[youtube]8y_R4hGrFdk[/youtube] From the sky To the Ground Rain is falling all around A Song of Storms begins Soon we'll see who wins First there's wind Then some rain Then a fucking Hurricane We're all gonna drown Tonight. ____________________________________________________ Welcome to my first ever RMT. I have wanted to post one of these ever since joining Smogon however I could never build a particularly successful team. I have been using rain or weatherless teams for the vast majority of BW but they have always been inconsistent - after a long weatherless stint I returned to the rain and through either luck or slowly gaining experience (probably some combination of them both) I finally created a team which has been successful on the ladder. This was my first team attempt at laddering on Showdown! and I realise the ladder is not exactly trustworthy however I was very excited to power my way into the top EDIT: 20 with only 6 losses. Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Now onto the important stuff. I like rain. I like Hurricane. I had always wanted to build a functioning, Hurricane abusing team but all attempts previously were lackluster. With the advent of Tornadus T, I thought I would give it another shot and this is what occured. The team is fairly offensive (as most of my teams are, I like fast paced games) and while it may look weak to a few things on paper I have generally been able to overpower the opposition with powerful sweepers that give them little room to manouver. It is by no means close to perfect (though I am rather attatched to them now haha) so any/all advice and criticism is welcome. Thankyou for reading this far if you have and onto my team. ____________________________________________________ Politoed @ Leftovers Bold Drizzle 252 Hp |252 Def | 4 SpD Perish Song Scald Toxic Protect Classic fat toed. I love this guy - when I heard he was the one pokemon to get drizzle in gen5, I was expecting to be disappointed. Instead, I have been using this fat, annoying bastard ever since. It is suprisingly bulky and I have always loved Perish Song, it really is a fantastic move for a weather inducer in my own opinion. I have tried Refresh over Toxic and while it is nice to survive toxics and burns, he can't pose as much of a threat. Forretress @ Leftovers Sassy Sturdy 252 HP | 4 Def | 252 SpD 0 Spe IV Stealth Rock Rapid Spin Gyro Ball Volt Switch Next up is Forretress. While Ferrothorn may seem like the obvious choice in rain, Forretress is, in my opinion, better for this team and better in the current meta in general. Volt Switch is just an awesome move for a spinner and is especially helpful against Magnezone whom sets up on Ferrothorn. This guy almost always gets rocks up and can continue to support the team by spinning for my rather rock-weak sweepers. I use a specially defensive set because he can take physical hits pretty damn well already and I don't really have a special "wall" as such. Latias @ Leftovers Timid Levitate 252 HP | 4 SpA | 252 Spe Recover Calm Mind Dragon Pulse Refresh How can anyone not love Latias? I based my first BW team around her and she is still used on many of my teams to this day because she is such a great pivot, wall and sweeper all in one. Latias is basically my failsafe and my stallbreaker - her bulk and resistances are supremely welcome in the current meta. What makes this Latias special is that she runs the uncommon (in OU) Refresh, making her a mono-attacker. Possibly even the best/only viable mono-attacker in the current meta. She sets up on anything (preferably special attackers, obviously) which does less than 50% damage to her along with anything that relies on status to take her down. Once the metal bugs, Tyranitar and phasers are gone she has little trouble pulling off a tank-like assault. Tornadus Therian @ Choice Scarf Timid Regenerator 4 Atk | 252 SpA | 252 Spe U-turn Heat Wave Hidden Power Ice Hurricane We all know Tornadus and what he does. I run scarf now because of my team's weakness to things such as scarf Terrakion and Genesect (I swear those two are impossible to 100% prepare for). Heat Wave is for the suprise kill on scarf Genesect if rain is not up and it can also slightly help in sun. Hurricane fucks shit sideways and allows me to sweep late game once things have been weakened sufficiently due to the opposition's inability to outspeed me. He is generally my answer to Breloom and Conk on top of being to revenge a wide range of pokemon. Volcarona @ Leftovers Timid Flame Body 4 Def | 252 SpA | 252 Spe Substitute Quiver Dance Bug Buzz Hurricane All-mighty Volc. The second Hurricane abuser and one of the most threatening set-up sweepers in the game; we have all learned the hard way just how dangerous it is to not have rocks up. I chose to run Substitute because most people do not see it coming and it allows me the freedom of simply attacking a switch in twice if they are faster than base 100. This is excellent here because I generally use Volc mid-game to put heavy pressure on the opposition and weaken them for the other members of the team, not necessarily to sweep itself. If the opposition's answer to Volc is status on a switch in then they are going to lose at least one pokemon. Once it has danced behind that sub it becomes ludicrously dangerous, even without fire stab because many steels in the current meta take neutral damage from one of its moves. Obviously Heatran and Tales force it out but I can usually do at least some damage from behind the sub first if I need to. Lucario @ Life Orb Adamant Justified 252 Atk | 4 Def | 252 Spe Swords Dance Extremespeed Close Combat Crunch Finally, the silent hero Link. I mean Luke. Excellent pun aside, throughout the entirety of BW I had always been somewhat underwhelmed by Lucario. There always seemed to be more dangerous things to deal with. I'm glad I underestimated him. I'm glad others underestimate what can switch into him. On top of his ability to smash switch ins with some prediction he has swords dance. And extremespeed. Swords dance and extremespeed. The only thing cooler than that is Linoone. Despite being rather frail, Luke is another excellent pivot for my team taking minimal damage from the rocks being thrown around which plague Volc. Not only that but he gets a free attack boost without wasting a turn if you can successfully bait a dark attack - a lot of people simply seem to forget that Justified exists. This makes him an excellent tool against Tyranitar and to a lesser extent, Scizor. I personally run my own dark move in Crunch because I found my team to be weak overall to the bulky ghosts whom try to switch in on Close Combat. Sorry to preach about Extremespeed again but it is just such a great move with all these powerful priority attacks flying around. ______________________________________________________ Prominent threats which I struggle with: Tentacruel in the rain (doesn't really do much, I just have a lot of trouble breaking it) Terrakion Genesect (Especailly RockPolish but Expert Belt variants are a pain in the ass too) Jolteon (non-choice, especially Shadow Ball) Vaporeon (with roar) Lucario Gengar Thundurus-T (Yet to face an Agility variant with this team but I can imagine it would tear me apart) Jirachi (Sub Calm Mind makes life pretty sucky and Paraflinch is an eternal annoyance to everyone) _____________________________________________________ Thankyou for reading my first RMT - I hope it was at least somewhat enjoyable for you. Oh and I bet you have that ^ piece of music way up there stuck in your head now. Most of the artwork used here was originally done by Pearl7 but I'm not sure about a couple of them. They have all been edited by myself.