Thread: [Gen V] RMT: Flying Monotype
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Old February 8th, 2013 (4:59 AM).
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For the recent monotype tourney I chose to take on Flying types (w/wild card), so without further adieu here's the team I used!

Fatty (Dragonite) (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 220 Spd / 252 HP / 36 Atk
Adamant Nature
- Dragon Claw
- Dragon Dance
- Roost
- Earthquake/Fire Punch (depending on battle)

An obvious choice for a Flying team! EQ and Fire Punch rotate based on the opponents but generally I've found this to be a pretty reliable set up. I have wondered about switching Dragon Claw for Outrage and Leftovers for Lum Berry, but I'm a fan of the ability to regenerate the Multiscale ability whilst out-speeding and sweeping incoming Pokémon for when they eventually do land a hit. Roost has left this set pretty reliable and he's not a Pokémon I've ever had a problem with, but suggestions about Dragon Claw/Outrage would be useful. :)

Dracula (Gliscor) (M) @ Toxic Orb
Trait: Poison Heal
EVs: 184 Def / 252 HP / 72 Spd
Impish Nature
- Earthquake/Stone Edge (depending on battle)
- Roost
- Stealth Rock
- Toxic

One of the weaker links in the team, Gliscor is one who doesn't often find much use in battle. I know it's a very useful Pokémon but with Skarmory being better at setting up and Gliscor's general inability to deal substantial damage, I do often find him a bit redundant. I don't know if I'm using him wrong or too late in the battle or if it's just a bad idea to have two set-up Pokémon on the same team, but Gliscor's the one I'm most considering replacing. He has gotten me out of one or two sticky situations, but I feel like a lot of other Pokémon could do the same. Ideas?

Rainbow Killer (Gyarados) (F) @ Leftovers
Trait: Moxie
EVs: 204 Spd / 248 Atk / 56 HP
Adamant Nature
- Substitute
- Dragon Dance
- Earthquake/Ice Fang (depending on battle)
- Waterfall

One of the main forces of the team. Gyarados usually sets up easily with sub/DD and uses Moxie to deliver one hell of a pounding to the opponent's team. I swap between EQ and Ice Fang depending on what team I'm facing but usually Waterfall's enough to destroy (or at least severely damage) the majority of non-resistant Pokémon it faces. The only real problem Gyarados tends to face somewhat frequently is when it's halted in setting up, but it's usually not too difficult to swap him back in later once the threat's gone.

Cutiepie (Yanmega) (F) @ Life Orb
Trait: Speed Boost
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 Atk
Rash Nature
- U-turn
- Protect
- Bug Buzz
- Air Slash

Despite not being OU (for some reason which I cannot work out), Yanmega is the main force in almost every team I make. She can easily dominate a lot of the Pokémon in OU and her Speed Boost capabilities are to die for. I sometimes alternate Life Orb with Leftovers but generally Yanmega's always been a very reliable Pokémon for me as anyone who's come up against it will probably tell you. It's not one I'm considering replacing even though the general consensus will probably be that I should haha. It's just an incredibly reliable Pokémon for me and I'd hate not having it. Obviously it's a frail Pokémon and Stealth Rock completely cripples it, but when you can get him in one a clean switch and set up well he's unstoppable. (Or at least quite hard to stop!)

Nathan (Skarmory) (F) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 232 Def / 252 HP / 24 Spd
Impish Nature
- Roost
- Spikes
- Brave Bird
- Whirlwind

Another obvious choice for a Flying team, Skarmory does exactly what you'd expect. Skarmory's strategies are far too well-known to be worth going into and I find him to be an incredible help against most teams. The only thing I'm really wondering here is whether Spikes or Stealth Rock is a better route to take whilst setting up, but stacking Spikes seems a fair amount more reliable than rocks. However the 3 turns vs 1 turn of setting up can be a bit of an annoyance!

Sophie (Metagross) @ Leftovers
Trait: Clear Body
EVs: 252 Atk / 156 HP / 100 Def
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Meteor Mash
- Zen Headbutt
- Rock Polish

The wildcard of the team. Metagross is a very reliable Pokémon once he's sped himself up with Rock Polish and he can decimate a lot of opponents, but there are certain typings that leave him crippled. He's great for soaking up some hits to spare Yanmega/Gyarados a bit of grief and he's usually a pretty reliable sweeper but problems do tend to arise especially when he's up against bulkier Water types or generally bulkier things in general. I'll usually start off the battle with him or Gyarados and take out one or two Pokémon with either so he's been a great choice so far, but I am considering finding a new wildcard for a bit of variety.

Honestly this team is good enough for use as a standard team and wins me a lot of the OU battles I do with it regardless of being monotype, but I'm always looking for ways to improve so any thoughts/advice would be wonderful! :)