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I like this team. It got me somewhere other builds didn't. But I think it has potential to be greater. It's your typical Legendary spam and National Dex team, so let's hop in!


The Build


Necrozma-Dusk-Mane @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Prism Armor
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Sunsteel Strike
- Earthquake
- Morning Sun
- Dragon Dance

The standard Necrozma-DM set. Bulky physical attacker + Morning Sun
- Sunsteel Strike: Your standard, hard-hitting Sunsteel Strike. OHKOs potent threats like Xerneas and bypasses Shedinja
- Earthquake: Coverage
- Morning Sun: Reliable utility move to support Necrozma's bulk
- Dragon Dance: Great boosting move to pair up with Weakness Policy boost

My Necrozma gets 2HKOed by Timid, max attack Close Combat from Zacian-C. I think the EV spreads need a little bit more work.


Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Swords Dance
- Behemoth Blade
- Close Combat
- Play Rough

Standard offensive set. Jolly nature to outspeed Timid Eternatus.
- Swords Dance: Just to take up move slots. Boosts Zacian's already crazy Attack stat even higher.
- Behemoth Blade: Staple move on Zacian. STAB and does 2x damage to Dynamaxed Pokémon.
- Close Combat: Non-bulk invested Necrozma-DM gets 2HKOed by this.
- Play Rough: STAB and coverage.


Marshadow @ Focus Sash
Ability: Technician
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Spectral Thief
- Shadow Sneak
- Close Combat / Ice Punch / Drain Punch
- Swagger / Bulk Up

Yeah, yeah, I know. Swagger Marshadow is gimmicky.
- Spectral Thief: Staple move on Marshadow. DDance users? Not a problem.
- Shadow Sneak: Priority + Technician boosted STAB, giving Marshadow one of the best priority moves in the game.
- Close Combat/Ice Punch/Drain Punch: Coverage
- Swagger/Bulk Up: For more damage.


Yveltal @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Dark Aura
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Knock Off
- Sucker Punch
- Roost
- Taunt / Defog

ImposterCalyrex-S improof and absolutely destroys Chansey, Shuckle, and Smeargle. Be wary of potential Trick AssaultVest users. Heavy-Duty Boots prevent getting 3HKOed from Astral Barrage.
- Knock Off: Knock off is an even more potent option thanks to Dark Aura. If you can predict a switch in from Scarf Kyogre, you're safe.
- Sucker Punch: Destroy Calyrex-S. Gengar-Mega, and other deadly Ghost walls. Goes nicely with Taunt.
- Roost: Utility move
- Taunt/Defog: Destroy Smeargle, Shuckle, Blissey, Chansey, and other imposing threats. Prevent mons from setting up Stealth Rock and prevent Rocks from breaking Sashes.


Calyrex-Shadow @ Focus Sash
Ability: As One (Spectrier)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Astral Barrage
- Psyshock
- Nasty Plot / Aromatherapy
- Pollen Puff / Draining Kiss

Focus Sash deepens sweeping potential and provides the ability to get Psychic Terrain. Outspeeds and walls the dangerous Zacian-C.
- Astral Barrage: Staple and primary attacking move. Massive 120 BP! Remember to conserve it, as it only has 8pp.
- Psyshock: Prevent OHKO Shadow Sneak with Max Mindstorm's Psychic Terrain. Damages Chansey and Blissey.
- Nasty Plot/Aromatherapy: Utility
- Pollen Puff /Draining Kiss: To damage Dark types, and do SOMETHING about Yveltal


Eternatus @ Power Herb
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 156 HP / 100 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Meteor Beam
- Dynamax Cannon
- Toxic / Recover / Toxic Spikes
- Flamethrower / Sludge Wave / Sludge Bomb / Shadow Ball

Meteor-Beam Eternatus is one of the best wall breakers in the game. Your standard set.
- Meteor Beam: Sp.Atk boost + high BP = instant sweep. Awkward to counter late game.
- Dynamax Cannon: STAB + Double DMG when Dynamaxed.
- Toxic/Recover/Toxic Spikes: Utility
- Flamethrower/Sludge Wave/Sludge Bomb/Shadow Ball: Coverage


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https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8nationaldexag-1481356790
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Can you please put this into Showdown importable syntax? Also, your opponents in those replays are, um, bad.
This team has 0 synergy. It’s got a lot of offense but can’t generate any momentum. Sash Marsh wasn’t good to begin with, and Swagger just makes it more silly. Sash just doesn’t seem justified on Calyrex-S here. Zacian set is pretty awkward, and Eternatus and Yveltal are somewhat eh.
I do not play NatDex AG, but as a representative of the anti-sash-marsh community, I feel entitled to say that the reason is team isn't good is because there is a Marshadow with Swagger and Focus Sash on it.
I disagree, sash marshadow is an extremely useful pokemon putting swagger is a bad idea but a marshadow is at its best with a focus sash
Focus Sash is not a good item for Marshadow. Even though it seems like living a hit and stealing stat boosts is a good thing, the drop in offensive power from Life Orb or Choice Band leaves Marshadow unable to dent the opposing team. On top of that, Focus Sash is completely invalidated by entry hazards such as Stealth Rock and Spikes, wasting your item. If you want to steal opponents' stat boosts, use Ditto, which does everything Focus Sash Marshadow tries to do but better.
Do /rfaq marshadow in the AG room on PS!.
Totally agreeing with Cristal Maybach here, sash on Marshadow is just useless most of the times. And I highly recommend you do /rfaq marshadow in the AG chat room on PS!. @Dhairya

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Not a very synergistic team for national dex AG, it is somewhat Hyper Offense so it can take care of a small part of low ladder but here is an improved team to help you further:
Importable: https://pokepast.es/e052690dc4e4c24c

Necrozma-Dusk-Mane @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Prism Armor
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Impish Nature
- Sunsteel Strike
- Morning Sun
- Stealth Rock
- Earthquake

The set offers a Stealth Rocker and also a counter to Zacian which is very important in the current metagame, you have reliable recovery in Morning Sun and also stab Sunsteel Strike to counter Xerneas and Arceus-Fairy, and earthquake to 2HKO Zacian after stealth rocks.

Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Behemoth Blade
- Wild Charge
- Close Combat
- Swords Dance

As previously stated, Zacian is a very effective and strong offensive mon which adds great power to your team.
Behemoth Blade for strong stab and to also check Arceus-Fairy (barring will-o-wisp), Wild Charge for water and flying types such as kyogre, Close Combat for other steel or rock types and swords dance to set up on passive mons.

Marshadow @ Life Orb
Ability: Technician
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Spectral Thief
- Shadow Sneak
- Close Combat
- Pursuit

Previously, a sash marshadow was being used, It's a meme of how weak and unviable it is due to the lack of power that life orb/choice band offer, this is a pretty standard pursuit set to trap calyrex-shadow rider. Spectral Thief for the main move due to being a strong stab and also having the power to steal boosts, Shadow sneak to finish off strong targets and also providing priority, Close Combat for very strong stab move and pursuit to trap in targets like Mega Gengar and Calyrex.

Yveltal @ Life Orb
Ability: Dark Aura
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Rash Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dark Pulse
- Oblivion Wing
- Heat Wave
- Roost

This is an extremely nifty dynamax set that has some serious sweeping potential. Apart from being a strong standard set, while dynamaxed Max Airstream increases speed 1.5x everytime that it is used which offers some serious speed control, max darkness for caly, airstream for fighting types like marshadow, max flare for zacian and the occasional zamazenta.

Calyrex-Shadow @ Choice Scarf
Ability: As One (Spectrier)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Astral Barrage
- Psyshock
- Trick
- Aromatherapy

This mon is the main provider of some speed control, one of the fastest mons in the meta with a choice scarf outspeeds almost everything, you can trick the scarf to slow opponents like blissey and max spdef yveltal and aromatherapy for clearing out crippling burns and toxics off of other members.

Eternatus @ Black Sludge
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dynamax Cannon
- Flamethrower
- Recover
- Sludge Wave

A balanced fast special attacker, with recovery from black sludge which can switch-in to a trick from opposing calyrex, Dynamax Cannon for dragon types like rayquaza, it can also be used to chip dynamax mons, flamethrower for steel types like zacian, recover for instant recovery, Sludge Wave for Fairy Types.

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Occasionally Zamazenta? Wut? I haven't played NDAG in a while, I thought it wasn't viable. Is it now?
It isn't. The answerer plays USUM AG and occasionally NDAG, so that's why the answer isn't "perfect".