Pokémon Rate My Team
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First, Any recomendations are welcome. Im new to Gen8 competitive and am mainly looking to remove any glaring weaknesses I just haven't seen yet due to my lack of experience.

Capitao (Cinderace) (M) @ Wide Lens
Ability: Blaze
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Pyro Ball
- High Jump Kick
- Gunk Shot
- U-turn

Obviously my physical sweeper of choice with high base power moves.

Nokk (Gengar) (F) @ Life Orb
Ability: Cursed Body
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Sludge Wave
- Shadow Ball
- Giga Drain
- Protect

My Special Sweeper. Im not sure what coverage to use and if that fourth slot should be protect, other utility, or another coverage move.

Blitz (Corviknight) @ Leftovers
Ability: Mirror Armor
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
- Brave Bird
- Bulk Up
- Roost
- Taunt

A physical setup sweeper that seemed to fit the needs of my teams weaknesses.

Mozzie (Mew) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Synchronize
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Ice Beam
- Thunderbolt
- Earth Power

My revenge killer with huge type coverage.

Mira (Hydreigon) (F) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA
Modest Nature
- Dragon Pulse
- Dark Pulse
- Surf
- U-turn

Special attacker / special tank for the water/ghost/dark resist and coverage.

Smoke (Rotom-Wash) @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 248 HP / 200 Def / 60 SpA
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hydro Pump
- Discharge
- Will-O-Wisp
- Volt Switch

A true phys tank with willo and volt switch.

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Looks good though you might want to replace Gengar with mimikyu as a stronger ghost type
You already can cover everything Gengar can and you can expand mimikuy moveset with wood hammer if you feel you need a grass move
Glaring weaknesses are easier to see if you use this team in more battles.

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Quick observations:

  • You should incorporate an additional set-up sweeper or wallbreaker to take advantage of favourable matchups generated by U-Turn and Volt Switch. You could easily use Nasty Plot Hydreigon, for example. Corviknight is a good Pokemon, but it will not allow you to sweep every team.
  • You should not make a team and then wonder if it works in the current meta. Part of the teambuilding process is learning about the meta and then making a team that will work well in it.
  • Your justifications for each team member don't seem to run any deeper than simply 'this is my physical sweeper' and 'this is my special tank'. You don't need a Pokemon from every generic role to have a good team; many team archetypes work by doing precisely the opposite. Think more about which Pokemon complement each other defensively and offensively.
  • In a similar way, don't worry about having a 'Ghost/Water/Dark resist' on your team; worry about the particular Pokemon in the OU tier that you are going to face. Hydreigon resisting Water isn't so useful when many offensive Water-types, like Cloyster, Keldeo and Dracovish, carry super-effective attacks against it.
  • Don't use Wide Lens. It is not a strong enough item in competitive play. Use Heavy Duty Boots on Cinderace to afford it more switch-ins against Stealth Rock, and consider Court Change over Gunk Shot for a similar reason.
  • The Gengar moveset you're using is underwhelming. Giga Drain is a weak attack and will not allow Gengar to defeat Ground-types. For attacking Pokemon, adopt the mentality of increasing offensive coverage as opposed to covering your defensive weaknesses. Focus Blast is a better coverage move than Giga Drain because it breaks Pokemon that wall Gengar's STABs, like Ferrothorn. Protect is a scouting and stalling move, which doesn't complement Gengar's role. Try using Choice Specs on this Pokemon to dent Corviknight's checks.
  • Mew is typically used as a support Pokemon. Jirachi would likely be a better fit for the role you have here, as its defensive typing makes it a better pivot and it has anti-stall utility like Trick, Healing Wish and poison immunity.
  • Hydreigon is not a very good 'special tank' because its defensive typing is bad. Many of OU's most prominent special attackers, like Dragapult, Clefable, Kommo-o and Keldeo have ways of breaking it. Hydreigon is usually chosen for offensive sets like Nasty Plot and Scarf.
  • Discharge is not needed on Rotom-W. Hydro Pump is a sufficient damage source and Volt Switch is threatening enough as an Electric STAB. If the paralysis chance was enticing to you, just use Thunder Wave.
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