Hi there, I have built all weather teams, but when I started to play this game (competetionaly), I wanted to play Rain (or Drizzle) team. Finally, when I learned all basic rules and some strategies I decided to build this forgotten team. Rain Teams are pretty common, so maybe there will be no news for you, but I hope you will enjoy this article either way. So there it is: Basicaly I started this team with Politoed. I would say, there is no other (good!) chances for keep rain... so there is only one thing you should complain - Shiny or not? Then Azumarill joined my team. Why Azumarill you ask? Probably you don't ask, because it is well-known he has awesome defense stats (or not too bad...) and access to powerful ability - Huge Power! Then he can use Aqua Jet against almost everything to OHKO it (I mean weak Poké and Sweepers)... isn't he really awesome? Then came another cool frog. This time it was Toxicroak. Yes, he isn't so weak and thanks to its typing he resists Fighting type and also Grass type moves quite well. Small bonus is that he blows out Toxic Spikes. He isn't as good sweeper as stall, but I was playing him to counter Ferrothorn - I really hate this Pokémon, I don't know why, but he scaries me even, when he doesn't have Rapid Spin. Who knows, that guy is just ugly. I decided to play any Special Attacker... Special Attacker, who has access to Thunder or Hurricane. I think there are only some really good Pokémon - Thundurus-T, Jolteon, Volcanrona and Tornadus. I love scouting with U-turn and Volt Switch, so Jolteon and Thundurus remained. Finally I decided for Jolteon, he isn't so weak as he seems to be and is faster. When I decided for Volt Switch, it was decided I will play Choice-item. My choice for Choice-item was choosen - I choose as a Choice-item Choice Specs and as a Pokémon Jolteon (I could also choose Thundurus with Scarf, but I like more Jolteon). My next choice was Chansey. I knew my team is weak to Thunder, Energy Ball and other moves and almost all of them are special, so I have two choices - Chansey or Blissey. Maybe there would be good Vaporeon as well, but as I said, electric moves and grass are threats and even with Vaporeon combos it would be still so bad to handle. Also Vaporeon needs (Hydration) Rain to be good, what I think is bad. So choice was Chansey and Blissey, I choosed Chansey, because she is bulkier (with Eviolite she can survive Close Combat, what Blissey just cannot). Then I choosed Rapid Spinner and Spiker and Stealth Rocker in one - Forretress. Yeah, three in one, isn't it great? He has access to Gyro Ball (I preffer it over Volt Switch, because Volt Switch is useful, but just not as beautiful as Gyro Ball, Rapid Spin, Stealth Rock or Spikes). I think my team was built very well, but I need to do some changes, I gave up Azumarill and his useful priority attack for Gyarados and his beautiful attacks. I also gave up Toxicroak for place, which was needed by Tornadus. Tornadus has access to Hurricane and Rain Dance, which aren't bad attack, and they're even better when you get, that I can have still Rain even after Politoed's bad (but only for five turns, but during them can happen a lot of things). Also I left my Forretress and put into my team Donphan. He hasn't access to Spikes, but he has Ice Shard - priority against dragon (they can really be threats), Stealth Rock and Rapid Spin as well and offensive move Earthquake. I decided for him to get another electric immunity and also he is one of best spinners thanks to his "not bad" speed. Earthquake can OHKO fearless Tentacruel which came for Rapid Spin... There are EVs, natures and moves of my Pokémon... Poly (Politoed) (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Drizzle EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef Bold Nature - Toxic - Perish Song - Scald - Protect I decided for Stall Politoed to keep rain raining, I think weather abusers are often better to have some bulk. Toxic is there for dealing massive damage, Perish Song for strategy and to get opponent under pressure and Scald is STAB and also can opponent burn (for example Scizor, who immunes Toxic). Gyarados (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Moxie EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Jolly Nature - Dragon Dance - Waterfall - Ice Fang - Earthquake Gyarados is just beast. I don't know why I haven't nicknamed him "Beast", maybe because my Black Kyurem in another team is called Beast. But thats off topic, so Dragon Dance is for getting some base stat boosts. Waterfall is his main STAB and it has 20% chance for flinching. Earthquake is reliable move against Tentacruel and Magnezone and other Pokémon, who think they can cross with Gyarados. Ice Fang over Stone Edge is there for dragons and Flying types (very useful against Gliscor). After one or two Dragon Dances (depends on that, if any of opponent's Pokémon carries Choice Scarf) I start to attack. Moxie is better for Sweeper and it is usually game changing, because thanks to it I can win. I would say it is 100% better than Intimidate... Chansey (F) @ Eviolite Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef Bold Nature - Softboiled - Thunder Wave - Aromatherapy - Seismic Toss Strange Chansey, isn't it? I would say most of you want to change Aromatherapy or Thunder Wave for Toxic, but I usually don't need it. I find Thunder Wave on her better. It can break many threats that opponent can switch into, as a Terrakion or Keldeo. Aromatherapy is there for healing crippled Pokémon, when they got paralyzed or just burned (in Gyarados's case). Seismic Toss is there for dealing damage and Softboiled over Wish for more reliable heal. Donphan (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Sturdy EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def Adamant Nature - Stealth Rock - Rapid Spin - Ice Shard - Earthquake Don Fan is my Rapid Spinner, so he carries (who would say?) Rapid Spin (I am not kidding, he really carries it). Stealth Rock are not unusual entry hazard for Donphan, Ice Shard is priority attack for Pokémon with x4 weak (there are lot of them) and Earthquake is his main STAB, which is useful (150 Base Power after STAB boost are awesome). Also his Adamant nature guarantees in most cases OHKO for Espeon and 2HKO for Volcanrona, which is really useful, when I am trying to predict opponent's choices. Jolty (Jolteon) (M) @ Choice Specs Trait: Volt Absorb EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature - Volt Switch - Thunder - Shadow Ball - Hidden Power [Ice] I am not really sure about Choice Specs, in some cases it hurts, but in another it is extremely useful as it does awesome damage even when there is stupidly written "not very effective". Life Orb is another option, but honestly I like Choice Specs, because I want to save his life and deal more damage. Also I don't have any other Choice-user, so Choice Specs is better and I shouldn't be afraid of it. Volt Switch is useful scouting move, as I said. There is Thunder, because there is rain, I would say it doesn't need commentary. HP Ice is there against Ground Pokémon, who are not afraid of Thunder and Volt Switch and also Shadow Ball cannot OHKO them. Shadow Ball is there over Signal Beam after testing. It is better (little Base Power difference), and it is more usable against Celebi. Of course, I am usually not using Shadow Ball against Gengar, if you count well you will get Shadow Ball has (x2 weakness) 160 Base Power and Thunder (STAB) 180 Base Power, so Thunder is more powerful, but it is in some cases (no rain, possibly prediction and switch to Ground Pokémon) better to use Shadow Ball against Gengar and Pokémon like him. Tornadus (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Prankster EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature - Hurricane - Rain Dance - Taunt - Focus Blast He's really good. He can set up Rain even if opponent's faster (usually Scarfs), he can Taunt opponent. His Focus Blast is here for dealing with Ferrothorn, Tyranitar and others. And Hurricane does not need commentary, because it is very useful move in rain. I haven't Life Orb, but I have Leftovers for a reason, Rain needs to continue and when he starts his sweep, he usually get most HP back, which is useful against Mach Punches. I would say it is really good team I have built there, I really enjoy battles with it. Sometimes I have problems with Keldeo, because he cannot be walled. Especially with Scarfed Keldeo, who outruns everything, maybe I should at least change Tornadus's moveset to scarfed Tornadus and Jolteon to Life orb Jolteon, or add some new Pokémon? Gengar? Please RATE MY TEAM. Thanks for reading and I hope you didn't get bored.