Hello all. This is a team that I worked on with my tutor, Huntofthelion. It's a heavy offense rain team, but it just isn't working as well as it was about 2 weeks ago. Before the ladder reset, I got to a rating of 1459 with this team, and was tied for #3 on the ladder. The main problem is that, for some reason, I cannot beat sand (well some sand teams anyway). I do not have an Excadrill counter, so if they win the weather battle, it's basically GG. Also, Rotom-W using Volt Switch and Scizor using U-Turn forms an infinite loop in which I have to sacrifice something in order to have any chance at all. So I'm looking for some advice on this, so without further ado, I present to you: Poseidon's Revenge. Teambuilding Process Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide It all started with this mutated jelly thing. Hunt just used a random number generator and got the #13, which was the number Reuniclus was on the OU usage stats at the time. So we built the team around CM Reuniclus. The next pokemon was Scizor, as it could beat Tyranitar, and Pursuit Latios for ko. It would also serve as my revenge killer, with a devastating CB Bullet Punch. Next, Hunt told me I needed something with weather. I decided to use Politoed because I love Scarf Toed, and he could serve the role of the scarfer on my team, while also setting up weather. The next pokemon I chose was Gastrodon, as it could destroy Thundurus and Rotom-W, which I was weak to, quite easily. Gyarados was chosen because it could destroy pokemon like Gliscor, and with rain boosted waterfall coupled with Life Orb, Moxie, and Dragon Dance, it could become a real monster quite fast. The final poke was a flying resist, to stop pokemon like Tornadus from destroying me. Calm Mind Jirachi was something I always wanted to try out, so that's what I used. After getting completely and utterly destroyed by Nasty Plot Celebi (6-0) and Virizion, I decided to get counters for them. I decided to replace Gastrodon with a Latios, in order to outspeed many threats, kill pokemon like Blissey with Psyshock, and easily kill Virizion as well. Since I then lost my Thundurus check/counter, and I did not have much to take on Rotom-W, I decided to run a special wall Celebi. And with that, the team was complete. In Depth: Latios (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Levitate EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Psyshock - Surf - Dragon Pulse - Calm Mind Calm Mind Latios is such a monster. Dragon Pulse is basic stab, and destroys other Dragon types. Surf is the main move I use, as with rain, it's stronger than Dragon Pulse. Psyshock destroys Blissey, Gastrodon, and Jellicent. Latios can also switch in to Rotom-W if Celebi cannot for some reason. I figured Psyshock would be better than Recover, and I think that was the right decision, as I have killed so many Blisseys with this thing. Even without a Calm Mind boost, this thing hits so hard. And with a Calm Mind Boost...well..good luck, because basically, you're playing against a Choice Specs Latios that has a Life Orb as well, not to mention in rain with Surf. It also destroys CM Virizion, and can switch in on Nasty Plot Celebi and beat it, unless for some reason, it's running Hidden Power Ice. Xhizor (Scizor) (M) @ Choice Band Trait: Technician EVs: 240 HP / 252 Atk / 16 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - U-turn - Bullet Punch - Superpower - Pursuit Who doesn't love the standard CB Scizor? Adding 8 more speed lets you outrun most variants of Scizor, and hit them hard with Superpower. CB Bullet Punch destroys, making pokemon like Terrakion think twice before setting up. U-Turn is always good for scouting, and Pursuit is just amazing. You can play mind games with pokemon like Latios, one good prediction often being enough to take it out of the game for good. Scizor is a good switch in for T-Tar, being able to ko it with 3/4 moves. I can bring it in safely predicting either Stealth Rock or a Dark type move, which isn't as hard as you think. Once their Gliscor/Skarmory/Jellicent is gone...good luck trying to beat this thing that easily. Politoed (M) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Drizzle EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Hydro Pump - Ice Beam - Perish Song - Hypnosis Scarf Toed <3 . Hydro Pump in the rain hits so hard, making this thing a great revenge killer. Perish Song can destroy Baton Pass, and can also be good when, let's say, the opponent's last pokemon is a Blissey, and all I have to beat it are Politoed and Celebi. Ice Beam destroys dragons, and if Dragonite users get cocky and go for a DD not expecting scarf...well then...bye bye Dragonite. Hypnosis, while really annoying when it misses, can make or break games, being able to put common switch-ins, especially Rotom-W, to sleep. Hydro Pump + Ice Beam can leave opponent's guessing on what to bring in, as their dragon will get wrecked by Ice Beam, and anything that doesnt resist Hydro Pump will wish that it was never born. Overall, Politoed is a solid revenge killer. Serebii (Celebi) @ Leftovers Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 HP / 12 Def / 240 SDef / 4 Spd Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Recover - Thunder Wave - Hidden Power [Ice] - Giga Drain My original Celebi. This is what I switch in to Thundurus most of the time, unless I'm absolutely positive that the opponent will not Thunderbolt, in which case, I go to Politoed. Thunder Wave is very useful, as with all the Nasty Plot Celebis running around, no one expects it. It can paralyze common switch ins such as Heatran, making them much easier targets. Giga Drain is basic stab, while Recover (obviously) provides the recovery necessary for a wall like Celebi. Hidden Power Ice was chosen in order to hit Thundurus, but it can also be used to hit Dragonite, Latios, etc. With rain, Celebi's fire weakness is nullified, making it a much better special wall. Triton (Gyarados) (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Moxie EVs: 80 HP / 252 Atk / 176 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Waterfall - Dragon Dance - Ice Fang - Earthquake Now this thing is just a monster. Do not underestimate the raw power of a Life Orb Gyarados in rain. 176 Speed allows it to hit 363 speed after a Dragon Dance, enough to outspeed all positive base 115s, most notably, Starmie. Waterfall destroys everything that doesn't resist/have an immunity to it in rain, Earthquake being able to wreck pokemon like Gastrodon and Jellicent. Ice Fang is chosen over Stone Edge because most of the time, it deals more damage with better accuracy. Ice Fang hits Celebi harder, a well as Salamence, Lati@s, Dragonite, etc. The best thing about Gyarados is Moxie. Want to send in Death fodder thinking one of your walls can tank my hit? Guess what, I just got another attack boost, so good luck taking me on. Letting Gyarados set up is basically a suicide wish. WishUponMe (Jirachi) @ Leftovers Trait: Serene Grace EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Substitute - Thunder - Water Pulse - Calm Mind Probably the star player of this team, no pun intended. So many people run this set now, it's ridiculous. That must mean it's good, right? Well...it's not...it's amazing. Substitute allows you to set up on Ferrothorn for free, which is especially useful because Ferrothorn is one of the most common switch ins to Jirachi. Water Pulse + Thunder is parafusion in attack form, boasting superb coverage. Scizor can help get rid of the opponent's Gastrodon with Pursuit so this thing can shine even more. It is so easy to set up with this thing, and the best part of all...It can set up on and beat Blissey 1 on 1. Yeah you heard that, it can beat the god of special walls one on one. How you may ask? Well, for starters, Water Pulse + Thunder will make it much harder for Blissey to get off a hit, and with Rain, Water Pulse gets powered up, and Thunder will never miss. The main reason, however, is that Jirachi boasts 101 HP subs, which is why 252 HP is absolutely crucial for this set. This is probably the only pokemon that can run Water Pulse effectively, and for good reason. This set absolutely destroys team, especially when with it's steel typing, it can set up on pokemon like Latios after they use Draco Meteor. Often times, opponents are forced to bullet punch my Latios with their CB Scizor, giving this thing a free chance to set up. Latios and Jirachi take down the opponent's walls together, both of them being able to tear through teams by themselves. And that, my friends, is Poseidon's Revenge. EDIT: Thanks to some suggestions from Iron Bullet and Faladran, I have changed 1 member of my team and changed the movesets of Celebi and Latios. The set for Latios is now: Draco Meteor / Surf / HP Fighting / Recover The evs are the same. The set for Celebi is now: Serebii (Celebi) @ Leftovers Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 220 HP / 252 SAtk / 36 Speed Modest nature - Recover - Leaf Storm - Hidden Power [Ice] - Stealth Rock And finally, Gyarados has been replaced with a Gliscor. Akaba (Gliscor) @ Toxic Orb Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 HP / 184 Def / 72 Speed Impish Nature - Earthquake - Swords Dance - Facade - Taunt Threatlist: Excadrill: Probably the biggest pain to this team. If I lose Politoed, this thing sweeps me; however, when rain's up, this is a piece of cake to kill. Tyranitar: Also a pain. Scizor can ohko it, Politoed can sleep it, and Gyarados can kill it, although it severely hinders my strategy with it's pesky Sand Stream. Thundurus: Politoed can revenge kill it, and Celebi can take it on 1 on 1. Scizor: CB Scizor is a pain. Jirachi can set up on it when it's locked into Bullet Punch, but the main problem comes when it uses U-Turn. I don't have a spinner, so Gyarados will keep on taking damage, meaning the only thing I really have to take it is my own Scizor. Rotom-W: Celebi can beat it, and so can Latios. Volt Switch completely destroys me though, as Rotom-W + Scizor completely messes me up. By itself though, it's not a problem. Celebi: If Latios and my own Celebi die, NP Celebi sweeps me. With them though, it's pretty easy to ko. Reuniclus: Calm Mind isn't that much of a problem due to the amount of heavy hitters I have. Trick Room is a complete pain, as it will force me to just switch around, sacrifice some stuff, and eventually kill it with Scizor. Virizion: Latios destroys it, and Scizor can do some major damage to it with Bullet Punch.