Introduction So, it's my second RMT here. After I played my first team, which was a Mega Pinsir team, I found one fundamental problem with it: it's not a bad team, but in the current metagame where the great walls are bombed by thousands of rocket launchers running around in the battlefield such as Greninja and Talonflame, you have to be offencive to win. So, I decided to start from scratch and build a team using an orthodox Pokemon... in an unorthodox way. Now, in the world of freedom of opinion and speech, one of the best ways to get better is to take criticism and put them into good use. So don't hestitate; it's not North Korea. The Team But looking at the team's outer shell is not going to take us anywhere. So, I am going to disembowel the team. ...That sounds really creepy, actually. Details Aegislash @ Weakness Policy Ability: Stance Change EVs: 88 Atk / 252 SAtk / 168 Spd Rash Nature - Autotomize - Shadow Ball - Hidden Power [Ice] - Sacred Sword Most people used Aegislash with King's Shield. It's by no means bad, but it doesn't fit on what I want to achieve by using this Pokemon. I want Aegislash to be a Late Game Sweeper, not a cowardly Attack-King's Shield-rinse and repeat attacker. When I see this set in the analysis preview, my first reaction was, "I really have to use this!" Autotomize is the centre of the set, raising Aegislash's speed to outspeed base 130. Shadow Ball is the main STAB move for this set, dealing a huge amount of damage to opposing Pokemon. Usually, what happens next is the opponent sent out Landorus-Therian or Dragons, thinking that decreasing my attack would blunt this sword. Nope, Hidden Power Ice. Sacred Sword is there so that the mountain munching Tyranitar doesn't stop the slashing galore, which also provides a nice neutral coverage. I decided to put Weakness Policy for the possessed sword to turn its weakness to a massive pile of dung field of thorny rose for the opponent. But the sword said to me that he wants something to eat between turns (which strangely, of all food I have, it really desires my Leftovers. I have no idea.) to heal off damage between turns. What do you think? Roserade @ Black Sludge Ability: Natural Cure EVs: 32 Def / 220 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature - Spikes - Leaf Storm - Sludge Bomb - Synthesis Aegislash is a really tough sword, but when I faced it against the everyone's favourite washing machine, it ran all the way back to Verdun. When I found it again, it said that it won't appreciate taking Hydro Pump and Will-o-Wisp to the face (which is weird, considering Aegislash doesn't have a face). With Belly Drum Azumarill also running around, it needs some touch of... roses. Because Aegislash wants some hazard support, I taught Roserade how to lay Lego Bricks Spikes so that the opponents feet got scarred. Leaf Storm is the main STAB of the set, shutting down the Philips washing machine/tumble drier a.k.a. Rotom-Wash and other hard-to-kill bulky water-types. Sludge Bomb is used to make Azumarill, the pesky water rabbit dissolved to the ground, as the EV spread is designed so Roserade can survive +6 Aqua Jet from Adamant Azumarill. Synthesis is used to heal off damage by using the sophisticated Photosystems and Calvin Cycle as it supposed to be a Wallbreaker. Why this over Amoonguss? Simple. Amoonguss, albeit much bulkier, simply doesn't hit hard enough, and it cannot absorb status conditions, one of the reason I chose Roserade. Magnezone @ Choice Specs Ability: Magnet Pull EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef Modest Nature - Thunderbolt - Volt Switch - Hidden Power [Fire] - Flash Cannon As a lot of Steel-types running around such as Scizor the Praying Mantis and Genesect the... um... the Digimon Cockroach, I need a way to trap them and safely dismantle the parts so I can sell them for some money, because the current economy is tough. This is my main way to defeat them. Because someone broke the plug of Ubers and managed to get Genesect to OU, ability to cage them off and kill them using Hidden Power Fire is always appreciated. But it seems that Skarmory thinks that Hidden Power Fire is not enough, so I fulfill its needs and put Thunderbolt on it. Although the rest of the team can take hits pretty good, its the best for them not to take any damage at all while switching in, so I put some of the Elesa's relic: Volt Switch. I'm thinking to change the item from Choice Specs to something else, because it said that it looks bad and being locked into a move for a pivot Pokemon is not that good. Donphan @ Leftovers Ability: Sturdy EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef Adamant Nature - Earthquake - Rapid Spin - Rock Slide - Stealth Rock When I reached this point, I realised that the team is weak to the fire falcon, Talonflame. The stupid bird can easily Flare Blitz the team to a burnt charcoal (and molten alloy). I also need a way to put some floating rocks in the air, so when an opponent thinks that he needs to switch, I can monetise it with some health. Ground and Rock is a really good coverage as it provides almost neutral coverage (barring Gliscor and Landorus-Therian), but I used Rock Slide over Stone Miss because Stone Miss never hits whenever I need it to hit (also, Rock Slide's flinch chance is really nice). Because most likely I would be switching in and out quite often, the ability to spin out the annoying Rocks and Spikes is needed. Donphan also used in conjuction with Magnezone. First, when the opponent leads with Scarf Genesect, I sent out Donphan, baiting the Ice Beam/anything other than Flamethrower. Next, I switched immediately to Magnezone to trap it and kill it with Hidden Power Fire. Then, I called the coward Aegislash and told it the cockroach is gone. Why not Excadrill? Well, using Excadrill only worsens my weakness to Fire. Sorry, Mole. Conkeldurr @ Assault Vest Ability: Guts EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef Adamant Nature - Drain Punch - Ice Punch - Mach Punch - Knock Off Roserade's ability to absorb burn is nice and all, but... being able to use the burn to our advantage is even better. Say hello to the senior construction worker: Conkeldurr. There are several reasons why I hired Conkeldurr to the team: 1. Being able to obliterate walls while healing itself is really appreciated as one of the biggest problem of offencive teams is sustainability, 2. Knocking off opponents annoying items such as Porygon2's and Dusclops' Eviolite and Rotom-Wash's Leftovers and Chesto Berry to deteriorate opponent's stalliness, and 3. It's cheaper than Chinese labour. Watch and learn, Apple. Every construction workers need some safety attire, so I gave it Assault Vest to alleviate Conkeldurr's abysmal Special Defence and increase Conkeldurr's overall bulk so the government doesn't put me into a lawsuit. Azumarill @ Sitrus Berry Ability: Huge Power EVs: 36 HP / 252 Atk / 220 SDef Adamant Nature - Aqua Jet - Belly Drum - Waterfall - Play Rough Belly Drum Azumarill started to reach popularity when NotBlameTruth showcased it in a battle. Of course, the same story as Focus Energy Kingdra, it was EVERYWHERE. In all seriousness, this is my back-up Sweeper in case Aegislash gets a tantrum, as well as wallbreaker. If Azumarill wallbreaks, I use it as normal without Belly Drum, but if it sweeps, I commanded Azumarill to BellyDrum-roll and Aqua Jet everything. The weird EV Spread is used to make the Pikablu's evolution survived one SolarBeam from Timid Mega Charizard Y at full health, so I can Waterfall-Aqua Jet it to death, even in Sun. I'm considering to change Azumarill to Swampert to at least give me more chance against the Medium Rare KFC Chicken Talonflame. Conclusion This team works great, which is surprising since not a lot of Pokemon wants to get close to a possessed sword. But as much as the team succeeds, it still has some problems against several Pokemon, mainly Talonflame, as it has GameFreak's gift of the twelfth day of Christmas, which is Gale Wings Acrobatics/Brave Bird and Flare Blitz. Mega Charizard Y also gives the team massive trouble, as it can use combination of Fire Blast and Solar Beam to defeat the team. Any suggestion and criticism is really appreciated. Again, it's not North Korea. Thank you for reading.