SM OU New Player, How's my team?

Introduction: Hey. I have been an avid pokemon player for a while, but I finally wanted to start competitive play. I looked at a few
example teams to see what teams should look like, and with some inspiration, I made this team. I used it, then edited, then used it,
then edited it some more. After that, I made my team which is shown below. Thanks in advance!


Spoon (Alakazam-Mega) (M) @ Alakazite
Ability: Magic Guard
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Psychic
- Dazzling Gleam
- Shadow Ball
- Recover

The first pokemon on my team is Mega Alakazam. I love a special attack offense, so Mega Alakazam was the perfect choice for me, I think. It's moveset consists of special attacking moves, and well as recover in order for Alakazam to stay in the game longer. Dazzling Gleam is used to counter dark or dragon types and Shadow Ball is used to counter ghost or other psychic pokemon. I have max Speed EV in order for it to be able to attack first due to an overall low health, defense, and special defense. Of course, I mega evolve Alakazam, hence the Alakazite.

Snippy (Gliscor) (F) @ Toxic Orb
Ability: Poison Heal
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 68 HP / 224 Atk / 68 Def / 68 SpD / 80 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Roost
- Ice Fang
- Earthquake
- Stone Edge

Next on my team is Gliscor. Originally, I didn't have this pokemon on my team because I didn't realize how good of a pokemon it can be. With poison heal and toxic orb, it is able to restore HP quite efficiently, which makes it useful in battle. Roost is also helpful, in case an effective attacking move hits Gliscor. Its other moves are well rounded I think, but I primarily use Earthquake to cover many different pokemon. It's EV's are quite spread out, because I wanted the pokemon to be well rounded overall.

Snake (Serperior) (F) @ Shell Bell
Ability: Contrary
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
- Defog
- Leaf Storm
- Giga Drain
- Dragon Pulse

Third, we have Serperior. I found out the power of this pokemon when I was miserably beaten by an opponent running a Serperior on their team. My Serperior's main attack is Leaf Storm, of course, due to the fact that it can raise Special Attack after attacking. Giga drain can be used to restore HP efficiently, especially when the Special Attack is already high due to Leaf Storm. Dragon Pulse can be used as a counter to pokemon. I gave my Serprior Defog due to the fact that none of my other pokemon have it and that it is a valuable move. Shell Bell to restore HP, obviously.

Tongue (Greninja) (M) @ Expert Belt
Ability: Protean
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 40 Atk / 216 SpA / 252 Spe
Hasty Nature
- Hydro Pump
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Spikes
- U-turn

Next, Greninja with Protean. I like Grenigna, due to the fact that it has a very wide coverage, and that it is hard to hit due to Protean. Hydro Pump is the main attack I'd say because of the large damage it can do. Hidden Power is very good to counter pokemon, and it also catches the opponent off guard a lot of the times I think. Spikes can be useful if sent in early during the battle, and U-Turn is a good subsite to just switching this pokemon out. Not quite sure about the item, so that can definitely be modified.

Spike pt.2 (Toxapex) (F) @ Black Sludge
Ability: Regenerator
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 248 HP / 120 Def / 108 SpD / 32 Spe
Impish Nature
- Return
- Toxic
- Recover
- Haze

Next, one of my personal faves, Toxapex. I think Toxapex is a great tank for my team because of Toxic as well as a useful move such as Return. I send in Toxapex whenever there is a pokemon I can't easily counter, but can easily poison. I use toxic, then Return and Recover afterward. Haze is also useful when I come across a pokemon like Vicitni or Clefable, which is simply building up stat increased. Therefore, it is a good counter to that type of pokemon. Black SLudge is good of course for HP recover as well as the Regenerator ability.

Plump (Clefable) (F) @ Leftovers
Ability: Magic Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature
- Calm Mind
- Moonblast
- Soft-Boiled
- Stealth Rock

Finally, we have Clefable. I use Clefable whenever I don't know what to do. It can withstand quite a few attacks, even without Calm Mind. Soft Boiled then brings the HP up again, with a new High Special Defense and Special Attack, which caused Moonblast to be very useful. Stealth Rock is good to use when Clefable is sent in early and to prevent easy switching of opponent's pokemon. Leftover is used for HP recovery, of course. I come into trouble whenever a steel type is pulled out, so I wonder if there is a cover for that.​


Conclusion: So that's my team, thanks for checking it out! I am very open to suggestions to make my team better. Changing pokemon is definitely okay because I am not TOO attached to any pokemon. If there are any more questions about my team, just let me know. Thanks again!
g pokemon. But, i think this is the type of play style that I like. Thanks again.
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This team structure seems okay, but you have a few odd sets and a glaring lack of speed control, making mons like Gyarados much more of a threat to you.

1. What's Stone Edge doing on Gliscor that Ice Fang isn't? If you want a powerful attack you could use Facade, or you could opt for Swords Dance for balance breaking, but usually you'd opt for Stealth Rock or Defog here for utility, or U-turn for momentum.
2. Your Serperior set is a bit odd. Leaf Storm is obvious and Defog is fine, but Dragon Pulse is very out of place. Most Serperior opt for Glare so they can still do work against teams they can't sweep, and Hidden Power Fire or Ground are more common coverage options due to their ability to hit Ferrothorn or Heatran respectively. Leech Seed and Substitute is a more valid set if you're looking for longevity over sweeping potential.
Also, the Shell Bell is a bad item, due to the very low rate of return you get from it. OHKOing an opposing mon will rarely give you more than 20% of your HP, and at that point your HP aren't your key concern. Leftovers is better for longevity on a Sub set, but a Z move or Scarf are more common on offensive sets.
3. Although non-choice Protean Gren can take a few surprise kills, your coverage options aren't great. There's very little reason to run Pump when all your moves have STAB. Ice Beam, Gunk Shot, Rock Slide, Low Kick and Shadow Sneak make guessing your coverage much harder, especially before revealing Protean. Protean Gren is also a good option for a scarfer for some speed control.
4. Return is pretty much pointless on Toxapex. Its attacking stats are too low to deal real damage. Most players use Scald, not because it hits particularly hard, but because it can be used to fish for burns on switches, limiting what can freely come in on Pex. As soon as you click Return, threats like Mawile, Medicham, Gyarados etc can feel free to come in and start clicking things.

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