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Please help me refine my NU team.

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I'm trying to make a gimmicky NU team, and all I know is that I want Linoone and Spinda to stay. I also need at least one Special Sweeper, and Mr. Mime is filler, although Energy Ball has been redundant for me.

Spinda (M) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Contrary
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Superpower
- Sucker Punch
- Trick
- Rock Slide

Golbat (M) @ Eviolite
Trait: Inner Focus
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
- Taunt
- Toxic
- Roost
- Brave Bird

Linoone (F) @ Salac Berry
Trait: Gluttony
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Shadow Claw
- ExtremeSpeed
- Belly Drum
- Substitute

Volbeat (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Prankster
EVs: 252 HP / 216 Def / 40 SDef
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Thunder Wave
- Substitute
- Baton Pass
- Roost

Rampardos (F) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Mold Breaker
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Earthquake
- Stone Edge
- Swords Dance
- Rock Polish

Mr. Mime (F) @ Life Orb
Trait: Soundproof
EVs: 252 SDef / 252 Spd / 4 SAtk
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Nasty Plot
- Energy Ball
- Thunderbolt
- Psychic

asked Sep 1, 2012 by Guardian

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Gimmicky? :o this is good by the DB's standards, lol. Well, it's going to be difficult to answer if you want to keep Spinda THAT badly, but I'll work with what I have and I'll do my best to give a good answer xD. Anyway, let's go!



Spinda
Spinda... smh... well, it's your funeral! ;] Anyway, from what I see you'll be Tricking your choice scarf away immediately, as it will be useless with no Spd EVs. So that's fine. You'll want to have 252 HP / 252 SDef / 4 Atk Careful Nature though, as you won't be outspeeding much and you'll be able to tank more special hits (kind of :/) before retaliating. Also, Rock Slide is useless coverage, as Superpower and Sucker Punch hit everything in NU besides Champion Croagunk. So, as your team has a rather annoying Rocks weakness, I'd replace it for Rapid Spin. It gets STAB too, so something will take a heavy hit! >:D



Golbat
I like it. Golbat is actually pretty good in NU, he has solid bulk as well as excellent speed for a defensive pokemon. Replace Brave Bird with Super Fang, it will do nothing anyway with 0 Atk investment and base 80. Plus the recoil is counter intuitive for a wall. EV spread should be 252 HP / 176 Def / 80 SDef to take hits from both sides a little better.



Linoone
salac berry... you have extremespeed... why :/ Replace it with a Sitrus Berry, otherwise you'll be killing yourself with Belly Drum more often than not xD also, you're dreaming if you think Linoone can set up a Substitute AND belly drum. One is enough. So give it Seed Bomb, to get a harder hit on Regirock / Golem etc.



Volbeat
You have a baton pass moveset, but nothing to baton pass, lol :P Besides, Volbeat is not great in NU unless on a dedicated Baton Pass chain. If you want to keep it for the gimmick factor, put in Tail Glow instead of Roost or Substitute. Otherwise, I have a replacement:

Electabuzz (M) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Vital Spirit
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Thunderbolt
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Focus Blast
- Volt Switch

You said you needed another Special Sweeper, and Electabuzz is pretty good. I would have suggested Rotom-S who has a handy dual STAB and immunity to Ground, but then your Ice weakness would have been rather hard to handle. Anyway, to the set. Choice Scarf lets him revenge kill and sweep. Thunderbolt is STAB, Hidden Power Ice is pseudo Bolt-Beam coverage. Focus Blast hits Thick Fat Piloswine and Magnemite, as well as the many Normal type special walls in NU like Lickilicky and Audino. Volt Switch is STAB and lets you scout for switchins and send out the appropriate counter :]



Rampardos
Awesome and original moveset. Is helped a lot by spin support from Spinda, too. No suggestions.



Mr. Mime
One word. Technician. This awesome ability gives you a boost to lower power moves like Charge Beam, Icy Wind, Magical Leaf etc. Replace Thunderbolt for Icy Wind, and Energy Ball for Magical Leaf. Charge Beam isn't that helpful since you already have Electabuzz for Electric type coverage. Also, what's with that EV spread? 252 SAtk / 252 Spd / 4 HP will benefit you a lot more.


Well, I'm done. Thanks for posting such a fun team to rate, and I hope I helped :D

answered Sep 1, 2012 by Spoink
selected Sep 2, 2012 by Guardian
First off, thank you for commenting. Salac berry is for Hanter, although Sitrus is probably better. Substitute is to get the berry eaten. Spinda was the inspiration for this team and Spinda sweeps, while rare, are funny. However Contrary Spinda cant learn Rapid Spin. The baton pass is for the Sub for Linoone. Never thought about technician on Mr. Mime which is extra cool. I'm not that good on mixed EV spreads so thank you for the Spread and I will definitely use it.
The berry is eaten at 50% or below thanks to Gluttony. So you don't need Sub.