fp: the teamSome new meta innovation, honestly was not expecting this to work but god damn, might just have to rmt this later.
Read explanation for possible set change preferences. Would like to see what other teams people could make with this set :o
Hawlucha @ Psychic Seed
EVs: 248 HP / 44 Def / 172 SpD / 44 Spe
- Drain Punch
- Bulk Up
Tapu Lele @ Choice Specs
Ability: Psychic Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hidden Power [Fire]
Scizor-Mega @ Scizorite
EVs: 248 HP / 72 Atk / 124 SpD / 64 Spe
- Bullet Punch
Latios @ Electrium Z
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Landorus-Therian @ Leftovers
EVs: 248 HP / 216 Def / 44 Spe
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Stealth Rock
Nihilego @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Toxic Spikes
- Sludge Wave
- Power Gem
- Hidden Power [Ice]Since the team was made reasonably fast, I might come back to it for improvements
I wanted to use a something different, as I suspect most of the teams being submitted will be using the standard set or something similar. I thought a Bulk Up set could be fun as you can get the a Seed to raise your SpDef, making Hawlucha significantly more bulky. So I went to calcs and realised that with Roost, you can stall out Tapu Kokos terrain to then set up on it. So I added 172+ SpDef and 248 Hp to never be 2hkoed by magnet Kokos Tbolt in terrain on the Roost, 44 Speed for Scarf Greninja, and then the last, 44 Def, greatly improving the odds of living Z-Wild Charge on the Roost.
For the first time in forever, having Stealth Rock up on your side of the field is important as Hawlucha needs to be able to Roost to lose its flying typing and stall out Tapu Kokos Terrain. It can stall out Magnet Kokos terrain and Z-Wild Charge at +1 Bulk Up to set up on. With the SpDef boost and investment, both Fini, Clef and even Kingdra, if the rain is near to ending, all find them selves vulnerable to being set up on. Bulk Up allows with Hawluchas amazing speed allows you to set up on many physical threats as well, such as M.Swampert in rain, M.Scizor and Band TTar and many others. With all the stalling and slow recovery gains, it leaves you prone to hax however.
Tape Lele is important for the terrain for Hawlucha giving its SpDef boost. Psychic Terrain also helps check Bisharp and other threatening priority, though half of the team is still hit with the priority. Another positive is that most opposing Hawlucha use Electric Terrain for there Seed allowing you to set up first or deny them the boost. But Tapu Leles main role for the team is wallbreaking, breaking through most of the tier with its sheer force alone. The things designated to check Tape Lele are often Hawluchas set up fodder, giving Hawlucha ample opportunity to set up on the sac, providing an easier late game.
3 Attacks Roost M.Scizor is probably one of my favourite sets right now, with ability to lure Heatran and potentially trap Lele and the Lati twins depending on which set you use. The set I decided to use was Superpower to smack both Heatran and Ferrothorn, freeing up Lele to break better, U-Turn providing the team with momentum, bringing Lele safley on threats such as LandoT. Lastly Bullet Punch is used as the teams priority, and a very nice way of weakening Tapu Koko, as 72+ Atk Bullet Punch always 2hkos Tapu Koko after Rocks. This is important for Hawlucha as Taunt can shut down its Roost stalling. 248 Hp and 124 SpDef make sure Specs Lele Psychic basically never 2hkoes when rock aren't on the field and Life Orb HP Fire from Koko never ohkoes after rocks. 64 Speed is used creep Magnezones creeping M.Scizors outpacing M.Mawile, so you can either escape or break with U-Turn, Superpower respectively.
Another option for M.Scizor is Pursuit. Pursuit can trap threats to the team such as Gengar and Tapu Lele, with the latter being a big threat to Hawluchas sweep, but also the Lati Twins, allowing Tspikes to potentially stay up. If Pursuit is being ran, either U-Turn or Superpower is to be replaced and a different ev spread of 248 HP / 96+ Atk / 100 SpD / 64 Spe is ran, with Pursuit on switch and 1 round of Rocks damage 2hkoing Lele. The rest of the spread is similar to the previous. Using this set is completely down to preference.
Like with most of my teams, Latios is my go to fire resist when using offensive M.Scizor being, being an offensive check to CharizardY, Heatran and many other of the tiers fire demons. Latios also provides great defog support for the team, as most members are prone to being stacked on. Z-Thunder is used to lure Celesteela improving Tapu Leles breaking capabilities or just as a general nuke vs something, as Dragon Stab has been forgone.
Landorus Therian Formation
LandoT provides Rocks, another pivot the Lele, and a blanket check to half the tier. Lando is also good at luring in other Landos to weaken with Hp Ice, which is useful for Hawlucha is the opposing LandoT is Z-Fly. Ground Stab is also appreciated for threatening M.Mawile, Magearna and many many others in the tier.
I realised that Tapu Koko carry Taunt often, shutting down my plan of stalling out terrain somewhat, so I decided to run a Tspike user as my last Pokemon, also re-enforicing other Roost stalling targets, allowing Hawlucha to beat Specs Tapu Koko. Tspikes are to wittle Koko down as fast as possible, putting it into range Hawlucha as fast as possible. Though this doesnt sort out the Taunt Tapu Koko problem fully, it does greatly improve it. I decided to go with Scarf Nihilego for the Tspikes, condensing Scarfer / Revenge Killer, Tspikes Setter and lastly a secondary wincon for the team. Not being pre-planned at all, Nihilego fitted surprisingly well into the team. With Tape Lele breaking down most of its checks in Steel types, and halting priority temporarily, which Nihilego is very susceptible to, and potentially a Pursuit M.Scizor trapping potential hazard removal in the Lati twins, allowing Tspikes to stay up.
Mew can stop Hawlucha as it can eat the hits and Wil'o'wisp, crippling Hawluchas potential sweep. However it is to note that if you can waste 7 or so Roosts from Mew, Hawlucha can eventually beat it by stalling it out of roosts, but Hawlucha is still cripples with Burn
Although Zapdos is doing no damage to Hawlucha, Zapdos can paralysis from Discharge spam roost off +6 Hawlucha slowly PP stalling you until defeat. If Zapdos is running Tbolt however, like mew, Zapdos can potentially stalled out of Roosts, though a lot more roosts will have to be wasted than Mews case.
Haze... regen makes it very hard to wear down too.Calcs Key:
M.Scizor Superpower U-Turn
252 SpA Magnet Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. +1 248 HP / 172+ SpD Hawlucha in Electric Terrain: 150-177 (41.7 - 49.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO (Roosting)
252 SpA Magnet Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. +1 248 HP / 172+ SpD Hawlucha: 100-118 (27.8 - 32.8%) -- guaranteed 4HKO (Roosting)
252 SpA Magnet Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. +1 248 HP / 172+ SpD Hawlucha: 200-236 (55.7 - 65.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Tapu Koko Gigavolt Havoc (175 BP) vs. +1 248 HP / 44 Def Hawlucha in Electric Terrain: 313-370 (87.1 - 103%) -- 18.8% chance to OHKO (Roosting)
252 Atk Tapu Koko Wild Charge vs. +1 248 HP / 44 Def Hawlucha in Electric Terrain: 163-193 (45.4 - 53.7%) -- 41% chance to 2HKO (Roosting)
252 Atk Tapu Koko Wild Charge vs. +1 248 HP / 44 Def Hawlucha: 109-129 (30.3 - 35.9%) -- 37.5% chance to 3HKO (Roosting)
252 Atk Tapu Koko Wild Charge vs. +1 248 HP / 44 Def Hawlucha: 218-258 (60.7 - 71.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. +1 248 HP / 172+ SpD Hawlucha in Electric Terrain: 187-222 (52 - 61.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO (Roosting)
252 SpA Choice Specs Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. +1 248 HP / 172+ SpD Hawlucha: 126-148 (35 - 41.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO (Roosting)
0 SpA Clefable Moonblast vs. +1 248 HP / 172+ SpD Hawlucha: 138-164 (38.4 - 45.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
0 SpA Tapu Fini Moonblast vs. +1 248 HP / 172+ SpD Hawlucha: 138-164 (38.4 - 45.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
72+ Atk Technician Scizor-Mega Bullet Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko: 123-145 (43.7 - 51.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock
252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Hidden Power Fire vs. 252 HP / 124 SpD Scizor-Mega: 244-291 (70.9 - 84.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock
72+ Atk Scizor-Mega Superpower vs. 252 HP / 88+ Def Ferrothorn: 192-226 (54.5 - 64.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
72+ Atk Scizor-Mega Superpower vs. 212 HP / 44 Def Heatran: 260-306 (69.1 - 81.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 252 HP / 124 SpD Scizor-Mega in Psychic Terrain: 147-173 (42.7 - 50.2%) -- 1.2% chance to 2HKO
96+ Atk Scizor-Mega Pursuit vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Latias-Mega: 166-196 (45.6 - 53.8%) -- 46.9% chance to
2HKO (On Switch)
96+ Atk Scizor-Mega U-turn vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Latias-Mega: 218-258 (59.8 - 70.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
96+ Atk Scizor-Mega Pursuit vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Latias: 212-250 (70.4 - 83%) -- guaranteed 2HKO(On Switch)
96+ Atk Scizor-Mega Pursuit vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Latios: 232-274 (77 - 91%) -- guaranteed 2HKO (On Switch)
96+ Atk Scizor-Mega Pursuit vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tapu Lele: 123-145 (43.7 - 51.6%) -- 9.8% chance to 2HKO (On Switch)
43.7 + 43.7 + 12.5 = 99.9
252 SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 248 HP / 100 SpD Scizor-Mega in Psychic Terrain: 149-176 (43.4 - 51.3%) -- 6.6% chance to 2HKO
96+ Atk Technician Scizor-Mega Bullet Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko: 124-147 (44.1 - 52.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth RockThanks for Reading:)Some replays, because I doubt many of you will believe the set works. The replays mentioning are the Hawlucha sweeps, the others show the team working. Didn't get chance to play much fat.
Pinsir BO - Beats Mew and sweeps despite burn
ZardX BO - Sets up on Ferrothorn
NJNP Rain - Last mon clutch sweep despite burn
Kartana Rain - Sets up on Kingdra and Swampert
LOKB Team - Winning a bad match up