SM NU After the storm

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After the storm

After not having any changes in the lower tiers for a long time due to stats not updating, we finally got a huge amount of drop (actually only 4 but for us its a lot) and one of those drops was venusaur. Since I've never used sun and this mon looked great in this weather I decided to try to make a sun team and had good results with it.

Teambuilding Process
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The team started with offensive veunsaur because it looked like a huge threat to this tier.
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Next up is was regirock because its a great sun setter and provides a lot of utility.
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I added flame charge fightinium magmortar to abuse the sun while providing a check for vanilluxe.
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I needed another sun setter so I put liepard in the team since it gets priority sun.
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After that I wanted a physical sun abuser that could hit strong while also providing priority since other sun abusers or speed boosters looked like a huge threat.
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Finally I added another strong sun abuser that could set up the weather just in case I needed it. So I added exeggutor.
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) There were changes in the team due to some threats that the team could not beat. First I changed mortar for houndoom because delphox was a huge threat and the team could not break wish tect variants, and after that I switched exeggutor for whismicott since the team could not break guzzlord and struggled a lot against dragon types.

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The final result of the team.
The Scuad

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Venusaur @ Life Orb
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Growth
- Solar Beam
- Sludge Bomb
- Hidden Power [Fire]

The MVP of the team and one of the best mons in this metagame, venusaur is a great sun abuser. It has great bulk even without any invesment letting it take a couple of hits if it ever needs to and can growth pretty free on a lot of games. It breaks most bulky cores of steelix/rhydon+slowbro+silvally steel with out any issues. Its also very hard to switch into and hard to outspeed making it close to unstoppable. Of course there are some counters to it like golbat but most teams are not prepared for the poison +grass +fire combo. Its a great mon and a huge threat to most standard teams.

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Regirock @ Heat Rock
Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Stone Edge
- Explosion
- Sunny Day

Regirock gives the team a solid designated lead. It provides the team hazards in stealth rock and sun while also having enough bulk to set up multiple times. Max attack stone edge gives regirock a solid chance to 2hko xatu even if tries to roost on you and has the power to ohko most defoggers and spinners besides the silvally family. Explosion lets you get free switches into your sun abusers while also doing massive damage to the opposing mon. It also provides a check to normal types tho usually you just want to set up the sun and boom.

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Houndoom @ Darkinium Z
Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Hasty Nature
- Flame Charge
- Nasty Plot
- Fire Blast
- Dark Pulse

Houndoom provides a solid sweeper outside sun while also being able to abuse sun with boosted fire blasts. Doom has the ability to play 50/50s with scarf emboars (which is not recomended but it can work in some situatuations). It also has great offensive stabs and breaks bulky cores that consist of steelix/rhydon+ slowbrothers. The most important role of this mon is to be the team offensive check to sneasel, delphox and vanilluxe that are all huge threats to the team. It can only switch in once against vanilluxe and sneasel so play it with cautious.


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Liepard @ Heat Rock
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Knock Off
- Encore
- Sunny Day
- U-turn

Liepard grants the team another weather setter while also having a lot of utilty. This mon can stop most set up sweepers if you play it correctly, since it can encore the opposing mon. It also has priority sun which is huge in these type of teams. Not only that, it can also knock items off which is huge since it can make eviolite users like type: null and golbat take huge amounts of damage to boosted venusaur moves. It can also pivot into one of the sun abusers with u-turn. Priority encore also lets one of the sun abusers get a free boost if the opposing mon uses a weak attack or a resisted hit.

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Shiftry @ Life Orb
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Knock Off
- Leaf Blade
- Swords Dance
- Sucker Punch

Shiftry is another great mon in this team. This mon can be a huge threat in sun and outside of it . It also has the ability to set up on some forced switches and has a great dual stab combination. Shiftry is a great partner to venusaur since it has access to knock off which hits opposing mons for a lot of damage while also removing their item which is huge since golbat users have to sack its eviolite to this mon. Outside of sun sucker punch gives Shiftry powerful priority, with the abilty to do massive damage to a large part of faster mons after a SD boost which is not hard to set up.


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Whimsicott @ Life Orb
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Moonblast
- Sunny Day
- Solar Beam / Energy Ball
- Psychic

Whimsicott is the final member of this team. This mon provides a final sun abuser that is fast outside of sun and also checks guzzlord and other dragon types that are a huge threat to this team. It also provides a emergency sun setter if its ever needed. Whimsi helps venusaur weaken one of its check being golbat since LO psychic weakens bulky poison types. Moonblast is pretty free to spam since it has very few resists and can hit for a lot of damage.

Conclusion

This team is pretty fun to use and I've had a some success using it, winning some roomtours and getting to a decent ladder rank. Remember that this team is HO and should be played as such, but it has a great team match up against most teams and doesn't struggle against much if you play smartly. Finally I wanted to say that these tier drops have been a lot of fun to play with and can see venusaur being a top tier threat and a great addition to the tier.

Threats
While I said this team really doesnt struggle against much there are some mons that are really anoying to face, these are:
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Scarf vanilluxe is a huge pain to deal with due to its ability to autoset hail and kill a huge part of the team, the best you can do it set up rocks and try to kill it quick with houndoom or sucker punch from shiftry.
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This mon is just anoying to face and kill, thank ps its rare to see as well. You need to set up rocks and try to keep them up for the entire game so you can kill it with the sun abusers. Liepard and Shiftry can always knock it off but its still anoying to keep out of the field.


The team import
Venusaur @ Life Orb
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Growth
- Solar Beam
- Sludge Bomb
- Hidden Power [Fire]

Regirock @ Heat Rock
Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Stone Edge
- Explosion
- Sunny Day

Houndoom @ Darkinium Z
Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Hasty Nature
- Flame Charge
- Nasty Plot
- Fire Blast
- Dark Pulse

Liepard @ Heat Rock
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Knock Off
- Encore
- Sunny Day
- U-turn

Whimsicott @ Life Orb
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Moonblast
- Sunny Day
- Solar Beam
- Psychic

Shiftry @ Life Orb
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Knock Off
- Leaf Blade
- Swords Dance
- Sucker Punch


Shoutouts
Stan Soojung for the song and the title PursuitOfHappiny Eternally rwby Shaneghoul Sir Kay HJAD rhydonphilip TTFTW i like cute things Garay oak Watchog Orphic neomon Laurens and everyone that makes the time in ps great
 

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