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I use it often... I either wreck my opponents to the moon and back or I get decimated. It's almost never inbetween. Can somebody tell me why? I'm new to this stuff...


Yveltal @ Sky Plate
Ability: Dark Aura
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 84 HP / 84 Atk / 84 Def / 84 SpA / 84 SpD / 84 Spe
- Oblivion Wing
- Dark Pulse
- Shadow Claw
- Snarl


Xerneas @ Power Herb
Ability: Fairy Aura
EVs: 84 HP / 84 Atk / 84 Def / 84 SpA / 84 SpD / 84 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Flash Cannon
- Geomancy
- Dazzling Gleam
- Moonblast


Mew @ Mind Plate
Ability: Synchronize
EVs: 84 HP / 84 Atk / 84 Def / 84 SpA / 84 SpD / 84 Spe
- Earthquake
- Psychic
- Hypnosis
- Dream Eater


Arceus-Dark @ Dread Plate
Ability: Multitype
EVs: 84 HP / 84 Atk / 84 Def / 84 SpA / 84 SpD / 84 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Snarl
- Toxic
- Telekinesis
- Dragon Pulse


Dialga @ Draco Plate
Ability: Telepathy
Happiness: 0
EVs: 84 HP / 84 Atk / 84 Def / 84 SpA / 84 SpD / 84 Spe
- Roar of Time
- Aura Sphere
- Dragon Pulse
- Frustration


Palkia @ Draco Plate
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 84 HP / 84 Atk / 84 Def / 84 SpA / 84 SpD / 84 Spe
- Aqua Tail
- Hydro Pump
- Spacial Rend
- Swagger

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What are the format and natures?

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If you want an honest opinion, this team is really bad: but that's more or less to be expected if you're new. If you're at the bottom of the ladder and still losing lots of games (as you imply), there's a clear problem. These are some things that will be useful to you long-term:

  • Specify the format you're playing with so others know how to rate your team. This is important, as every game mode has a 'meta', which is a term for all the strategies and Pokemon that work well in the format. For example, if this is Ubers, avoid using Mew. If this is AG, then fit Mega Rayquaza somewhere, as it is overpowered.

  • You're missing natures, which are effectively 10% boosts to a stat of your choosing. Take care to avoid neutral natures; they're never a good idea.

  • Don't arrange your EVs like this, as it's highly suboptimal. In a majority of cases, you will want to max your two most important stats (i.e. 252 EVs) and leave the others alone, apart from the 4 EVs left spare (252 x 2 is only 504/508 effective EVs). It is almost never a good idea to invest in more than three different stats. Use Smogon for an idea of what stats to invest in.

  • The Plate items aren't very good as their effects are too minimal, and resticted to one type. At the very least you should definitely not be using five. The majority of offensive Pokemon will use Life Orb or a Choice item.

  • Learn some basic team archetypes (e.g. offence, balance, stall and their variants). What you have here is just a team of six Pokemon with attacking moves.

  • Never use two damaging moves of the same type. Dazzling Gleam + Moonblast and Aqua Tail + Hydro Pump are both wasting a moveslot. In very rare cases you may break this rule, but the moves must vary a lot in their effects for this to be a good idea (e.g. Freeze-Dry + a primary Ice STAB sometimes works).

  • Don't go mixed (i.e. both physical and special attacks) unless you know what you're doing, or you stole a set from a good source, generally Smogon.

  • Your coverage moves are strange. There are exceptions to everything, but in general avoid spending coverage moveslots on Steel, Normal, Flying, Bug, Ghost, Dragon or Psychic moves, as these are outclassed offensive typings. They're all fine as primary STAB if necessary (google if STAB is a foreign term to you). When you are choosing coverage, think of what extra threats it allows you to hit, and whether your Pokemon is fit to fight them at all (e.g. don't run Poison coverage on Dragon Pokemon; the best play is to switch against Fairy).

  • A list of moves you used on your team that are never good choices for competitive: Snarl, Hypnosis (usually), Dream Eater, Telekinesis and Roar of Time. Avoid Swagger unless your Pokemon has Prankster (i.e. Klefki).

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