Hello Fellow Smogonites. This is my second RMT, and one I finally got the guts do build myself from scratch, rather than copying a current team from the forums (as was my last RMT). I don't consider myself skilled enough to make my own movesets quite yet, so please forgive the somewhat unoriginal pokes in this team. Team Building Process Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide I knew I wanted to build a team around Lucario. However, I've had very bad luck in the past, mainly because he is fairly predictable. I mean c'mon, who hasn't seen a SDLuc before? Thus, I decided to go with the unpredictable; Choice Specs Lucario. There is no "hard" counter to the SpecsLuc and I wanted to see if I could build and effective team around him. SpecsLuc has several prominent counters that come to mind. Blissey, and since I was running HP Ice, Gyarados and Zapdos. DDTar works great on many of these, often forcing many switches that let me get a DD up. Now, I'm extremely ground weak even though I run HP Ice. I also needed a good Stealth Rocker to help me nab important OHKO's with Lucario, and something that could scout my opponent's team, which would allow me to bring in Lucario at the right time. Swampert, with his great defenses and access to SR and Roar, seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Now this is starting to look like an offensive team. I personally hate suicide leads or leaving my leads out in the cold. I needed something that could take Grass-type moves and continue to help me scout the opponent's team. Scizor was perfect since I could spam his U-turns mercilessly back to my RoarPert. Now, I have a HUGE Gyarados weakness. He can set up on 2 of my pokes, DD, then promptly take out my two sweepers with Earthquake and Waterfall. Standard Rotom-H is perfect for dealing with him, as well as providing great utility for my team with Will-o-Wisp, one of my favorite moves. Now for the final member. Lucario deals with Rotom-A and Gliscor and Tyranitar deals with Zapdos and also Rotom-A should Lucario fail to do so, so why not stick a Gyarados in with his main counters eliminated? He has great synergy with Tyranitar, as they cover each others weaknesses near perfectly. Now, this team doesn't sport a lot of speed other than Scizor's priority and post-DD Tyranitar and Gyarados. Also, I only have two special attackers, and my whole DDGyara weakness hinges on keeping Rotom-H alive. I don't like relying on one pokemon to keep my team together. As I continued laddering with this team, I found myself actually diverting from my main goal of getting a SpecsLucario sweep and actually never really used him for most of my battles. With my scouting strategy with Swampert/Scizor, I was actually getting most of my sweeps with my TTar/Gyara core. Sometimes I would even lose because of Lucario! So, even though I had challenged myself to utilize SpecsLucario, it was time to say goodbye. I needed something to keep DDMence a little more in check than it was before. So I found Latias. She brought my team some much needed speed and a varied movepool I could use to my advantage, plus she lures and kills Scizor, which is never a bad thing. So there is my current team! The main goal is to set up a Tyranitar sweep, because that guy is just awesome. A few notables about the team: Except for Ice, Rock, or Dragon (whoops), every type is resisted twice. Only one pokemon is weak to Stealth Rock. Let's look more closely: Descriptions and Synergy CHANGES WILL BE IN THIS COLOR Swampert (M) @ Leftovers Ability: Torrent EVs: 252 HP/4 Atk/252 Def Relaxed nature (+Def, -Spd) - Stealth Rock - Earthquake - Ice Beam - Roar --- Truly my favorite lead I've ever used. I chose him because I like scouting my opponents team before I do anything. I've been really luck with Roar. I guess not a lot of people expect it or something, but I usually scout at least 3 pokemon on the other team by the time he gets low on health. When combined with Scizor's U-turn, I often find myself only revealing 2 of my pokes while I've seen all 6 of my opponents. Also, he has enough defenses to take a +1 LO Outrage from Salamence and OHKO back with Stealth Rock damage. Stealth Rock is crucial for Tyranitar and Gyarados, and Earthquake is good old-fashioned STAB that comes in handy with ScarfJirachi. If it gets to be late game and this guy is still alive, I'll bring him in to take Tricked Scarfs, namely from Jirachi, since they are the bane of Tyranitar. How I handle common leads: Metagross: Set up Stealth Rock, then Earthquake. If I feel like it's going to explode, I switch to Rotom to take the BOOM. Azelf: I Ice Beam as they taunt, then to Tyranitar. Again, if I feel like she's gonna blow, I switch to Rotom. Jirachi: Earthquake, but I usually get Scarfed. I go to Rotom for WoW and see what gets sent in. Swampert: Set up stealth rock (which it will also do) and then Roar it away. I'll try Rotom to get a WoW on it if need be. Aerodactyl: Ice Beam on the Taunt and see what opponent sends in. Infernape: Stealth Rock and then Roar to switch out the counter coming in, since LeadApe's are stupid if they stay in on LeadPerts. Hippowdon: Stealth Rock the Ice Beam. If he Roars, well, there's nothing I can do about that. Bronzong: Stealth Rock then Roar. Ninjask: Stealth Rock and maybe and Ice Beam (but he protects), then Roar on the Baton Pass and laugh. Tyranitar: Earthquake and threaten 2HKO, then Stealth Rock on the switch or Roar. Synergy: Grass - Scizor, Rotom, Latias Scizor (M) @ Choice Band Ability: Technician EVs: 248 HP/252 Atk/8 Spd Adamant nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Pursuit - Bullet Punch - Superpower - U-turn --- This guy has two jobs on my team. First, when I bring him in early game, I just U-turn straight back to Swampert and continue Roaring. Or if my opponent reveals an important pokemon, like Rotom, I can bring in Tyranitar and set up. Second, he is my revenger killer in case DDSalamence gets too trigger happy with Outrage. I can also use him for Latias, but I usually leave that to Tyranitar. The only thing I'm worried about is that he is my only Dragon-resistant team member, but Bullet Punch and U-turn make up for that. Synergy: FIRE - Latias, Tyranitar, Swampert Rotom-h @ Leftovers Ability: Levitate EVs: 252 HP/168 Def/88 Spd Bold nature (+Def, -Atk) - THUNDERBOLT - SLEEP TALK - REST - Will-o-wisp --- This guy is my Step #3. When I've done some scouting with Swampert and Scizor, I like to bring this guy in to start wreaking havoc with status effects. He is my main switch-in for Scizor and Jirachi when they threaten Tryanitar. Discharge and Will-o-Wisp may seem contradictory, which they are. I haven't actually been benefiting much from paralyzation (is that a word?), and i needed a more powerful move for bulky waters. Once a Pursuiter like Tyranitar comes in WoW becomes essential for my team to survive. WoW generally devastates physical sweepers which is great for letting either Tyranitar or Gyarados set up. Plus, many people ragequit when I WoW their Salamence. :) I was really having trouble with status, so I took bluewooper's suggestion and made Rotom-H a reliable status absorber. Synergy: GHOST - Tyranitar, Scizor DARK - Tyranitar, Scizor Tyranitar (M) @ Life Orb Ability: Sand Stream EVs: 4 HP/252 Atk/252 Spd Jolly nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Dragon Dance - Stone Edge - Crunch - EARTHQUAKE --- Ahhh, the bulky set-up sweeper #1. When I bring him in on Latias or Rotom, everyone thinks I'm packing pursuit and I get a free Dragon Dance and prepare to sweep. I don't run Babiri berry because I have Latias to lure and OHKO Steel-types, and Rotom-H should she fail. With Life Orb, I can afford to give up the extra power Adamant provides and go with Jolly. I really like the Jolly nature as it lets me outspeed Starmie, Azelf, Infernape and Latias after a Dragon Dance. I already have a good counter to Scizor in Gyarados if Latias hasn't already lured it out for a OHKO, so I put EQ back in the moveset. Synergy: WATER - Latias, Rotom-H, Gyarados (if no HP Electric) GRASS - Latias, Scizor FIGHTING - Rotom-H GROUND - Gyarados BUG - Rotom-H, Scizor STEEL - Gyarados, Latias Gyarados (M) @ Life Orb Ability: Intimidate EVs: 252 Atk/4 Def/252 Spd Jolly nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Dragon Dance - Waterfall - Stone Edge - Earthquake --- The second part of my bulky sweeper core. He perfectly complements Tyranitar by taking out Steels and being immune to Ground-types, both of which allow him to set up with ease and sweep. He is my answer to Gliscor and Scizor, two of Tyranitar's main sources of grief. I went with Earthquake over Ice Fang since I have Scizor to revenge all kinds of Salamence after Stealth Rock and any damage Gyara does to it. Synergy: ELECTRIC - Swampert, Latias, Tyranitar ROCK - Swampert, Scizor Latias (F) @ Expert Belt Ability: Levitate EVs: 4 HP/252 Spd/252 SAtk Timid nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Hidden Power [Fire] - Surf - Grass Knot - Draco Meteor --- I saw this set on the Smongon Analysis and immediately fell in love with it. If my Gyarados goes down for some reason without taking out Scizor, this guy easily takes him out, although he takes a hefty amount from Bullet Punch. I miss a good Thunderbolt, but I needed a way to get rid of Swampert with Grass Knot. This set helps me lure out most of Tyranitar's counters - Scizor, Swampert, and Scarf Jirachi, which is essential for setting up Tyranitar's sweep. Expert Belt lets me bluff a Choice Item since there's no recoil from Life Orb, which encourages opponents to switch in their steel-types because they think I'm locked into Surf or Grass Knot, but I've been considering slapping a Choice Scarf and Trick on her to revenge +1 DDMence. Need help deciding this. Finally, Draco Meteor is there when I need a really powerful special attack for breaking physical stallers. Synergy: ICE - Scizor BUG - Rotom-H, Scizor GHOST - Tyranitar, Scizor DARK - Tyranitar, Scizor I have been battling with this team for quite some time now, and it has helped raise my CRE to ~1300, which I consider quite good for me. This team has probably been through 60 battles or so, and I've probably won around 40 battles, but I'm looking to improve to at least 1400. Please Rate! ULTIMATE THREAT LIST COMING SOON! Each pokemon in the Offensive and Defensive threat lists plus their top 3 movesets.