Introduction Hello smogoners' and welcome to my very first RMT! I'm extremely new to competitive battling, and this is a team I pieced together with the idea of a drizzle team, since they do seem to be prominent in the OU Metagame along with other weather-based teams. My aim was to construct an offensive rain team, which revolved around my main sweeper; Tornadus-T. I currently play and tweak my teams on Pokemon Online, so there may be some differences in tiers. Anyway, let's have a look at the team! Team Building Process Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide I wanted to base a team around Tornadus' Therian form. Instantly I paired it with Politoed, as it can supply permanent rain for the whole duration of the match, with 100% accurate Hurricanes. Next I needed a pokemon who could synergise well with Tornadus-T, and I stumbled upon Dugtrio. His immunities to Steel, Rock and Electric and the Arena Trap ablity make him the perfect partner. Stealth Rocks were the ultimate undoing of my early team, and none of my Pokemon had the ability to counter entry hazards. I chose Tentacruel to join the team as he benefits from the rain, and has the all important Rapid Spin. Tentacruel needed a partner in crime. Ferrothorn seemed like an ideal choice, as he has perfect synergy with Tentacruel, and can even set up entry hazards himself. His assistance was invaluable to the team. Next I needed a revenge killer. Genesecet was chosen due to its flawless coverage and amazing speed when scarfed. It also checks Mamoswine and function well in the wet. The defensive core of Tentacruel and ferrothorn wasn't really living up to its standard, and I was getting absolutely walled and frustrated with that pink monster Chansey. I needed a pokemon that would benefit from the rain, whilst simeltaneously acting as a 'makeshift' wallbreaker. Toxicroak was an obvious choice due to its typing and love for the rain. However now I'd lost my spinner. The greatest asset to my team. Forretress with the same typing as Ferrothorn, also has a large defensive bulkiness to it. Forrestress replaced ferrothorn as my Special Wall. ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ Final team ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ In Depth Politoed (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Drizzle Nature: Bold (+Def, - Atk) EVs: 226 HP | 252 Def | 32 Spd Scald Toxic Protect Perish Song First we have the most important pokemon on the team, Politoed. He's the one who summons the rain and he helps quite a bit during my matches. The weather in play can easily decide the outcome of a match. Therefore the standard defensive Politoed has the most survivability, which allows it to supply rain the longest. Scald is a reliable STAB attack, especially in the rain. Scald also comes with a nice 30% burnhax chance which can help wither down walls and setup pokes. Toxic is mostly for predicted switches, which crippples the enemy's incoming counter. Then with the use of protect, it can often be stalled, and forcibly switched out. It also give Politoed a chance to recover some all important HP. Perish Song rounds off the set and can be used as a phazing move, or in conjunction with dugtio, as a "Perish-Trap" strategy. Perish Song is also useful to crush those pesky Baton Pass chains. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tornadus-T (M) @ Choice Specs Trait: Regenerator Nature: Timid (+Spd, - Atk) EVs: 248 SAtk | 8 Def | 252 Spd Hurricane Focus Blast U-Turn Sleep Talk The king of the rain; Tornadus-T. This is the sole pokemon that the team was built around. The rest of my team aims to support it by weakening possible counters and providing a downpour of rain. Thanks to regen, it can take a hit or two when neccessary and switch out to regain some health. Choice Specs were chosen for the reliability of easy kills, with the bonus of a lot more longevity. Hurricane is the move you'll be spamming all game. U-Turn is to keep the team's momentum, and counters can be trapped with dugtrio. Focus blast is purely for greater coverage, and benefits from the increase in SAtk. And lastly, Sleep Talk is to leave Breloom and Smeargle users in dismay as Tornadus rips their team apart in his sleep. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dugtrio (M) @ Focus Sash Trait: Arena Trap Nature: Naive (+Spd, - SDef) EVs: 4 HP | 252 Atk| 252 Spd Stealth Rock Earthquake Reversal Stone Edge Dugtrio's main purpose on the team is to trap opposing weather inducers and to check the team's large electrical weakness. Tyranitar and Ninetails are easily eliminated by Dugtrio, and he ensures that my rain stays is play. Dugtrio also has the vital role in clearing a clean sweep for either Toxicroak or Tornadus. Although there are not many opportunities, Focus Sash will guarentee Stealth Rock if i see fit. Earthquake OHKOs the common Heatran and Ninetails leads and usually 2HKOs Tyranitar and Jirarchi. With Focus Sash and boosted speed, Dugtrio is a serious Reversal abuser. Despite his low attack stats, Reversal can deal some serious damage. My team can esily be decimated by opposing setup sweepers so Memento is a must! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Genesect (M) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Download Nature: Hasty (+Spd, - Def) EVs: 8 Atk | 248 Atk| 252 Spd U-Turn Bug Buzz Ice Beam Thunder My Scarfed Genesect is easily the fastest member of the team, and functions as my revenge killer. I run a Hasty nature over Mild to speed tie with opposing Scarfed Genesect is necessary. U-Turn again helps my team to keep momentum and a switch into Dugtrio is again a posibility if I wish to trap and counter the enemy. I run Bug Buzz over Flamethrower due to the presence of rain on the field. After a Download Boost, a STAB Bug Buzz can deal a lethal amount of damage in conjunction with Stealth Rocks and or Spikes and will often 2HKO a range of threats. The BoltBeam combo rounds off the set nicely. Genesect is given all important coverage for neutralising common threats such as Thundrus, Dragonite, Jellicent, Vaporeon and Landorus. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Toxicroak (M) @ Black Sludge Trait: Dry Skin Nature: Adamant (+Atk, - SAtk) EVs: 244 HP | 252 Atk | 12 Spd Substitute Bulk Up Drain Punch Sucker Punch Next we have Toxicroak, my answer to the pink blobs of fat Blissey and Chansey. Acting as the team's Physical Sweeper, Toxicroak checks these threats, which can easily wall my whole team with the correct support. Toxicroak also benefits from the rain, and with Black Sludge and the Dry Skin Ability; regains 18.75% of his max HP each turn. Substitute allows Toxicroak to come in on a weak foe, replenish lost HP, then begin to set up on incoming threats. Bulk Up works wonders on this set, not only maximizing his Attack stat, but also exponentially increasing his defence. Toxicroak essentially becomes both a physical sweeper and wall. Drain Punch is simply amazing. It adds to Toxicroak's ability to swiftly recover large amounts of HP, whilst simeltaneously dishing out dangerous blows. This makes taking out Toxicroak an even harder feat, and he is truely a force to be reckoned with. Finally Sucker Punch ensures priority, allowing him to finish off foes that would generally outspeed him. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Forretress (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Sturdy Nature: Sassy (+SDef, - Spd) EVs: 252 HP | 252 SDef | 4 Def Gyro Ball Volt switch Rapid Spin Spikes With such offensive momentum and constant switching, opposing entry hazards spell trouble for my team. A rapid spinner is a MUST. Forrestress is also invested is Special Defence, allowing him to sponge up strong Special Attacks from a range of threats. Forretress is also running a Sassy nature, which significantly boosts the strength of Gyro Ball. Volt Switch works to again keep momentum, and also to inflict serious damage to opposing bulky water-type pokemon that benefit from my rain. Rapid Spin is pretty straight forward, allows Forretress to remove those entry hazards that heavily cripple my pokemon; especially Stealth Rocks. Finally spikes finish the set, allowing for another means of residual damage, as switching will be common for both me and my opponent. ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ Last Look ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ ▼ ▲ Conclusion I really appreciate those who have read through my senseless blabbering about the construction and operation of the team. Although I do hope you enjoyed it, I did try my hardest to make it interesting and visually appealing! Hopefully you enjoyed looking at the team, just as much as I did making it! I'm open to any changes that the community gives me, so feel free to kick me a pm or whatever with some constructive criticism. All Luvdiscs are welcome and appreciated! Cheers for the rates! Changes will be made in Bold. Importable Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Code: [CENTER][SIZE=2][COLOR=black][COLOR=black]Politoed (F) @ Leftovers[/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE] [COLOR=black]Trait: Drizzle[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Nature: Bold (+Def, - Atk)[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Scald[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Toxic[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Protect[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Perish Song[/COLOR][/CENTER] [CENTER][COLOR=black]Tornadus-T (M) @ Choice Specs[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Trait: Regenerator[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Nature: Timid (+Spd, - Atk)[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]EVs: 248 SAtk / 252 Spd / 8 Def[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Hurricane[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Focus Blast[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- U-Turn[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Sleep Talk[/COLOR][/CENTER] [CENTER][COLOR=black]Dugtrio (M) @ Focus Sash[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Trait: Arena Trap[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Nature: Naive (+Spd, - SDef)[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Stealth Rock[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Earthquake[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Reversal[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Memento[/COLOR][/CENTER] [CENTER][COLOR=black]Genesect (M) @ Choice Scarf[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Trait: Download[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Nature: Hasty (+Spd, - Def)[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]EVs: 8 Atk / 248 Atk / 252 Spd[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- U-Turn[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Bug Buzz[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Ice Beam[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Thunder[/COLOR][/CENTER] [CENTER][COLOR=black]Toxicroak (M) @ Black Sludge[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Trait: Dry Skin[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Nature: Adamant (+Atk, - SAtk)[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]EVs: 244 HP / 252 Atk / 12 Def[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Substitute[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Bulk Up[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Drain Punch[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Sucker Punch[/COLOR][/CENTER] [CENTER][COLOR=black]Forretress (F) @ Leftovers[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Trait: Sturdy[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Nature: Sassy (+SDef, - Spd)[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]EVs: 252 HP / 252 SDef / 4 Def[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Gyro Ball[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Volt switch[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Rapid Spin[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]- Spikes[/COLOR][/CENTER] Updates A Threat List is currently in progress.