First off, I’m relatively new to competitive battling. I’ve gathered opinions and made a team, but I’ve never actually been to a VGC tournament. On to the aforementioned team, it is a hyper-offense rain team, in which the strategy is, more or less, KO those sweepers before they have a chance to do much damage. I have Toxicroak and (maybe) Metagross that serve as walls that wear down the bulkier Pokemon like Cresselia, but something with Rage Powder, maybe Amoongus or even Volcarona, might serve better as shielding my glass cannons. Team Preview or... Politoed @ Wacan Berry Trait: Drizzle EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SAtk Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Surf - Protect - Ice Beam - Helping Hand My ideal starter, but often I have to switch in to him to win weather wars. I Surf to proc Absorb Bulb on Ludicolo, Ice Beam for coverage. Protect is a must in doubles for nearly all pokemon. Wacan Berry is the best item for Politoad (since leftovers is taken up by Metagross/Scizor) to give politoad a chance against Zapdos and Thundurus and do some damage back with Ice Beam. Helping Hand is nice new toy of Politoads, and most of the time the boost to a partner (preferably Thundurus) with equal or exceed the damage Politoad will be able to do. Ludicolo @ Absorb Bulb Trait: Swift Swim EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Scald - Giga Drain - Fake Out - Ice Beam This guy is one of my two Swift Swimmers, which is legal in VCG. Absorb Bulb is a nice S. Atk boost with Politoad, fake out is nice in doubles, and Scald and Giga Drain are my dual stabs that can pretty much trample everything in VCG. Took out Protect for Ice Beam, since Protect isn't used much on him when he leads, and the coverage is very nice. Toxicroak @ Black Sludge Trait: Dry Skin EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe Adamant Nature (+Atk, -S.Atk) - Drain Punch - Sucker Punch - Fake Out - Protect Toxicroak is a great rain staple. Constant healing from Dry Skin, Black Sludge, and Drain Punch, and Toxicroak is very hard to kill. Fake out for flinching a threat, and Sucker Punch for priority. Toxicroak mostly serves as a counter to other rain teams and sandstorm teams, though I would have to win the weather war. Kingdra @ White Herb Trait: Swift Swim EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Muddy Water - Draco Meteor - Protect - Hidden Power: Electric Kingdra is one of my best sweepers. Less survivability than Ludicolo, but he hits harder and hits more things. Thus I don’t switch into him and am more or less forced to wait for one of my pokemon to die if I expect Kingdra to survive more than one turn. Muddy Water is handy in that it doesn't hurt my partner, and Hidden Power for coverage. Draco Meteor for when I think I have a good chance to one shot something before it can go (which is easier with Scizor Bullet Punch) I often end up having him out at the end of the game to sweep up what Ludicolo have left behind. A problem I have with double swift swim is that they hit hard, but if rain goes away, or trick room goes up, they don't help much at all. Thundurus-T @ Choice Specs Trait: Volt Absorb EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Spd) - Dark Pulse - Thunderbolt - Hidden Power [Ice] - Thunder Thundurus-T is a new threat that probably has the potential to hit the hardest out of all the available doubles pokemon. The most popular way to use Thundurus is the Choice Scarf variant, but Choice Specs + Helping Hand + Thunder STAB = one shot, nearly. HP Ice for coverage, Thunderbolt for a secondary stab for if rain goes down, and Dark Pulse for Cresselia. I think I should put something else here, but I don't really know what. The only thing I can think of if Focus Blast, but the accuracy drop is enormous, and you most likely won't have a chance to do it again. Scizor @ Sitrus Berry Trait: Technician EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 Spe Adamant Nature (+Atk, -S.Atk) - Bullet Punch - Bug Bite - Protect - Superpower / Brick Break Scizor is pretty good at doubles, his prowess in priority is unmatched. I'm going for the bulkier variant, since I have enough super-fast sweepers regardless. Bullet Punch, of course, for that fabled 138 base power priority. Bug Bite for a nice, strong secondary stab and stealing those annoying Chople and Sitrus Berries. Protect is Protect. The last slot for a fighting move, Brick Break doesn’t hurt me and can typically kill a Chople Berry-less Tyranitar, but Super Power has more overall uses. or... Metagross @ Leftovers Trait: Clear Body EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Protect - Meteor Mash - Bullet Punch - Rock Slide And finally Metagross. This guy rips through hail teams and pretty much everything else, whilst doing really well against Trick Room teams, which really hurt all of my pokemon. Bullet Punch is priority, which is always nice, and can take out most people below 20% health. Meteor Mash hits really hard, and Rock Slide, since so many things are weak to it and no-one else on my team knows it. Earthquake is nice though, for the same reasons, but it hurts my partners. I can’t decide between these two steels. I’m leaning towards Scizor for Bug coverage, but I don’t know, the bulk on Metagross is great. Thank you for reading, please give advice.