What a cool Pokemon, eh? Analysis: http://www.smogon.com/dp/pokemon/rhyperior So today I bring up the question: have you ever considered Rhyperior for your OU team? What has made you use him, or why have you turned him down in the process? I bet its those weaknesses. A total of 6 makes Rhyperior's day look somewhat grim; however, Solid Rock "solidifies" those weaknesses. To take a Super Effective move and to tone it down to be similair to a STAB move is quite impressive. This guy here is a beast with 115 HP, 140 Attack, and 130 Defense. His other stats seem lackluster, but I'll get to that in a minute. First off, the recommendation: Sandstorm. This weather status, alone, is important to Rhyperior's success. Next is how you want to play Rhyperior. Most play with him offensively. Others tend to go toward a defensive route. Me, personally? I combine them both to Rhyperior's advantage. I even gave it a cool name: SU(B)PERIOR! [SET] move 1: Substitute move 2: Swords Dance / Megahorn move 3: Stone Edge move 4: Earthquake item: Leftovers ability: Solid Rock nature: Adamant EVs: 132 HP / 192 Atk / 16 SpD / 168 Spe Okay, so why have I used this set? It's very simple: find Pokemon that won't break Rhyperior's Substitute. And let me tell you that its pretty easy to find if you know what you're doing. Blissey Ice Beam, Bronzong Gyro Ball, and quite a few other Attacks won't break the Substitute. To make matters worse, Substitute blocks status against the opponent, making Will-O-Wisp a futile attempt. The Speed EVs outpace Swampert, Machamp, and Porygon2. But I'm not here to explain the set, I'm here to tell you WHY to use the set. If you're not the type to use Swords Dance, use Megahorn since Rhyperior is a great lure to Celebi and Starmie. If being able to SubDance wasn't enough, here are a few other reasons why its such a great set. The EVs alone play a crucial part for Rhyperior's success: - Timid Heatran's Earth Power is a 3HKO. - Zapdos Hidden Power Ice won't 2HKO Rhyperior (with Life Orb). - Blissey's Ice Beam won't break the Substitute (as well as Seismic Toss). - Bronzong and Forretress's Gyro Ball won't break the Substitute. - Cresselia can only break it with Grass Knot (which is extremely uncommon). - Physical Jirachi that lack Iron Head are walled by this beast. - Salamence Earthquake is a 2HKO at best. - Scizor won't OHKO with Bullet Punch. - Gliscor Earthquake won't 2HKO. Well, I could go on all day, but you get the picture. Rhyperior is only OHKOed in a few situations like Celebi Grass Knot and such. It's hard to really explain on paper. Rather, you should look into this in battle. It seriously is an impressive set, though many people scoff it off because Rhyperior is so slow. I wouldn't bet your money that you haven't seen something like this before (especially since I have used it) and wishing that you thought differently. There is another set that I highly recommend. Rhyperior's main problem: Speed. Solution? Rock Polish! [SET] move 1: Rock Polish move 2: Stone Edge move 3: Earthquake move 4: Megahorn / Substitute item: Life Orb / Liechi Berry ability: Solid Rock nature: Jolly EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe This is another of Rhyperior's "deadly" strategies. Rock Polish makes Rhyperior's ass Speed become 392, surpassing the likes of Shaymin-S. This alone is impressive since Rhyprior has a Speed stat of 40. And with a 140 Attack stat beside this, its a force to be reckoned with. And I'm just showing these two sets that I have been successful with. There are obviously more: the Swords Dance set with Baton Passing Zapdos is nasty to deal with. In the Sandstorm, Rhyprerior should easily survive the incoming Ice Beam and finish the opponent off with its powerful STAB moves. Here's the old discussion (by me ironically). Defensively is where I'm going to take a turn on. What I've outlined above... isn't the only things Rhyperior can survive. With Sandstorm and Solid Rock, there are a ton of moves that Rhyperior could survive. Other than what I have outlined above, Rhyperior can even challenge Sub / Calm Mind Raikou and come out the victor. Its amazing what a Rhyperior can do if you set your mind to it. If you want to rag about it a little more, Rhyperior can survive a Starmie Surf, a Celebi Grass Knot, and Shaymin-S Seed Flare with Max HP / Max SpD Careful nature (which is highly acceptable). I think I got you convinced, but what about other Pokemon. What are cool teammates to support this helluva beast? Well, here are a couple: Analysis: http://www.smogon.com/dp/pokemon/tyranitar Platinum Update Thread: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47237 Tyranitar gives the key support for Rhyperior: Sandstorm. With this present, Rhyperior and Tyranitar gain the blessing of obtaining a boost in Special Defense. And to underestimate the Choice Band version is something that will cost you dearly. Also, Choice Band isn't the only useful set. Another useful post from Chou on using the SubPerior and Tyranitar as a Special user: Analysis: http://www.smogon.com/dp/pokemon/zapdos Platinum Update Thread: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47247 Zapdos I've chosen many times for two reasons. One: it handles Celebi pretty well with Heat Wave. Two, Agility Passing Zapdos is awesome alongside the Swords Dance set. Analysis: http://www.smogon.com/dp/pokemon/vaporeon Well, it absorbs those nasty Surf attacks, and can usually hold its own. Unfortunately, it doesn't fare very well against Starmie. But, it can at least prevent other Bulky Waters from harming Rhyperior. Wish also is helpful for Vaporeon and Rhyperior's survival. There are obviously many more Pokemon that pair well with Rhyperior. Heatran is by far a good example by picking off Celebi and Shaymin-S with relative ease. Scizor can combat Gengar and other glass cannons. Seriously, there are so many ways to build a Rhyperior team, and all you need is a little knowledge. So in this thread, post your success with Rhyperior. Or rather, show others why Rhyperior should be an OU Pokemon than the usual BL Pokemon that it currently is. Having Solid Rock and the 1.5x boost from Sandstorm is useful for Rhyperior as well. So what the hell are you waiting for!?! Go use the greatest addition to Diamond and Pearl! I have a feeling that it could be the next big thing for OU! RAWRPERIOR!