VGC 18 Sample Teams

Jio

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This is awfully overdue and I apologize, but here it is anyway. Considering that VGC 18’ features an abundance of high-stakes tournaments players are constantly testing different teams and understanding metagame trends. This thread aims to help players get an idea of how to properly team build by displaying competent and successful teams over the course of the season.

Similar to other Sample Team threads from other subforums, the teams featured here will be archived only after being approved by a variety of active and established VGC players to ensure that high-quality teams are displayed.

Of course, this thread can still be used to submit teams and I encourage anyone to do so.
  • provide an import of your team
  • provide an explanation of your team
  • provide replays/battle videos or some other form of success with the team
  • Upload a QR code version of your team to make it easier for the battle spot players if possible.
Happy posting!!

TEAM ARCHIVE

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Landorus-Therian @ Choice Band
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- U-turn
- Explosion

Mimikyu (F) @ Mimikium Z
Ability: Disguise
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 244 HP / 252 Atk / 12 Def
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Shadow Claw
- Play Rough
- Swords Dance
- Trick Room

Snorlax (M) @ Iapapa Berry
Ability: Gluttony
EVs: 68 HP / 252 Atk / 188 Def
Brave Nature
- Return
- High Horsepower
- Belly Drum
- Protect

Charizard-Mega-Y @ Charizardite Y
Ability: Drought
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Flamethrower
- Solar Beam
- Hidden Power [Ground]
- Protect

Lilligant @ Focus Sash
Ability: Chlorophyll
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Leaf Storm
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Sleep Powder
- Protect

Tapu Lele @ Life Orb
Ability: Psychic Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Moonblast
- Taunt
- Protect

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Ninetales (F) @ Firium Z
Ability: Drought
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Quick Attack
- Roar
- Protect

Cherrim (F) @ Aguav Berry
Ability: Flower Gift
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 HP / 140 Def / 116 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Energy Ball
- Sunny Day
- Helping Hand
- Protect

Landorus-Therian @ Groundium Z
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 36 HP / 140 Atk / 4 Def / 76 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Stone Edge
- U-turn
- Knock Off

Tapu Lele @ Life Orb
Ability: Psychic Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Moonblast
- Taunt
- Protect

Metagross @ Metagrossite
Ability: Clear Body
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Zen Headbutt
- Ice Punch
- Stomping Tantrum
- Protect

Zapdos @ Psychic Seed
Ability: Pressure
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 92 SpA / 124 SpD / 36 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Tailwind
- Roost
- Thunderbolt
- Heat Wave

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set up spam - Lunar.
Gengar-Mega @ Gengarite
Ability: Levitate
Level: 50
EVs: 116 HP / 4 Def / 196 SpA / 4 SpD / 188 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Substitute
- Protect

Kommo-o @ Kommonium Z
Ability: Soundproof
Level: 50
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Mild Nature
- Clanging Scales
- Close Combat
- Flamethrower
- Protect

Scizor @ Safety Goggles
Ability: Technician
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Adamant Nature
- Bullet Punch
- Knock Off
- Swords Dance
- Protect

Gyarados @ Flyinium Z
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 12 HP / 252 Atk / 244 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Waterfall
- Bounce
- Protect

Tapu Koko @ Life Orb
Ability: Electric Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 4 Def / 244 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Taunt
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Protect

Smeargle @ Focus Sash
Ability: Own Tempo
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Fake Out
- Spore
- Follow Me
- Spiky Shield

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Sejun Sand - Sejun
Tyranitar @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Sand Stream
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Rock Slide
- Assurance
- Ice Punch
- Superpower

Excadrill @ Groundium Z
Ability: Sand Rush
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Swords Dance
- Rock Slide
- Protect

Salamence-Mega (M) @ Salamencite
Ability: Aerilate
Level: 50
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Naive Nature
- Hyper Voice
- Double-Edge
- Tailwind
- Protect

Clefairy (F) @ Eviolite
Ability: Friend Guard
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 220 Def / 36 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Follow Me
- Helping Hand
- Encore
- Protect

Thundurus-Therian @ Life Orb
Ability: Volt Absorb
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Sludge Bomb
- Thunderbolt
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Protect

Azumarill (F) @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Huge Power
Level: 50
EVs: 196 HP / 252 Atk / 20 Def / 12 SpD / 28 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Belly Drum
- Aqua Jet
- Knock Off
- Present

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Stakataka semi TR - Boah
Charizard @ Charizardite Y
Ability: Blaze
Level: 50
EVs: 36 HP / 252 SpA / 220 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Flamethrower
- Protect
- Heat Wave
- Tailwind

Stakataka @ Rockium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Lonely Nature
IVs: 17 Def / 0 Spe
- Rock Slide
- Trick Room
- Wide Guard
- Gyro Ball

Scrafty @ Aguav Berry
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 140 Atk / 4 Def / 116 SpD / 4 Spe
Careful Nature
- Fake Out
- Detect
- Drain Punch
- Knock Off

Landorus-Therian @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- U-turn
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Superpower

Cresselia @ Wiki Berry
Ability: Levitate
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 164 Def / 12 SpA / 44 SpD / 44 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Recycle
- Calm Mind
- Psyshock
- Icy Wind

Tapu Koko @ Choice Specs
Ability: Electric Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Volt Switch
- Discharge
- Dazzling Gleam
- Electro Ball

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Double Psychic/Fairy - Rutger's Esports team
Gardevoir-Mega (F) @ Gardevoirite
Ability: Trace
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 4 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 244 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hyper Voice
- Psyshock
- Taunt
- Protect

Tapu Lele @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Psychic Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 28 HP / 252 SpA / 228 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Moonblast
- Shadow Ball
- Dazzling Gleam

Heatran @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Flash Fire
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Earth Power
- Heat Wave
- Protect
- Hidden Power [Ice]

Hawlucha (F) @ Psychic Seed
Ability: Unburden
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 76 HP / 148 Atk / 4 Def / 204 SpD / 76 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Acrobatics
- Tailwind
- Sunny Day
- Low Kick

Landorus-Therian @ Groundium Z
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Rock Tomb
- Protect
- U-turn

Amoonguss @ Aguav Berry
Ability: Regenerator
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 HP / 140 Def / 116 SpD
Relaxed Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
- Giga Drain
- Protect
- Rage Powder
- Spore

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Gyarados squad - ansena, also her blog
ㅋ (Tapu Koko) @ Electrium Z
Ability: Electric Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 28 HP / 4 Def / 212 SpA / 12 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Dazzling Gleam
- Taunt
- Protect


ㅋㅋ (Gyarados) @ Gyaradosite
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 100 HP / 196 Atk / 4 Def / 20 SpD / 188 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Waterfall
- Crunch
- Dragon Dance
- Protect


ㅋㅋㅋ (Landorus-Therian) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 140 HP / 52 Atk / 4 Def / 68 SpD / 244 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Superpower
- U-turn


ㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Incineroar) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Blaze
Level: 50
EVs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 12 SpD / 28 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Knock Off
- Snarl
- Fake Out


ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Cresselia) @ Wiki Berry
Ability: Levitate
Level: 50
EVs: 220 HP / 36 Def / 156 SpA / 92 SpD / 4 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Ice Beam
- Icy Wind
- Trick Room

ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Ferrothorn) @ Choice Band
Ability: Iron Barbs
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 204 Atk / 4 Def / 52 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Power Whip
- Iron Head
- Gyro Ball
- Knock Off

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Assault Vest Tapu Koko - ansena
ㅋ (Tapu Koko) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Electric Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 100 HP / 228 SpD / 180 Spe
Timid Nature
- Sky Drop
- Electroweb
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Volt Switch

ㅋㅋ (Salamence-Mega) @ Salamencite
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 20 HP / 60 Atk / 4 Def / 204 SpD / 220 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Double-Edge
- Dragon Dance
- Roost
- Protect

ㅋㅋㅋ (Amoonguss) @ Iapapa Berry
Ability: Regenerator
Level: 50
EVs: 236 HP / 164 Def / 108 SpD
Relaxed Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
- Clear Smog
- Rage Powder
- Spore
- Protect

ㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Azumarill) @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Huge Power
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 244 Atk / 4 Def / 4 SpD / 12 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Aqua Jet
- Knock Off
- Belly Drum
- Protect

ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Tyranitar) @ Life Orb
Ability: Sand Stream
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Rock Slide
- Crunch
- Low Kick
- Protect

ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Aegislash) @ Ghostium Z
Ability: Stance Change
Level: 50
EVs: 204 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 44 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Shadow Ball
- Flash Cannon
- Substitute
- King's Shield

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Mega Latias - ansena
ㅋ (Tapu Fini) @ Wiki Berry
Ability: Misty Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 100 Def / 52 SpA / 44 SpD / 60 Spe
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Muddy Water
- Moonblast
- Calm Mind
- Protect

ㅋㅋ (Latias-Mega) @ Latiasite
Ability: Levitate
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 60 Def / 76 SpA / 12 SpD / 108 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psyshock
- Ice Beam
- Calm Mind
- Recover

ㅋㅋㅋ (Landorus-Therian) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 228 HP / 12 Atk / 84 Def / 4 SpD / 180 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Rock Tomb
- U-turn
- Knock Off

ㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Kartana) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Leaf Blade
- Sacred Sword
- Tailwind
- Detect

ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Incineroar) @ Figy Berry
Ability: Blaze
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 204 Atk / 44 Def / 12 SpD / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Knock Off
- Fake Out
- Protect

ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ (Aegislash) @ Ghostium Z
Ability: Stance Change
Level: 50
EVs: 140 HP / 252 SpA / 116 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- King's Shield
- Substitute
- Shadow Ball
- Flash Cannon


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Oh HAIL No! - Shivershaft
Mawile (F) @ Mawilite
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 HP / 204 Atk / 52 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Iron Head
- Sucker Punch
- Psych Up
- Protect


Tapu Fini @ Waterium Z
Ability: Misty Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 100 Def / 124 SpA / 28 SpD / 4 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Muddy Water
- Moonblast
- Haze
- Protect


Scrafty @ Eject Button
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Fake Out
- Low Kick
- Knock Off
- Taunt


Oranguru @ Psychium Z
Ability: Inner Focus
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 172 Def / 84 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Trick Room
- Protect
- Instruct


Abomasnow @ Abomasite
Ability: Snow Warning
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
Quiet Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Blizzard
- Energy Ball
- Ice Shard
- Protect


Heatran @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Flash Fire
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
Quiet Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
- Heat Wave
- Earth Power
- Substitute
- Protect


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Candy Land - Sir Zordor
Metagross-Mega @ Metagrossite
Ability: Tough Claws
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Zen Headbutt
- Iron Head
- Stomping Tantrum
- Protect



Zapdos @ Wiki Berry
Ability: Pressure
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 28 Def / 148 SpA / 84 SpD / 4 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Heat Wave
- Detect
- Tailwind



Landorus-Therian @ Assault Vest
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 28 Def / 132 SpA / 12 SpD / 84 Spe
Modest Nature
- Earth Power
- Rock Tomb
- Knock Off
- U-turn



Tapu Lele @ Life Orb
Ability: Psychic Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psyshock
- Dazzling Gleam
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Protect



Tapu Fini @ Waterium Z
Ability: Misty Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Muddy Water
- Moonblast
- Haze
- Protect



Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Download
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 204 Atk / 12 Def / 36 SpA / 4 SpD
Quiet Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Return
- Ice Beam
- Shadow Ball
- Trick Room
 

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Netherious

formerly Shivershaft
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"Oh HAIL No!"

Essentially a hard TR team utilizing the all-powerful Mega Mawile and Mega Abomasnow. Abomasnow is the most often used but either mega can be used in their non mega form depending on the scenario. Abomasnow is a great rain deterrent and Mawile can psych up Belly Drums and Kommo boosts Mega or without Mega and sweep entire teams with it's massive power. Heatran, Tapu Fini, and Abomasnow form the RGB core that is so proven throughout the game. Oranguru provides almost unparalleled support with Inner Focus preventing flinches and Psychium Z preventing Taunt from stopping TR getting up. Oranguru's set can survive a tect rage from Landorus-T, Overheat from Mega Chariard-Y, and Hydro Vortex from Ludicolo in the Rain. Mega Mawile's set allows it to survive Psychium Z from Tapu Lele under Psychic Terrain and Heat Wave from standard Heatran. It can also survive an Earthquake from Landorus-T without Intimidate and can 2HKO back with Iron Head. The team almost never fails to get off TR and always does huge damage to the opponent thanks to several heavy hitter.

Anyways, Here's some replays:

https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen7vgc2018-713973554

https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen7vgc2018-713981552

https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen7vgc2018-713986642
(This one is real juicy ^)

https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen7vgc2018-713988946

Hope this meets the standard! It's been one of my most successful teams and is the most successful Abomasnow team I've ever used. I will eventually make this in game and create a QR code for it as with the other teams I'd like to post as I retire them!

Jio :>
 
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