My seventh run this month was snapped at Room 70. I have 70 championships and still the closest I have gotten is 109 rooms set back in January. Here are the reasons: Messed up on EndFlail Kingdra, should have switched to Gengar to take the hit (Room 97) Houndoom with Crunch and Fire Blast killed Latios/Gengar and Metagross (Room 61) Regirock Countered Metagross, then Latios has timely paralysis (Kirlia/Dusclops), then Gengar was flinchaxed by Rock Slide (Room 89) Houndoom again, along with Claydol and Porygon2 (Room 61) (switched to Snorlax after this incident) Miltank got two critical hits on Snorlax, swept the rest with Shadow Ball (Room 101) Crobat swept Latios, almost swept Snorlax, and I was left with Gengar against an Overheat Arcanine (Room 61) ll three are paralyzed at the beginning. Gengar gets flinchhaxed three times by Aggron's Rock Slide, timely paralysis gets Latios killed (Room 69) Is this just a matter of luck? Or does my team need overhaul? Heracross@Choice Band Ability: Guts Nature: Adamant EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spd, 6 HP - Megahorn - Earthquake - Rock Slide - Brick Break My new lead. I savor getting Toxiced in the Pike now because that makes him even more dangeorus. Hits hard, able to take down Snorlax, Slaking, and co. with Brick Break. Enemy Snorlax used to inspire fear because they could Curse up and my Snorlax had difficulty taking them on. Rock Slide deals with normal Bugs (Steel typed ones require Brick Break). Notable problems include paralysis or outright frozenness, and surprise Aerial Aces from unlikely Pokemon (such as Armaldo). Latios@Lum Berry Ability: Levitate Nature: Modest EVs: 252 SAtk, 252 Spd, 6 HP - Dragon Claw - Thunderbolt - Ice Beam - Recover My lead-off. Fast enough to outrun Pokemon even when paralyzed (in the wild Pokemon rooms). DC is for STAB, the rest follows for typing coverage that hits 10 types for SE. Shadow Ball is what typically brings him down. Snorlax@Leftovers Ability: Thick Fat Nature: Adamant EVs: (The ADV Smogon set) - Curse - Return - Shadow Ball - Rest Curselax. Supposedly the answer to the original hole in my team - there were five Pokemon that could beat my Latios, Gengar, and Metagross every time - Kangaskhan (Shadow Ball/Earthquake), Miltank (SB/EQ/Counter), Snorlax (SB/EQ), Slaking (SB/EQ), and Houndoom (Fire Blast/Crunch). Metagross could Explode, but I often saw Snorlax and Miltank on one team, or something like that, and it was far too slow to explode on Houndoom before it used FB. Snorlax's bane is Fighting, but Gengar is immune to it and Latios resists. It even resists Ice attacks and can Curse up against opponents like Wobbuffet and in one case Absol (he kept trying to SB me). Is there something fundamentally wrong with this team? Any moves that I should change to better meet the threats? Or is my doom at the Frontier just getting haxxed like crazy, and I need to just keep repeatedly assaulting the Pike until luck falls in my favor. Old Pokemon Gengar@Scope Lens (replaced by Heracross) Ability: Levitate Nature: Timid EVs: 252 SAtk, 252 Spd, 6 HP - Psychic - Thunderbolt - Fire Punch - Giga Drain The niche Pokemon. I give full credit to her for the abrupt disappearance of the Bug and Steel types that threatened Latios. Not a safe switch-in, though; Venomoth and Medicham, for instance, both now carry Psychic to deal with Gengar. Giga Drain is for Swampert/Quagsire, which occasionally appear. Fire Punch was supposedly for Steels, except that I've seen very few of them now, and I'm not sure if it's because Gengar carries Fire Punch or not. Metagross@Lefovers (replaced by Snorlax) Ability: Levitate Nature: Adamant EVs: 252 Atk, 129 HP, 129 SDef - Meteor Mash - Earthquake - Explosion - Agility Agiligross. The problem was that any Fire attack gave it no chance to survive. Leading with it led to the rise of Exploding Forretress, Steelix. Neturality to Megahorn didn't help against Heracross. Still, a very sturdy Pokemon; a fully-powered Ninjask couldn't even OHKO with Shadow Ball.