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My new smogon RU team

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So after battles with pb yesterday with my rubbish sun team i decided to try something other than weather as it obviously isnt for me so i tried RU.
I was supprised that ive not lost once with it.
I have slaughtered every team so far with my scolipede and accelgor, this is why i'm posting this.


The lead

Swarm
Adamant
4hp 252atk 252speed
@focus sash
Toxic spikes . X scizzor . Rock slides . Earthquake
Sets up toxic spikes and hits hard with great speed and atk.


The sweeper

Moxie
Naive
4hp 252atk 252speed
@life orb
Night slash . Brave bird . Hidden Power fight . Retaliate
I would use super power but Moxie hinders its movepool plus this deals with threats with terrible spdef.
As for brave bird this has KOd a pokemon nearly every time used due to its high atk and life orb.


The special choiced sweeper

Unburden
Modest
80hp 252spatk 176peed
@choice specs
Bug buzz . Energy ball . Venoshock . Focus blast
He slaughtered an OU team taking out 5 pokemon and finally dieing from a burn.
The choice specs works great on him as he already has over 350 speed so i could focus mainly on its offence.
With specs and speed it has worthy offences to be in uber and outclasses allot in ru.


Tank

Lightningrod
Sassy
252atk 96def 160spdef
@evolite
Stealth rock . Stone edge . Thunder punch . Avalanche
Deals with fire types and sets up stealth rock.
With those evs it has 450def and 323spdef when adding the evolite boost.
It also has a respectable 359atk.


Revenge killing speed boost sweeper

Speed boost
Jolly
4hp 252atk 252speed
@life orb
Retaliate . Waterfall . Night slash . Ice fang
Life orb with great offence worrks great he also gives good coverage for the team and gets added speed boost every turn.


Not a sweeper but not a tank, What do i call him?

Steadfast
Adamant
4hp 252atk 252speed
@razor claw
Thunder punch . Drain punch . Stone edge . Psycho cut
I am thinking of swapping him so please give suggestions for a replacement.
Razor claw may not be the best item but i felt another life orb may be a bit repetative and i may change it for leftovers.
But it does give an added boost for the critical hit ratio.

asked Mar 21, 2012 by Blobyolo
The Pimp bird will most likely go UU soon.
Dat pimp!

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At a first Glance, I see that 3 of your Pokemon are weak to Rock Types, which ruins your Team badly. Also, 3 of your Pokemon are weak to Flying Type Moves. It seems to me that your Team Synergy is bad because the Pokemon aren't really cooperating well together. Here are my suggestions to make this Team better:

Scolipede:

Scolipede

If all it does is set up Entry Hazards, and attempt a sweep, then it seems out of place. Rhydon already does this job while not being as bad. What you need is a Rapid Spinner so you can keep Entry Hazards away, which cripple your Team badly. What I suugest is:


Claydol

I chose Claydol because it can set up Entry Hazards, while also being able to use Rapid Spin(Rhydon to be replaced). Here is what I suggest:

Claydol @ Leftovers
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 HP / 208 Def / 50 SDef
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Stealth Rock
- Rapid Spin
- Earth Power
- Toxic

This is the standard Claydol, but a different EV Spread. Do not Lead with this Claydol, or it will be KO'ed soon enough.


Honchkrow:

Honchkrow is not good. Never run a Special Move on a Physical Pokemon. Replace your Honchkrow with this:

Honchkrow (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Moxie
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Sucker Punch
- Brave Bird
- Roost

Here is a better Honchkrow that you can use. Substitute protects you from Status and gives you protection for a short period of time. Sucker Punch is Priority STAB, which is very powerful. Brave Bird is alternative STAB, with a slight drawback. Roost heals you from recoil caused from Life Orb damage, and Brave Bird recoil. Honchkrow helps wall Ghost/Dark Type Moves aimed at Claydol, which Claydol spins away Hazards and Electric Type Moves that hurt Honchkrow.


Accelgor:

Accelgor is nice, but why Unburden? It doesn't get a Speed Boost if you use Items like Choice Specs that only boost Stats. Anyway, Accelgor isn't helping the Team at all, and won't help Claydol with its weaknesses. What I suggest as a replacement is:


Typhlosion

I noticed the weakness to SR, but it helps Claydol get rid of 3 of its weaknesses, which leaves it with 1 weakness. Here is what I suggest:

Typhlosion (M) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Blaze
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Eruption
- Hidden Power [Grass]
- Focus Blast
- Flamethrower

Here is a good one. Typhlosion STAB alone covers Claydol's Bug, Grass, and Ice Type weaknesses, Wow! HP Grass covers all of Typhlosion's weaknesses while having nice coverage. Focus Blast is coverage in general. Flamethrower is when Eruption is too weak to cause damage, and boosted by Blaze :)


Rhydon

As stated above, I told you I would replace Rhydon because Claydol does its job better and it is increasing weaknesses. My replacement would be:


Rotom-C

It gets rid of your Teams Water and Rock weaknesses. Also, it isn't weak to Stealth Rock, and immune to Spikes and Toxic Spikes. Here is the recommended Rotom-C:

Rotom-C @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Volt Switch
- Leaf Storm
- Hidden Power Fire
- Trick

Another Scarfer here. Volt Switch scouts, and is STAB. Leaf Storm is primary STAB with a slight defect. HP Fire covers Ice and Bug Types, that cripple the Team. Trick is to be used on Eviolite Users to end them for the match. This is the perferred Lead.


Sharpedo

Eh, if it weren't for its Dark Typing, I would keep in the Team, but it increases your Bug Type weakness, which is very bad. Fighting Type coverage would serverely aid your Team, walling Bug Types and destroying fellow Rock and Ice Types. My Fighting Type recommendation is:


Hitmonlee

It can wall Accelgor"s Bug Buzz, and being fast with the Unburden Moveset. Here it is:

Hitmonlee (M) @ Normal Gem
Trait: Unburden
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Fake Out
- Close Combat
- Stone Edge
- Blaze Kick

Okay, Fake Out utilizes Normal Gem, which activates UNburden to raise your Speed to montrous levels. Close Combat is STAB. Stone Edge covers Bug, and Ice Types. Blaze Kick is coverage over Walls like Gligar and Roselia. Earthquake can be used over Blaze Kick, but expect to be walled by Gligar.


Gallade

You already have a Fighting Type, and wanted a replacement for it anyway, so a Wall works here. I suggest


Dusknoir

I suggested Dusknoirbecause it is a nice Spin Blocker and a nice Wall. Here is the Dusknoir that should be used:

Dusknoir (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Pressure
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Will-O-Wisp
- Pain Split
- Shadow Sneak
- Earthquake

Here, Bulky as can be. Will-O-Wisp lowers opponents Attacks, which technically boosts your Defenses. Pain Split recovers HP and is better if you have lower HP. Shadow Sneak is STAB and has priority, which can revenge kill. Earthquake harms Fire Types that are being switched in on Rotom-C.


Well, Good Luck with your Team :)

-Mike Y(^_^)Y

answered Mar 21, 2012 by Psusnis◇
edited Mar 24, 2012 by Psusnis◇