So there I was, continuously losing with whatever team I managed to build, eventually coming to the conclusion that I must simply suck at the game. What I mean is, even IF I ever came upon a solid team, I still would probably lose any day. Well that's logical, of course. Well that was simply supposed to introduce me as a newbie, and with that in mind, please rate my team :) Metagross @ Lum Berry Trait: Clear Body EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Explosion - Earthquake - Meteor Mash - Stealth Rock Metagross is my lead. A bulky peace of steel and I haven't seen him OHKOd on the first turn ever. So this guy's purpose is to set up SR and take care of a possible easy target. Were immediate threats to occur, explosion is my friend here, taking care of curse snorlax for example. Earthquake and meteor smash are just a good bunch of attacks, meteor smash being the favorable STAB option. Starmie @ Leftovers Trait: Natural Cure EVs: 252 HP / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Rapid Spin - Surf - Thunderbolt - Recover Starmie is the survivor of the early- and midgame. Metagross is probably in the deep slumbers of... something near to death and spiritomb has just used rest to cure everything. This guy spins away the entry hazards and slowly hurts the opponent's pokemon along with spiritomb's wll-o-wisp. Spiritomb (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Pressure EVs: 252 HP / 28 Def / 228 SDef Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk) - Will-O-Wisp - Pursuit - Rest - Sleep Talk Spiritomb is my spinblocker and burner. It can take care of Gengars and Starmies with pursuit and recover itself with rest. Sleeptalk is there to not make him a free kill, since he's not all that bulky at the end of the world. Gliscor (F) @ Focus Sash Trait: Hyper Cutter EVs: 252 HP / 196 SDef / 60 Spd Hardy Nature - Baton Pass - Swords Dance - Taunt - Agility Gliscor is the (preferable) lead of my late squad (more about this in the description at the bottom). He's supposed to come in at a good moment during the late game and make some swords dance. Gliscor, Ninjask and Lucario are all equipped with focus sash since I really want them to survive the switch in. Taunt is a helpful factor when there's a blissey or a skarmory (or other phazers) on the opponent's side of the field. When this guy's pretty much ready, batonpass to Ninjask. Ninjask (F) @ Focus Sash Trait: Speed Boost EVs: 224 HP / 224 Def / 60 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Baton Pass - Substitute - Swords Dance - Protect Ninjask is very straight forward. After he at least survives the switch in, protect to get a speed boost. If HP's not completely down, substitute can be used to get two more (protect, then substitute, then protect again). If luck's on my side, I might be able to pull off a swords dance. When done (or in deep shit), batonpass to lucario. Lucario (M) @ Focus Sash Trait: Inner Focus EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Rash Nature (+SAtk, -SDef) - Close Combat - Dark Pulse - Hidden Power [Ice] - Vacuum Wave Lucario wont come in without batonpass. No. It wont. He's generally my only receiver, since Metagross is probably dead already. The SAtk EVs are maxed out since I can't batonpass nasty plot with this team. Lucario will survive the switch in due to focus sash (assuming Starmie did his damn job) and can proceed to sweep to victory. So what the heck am I doing? Well my idea was to build two teams out of six pokemon, let's call them the lead squad and the late squad. The lead squad consists of Metagross, Starmie and Spiritomb, Metagross being the lead pokemon. So Metagross gets the SR up and running (he's kind of slow, but he's never gotten 2HKOd, nor OHKOd at the spot), deals with a possible easy target, then (usually) switches to Starmie to kill or spin. Spiritomb is, of course, the spinblocker. I chose Spiritomb over Dusknoir and Gengar because of the lack of weaknesses. With Dusknoir or Gengar, dark type attacks would become a certain doom of the lead squad. Anyway. The purpose of the lead squad is to SR, scout and kill a few threats. Then comes the late squad. The late squad is a batonpass team. Preferably, Gliscor comes in first at the appropriate moment, get's at least some swords dances, then batonpasses to Ninjask. Ninjask is pretty straight forward: Stall with substitutes and protect to build speed, then finally batonpass to Lucario. The whole late squad is supplied with focus sashes because their job is to survive at least round 1 each and batonpass away. Lucario then proceeds to destroy. Something's missing. EDIT: Forgot to mention: This is 4th generation only.