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Old June 2nd, 2011 (09:44 AM).
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Quote originally posted by Drakow:
You seem to have embraced the Darkness nicely. Would you like to become my minion?
You don't know how flattering that is.

Quote originally posted by Drakow:
Tyranitar @ Leftovers / Expert Belt
Trait: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 SDef
Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)
- Crunch
- Fire Blast
- Ice Beam
- Stealth Rock
A Tyranitar taking special hits? Wow.. It seems so foreign, but sounds so good.. Dropping DD is the best thing for my Tyranitar, and if I do that I can get the most out of running a Special Mixer. Plus I wouldn't have to focus so much on Speed anymore.

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Cacturne (f) – Life Orb
Sand Veil
252 Attack / 252 HP / 4 Speed
-Swords Dance
-Sucker Punch
-Focus Punch / Substitute? (Debating)
-Seed Bomb
I think I like the SubPunch Cacturne too. Swords Dance has been a reoccurring theme between Bisharp and Cacturne. Substitute will, if nothing, allow me to play different moves so I'm not too predictable. However, if I want to run Substitute, shouldn't I use Leftovers instead?

Quote originally posted by Drakow:
Bisharp (m) – Chople Berry
252 Attack / 252 HP / 4 Def
-Swords Dance
-Sucker Punch
-Psycho Cut
-Taunt / Brick Break / I’m not so sure lol
I like this a lot. My biggest mistake was trying to make Bisharp more like Scizor. (hence the Agility/Baton Pass mistake) I feel like I skipped out on Sucker Punch so much on this team, so having a priority move will give me a good advantage. Brick Break is an absolute keeper. But I do want to squeeze in Rock Polish somewhere.

Quote originally posted by Drakow:
Krookodile (m) – Choice Scarf
252 Attack / 252 Speed / 4 HP
-Fire Fang / Crunch
Fire Fang.. Awesome.

Quote originally posted by Drakow:
Spiritomb (m) – Leftovers
252 Sp. Attack / 4 Sp. Defense / 252 Defense
-Calm Mind / Will O wisp
-Shadow Ball / Dark Pulse
-Pain Split / Will O Wisp
I wanted to avoid using Psychic, but it seems like the variety that it offers is just what I need. Rest/Sleep Talk is a great combination also.. so I certainly have a lot to consider.

Quote originally posted by Drakow:
Drapion (m) – Leftovers
252 Attack / 252 Defense / 4 Speed
-Toxic Spikes
-Night Slash
-Taunt / Knock Off
This is a tough decision. Drapion vs Mandibuzz
How did you know I have a female Mandibuzz?

Quote originally posted by Drakow:
Mandibuzz (F) @ Leftovers
Trait: Overcoat
EVs: 252 HP / 148 Atk / 108 Def
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
- Brave Bird
- Roost
- Tailwind
- Whirlwind / Knock Off / Taunt / U-Turn
My heart tells me not to abandon Toxic Spikes, but with Stealth Rock on Tyranitar (and maybe Cacturne with Spikes?) Drapion as a whole may not be in my best interest. I adore the suggestion for Mandibuzz. It can play the Defensive Supporter role that I want and achieve a lot of that "Skarmory" thing I'm going for. Especially with Overcoat to support Tyranitar.

Quote originally posted by Drakow:
Scrafty and Hydreigon (my two favourites) are also solid Dark type Pokemon which you could play around with. Both are very good in my opinion and extremely powerful.
I know.. They're so great... Scrafty is so bulky and Hydreigon as a Special Sweeper? Awesome. But, since I am so new to the competitive battling scene, I thought I should stick with Dark Pokemon that have good, reliable tactics that have been tested and confirmed to be successful. I didn't want to go out on a limb and throw together some sets for Scraty and Hydreigon without having a good understanding of their mechanics.

Thanks for the help Drakow! You've given me a lot to think about. I'm always open to new suggestions, so if you think of something, let me know!