result! Team Deep Blue (Metagross) @ Leftovers Trait: Clear Body EVs: 240 HP / 80 Atk / 188 SDef Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Meteor Mash - Earthquake - Stealth Rock - Pursuit Metagross is awesome. It starts this team off (although I usually lead with whatever I like) and is charged with the invaluable job of setting up Stealth Rock for the team. Stealth Rock is essential for dealing with Dragonite and Volcarona in this metagame which are both pretty powerful threats. It also helps gradually wear things down between switchs and what not, so it is always a good move to have. Metagross serves as my specially defensive sponge, and its surprising at how well it can take hits. It can handle Gengar really well, and checkmate LO Starmie once they hit 50%. Metagross also is my best check to the powerful Lati@s twins which can really threaten this team with there powerful attacks. Latias is less of a threat because Heatran can usually spam Dragon Pulse against it but Latios can be pursuited (if its choiced) or I can mindgame LO versions with either Meteor Mash or Pursuit. Metagross is also deceptivally strong, and can hit pretty hard with a STAB Meteor Mash, battering away my opponent for my real sweepers to finish off. Earthquake is still almost standard on Metagross, and its really nice for hitting stuff like Scizor and Heatran with. It also does a bit more to Jirachi which has come in useful recently and I very much prefer it to Hammer Arm. The Ev spread might be known to a few old hands, I stole it from Stellars amazing Gen 4 Suspect RMT “Present Danger”. The Evs let me survive lots of random shit, such as a Lava Plume from Specially Defensive Heatran, and Fire Blasts from MixTar so I am pretty happy with the spread overall, and the Atk Evs let me hit pretty hard to so im not total set up fodder. Why not Tyranitar? Observant people will notice that Tyranitar can pretty much do a similar job to metagross. It sets up Stealth Rock and checks Latias / Latios which is really all Metagross does. Tyranitar also sets up Sandstorm which helps give me weather control so overall it seems the better choice. In truth, I actually ran with Tyranitar before Metagross and while it was really effective, I just hated how it lured in fighting pokemon like the plague. Metagross prevents such set up opportunities and can weaken TR Reuniclus in a pinch which can be tricky to play around if I have Tyrantiar. The loss of weather, and the 6% damage I could get per turn is nasty, but then again, I have my own weapons to use against other weather teams and I did’nt feel like Tyranitar helped me very much. Nickname: The nickname “Deep Blue” is both a nod to Blue Kirby, and to the chess supercomputer named, “Deep Blue”, which defeated Gary Kasparov. Urthemiel (Dragonite) (M) @ Choice Band Trait: Multiscale EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Outrage - Waterfall - Fire Punch - ExtremeSpeed Meet Dragonite, Part one of my offensive core. Choice Band Dragonite is pretty much getting a free kill once per game, more of I play my cards right. It’s a bitch to switch into and really the only thing that stops it cold is Skarmory, and that hates taking a Fire Punch. Multiscale is one of the reasons im using this over Haxorus, since it lets Dragonite survive so much stuff and really puts my opponent on the back foot. Being the centrepiece of the team, Dragonite fulfils a large role on the team, acting as an emergency check to Reuniclus and Volcarona, as well as just wallbreaking like a boss. The moveset is pretty much standard so im not going to bother explaining it. Basically im using Outrage 90% of the time and killing something, and the other 10% of using ExtremeSpeed to revenge something like Latios. Mostly, ill lead with Dragonite to force instant momentum, kill something and then go from there. Dragonite doesn’t need much explaining, its just switching in and fucking something up every game, and that’s why I use it. Nickname: It’s the name of the archdemon and final boss in Dragon Age Origins (and I love the dragon age series). Basically since the archdemon can be a bitch to kill (just like Dragonite) I gave it that nickname. Vulcan (Heatran) (M) @ Choice Specs Trait: Flash Fire EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Fire Blast - Earth Power - Dragon Pulse - Hidden Power [Grass] Yep, I’d say im one of the only people using this set and Jesus Christ its power blows me away every time. To quote Theorymon, “This thing is a NUKE IN A CAN”. Heatran forms an excellent combo with Dragonite, and together they set about blasting through my opponents team with there super powerful attacks. Basically, the only thing that can really switch into this core safely is Heatran, and that gets 2KOed by Dragonite with a bit of prior damage so its all good. Heatran switches into the steel types that Dragonite attracts like a magnet, forcing them out with the threat of a STAB Fire Blast and then nuking whatever my opponent chooses to switch in. Sometimes if im feeling intelligent ill bring in Dragonite and then double switch into Heatran just to force a lose / lose situation but SR fucked that plan up so it doesn’t happen often. What I really must stress is that the words “its not very effective” does really apply to Heatran. For example, I have stripped off 60-70% from a Rotom W just with Fire Blast. Haxorus takes a truckload as well. Jellicent, Politoed and Gastrodon does’nt really mind Fire Blast, but HP Grass 2KOs then anyway so I don’t really give a shit. Like with Dragonite, mostly ill spam Fire Blast unless they have Heatran in which case I have to hit it with an Earth Power or something. Dragon Pulse is often a nice move to spam if your opponent has like a truckload of Fire Resists (like a team of Latias / Tentacruel / Rotom W) and it does around 50% ish to Dragonite with Multiscale which usually dents them enough for Dragonite to revenge. The only downside to using this Heatran, is that its very weather dependant. Rain teams can be quite annoying to it (tho Earth Power and HP Grass hit most Rain pokemon pretty hard) however Heatran just fucks up Sun. There is no greater feeling than bringing in Heatran against your opponents sun team and then just fucking raping everything with Fire Blast. Granted, if they have Duggy that feelings not going to last long but man it makes me feel like a million bucks when I do something like 93% to a Cress under sunlight. Heatran also is a great check to no HP Ground Volcarona under sunlight (and its usually up if Volcarona is on the team) since it doesn’t give a fuck about Quiver Dance and just nukes the shit outta it. Nickname: Yeah it’s the boring, bog standard Roman God of Fire. Its also a nod to my old 1K when I had a Heatran called Vulcan so yeah Frizy (Virizion) @ Lum Berry Trait: Justified EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SpA) - Close Combat - Leaf Blade - Swords Dance - Stone Edge Yeah, its Virizion, a pokemon I hate with a passion. It would always fuck me up when my opponents used it, and then fail when I used it. Before creating this team, I had only ever used CM Virizion so decided to give SD Virizion a whirl and instantly fell in love. I don’t have to worry about fucking Focus Miss, and it does dam well against Rain Stall too. Virizion does a dam good job at luring in Scizor and Jirachi, which Heatran can then nuke. It also does a good job at weakening Skarmory with a +2 CC. It doesn’t do anywhere near enough to KO, but after SR, CC, and BB recoil Skarmory is usually crippled enough for Dragonite to brute force its way past. (Fuck you if you run Drill Peck Skarm tho) Virizion serves as an excellent check to Rotom W, which could get annoying if they had Will-o-wisp. It also makes Heatran fuck off with the threat of CC which is always nice. SE on Virizion has always been useful for nailing that fucking moth which im overly paranoid about. I prefer it to HP Ice since it gets boosted by Swords Dance, and I only really miss out on Gliscor, which doesn’t really like taking a +2 Leaf Blade if it wishes to take on Dragonite as well. I run Lum Berry on Virizion since its easier to set up on Blissey, and it means I don’t fear scald burns as much. I have found it waay more useful than LO which decreases Virizions lifespan, and yeah, have no found much use for it. Nickname: basically see the introduction. Virizion sparked the inspiration for the Specs Heatran / CB Dragonite core and I still maintain it sucks (just like Frizy) so yeah the nickname is a no brainer. Zazikel (Salamence) (M) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Intimidate / Moxie EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef) - Dragon Claw - Fire Blast - Earthquake - Outrage Looking over my team I felt that I needed a Scarfer, just to give my team a bit of speed. Usually I would have picked Rotom W but I was interested by Moxie Mence which looked awesome. The idea behind picking Salamence was that once steels and everything had been weakened, I could send in Salamence and just Outrage the crap out of everything, picking up an attack boost after every KO. In practise, this didn’t work out so well because it too so dam long for the server to be updated and then when the update arrived it was apparently unstable as hell so I have not really had a chance to test Moxie, opting instead for Intimidate (which still works fine). I list Moxie because, in all likelihood, ill switch to it soon anyway, and it’s the ability I feel best fits the team. Anyway I don’t really think the set needs much evaluation. Its designed to revenge shit like Latios if Metagross fails to beat them, as well as also check pokemon like Infernape and Terrakion which can be tricky to deal with. It’s a reliable member of the team, and while the “Ewww, SR weak” is kinda annoying its never too much of a hassle so yeah. Nickname: Its referencing another Archdemon in Dragon Age. Yeah yeah im lazy, sue me. Shuriken (Starmie) @ Life Orb Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Surf - Thunderbolt - Rapid Spin - Recover I took a look at my team and the obvious problem was that I had 3 choice users, 2 of which were weak to Stealth Rock. Adding a spinner was the obvious solution so I shoved in Starmie, pretty much one of the better offensive spinners around. I gave it a LO so it would do a lot more damage (mainly to shit like SDef Heatran) and Recover for it to heal off damage it might take switching in and stuff. Starmie is pretty much my best switch in to Heatran, since it isn’t bothered by too much. It also lures in Ferrothorn which is fine by me cos it’s a free switch to Heatran then. Starmie also serves as an o.k switch to Skarmory, spinning away any spikes it might set up on Dragonite. Lastly, Starmie can revenge Infernape and Terrakion which is pretty cool since I don’t have to rely on Salamence locking itself in. All in all Starmie just patches things up quite nicely and fits well on the team. Name: Shuriken is like a ninja star and… yeah that’s kinda what Starmie is. Conclusion Yeah o.k that’s my team, its been really fun to use etc etc but it suffers from a few problems with fighting types (like Terrakion). Personally however, The team does’nt suffer too much from being weak to individual threats as much as being weak to team cores. For example, Rain Stall is always going to be tricky to play around, and teams that double up on physical walls (like someone running Gliscor (with enough speed to outspeed Heatran) and Skamory together is going to fuck up my team hugely). Still, the core itself has been a blast to use and I have gotten many teams abusing the core up to the 1350-1450 mark over a period of time (I think im 1450 now). Thanks to all of you that read this RMT and thanks to all that make my time at smogon enjoyable. Cheers. Export to Text (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Export to Text (open) Export to Text (close) Frizy (Virizion) @ Lum Berry Trait: Justified EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Hasty Nature (+Spd, -Def) - Close Combat - Leaf Blade - Swords Dance - Stone Edge Zazikel (Salamence) (M) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Intimidate EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef) - Dragon Claw - Fire Blast - Earthquake - Outrage Urthemiel (Dragonite) (M) @ Choice Band Trait: Multiscale EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Outrage - Waterfall - Fire Punch - ExtremeSpeed Vulcan (Heatran) (M) @ Choice Specs Trait: Flash Fire EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Fire Blast - Earth Power - Dragon Pulse - Hidden Power [Grass] Shuriken (Starmie) @ Life Orb Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Surf - Thunderbolt - Rapid Spin - Recover Deep Blue (Metagross) @ Leftovers Trait: Clear Body EVs: 240 HP / 80 Atk / 188 SDef Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Meteor Mash - Earthquake - Stealth Rock - Pursuit Shoutouts (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Shoutouts (open) Shoutouts (close) Yeah welcome guys this is my mini 2K thread. I had been thinking about what to do for my 2K for quite a while but apparently vanilla shoutouts suck now so I decided to do something else. Filling this thread with eye candy was on the list but then again idk where Haunter stands on filling a RMT thread with that so decided not to. I used to be o.k at rating but then again I don’t really imagine people want to read a 2K when I rate the shit outta them so instead I picked the fav pokemon of everyone in my list, shove them into a team and then added shoutouts for each one. Yeah I know im lazy :/ OCN Earthworm (Espeon) (M) @ Light Clay Trait: Magic Bounce EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Light Screen - Reflect - Psychic - Hidden Power [Fighting] Comments: BIG WORMS Nagai (Dragonite) (M) @ Lum Berry Trait: Multiscale EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Dragon Dance - Outrage - Fire Punch - Earthquake Comments: Nagai too strong for me :/ Thanks man for helping me teambuild and shit man its been fun. Also its been fun having those long PHIL convos we used to have the odd time. GL man Steven Snype (Scrafty) (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Moxie EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Dragon Dance - Hi Jump Kick - Crunch - Ice Punch Comments: Lol man your fun to play with in mafia. Less so when we are playing against each other Stallion (Ho-Oh) @ Leftovers Trait: Pressure EVs: 192 HP / 240 Atk / 76 SDef Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Sacred Fire - Brave Bird - Substitute - Roost Comments: Keeping up the DJing man, its awesome Blue Kirby (Metagross) @ Life Orb Trait: Clear Body EVs: 52 HP / 252 Atk / 204 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Agility - Meteor Mash - Earthquake - Ice Punch Comments: We don’t chat much but I have lots of respect for you and what you do. panamaxis (Celebi) @ Life Orb Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 220 HP / 252 SAtk / 36 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Nasty Plot - Psychic - Giga Drain - Earth Power Comments: I WILL beat you in CC one day I swear to god OCN 2 KotW (Victini) @ Choice Band Trait: Victory Star EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - V-create - Fusion Bolt - U-turn - Brick Break Comments: I don’t talk to you much but you’re a regular on #ocn so that’s good enough for me I guess Heist (Wailord) (M) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Water Veil EVs: 28 Atk / 252 SAtk / 228 Spd Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef) - Water Spout - Hydro Pump - Ice Beam - Selfdestruct Comments: Strongth battler from NZ and too strong for me Frizy (Aerodactyl) (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Pressure EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Earthquake - Roost - Stone Edge - Taunt Comments: Frizy Sux Jumpluff (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Chlorophyll EVs: 188 Def / 68 SDef / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Sleep Powder - Leech Seed - Substitute - Encore Comments: So nice <3. Its always good chatting to you pluff and thanks for any advice you gave me in my time at smogon. The_Chaser (Snorlax) (M) @ Choice Band Trait: Thick Fat EVs: 40 HP / 252 Atk / 40 Def / 176 SDef Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Body Slam - Fire Punch - Earthquake - Pursuit Comments: Thanks for reeling me in on #ocn if I acted like a tosser Hipmonlee (Parasect) (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Dry Skin EVs: 252 HP / 160 Def / 96 SDef Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk) - Spore - Substitute - Leech Seed - X-Scissor Comments: It was good to catch up last year man, your awesome PO Staff Hugendugen (Xatu) (M) @ Light Clay Trait: Magic Bounce EVs: 252 HP / 104 Def / 152 SDef Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk) - Reflect - Light Screen - U-turn - Roost Comments: I lost our suit walk off :( I submit Shiny Azelf (Azelf) @ Choice Band Trait: Levitate EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - U-turn - Zen Headbutt - Ice Punch - Fire Punch Comments: Fuck you for haxing me whenever we play. You’re a good guy tho :) Blue Star (Latios) (M) @ Expert Belt Trait: Levitate EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Draco Meteor - Hidden Power [Fire] - Surf - Psyshock Comments: Good Luck mate, hope your o.k Shrang (Latias) (F) @ Life Orb Trait: Levitate EVs: 152 HP / 176 SAtk / 180 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Draco Meteor - Surf - Recover - Refresh Comments: Strong Uber battler who actually got me into ubers ages ago, and now I stalk your battles searching for gimmicks/cool shit to steal. Thanks man for giving me advice and shit and being cool to talk to. Bojangles (Cyndaquil) (M) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Flash Fire EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Eruption - Fire Blast - Extrasensory - Hidden Power [Grass] Commands: You indirectly got me interested in ubers too and you’re a nice guy and shit. Yamata (Gyarados) (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Intimidate EVs: 52 HP / 248 Atk / 208 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Waterfall - Dragon Dance - Substitute - Bounce Comments: We need to play more CC so I can beat the crap outta you. RMT Crowd Faladran (Jirachi) @ Leftovers Trait: Serene Grace EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Substitute - Calm Mind - Flash Cannon - Thunderbolt Commands: NO WHY YOU LEAVE? Seriously sad to see you go even tho we did’nt have much interaction you were my role model for rating ages ago so ill miss you. Smith (Swalot) (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Liquid Ooze EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Yawn - Encore - Pain Split - Sludge Bomb Comments: Boss rater that rates so much better than I can :/ Also screw you for leaving me out of your 1K Delko (Abomasnow) (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Snow Warning EVs: 188 HP / 252 Atk / 68 SDef Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Ice Shard - Leech Seed - Protect - Seed Bomb Comments: Delko aka gay for hail. Thanks for rating all my teams and stuff and for doing work in RMT. I don’t rate so much but its still cool to see people working on it. Also thanks for helping me with shit when im building stuff, its nice to have someone to bounce ideas off Haunter (M) @ Eviolite Trait: Levitate EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Shadow Ball - Hidden Power [Ground] - Substitute - Pain Split Big boss of RMT aka my fav forum and your fun to chill with on PO. Eternal (Suicune) @ Leftovers Trait: Pressure EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Scald - Rest - Calm Mind - Sleep Talk Comments: Thanks for tutoring me and then going one step further and trying to increase my role in the community. Also thanks for putting up with me when id bug you about something I was teambuilding. So yeah, thanks man for your help. Fatecrashers (Octillery) (M) @ Expert Belt Trait: Sniper EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd) - Water Spout - Surf - Energy Ball - Fire Blast Your not here atm so ill prolly give you an shoutout on IRC when you return cos this RMT will prolly be page 20 or something when you return. Just know its been awesome knowing you and hopefully we can catch up against some time, idk. Extras Eos (Lucario) (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Inner Focus EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Swords Dance - Crunch - Close Combat - ExtremeSpeed Comments: Fucking boss PO mod Everyone else on #ocn: Your all a good bunch of people to hang around with so thanks for that I guess. PLAYA: Stop fucking whinging man heres your shoutout Seriously, good bro in #ocn and about a 1,000,000x better than Frizy so there you go Everyone else I forgot: Sorry, contact me or something and ill add you in.