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Balance the roles for team building?

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so, almost all teams I have made, has been "special teams" (baton pass, weather, o.s.v) thats why I will try to build a "pro" team with sweepers and tanks and things like that. so I'm looking for how many you should have of each roles in one team
i wanna see it like this:
example

-spinner
-sweeper
-sweeper
-annoyer
-tank
-hazzard setter

asked Dec 31, 2013 by dOkTorR (ツ) d00D?

1 Answer

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Smgon writes that an offensively sound team should have:

  • Lead
  • Breaker 1
  • Breaker 2
  • Pivot
  • Sweeper
  • Speed

This is a Smogon framework that isn't too complicated. The lead was supposedly tarnished by Team Preview, but it still maintains effectiveness. Its usually something to set up hazards or screens or prevent them by using Taunt. Breker might be a new term, but all it is is a Pokemon who maintains pressure on something that walls your main sweeper. Your pivot is your Pokemon who's usually bulky enough to tank hits and do something like Rapid Spin or Defog (Itimidators work extremely well as well). Your sweeper is usually the Pokemon the team is built around. If you want to build a team with around Mega Scizor who has the moves Swords Dance / Roost / Bullet Punch / Bug Bite, then you'll need to orient your other Pokemon around it to ensure it is successful. Scizor is walled by fire and steel types so your Breakers would be Ground types like Landorus. Finally you have Speed which is really capable of finishing off a team or finishing offa threat on your opponent's team. Usually its a Pokemon with Choice Scarf, but there are Pokemon who are able to get easy boosts like Sharpedo and Dragon Dance Dragonite.

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answered Dec 31, 2013 by hotcakes
interesting… i try that!
Yep, no problem :D
I generally have one one band, one specs, a physical wall, a special wall, a setup sweeper and a lead. Like...

Fluff Butt (Jolteon) (F) @ Choice Specs
Ability: Volt Absorb
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature
- Thunderbolt
- Volt Switch
- Shadow Ball
- Hidden Power [Fire]

Double D (Gyarados) @ Leftovers
Ability: Moxie
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Ice Fang
- Waterfall
- Earthquake

Squidward (Tentacruel) @ Black Sludge
Ability: Rain Dish
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Bold Nature
- Surf
- Protect
- Rapid Spin
- Toxic

Snippet (Gliscor) @ Toxic Orb
Ability: Poison Heal
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SDef / 20 Spd
- Protect
- Toxic
- Ice Fang
- Earthquake

Klaus Vahndenstein (Infernape) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Blaze
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Naive Nature
- Fake Out
- Overheat
- Close Combat
- Stealth Rock

Irony'd (Weavile) @ Choice Band
Ability: Pressure
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 HP
Jolly Nature
- Ice Shard
- Pursuit
- Night Slash
- Ice Punch