The sunlight is strong ! Ubers Dream World RMT Today I decided to post my favourite team. It is built around a Calm Mind Fire Arceus, one of the best Pokemon I've used. This is how I made the team : Obviously I needed Arceus. Fire Arceus loves support from Groudon. Reshiram is the most powerful Fire-type in the game and has a useful Dragon STAB. I realized Stealth Rock could be a big problem and I added the best user of Rapid Spin in Ubers, Forretress. Kyogre is a huge threat to a sun team, so I added Latias as a check. I needed something to check all the scarfers and stat boosters, so I added Mewtwo. Forretress was rarely able to spin and was set-up fodder for a lot of things, so I replaced it with Scizor. Groudon @ Lum Berry Ability : Drought Impish (+Def, -SpAtk) EVs : 252 HP, 252 Def, 6 Atk Earthquake Stone Edge Stealth Rock Thunder Wave Why Groudon ? Groudon is required on every sun team. It lets me start the battle under the sun, and unless my opponent changes the weather, it will last until the end of the battle. It is also quite powerful, despite the very low investment in attack and can easily take most physical hits with 140 base defense. Item, EVs, Nature, Moves Earthquake is the obvious STAB and Stone Edge gives me almost perfect coverage with it. It also helps against Flying-type Pokemon like Rayquaza, Shaymin-S or Ho-Oh. Stealth Rock is obvious, and weakens dangerous Pokemon such as Lugia and Reshiram. Thunder Wave helps against faster threats, and neuters them for the rest of the battle. The Lum Berry lets me paralyse Darkrai, a common lead in this metagame. I just use the physically bulky spread possible (to take on immensely powerful physical sweepers like Zekrom or Rayquaza), but if there is a better spread, let me know. Will Groudon stay ? Obviously Groudon has to stay, because it provides my team with permanent sunlight. I'm not opposed to a change in the moveset though. Reshiram @ Choice Specs Ability : Turbo Blaze Timid (+Spe, -Atk) EVs : 252 SpAtk, 252 Spe, 6 HP Blue Fire Draco Meteor Flamethrower Dragon Pulse Why Reshiram ? Reshiram is the most powerful Fire-type in the game. I often need this power to dent bulky Pokemon like Kyogre, Lugia, Giratina and Arceus. Once Reshiram gets in safely, it can almost always kill something if I predict right, and even if I don't, my opponent's counter still has to take a rather strong hit from a resisted attack. Its typing also helps against opponents who try to turn the sunlight against me by spamming their own Fire moves. Item, EVs, Nature, Moves A sun boosted STAB Blue Fire from nearly 600 SpAtk destroys almost everything, and the few Pokemon able to survive it are destroyed by Reshiram's other STAB, the extremely powerful Draco Meteor. Dragon Pulse and Flamethrower are more reliable options when I really can't afford to miss. Choice Specs makes Reshiram even stronger and allow it to spam its immensely powerful STAB moves. The EV spread and nature let Reshiram speed tie with other base 90 speed Pokemon with a positive nature, which has been really useful against threats like Giratina-O and other Reshiram. Will Reshiram stay ? Reshiram is my most powerful sweeper and my answer to a lot of threats, so I don't think it will leave the team. However, if you have an idea about a great replacement or a change to the moveset, please tell me. Scizor @ Choice Band Ability : Technician Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk) EVs : 200 HP, 56 Atk, 252 SpDef Bullet Punch U-turn Superpower Pursuit Why Scizor ? Scizor remains a dominant force in Gen 5, even in the highest tier. Dragon resistance, strong priority and the ability to regain any momentum lost are the reason's of Scizor's presence in the team. It is also a good check to Latias, which helps a lot, as it is a big threat. Item, EVs, Nature, Moves Technician Bullet Punch was the reason of Scizor's rise to fame at the release of Platinum and it is still a great move. It lets me revenge kill fast, dangerous threats such as Rayquaza, Mewtwo and Latios. Only Deoxys and Deoxys-A are OHKOed, but after some damage, it can be a huge threat to any sweeper. U-turn is the defining move of every Choice Band Scizor, and this one is no exception. Being able to scout with a strong move is very helpful because I win either way (I either kill something or regain the momentum). Superpower is here to avoid being walled by Steel-types like Arceus, Dialga or opposing Scizor. Pursuit allows me to kill Latios and Latias attempting to escape. Choice Band is very useful on a Pokemon that needs to switch often, and I can't afford the recoil from Life Orb because Scizor needs to stay healthy to help me in the late-game. I just used the EV spread for Gen IV Ubers Choice Band Scizor (to survive a +1 Thunder from Latias) but I don't know if it still works in Gen V. Will Scizor stay ? Scizor brings a lot to my team, as outlined above, so I don't think I should replace it. But if you think another Pokemon can bring me as much as Scizor, I will test it Latias @ Soul Dew Ability : Levitate Timid (+Spe, -Atk) EVs : 112 HP, 204 SpAtk, 192 Spe Dragon Pulse Thunder Calm Mind Recover Why Latias ? Because it is the best Kyogre counter in the game. Every team should prepare for Kyogre, but is even more vital for a sun team as Kyogre can weaken Fire-moves and hit a good part of my team for super effective damage with its STAB. Latias takes care of this beast with Thunder, either killing it or weakening it enough for a revenge kill. But Kyogre isn't the only thing Latias can beat. It can threaten Rayquaza, Manaphy, Shaymin-S and a lot of Calm Mind Arceus, among others. It is a very good Pokemon and has even swept teams without a single Calm Mind. Its great combination of speed, power and bulk make it a valuable team member. Item, EVs, Nature, Moves Dragon Pulse is my STAB and is useful against other Dragon-type Pokemon. Thunder may seem a wierd choice on a sun team, but I need to hit Kyogre as hard as I can and it brings the rain anyway. This gives me some problems against Ho-Oh, as it is never found on rain teams and can abuse the sun to threaten with its Sacred Fire. Calm Mind isn't really to sweep, but to win a Calm Mind war against Kyogre and Arceus. Recover is the obvious recovery move. The EV spread gives me enough speed to outspeed Jolly Garchomp and enough special attack to OHKO most Palkia. You should know why Latias has Soul Dew, lol. Will Latias stay ? It is the best Kyogre counter, something I need in this team. I won't replace Latias and the moveset seems fine. Mewtwo @ Choice Scarf Ability : Tension Timid (+Spe, -Atk) EVs : 252 SpAtk, 252 Spe, 6 HP Psycho Break Fire Blast Ice Beam Aura Sphere Why Mewtwo ? Scarf Mewtwo has 407 special attack and 591 speed. It can revenge kill a huge number of threats (Zekrom, Kyogre, Reshiram, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Darkrai...) and the best part is that it beats even their Choice Scarf sets. Whenever I am in a difficult situation, Mewtwo is my emergency button and allows me to regain the advantage. Item, EVs, Nature, Moves Psycho Break is a strong STAB, and while Psychic is a bad STAB in this metagame, being able to abuse a powerful "physical" move helps Mewtwo against all the specially bulky Pokemon. Fire Blast threatens Scizor and Forretress and gets a boost from the weather. Under the sun, Mewtwo can use a powerful move on both sides of spectrum without having to split EVs. Ice Beam is useful against Dragon-type Pokemon (Mewtwo outspeeds +1 Rayquaza, Scarf Palkia and Scarf Garchomp, a major selling point for a Scarfer), Groudon (eve after a Rock Polish) and Shaymin-S (even Choice Scarf). Aura Sphere kills Darkrai (even Choice Scarf), Dialga, Tyranitar and Heatran. Will Mewtwo stay ? Mewtwo is a great revenge killer, and will probably stay, but if you know another Scarfer that fits the team better, I'll test it. AND NOW, THE STAR OF THE SHOW ! Arceus-Fire @ Flame Plate Ability : Multitype Timid (+Spe, -Atk) EVs (252 SpAtk, 252 Spe, 6 HP) Fire Blast Thunderbolt Calm Mind Recover Why Arceus ? Arceus is the best Pokemon in the game, and its Fire-type forme can destroy almost everything in the sun. If you give Arceus a free turn, your counter will have to face a sun boosted Fire Blast from 558 special attack, as Arceus outspeeds most of its counters. Arceus is also very bulky : 120/120/120 defenses aren't far from Cresselia's, and unlike Cresselia, Arceus can be a huge offensive threat as well. Of course, the Fire-type means Arceus is weak to Stealth Rock and common attacking types, but it rarely needs to come in more than twice to considerably weaken my opponent's team. The combination of speed, bulk, power, a boosting move, a recovery move and a sun boosted STAB makes Arceus a perfect fit for this team. Item, EVs, Nature, Moves Fire Blast gets a boost from the sun, and is chosen over Judgment for its power. Thunderbolt completes Arceus's coverage. I don't use Thunder because, unlike Latias, which is a dedicated Kyogre counter, Arceus needs more reliability and won't sweep under the rain anyway. It's true that these moves are walled by some Dragon-type Pokemon, but Arceus can often sweep despite this. For example, against Reshiram, Arceus can Recover and Calm Mind to +6 and 2HKO with a sun boosted Fire Blast, while Reshiram's Draco Meteor fails to OHKO. Stalling Draco Meteors is only possible with Recover, and is very useful with all the powerful Dragon-types of the metagame. Calm Mind is the defining move, it allows Arceus to set up on special attackers, while taking less and less damage from their attacks, and increase its sweeping potential as well. Will Arceus stay ? Lol. My purpose is to create a successful team around a Calm Mind Fire Arceus, so don't ask me to replace it. Well, I hope you enjoyed this RMT. Please rate now !