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Old May 31st, 2011 (10:15 PM). Edited June 7th, 2011 by Fairy.
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**Alexial's Dark Team**
Updated, Efficient, and Improved!
..and a little less stupid..
Changes in BLUE


Tyranitar (m) – Expert Belt
Sand Stream
252 Attack / 172 Sp. Attack / 84 Sp. Defense
Sassy (+Sp.Def; -Speed)
-Ice Beam
-Stealth Rock
-Fire Blast

**A far cry from my first attempt at Tryanitar. Dropped Dragon Dance and Earthquake in favor of Ice Beam and Fire Blast. Thanks to everyone Tyranitar has now become a formidable mixed sweeper. Stealth Rock to open. Pretty obvious set up. If I decide to not have Stealth Rock then Stone Edge. Crunch as a good STAB attack. Thank you Vrai / Drakow for the suggestions. (I'm totally loving that 20% from the EB ;D )

Cacturne (f) – Rocky Helmet
Sand Veil
252 Attack / 252 Speed / 4 HP
Adamant (+Attack; -Sp. Attack)
-Sucker Punch
-Magic Coat

**Okay, my new Cacturne. Got rid of Swords Dance and Focus Blast. Sucker Punch for a good speed priority move. Thank you Drakow for the suggestions and totally unique set. I love it. Encore to get them stuck in a set up and Magic Coat to do the rest. Layer Spikes. Need I say more? ;)

(m) – Chople Berry
Inner Focus
252 Attack / 252 Defense / 4 Speed
Impish (+Defense; -Sp. Attack)
-Swords Dance
-Sucker Punch
-Psycho Cut

**Unique combination of Swords Dance and Sucker Punch. Few can learn it so I'm using it. Taunt to disrupt setting up. Chople Berry speaks for itself. I still want help to make the "ideal" Bisharp, but using the collective knowledge gathered here, this was the best I could do.

Krookodile (m) – Life Orb
252 Attack / 252 Speed / 4 HP
(+Speed; -Sp. Attack)

-Fire Fang
**Standard mid-game physical sweeper. Fire Fang and Outrage for coverage. Pursuit for Latias. Krookodile now has Moxie, so because of that I changed his nature to Jolly. I get a good bonus in Attack, so Krookodile needs to be faster to better apply it.

Spiritomb (m) – Leftovers
252 Sp. Attack / 172 Sp. Defense / 84 Defense
Modest (+Sp. Attack; -Attack)
-Sleep Talk

**I love this set for Spiritomb so much. Thank you PlatinumDude / Drakow for the suggestions. I didn't want to run Psychic (like stated previously), but the variety it offers gives me great neutral damage. Now, I like Spiritomb because I have a Dark team, I don't need to mention my hideous weakness to Fighting. So Spiritomb seems like the perfect check to all that. Please see my "also considering" for other options.

Mindibuzz (f) – Leftovers
252 HP / 148 Attack / 108 Defense
Impish (+Defense; -Sp. Attack)
-Brave Bird

**Playing Mandibuzz as a Scarmory without Spikes, I know. Overcoat for Tyranitar's Sand Stream. Thanks go out to Drakow for the set.

(Mainly to replace Spiritomb. For any others replacements decisions are pending)

Scrafty (m) – Lum Berry
252 Attack / 252 Speed / 4 Defense
Jolly (+Speed; -Sp. Attack)
- Drain Punch
- Ice Punch
- Crunch
- Dragon Dance
**DDScrafty. Drain Punch for recovery. Ice Punch for variety. Crunch for a good STAB attack. Ice Punch / DD suggested by Vrai. Lum Berry to replace Shed Skin, there's great sweeping potential here with the benefit of Moxie.

(m) – Choice Specs
252 Sp.Attack / 252 Speed / 4 Defense
Modest (+Sp. Attack; -Attack)
-Nasty Plot / U-Turn
-Focus Blast
**Zoroark to run some special sweeping. Flamethrower for Ferrothorn and Extrasensory for Fighting types, Nasty Plot to assist in that. U-turn would keep the illusion going. .....I do not like Zoroark on this team. I *want* to, but it's the only Pokemon that takes Sandstorm damage, my cover would be blown instantaneously (I realize that the illusion being spotted doesn't reflect Zoroark's power as a special sweeper, but it just seems to defeat the purpose of using Zoroark properly..). Plus Zoroark shares weaknesses with everyone else, Hydreigon / Spiritomb is probably my best bet.

(m) - Leftovers
252 Sp. Attack / 252 Speed / 4 HP
Modest (+Sp. Attack; -Attack)
-Draco Meteor
-Focus Blast / Dark Pulse / Earth Power / Hidden Power [Ice]
-Fire Blast
Originally Posted by Drakow View Post
Earth Power and Dark Pulse are illegal together on Hydreigon. I used to run Dragon Pulse but was told to run Draco Meteor over it. Have not looked back since.
Could you please elaborate on this for me? Or send me a link to where I can find out more information? Thanks!

**Hydreigon.. Devilishly charming, potent Special sweeper. Absolutely decadent. Divine in its power, sinister in its essence.. Ahh.. Amazing. Well, maybe not *my* Hydreigon, but you just gotta love'em. No true plan other than sweeping with this one, U-Turn so I can get in and get out.

Okay everyone. This is the team as it stands after everyone's brilliant recommendations. I'm very happy with it, very happy. Chiefly, what I am looking for is some more fine tuning and a suggestion of what to do with Spiritomb, (replace with Hydreigon, Scrafty.. etc..).

Vrai.. Drakow.. Your work here has been unfathomably, staggeringly helpful. I cannot thank you guys enough. I may sound a bit sappy, but for the sake of being a kind person above anything else, you two have made illustrations of my team that have undoubtedly made me a better competitive battler. I am very grateful. I can't wait to make another team and hear the suggestions of everyone.

Thanks for reading! ;3
- Alexial <3