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Battlespot Singles? - geetry - Apr 12, 2017
I was planning on running this team on the Battle Spot, or just with randoms in the FP so I can bring all 6.
This team has its strenghts and weaknesses. The places I've seen it most falter is against any Psychic type (notably Mega Mewtwo Y, Necrozma, bulky Reuniclus. Alakazam is pretty manageable, so are Mega Slowbro and Slowking.)
This team also has trouble with switch-ins, especially since Lapras is too slow to outspeed any Dragonite, Garchomp, or Flygon on the field.
One final thing I've seen with this team is that it's slow. It's difficult to get a Pokemon to outspeed most of the time, and I'm usually relying on priority for kills.
Metagross @ Air Balloon
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Def / 4 SpD
- Iron Head
- Bullet Punch
- Zen Headbutt
EVs: I chose to put 252 in Atk because of obvious reasons. Instead of giving it 252 in HP like most Metagross run, I gave it 252 in Def to add to its already great defense. 4 SpD was added just to give it a little edge.
Other problems: It got OHKO'd by a Flamethrower from a LO Blaziken once.
Item choice: I gave it an Air Balloon to help it out with one of its more common weaknesses. I could always replace this item, however. I felt like banded/life orb gross was too limiting, so I chose something to help it live longer rather than dish out more damage.
Darmanitan @ Choice Band
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
- Flare Blitz
- Rock Slide/Zen Headbutt
When showing this team to somebody, they said I really needed a Wall-breaker. I preferred the coverage Darmanitan offered compared to Chandelure (this team desperately needed some STAB Fire)
EVs: 252 Atk obvious is obvious
252 in HP, since it's Darmanitans really only other "high" stat.
4 SpD instead of Def, since its defense is crap. I could also give those 4 points to Spe instead.
Problems: Strong physical Pokemon. Darmanitan just shatters to EQ, Rock Slide, or Waterfall/Aqua Tail.
Item Choice: Darmanitan has a scary attack stat when banded. The only issues I've had are switching out and back in to reset the band (as switching in/out with Darmanitan is risky)
Lapras @ Leftovers
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpA
- Ice Beam
- Ice Shard
EVs: 252 HP for Lapras' already great HP stat. 252 SpA for its special moves, along with a 4 Atk for Ice Shard. I can always redistribute if I need Lapras to be bulkier or if Ice Shard is a dumb move that I should replace.
Item Choice: I find leftovers the best to run on this set, but back when I ran a full SpA Lapras on X/Y, I ran a weakness policy and it proved to be very good as well. I'm also considering an Iceium Z to ensure OHKOs on bulkier dragons if they happen to have SpD ivestments. (Aka please tell me which item fits this set best)
Problems: SWITCHING IN. Lapras can take a hit, but most everything in the metagame outspeeds it before it can even get an Ice Beam off. The best way to use this thing is by sacrafice play, which can be risky at times due to losing a Pokemon you may need at some other point in the match. ure, there are other Water/Ice types, but I feel like Lapras does the best job out of all of them. I am open to hearing suggestions for a Lapras replacement, though.
Palossand @ Wiki Berry
Ability: Water Compaction
EVs: 252 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
- Giga Drain
- Earth Power
- Shadow Ball
- Shore Up
Honestly, I need the most help with this Pokemon.
EVs: 252 Def to help it survive a little bit longer. Its SpD is crap, and even with Amnesia it's shaky at best. 252 SpA obvious is obvious. I gave the last 4 to SpD, but like I said, it's SpD is crap and doesn't really help it.
Item Choice: I felt like a berry was best for this guy, and giving it the Wiki berry seemed like the best option. I am also really considering trying out a Passho berry to activate Water Compaction, since Shore Up already offers potential recovery.
Problems: Water, Grass, Dark, Lunala. At least it can potentially wall Solgaleo. Kartana is also an issue with beast boosted leaf blade.
I don't know if I should keep the set how it is now, add the Passho berry, or just make it more bulky. Or even replace it with something different. I really needed the ghost/ground coverage, though.
Noivern @ Choice Specs/Dragonium Z
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Air Slash
- Dragon Pulse
I LOVE this Noivern set, and I've been running the same one since X/Y. I considered running an Adamant M-Scale D-Nite in place of this thing, but the flying coverage REALLY helps. This thing is also FAST - It outspeeds Crobat and Weavile with Spe investments.
EVs: 252 SpA obvious is obvious, 252 Spe for outspeeding just about anything in the metagame, and 4 SpD for good measure.
Item Choice: This set works well with either Specs or a Z crystal, but I can't really decide which one to use.
Problems: Ice types, Accelrock, trick room, Weavile (carries Ice Shard and can still OHKO Noivern)
Electivire @ Life Orb
Ability: Motor Drive
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Thunder Punch
- Fire Punch
- Brick Break
- Ice Punch
I thought Electivire would be a nice way to wrap up this team, as well as add some more coverage.
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spe, 4 SpD. Should be fairly obvious.
Item Choice: I think a Life Orb would be great, but a choice scarf would also work here. The only problem I have with choice items for Electivire is that since it has so much coverage, it'd be limiting to switch out or have to lock myself into something if it's my only Pokemon left.
Problems: Speedy Gchomp, anything with a high physical attack stat that can carry Earthquake.
I'm honestly open to any suggestions, and any given at all are appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read
RE: Battlespot Singles? - RetroTyphlosion - Apr 13, 2017
@geetry Here's my tips....
1. Add some bulk. Every team needs defense, and you're team no offense) is kind of lacking. I suggest a Porygon2, Celesteela, or Gigalith.
2. If speed is your issue, try a Trick Room. Sure, Noivern and maybe Electivire won't like it, and you'll probably need to replace a Pokemon, but it might be worth it. I suggest Porygon2 or Mimikyu.
3. If you need Psychic-type coverage, try a Dark Type. Maybe an Absol, Silvally with a Dark Memory, or a Weavile. Heck, if you want to try a Houndoom, I'd trade you one.
4. Practice with your team! Figure out what works best, and tailor your team to match. And use the advice of Karen of the Elite Four, and win with your favorites. Just use what you like!
Hope this helps!
RE: Battlespot Singles? - geetry - Apr 15, 2017
(Apr 13, 2017, 06:25 PM)RetroTyphlosion Wrote: @geetry Here's my tips....
I like the idea of a Porygon2, but I wouldn't know where to fit it in on my team. An Absol sounds great (as Weavile and Houndoom are frail), but I also don't know where it'd fit in or who to replace y'know.