Hey everyone, So I decided to finally create an account on Smogon after being a lurker for about a month... learned everything from this site, haha to think that before the ubers were the best pokemon and that stat changing moves were worthless..lol. Anyways, I've been constantly tweaking my team to cover my weaknesses for about a month since i've done netbattle so I was wondering if anyone could help me make the team even better with any suggestions. Here is it: UPDATED ON BASED ON YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS THANK YOU :) :: Starmie @ Petaya Berry Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Ice Beam - Psychic - Surf - Thunderbolt Tyranitar (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Sand Stream EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 6 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Earthquake - Focus Punch - Hidden Power [Bug] - Substitute Salamence (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Intimidate EVs: 148 HP / 220 Atk / 140 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Dragon Dance - Earthquake - Hidden Power [Flying] - Rock Slide Celebi @ Leftovers Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 HP / 120 Spd / 60 SAtk / 76 SDef Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Calm Mind - Giga Drain - Psychic - Recover Skarmory (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Sturdy EVs: 252 HP / 56 Atk / 104 Def / 96 SDef Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk) - Drill Peck - Rest - Roar - Spikes Swampert (F) @ Chesto Berry Trait: Torrent EVs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 138 SAtk Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd) - Earthquake - Ice Beam - Rest - Surf The Old team is below: Code: Starmie @ Petaya Berry Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Ice Beam - Psychic - Surf - Thunderbolt Comments: Standard Starmie sweeper build. I love this guy, often I get 4 pokemon sweeps on mediocre teams because this guy join pwns almost everything. Tyranitar (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Sand Stream EVs: 44 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Def / 168 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Dragon Dance - Earthquake - Rock Slide - Taunt Comments: T-Tar build. Does wonders against stupid Blisseys and Curselaxes. Also a decent counter for Umbreons (seeing a lot of those lately) taunt so they can't use baton pass and then earthquake the crap out of it. Salamence (M) @ Lum Berry Trait: Intimidate EVs: 148 HP / 220 Atk / 140 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Dragon Dance - Earthquake - Hidden Power [Flying] - Rock Slide Comments: My primary physical sweeper. Kills any tars like its job. I gave it a Lum berry because for some reason people like stat changing this badboy. No need for choice band or anything becuase usually I end up sweeping even without dragon dance. Celebi @ Leftovers Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 HP / 120 Spd / 60 SAtk / 76 SDef Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Calm Mind - Giga Drain - Psychic - Recover Comments: yes yes I know, celebi is very often considered cheap. I just follow by the rules, and he isn't considered a uber so let's end it at that. In terms of team practicality, this guy is VERY useful. Giga Drain owns all the swamperts that everyone uses. Psychic also deals with Weezings (which are a pain in the ASS), Crobats, and gets STAB. Overall solid and very hardy (but yes it is killable, I've had it killed numerous times). Also I often challenge Uber teams on netbattle and this guy is neccessary for tough uber teams. (although i found most of the people who use ubers pretty easy to beat). My standard counter to all those Zapdos, Raikou, Jolteon, (insert electric pokemon here) if I don't feel like pulling out Ttar to EQ (or if I lost him). Psychic also owns Nidoking. Skarmory (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Sturdy EVs: 252 HP / 56 Atk / 104 Def / 96 SDef Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk) - Drill Peck - Roar - Spikes - Substitute Comments: Physical wall. Good Curselax counter in case my other counter dies Spikes a good support move, and a AMAZING Heracross counter. Megahorn does nothing, and Drill Peck owns it. Also very fun to switch into toxic and see it have no effect. Good against Marowak Bonemerangs also. Milotic (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Marvel Scale EVs: 84 HP / 252 Def / 12 Spd / 104 SAtk / 56 SDef Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Hypnosis - Ice Beam - Recover - Surf Comments: Good Double Wall but acts usually as my primary special wall. Hypnosis does a good job of disabling opponents that I have a hard time countering (when one of my countering pokemon dies or an unusual moveset). Everything else is self-explanatory. New concerns with new team: With no longer having Taunt (which I found very useful), how do I counter curselaxes and any other baton passing or stat raising pokemon? This becomes a bigger problem especially if I lose my skarm which often happens due to the frequency of magnetons lately. Also is my EV spread for Viltar correct? And did I choose the right type of Swampert to replace milotic or should I go curse pert?