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Smuckem

Resident Facility Bot Wannabe
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Excellent work Repto, though your run is over I am sure that the repercussions will reverberate here for a while. To that end, I have been testing your QR team out again, this time using Araquanid/Megawile as backups. This team has pulled its most successful run (with me) yet, taking me to 70 wins as of now.

I cannot share the replay for some reason, but Battle #65 featured opposing leads of Drapion?/Megadrill?. With unknown backups waiting in the wings, I didn't try to save Oranguru from a potential 2HKO, instead Faking Out Megadrill and hoping Drapion wasn't a Sniper. The sage survived the ensuing Night Slash blow, and the rest of the battle rolled along from there (Amoongus3/Minior4 basically took themselves out). I know I likely made the incorrect opening play, and I am fortunate that it didn't cost me, but I feared switching in Megawile to take Oranguru's blows and be forced to spend several turns without TR. I ask the community-at-large: what would have been a safer/better Turn 1?

On the other hand, when things go right you get my Battle #70 (also currently cannot be shared for some reason): vs. Sina (Weak Armor Mandibuzz3/Glaceon4/A-Sandslash2/Drampa?) turned into a "flawless victory" when Mandibuzz3 got Faked Out, Glaceon4 Detected, Oranguru set TR, and Hariyama subsequently went to town. No damage taken, over in three turns, Drampa ate crit CC...about as perfect a battle as this variant of the team can muster.
 
Not entirely sure about the fail to uploads. No unreleased megas in either battle and I was able to upload one with MM which released alongside Beedrilite, so I don't think the stones would still cause a hiccup.

And I would have Faked Out Beedril simply because it's a guaranteed OHKO vs 50% of one IF Drapion has Sniper. Switching to Intimidate would have been a worse gamble IMO. For what it's worth, when I've fought Drapion4 on Grimsley's team, it opened with Swords Dance (was not a lead, just didn't get KOd by the Instructed attack.) That may have been the clearest indicator it wasn't Sniper. In ORAS during my Aron streak, the one battle Drapion4 opted to attack Slowbro its opening turn, it was obviously Sniper due to the ensuing OHKO. The AI may take the odds of the KO into consideration.

Speaking of Grimsley, I'd be interested to read of any run-ins you have with him, since on paper he has fairly decent potential to be disastrous.
 

Smuckem

Resident Facility Bot Wannabe
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Other variants of this team have had relatively little trouble with Grimsley, mainly because in every instance there has only been one obvious Fake Out target as a lead, and the majority of his roster will give Oranguru so much attention that Hariyama is free to wreck things. Also, Scrafty34 are quite passive against this particular lead lineup and allow for their ally to be focused on, most of the time. I have not run into him on this streak yet, will log instances when I do so.

I kinda wanna force a clear rule/statement regarding QR rental teams' eligibility on the leaderboard, so I will share my first encounter with Perri, using this team:
Battle #91, vs. Perri (Musharna3/Aromatisse?/Bewear4/Lilligant?)--the opposition's bulk make this kind of a slugfest. Musharna being an idiot on Turn 1, and being unable to OHKO Hariyama on Turn 2, make things considerably easier to manage. Lilligant, as it has now done several times in the Tree, surprises me with its durability.
B7YW-WWWW-WWW6-9FWA

So Boss, once this streak ends, given that it is Repto's QR Rental Team (or Vol.7 of it), will it be leaderboard-eligible or not?
 
Hey everybody, MrMarc reporting a streak of 117 in Super Singles and a streak of 296 in Super Doubles.

I've been lurking around in the Battle Facility threads for quite some time now and I've been putting some of my spare time in getting a streak.

In singles, I've been using a team of:
Garchomp, Mega-Scizor and Tapu Fini.

In doubles I've been using a team of:
Mega-Kangaskhan, Tapu Koko, Celesteela and Latios / Garchomp.
At 250 I switched Latios out for Garchomp.

When building for Singles, I caught a glimpse of Z-Move Garchomp, but with Rockium-Z instead of Dragonium-Z. I decided to build my core around this set and quite naturally, Tapu Fini and M-Scizor followed suit.

While M-Metagross was also an option, I liked not having a Ground / Ghost weakness, as the other two team members did not cover for this weakness. Fini resisted Fire and Dark, so that was not the problem. As such, I decided to bring M-Scizor.

The Fantasy core was complete, as for the sets of M-Scizor and Tapu Fini, I decided to bring SD 3 attacks Scizor and bulky CM Fini.



Garchomp @ Rockium-Z
Ability: Rough Skin
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stone Edge
- Dragon Claw
- Earthquake
- Swords Dance


Ever since his introduction in the days of DPPt, Garchomp has been a force to be reckoned with.

Perfectly capable of sweeping entire teams if it manages to set up even one Swords Dance, Garchomp is definitely a strong choice to bring in the Tree.

It's not strange to once again see this monster of a Pokémon make his return and now, not even Togekiss is safe. Although Scizor would win against every Togekiss there is in the Tree, so it is not that much of a big deal.

Of course, if I already used my Z-Move, I wouldn't dare to use Stone Edge as a stand-alone move.
With Garchomp, I didn't bother making an EV-spread capable of surviving certain moves. Hit hard. Hit fast.






Scizor @ Scizorite
Ability: Technician (Technician)
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Swords Dance
- Bullet Punch
- Bug Bite
- Superpower


In XY/ORAS, a friend of mine and myself had a Multi-Battle streak including this beast.

Mega-Scizor hits hard and can tank some hits. Just don't come near a fireplace, or Scizor will be burnt to a crisp. Thankfully, the other two members resist the Fire-type attacks meant for Scizor, so switching to an according resistance was never a problem.

I wanted a bulky SD-Scizor so I could take hits, set up and Sweep with priority BP. Bug Bite is there for Lucicolo and other Bug-weak mons who don't faint to a set up BP.

Superpower for Steels but I have to watch out for Heatran, because every Lava Dome mon outspeeds my Scizor. Also some of the rare Fire-type attacks on mons who are faster than my Scizor and don't faint to a BP were scary, but could be played around.


With these two mons decided, I noticed that I wanted a Special Attacker who can deal with Status.

Well, would you look at that. Just what I needed, with the added bonus of protecting Chomp and Scizor of Status, as they are grounded.

Enter Tapu Fini.




Tapu Fini @ Leftovers
Ability: Misty Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 44 Def / 196 SpA / 4 SpD / 12 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Calm Nature
- Moonblast
- Surf
- Aqua Ring
- Calm Mind


I still had this Fini laying around of some VGC tournament, so I decided to use it, as I didn't want to redo my EV's.

It fulfilled its role excellently, as it provided a switch in to the types the other two members are weak to, namely Dragon, Ice and Fire. Only Fairy was not resisted, but that's where Scizor can come in.

Before I ran Aqua Ring, I ran Ice Beam on that slot, but as I never used it, my friend recommended Aqua Ring, so I could recover 1/8 of my HP in a single turn coupled with the Leftovers recovery.

I decided to run Surf over Scald, as being in Misty Terrain essentially removed the 30% burn chance and Surf has more power than Scald.

Most of the time I set up to +3 with Fini to net some necessary KOs, but as long as Fini could tank the hits, I set up to +6 if at all possible.
I do not know how my streak ended, as I did not save the replay.

Although the team was solid, it is incredibly Crit-Weak, as I do not have Substitute on my Pokémon.

Next time when I feel like it, I'd probably run Sub Chomp with Dragonium-Z, as Togekiss is not the problem with my backup.




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Kangaskhan @ Kangaskhanite
Ability: Inner Focus (Parental Bond)
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Fake Out
- Power-Up Punch
- Sucker Punch
- Double-Edge

Sun / Moon has not been kind to the mother kangaroo of Pokémon.
A nerf of Sucker Punch and Parental Bond has not been easy for the poor thing.
At least, that is what you would think if you read about the nerfs befalling this monster of a Pokémon. In truth, she still hits like a truck and even take hits like a truck, as long as you avoid those SE hits from strong Fighting types.
If you manage to set up with some PuPs (she only needs one, let’s be real) she destroys every Pokémon who does not support a resistance to Normal-type attacks.
She can still pick-up OHKO’s with her strength against weaker defensive mons, such as Flareon, Sharpedo or Liepard.


I wanted something strong to handle Fighting-types and dish out damage like no tomorrow and preferably a special attacker. That’s when I saw the Tapus: while Lele deals with Fighting types even better, M-Kang could not use two of her moves, as priority attacks fail in Psychic terrain against grounded mons. Luckily, Tapu Koko was right there and I decided to add Life Orb Tapu Koko to my team of four.
While weather is also an option, the Tree can decide to bring their own weather-setters.
Terrain is not that easily taken over, as none of the Tapu’s are in hands of the Tree-trainers. That alone gave me a huge advantage when playing with terrain, as I could deal a lot of damage in a single turn, while keeping one Pokémon at bay with Fake Out support from Kang.


Tapu Koko @ Life Orb
Ability: Electric Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Timid Nature
- Grass Knot
- Thunderbolt
- Dazzling Gleam
- Protect

Koko annihilates every Water or Flying Pokémon there is, apart from some Wacan holding mons and deals heavy damage to the fighting types running amok in the Tree.
Braviary is especially hard to face, as Life Orb Tbolt does not KO the Wacan holder and the Choice Scarf user flat out KOs Koko with Giga Impact. (Damn you, Dexio!)

After seeing I did not yet have a Z-move user, I wanted to bring Latios with Dragonium-Z Draco Meteor in the back, as Latios is one of the strongest Dragon Z-move users available in the Tree.


Latios @ Dragonium-Z
Ability: Levitate
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Timid Nature
- Draco Meteor
- Psyshock
- Dragon Pulse
- Protect

As you can see, my Latios does not have a lot of coverage, lacking moves that were commonly used in the Subway and Maison, such as Tbolt or Grass Knot.
As Koko already had these options, I was not afraid of overcoming Pokémon who were weak to these type of attacks.
And let me tell you: Dragonium-Z DM hits hard. It hits oh-so-hard. It’s amazing. Although, my team had some problems with Steels, as only Koko could really hit these types hard.
PuP from Kang is not a good option if you’re not already at +4 or higher.


My last team member had to deal with Steel-types and also hit them pretty hard. Furthermore, it should not be deadweight if there were no Steels to hit.
An UB would be a nice way to not be deadweight and still snowball the opposing team if it nets some KO’s.
I’ve always hated Celesteela, ever since it’s stats were announced and it’s availability to the most stupid of move combo’s ever: Leech Seed with Heavy Slam (which always hits 120 power or so it seems). I despise the set, so I wanted something else, so I decided to bring Specialsteela, a Modest version with enough firepower to KO most steels after a boost.


Celesteela @ Wacan Berry
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 220 SpA / 36 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Modest Nature
- Flash Cannon
- Flamethrower
- Energy Ball
- Protect

Yes, you’ve read that right, I used Wacan Berry Celesteela. I could not find a good item for this set, so I decided to bring a Wacan Berry to soften the blow if I ever got hit by an Electric-type attack.
Celesteela did just that what I asked it to do: kill annoying steels the other three could not handle. Most of the time, the opponent was left with 2 or 3 mons and one of them was a Steel-type Celesteela could easily devour KO and boost of.

The streak was going steadily and no real problems were encountered. Until battle 245.
Enter Savir, an office worker specializing in Steel-types. Oh-oh.
The battle went down to the wire and ended with a turn where if MegaWile Sucker Punched my Koko, I would’ve lost then and there. Luckily, it didn’t and I kept going.
That really shook me up and I quickly decided that I wanted to replace Latios with Garchomp, so my team looked more akin to that of lucariojr.

Latios out. Garchomp in.


Garchomp @ Groundium-Z
Ability: Rough Skin
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Protect
- Dragon Claw
- Earthquake
- Swords Dance

With this, I wasn’t afraid of MegaWile or MegaGross, as Tectonic Rage flat out KOs these monsters. And MegaWile even at -1 to boot.
I went on for a while, but in the end I was in a bad spot, made some bad calls and on battle 297 the streak was lost. I did get critted, but that did not matter, as the roll was in Heatran's favor.


Sadly, I have no videos of singles, I do however, have some battle videos of my process in doubles:
Battle 210 vs. Grimsley: Won without MegaEvolving my Kang. Grimsley = Free.
9WZG - WWWW- WWW6 - 9FMR​
Battle 245 vs. Samir: Won by ??? Luck I guess.
EM2G - WWWW - WWW6 - 9FMB​
Battle 297 vs. Ezra: The losing one
NNZW - WWWW - WWW6 - 9FM8
It'll probably be a while before I'll attempt the Tree again, because I don't have that much spare time just for playing Pokémon.
Until Blazikenite or Galladite are unreleased, I'll probably stay away from the Tree for a while.
 
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Hey all! First time poster, long time lurker here.

Update: Decided to play a bit more Super Multi today and got up to 60 on my latest run. I've edit my post to avoid double posting.

I'm here to report a 51-win (stamp) run in Battle Tree Super Multi to help give others a better idea on tackling this format.

Videos (v1.1, Run #2):
Battle 61 (loss) vs. Ace Trainer Hashim and Pokemon Breeder Danby: TZYG-WWWW-WWW6-AB72
Battle 60 vs. Pokemon Trainers Grimsley and Dexio: U7ZW-WWWW-WWW6-AB6R
Battle 53 vs. Pokemon Breeder Lori and Veteran Demiathema (feat. Slowbro-3): A9AG-WWWW-WWW6-AB65
Battle 50 vs. Battle Legends Red and Blue: ND8W-WWWW-WWW6-AB5S

Videos (v1.1, Run #1):
Battle 52 (loss) vs. Youth Athlete Leena and Black Belt Boris: SAVW-WWWW-WWW6-9N4P
Battle 50 vs. Battle Legends Red and Blue: QULG-WWWW-WWW6-93ND
Battle 43 vs. Veteran Priya and Scientist Tivon (feat. Cresselia-2): VTQG-WWWW-WWW6-9N62

Team:

Tapu Lele @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Psychic Surge
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
IVs: 31/4/31/HT/31/HT
Modest Nature
- Psychic
- Moonblast
- Psyshock
- Hidden Power [Fire] Shadow Ball

Sets up Psychic Terrain for herself and Mega Gallade while hitting hard and fast. First two moves are standard while Psyshock is invaluable against specially defensive sets. It OHKOs the likes of Jolteon, Sylveon and Florges for example. The last move was a toss up between HP Fire and Shadow Ball for Steel-Bugs and Psychics respectively. I didn't think too much into it but I went with HP Fire if only because it has more potential for OHKOs and many frailer Psychics are still 2HKOed with either Moonblast or Shadow Ball. Switched to Shadow Ball from second run onward because it's safer to lock into.


Celesteela @ Leftovers
Ability: Beast Boost [Atk]
EVs: 228 HP / 44 Atk / 116 Def / 116 SpD / 4 Spe
IVs: HT/31/HT/31/HT/31
Adamant Nature
- Heavy Slam
- Flamethrower
- Leech Seed
- Protect

Mixed wall with attack-raising Beast Boost. I used a common VGC spread but it worked well here. This thing is incredible and can stall out most non-Fire/Electric-types by itself. It's the go-to for bulky Psychics which can stall out Wally by themselves. Cresselia-2 especially needed to be PP or Leech stalled. It use all its stats well and Flamethrower still does what it needs to even with a negative SpA nature.

Partner (Pokemon Trainer Wally):

Gallade-4 (M) @ Galladite
Ability: Steadfast -> Inner Focus
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Psycho Cut
- Close Combat
- Rock Slide
- Destiny Bond

Mega Gallade is an excellent partner when paired with Tapu Lele. Psychic Terrain lets Psycho Cut do passable damage and Close Combat destroys many Steel-types that threatens Lele. It use the first two moves predictably enough which often leaves Lele/Celesteela free to target Sableye, Spiritomb, Psychics and the like. It does use Rock Slide against quad-weak Fire-types or if only Fighting/Psychic-resistant 'mons are left. It will begin to spam Destiny Bond if its health or defense if low enough or during late game where it can't OHKO something. It's not very useful but it did clean up Blue's Mega Pidgeot so there's that at least.


Garchomp-3 (M) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Sand Veil
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Outrage
- Earthquake
- Fire Fang
- Crunch

This guy works brilliantly as Celesteela's partner by handling the Fire/Electric-types it dreads. Tapu Lele will die if she gets hit by Earthquake at around half HP so you'd have be careful if you want to preserve her. Not much to say really, it's Scarf Chomp and can make or break your run depending on what moves it's locked into and when.

Threats:
Psychic, Fairy and Ghost-types in general. Psychic teams are really obnoxious. More so if they carry Trick Room. Don't let Fire/Electric-types live before Celesteela comes out.

Loss (Run #2):
I was greedy and misread the AI. Having Lele on full HP vs. 2 'mons left was too good to resist. I expected Wally's Garchomp to finish off both weakened Wishiwashi (Schooling with ~26% HP) and Mega-Camerupt with Earthquake when he was sent out so I switched out Lele for Celesteela. It used Outrage on Camerupt and got OHKOed by Wishi's Ice Beam. All went down from here because both my 'mons can't survive Dhelmise and Primarina's combined assault.

Loss (Run #1):
Okay, I played really dumb after having got the stamp and didn't bother using a lookup sheet or damage calculator. I clearly should have attacked Florges-3 with Psyshock, which would have knocked it out, because it threatens both of Wally's Pokemon but I really wanted Weavile dead for some reason (and because I didn't think Psyshock would kill). Turns out this one was Weavile-3 and Protected first turn. I should've just left it alone as both the 3 and 4 variant had Focus Sash and Gallade would just spam Close Combat against it. My last hope was on Celesteela against 4 Pokemon. Talonflame came out, spammed Flare Blitz and bam.

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psyshock vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Florges in Psychic Terrain: 156-184 (101.9 - 120.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO

After 2 runs I'm surprised how stable this team is though a bit of luck is needed to avoid encountering Fairy/Psychic-centric teams. I'll probably play Super Multi more because it's somewhat enjoyable but I'll refrain from posting unless I extend my streak by a greater amount haha.
 
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Here to post a Super Multis streak of 69 (OMG the most beautiful number in the world! XDDD nah just kidding). Lost at 70 in a kinda weird way tbh.

My team:


Gyarados @ Gyaradosite
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 52 HP / 196 Atk / 76 Def / 4 SDef / 180 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Waterfall
- Earthquake
- Dragon Dance
- Protect

After a Dragon Dance, it outspeeds every 130 base Speed with no Scarf. Use it one or two times first while you can and then start to sweep, though you can also start with Waterfall or Earthquake and knock out a certain opponent that Mega-Scizor would probably attack. I also gave a bit of defensive EVs so it can take some hits easier. It doesn't always need to Mega Evolve immediately, sometimes you might not even need it. For example, if there's something like a Bug-type or a Ground-type lacking a Rock-type move on the current opposing team, you should stay as regular Gyarados, but if you meet a Rock-type, you sure would then like to Mega Evolve. If you're not sure of what the opponent has, you can use Protect first. As for Electric-types or 'mons that have Electric moves like Snorlax's Wild Charge or Porygon-Z's Charge Beam, the best thing is to switch to the next guy.


Alolan Marowak @ Thick Club
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs: 252 HP / 172 Atk / 4 Def / 68 SDef / 12 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Shadow Bone
- Bonemerang
- Protect

Aside from protecting Gyarados from Electric moves, it adds some coverage to the team and can also handle most Electric-types.

AI's team (it's a policeman, don't know his english name since I'm spanish and I play with that language, so please check it out for me) (NoCheese edit: It's Police Officer Rendor in English):


Scizor-4 / Serperior-4

This Team was made before the Bank allowed the transfer from Gen 6 to Gen 7. In XY I had beaten Multis with Thundurus+Garchomp/Talonflame+Krookodile, while for ORAS I used the common Greninja+Mega-Metagross/Mega-Salamence+Aerodactyl. I was trying to make my team somewhat similar to those since they gave me good results, but I couldn't use Protean Greninja or Thundurus. Plus, I hadn't recruited someone who had Garchomp or Mega-Metagross, so I went to look for someone who work quite similar.

One of the most interesting trainers was this guy. Mega-Scizor could work as a strong Steel-type who even has priority in Bullet Punch, though it's way more vulnerable to Fire moves. I put Gyarados alongside it since it could've also been a good partner to Metagross. However, Gyarados can use Earthquake more freely around Scizor than around Metagross, as it doesn't hit it super effectively. Mega-Scizor is also so bulky that it resisted an Earthquake from Mega-Gyarados at +3!! And it can also heal itself sometimes with Roost. It won't save Scizor from Fire moves' users that are faster than it that'd come at the beginning of a battle, like Typhlosion, but they actually make a really fun combo together. They alone defeated Red and Blue, who used Snorlax+Mega-Tyranitar/Lapras+Alakazam (can't remember if it was exactly Alakazam or Machamp). Alolan-Marowak was my own idea while looking at VGC matches, and it completes the Grass/Fire/Water core. Since my partner is very fragile against Fire-types, my team definitely had to do what he can't.

When I found out that Serperior only had Leaf Storm I was shocked, even if it also has Choice Specs and CONTRARY!! Overgrow would've make it a total dead weight. A bulky Pressure user might make it run out of its poor total 5 PP, and Sap Sipper users completely wall it. It's really scary in the double meaning: on the good one, it boosts itself and can eventually destroy many things; on the bad one, it's limited to that move alone.

Now, for some Battle videos and proof, most were recorded on v1.0, so sadly they're no longer watchable, and I only have #60 and #70, the one I lost. I feel like I could've actually won that and that I did some mistakes, like DDing too much with Gyarados and not attacking earlier with it, or fainting Spiritomb before Azelf when A-Marowak was the only one left.

#60 7DXW-WWWW-WWW6-ANQ6
#70 RKCW-WWWW-WWW5-SFJN

I really enjoyed this team and I may give it another try, as I feel like it could still go higher than this, and it's also my first fully original team without copying certain members from another one. However, I'm also planning to post more streaks with different teams, especially with the Special Trainers. I'd like to post at least one for each of them.

The best one I've done so far it's Colress with 41 wins. He as well as Cynthia and Anabel have decent teams on my Moon version, but there's still something not cool at all. Colress has Porygon-Z as his second and it's quite meh, it easily goes down and doesn't always ko opponents. Porygon2 or A-Muk would be sweet, or even Magnezone. I also noticed that Golisopod's Sucker Punch (with Life Orb?) 2HKOs Mega-Metagross. Cynthia's Mega-Garchomp is slow and sometimes tends to use Sandstorm; her second "mon is Wide Lens Milotic. Then Anabel's Entei has got Fire Fang or Flame Charge instead of Sacred Fire, but the one who has it also has Protect, and that's not ideal for the AI. Her second 'mon is Lax Incense Latios.

Mallow has a fun Mega-Sceptile + Choice Band Trevenant, and I think it's actually her best possible team, Scarf Tsareena being an alternative to the second, maybe. I went to support her with Pelipper and Mega-Mawile, but we quickly lost at #10. Guzma's Golisopod's First Impression just destroys Sceptile, and so does Ice Shard, and Mega-Mawile somewhat didn't knock out Colress' Electrode with Play Rough. :/ I hope I can make the best possible team around her soon btw, as she's one of my favorite characters this Gen.

For the end, these videos are not part of any valid streak, but they show what I've done before with these Special Trainers:

Cynthia: E93W-WWWW-WWW5-UGB8
Mallow: ACQW-WWWW-WWW6-AZU8
Colress: 559G-WWWW-WWW6-AZUP / TP5G-WWWW-WWW6-AZUU (DAT SCARF TYPHLOSION. Don't know how I won this)
Anabel 1.0: YU7W-WWWW-WWW6-APW3
Anabel 2.0: 4DRW-WWWW-WWW6-A37S / D87G-WWWW-WWW6-AP43 (Alolan-Muk copying Pressure or Levitate is fun)
Wally: DPWW-WWWW-WWW6-AV9D
 
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Hello everyone,

I'm a long time lurker here and first time poster. Here's a team I've been using in the Tree that got me a streak of 124 in Super Doubles. Not the most impressive streak, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

Before I show the team, here's the losing battle (I had another battle I wanted to share as well, but I forgot to save the video): V22G-WWWW-WWW6-BW6L

The loss happened because Charizard's Heat Wave didn't knock out Magnezone since it was holding (I'm assuming) an Assault Vest. Because of this, Charizard Y ended up going down pretty early thanks to Thunderbolt but I do manage to land a Sleep Powder on the Heatran (which missed its Magma Storm, thank god). Once Charizard went down, I sent out Garchomp and used Earthquake, but the AI did an unexpected switch from Magnezone to Latios (probably because I used a Fire move on the Magnezone the previous turn). The battle went downhill when I ended up missing the Sleep Powder on Latios, causing Venusaur to fall to a Psychic from the Espeon. After that, Latios took out Garchomp with a Draco Meteor (which I probably could have protected from), and Terrakion finally fell to a Psychic from the Latios.

Anyway, here's the team:

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Mega Charizard Y @ Charizardite Y
Ability: Drought
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Heat Wave
- Solar Beam
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Protect

Pretty much the perfect partner (in my opinion, of course) for Venusaur. With Heat Wave & Drought, Charizard Y can dish a lot of spread damage that can crush a lot of the Tree Pokemon in one or two hits. Solar Beam allows me to hit water types, and HP Ice for anything that other two moves can't hit. Protect is there for scouting. Nothing too special.


Venusaur
@ Miracle Seed
Ability: Chlorophyll
Level: 50
EVs: 112 HP / 252 SpA / 144 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Giga Drain
- Sludge Bomb
- Sleep Powder
- Protect

Venusaur was chosen as Charizard Y's leading partner as I wanted to take advantage of the sun as much as possible. With Chlorophyll and the 144 Speed EVs, Venusaur can outspeed a good number of the Tree Pokemon. While inaccurate, Sleep Powder shuts down some set-up sweepers and annoying Trick Room setters. It sucks if it misses, of course but I actually had a lot of good luck with it. Giga Drain & Sludge Bomb are used STABs, and Protect is used for scouting, as well. It's also used to usually stall a turn as Charizard mega evolves so it can get its Chlorophyll boost without taking too much potential damage.


Garchomp
@ Groundium Z
Ability: Rough Skin
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Dragon Claw
- Poison Jab
- Protect

I originally used this Garchomp on a VGC team but I don't really play VGC or Battle Spot anymore so it's been rotting in my box. Tectonic Rage is a nice nuke that demolish a lot of things Charizard Y and Venusaur can't touch, like Heatran. Dragon Claw is there since I didn't really like the idea of using Outrage, and Poison Jab is there to hit Fairy-types, and any other Grass-types if Charizard falls. And once again, Protect is used for scouting and stalling turns.


Terrakion
@ Choice Scarf
Ability: Justified
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Close Combat
- Rock Slide
- Poison Jab
- X-Scissor

Originally, I was planning on using a Life Orb Terrakion with Jolly nature, but I thought I'd give this a shot, and it worked extremely well. With the Choice Scarf, Terrakion will outspeed a lot of Pokemon in the Tree except for faster Scarf users. Close Combat is there to hit various Steel and Rock-types. Rock Slide is for spread damage as well as a nice flinch chance to screw with the AI a bit, and Poison Jab and X-Scissor are there for filler - I never really used those two moves unless I absolutely had to.
 
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Since my stamp run of Super Doubles, I decided to see if I could land a stamp for Super Singles. It was frustrating work, and at times my run would end at battle 10 thanks to Anabel, Cynthia, and Wally hating my guts and destroying my team (I hate Mega Lucario especially. It just tears my team apart and nothing I have one-shots it without getting obliterated)

But, finally I cleared battle 50, and continued onward, before my streak came to a sudden and unfortunate halt at round 65

8F3W-WWWW-WWW6-B3AF

I'm not sure if there was anything here I did wrong. I knew Cobalion carried Iron Head, so I swapped straight into Celesteela, then noticed the LO and knew Celesteela was going to have a very rough time. Celesteela comes out on top barely alive, and T-bolt from Azelf kills it off, cementing my fears since now I know Sharpedo can't one-shot it because sash. So I had to sac Nihilego to break its sash, then Sharpedo cleans up house... but once Torn-I survived, I knew it was game over.

WGAG-WWWW-WWW6-B3AE

a filler match to throw in for fun, and also to show how much I HATE double team... especially Registeel, which only Celesteela could reliably deal with without being crippled by status or EQ. Thank goodness it kept swapping out after having nothing else to do against Celesteela.

Nihilego@Sash
Mild
Sludge Wave
Grass Knot
Thunderbolt
Power Gem

This is my primary lead, and as one it works pretty well. Thanks to her coverage, she can land SE hits and a large chunk of the usable mon roster. Granted Timid would be much better, but there are times where I do enjoy the extra power Mild offers.

Celesteela@Assault Vest
Quirky
Flamethrower
Heavy Slam
Giga Drain
Air Slash

This is where I REALLY wish I had a better nature... but oh well. Heavy Slam is the generic nuke of choice and obliterates quite a few things. However, the EV spread I have, and the IV's on it make Special Attacks be the ones that get boosted, hence the massive special attack coverage. I DID have EQ before Air Slash, but I like the STAB more, especially in singles.

Sharpedo@Sharpedoite
Adamant
Crunch
Waterfall
Psychic Fangs
Protect

This little number I have to thank Lily for, since she handed me a breeding egg reject. Anyways, Sharpedo makes a pretty good cleanup sweeper in case the other guys fail, and hits hard with both STABS and Psychic Fangs. Due to her frailty, I can't switch her into ANYTHING, so she has to be a RKer.
 
I've got 1,000+ straight in Singles. Unfortunately the nice round milestone win vs Colress can't be uploaded for whatever reason (faster than normal set-up against Metagross-3 lead, then Alolan Muk-2 and Magnezone-3 each missed Glalie with attacks en route to being 2HKOed, in case you're really curious as to whether there was a counterteam on the threshold of 4 digits). Here's the one I just finished, #1017 (shout out Brick Squad). FD6G-WWWW-WWW6-BG2B

Definitely not a routine sequence of moves for Glalie at first as I wanted to keep the lead Tsareena alive for a while rather than KO it by Protecting against High Jump Kick. 18 turns in Glalie had -3 Evasion and Special Attack, which wasn't exactly ideal. I contemplated using Taunt on the battle's last turn to ensure a flawless victory in case Custap Drifblim used Destiny Bond, but that would have been on the unnecessary side.

Q♠ (Durant) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Truant
EVs: 252 HP / 20 Def / 236 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Substitute
- Entrainment
- Iron Head
- X-Scissor

In Hearts, the queen of spades is the most dangerous card in the deck. It's worth 13 points (points are bad in the game) while all the other hearts in the deck are worth 1 point each. Most players treat the card as a ticking time bomb that must be dumped onto another player the first time the opportunity presents itself. However, the more experienced ones know that through situational awareness and long-term planning, the queen of spades can be deployed even more precisely.

Incidentally, Q♠'s outsize influence is what once led a family member who works for the Los Angeles Clippers to simply remark "They had the queen of spades" after this performance from Kevin Durant I was (un)fortunate enough to witness in person:

Durant's EVs allow it to outspeed Scarf Manectric while the rest maximize its physical bulk - Mimikyu can cripple problem special attackers well enough on its own. X-Scissor is mostly for Espeon leads, and against trainers with smaller rosters whose threats I'm more aware of I'll take a shot with it against things like Alakazam or Absol. Iron Head is in the event Minior gets forced in through Red Card. Substitute's mostly been used to preserve a little of Durant's health on turn 1 against leads that already have Truant; its most important function is to make Arena Trap Dugtrio burn through at least some, if not all, of its Fissure PP. Durant is male for the matchup against Nidoking-4; if it has Rivalry Earthquake will do enough to definitely 2HKO, so less worry about it using Protect twice and forcing a switch to Mimikyu.


☺ (Mimikyu) @ Red Card
Ability: Disguise
EVs: 252 HP / 20 Sp. Def / 236 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Thief
- Thunder Wave
- Confide
- Taunt

Mimikyu is always there with a lopsided smile to switch in and say "Have a nice day!" to anything Durant wouldn't like to deal with. Mold Breaker does damage through Mimikyu's disguise, so if it can OHKO Mimikyu the Red Card won't activate. Sheer Force hits the disguise first but doesn't trigger the Red Card. Other than that, all of Mimikyu's moves are for whatever gets dragged out 2nd. In most cases Mimikyu can just Thunder Wave and spam Confide until it faints to allow Glalie to have its Substitute broken even less often while setting up. Thief is to get rid of Choice items, Quick Claws, Bright Powders, Lax Incenses, etc - I try to not use it unless absolutely necessary out of paranoia that hitting something may prompt the opponent to switch in a Dark resist the next turn. Taunt is to prevent Substitute and set-up moves and also to help Mimikyu gets KOed in a timely fashion so the opponent can't block Entrainment with Protect or Detect.

The scouting information Mimikyu provides is invaluable; it entering the field of play most often means I've seen 2 of the opponent's team members without taking any HP damage. Keeping the item clause in mind helps further narrow down what might appear 3rd. After a KO, the AI sends out the Pokemon with the highest base power move against the Pokemon you have, and knowing that allows me to make a more informed decision as to whether I should stay in with Glalie and Sub/Protect stall to try to KO Pokemon #2 from behind a Sub or pick up a more guaranteed win by switching in Mimikyu and letting Durant Entrain Pokemon #3.

I try to be judicious in when to burn the Red Card; for example, if Durant's Entrainment misses against Zapdos-2 as it uses Double Team, I'm going to try Entrainment at least a couple more times until Durant's on the verge of being KOed. Another somewhat common case is against something like Sceptile-3, which when not using Detect will target Durant with a Fighting move and Mimikyu with a Grass move; rather than letting Mimikyu get hit immediately I'll switch back and forth a few times to see if Durant can sneak in an Entrainment. Often it's good for Durant to have its HP whittled down (as long as it's not statused) in order to increase the likelihood of an opponent going for the KO rather than Protect later on if need be.

Mimikyu's EVs mirror Durant's, which is a total coincidence. It sits at an empty speed tier close to its max speed and the rest goes to maximize its special bulk. Not many unboosted physical attacks are going to OHKO it, especially considering that Durant can easily come in on Steel attacks.

○ (Glalie) @ Leftovers
Ability: Moody
EVs: 172 HP / 140 SpA / 4 Sp. Def / 136 Spe
Timid Nature
- Substitute
- Protect
- Frost Breath
- Taunt

For the time being, I've struck a deal that allows my team to escape death. My punishment from the Pokegods? Being forced to continually push an ice-covered boulder up the mountain (er, Tree). I've got it pretty good compared to Sisyphus though since Moody's very nature means that each step backward is accompanied by two steps forward.

At the Leftovers number of 177 HP, a Glalie behind a Sub at full health has 16 turns of safe Sub/Protect stalling against a faster opponent that can break its substitute every turn. In those 16 turns, Glalie has the opportunity to transform into a wall with bulk that puts Mega Aggron's or Cresselia's to shame, a nuke with a Frost Breath that deals twice as much damage as a Glaceon Blizzard, a blinding speedster that outruns an Accelgor with Unburden activated, a cheap piece of crap that dodges multiple attacks, or something in between - all as it wastes the PP of the opponent's strongest attack(s) against it. More often than not, the AI chooses an inaccurate super-effective attack when the 100% accurate STAB would have done the trick, neutralizes itself with recoil damage or stat drops, or provides Glalie a free substitute through use of a status move.

Glalie has enough Speed EVs to move before Scarf Tsareena at +1, which can give Glalie a few more chances to KO it from behind a Sub rather than forcing it to KO itself by High Jump Kicking into Protect. If you're here reading about strategies for the Battle Tree, you don't need to be told too many times about the usefulness of moving first and throwing up a Sub. The 4 EVs in Special Defense prevent a OHKO if Primarina-4 gets a max damage critical hit Sparkling Aria. I wanted Glalie's Frost Breath to be able to 2HKO Mega Metagross at +5 and may have been willing to drop a little Speed to make that happen, but fortunately putting the remaining EVs in Special Attack accomplishes just that. This Glalie has 88 Attack, which corresponds to about a 26 IV; now that I think of it I could level it up and Hyper Train, but the main point there is that a situation where you need to do some damage with Struggle is significantly more likely than Glalie dealing with confusion in the first place, so 31 is preferable to 0 if you're going for one with 6 IVs.


WB8G-WWWW-WWW6-BFPS (#790) Durant KOs Dexio's Espeon. Mimikyu switches in on Braviary's Tailwind, which allows it to be outsped and get a free shot at crippling the incoming Slowbro. With Confide, Slowbro gets weakened to the point that Glalie doesn't even need Entrainment to set up.
TFSG-WWWW-WWW6-BFL6 (#841) What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold! Mimikyu switches into Azelf's predictable Explosion and the 2nd Pokemon that comes out is Articuno-2. Spoiler: the AI isn't wise to the fact that Sheer Cold doesn't affect Ice types.
P2BG-WWWW-WWW6-BFLU (#965) Glalie shows off a little and sets up on non-Truant Klinklang-4 after Specs Serperior switches out. Note that it also would have been possible to Taunt Klinklang and switch Durant in for a guaranteed Entrainment; there are almost always multiple paths to victory with this team
QLEW-WWWW-WWW6-BFN5 (#970) Mimikyu is sacrificed to make sure lead Darmanitan isn't Zen Mode. I count Darmanitan's Flare Blitz PP and as a result am able to effectively OHKO Delphox by hitting it on the switch-in. Glalie's accuracy boosts stay bad throughout the battle but is never in danger because its Sub can tank moves like -2 Overheat from Heat Rotom.


Switch to Mimikyu on turn 1 (if possible): Mimikyu, Minior, Wishiwashi, Komala, Darmanitan (ability can't be changed), Magnezone (don't want crit Volt Switch turn 1), Dugtrio, Drampa, Incineroar, Mismagius, Gothitelle, Turtonator (if Turtonator-3 is possible for trainer to have), Slowbro (if Slowbro-2 is possible), Glaceon.

Protect/Detect/Fake Out/evasion items: This generation I've noticed weird stuff where even something like Heatran will occasionally use Protect the first turn against Durant. The AI has also figured out that if you switch on the turn it uses Protect, it's free to Protect again the following turn, so you have to count PP at times. These will be touch and go where you try Entraining turn 1 and switch Durant out only if it's in danger of being KOed with a crit or statused.

U-Turn/Volt Switch/Explosion: I err on the side of caution and use Protect more often than normal. Once Glalie has 10 Protect PP left or so I'll see about trying to KO the lead rather than setting up all the way and risking getting the Sub broken on a turn the opponent uses one of these three moves. Against something like Magnezone-4 that Durant had to stay in and Entrain due to Magnet Pull, I can be reasonably confident it'll use Flash Cannon at least a few times before trying to Volt Switch, but past a certain point trying to predict what move the AI will choose is futile. A full health Glalie behind a Sub with 10-15 turns of boosts is a very safe proposition on its own, and if I don't like the 2nd Pokemon that comes out I can always switch to Mimikyu (or PP stall a move that threatens Durant before switching back to it).

Low-PP Choice users: The most likely scenario for a loss with this team (and I'm at least pretty sure I'm not saying this just because it's how the only loss in ~1500 battles occurred). Alakazam, Archeops, Heatran, and Manectric are a few leads that can OHKO Durant while choice-locked into a 5 PP move. When I see these I check the trainer roster; if there aren't too many other Pokemon that qualify as trouble leads I'll switch to Mimikyu (or hit Alakazam with X-Scissor). Otherwise the worst-case scenario is that the lead KOs Durant (in the case of something like Archeops, that's a 40% chance factoring in it being Archeops-3 and Head Smash hitting) and then Glalie will be at full health from behind a Sub after 9 turns of boosts and get a free hit with Frost Breath on the opponent's switch-in by the time anything gets to move against it. An opponent would need to have a Sub-bypassing move (Glalie at +1 at least 2HKOs all Infiltrators except Chandelure and Assault Vest Malamar) or 15+ PP of 100% accurate super-effective moves to have much of a chance of breaking through at that point. I don't know of any 10 PP moves a Choice user would have to OHKO Durant with, but that gives Glalie enough turns that it would take something really crazy like being at negative accuracy and missing a bunch of attacks against a bad match-up to somehow lose.

Z moves: Normally they're not a big deal because of Glalie's bulk but I had a battle in the 1st streak where Glalie was at something like -3 Defense 25 or so turns in and Arcanine's All-Out Pummeling would have KOed through Protect had it gotten a critical hit. So just gotta be careful of that.

Baton Pass: Ribombee and Decidueye are the main culprits here. Glalie is about as well-equipped for these as any Truant sweeper can be thanks to Taunt as well as Frost Breath being able to crit through Quiver Dance boosts, but Decidueye's Bright Powder and/or untimely accuracy drops can still make things a little hectic. Generally I treat them the same as I do Volt Switchers where I'll sacrifice a few turns of boosts to KO from behind a Sub.


Here I'm referring to stuff that has a shot of beating a Glalie that I'd consider to be reasonably well set-up (+4 or more in all relevant stats). If Durant is OHKOed or otherwise incapacitated it's important to set up as much as possible; the Special Attack EVs on Glalie were set to do at least half to Mega Scizor at +5, which would make it attempt to Roost rather than go for a Bullet Punch that could crit and OHKO if it managed to break Glalie's Sub the first turn it was out. Obviously the list increases if coupled with a bad lead match-up, but the vast majority of the time Mimikyu can come in and cripple something enough for Glalie to set up without Entrainment support.

Quick Claw: Sturdy Steelix-3 and Incineroar-4 are the main ones that can take a hit from a fully-boosted Glalie, break its Sub, and then Quick Claw crit to take it out. However, this is a very minor problem considering they first have to hit through boosted evasion. If one comes out 2nd and breaks Glalie's Sub, Mimikyu can switch in (in Sturdy Steelix's case I'd protect first with Glalie in the event it uses Explosion). If one comes out last, Mimikyu and Durant can take off that last bit of health. Durant can easily OHKO Malamar and do 54 HP minimum to Incinerorar, which adds to the 59 HP of Flare Blitz recoil and Frost Breath hit it would have taken from KOing Glalie.

Infiltrator/sound moves: Malamar-4 and Chandelure can't be OHKOed and can OHKO back with a crit. I don't see Malamar too often; if some Sun-exclusive trainer has it on their roster that's some unintended luck on my part and you should use a copy of Moon if you're trying to maximize your chances at a 1000+ streak. Infiltrator is a 1-in-3 ability in addition to the previous caveats about needing to land a critical hit and not missing. Infiltrator Chandelure in my experience will attempt Will-O-Wisp or Calm Mind first against a Glalie with boosted Special Defense, which allows for a Frost Breath 2HKO without even risking a crit. Also with Malamar I have the option of switching directly into a healthy enough Durant or pivoting with Mimikyu to waste some Superpower PP.

Heatran-1: Takes 4-5 Frost Breaths to KO even at +6 and has 20 PP of moves that will break even a +6 Special Defense Sub. This is the one Pokemon in the Tree that really requires some evasion "luck" to break past (to the extent that evading 2-3 attacks when a move has 33% accuracy counts as luck).
 
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Posting a completed streak of 106 wins in Super Doubles.

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Still rolling with Repto's QR team, I managed to reach this point with Araquanid/Megawile as backups. Then:

Battle #107: vs. Cadel (Slowking?/Drampa3/Oranguru?/Dhelmise4)--Although it probably would have been wise to not sac Hariyama on Turn 2 and try to have it handy for Dhelmise, and when I brought Megawile out was pretty badly timed, at the end of the day these opponents (Dramps3, mostly) just outlasted me.
JYHG-WWWW-WWW6-AQPK

No Grimsely encounters here, and a subsequent 65-win attempt with Araquanid/Torkoal as backups didn't yield any either--sorry Repto.

Kinda wanted to put this out there and get the whole QR team question definitively out of the way, but the longer-term effect of this and other runs with this team has been to get me trying out the QR Code function for this. Now, I'll be antsy to use other QR squads featured on PGL, see what helps me accumulate more suitable "sample battles" (I actually nabbed another one on my most recent run):

Battel #58, vs. Niara (Meganium?/Feraligatr3/Typhlosion?/Infernape3) (w/Araquanid/Torkoal)--business as usual with this team, but the significance is more personal than anything else. See, in the past, when facing starter Trainers in past facilities, I've looked for instances of all-Gen opposing teams (in Maison Triples) or all three members of a particular starting trio appearing together (in all formats). In the case of the latter, the Johto trio is the one that has first banded together against me in both Maison Triples & Subway Doubles, and now it has occurred again here. If I were to ever play Gen IV Frontier or DP Tower and ran into Idols Kristi/Trista/Elaine/Sidney, the same phenomenon could occur there, I bet.
JUZG-WWWW-WWW6-C33U
 
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I haven't tried browsing PGL's QR Team listings, so I dunno how focused or helpful their search function is, but I did happen to randomly see a Durant team posted around the time mine was added, so there are definitely more tree-specific teams.

If you're curious, the Durant team looked to be mostly generic and poorly thought, with more focus on the sweeping aspect and not ensuring survival. I see a lot of

Edit: god damnit phone internet/smogon eating my post

Smuckem I have no idea exactly how the rest of that specific sentence went (I wondered what those profile messages were for lol) but I'm pretty sure it was something along the lines of many posts from people who believe Durant teams are a free and easy win, and think it's 1-2-3 Entrainment Setup Sweep with zero acknowledgement of the hardware store's worth of wrenches that can pop up at any time. The team in question had a Blaziken and Cloyster with their obvious moves/traits and little in the way of safeguards. I want to say there was a Whimsicott but I'm pretty sure I'm thinking of another QR team. Anyway, the misguided players I find (gfaqs) just see the supposed braindead factor and make no contingency plans for Protect/Volt Switch/Fake Out/etc let alone the numerous new abilities that never change. It's all Baton Pass and sweep. Which for 50 wins is eventually going to succeed, I guess (Durant teams are nearly always suggested when someone wants to know the "best" team for the tree)
 
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Hello everyone, just got to 101 wins in Super Battle Tree Doubles! I used the seemingly popular Tapu Koko + Alolan Raichu lead combo with a Mega Salamence and Golisopod thrown in.

The losing battle: K3KW-WWWW-WWW6-C7HG (battle 102) This battle came down to my Golisopod and Mega Salamence vs a Latios and Chandelure, and I lost due to a Draco Meteor miss (I couldn't use First Impression on Golisopod on this turn, as Golisopod was already out )

Tapu Koko @ Life Orb
Ability: Electric Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Timid Nature
- Thunderbolt
- Dazzling Gleam
- Grass Knot
- Taunt

The first three moves are fairly standard, really. Thunderbolt is going to be the move used on most ocacsions, as it packs quite a punch, especially when backed up by electric terrain. Dazzling Gleam also is useful, especially since it hits both opposing Pokemon. Grass Knot is mainly for the bulky ground / rock Pokemon like Rhyperior and Gigalith, and Taunt was added fairly recently, mainly to stop Trick Room from being set up. The other stuff doesn't need much explanation; Life Orb is there to give Tapu Koko some power, max speed EVs are there to outspeed most opposing threats, and max special attack is needed to give Tapu Koko as much power as it can get.

Raichu-Alola @ Psychisium-Z
Ability: Surge Surfer
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 Def
Modest Nature
- Thunderbolt
- Psychic (Shattering Psyche)
- Fake Out
- Encore

The second lead, Raichu-Alola, really compliments Tapu Koko well. The EV spread might look odd, but it still works well. Under Electric Terrain, it hits 260 speed, which outspeeds almost any Pokemon in the Battle Tree (with the exception being the Choice Scarf Aerodactyl), and the lack of terrain-move users makes this spread work despite the lack of speed investment. It also is able to get rid of many electric and poison Pokemon by using Shattering Psyche, which really helps Tapu Koko out. Raichu also has good utility moves, as it can use Fake Out to neutralize an opposing lead, and it can use Encore to lock an opposing Pokemon into an unfavorable move for a while. It can even lock certain foes into set up moves like Dragon Dance and Shell Smash, as Raichu will usually still outspeed these Pokemon, even after they have boosted.

Salamence @ Salamencite
Ability: Intimidate (Aerialite)
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 Atk
Naive Nature
- Draco Meteor
- Double Edge
- Hyper Voice
- Flamethrower

Salamence is a valuable member of this team. It has a great spread move in Hyper Voice, a great ability in Intimidate, an immunity to Ground moves, and a fairly high speed when mega-evolved. It's moves don't need too much explanation really, however I do have Flamethrower over Fire Blast here, as Fire Blast's inaccuracy made me lose a battle on a previous run.

Golisopod @ Assault Vest
Ability: Emergency Exit
Evs: 196 HP / 180 Atk / 132 SpD
Adamant Nature
- First Impression
- Liquidation
- Leech Life
- Aqua Jet

This slot originally belonged to Kartana, but after being destroyed by a Trick Room team, I tried out Golisopod instead, and it has worked quite well. It's priority moves mean that it will be attacking first most of the time, and it's low speed means that it can work well if Trick Room does get set up. Since Golisopod isn't one of the two leads, Emergency Exit doesn't really hurt too much, which makes it more viable to use. Golisopod's moves don't need too much explanation; First Impression and Aqua Jet give Golisopod some priority moves, Liquidation is it's strongest Water move, and Leech Life allows it to recover some health and gives it a strong bug move to use if First Impression isn't an option. The EVs are maybe not the most optimized for Battle Tree (it was designed to take under 50% damage from Timid Choice Scarf Tapu Lele's Psychic), but it still works fairly well.


My strategy is simple. On the first turn, I usually lead with Raichu's Fake Out and an appropriate damaging move from Tapu Koko and proceed from there. I usually use Fake Out against the stronger threats while Tapu Koko delivers a strong hit on the weaker threat, but Fake Out can be used against other users of Fake Out, Sucker Punch, and First Impression, as Raichu outspeeds them all. If I need to switch for some reason, Golisopod or Salamence are usually effective, mainly because they both resist Ground moves, something that Tapu Koko and Raichu are both weak to. Salamence's Intimidate also helps matters against certain foes, and Golisopod's strong priority plus its low speed under Trick Room can really help at times.


If anyone has some helpful advice to make this team better, I would appreciate it. I feel that this team has potential to do very well, but is being held back by certain things
 
Two possibilities AwesomeDave980 that may help improve your team (without changing the line up):
*It would require rebreeding, but replace Draco Meteor on Salamence for Dragon Pulse. 90% accuracy is just too shaky to be consistent for long runs... You could use Dragon Claw, but given the EV spread you presently have it would possess inferior power.
*I'd also suggest replacing one of Golisopod's moves as Bug/Water doesn't have the best match up against a fair number of opponents. Sucker Punch could help out immensely with your Trick Room match up as most Pokemon that carry the move are weak to it. Given its low base power, I'd suggest replacing Aqua Jet but that depends on your play style.
 
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Hey Smogon, just posting a 56 streak in Super Multi with an AI Partner

QTNG WWWW WWW6 DWZX

My team

Mega Gyarados
Nature- Adamant
Ability- Intimidate
EVs- don't remember exact EVs. Near max attack, less speed, more HP.

-Waterfall
-Substitute
-Dragon Dance
-Crunch

Garchomp
Nature- Jolly
Ability- Rough Skin
Item- Groundnium-Z
EVs- 252 attack, 252 Speed, 4 Hp

-Dragon Claw
-Earthquake
-Poison Jab
-Protect


My Allie was Veteran Kikujiro with

Mega Manectric
EVs- I believe 252 special attack, 252 Speed

-Thunderbolt
-Quick Attack
-Snarl
-Overheat

Jolteon
Ability- Volt Absorb
Item- King's Rock
EVS- Max special attack and speed

-Thunder
-Rain Dance
-Shadow Ball
-Yawn

Gyarados and Mega Manectric's Intimidate is very useful. Garchomp can switch into incoming Electric attacks.
I depend on Overheat to deal with Grass types. I am honestly amazed I made it as far as I did with Jolteon being so bad. Sometimes it uses Rain Dance when there is nothing Thunder hits even neutrally. Sometimes it yawns the same Pokemon twice.

I lost this last battle in my opinion due to Gyarados being Frozen by Walrein's Blizzard on the first turn. I didn't Mega Evolve because I was expecting a Grass attack onto Gyarados. Then you see me Protect in hopes Jolteon will use Rain Dance, and it did. I was not sure if Thunder would KO Walrein, so I went for Dragon Claw. I think I would have still lost even if I had used the ground z move on Cobalion. The last Pokemon the Opponent had was a Gyarados with Ice Fang, which Dragon Claw was a 3 hit KO against
 
Ongoing doubles streak of 250. 7XLW-WWWW-WWW6-D55W

Kangaskhan's super easy to build around since she's stupid strong and has very few weaknesses or things she's bad at. Kangaskhan / Landorus-Therian / Tapu Fini / Zapdos is a common core in Smogon's doubles format that I more or less just copied into the tree. That Kangaskhan usually carries Seismic Toss but when I went to transfer from Emerald the game locked me out for 24 hours (I guess I'd been messing around with my DS's clock heh).

Team's super slow without a Tailwind up and no Psychic or Fairy resists means strong Pokémon like Choice Specs Latios and Gardevoir are potentially dangerous but we've pulled through so far. Kangaskhan can't touch Ghost-type Pokémon after evolution either.

Kangaskhan @ Kangaskhanite
Ability: Scrappy
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Double-Edge
- Low Kick
- Fake Out
- Protect

Landorus-Therian @ Groundium Z
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- U-turn
- Protect

Tapu Fini @ Leftovers
Ability: Misty Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 204 Def / 36 SpA / 4 SpD / 12 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Moonblast
- Scald
- Calm Mind
- Protect

Zapdos @ Misty Seed
Ability: Pressure
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 188 Def / 52 SpA / 4 SpD / 12 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Tailwind
- Roost

Wouldn't have a clue what the EV spreads are for. I think Fini's speed is for uninvested Rotom-A and Zapdos is for uninvested Landorus.
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Hey guys, I'm trying to build a team around Araquanid in Doubles. Are there any suggestions for improvements? Currently I have these Trick Room based setup:

Comfey @ Leftovers
Ability: Triage
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP/252 Def/4 SpD
Bold Nature
Moves: Trick Room, Draining Kiss, Floral Healing, Protect

Araquanid @ Waterium Z
Ability: Water Bubble
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP/252 Atk/4 SpD
Brave Nature
Moves: Liquidation, Leech Life, Wide Guard, Protect

Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Download
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP/252 SpA/4 Def
Quiet Nature
Moves: Trick Room, Recover, Ice Beam, Tri Attack

Politoed @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Drizzle
Level: 50
EVs: 220 HP/4 Def/188 SpA/12 SpD/84 Spe
Modest Nature
Moves: Scald, Perish Song, Rain Dance, Protect

I got to 30 wins before losing due to a misclick and opposing Dugtrio spamming Fissure. Any suggestions will be much appreciated :)
 
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Hey guys, I'm trying to build a team around Araquanid in Doubles. Are there any suggestions for improvements? Currently I have these Trick Room based setup:

Comfey @ Leftovers
Ability: Triage
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP/252 Def/4 SpD
Bold Nature
Moves: Trick Room, Draining Kiss, Floral Healing, Protect

Araquanid @ Waterium Z
Ability: Water Bubble
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP/252 Atk/4 SpD
Brave Nature
Moves: Liquidation, Leech Life, Wide Guard, Protect

Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Download
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP/252 SpA/4 Def
Quiet Nature
Moves: Trick Room, Recover, Ice Beam, Tri Attack

Politoed @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Drizzle
Level: 50
EVs: 220 HP/4 Def/188 SpA/12 SpD/84 Spe
Modest Nature
Moves: Scald, Perish Song, Rain Dance, Protect

I got to 30 wins before losing due to a misclick and opposing Dugtrio spamming Fissure. Any suggestions will be much appreciated :)
It seems like your team is too reliant on Araquanid. While it can be powerful, I think having two trick room setters and a rain setter is a bit excessive, and you would struggle with things with Storm Drain and Water Absorb. Personally, I would replace Politoed with a ground type like Mudsdale to deal with electric and rock types, and possibly change one of your trick room setters to something else that can tackle grass types.
 
So I managed to get 92 wins in the Battle Tree Singles, my highest record so far!
(NoCheese note: The proof pic shows 94, so I'm crediting this streak with 94 wins.)

Sadly I lost to a Latios with Thunder and some power-boosting item (probably a Choice Specs, which I didn't expect), so I lost mostly on the switch ins.

The team I used was:

Tapu Fini @ Choice Specs
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 Spe
Nature: Modest
Ability: Misty Surge
Dazzling Gleam
Scald
Moonblast
Muddy Water

This is my doubles Fini, I was too lazy to change its moveset. Going forward I think I want to play it with Taunt and Calm Mind, as I mostly spammed Moonblast/Muddy Water, using effectively 2/4 moves in the whole run.

Metagross @ Metagrossite
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Nature: Jolly
Ability: Clear Body
Earthquake
Bullet Punch
Meteor Mash
Zen Headbutt

Standard Metagross, using 90% moves as STABs is always risky, but liked its raw power overall.

Dragonite @ Lum Berry
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Nature: Adamant
Ability: Multiscale
Dragon Dance
Outrage
Fire Punch
Earthquake

I noticed that this had a bit of anti-synergy with Tapu Fini (Outrage does less damage), but usually this was my late-game sweeper and there wasn't misty terrain anymore. Could have won more easily some games if I noticed that anti-synergy earlier.
I think a Roost version could be better for singles.

Overall I liked the team, it had enough firepower to punch through most teams, probably for the next times I'll take some Electric moves, seeing how bulky some water pokemons were.


I want to try some stall team on battle tree, any advice on which pokemons should I use? (probably Sub Gliscor could be a nice choice here)

Proof photo:
 
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Looking for any input on in EV spread for Gliscor thinking of running

Gliscor Toxic Orb
Careful with Posion Heal
-Protect
-Toxic
-Knock Off
-Earthquake

Not sure how to distribute EVs focusing on Battle Tree singles.
 
Hi all! I'm very new here so would really like to get all your helpful comments on the team I'm trying to build for Battle Tree Doubles.

Basically its a pseudo-rain team built around Pelipper and Araquanid, largely inspired by a video on Verlisify's youtube channel.

Pelipper @ Life Orb
Ability: Drizzle
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hurricane
- Surf
- Tailwind
- Protect

Araquanid @ Leftovers
Ability: Water Bubble
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Calm Nature
- Entrainment
- Leech Life
- Liquidation
- Protect

The core idea is for Pelipper to use Tailwind and Araquanid to use Entrainment on Pelipper. Pelipper's Surf would then have insane damage, like insane to any pokemons that are not Grass, Dragon or Water itself. Entrainment can be used on opponent pokemon with ability such as Water Absorb/Storm Drain so surf will hit to a certain extent on the 3rd turn. This would be the core I want to build around. However, the other 2 slots are largely up for debate.

Salamence-Mega @ Salamencite
Ability: Aerilate
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Double-Edge
- Dragon Claw
- Facade

Mega Salamence mainly switch in for Pelipper if I see opponent with potential OHKO Thunderbolt/Thunder. It also serves as counter to any Grass typing that Hurricane somehow can't kill and Earthquake for the electric typings.

Kartana @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Leaf Blade
- Swords Dance
- Sacred Sword
- Smart Strike

I try not to use a UB or Tapu in my game (personal preference) but in my Smogon experiments, Kartana served as an invaluable cleanup because of all the Tapus out there and Leaf Blade mainly for any water typings.

I am looking at Garchomp to replace M-Salamence, and hopefully a different option from Kartana, Thank you!
 
Hi all! I'm very new here so would really like to get all your helpful comments on the team I'm trying to build for Battle Tree Doubles.

Basically its a pseudo-rain team built around Pelipper and Araquanid, largely inspired by a video on Verlisify's youtube channel.

Pelipper @ Life Orb
Ability: Drizzle
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hurricane
- Surf
- Tailwind
- Protect

Araquanid @ Leftovers
Ability: Water Bubble
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Calm Nature
- Entrainment
- Leech Life
- Liquidation
- Protect

The core idea is for Pelipper to use Tailwind and Araquanid to use Entrainment on Pelipper. Pelipper's Surf would then have insane damage, like insane to any pokemons that are not Grass, Dragon or Water itself. Entrainment can be used on opponent pokemon with ability such as Water Absorb/Storm Drain so surf will hit to a certain extent on the 3rd turn. This would be the core I want to build around. However, the other 2 slots are largely up for debate.

Salamence-Mega @ Salamencite
Ability: Aerilate
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Double-Edge
- Dragon Claw
- Facade

Mega Salamence mainly switch in for Pelipper if I see opponent with potential OHKO Thunderbolt/Thunder. It also serves as counter to any Grass typing that Hurricane somehow can't kill and Earthquake for the electric typings.

Kartana @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Leaf Blade
- Swords Dance
- Sacred Sword
- Smart Strike

I try not to use a UB or Tapu in my game (personal preference) but in my Smogon experiments, Kartana served as an invaluable cleanup because of all the Tapus out there and Leaf Blade mainly for any water typings.

I am looking at Garchomp to replace M-Salamence, and hopefully a different option from Kartana, Thank you!
Kartana with Choice Scarf and Swords Dance doesn't work very well.
You could go for LO Kartana (thanks to Tailwind it will outspeed anything) or AV Kartana (so it can tank some hits on the switch in), or replace SD with Night Slash/Razor Leaf.
If you go LO on Kartana, just Focus Sash on Pelipper, so it will always bring up Tailwind+strong hit before dying.

I expecially like Salamence with Hyper Voice, as it does STAB spread damage. A Naive nature and some investment in SpA is needed tho.
 

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