Resource SM LC Really Good Cores

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SM LC Really Good Cores
At the most basic level, a good Pokemon core works together to win battles! A good core is comprised of two or three Pokemon that share offensive or defensive synergy, meaning they either break or wall certain sets of Pokemon the other cannot. Having a good core helps you teambuild around a specific goal, making the process much easier and helping create much stronger teams. This thread will showcase some of the really good cores available to teambuilders in SM LC! Feel free to submit your two- or three-mon core for consideration; additionally, if you're stuck in a teambuilding rut, stop by this thread to pick up some new ideas!

Please follow this example when you post your core:

Gastly @ Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Level: 5
EVs: 200 SpA / 80 SpD / 200 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 1 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SpA / 30 SpD / 30 Spe
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Hidden Power [Fighting]
- Substitute

Chinchou @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Volt Absorb
Level: 5
EVs: 52 Def / 228 SpA / 220 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Volt Switch
- Scald
- Hydro Pump
- Dazzling Gleam / Ice Beam


And insert a short description of the core here. This core works together offensively to remove Grass-type Pokemon by luring them in with Chinchou's Volt Switch and blasting them away with Gastly. In return, Chinchou can revenge KO Abra, Shell Smash users, and +1 Scraggy, all of which help Gastly out. Gastly is also immune to the Ground-type attacks that threaten Chinchou, which is a nice bonus! This solid offensive core brings potent wallbreaking and Speed control to any offensive team.
 
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Offensive Cores

Gastly @ Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Level: 5
EVs: 200 SpA / 80 SpD / 200 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 1 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SpA / 30 SpD / 30 Spe
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Hidden Power [Fighting]
- Substitute

Chinchou @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Volt Absorb
Level: 5
EVs: 52 Def / 228 SpA / 220 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Volt Switch
- Scald
- Hydro Pump
- Dazzling Gleam


This core works together offensively to remove Grass-type Pokemon by luring them in with Chinchou's Volt Switch and blasting them away with Gastly. In return, Chinchou can revenge KO Abra, Shell Smash users, and +1 Scraggy, all of which help Gastly out. Gastly is also immune to the Ground-type attacks that threaten Chinchou, which is a nice bonus! This solid offensive core brings potent wallbreaking and Speed control to any offensive team.

Doduo @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Early Bird
Level: 5
EVs: 236 Atk / 240 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Brave Bird
- Return
- Jump Kick
- Quick Attack

Diglett @ Focus Sash
Ability: Arena Trap
Level: 5
EVs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stealth Rock / Memento
- Sucker Punch
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide


Scarf Doduo can function as a good late game cleaner but doesn't like the Steel-, Rock- and Electric-types that resist its Brave Bird. Diglett traps those and provides Stealth Rock support to break Focus Sashes. If Stealth Rock is not needed, Memento can provide Doduo with a safe switch in.

Mienfoo @ Eviolite
Ability: Regenerator
Level: 5
EVs: 156 HP / 116 Def / 196 SpD
Impish Nature
IVs: 23 Spe
- Baton Pass
- High Jump Kick
- Knock Off
- Swords Dance

Carvanha @ Life Orb
Ability: Speed Boost
Level: 5
EVs: 196 Atk / 36 Def / 36 SpD / 236 Spe
Adamant Nature
IVs: 0 HP
- Crunch
- Waterfall
- Aqua Jet
- Protect


The basic idea of this core is to have Mienfoo set up a Swords Dance and then use Baton Pass to pass the +2 Attack boost to Carvanha. Many of Carvanha's usual checks are easily KOed once it has said Attack boost; for example, Spritzee is KOed by a +2 Waterfall after its Eviolite has been Knocked Off (often by Mienfoo), Ferroseed is nearly OHKOed by +2 Crunch, and strong priority attackers such as Timburr and Doduo can often be picked off by a +2 Aqua Jet. This core is extremely threatening, and is only truly stopped in its tracks by Croagunk!

Vulpix-Alola @ Icy Rock / Light Clay
Level: 5
Ability: Snow Warning
EVs: 52 HP / 200 SpA / 240 Spe
Timid Nature
- Aurora Veil
- Blizzard
- Freeze-Dry
- Hidden Power Ground

Sandshrew-Alola @ Life Orb / Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Slush Rush
EVs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 36 Def / 196 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Icicle Spear
- Iron Head
- Earthquake
- Swords Dance / Rapid Spin


These two Alola-forme Pokemon team up to be the premier Hail weather core. Vulpix-A is the metagame's best Hail setter, due largely in part to its access to Aurora Veil. When used in Hail, Aurora Veil halves damage to your team for five or eight turns (depending on your choice of item) making it invaluable to any teammate. Access to Slush Rush makes Sandshrew-A a big threat under Hail, as it can outspeed the whole unboosted tier. Note the multiple item options for each Pokemon in this core; Vulpix-A's item choice comes down to whether you prefer eight turns of Hail over eight turns of Aurora Veil, and Sandshrew-A's item choice is between Life Orb's power and Eviolite's bulk.

Aipom @ Life Orb
Ability: Skill Link
Level: 5
EVs: 76 HP / 196 Atk / 236 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Fake Out
- Knock Off
- Fury Swipes
- Brick Break

Doduo @ Berry Juice / Life Orb
Ability: Early Bird
Level: 5
EVs: 236 Atk / 240 Spe
Naive Nature
- Brave Bird
- Knock Off
- Quick Attack
- Jump Kick


Unfortunately, Aipom lost one of its most fun partners with the fall of Fletchling this generation, but in some ways, Doduo works even better. Basically, these two Pokemon both hit insanely hard, and they share basically the same list of checks and counters. Whatever can be switched in to stop one can be hit by Knock Off or donked by a STAB move, leaving the game open for the other to sweep. Good partners include Pokemon that handle priority, and hazard support to help wear down the opposing team more quickly.

Zigzagoon @ Berry Juice
Level: 5
Ability: Pickup
EVs: 132 HP / 196 Atk / 108 Def / 28 SpD / 36 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Belly Drum
- Extreme Speed
- Thief
- Seed Bomb

Grimer-Alola @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Poison Touch
EVs: 36 HP / 196 Atk / 196 Def / 36 SpA / 36 SpD
Adamant / Brave Nature
- Pursuit
- Knock Off
- Poison Jab
- Memento / Fire Blast


Alolan Grimer Pursuit traps Ghost-types so that Zigzagoon can sweep with Belly Drum. It also provides Knock Off support to weaken bulky Pokemon that would otherwise live a +6 Extreme Speed. Memento lets Zigzagoon set up more easily, however Alolan Grimer isn't an incredibly reliable Memento user because it's slow, so Fire Blast can be used instead to damage the Steel-types which trouble Zigzagoon. If Fire Blast is run, a Brave nature should be used.

Surskit @ Focus Sash / Choice Scarf
Level: 5
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs: 36 HP / 20 Def / 196 SpA / 20 SpD / 236 Spe
Timid Nature
- Sticky Web
- Hydro Pump / Scald
- Giga Drain
- Haze

Pumpkaboo-Super @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Frisk
EVs: 204 HP / 36 Def / 4 SpA / 236 SpD / 28 Spe
Calm Nature
- Giga Drain
- Synthesis
- Will-O-Wisp
- Fire Blast

Pawniard @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Defiant
EVs: 156 Atk / 36 Def / 116 SpD / 196 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Knock Off
- Sucker Punch
- Iron Head
- Stealth Rock / Swords Dance / Brick Break


This core aims to set up Sticky Web and keep it on the field. Choice Scarf can be used on Surskit instead of Focus Sash to consistently set up webs versus Onix, a common lead, and Taunt Mienfoo. Pumpkaboo-Super spinblocks fairly reliably, taking on Drilbur, Staryu, and Kabuto. However, it should be wary of Analytic Ice Beam Staryu, which 2HKOes after Stealth Rock if it hits Ice Beam on the switch, and Life Orb Staryu, which consistently 2HKOes. Pawniard discourages Defog via Defiant. It can also abuse Sticky Web using its great offensive presence, especially if it runs Swords Dance. It also takes on Fire-, Ice-, Dark- and Ghost-types for Pumpkaboo, while Pumpkaboo checks Ground-types in return.
 
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Defensive Cores

Mareanie @ Eviolite
Ability: Regenerator
Level: 5
EVs: 116 HP / 180 Def / 180 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Sludge Bomb
- Haze
- Recover

Ferroseed @ Eviolite
Ability: Iron Barbs
Level: 5
EVs: 84 HP / 36 Atk / 188 Def / 148 SpD / 36 Spe
Careful Nature
- Bullet Seed
- Knock Off
- Stealth Rock
- Thunder Wave


These two Pokemon cover each others' weaknesses near completely. Mareanie takes care of the Fighting- and Fire-type Pokemon that threaten Ferroseed, and Ferroseed puts a stop to various Ground-, Electric-, and Psychic-type Pokemon that would beat Mareanie. Though it is rather passive, this core is especially difficult to get rid of due to Mareanie's Regenerator and Ferroseed's incredible bulk.

Timburr (M) @ Eviolite
Ability: Guts
Level: 5
EVs: 76 HP / 36 Atk / 156 Def / 236 SpD
Careful Nature
- Bulk Up
- Drain Punch
- Knock Off
- Mach Punch

Grimer-Alola @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Poison Touch
EVs: 36 HP / 196 Atk / 196 Def / 36 SpA / 36 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Pursuit
- Knock Off
- Poison Jab
- Shadow Sneak


So here's a pretty simple balanced core based around Alolan Grimer and Bulk Up Timburr. Basically, Alolan Grimer is able to weaken a lot of Timburr's checks with Knock Off. Alolan Grimer is also able to reliably Pursuit trap Psychic-types like Abra that can put a stop to Timburr's sweeping capabilities. Additionally, Grimer-A does a great job of spreading poison thanks to Poison Touch, chipping down physical walls and overall making Timburr's job of sweeping late-game much easier. Timburr itself packs a powerful Mach Punch, which helps tidy up against Pawniard and Shell Smash users that can come in on Grimer-A.

Pawniard @ Eviolite
Ability: Defiant
Level: 5
EVs: 156 Atk / 36 Def / 116 SpD / 196 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Knock Off
- Sucker Punch
- Iron Head
- Stealth Rock

Staryu @ Eviolite
Ability: Natural Cure
Level: 5
EVs: 116 HP / 156 Def / 236 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Psychic
- Recover
- Rapid Spin


Here's a really standard balance-oriented hazard control core that's only been getting better. Pawniard has been having a tough time in this meta with the Sucker Punch nerf and the advent of Mudbray, but it still provides Stealth Rock and still packs a punch with Knock Off. Due to various little quirks of Gen 7, Staryu has emerged as the premier hazard remover; it's pretty much the only one worth using. Staryu provides Rapid Spin to complete the hazard control core, appreciates Pawniard's ability to pressure Grass-types, and helps alleviate Pawniard's Mudbray and Croagunk issues. This is a very solid core that you can add to most any balance or bulky offense team with ease!

Foongus @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 124 HP / 156 Def / 160 SpD
Bold Nature
- Spore
- Sludge Bomb
- Giga Drain
- Hidden Power Ground

Slowpoke @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 116 HP / 156 Def / 116 SpA / 116 SpD
Bold Nature
- Slack Off
- Scald
- Psychic
- Thunder Wave

Mienfoo @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 76 Atk / 196 Def / 196 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Drain Punch
- U-turn
- Knock Off
- High Jump Kick / Acrobatic
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This Regenerator core can be difficult to wear down. Foongus checks the Fighting-, Grass- and Electric-types which threaten Slowpoke and the Fairy-types which threaten Mienfoo, while Slowpoke checks the Fire- and Ice-types which threaten Foongus. Mienfoo deals with Dark-types for Slowpoke and Steel-types for Foongus. These effects are magnified tenfold by the fact that each Pokemon has access to Regenerator, allowing them to gain 33% of their HP back every time they switch out. Sometimes, it feels like this core lasts forever!

Onix @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Weak Armor
EVs: 236 Atk / 76 SpD / 196 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Rock Blast
- Earthquake
- Taunt / Explosion

Foongus @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 124 HP / 160 Def / 160 SpD
Bold Nature
- Spore
- Sludge Bomb
- Giga Drain
- Hidden Power Fire


courtesy of blizzardy:

I've found this pair to make a great defensive core. Onix is arguably the best stop to the flock of birds that terrorize Foongus, while Foongus covers for Onix's weakness to Water, Grass, Fighting and Ground. Onix can also set up Stealth Rocks while Foongus can cripple the enemy with Spore. Weak Armor Onix is, in my opinion, its best set, letting it punish birds and physical Fire types like Ponyta and Larvesta so much harder. I usually run Hidden Power Fire on this set because without it, Ferroseed can wall the core easily. Staryu with Ice Beam can give this core problems, too. Therefore, a Staryu of your own, or even a Chinchou, Slowpoke or Mareanie, compliments this core very well.
 
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Alright! I got a base of cores from the old thread set up so this can start out as a resource, but we're always taking cores!

Don't be a bore, pour in more of your cores!
 

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Onix and Foongus, Best Friends Forever

Onix @ Eviolite / Berry Juice
Level: 5
Ability: Weak Armor
EVs: 236 Atk / 76 SpD / 196 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Rock Blast
- Earthquake
- Taunt / Explosion

Foongus @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 124 HP / 160 Def / 160 SpD
Bold Nature
- Spore
- Sludge Bomb
- Giga Drain
- Hidden Power Fire / Clear Smog

I've found this pair to make a great defensive core. Onix is arguably the best stop to the flock of birds that terrorize Foongus, while Foongus covers for Onix's weakness to Water, Grass, Fighting and Ground. Onix can also set up Stealth Rocks while Foongus can cripple the enemy with Spore. Weak Armor Onix is, in my opinion, its best set, letting it punish birds and physical Fire types like Ponyta and Larvesta so much harder.
I usually run Hidden Power Fire on this set because without it, Ferroseed can wall it easily. Staryu with Ice Beam can give this core problems, too. Therefore, a Staryu of your own, or even a Chinchou, Slowpoke or Mareanie, compliments this core very well.

also side note, look how silly Onix's gen 3 animation is lol

 
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I appreciate and respect the consonance used so I will put some cores in given the thread needs some support.
Defensive

Spritzee+Ferroseed
Spritzee @ Eviolite
Ability: Aroma Veil
Level: 5
EVs: 212 HP / 196 Def / 12 SpA / 76 SpD / 12 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Wish
- Protect
- Aromatherapy/Calm Mind/Covet
- Moonblast

Ferroseed @ Eviolite
Ability: Iron Barbs
Level: 5
EVs: 164 HP / 188 Def / 148 SpD
Careful Nature
- Stealth Rock/Spike
- Bullet Seed
- Knock Off
- Thunder Wave

Very common defensive core. Ferroseed knocks off items, paralyzes pokemon and sets up hazards for its team. Spritzee covers Ferroseed's fighting weakness and allows it to heal up by wish passing which allows Ferroseed to run eviolite without getting chipped as easily.
Offensive


Abra+Gastly
Abra @ Life Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
Level: 5
EVs: 240 SpA / 200 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 1 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SpA / 30 SpD / 30 Spe
- Psychic
- Hidden Power [Fighting]/Hidden Power [Fire]
- Energy Ball/Dazzling Gleam
- Substitute

Gastly @ Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Level: 5
EVs: 200 SpA / 80 SpD / 200 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 1 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SpA / 30 SpD / 30 Spe
- Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Ball
- Substitute
- Hidden Power [Fighting]/Destiny Bond

Well known core. Wear each others' checks down/breaks. Other one cleans. Life Orb Abra is ridiculous right now just in general but combining it with a gastly (in theory trading or severely weakening alolan grimer for example) makes it even more of a threat than it already is.
 
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Was talking in showdown LC room earlier today and directed someone to this thread and realized we could add some cores that were already suggested that are very relevant in today's metagame. Courtesy of the users that put these in the original thread. I will simply quote them and tag them for their work in case they are added.

Doduo + Vullaby

Nasty Plot Vullaby lures in Onix and Kabuto which are then KOed with Hidden Power Grass, and threats like Ferroseed and Pawniard can be KOed with Heat Wave. This opens the way for either Vullaby itself or Choice Scarf Doduo to clean.
Doduo @ Choice Scarf
Level: 5
Ability: Early Bird
EVs: 236 Atk / 236 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Brave Bird
- Return
- Knock Off
- Jump Kick

Vullaby @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Weak Armor
EVs: 116 HP / 240 SpA / 116 Spe
Modest Nature
- Nasty Plot
- Air Slash
- Heat Wave
- Hidden Power Grass


Timburr + Mienfoo

Together these Pokemon form a great Fighting spam core. They wear down each others checks and counters so that Choice Scarf Mienfoo can sweep with High Jump Kick. Timburr has Ice Punch so that it can remove threats like Foongus and Vullaby that could otherwise stop Mienfoo in its tracks, while Mienfoo has Poison Jab to weaken the Fairy-types that usually wall it. Reckless is great for breaking through Pokemon like Mareanie, however Regenerator can be used to let Mienfoo easily recover from damage it takes from priority and High Jump Kick misses.
Timburr @ Eviolite
Level: 5
Ability: Iron Fist
EVs: 196 Atk / 156 Def / 156 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Drain Punch
- Knock Off
- Mach Punch
- Ice Punch

Mienfoo @ Choice Scarf
Level: 5
Ability: Reckless / Regenerator
EVs: 236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe
Jolly Nature
- High Jump Kick
- Knock Off
- Poison Jab
- U-turn



Gastly + Snivy

Basically, in the current metagame people often use the same Pokemon as their check to Gastly and Snivy in the interest of role compression. The most common example of this is Alolan Grimer, which is the best and most common Gastly check, but Pokemon like Vullaby and Foongus (which kinda hates gastly but w/e) tend to be used to take on both of these Pokemon as well. If one of these Pokemon is used to lure the check for the other, the path becomes clear for that other to sweep, and both have the offensive presence to quickly become very dangerous. Below, I've presented two different variants of this core that can work to lure in and take out shared checks, but I imagine more can be used. Obviously, this core is quite weak to powerful faster Pokemon, like Abra, Doduo (if it wins Speed ties), and most Scarf mons, but it packs enough offensive presence into two team slots that I find its not difficult to fit checks to these Pokemon in the remaining team slots.

Z move Lure Snivy + LO Gast
Gastly @ Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Level: 5
EVs: 40 Def / 200 SpA / 200 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 1 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SpA / 30 SpD / 30 Spe
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Hidden Power [Fighting]
- Substitute / Dazzling Gleam

Snivy @ Normalium Z
Ability: Contrary
Level: 5
EVs: 240 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 1 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 SpD
- Leaf Storm
- Wring Out
- Synthesis
- Hidden Power [Ground]


Destiny Bond Gastly + Evio Sniv
Gastly @ Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Level: 5
EVs: 40 Def / 200 SpA / 200 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 1 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SpA / 30 SpD / 30 Spe
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Hidden Power [Fighting]
- Destiny Bond

Snivy @ Eviolite
Ability: Contrary
Level: 5
EVs: 240 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 1 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 SpD
- Leaf Storm
- Hidden Power [Ground]
- Synthesis
- Glare


These are all OFFENSIVE cores if not obvious. I'll also post one of my own while I'm here.
Snivy+Grimer-Alola

A balance core we have seen gain usage in Snake Draft that is an excellent anti webs and overall solid core. Grimer-Alola pursuit traps pokemon like gastly that are annoying to snivy while being a solid answer to bulky grasses that give Snivy a hard time such as Ferroseed, Pumpkaboo and Foongus. Some of Grimer's answers are also Snivy checks as well such as Pawniard and Croagunk and having these pokemon knocked off for Snivy mid or lategame is incredible allowing leaf storm to punch through easier. This team as previously mentioned is also excellent vs webs which as we all know Abra webs is one of if not the most terrifying thing to face right now. Snivy gains contrary boost while Grimer is the Abra revenger so long as there is no sub up.
Grimer-Alola @ Eviolite Ability: Poison Touch
Level: 5
EVs: 36 HP / 196 Atk / 36 Def / 196 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Pursuit
- Knock Off
- Shadow Sneak
- Gunk Shot
Snivy @ Eviolite
Ability: Contrary
Level: 5
EVs: 236 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 Def
- Leaf Storm
- Glare
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Synthesis


Shout-Outs to MeButYou82 For the Bird and Fighting Spam Cores!
And Nineage For the Gastly+Snivy Core!