"The Sun is like a Magnificent Father" Hey there, The Silent Storm here, I know that the majority of teams here in RMT Forum is a Sun now that Genesect is released, but bear(d) with me, after the EPIC chapter 507 of Bleach I couldn't resist it... Yamamoto is my favorite character in Bleach, some might say that he is THE Shinigami, and after seeing Yama's bankai I was inspired to create a Sun Team with Volcarona, and btw, Sun is my least favorite weather so... you can see the magic in it! By fighting at PS I was able to understand the so called ''standard volturn sun team'' which is something like dugtrio+genesect+ninetales+xatu a core created in order to win the Weather War against opposing teams, and at the same time block the entry hazards, I decided to start with this ''idea'' of core for my team, it was inevitable that in the end I decided to change some things in order to fit my playstyle, and as such, without further adeu, I present you the team ''Zanka no Tachi'' Zaraki (Dragonite) (M) @ Choice Band Trait: Multiscale EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Outrage - ExtremeSpeed - Earthquake - Fire Punch Why the name: this is a no brainer (lol pun) Zaraki Kenpachi is the captain of the eleven division, a division focused only on brute fight without magic (kido in Bleach) as such cbnite, usually one of the two openers if there is weather (the other is of course Genesect) with it's unnatural attack is the better fit for the name Why he's here: Cbnite is probably the best cb user in the game right now, even though Mamoswine it's becoming more popular, Nite combination of attacks, strong 134 base atk, and the great ability in multiscale is one of the greates 'mon in the Metagame right now, and to top it off, he has extremespeed which can help me pickin' off weakened foe that could literally sweep me, so all in all, Dragonite has 2 roles here, early game wallbreaker (yeah, even though he has only physical moves lolz and revengekiller in a pinch, oh, he's also one of my answer against the rising shed shell heatran. Ichigo (Donphan) (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Sturdy EVs: 162 HP / 252 Atk / 100 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Earthquake - Ice Shard - Rapid Spin - Stealth Rock Why the name: Ichigo Kurosaki is the protagonist of Bleach, he's a substitute Shinigami who, in times of need gives an hand to Soul Society, what does Donphan do? Gives an hand to my team by setting up Stealth Rocks and spinning opposing ones. Why he's here: Remember when I said that I ''decided to change some things in the sun volturn core? Donphan is one. I'm not confident in Espeon and Xatu's ability of bouncing back Stealth Rocks, mainly because beasts like Heatran and Tyranitar who have an easy time against most sun teams can scare them off, and set up then with no problem, and at that point, you are seriously in trouble, as such I opted for having a rapid spinner, that at the same time was able to use both Rapid Spin and Stealth Rocks, the choice were 3 (Forretress, Claydol, Donphan) but I decided for Donphy, with some speed evs to speed creep Jellicent (Is he even used tbh?) and Tyranitar, Ice Shard helps me against ddnite and Scarfmence (after sr, that is) who are really a pain in the ass. Spirit King (Ninetales) (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Drought EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Substitute - Will-O-Wisp - Flamethrower - Pain Split Why the name: Haha, Ninetales and Genesect were the hardest to think, but, the Gotei 13... which Yama is part of it, why are they fighitng? To protect the balance of souls, and the Spirit King! So the Spirit King has to be an important piece in my team, exactly like a king or queen in chess... who better fit than Ninetales, the reason sun teams are possible? (please, don't say Vulpix :x) Why she's here: obligatory Ninetales is obligatory, eh? Well she's not total trash like some people thinks, in bw2 she gains pain split, and Substitute+Pain Split has alwais been one of my favorite ''combo'' since dp with Rotom-a (back then when he was a ghost >_>) Wow is there to burn and nerf stuff (who in the world am I kidding, that thing never hits) and flame for stuff, and yes, no fail blast, wow is enough to make me angry. Aizen (Genesect) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Download EVs: 56 Atk / 200 SAtk / 252 Spd Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef) - U-turn - Hidden Power [Ground] - Ice Beam - Thunderbolt Why the name: Aizen (another of my favorite character, if somebody cares, uuuh, nobody right) was the previous main villain of Bleach, right now he's been ''put on a bus'' sealed in Godknowswhere without powers. Aizen shikai, and main ability is the ''Complete Hypnosis'' to quote him: Complete Hypnosis controls the five senses to the point that it can make the target misinterpret another person's form, shape, mass, feel and smell to be that of the ''enemy'' in other words you could make a dragon out of a fly and a field of flower out of a swamp in the eyes of the hypnotized'' Now, where to fit Genesect... U-turn is a very sneaky move, it attacks the enemy, but at the same time, you are ''invulnerable'' against the enemy in the same turn you use that move (if you are faster of course) I admit that Weavile or Zoroark would have been a better fit for Aizen, but, eeeh, I don't think they would be useful in this team. Why he's here: Aye, Genesect is the glue of the team, steel+bug is a good tipyng that gives you just one weakness and a hell of resistance, now, someone might say ''WHY THE HELL DON'T YOU HAVE FLAMETHROWER WTF'' and I agree that the thing is strange at first, but hp ground is a way to deal with the rising shed shell heatran, which is capable of destroying me without some precautions, for the rest, standard and good old ''boltbeam'' combination+ U-turn for early game scouting and immediate momentum. Yamamoto (Volcarona) (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Flame Body EVs: 252 HP / 176 Def / 80 Spd Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Quiver Dance - Fiery Dance - Bug Buzz - Roost Why the name: Yamamoto is the most powerful Shinigami in existence, nobody can rival him in power at the moment, Yama zanpakuto is a flame type, it's bankai (zanpakuto final form) has the same FRIGGIN' POWER OF THE SUN) the bankai is capable to evaporate things at a great distance, there is no way that Yama can be stopped minus plotkai, and Volcarona, once he start to setup, well, they aren't many things outside of Terrakion that can stop him, roost is also a way to show Yama's endurance. Why he's here: Volcarona is the star of the team, the main (and only ok lolz) sweeper, and the finisher, in my opinion he's the best sun abuser, thanks to Quiver Dance, sun, and Already scary Special Attack, the only problem is the weakness to sr, but owell, nobody is perfect, right? Opie (Gothitelle) (M) @ Choice Specs Trait: Shadow Tag EVs: 44 HP / 252 SAtk / 212 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Thunderbolt - Hidden Power [Fighting] - Psychic - Signal Beam Why the name: Kirgie Opie is one of the ''Vandereich'' (Invisible Empire, a very cool name btw) he has the letter J for Jail, Kirgie trapped Ichigo before he could reach Soul Society to help the Shinigami against the Quincy Threat, so you may say that Opie is the ''Trapper'' of the quincy. Why he's here: this is another tweak from the ''standard volturn sun'' I think that dugtrio, while he's very good in the meta (or perhaps broken if he supports stuff like subcmjirachi, immortal tornadus-t etc. But Dugtrio is fragile, and doesn't help much against Politoed, who is as of now the first in usage (yikes) I needed something else, that focused against the rain, more than sand like dugtrio does (also, dugtrio doesn't really help against Hippowdown...) so Gotithelle was the choice. Goti is quite underrated and I don't really understand why, now that the weather wars has raged even more, winning them is a big point in the battle, Gotithelle can help you do so just like dugtrio, if not more (sadly, Goti doesn't learn Stealth Rock, but since sr after the BW2 tutor is obtained by... meh, kinda everyione, in contrast of Rapid Spin >_>) I encourage you to try Gotithelle, you won't be disappointed. Now, on to the set, Goti has enough speed evs to outrun Specstoed and take him down with thunderbolt, max satk for added power, the rest goes to hp, in order to gain some bulkyness from random attack. And that's the team, if anybody is interested to try it out, please, feel free, and report me some things you would change Importable (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Importable (open) Importable (close) Zaraki (Dragonite) (M) @ Choice Band Trait: Multiscale EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Outrage - ExtremeSpeed - Earthquake - Fire Punch Ichigo (Donphan) (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Sturdy EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Earthquake - Ice Shard - Rapid Spin - Stealth Rock Spirit King (Ninetales) (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Drought EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Substitute - Will-O-Wisp - Flamethrower - Pain Split Aizen (Genesect) @ Choice Scarf Trait: Download EVs: 56 Atk / 200 SAtk / 252 Spd Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef) - U-turn - Hidden Power [Ground] - Ice Beam - Thunderbolt Yamamoto (Volcarona) (F) @ Leftovers Trait: Flame Body EVs: 252 HP / 176 Def / 80 Spd Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Quiver Dance - Fiery Dance - Bug Buzz - Roost Opie (Gothitelle) (M) @ Choice Specs Trait: Shadow Tag EVs: 44 HP / 252 SAtk / 212 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Thunderbolt - Hidden Power [Fighting] - Psychic - Signal Beam Personal conclusion of the Metagame from a woodlurker: After my experience in po, ps, random tournament and such, I think that they are too much threats to cover, and a team only has 6 slots, of course, there is no perfect team, not at all, but to make an example, in DPPt a great deal of team are weak against Starmie or SubsplitGar, but they have always a way to deal with them, here, if you prepare against threat x (let's say, rain, yeah) you will be raped by threat y (hmm, sun) I'm starting to think that ''diversity'' while it's normally good for a metagame could be the greatest downfall for a competitive game, that's why I support BKC and Yee's suggestion to ban Rain, Sun, and Deo-d, but of course, everyone is entitled with their own opinion, and this opinions should all be respected. AAAAAAAAAAAAnd, that's the team, to conclude this, I strongly suggest you to read Bleach, you won't regret it.