A discussion thread for synergistic combos between two teammates, and additional teammates who help supplement the pair. Gengar @ Gengarite Levitate Timid 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe - Shadow Ball - Focus Blast - Substitute - Protect Greninja @ Focus Sash Torrent / Protean Timid 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe - Hydro Pump - Dark Pulse - Taunt / Ice Beam - Mat Block An opening combo designed around getting an active Mega-Gengar behind a Substitute on the very first turn. Gengar Mega-Evolves on the first turn to trap the opponents with Shadow Tag while setting up a Substitute. Greninja uses its signature move, Mat Block, to ensure nearly any non-priority attack is useless on this turn. In a fair number of scenarios, this combo will put the opponent pretty badly on the backfoot, with their first turn more or less wasted and them facing down a Mega-Gengar with a Sub up. Taunt on Greninja can be used to block Trick Room, or you can run Ice Beam to hit Dragons, which would give reason to run Protean. This combination is obviously soft to priority moves, so two excellent partners are Talonflame and Amoonguss. Talonflame can block priority with a blistering-fast Quick Guard, and naturally wrecks Scizor and Aegislash with Flare Blitz. Amoonguss is especially brutal. It can draw in targeted attacks with Rage Powder to give Gengar the chance for its initial Sub, and then start putting things to sleep with Spore while they're trapped with Shadow Tag, while Mega-Gengar picks off stuff it has an advantage against. Nasty stuff. Either are fine complementary leads if you think Greninja won't cut it against the opponent's opening.