[Gen7] Partner this Pokemon - SM CAP Edition [Week 9: Colossoil (Submitting)]

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cbrevan

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sparktrain's Magearna

The bule and marowak are both great abusers for tr but theres a whole lot less good secondary setters than there are abusers, and magearna is the best secondary setter for tr.
 

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sparktrain"s Magearna

Magearna is basically mandatory for all TR teams, because the value of having a setter that can switch into Tapu Lele is just too to pass up. Alolawak is great as well, but abusers are easier to find that great setters.
 

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Congratulations to sparktrain for winning this week! You can your Pokemon will be added into the HoF!

KrazyCake: II
Granny Pie: I
DarkSlay: I
snake_rattler: I
sparktrain: III


For Week 5 we'll be partnering....

Life Orb Stratagem! With excellent coverage ranging from STAB Power Gem to Energy Ball, Stratagem as the speed and power to put those weapons into use. 120 Special Attack and 130 Speed allow it outspeed Pokemon such as Weavile and Tornadus-T and hit them hard with its STAB Attacks. However, 90 / 65 / 70 defesnses, along with Life Orb, make it hard to keep around Stratagem for the entire game.

Deadline is Monday 10 PM EST (GMT - 5)

Stratagem @ Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Paleo Wave
- Fire Blast
- Earth Power
- Energy Ball

EDIT: Feel free to reserve Pokemon! Just please don't reserve then never do them :S
 
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Ninetales-Alola @ Light Clay
Ability: Snow Warning
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Aurora Veil
- Freeze Dry / Blizzard
- Moonblast
- Hidden Power [Fire] / Toxic

What do you give to a Pokemon who has everything? A mega-evolution, obviously. ;P But since Sratagem doesn't have everything, let's give him some defenses.
Seriously, what helps Stratagem's staying power better than doubled defenses? Say hello to Aurora Veil, Alolan Ninetales special, new move. In the hail, brought by Ninetales-A's Hidden Ability Snow Warning, Aurora Veil simultaneously summons Reflect and Light Screen, doubling both the defenses of the Pokemon on the field. That'll keep your Stratagem alive. Seriously. He'll take 2 Meteor Mashes or 3 Bullet Punches from Mega Meta.
But Ninetales-A isn't just for settin' up defenses. She can fight back in her Hail, launching perfectly accurate Blizzards, or hitting those Water-types who hurt Stratagem super-effectively with Freeze-Dry. Moonblast is mandatory on most Fairies who can use it, and Hidden Power Fire hits other Ice-Types or even Steel-Types super-effectively. Does Alolan Sandslash think he can come in on your Ninetales and Slush Rush? Nuh-uh. Not with Aurora Veil up and HP Fire comin' at his face. You worried about special walls? You probably should be. Until you Toxic them.
All in all, Alolan Ninetales helps cover Stratagem's biggest weakness, a lack of defense, and gives him some needed staying power to sweep, while covering his grass and water weaknesses, and having Stratagem cover her fire, poison, and rock weaknesses with his coverage.

Some numbers:

252 Atk Tough Claws Metagross-Mega Meteor Mash vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Stratagem through Reflect: 295-348 (91.9 - 108.4%) -- 50% chance to OHKO

252 Atk Tough Claws Metagross-Mega Bullet Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Stratagem through Reflect: 132-156 (41.1 - 48.5%) -- 9% chance to 2HKO after hail damage

252 SpA Life Orb Stratagem Fire Blast vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Metagross-Mega: 273-322 (90.6 - 106.9%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO

252 SpA Life Orb Stratagem Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Metagross-Mega: 224-265 (74.4 - 88%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after hail damage
Aurora Veil gives Stratagem the chance he needs if he's forced against Mega Meta 1v1, instead of him just dying on the spot.

252 SpA Life Orb Stratagem Paleo Wave vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Charizard-Mega-Y: 608-717 (204.7 - 241.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Life Orb Stratagem Paleo Wave vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Ninetales: 343-406 (119.5 - 141.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Ninetales-Alola Freeze-Dry vs. 248 HP / 164+ SpD Politoed: 132-156 (34.4 - 40.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

252 SpA Ninetales-Alola Freeze-Dry vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Pelipper: 444-528 (137.4 - 163.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Life Orb Stratagem Paleo Wave vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Pelipper: 452-533 (139.9 - 165%) -- guaranteed OHKO
 
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Hoopa-U @ Choice Specs
Ability: Magician
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psyshock
- Dark Pulse
- Focus Blast
- Thunderbolt
What eats Stratagem's hits? Chansey! What kills that and helps blow holes in teams for Stratagem? Hoopa-U! Basically, Hoopa-U breaks apart teams and can help Stratagem wear down walls until it can break past them. Hoopa-U appreciates Stratagem's ability to hit offensive threats like Tapu Koko and Mega Metagross. Obviously pivots will definitely be needed with this core, since both of these mons are relatively frail.
 
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Magearna @ Assault Vest
Ability: Soul-Heart
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Aura Sphere
- Fleur Cannon
- Flash Cannon
- Volt Switch


Alright so what better to fit the Badass quick Stratagem with the Slow Volt Switching bulky Magearna. It is literally the best fit for Stratagem! Magearna is perfect for allowing Stratagem to come in scott-free and snag a KO with its plethora of coverage moves. These not only have great coverage but they also synergize so well with each other as Magearna switches into things that can threaten Stratagem. It is my honest Belief that if you are going to run Stratagem then you must also run Magearna for the sake of synergy and free switches.
 
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Tapu Lele @ Mind Plate
Ability: Psychic Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psyshock
- Moonblast
- Focus Blast
- Hidden Power [Fire]


Tapu Lele is an ideal partner for Stratagem because it fulfills one of the prime desires for Stratagem--breaking Special walls--while also providing protection that no other Pokemon can viably offer: immunity to priority attacks. While Stratagem itself is unfortunately immune to Psychic Terrain when it uses Levitate, all-out attacker Stratagem is virtually always found on heavy offense teams, since it doesn't offer the utility of, say, Tapu Koko. This kind of team will nearly always carry Pokemon like Pheromosa and Syclant, which practically demand Tapu Lele. In particular, when Psychic Terrain is up, Mega Metagross and Mega Scizor are entirely removed as threats to heavy offense, and these two Pokemon are major factors against the viability of the archetype. Mind Plate on Lele lets you actually break Chansey and is a major issue for stall, an archetype against which Stratagem can often feel like dead weight.
 
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Voting Time! Please don't vote for yourself

Granny Pie's Alola Ninetails
snake_rattler's Hoopa-Unbound
Broken Phobias' Magearna
reachzero's Tapu Lele

Deadline is Wednesday 11 PM EST (GMT -5)
 
reachzero's Tapu Lele
Y'know, as a rule, I think Tapu Lele partners well with pretty much everything. Even if it is demon spawn.
 
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Congratulations to reachzero for winning this week! You and your Pokemon will be added to the HoF!

For Week 6, we'll be partnering...

Arghonaut! With good bulk, a underestimated Attack stat, and Bulk Up, Arghonaut can go from a harmless Pirate to a deadly sweeper. 105 / 95 / 100 take many hits, and a 110 Attack stat and hit hard back. However, its poor speed tier at 75 leaves it too slow for most of the meta, and too fast to function well under Trick Room. Water / Fighting is also not the best typing, leaving it to be walled by many common threats such as all of the Tapus. Hopefully, y'all will find a way to make it work.

Arghonaut @ Leftovers
Ability: Unaware
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
IVs: 0 SpA
- Bulk Up
- Drain Punch
- Gunk Shot
- Earthquake

Deadline is Monday 10 PM EST (GMT -5)

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Metagross @ Metagrossite
Ability: Tough Claws
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Meteor Mash
- Zen Headbutt
- ThunderPunch
- Earthquake
Arghonaut hates Tapus. Metagross hates Tapus. The difference? Metagross doesn't fear them. They fear him.
Metagross is built to punch holes in the teams that Arghonaut can't touch. Fairy types? Click Meteor Mash. Ded. Electric types? Click Earthquake. Ded. Flying types? Water types? Click Thunder Punch. Ded. Faster Pokemon in general? Metagross is pretty fast. Once Metagross punches those holes, Arghonaut can come in, set up, and finish sweeping. He even covers some of Metagross's weaknesses, too. Ground types? Fire types? Click Waterfall. Ded. Dark types? Click Drain Punch. Ded. Ghost types? Click Knock Off. Ded.
Now, this team is somewhat Will-O-Wisp weak, so Misty Surge or Aromatherapy support is greatly appreciated. But not much other support is needed, other than if you want some Wish Support for Arghonaut or Memento or Parting Shot support so that Arghonaut can have a free setup.

Some calcs:

252 Atk Tough Claws Metagross-Mega Meteor Mash vs. 164 HP / 0 Def Tapu Bulu: 368-434 (114.2 - 134.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 Atk Tough Claws Metagross-Mega Meteor Mash vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Tapu Fini: 184-217 (53.4 - 63%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Thunder Punch and Meteor Mash both 2HKO Fini, but I think that Meteor Mash is preferred for the chance for an attack boost.

252+ SpA Tapu Koko Thunder vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Metagross-Mega: 220-261 (73 - 86.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Metagross-Mega Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Tapu Koko: 270-318 (96 - 113.1%) -- 75% chance to OHKO

252 Atk Tough Claws Metagross-Mega Meteor Mash vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tapu Lele: 524-620 (186.4 - 220.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 Atk Metagross-Mega Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Krilowatt: 306-362 (68.9 - 81.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Tough Claws Metagross-Mega Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Tomohawk: 288-338 (69.5 - 81.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Tough Claws Metagross-Mega Zen Headbutt vs. +1 252 HP / 0 Def Arghonaut: 258-306 (62.3 - 73.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
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