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What are the sturdiest cores that you've found?

11 votes

So when I checked the RMT, I saw it filled with teams that had cores inside. It brought me to try to make my own cores that I discussed with Faked Thrower yesterday night. Smogon may have their own cores, but it doesn't mean we can't find cores that work efficiently.
So many unexperienced members of this site may ask: What is a core? Smogon has this covered, providing an awesome explanation.

A core consists of 2-3 Pokémon that work well together through Defense, Offense, both, or through other ways to counter most of the metagame. This makes having a solid core one of the most important parts of team building. - Smogon University

Now, there is a lot of different types of cores. Smogon has this covered as well.

There are four different types of cores and they are as follows:

Defensive: This core consists of 2-3 Pokémon that compliment each other defensively. They are designed to counter a wide range of
threats through bulk and synergy, while taking resisted and neutral
hits with relative ease.

Offensive: This core is made up of Pokémon that have great coverage and power so that they can take out a wide range of threats
in the tier.

Mixed: This core consists of Pokémon that synergize well both offensively and defensively. For this type, you may have two walls and
one offensive Pokémon that all have great synergy and work well
together.

Other: This includes Pokémon who work together in other ways. Like a Toxic Spikes user and a Substitute + Calm Mind sweeper. Or a Spiker
and a Pokémon with a lot of power but not enough to break through
walls without Spikes. Even a lure and a sweeper can count as a
combinations. - Smogon University

So I was thinking we could post our favorite cores on this Q! If you post, please include EVs, Natures and everything else in a full moveset. Also, include what type of core yours is (Offense, Defense, Mixed or Other) and in what tier your core can be used and performs the best. Add a short description explaining your core. I'll be posting a core just to show the format in which you should answer.

Darmanitan-Z Darmanitan-Z

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Roserade Roserade

This is an Offensive core for use in the UU Tier. Darmantian-Z and Roserade provide great offensive synergy while Darmanitan can use Belly Drum to safely render himself to Zen Mode. BLA BLA BLA.

To note that that was an example and you should put a bigger description. xD


Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect core. Don't get too arrogant about your core and saying that, for example, your Leavanny could own your Dialga. Make a usable core, meaning no gimmick such as Specs Delibird or Banded Blissey. I hope you guys will post your cores here so everyone who visits this Q will get ideas for new cores and teams.

Have fun posting your cores and DO NOT post Smogon cores, we can just go see them there.

asked Sep 4, 2012 by JirachiCelebiMew
edited Nov 11, 2012 by JirachiCelebiMew
Do cores basically cover each others weaknesses?
The tags xD
LOL, I nearly died when I saw the tags!
Eh, i love my tags :]
What tags? zD
Something called "retagging" happened to this. :P
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24 Answers

6 votes

Gyarados + Jolteon

Gyarados (M) @ Leftovers / Lum Berry

Trait: Moxie
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Dragon Dance
  • Waterfall
  • Earthquake
  • Ice Fang

Jolteon (F) @ Life Orb / Choice Specs

Trait: Volt Absorb
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Thunderbolt
  • Volt Switch
  • Hidden Power [Ice]
  • Shadow Ball

Simple. An offensive core that works pretty well. The reason why these two work well together:

  • They cover each other's main weaknesses well. Barring Rock, of course.
  • They act as lures for each other. Gyarados lures in Electric moves for Jolteon to absorb, and Ground moves aimed at Jolteon can be rendered useless by Gyarados' Flying type. After being lured in, especially with Choiced Pokemon, they can sweep the opponents.
answered Nov 7, 2012 by Mewderator
my stunfisk would DESTROY this core
Got em' xD
..Your what? Stunfisk is in NU for a reason. It's pathetic and looks like a pancake with eyes. I'm not even sure if Discharge would OHKO Gyarados, who could reply with Waterfall. Even if he didn't resist, Jolteon could OHKO with HP Ice. End of discussion.
Lllawwwl, Mike xD
yeah but gyarados waterfall wouldnt 2hko stunfisk so i can kill it, then let it die and send out my other stunfisk
Gyarados would OHKO Stunfisk with waterfall, and species clause would prevent you from sending in another Stunfisk.
Yes, Gyarados's Waterfall would OHKO Stunfisk. And you would violate the Species Clause by sending in another Stunfisk.
Beat ya :P
gyarados doesnt ohko stunfisk with waterfall
im 252 hp
K, so it's a 2HKO if no Moxie boost, if there is a Moxie boost, it's a OHKO.
why would you have a moxie boost, that's like saying i would outspeed and ko you if i had +6 speed
K, well I assume Gyarados would've set up Dragon Dance, which would still make it an OHKO. If he didn't get any boosts, it's a 2HKO.
Because Gyarados often had a Moxie boost, so of Stunfisk switched in after Gyarados killed another pokemon Stunfisk wouldn't live.
it wouldnt be able to set up a dragon dance because thunderbolt ohkos it
252Atk Gyarados (+Atk) Waterfall vs 0HP/0Def Stunfisk (Neutral): 90% - 106% (324 - 384 HP). Guaranteed 2HKO. 41% chance to OHKO.

With Rain, DD boost, or Moxie boost, it'll be a garunteed OHKO
i already said, im 252 hp lol
The Jolteon would switch in and sponge Thunderbolt, then OHKO'ing ith HP Ice
Hey, look, Yellow. NOBODY would switch in his Gyarados on a Stunfisk, K? So I assume you didn't lead with Stunfisk. Even without a boost, I use Waterfall, you switch-in your Stunfisk, he resists, and then I KO. Also, no one uses Stunfisk in OU.
Even with 252 HP / 252 Def, it's still a 2HKO.
And Ok my bad, but it is still a OHKO with Moxie, Dragon Dance, or Rain
@jcm who cares if it 2hkos, i would kill with tbolt. and saying i have to switch in is stupid, why would u get a free turn? saying nobody uses stunfisk in ou is a awful argument anyway

@b3n, +1 specs hp ice doesnt ohko 252 hp stunfisk while i kill with earth power.
With the right switching, you would lose a turn. Try and use TBolt on Gyarados, I switch to Jolteon. You use Earth Power, I switch into Gyarados. You try and predict and use Earth Power, I use Dragon Dance. Bye Bye, Stunfisk.
Btw, Stunfisks Earth Power only has a chance to OHKO Jolteon, so if it doesn't, Jolteon can use HP Ice (Which is a Garunteed 2HKO) to kill Stunfisk. Not assuming Gyarados isn't switched back in to take Earth Power, in which case Stunfisk is royally screwed.
It's a great core, I've already used it with success.
It is good,I just tested it on showdown.
6 votes

A very strong, troll, and effective core:

Scizor + Rotom - W.



Scizor (M) @ Life Orb / Leftovers

Trait: Technician

EVs: 80 HP / 252 Atk / 176 Def

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • U-turn
  • Bullet Punch
  • Pursuit
  • Roost

This is an effective set for Scizor. U-Turn makes Scizor leave into RotomW. Bullet Punch is a must have on any Scizor + Technician. Pursuit adds to the power. This works great for when Rotom switches out from Volt Switch, because it forces mons out. Roost provides healing if Rotom gets KO'd. Your Lefties / Orb allows you to heal or hope he gets the job done quickly. Technician is obvious. EVs give a straight bulk as well as offensive capabilities. Nature just throws away unused stat.



Rotom @ Specs / Scarf / Toxic Orb

Trait: Levitate

EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Hydro Pump
  • Thunderbolt
  • Trick
  • Volt Switch

Hydro Pump is your basic STAB. Thunderbolt is used to cover those annoying Fighting + Water types, and offers a nice secondary STAB. Trick is used to give a hurtful item away. Volt Switch allows you to return back to Scizor. Specs should be the item since Rotom is so frail, but the other ones might be worth your while. EVs give Rotom sweeping speed that he needs. Nature, once again, throws away useless stat.


How it works:

Scizor resists everything Rotom is weak to, and Rotom resists everything Scizor is weak to. Simple. This takes some serious timing + skill to pull off, but if you have it you are good to go. Just switch these guys back and forth. This puts some serious pressure on the opponent. Be sure to run a Spinner, because Hazards will naturally threaten this core. They work unbelievably well together. I highly recommend this one. If you want me to classify this one, it would probably be an "other" core.

answered Nov 16, 2012 by Ninja
lol rotom isn't frail especially if you use hp evs
Using HP EVs on a Pokemon with base 50 HP is not the greatest idea, especially if you want it to sweep.
4 votes

This is one I love in NU:

Regirock @ Leftovers
Trait: Clear Body
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Stealth Rock
- Thunder Wave
- Stone Edge
- Drain Punch


Amoonguss @ Black Sludge
Trait: Regenerator
EVs: 252 HP / 60 Def / 196 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Spore
- Giga Drain
- Clear Smog
- Hidden Power [Ice] / Foul Play / Stun Spore


Regimoonguss > Alomomoonguss. Just sayin'. Anyway, this core is one I fell in love with in NU. It uses Bulky Regirock & Specially Defensive Amoonguss. Regirock, even uninvested, can tank physical hits with ease due to his 200 (TWO HUNDRED!) base defense stat. Amoonguss on the other hand uses its great base HP and solid SDef, along with Regenerator, to comfortably wall a lot of Pokemon that give Regirock trouble. Regirock can set up Stealth Rock, racking up residual damage with the many switches the core forces. It can also paralyse opposing Pokemon, making them easier dealt with by other team members. Stone Edge and Drain Punch are two high power moves with great coverage. Amoonguss has access to Spore, which can potentially cripple a Pokemon for the rest of the game. Giga Drain provides healing along with a reliable STAB move. Clear Smog stops most setup sweepers in their tracks, while HP Ice is coverage, but can be replaced with Foul Play or Stun Spore.

Regirock: Resists Flying & Fire
Amoonguss: Resists Fighting, Grass, & Water.

They share no weaknesses, and each can threaten Pokemon that give the other trouble.
Examples:

  • Swellow's STAB Guts boosted Brave Bird is a huge threat to any Amoonguss, but Regirock can comfortably tank it.

  • A Life Orb STAB Hydro Pump in rain from say, Ludicolo, will OHKO even the most bulky Regirocks, but Amoonguss can take it easily.

Hope I helped :] more to come!

answered Sep 8, 2012 by Spoink
edited Nov 8, 2012 by Pokemaster
FYI, your images broke down.
Yeah, I know.
4 votes

Surprised this isn't up.

I suggest you listen to this while reading. Props to Hex.

OU ChandyThorn Tanking

This is quite a fun one to play with. The way it works is very simple.

Ferrothorn is resistant to all of Chandelure's weaknesses excluding than ground.
Chandelure is IMMUNE to Ferrothorn's weaknesses, and is boosted by Fire.

This allows Ferrothorn to be used in Sun. Sun provokes people to use Fire STABs on Ferro, but Chandy gets boosted by it.


Hex (Chandelure) @ Choice Specs

Trait: Flash Fire

EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 HP / 4 SDef

Modest Nature

  • Shadow Ball
  • Trick
  • Will-O-Wisp
  • Energy Ball

This set makes an excellent wall, effectively screwing physical attackers like Terrakion, DNite, and Infernape. Hell, if you can Trick off an Air Balloon you are in top shape. Anyways, this Chandy can be used as a lead or switch-in to fighting. As a lead, Shadow Ball combined with Specs is an excellent STAB, hitting OU's psychics hard, as well as Jelli. Trick is an effective shut down to Fighting sweepers, very common in OU. Terrakion is a notable threat, He would simply OHKO Ferro. If it is Ballooned, Chandy is in a bind. I can see EQuake on Chandy, but if he goes for a Dance or Rock Polish Chandy is lucky to lock him in and pick off one of the weaknesses. After doing so, Chandy completely shuts it down with a Will-O-Wisp. For the stuff like Gastro, Energy Ball is an excellent coverage, most likely an OHKO if Flash activates.


Ferrothorn @ Leftovers

Trait: Iron Barbs

EVs: 252 Def / 252 HP / 4 SDef

Impish Nature

  • Leech Seed
  • Protect
  • Power Whip
  • Thunder Wave

Ferrothorn... such a beautiful wall, but easily shut down by Focus Miss and Fire Blast. Both of which Chandy negates :D. Not much to say here. Ferro can switch in on Chandy's weakness, allowing free moves. Ferro can expect a switch to a special FBlast user, allowing a free move. With that free move, Ferro can throw in a Leech Seed, allowing some nice healing. Focus Miss will likely come. LOL, suck on Protect. Naturally some players are persistent, and will try again. THAT is when Ferro switches. Leech Seed give Chandy healing. When annoying stuff like Poli comes in, Ferro can switch in. Power Whip is brute force, KOing all the annoying waters and hippos. When an annoyance like Heatran comes in, Thunder Wave allows both members of the core to troll much easier.


Not much else to say. Very fun, very effective, Ferro in sun.

answered Jun 21, 2013 by Ninja
edited Jun 21, 2013 by Ninja
nice, I might try it out at some point.
3 votes

Tentascor:

Tentacruel (M) @ Black Sludge

Trait: Rain Dish
EVs: 252 HP / 236 SDef / 20 Spd
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

  • Scald
  • Protect
  • Toxic Spikes
  • Rapid Spin

Gliscor (F) @ Toxic Orb

Trait: Poison Heal
EVs: 252 HP / 184 Def / 72 Spd
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Substitute
  • Protect
  • Earthquake
  • Toxic / Ice Fang

This is a combination of both Tentacruel and Gliscor. This Defensive core covers all their weaknesses (besides Psychic) and works pretty well. Gliscor stalls out Pokemon and provides Stealth Rocks for the team, and is immune to Ground and Electric moves, which Tentacruel is weak to. Tentcruel provides Rapid Spin, as well as Toxic Spikes for the team, and takes Water and Ice moves that Gliscor despises. And conveniently, Gliscor is a Physical wall, while Tentcrual is a Special wall.

answered Nov 7, 2012 by Mewderator
Oh, you have to include sets, unless you haven't finished your answer. If so, sorry :P
3 votes

I'm not completely acquainted to cores yet but here is a 2 Pokemon Uber core I found by accident. Been using it all along and didn't even realize xD.

Forretress @ Leftovers/Red Card

Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 248 HP, 248 Def, 12 SAtk
Bold Nature (+Def -Atk)

  • Rapid Spin
  • Spikes
  • Stealth Rock
  • Volt Switch

Giratina-O @ Griseous Orb

Trait: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP, 252 SAtk, 252 Atk
Brave Nature (+Atk -Spd)

  • Draco Meteor
  • Dragon Tail
  • Shadow Sneak
  • Will-O-Wisp

Now you may be thinking that those sets seem a little wierd, like maxing SAtk on Girstina just for Draco Meteor, but Giratina is insanely bulky even without investment and his Draco Meteor hits like a runaway train. Giratina takes Fire moves for Forry and Forry takes Dark, Ghost, Ice, and Dragon moves for Giratina. Giratina then uses Dragon Tail to phase the enemy down, eventually using Shadow Sneak to pick off weakened opponents. Will-O-Wisp is useful for crippling the foe's sweepers, and Draco Meteor is for bringing the pain. Giratina-O could be substituted for a regular Specially Defensive double phase Restalk Giratina as well. This core appreciates fellow phazers and rain, although neither of those are essential.

answered Nov 16, 2012 by |SentByRavens|
edited Nov 16, 2012 by Mewderator
Mew, you rock
Kyron you rock too
2 votes

Genesect+Landorus-T:

Genesect @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Download
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Hasty Nature (+Spd, -Def)

  • U-turn
  • Flamethrower
  • Ice Beam
  • Hidden Power [Ground]

Landorus-T (M) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge
  • Superpower
  • U-turn

The core that is quite popular in lots of Sand teams. Landorus-T gained the wonderful ability Intimidate, which helps Physical attacks. Further, Landorus-T and Genesect make a U-turning offensive core that is pretty hard to play against unless you get lucky and predict correctly. Genesect always had trouble taking down Heatran. While HP Ground helps, Air Ballooners bypass this. Genesect U-turns out to Landorus, and Lando can deal with Heatran. Or U-turn again, providing offensive momentum to the team. They cover the entire tier really well. One might opt to use Giga Drain over HP Ground on Genesect to nail Gastrodon.

answered Nov 8, 2012 by Mewderator
2 votes

Genetrio:

Genesect @ Choice Scarf

Trait; Download
EVs: 8 Atk / 248 SAtk / 252 Spd
Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)

  • U-turn
  • Flamethrower
  • Ice Beam
  • Thunderbolt

Dugtrio (M) @ Choice Band

Trait: Arena Trap
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge
  • Shadow Claw
  • Sucker Punch

Basic. Genesect can U-turn out to Dugtrio on threats. If a Heatran wants to come out on Genesect, Dugtrio can come in and destroy it. Rotom-H falls to Stone Edge.
Basically, Dugtrio shreds Genesect's counters, leaving Genesect to sweep.

answered Nov 11, 2012 by Mewderator
2 votes

Recently I have developed a core and it has been working well for me so far. It is a mixed, 3 Pokemon core and I call it SlowBlissSciz. If you haven't already geussed that's Slowbro, Blissey, and Scizor.

Slowbro @ Leftovers
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Trait: Regenerator
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SAtk
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Thunder Wave
- Slack off
- Scald/Psyshock
- Disable/Fire Blast

Blissey @ Leftovers
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Trait: Natural Cure
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Wish
- Protect
- Siesmic Toss
- Stealth Rock/Toxic

Scizor @ Leftovers/Choice Band
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Trait: Technician
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Swords Dance/Bullet Punch
- Bullet Punch/Pursuit
- Bug Bite/U-turn
- Superpower

Slowbro takes the physical hits, including Fire moves directed at Scizor, and Fighting moves directed at Blissey. Blissey takes the special moves such as Electric moves aimed at Slowbro and special Fire moves targeting Scizor. Scizor is the offensive Pokemon of the 3 and his job is to sweep once Slowbro and Blissey have frustrated and crippled the opposition via Thuner Wave, Stealth Rock, and Toxic. Scizor also takes Grass and Bug moves trying to catch Slowbro. The core has some trouble with Infernape but for the most part Slowbro counters Infernape save U-turn, which Slowbro can still tank without too much trouble. For Scizor, if you are running a Choice Band set use the moves in bold when the option is given.

answered Jan 16, 2013 by |SentByRavens|
2 votes

Salamence@Choice Scarf
Salamence
Trait: Moxie
EVs: 252 atk 252 spe 4 spa
Naive Nature
-Outrage
-Dragon Claw
-Earthquake
-Fire Blast

Magnezone@Leftovers
Magnezone
Trait: Magnet Pull
EVs: 252 spa 252 spe 4 HP
-Substitute
-Flash cannon
-HP fire
-Thunderbolt

Choiced Salamence can rip through almost everything with STAB outrage and moxie. Steel types prove to be a problem for him though. Magnezone is there too trap those steel types and safely dispose of them with HP fire. If Heatran comes in, Magnezone's biggest threat, he'll just volt switch to safety, as his speed investment should outspeed the standard heatran. Then safely dispose of Heatran, and you won't have anything stopping Salamence.

answered Mar 8, 2013 by Generekt
edited Apr 7, 2013 by Generekt
Give it Substitute. Its really useful.
Magnezone nature?
2 votes

This is my UU defensive core. I use it on one of my teams and it works quite well:

Amoongus@ black sludge
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ability: regenerator
EV's: 252 hp/ 252 sp def/ 4 sp att
nature: +sp def -att
giga drain/ clear smog
synthesis
spore
foul play
He can take grass, electric, or other special attacks aimed at Slowbro. With regenerator, if he needs to switch, he heals more hp.

Slowbro@ leftovers
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ability: regenerator
EV's: 252 hp/ 252 def/ 4 sp att
nature: +def -att
slack off
scald/ surf
thunder wave/ psychic
calm mind
This guy takes fire, psychic, and other physical attacks. Regenerator is great.

This is a tested core, and I have used it quite well before. Slowmoongus can be quite hard to take down if it is played right.

answered Mar 22, 2013 by Extremespeed
edited May 4, 2013 by Extremespeed
2 votes

Jellithorn
I'm pretty sure I wasn't the first to use this...

Jellicent@leftovers
Jellicent
Trait: Water Absorb(Cursed body could work as well)
EVs: 248 HP 216 def 44 spe
Calm Nature
-Scald
-Will-o-wisp
-Taunt
-Recover

Ferrothorn@leftovers
Ferrothorn
Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 HP 68 def 168 spd
Impish Nature
-Power whip
-Leech Seed
-Thunder Wave
-Stealth Rock

Jellicent and Ferrothorn work well in pretty much any way possible

  1. They both cover their weaknesses 100% with great typing on both sides
  2. Jellicent can prevent the spin of ferro's rocks

A defensive core you should try out one day :D

answered Apr 7, 2013 by Generekt
What about dark type? Ferrothorn has no coverage moves for it? and there is no coverage for fighting types on ferrothorn either?
1 vote

I looked into some common used Pokemon and was surprised to see that I was the only trainer to knowingly use one of the most potentially powerful (mixed) cores! I love this and I hope you do too!

Jirachi

Jirachi @ Leftovers
Trait: Serene Grace
EVs: 224 Def / 252 HP / 32 Spd
Impish Nature
- Calm Mind/ cosmic power/stealth rock
- Wish/status move of choice/zen headbutt
- Iron Head/ flash cannon
- Ice Punch/hidden power ice

Salamence

Salamence @ Dragon Gem
Trait: Moxie
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Dragon Dance
- Outrage
- Fire Fang

I use dragon gem because it gets momentum straight and KO's most Pokemon regardless of type. Jirachi has lots of choice, but should retain at least an ice type move and a steel type. Other than that feel free to do what you like! Jirachi has many resistances,including ice,dragon and rock. However , it is weak to ground and fire. If only there was a Pokemon that was resistant to these types...oh, Salamence! This constant annoying and demolishing of opponents team is truly epic! Of course you can switch Salamence for Draconite, as they have the same typing. Pretty powerful, eh?

Thanks ;)

answered Feb 2, 2013 by Graveyard Shift
1 vote

LatiThorn Core


Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet/Leftovers
Ferrothorn
Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Atk
Impish Nature
- Protect
- Power Whip
- Thunder Wave
- Leech Seed

I wanted to try Rocky Helm on Ferro, even though it is outclassed by Lefties. It takes a lot of people by surprise actually when they get the double recoil. Leech Seed is my main recovery when using Rocky Helmet.


Latias @ Leftovers
Latias
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 SDef
Calm Nature
- Hidden Power Fire
- Thunderbolt
- Calm Mind
- Roost

Calm mind is to go with the Nature....... xD It gives me a massively special defense boost and an added bonus for those special moves. Roost is recovery when I'm low on HP and need more than what leftovers can give me.
I thought about doing a Healing Wish set, but I just couldn't decide. I think it would be better to run Healing wish so here is possible (alternate) moveset

- Healing Wish
- Dragon Pulse
- Psyshock
- Thunderbolt

Meh I dunno, maybe. xD


In any case. They counter each other weaknesses, (Ferro taking neutral damage from Ice and Bug) and they both have those epic walling abilities.
These two are such a perfect couple. Essentially the only major threat is TTar, who runs Superpower and Crunch. But with double recoil from Ferro on the switch in, it's gonna hurt him just as much as it hurts me.

answered Apr 12, 2013 by MrKijani
1 vote

Surprised no one has posted these:

OU: CelebiTran

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Celebi @ leftovers
Ability: Nature Cure
EVs: 172 HP, 152 Sp. Atk, 184 Speed
Nature: Modest
- Leaf Storm
- HP Ice
- Recover
- U-Turn

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Heatran @ Leftovers
Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 240 HP, 252 Sp. Def, 16 Speed
Nature: Calm
- Lava Plume
- Stealth Rock/ Roar
- Toxic
- Protect

Celebi and Heatran cover each other's weaknesses, Celebi being able to take Ground, Water and Fighting hits, and Heatran being able to wall every type Celebi is weak to.

Heatran doesn't really need Sp. Atk investment to be able to deal some good damage, so it can be made defensive while having some offensive presence.


UU: Cofagrigus/ Porygon2

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Cofagrigus @ Leftovers
Ability: Mummy
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Sp. Def, 4 Def
Nature: Calm
- Shadow Ball
- Will-O-Wisp
- Haze
- Pain Split

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Porygon2 @ Eviolite
Ability: Analytic
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Sp. Atk, 4 Def
Nature: Modest/ Quiet
- Thunderbolt
- Ice Beam
- HP Fire/ Fighting
- Recover

Cofagrigus actually works quite well as a sp. def wall, since it's sp. def isn't that shabby, and it already has Will-O-Wisp to deal with physical attackers, in addition to Mummy negating things like Technician, Guts, Sheer Force or Skill Link. It also negates set up Pokemon/ Baton Passers with Haze, which is a really useful move.

Cofagrigus will provide the Fighting immunity, Porygon2 will provide the Ghost immunity and the Dark neutrality. Por2 has enough bulk to wall a few neutral moves as well as deal some pretty substantial damage with Analytic.

Blissey/ Chansey will also work in place of Porygon2, but that'd have to OU and it would mean that neither Pokemon would be able to deal much damage (unless you Toxic stall).

answered Apr 12, 2013 by fondant
edited Apr 12, 2013 by fondant
1 vote

OU offensive core: Weavakazam

This offensive core is quite powerful. It is very potent and works very well in OU:

Weavile@ life orb or expert belt
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Ability: pressure
EV's: 252 att/ 252 speed/ 4 hp
nature: +speed -sp att
ice punch
night slash
low kick
fake out/ ice shard
This guy was made for OU. STAB ice and dark moves. Fake out is mostly for multiscale dragonite (allowing him to take on all of the OU dragons). Ice shard is for revenge killing. Use life orb with ice shard and use expert belt with fake out.

Alakazam@ life orb
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Ability: magic guard
EV's: 252 speed/ 252 spatt/ 4 hp
nature: +speed -att
psychic
hidden power fire
shadow ball
focus blast
Alakazam is a beast in OU. His coverage is amazing, and he can kill pretty much anything that weavile can't. Especially those annoying steel types.

answered May 11, 2013 by Extremespeed
edited May 13, 2013 by Extremespeed
0 votes

Here is ru.
Absol@life orb
Trait super luck
Swords dance
Superpower
Psysco cut
Sucker punce

Siglyph@leftovers
Cosmic power
Stored power
Recover
Air slash

They cover each other awesomely. Sigyliph deals with bug and fighting and dark and electric is killed by absol. So sigyliph uses stored,power 3 times making a gengar shadow ball do 20%. Which also makes stored power Lethal. Air slash kills the bugs. Absol is kills dark and rock with super power. Electric will just be overpowered.
I'm going to complete this answer tomorrow.

answered Sep 4, 2012 by Absol
edited Sep 5, 2012 by Absol
Edit the Smogon thing out, please.
Absol, could you edit the Smogon core out?
sure i will and ill add add to it now.
Ok, thanks for editing it out.
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Quagsire and bronzong(spelling?)

They both only have 1 weakness (if bronzong has levitate) and 1 resists the others 1 weakness and they are both bulky and hard to take down.

These are the sets I use with this core.

Bronzong @ leftovers
Calm nature 252hp 252spdef 4spatk
Stealth rocks, toxic, flashcannon, psychic
Levitate ability

Quagsire @ leftovers
Relaxed nature 252hp 252def 4atk
Scald, e.q, recover, swagger
Unaware ability

Quagsire is a little odd I know but its unaware ignores the atk boost of swagger but they still hurt themselves more and scald can burn the switch ins cuz they'll switch out of frustration lol.

answered Apr 23, 2013 by ezz
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Joltraptor

This is a core I used on my volt-turn team. It has amazing synergy:
Staraptor@ sitrus berry
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reckless
252 att/ 252 spe/ 4 hp
+spe -sp att
brave bird
close combat
double edge
u-turn
Staraptor is very underrated in OU he destroys things with his moves. Sitrus berry allows you to attack longer. Stealth rocks and recoil take their toll.

Jolteon@ life orb
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volt absorb
252 sp att/ 252 spe/ 4 hp
+spe -att
volt switch
thunderbolt
shadow ball
HP ice
Jolteon is very fast so a strong volt switch set is great for him. His other moves are for coverage.

This core works very much like Joltdos or Gyareon (Jolteon and Gyarados), except that this is a volt-turn core. Ground moves aimed at Jolteon do nothing to Staraptor, and electric moves aimed at Staraptor heal Jolteon's HP.

answered May 25, 2013 by Extremespeed
Still a weakness to rock and ice so might want to add another pokemon to the core.
true run a steel type, maybe metagross? or if you want a volt switch team add in a magnezone
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My JelliGross Jellicent+ Metagross

These to work surprisingly well together

Jellicent @ leftovers
Evs: 252 Hp/ 200 sp defense/ 56 sp attack
Trait: water absorb
-Hydro Pump
-protect
-recover
- willow wisp

This set allows jellicent to burn any threats to it or metagross. Hydro pump is more reliable than water spout if jellicent isnt full health It takes down or does serious damage to ground type Pokemon that threaten metagross. protect is to stall when the oppenent is burned or for metagross to dispose of it without threatening jellicent. recover is there to keep jellicent running for longer.

Metagorss @ steel Gem or muscle band
Evs: 252 attack/ 200 defense/ 56 special defense
Trait: clear body
-meteor mash
-bullet bunch
- earthquake
-hammer harm

having the ability clear body ables metagross do use hammer arm without the lowering of speed. hammer arm counters dark type threats to jellicent while meteor mash usualy OHKO any ghost type threats when steel gem is used. bullet punch is to quickly finish of what jellicent may have started and earthquake is often good to use on opposing metagross.

Over all this core works nicely and I would recommend it on any team

answered Sep 12, 2013 by Haxoruschild
Clear Body only affects moves used against you, it doesn't stop the side effects of your own moves
So Hammer Arm still lowers you speed :3
GrossJelli :3