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How do you even deal with evasion abusers? Like those frickin Minimizers?

VGC scarred me, alright? I'm scared of those pink tiny blobs now...
Those will always be a little irritating, I've suffered at least twice vs z-Detect Yanmega. There are more ways to deal w/ them now then ever w/ z-moves though, those made me give up on using a Minimize-BP Drifblim which noboby seemed to think was very good last gen anyway. You need more than just z-moves though since you only get 1.

One mon I like to deal w/ all the main ones is a TrickScarf Infiltrator Chandelure. It can just ohko Glalie(through the sub!) and takes ice fine so they would need to hit sheer cold(and b faster ofc.) Chansey and Clefable get Scarfed, I've also used Clear Smog on this Chandy but generally dislike it since these kind of boosters already hate Trick and others like Mimikyu/Mence end up too strong/fast to wipe, even after just 1 boost.

Smart Strike hits blobs hard. I was looking at it earlier, sadly Durant doesn't get it:(, which would've been nice w/ hustle. But there's Kartana. Otherwise not many mons learn it, and very few of those are steel type(idk that's weird.) OHKO moves have low acc but it can't be reduced further so they are an option. Encore doesn't miss so that can be really good. A weird one I've used is Stomp mega Kang, Stomp hits mons that have used Minimize, and good flinch chance over 2 hits. The p-Bond power nerf is less significant towards stomp than DE cause of a secondary effect. Roar/Whirlwind are good. If you feel like using Malamar or Smeargle Topsy-Turvy never misses. If you're still desperate Psych Up never misses either.
 
Those will always be a little irritating, I've suffered at least twice vs z-Detect Yanmega. There are more ways to deal w/ them now then ever w/ z-moves though, those made me give up on using a Minimize-BP Drifblim which noboby seemed to think was very good last gen anyway. You need more than just z-moves though since you only get 1.

One mon I like to deal w/ all the main ones is a TrickScarf Infiltrator Chandelure. It can just ohko Glalie(through the sub!) and takes ice fine so they would need to hit sheer cold(and b faster ofc.) Chansey and Clefable get Scarfed, I've also used Clear Smog on this Chandy but generally dislike it since these kind of boosters already hate Trick and others like Mimikyu/Mence end up too strong/fast to wipe, even after just 1 boost.

Smart Strike hits blobs hard. I was looking at it earlier, sadly Durant doesn't get it:(, which would've been nice w/ hustle. But there's Kartana. Otherwise not many mons learn it, and very few of those are steel type(idk that's weird.) OHKO moves have low acc but it can't be reduced further so they are an option. Encore doesn't miss so that can be really good. A weird one I've used is Stomp mega Kang, Stomp hits mons that have used Minimize, and good flinch chance over 2 hits. The p-Bond power nerf is less significant towards stomp than DE cause of a secondary effect. Roar/Whirlwind are good. If you feel like using Malamar or Smeargle Topsy-Turvy never misses. If you're still desperate Psych Up never misses either.

Separate but editing so as not to double post oops lol. I was wondering if defensive Tapu Koko is viable. Iron Def/Discharge/Roost/Toxic. I felt like using Iron Defense on something and this seems ok. Many holes like Ferro, Aegi, Gliscor etc. but Koko in many cases doesn't deal w/ those all that well. This set sets up really well on Blaziken because theyt essentially always Protectto be faster and I use ID at that time. I've had it match SD Mimikyu up to the max +6 then win though I'm not sure how much that depends on para hax. But I've been winning more(not a lot mind you-but a bit over half again I had started losing over half w/ the prior team.)

I also had an idea to make a team w/ a made up core, I'm assuming it is made up cause it has Slowking. I saw those a few times and I started thinking to use it. Haven't played w/ it yet, aforementioned Koko for now. But since there are more special attackers than last gen I thought the swapped defenses over Bro were enough of a mixed bag that it couldn't really be plainly worse. The "core" is Stakataka, Bulu, Slowking. It'll sound silly but somehow they just look really balanced together. Stak/Bulu isn't especially creative though neither are common. Although it has no ground weakness Slowking has lower Def. 95/80 isn't exactly low but going by stats EQ is the #1 move used to kill it. This one is AV to better take the special attacks that it's supposed to.
 
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Separate but editing so as not to double post. I was wondering if defensive Tapu Koko is viable. Iron Def/Discharge/Roost/Toxic. I felt like using Iron Defense on something and this seems ok. Many holes like Ferro, Aegi, Gliscor etc. but Koko in many cases doesn't deal w/ those all that well. This set sets up really well on Blaziken because theyt essentially always Protectto be faster and I use ID at that time. I've had it match SD Mimikyu up to the max +6 then win though I'm not sure how much that depends on para hax. But I've been winning more(not a lot mind you-but a bit over half again I had started losing over half w/ the prior team.)

I also had an idea to make a team w/ a made up core, I'm assuming it is made up cause it has Slowking. I saw those a few times and I started thinking to use it. Haven't played w/ it yet, aforementioned Koko for now. But since there are more special attackers than last gen I thought the swapped defenses over Bro were enough of a mixed bag that it couldn't really be plainly worse. The "core" is Stakataka, Bulu, Slowking. It'll sound silly but somehow they just look really balanced together. Stak/Bulu isn't especially creative though neither are common. Although it has no ground weakness Slowking has lower Def. 95/80 isn't exactly low but going by stats EQ is the #1 move used to kill it. This one is AV to better take the special attacks that it's supposed to.
I feel like if you are gonna use iron defence koko, use reflect instead. It offers the utility of switching whilst giving the defence boost.
 
Indeed lol my ideas. Next project is Grudge, anyone see that get used? Cool move it caught my attention before from Explorers of Sky. Not nearly as obnoxious here but it can't be played around as easily as Destiny Bond. Status like Leech seed, Toxic, etc. won't lose all PP to Grudge but those bypass Dbond too.
 

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Indeed lol my ideas. Next project is Grudge, anyone see that get used? Cool move it caught my attention before from Explorers of Sky. Not nearly as obnoxious here but it can't be played around as easily as Destiny Bond. Status like Leech seed, Toxic, etc. won't lose all PP to Grudge but those bypass Dbond too.
I’ve only seen Grudge once in competitive play this gen and it was on Ninetales-A. Which is possibly the only pokemon which can use it decently well, while it’s doing its Aurora Veil stuff.
 

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I think there's some merit in the idea of a Taunt+Grudge Mega Gengar build, especially if it's paired with a setup Pokémon that can take advantage of certain Pokémon with their attacking moves disabled, such as Naganadel without Draco Meteor, mono-attacking Mega Salamence sets (or those with Earthquake being suddenly unable to blow through a Tapu Koko, for example), Mega Charizard Y without its Fire STAB, Mimikyu without Play Rough ... the list goes on, but you'd have to build it with a specific win condition in mind and with a clear idea of what kinds of meta threats you'd want that win condition to be able to set up on. Theoretically possible, and more power to you if you can make it work, but very difficult.
 
I didn't see the information on bulbapedia, but I'm assuming that grudge goes to waste if they KO w/ a z-move. Also I was thinking that I can Baton Pass that status. However, only Shedinja and Smeargle get that combo so it seems too weak even if it works.

That's a good idea w/ Gengar. I'd guess most mons that could use Grudge well would also have Protect/Sub to reduce odds of dying to a z-move? The mon I'm thinking to Grudge w/ is Mega-Gallade. For moves I immediately thougt of (ofc cause it is the whole idea here) Grudge, and sub. Then it seems difficult.

Close Combat is good, but could easily be Draining Punch. If Grudge on a Mence switch in scares it into EQing me then unboosted max atk EQ shouldn't 2hko. I don't need crazy much bulk to make that fairly unlikely, but should I just run 252 HP +Def? Then DP is even more compelling. So probably a fighting STAB of some sort. Then Ice Punch? Makes sense but Toxic, T-Wave, Zen Headbutt, and maybe wisp all compete so I'm not sure what moves to use. Mostly I;d like advice on Gallade, what moves and before that is it even halfway viable. But I don't mind teammate ideas assuming people consider it viable.
 

Ika Ika Musume

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I didn't see the information on bulbapedia, but I'm assuming that grudge goes to waste if they KO w/ a z-move. Also I was thinking that I can Baton Pass that status. However, only Shedinja and Smeargle get that combo so it seems too weak even if it works.

That's a good idea w/ Gengar. I'd guess most mons that could use Grudge well would also have Protect/Sub to reduce odds of dying to a z-move? The mon I'm thinking to Grudge w/ is Mega-Gallade. For moves I immediately thougt of (ofc cause it is the whole idea here) Grudge, and sub. Then it seems difficult.

Close Combat is good, but could easily be Draining Punch. If Grudge on a Mence switch in scares it into EQing me then unboosted max atk EQ shouldn't 2hko. I don't need crazy much bulk to make that fairly unlikely, but should I just run 252 HP +Def? Then DP is even more compelling. So probably a fighting STAB of some sort. Then Ice Punch? Makes sense but Toxic, T-Wave, Zen Headbutt, and maybe wisp all compete so I'm not sure what moves to use. Mostly I;d like advice on Gallade, what moves and before that is it even halfway viable. But I don't mind teammate ideas assuming people consider it viable.
Grudge works like Dbond, you cannot pass the status because it expires on the next time you move. Grudge just has very very limited usage unfortunately, I cannot think of a competitive usage beyond a meme team.
 
Omg. I didn't know it expired the same way I figured the only possible point to it would be if it didn't do that. Well nvm then, ty.
 
Can a 11 year old team be competitive?

Basically, my question is above... I'm an old player, my last pokemon game I've played is pokemon diamond... and I remember I've built a good team there with good IVs, fully EVs and with the good nature... Because I don't play from almost 11 years I don't remember each pokemon, but I remember I had a Blissey for special tank, Skarmory, Gengar, Breloom, Snorlax and I've also put my shiny bronzong which I found and wasn't that bad in IVs and nature and a couple more which I don't remember now, but every now and then I was used to put in the team and make some changes.

I remember I've spent tons of time to get these pokemon the best as possible. The problem is, I'm out from 11 years and for various reasons these days youtube is suggesting some videos about a guy using a magikarp but still winning all online games. Somehow this made me feel nostalgic and I almost want to buy the latest pokemon game just to play online every now and then, but sadly I don't have the time anymore to grow pokemon. That's why I'm asking, in your opinion can that old team still win some games on the latest pokemon game? Thank you
 
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Can a 11 year old team be competitive?

Basically, my question is above... I'm an old player, my last pokemon game I've played is pokemon diamond... and I remember I've built a good team there with good IVs, fully EVs and with the good nature... Because I don't play from almost 11 years I don't remember each pokemon, but I remember I had a Blissey for special tank, Skarmory, Gengar, Breloom, Snorlax and I've also put my shiny bronzong which I found and wasn't that bad in IVs and nature and a couple more which I don't remember now, but every now and then I was used to put in the team and make some changes.

I remember I've spent tons of time to get these pokemon the best as possible. The problem is, I'm out from 11 years and for various reasons these days youtube is suggesting some videos about a guy using a magikarp but still winning all online games. Somehow this made me feel nostalgic and I almost want to buy the latest pokemon game just to play online every now and then, but sadly I don't have the time anymore to grow pokemon. That's why I'm asking, in your opinion can that old team still win some games on the latest pokemon game? Thank you
if those pokemon you bred / RNGed / obtained originated in those old games they won't be allowed on the "ranked" ladders, as you can only bring Pokemon obtained from gen 6 games and later. A Gengar caught in Omega Ruby will have a pentagon symbol in its status screen, a Gengar caught in Moon will have a + symbol on its status screen, a Gengar caught in the virtual console version of Yellow will have a gameboy symbol, and a Gengar caught in Platinum will have no symbol. Ranked Battle Spot only allows pentagon and + symbols, gameboy and no symbol pokemon are banned (except in certain special competitions).

that means you will unfortunately have to re-breed your Pokemon in the newer games to use them in the ranked mode, or just play free battles. the good news is that you can still use your good IV pokemon from older games as parents for breeding, as the offspring will have the necessary symbol you need as they will have originated in the newer game.

there's also a HEAP of giveaways in the wifi forum to obtain pokemon with good IVs (and often with EVs too). you can grab yourself a perfect Ditto and breed it with your perfect pokemon to get perfect + mons.

as for actual teams from that era; A LOT has changed since gen 4, the general rule of thumb is that you want a mega evolution and z move user on every team now. for starters you can simply make your Gengar the mega and give something with a strong attack the Z crystal. apart from that, older teams can work while you learn the metagame for sure.

edit: those youtubers are almost definitely playing on the free battles "ladder" of battle spot, where the competition is much lower, and your older pokemon are legal.
 

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