ORAS UU *Gyarados and Celebi Aggressive Balance*

Hello. I took another stab at this since I did spend quite a bit of time testing and making this RMT. I hope you guys enjoy the team. If you have any questions regarding the team and how it works, please leave a comment down below and I will get back to you. All rates are appreciated.

-----Team Building Process-----
I was throwing some ideas around in the builder and pursuit Mega Absol seemed like a pretty neat idea to build off of. Pursuit trapping in this meta just seems really really good and Mega Absol is a nice surprise pokemon to be using it.

From there I went with spDef Empoleon because its Sylveon meta and I'm comfortable building with it. I put toxic on it to limit the time Celebi stays in and to catch Cresselia which seems pretty popular right now.

Needed a ground resist and a wincon so I went with the best. Celebi just destroys and it fit. Celebi is not a great fighting type counter so I added defensive Nidoqueen. Both just standard smogon sets. They worked well.

Lastly, I needed some more wincons and Krookodile switch ins. When I was watching UU open, I noticed that a certain Gyarados set just destroys so I added that. Best addition. Cobalion with shuca seemed appropriate. I added the little X-scissor new meta thing too.

There is not a lot of innovation but I think that is really why it performs so well.

----The Team----
Mega Absol: Triple Stabsol
Pursuit works very well even without the surprise factor. People fear the sucker punch on their celebi, azelf, chandelure, and switch to avoid that. These pokemon usually threaten the remainder of my team quite a bit, so being risky with them is not in my opponents best interest, however, it is risky of myself to click pursuit and I usually do it only when I am behind. Knock off and sucker punch are basic stabs that every mega absol has. Obviously pursuit cannot out perform these stab attacks so I did not replace them. Play rough has been picked over superpower because of sableye. The rest of my team performs quite poorly with sableye.
Absol @ Absolite
Ability: Justified
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Pursuit
- Knock Off
- Sucker Punch
- Play Rough

Empoleon: Spdef Support
This is a basic spdef Empoleon. I wanted a sure switch into Sylveon. Technically, this is a counter, but if you go through the motions of toxic and scalds, then you are left with 8% health at the end. I like toxic over flash cannon because it is not specific to just one mon but can be used against a multitude of pokemon empoleon counters such as Cresselia, Alolomola, and Whimsicott. I would rather put rocks on empoleon than nidoqueen but the team did not turn out that way. Putting rocks on defensive nidoqueen is just a little bit worse but better over all to compliment the rest of the team's synergies.
Empoleon @ Leftovers
Ability: Torrent
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Toxic
- Defog
- Roar

Celebi: Offensive Nasty Plot
The addition of Celebi was quite simple. The only big decision about this set was whether to have leftovers or life orb on this set. After adding gyarados, the descision was quite clear. The defensive synergy it had with the rest of my team meant I wanted to have some recovery even if it was just a little. Leftovers meant I could still set up with it after a few switch ins to EQs or waterfalls. The set is really standard. It fits well with Absol because celebi has no coverage for steel types and common steal types right now are bronzong and metagross. Dual stab. Gigadrain makes me able to beat t wave blissey one on one. Dazzle is for hydreigon and umbreon.
Celebi @ Leftovers
Ability: Natural Cure
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Nasty Plot
- Giga Drain
- Psychic
- Dazzling Gleam

Nidoqueen: Defensive Roar
A set like this is pretty underrated. Nidoqueen has the typing to come in a multitude of attacks and resist them. After that nidoqueen has the freedom to set up rocks and threatens removal. Because bulky nidoqueen is significantly weaker than the LO set, roar is a must. Earthpower is stab and ice beam is coverage for things EP can't hit. Both attacks hit most removal for super effective damage. Nidoqueen works really well with Empoleon because it resists powerful fighting attacks while empoleon resists psychic and water attacks.
Nidoqueen @ Black Sludge
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 248 HP / 232 Def / 28 SpA
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Stealth Rock
- Roar
- Ice Beam
- Earth Power

Gyarados: Life Orb 3 Attacks
Ground types with coverage for celebi are pretty scary at this point. Gyarados is a great addition as an offensive check to most pokemon that threaten my team including Entei. It also serves as a straight out balance destroyer. The rest of my team does a great job of weakening Gyarados counters so the sweep is a lot easier to pull off. Life orb provides the power to sweep teams after one boost. Having eq over anything else is to hit empoleon, mega ampharos, and metagross without having to boost. I think people always assume you are hitting other pokemon at plus 1, but you really have to consider if you can't set up and what you will be hitting.
Gyarados @ Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Waterfall
- Earthquake
- Bounce
- Dragon Dance

Cobalion: SD 3 Attacks
My dark resist is an absol. I also didn't want Haxorus to just win after one DD so I added this cobalion. Granted I am considering making it some sort of T wave support set over SD but it has worked out so far. Cobalion 3 attacks gives my opponent a lot of pressure on their defensive core coupled with me two other set up sweepers and pursuit trapper. X-scissor is more than just hitting celebi, but it also can kill off dark types without lowering defenses. The rest are basic stabs.
Cobalion @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Justified
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- X-Scissor
- Close Combat
- Swords Dance
- Iron Head

Thank you guys for reading. I would really appreciate a rate on this team. It performs really well, but I feel there might be some minor tweaks that it can benefit from. Also, each banner includes a link to some of my favorite songs if you are interested. Thank you guys again. Have a great day.

(comments related to the team only please, thanks)


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