Introduction: So, recently, I've seen a lot of complaints about there being "too many threats" in 5th Gen OU, and no matter what you do, you're always going to be weak to multiple pokemon. But I have made many teams that had a response to the most common sets of most of the common pokemon. Keep in mind that response doesn't mean counter, something like an Agility Lucario would often leave me going: what the hell just happed. So getting tired of the people complaining on Dragonspiral that "weather makes it too hard to make teams", I decided to take it upon myself to create a team that could check EVERY Pokemon in the OU range. First, I need to define "check": a check is something that can surely win against another. It does not necessarily mean a pokemon needs to be able to switch in 100 times on something. It just means that the pokemon should be able to come out of every matchup the winner. As well, revenge killing qualifies as a "check" since you come out the winner. Considering how for some pokemon like Hydreigon and Salamence, there are nearly no counters, and you can only revenge kill. I also wanted to ensure that no playstyle could be a particular bother to my team as well, so I had to keep that in mind when making the team. I came up with a list of all the possible playstyles: Weather Offense, Weather Stall, Weather Balance, Heavy/ Hyper Offense, Balance, Stall, Baton Pass. After experimenting with about 30 different teams, no exaggeration, I've come up with one. I've also included a list of how this team deals with every threat in OU. As well as every playstyle. The team itself is a whore-ish sand team. There is next to nothing special about it, so I'll skip you the pain of reading a 500000 word team building process. All I'm trying to prove is that while time consuming, it is possible to create a team that has virtually no weaknesses. Why? Because I've come up with one with outright no weaknesses. The Team Itself, Screw Creativity: Tyranitar @ Chople Berry Sand Stream Sassy 252 Hp/ 180 SpA/ 76 SpD - Stealth Rock - Crunch - Pursuit - Fire Blast So, weather is still around for another round, u mad bro? Standard Tyranitar, nothing special about it. Tyranitar's job main job is obviously to set up weather. Chople Berry is to ensure that the team doesn't get raped by Trick Room Reuniclus. Crunch is an obligatory STAB, Pursuit just wont cut it. In my opinion, the gayest Tyranitar set in OU is Stealth Rock, Pursuit, Ice Beam, Fire Blast. You're pretty much asking Reuniclus to rape you. Anyways, Pursuit is there so I have a fuck you button against the Latii twins, Starmie, and Celebi. I run Fire Blast mainly because I hate bells (except end of the school day bells) but it also comes in handy against Skarmory and Ferrothorn. Oh yeah, and I changed my Tyranitar to shiny on PO just because of this picture. Excadrill @ Life Orb Sand Rush Adamant 252 Atk/ 252 Spe/ 4 Hp - Swords Dance - Earthquake - Rock Slide - X-Scissor It turns out that Excadrill is actually not only a botched reincarnation of a digimon, it also carries genes of history's most infamous anti-Semnite. I think the reason that everybody wants the guy banned is because Excadrill comes onto Smogon every day spouting his Aryan supremacy, offending just about everyone on the forum. Kinda reminds me of that douchebag New World Order. But even though Excadrill is a proven racist, I do not believe it justifies a ban. Sure it goes around threatening war and genocide, but it hasn't committed these fouls yet, and we shouldn't punish him for a law he hasn't broken. As well, behind that pompous, insensitive jerk is actually a timid, lonely lass who fears scorpions. The whole Nazi thing is just a cover up for its true nature. Anyways, for those of you who haven't dialed 911 yet, I mainly use Excadrill as a revenge killer mid game, then bring him out for cleanup when the coast is clear. Air Balloon is fail, and I use Adamant Life Orb like everyone else should, but doesn't. Landorus @ Choice Scarf Sand Force Naive 252 Atk/ 252 Spe/ 4 SpA - Earthquake - Stone Miss Edge - Hidden Power Ice - U-Turn Alright, so I've figured out why Landorus is no longer suspect and Sand Force does x1.3 instead of x1.5: Landorus has become a pussy who cares about nothing besides gardening. Just look at that treehugger with no balls! Instead of swords, it now carries around a pink scarf. Although I can't blame him, pink scarves just make people so much faster. Usain Bolt wears a pink scarf when he practices; they just make people feel so much more confident and secure. Anyways, Landorus' 101 Speed makes it a great candidate for a Choice Scarf, it trolls so many things. Volcorona? Trolled! DD Mence? Trolled! Stone Edge kinda sucks, but hey, what are you going to use instead? Smack Down? Hidden Power Ice is mainly for Gliscor, but also offers a more reliable way to take out Salamence and Dragonite. Since Landorus' only priority is its stupid garden. It U-Turns out whenever it feels its precious plants are being threatened. Skarmory @ Leftovers Sturdy Impish 252 Hp/ 252 Def/ 4 SpD - Spikes - Whirlwind - Roost - Brave Bird In other news, I know what I want for Christmas now!:naughty: Skarmory is one of the most successful species in the pokemon kingdom. Although the species lacks diversity, it boasts many traits that allow it to thrive in the vast desert environment. Its impenetrable armor allows it to survive even the most vicious of onslaughts. It's capable of spraying its spikes everywhere to deter opposing species. It's also capable of blowing away the daring organisms who dare enter its territory. It's also apparently capable of camouflage as well! Unfortunately, ever species in the pokemon kingdom has its natural predator. In the case of the Skarmory, that predator is the magnet. Skarmory's tough hide protects it from axe faced dragons and terrorizing moles, yet it is slain by fucking magnets. Nature is cruel that way. Each autumn, flocks of Skarmory arrive in backyards with large trees and basketball hoops. Here they roost and perhaps find a mate: to carry on the legacy of this unique and resilient species. Celebi @ Life Orb Natural Cure Modest 232 Hp/ 240 SpA/ 36 Spe - Leaf Storm - Hidden Power Fire - Psychic - Rest So I've also figured out how Celebi has jumped from UU to top 20 OU: that whore has been sleeping her (its?) way to the top. Look at that poor Grovyle, its trying to resist the allure, but it doesn't stand a chance. For even some of OU's best have caved to temptation. Celebi is currently simultaneously carrying the children of Rotom-W, Politoed, Ferrothorn, Conkeldurr, Terrakion, and many others. Now that I've officially creeped you out (yeah right, if you haven't stopped reading by Excadrill or Landorus, you are most likely psychotic) you can probably see that this is probably the closest thing I have to surprise. But screw creativity, I've got tons of wierd sets, I just need standards to accomplish my current goal. Leaf Storm is the STAB of choice, and HP Fire is to ensure Scizors can't blindly come in. I originally had a regular Tinkerbell, but I added Psychic to address my Virizion weakness. Rest not only heals Celebi to max Hp with all the sand and Life Orb recoil taking a toll, it also technically removes status because Celebi wakes up by switching out. Its not like Celebi ever stays in for more than 3 turns anyways. Rest is also coincidentally the move Celebi likely uses after she has had her way with Rotom-W and the gang. Garchomp Just Kidding Rotom-W @ Choice Scarf Levitate Timid 252 SpA/ 252 Spe/ 4 SpD - Hydro Pump - Volt Switch - Hidden Power Fire/ Grass/ Ice/ whatever, just not Hidden Power Poison - Trick Gotcha! Although checking every threat in the metagame would surely be a lot easier if I had access to a Garchomp. Anyways, Rotom-W is perhaps the MVP of my team. It offers many useful resistances such as water and ground, while patching up issues against the likes of Scizor and Gyarados. This guy is, along with Landorus, one of my primary scouts. It allows me to revenge kill many dangerous threats such as SD Terrakion and Thundurus, while providing me with an incredibly valuable pivot. The best part about Rotom-W is that it often gives me the turn I need to set up. Just simply trick the scarf onto somebody using and electric type to finish off Rotom-W, then swap to Excadrill and its usually game over. Rotom-W is the glue that keeps this team from imploding on itself, and the only reason I used a Garchomp picture instead is because there aren't any funny ones for the washing machine of doom. Dealing With Every Pokemon: Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Tyranitar: Drill it with a mole Rotom-W: Use pixie dust (Leaf Storm) Scizor: Toss it into a washing machine Ferrothorn: Bait it in with a washing machine, breathe on it with Tyranitar, or just power through with a drill Dragonite: Just throw some rocks or something up, and uhh, hit it with more rocks. Politoed: washing machine (or alien for defensive versions) Gliscor: washing machine of doom, alien if necessary Heatran: Washing machine of doom (again) genie or Drimogemon if it has no balloon Jirachi: Genie and mole (Landorus actually trolls Scarfrachi's although those are rarely ever used anymore... Scarfrachi isn't even that bad a set) Latios: Once again, if Tyranitar can check it, its OU, if not, its Ubers Excadrill: Skarm ensures it doesn't get that +2, Rotom-W and Landorus can finish if Exca is at +0. If I learn it lacks X-Scissor, Celebi. Skarmory: Washing machine of doom (there's a reason this guy is MVP) Thundurus: revenge from Excadrill, Landorus, and Rotom-W Reuniclus: see Latios. Trick Room versions are shut down as well due to Chople Deoxys-S: I usually lead with Ttar, switch to Celebi on the Superpower, then kill with Leaf Storm or whatever I predict. Haxorus: Get in Skarm and MOAR SPIKES Ninetails: What doesn't counter Ninetails? In all honesty, just win the weather war. Sawsbuck is taken on by Skarm, Victini by Ttar himself, blahblahblah, the rest are explained in this section. Conkeldurr: Celebi can shrug off a Payback and start spamming attacks Celebi: Ttar. Drill mole can also give it a much needed haircut Forretress: What doesn't counter Forretress? Terrakion: Celebi for the double booster. Excadrill can easily win vs the Scarf/ Band versions. Gyarados: Rotom-W. I don't give a shit about those Sub DD versions, since I can just switch to Landorus. There, you die anyways. Gengar: Chopletar ftw, I can revenge it if necessary Starmie: Err... pretty much everyone except Skarm can hit it hard. Landorus: The bird and the washing machine of doom Jellicent: Spam fairy glitter Infernape: revenge kill with the wachine (I actually type waching instead of washing by accident, but decided that I wanted to call Rotom-W a wachine on the spot) or genie Volcorona: revenge kill with the genie or the mole Tentacruel: EQ Gastrodon: When I was his alien... Roger Smith Magnezone: EQ Espeon: See Baton Pass for more details, but basically, Tyranitar Blissey: anything physical Salamence: Landorus can revenge kill this guy Hydreigon: Just revenge it with Excadrill Breloom: Celebi laughs at this thing all day long. It doesn't even mind spore since it can just get rid of it the next time out. Vaporeon: The washing machine of doom and the alien. Latias: Ttar or revenge it with Excadrill Toxicroak: EQ its ass. Even in the rain, Drimogemon is faster. Lucario: Revenge kill if necessary, but usually, Rotom-W can switch in on the SD, Trick its scarf onto it, and then I can play as necessary. Bronzong: Ttar and the wachine just need to dent it enough for +2 X-Scissor to break through. Bout 40% is usually good. Virizion: Lets play alien invasion. Scrafty: Skarmory is the best answer here Venusaur: Perhaps the closest thing to a problem for this team. I absolutely cannot let this thing set up... which is why everyone on the team has a move to hit it hard. Metagross: Cell absorbs androids Meinshao: Skarm can take an HJK and take it out with Brave Bird, although I wont like Skarm's Hp value after though... Cloyster: Skarmory takes those hits all day. Swampert: Cell was able to take on multiple super saiyans. What the hell is some frog gonna do to it. Mew: Ttar. I can hit it hard with Lando if need be. Hippowdon: Washing machine of doom (sorry wachine, you sound too much like Washington) and the alien Mamoswine: Rotom charge... oh wait I'm not drunk yet Chansey: physical attacks, although Chansey>>>>>>>>>Blissey since it actually has a chance of surviving Dugtrio: See playstyle: sun offense Donphan: Aliens are coming. Chandelure: Wachine k NWO that joke is getting old Slowbro: Cell and its partner in crime (hint, they are the first two characters introduced in the wish story, which you shall see later) Darmanitan: Lando trolls it Jolteon: Poor guy, way too many moles around nowadays... Porygon2: I really just power through with repeated assaults, pretty logical. Machamp: Do you really think Mr Satan (Hercule depending on the version) would be able to beat Cell? Well, I guess Mr Satan is so pathetic that Cell can get confused and end up killing itself by accident. Kingdra: Very annoying, Celebi should be enough though. Quagsire: Celebi Tornadus: Washing machine of doom Abomasnow: Appropriate place to end IMO, the last weather. None of the abusers of hail are any problem tbh. Dealing With Every Playstyle: Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Sand Offense: There's this metal bird thing, this moving washing machine, and a green fairy thing on my team. No problemo. Sand Balance: See sand offense, but add this evil genie on my team as well. Sand Stall: A washing machine and a big mean lizard take out that bird that uses too much "wing gel" and a trolling scorpion. Then a failed abortion version of the digimon Drimogemon takes care of the rest. Rain Offense: Puck the troublemaking fairy one day bought a magic washing machine. He rubbed it and a genie came out. The genie granted it one wish: the death of the frog prince that apparently turns into an actual prince with one kiss. Drimogemon then spams his random drills everywhere. Rain Balance: Reyskarmface spazzed out because everyone got a role in the last episode except him. Rain Stall: Drimogemon got high, so the washing machine had to fill in until it got a bell thing out of the way. Then Drimogemon went through therapy and is now no longer addicted to cocaine. Sun Offense: There's this 3 headed thing, which I think is an even more aborted version of Drimogemon since its still defined as a "mole". Everyone on earth can see it coming and all you have to do is not stay in, and you'll be fine. Really, just win the weather war, and I will come out the winner. Most of the common abusers are checked as well. Hail Offense: I use a... oh wait, this playstyle doesn't exist. Hail Balance: Drimogemon and the Hitlerlizard Hail Stall: Drimogemon and the Hitlerlizard Hyper Offense: Everyone on Earth can see Porthos coming considering how much he waves his Balloon around. Just toss an alien at it, then use the baked mole to finish things up. Offense/ Balance/ Stall: Landorus is a jerk, it makes fun of your mom for a while, then tells you to go see the pokemon threatlist. Baton Pass: Lead with Rotom-W, Volt Switch spam to ensure what comes in after Ninjask doesn't come with a Substitute. Swap to Skarmory, switch to Tyranitar on the Espeon switchin. Now momentum is all mine.