Hey guys I was daydreaming about how to build a team and while I was, I created a comprehensive process on how to build a team! Hope it helps! Step 1- Brainstorming: Formulate ideas on the type of team you want to build. If you can figure out how and what you want to make, write it down! Also, it is important to know what tier you are going to use it in, as having an all-UU pokemon team in a OU environment is not efficient. Step 2-Selection: Once you've figured out exactly what kind of team you would like to build, select what six pokemon will go well in that type of team. Find some support, some sweepers and possibly a wall or two. A common use for a Baton Pass team would be to use Ninjask, have it use Swords Dance or another stat raising move, then use baton pass to spread it to the pokemon you switch into. While you do this, it is a good idea to start deciding what IVs and EVs you want to put into your pokemon. Step 3- Strategizing: Now it is time to form strategies on how to use your team efficiently. Remember, not all teams are the same, so you need to make a few strategies on how to beat teams that are differently. If you are up against a Sandstorm team, you might choose to switch in a pokemon that takes little to no damage from Sandstorm, such as a Rock-type. Step 4- Simulating the team: Once you've made a rough idea of your team, it's time to put it into Shoddy Battle. Make sure that everything is completely correct to your standards and ideas, or the team could possibly not be correct for the next step. Step 5- Testing: Now that we've created the team in the Team Builder on Shoddy, it is now time to test it using a few battles. My advice is to do a 5-round battle marathon. If you lose 3 out of 5 of the battles , you move on the the next step (Step 6). If you win 3 out of 5, it is probably time to finalize it (Step 7). Now, if you lost, but few of your pokemon were KO'd, it shouldn't be counted as a complete loss. However, if you were completely destroyed, it is probably a good idea to redo some things. Step 6- Editing: If you did a couple battles and were not successful, move to this step, if not, move to the final step. This is where you make any changes to your team. Write down what you noticed was wrong during those matches. Then, figure out how you can swing the odds in your favor next time by changing your team with new pokemon, different EVs and IVs, or a different moveset. Once you finish editing, go back to Step 5. Repeat as neccessary. Step 7- Finalizing: Finally, with all of your creating and testing done, it is now time for the coue de grace- finalizing the team in the actual game. Catch all the pokemon needed for the team or breed them until you have the right nature and IVs. Then, get them EV trained and ready to battle. (Guide to EV training here: http://www.smogon.com/ingame/guides/ev_manual) Once that's all done, you have successfully created a team! Well, I hope this helps a lot with your mental blocks on how to create a team! Have a good one!