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Hi everyone! I was not a huge fan of gen8 (Z-moves are dumb), so its been around a year since I've seriously played anything more than unrated randoms. But, the pokedex getting reduced and the gimmicks getting axed (for now) was the perfect opportunity to return, so here I am. And boy am I rusty when it comes to building. That being said, I present to you one of the teams I've had more fun playing with that isn't super gimmicky. So far it's worked pretty well (went 26-4), but I've only reached the mid-1500s for what its worth. Importable at the end.
Started with the core of SD Excadrill and Specs Toxtricity, with Toxcricity breaking Corviknight and them both weakening bulky ground-types for each other. From there, I went with Sub-NP Hydreigon since both Excadrill and Toxtricity can handle fairies, and also it eats up most of the pokemon that come in to handle them. Guts Conkeldurr was kind of slapped on without much thought but its tanky and provides some degree of speed control. Seismitoad was added because Dracovish and it provides rocks, plus it gives this team some defensive presence. I opted for Scarf Gardevoir in the last spot for a revenge killer and the combination of fairy-typing and healing wish.
EDIT 1/13: Per suggestions, Hydreigon has been replaced by Mandibuzz for a more defensive presence.
The Underminer (Excadrill) @ Leftovers
Ability: Mold Breaker
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Earthquake | Iron Head | Rapid Spin | Swords Dance
The starting point of the team, the main win-con, and just terrifying in general, we have Excadrill. EVs are here to maximize speed and power, and Leftovers are there for longevity. The lack of flying-types and bulky grass-types (HA Rillaboom when?) means Earthquake is a lot more spammable, and Iron Head smacks Fairies hard. Rapid Spin is here mostly for the +1 speed, but also has the nice utility of clearing hazards. At +2 the only slower thing that really handles it is Corviknight (who needs Body Press or Bulk Up to stop you), and if you get off a spin then offense kind of drops. This nickname was brought to you by Disney's The Incredibles (its a great movie and everyone should watch it).
*SCREAMS LOUDLY* (Toxtricity) @ Choice Specs
Ability: Punk Rock
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Overdrive | Boomburst | Sludge Wave | Volt Switch
Toxtricity finds its place on the team as a way to handle Corviknight, serve as a secondary way to handle fairies, and also pivot. EVs are pretty standard, maximizing power and speed. Overdrive + Boomburst are the main attacking moves, thanks to Punk Rock's boost they hit really hard. Volt Switch lets Toxtricity get out on forced switches, although with the prevalence of Seismitoad and Excadrill it doesn't get used much (but if ground-types are dead I spam it). Sludge Wave is here to actually threaten fairies but is mostly filler since Toxtricity's movepool is barren. When it contributes it does really well, but its prediction reliant to say the least.
CAW CAW (Mandibuzz) (F) @ Heavy-Duty Boots
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD
IVs: 30 Spe
Foul Play | Roost | U-turn | Defog
Mandibuzz replaces Hydreigon to give the team a more stable ghost-type switch-in and also provide additional hazard control. I'm running 30 Speed IVs to under-speed other Mandibuzz for when we both U-Turn. Foul Play is the main attacking move on this set, dissuading set-up by physical attackers. Roost keeps Mandibuzz healthy and Defog is for additional hazard control. U-turn lets Mandibuzz serve as a solid pivot and create a Volt-Turn core with Toxcricity. Mandibuzz is stupid bulky sometimes and I like how it has performed.
3fast5me (Conkeldurr) @ Flame Orb
EVs: 72 HP / 252 Atk / 184 Spe
Drain Punch | Mach Punch | Earthquake | Facade or Thunder Punch
Deer lord this thing hits hard. I run enough speed to beat out LO Clefable (who is difficult to switch into) which has also been clutch in 2HKO-ing Corviknight on the switch. Drain Punch gives you longevity and hits hard enough with Mach Punch here for speed control on faster threats. Earthquake lets you hit Aegislash and Toxapex, although its mostly here for Aegislash. The last slot is a toss-up between tearing through LO Clefable with 0 prediction or guaranteeing a 2HKO on Corviknight, I've been rolling with Facade and I've enjoyed it. Conkeldurr has won me about as many games as Excadrill, even without investment it can take a beating.
Frog and Toad (Seismitoad) @ Leftovers
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Scald | Earthquake | Toxic | Stealth Rock
Seismitoad is here for two reasons: Stealth Rocks and so Fishous Rend spam doesn't dismantle the team. Its also a solid pivot into unboosted physical attackers, thanks to its typing giving it only one weakness. Stealth Rocks are mandatory hazards that get chip on switch-ins. Scald burns everything in sight, and Earthquake gives you some offensive presence. Toxic helps wear down switch-ins like Rotom or opposing Seismitoads. I kind of wish Dracovish would get axed so I don't have to have a water absorb pokemon on every team to feel safe, so until then I patiently wait. "Frog and Toad" is a children's book series you should check it out.
Waifu4Laifu (Gardevoir) (F) @ Choice Scarf
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moonblast | Psychic | Healing Wish | Mystical Fire or Trick
Gardevoir is probably a really niche option but I think it rounds out the team well. It provides me with a stable revenge killer, reasonably powerful STABs, and Healing Wish to give Excadrill a second lease on life. Trace is the only useful ability but is clutch to steal Intimidate or Infiltrator. Common theme of dual STABs returns with Moonblast being the most spammable one. Healing Wish is the main reason Gardevoir is here; since I'm relying on my sweepers' typing to check certain threats, Gardevoir gives me more leeway in how I can play them. Last slot is kind of a toss-up; I've been going with Mystical Fire to be able to reliably damage steel-types, but Trick is an option to cripple opponents' defensive pokemon. Teleport is still fire.
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8ou-1049329385 - Usefulness of Shed Shell on Toxtricity
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8ou-1046274689 - Conkeldurr + Toxcricity win once speedier threats are dead
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8ou-1045865775 - Usefulness of speed on Conkeldurr, post-mandibuzz switch
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8ou-1045142722 - Minus the janky G-Corsola set, pretty standard use of the team.
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8ou-1044885038 - Excadrill sets up on non-Body Press Corviknight and sweeps
https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8ou-1044880763 - Shows off uses of Healing Wish
As mentioned below, Rapid Spin and Defog are somewhat redundant so Rock Slide is an option on Excadrill. Shed Shell is an option on Toxtricity to avoid Dugtrio, while giving the option to switch moves. I have 0 idea how to deal with Rotom-Mow without rebuilding the team sadly. Any other suggestions people have are welcome.
Thanks for reading and have a nice day!