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I've been doing a Grass-only run of Black 2, and Drayden has stomped me far too many times. My team is:

Serperior
- Leaf Blade
- Strength
- Coil
- Aerial Ace

Leavanny
- X-Scissor
- Leaf Blade
- Toxic
- Protect

Sawsbuck
- Jump Kick
- Horn Leech
- Take Down
- Megahorn

Sunflora
- Petal Dance
- Earth Power
- Sludge Bomb
- Synthesis

Roserade
- Energy Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Ball
- Weather Ball

Amoonguss
- Giga Drain
- Sludge Bomb
- Ingrain
- Synthesis

I've tried a Toxic + Protect strategy with Leavanny, but it's just too frail to pull it off. How should I go about taking down Drayden?

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Hm I suggest trying to see if any of your Pokemon have HP Ice.
Do you want to put that as an answer @sm? I'll hold off on the BA for a bit, just in case there's an easier, more offensive strategy, but I'll upvote you for your help.
@Y I'll try, but I don't know where the Hidden Power person is. I'll go look up their location, I suppose.
PWT I believe, same place where you get HP.
I just checked the Hidden Powers. None of my Pokemon have HP Ice or Dragon, unfortunately.

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I like what sm said, I love to Toxic stall AI XD

Anyway, I have a few suggestions that involve an offensive strategy.


Suggestion #1

Pray that one of your party members has HP Ice / Dragon

Fairly simple. Go to PWT and for 18 BP. The HP checker is... at a booth outside of the arena at PWT apparently. Nice. Anyway, HP Ice will fair well against all of Drayden's team, especially Flygon with HP Ice.

Welp I read your comment oof. The only thing I can really say is maybe try re-catching some Pokemon? It helps with my next suggestion too.

Suggestion #2

EV train your Pokemon (to an extent)

You know, it took me forever to think of this. You see, this suggestion started as "Teach Serperior Dragon Tail" until I realized that Dragon Tail is received after beating Drayden. Then I said "Breed Disable Onto Cacnea" yeah you can't breed until after the Champion. Then I was getting a Pokemon with Hail for Weather Ball, but uh you would hafta cheat the mono-grass challenge.

That being said, now we have come to this. Hopefully your EVs aren't maxed out or you're going to need some EV resetting Berries. And those are annoying to get.

Anyway, I suggest, if you do EV train your Pokemon, to EV train them in the stats that will compliment their moves and Defense / HP to better tank hits from Drayden's Pokemon (though you probably want to plan ahead as well, for the Elite 4 and Champion). I wouldn't advise maxing out EVs, that would be quite a lot of work, but it would definitely help to EV train in specific stats.

Suggestion #3

Overlevel

This isn't really a full suggestion, to be honest if you were to grind and overlevel you should do it alongside EV training since the most efficient method in my opinion is knocking out Pokemon anyway, plus it wouldn't hurt to have HP Ice / Dragon on an overlevelled Pokemon. This is what everyone is going to suggest anyway, I'm simply stating it because overlevelling is the most basic thing you can do to beat any in-game trainer that is hard for a team to beat. Again, you can kill two birds with one stone by grinding while EV training.


That's about it, good luck, and I hope this helps! :)

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This is more detailed, so I'm choosing it over sm's. Thanks!
You're welcome! :)
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Ok so uh, I'll just repeat what I said then. Your amounguss has the move ingrain, so it can stay in against dragon tail. This helps even more because of its bulk, and paired with toxic and protect(if you can) it will be extremely helpful. If you cant, use leavanny to toxic, than protect, than switch to amounguss and hope drayden doesn't dragon tail. If he does, you can let it do some chip damage(unless it's leavanny, then switch) until it faints so you can safely bring in amounguss. If you bring amounguss in safely, it's impossible to get it switched out. The problem is, it's stuck for eternity, so you'll have to let it faint and revive it to get it to work. If you can get toxic on it tho, it will effectively toxic stall on its own. You'll also need some potions to keep it alive. Sure, it's a bit weird to be toxic stalling ai, but I would thi k it works, so try it out

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