Hello! Im Ashley11, and I am new to OU, and decided to try to build a team and get started in it. After lurking for a while in the OU forums I finally decided to try my hand at OU battling, and this is what I ended up doing. I got up to 1793 on the PS! ladder. That is kind of mediocre in my eyes, so I apparently have a problem with my team. Thats where you guys come in! ;D This is a nice start to playing OU, but I know i can be better. Without further ado, here is my team and stuff. Ninetales@Leftovers Drought 252 hp 120 def 136 Speed Timid Flamethrower Will O Wisp Sunny Day Hypnosis Most teams fall flat on their face if they lose the weather war. This set for ninetales is designed to let it last as long as possible while also making sure that It is not a Sitting Duck. I used flamethrower over fire blast because I want at least one move on this set that wont troll me with misses besides for Sunny Day. It might be a lack of more power without Fire Blast but the sun makes Flamethrower strong enough. Will O Wisp is there for burning things That might switch in such as A predicted Landorus-T, or a predicted Garchomp. This Greatly Helps my other pokemon such as Venasaur sponge hits when I need to. Sunny Day is their for setting up the sun on weather inducers such as Abombasnow and Politoed, but I honestly havent found any use for it at all really. If you have any other ideas for this move please tell me. As weird as it may seem for ninetales to have two status moves, its proved to be a GREAT help. I use it when i am predicting a weather inducer, because if one gets asleep, its pretty much deadweight and the weather war pretty much goes to me. It can also be used on incoming dugtrios, which is a great help. Garchomp@Salac Berry Rough Skin 252 attack 252 speed 4 def Jolly Substitute Swords Dance Earthquake Outrage To be honest, I used Garchomp just because I wanted to try this set. It also sounded like a nice idea because it gets a psuedo-resistance to water when sun is up. There may be other sets that are better, tell me if there is. I used a sub-salac set, meant to get speed And attack through the use of substitute and Swords dance. It works pretty well, but not great. I cant help but wondering if there is something that could be better than this set. The moveset is kind of given, why i chose the moves. Sunshine@Life Orb Chlorophyll 252 spA 252 speed 4 hp Modest Growth Giga Drain Sludge Bomb HP Ice Venusaur is one of the prime pokemon on my team. Just one growth and you are set to sweep. The other bonus is that this pokemon can handle every weather-inducer with ease besides for opposing Ninetales which isnt a problem at all. This is a standard set for special sweeping Venusaur. I use modest, but do you think i should use Timid or not? Im not sure what things outspeed and KO me without the timid, so I have it modest right now for the extra power. I love this thing. Dugtrio@Focus Sash Arena Trap 252 speed 252 attack 4 hp Jolly Earthquake Reversal Stealth Rocks Sucker Punch This thing is GREAT. I love it. It takes out many pokemon that give my sun team problems such as Heatran and Volcorona, While also revenge killing things. This pokemon is definitely staying on my team, since it is an MVP that I couldnt imagine without. As for the Set it has though, if there are any other sets you reccomend, I would love to try them. This thing is great as it is, so it would be awesome to see it even greater. I use Stealth Rocks instead of Stone Edge because I thought i would rather have rocks up. In fact, this has proved to be much more helpful then Stone Edge could ever be. Xatu@Leftovers Magic Bounce 248 hp 204 def 56 speed Bold Thunder Wave Roost Uturn Heat Wave Xatu is also a pokemon that will not be taken off the team unless I HAVE to. Xatu has proved to be great, bouncing back spikes and SR while also Giving things TW's and maintaining an offensive presence at the same time. It is also a great Pivoting and gamechanging pokemon because of Uturn. The Uturn has won me so many games. Sometimes I predict a Heatran coming in or a weak and crippled pokemon coming in and I go for Uturn. When I do that I go into Dugtrio and take out a pokemon making this a big gamechanger. I love Xatu on this team, but I have been thinking about switching TW with Toxic. What do you think? Arcanine@Life Orb Flash Fire 252 Speed 252 attack 4 hp Jolly Flare Blitz Close Combat Extremespeed Morning sun I use this set specifically to counter air balloon heatran, because without it, air balloon heatran hurts my team a lot. Besides for that it also gives me some game winning Extremespeeds which help out a lot. I like the pokemon, but its really frail. With SR, Flare Blitz recoil and Life orb recoil, even morning sun doesnt really help keep this pokemon alive. Other alternatives to this pokemon would be helpful. This is my team, decent, but definitely not the best if could be. Please rate and give suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!