Pokémon Rate My Team
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My other NU team didn't work out at all, so I made a new one.

Scrafty @ Assault Vest
Ability: Intimidate
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Knock Off
- Drain Punch
- Poison Jab
- Power-Up Punch

Steelix @ Mental Herb
Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Stealth Rock
- Gyro Ball
- Earthquake
- Roar

Typhlosion @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Hasty Nature
- Eruption
- Flamethrower
- Extrasensory
- Earthquake

Garbodor @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Weak Armor
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Toxic Spikes
- Gunk Shot
- Drain Punch
- Explosion

Hitmontop @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Close Combat
- Fake Out
- Earthquake
- Toxic

Xatu @ Leftovers
Ability: Magic Bounce
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Calm Mind
- Air Slash
- Psychic
- Giga Drain

Scrafty tanks physical hits with Intimidate, and special hits with AV. Used as a counter to Slowking. Steelix always gets rocks on the field, unless Mold Breaker Druddigon wallbreaks Steelix. Typlosion is a standard special attacker that outspeeds +1 Vivillon. Earthquake is for physical coverage that Eruption and Extrasensory doesn't hit. (Delphox, Magmortar?) Garbodor is usually there just for Toxic Spikes, but on occasions can use Explosion or take out a few things with Weakness Policy Gunk Shot or Drain Punch. Hitmontop is for Incineroar's, to chip away health. It can Fake Out on set up, and standard Close Combat for STAB. Xatu is a fast threat with Calm Mind and three attacks.

Your Hitmontop is effectively an extra, slightly worse Scrafty that stacks weaknesses with your real Scrafty. There is no good reason to use Hitmontop when Scrafty should check Incineroar (and do everything else Hitmontop does) just fine. Use Heliolisk if you don't want to waste a whole Pokemon. Also, Typhlosion is outclassed by Delphox. Typhlosion may have a slightly stronger eruption and stack 2 fewer weaknesses with Xatu, but Typhlosion is very predictable and consequently easy to counter with just about any fire resist. Delphox can resist fighting, break some Typhlosion counters with psyshock and grass knot, and use trick to cripple status move users.

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