Mantine @ Leftovers Ability: Water Absorb EVs: 4 Spd / 80 SAtk / 252 HP / 172 SDef Calm Nature - Air Slash - Toxic - Hydro Pump - Confuse Ray Mantine, like most other sets, is my specially defensive wall. It provides my team with a crucial resistance to fighting, and cripples special attackers. Because most fighting pokemon in NU don't have access to thunderpunch, mantine is a great wall. It can also use confuse ray on a switch and help klang set up shift gears, or help whoever switches into the opponent's pokemon. Hydro pump and air slash are good coverage STABs and toxic cripples defensive pokemon. Klang @ Eviolite Ability: Clear Body EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd Adamant Nature - Gear Grind - Return - Magic Coat - Shift Gear Klang is the best late game sweeper on this team, and can easily destroy the other team after 2 shift gears. At that point, alomomola is one of the only viable counters to it, but that's why shiftry is on this team. Klang is one of the best ways to counter a swagger-thunder wave liepard. It can use magic coat to reflect paralysis back and break through subs with gear grind. Braviary (M) @ Choice Band Ability: Sheer Force EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd Adamant Nature - U-turn - Superpower - Brave Bird - Rock Slide Braviary is my go-to lead with a deadly U-turn to cripple leads. It doesn't have to worry about electric types after being locked on to brave bird; It does around 95% of an offensive electabuzz's health. Stealth rocks may be a problem, but making sure they aren't set up is braviary's job. U-turning into piloswine at the beginning of a game lets braviary deal a big chunk of damage, and then have piloswine set up rocks or finish them off with a priority ice shard. Piloswine @ Eviolite Ability: Thick Fat EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd Adamant Nature - Ice Shard - Icicle Crash - Stealth Rock - Earthquake Piloswine is the bulky rock layer layer of this team. Despite being weak to five types, it can take both physical and special attacks very well. It can hit hard with both earthquake and icicle crash, finishing off with an ice shard. I've seem it take strong super effective focus blasts with only 65% health gone. Rapidash @ Choice Band Ability: Flash Fire EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 HP Jolly Nature - Megahorn - Flare Blitz - Drill Run - Wild Charge Rapidash is the fastest sweeper on this team, and has some amazing coverage. Stealth rocks aren't much of a problem because rapidash tends to be a one hit wonder. Easily taking out major threats such as sawsbuck, tangela, and articuno. Most pokemon can't outspeed this fiery fiend as it plows its way straight through the enemies. Shiftry @ Choice Scarf Ability: Early Bird EVs: 4 HP / 252 Spd / 252 SAtk Modest Nature - Leaf Storm - Dark Pulse - Focus Blast - Hidden Power [Rock] Shiftry is the special attacker this team needed. Its scarf makes up for its mediocre speed by letting it get off a good leaf storm. It's the perfect counter to alomomola and wartortle, two of this tier's biggest defesive threats. Hidden power rock gives it a good way to get the switch in on charizard or an offensive bug type, two switch in that could be fatal. I'm not sure how to get GIFs of the pokemon on this thread, I'm sorry if that was necessary.