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Specially Defensive Zapdos. Great bulk, great offense. This guy takes special attacks greatly. It works well with Rain Teams (with Thunder abuse) and it is a great defensive pivot. Works well with Gastrodon, Cobalion, Toxicroak, and Politoed.
My dedicated annoying lead. It screws Pokemon laying entry hazards, set-up Pokemons (Gyarados, Conkeldurr, etc), and a lot of other stuff. Everytime they see 'toed, they lead with Ferrothorn and this guy just screws Ferrothorn so much. It just doesn't 'Trick,' the sheer fire (water) power of this thing is wtf strong. A glass cannon indeed.
Defensive 'toed. A must for a Rain Team. It was usually Def move + 3 attacks for almost all other 'mons. This time, it's 3 annoying moves + 1 Attack. Perish Song is for pHazing, Hypnosis is for things like Venusaur, Toxicroak, and other Poison and Metal types. Toxic is for almost everything that isn't metal or toxic.
Toxicroak @ Black Sludge
Trait: Dry Skin
EVs: 244 HP / 132 Atk / 132 Def
- Bulk Up
- Drain Punch
- Fake Out
- Ice Punch
BU Toxicroak. Bulky and powerful. It really lasts long with Black Sludge and Dry Skin.
Gastrodon @ Leftovers
Trait: Storm Drain
EVs: 4 SAtk / 252 HP / 252 Def
IVs: 0 Spd
- Earth Power
Physically Defensive Gastrodon. It helps a lot in stalling. If it absorbs a Water-type attack, a +1 Surf/EP can pose a threat.
Cobalion @ Leftovers
EVs: 28 HP / 252 Spd / 228 SAtk
- Close Combat
- Volt Switch
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Stealth Rock
Mixed Cobalion. Spam CC if applicable, Volt Switch to escape anything that doesn't outspeed it or trap it (Dugtrio).
Any comment/criticism would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
I know this may be an obvious thing, but make sure Politoad is leading.
It may also be good to get a back-up rain dancer just incase the rain fades away.
I'm no master at the new 5th gen competitive play (well I guess its not so new nowadays xo ), but those are my tips from the judgement I see here.
Yea, the Rain backup sounds good. However, leading with Politoed isn't always the plan here. I try to shutdown walls/stalls with Starmie first or get a chunk out of something with Cobalion.
Originally Posted by PlatinumDude
Scald has more utility than Hydro Pump on Politoed, as the burn chance is useful. Hydro Pump's low PP is a detriment on defensive 'mons.
If you don't mind my asking, why Counter on Gastrodon?
Although lovely 30% burn rate for Scald sounds awesome, it just overlaps with Toxic and Hypnosis (which I removed and replaced with Protect). I might go with Scald again though since I realized I've been having problems with things like Gastrodon and Swampert. Gastrodon having Counter is a gimmicky strategy; it surprises a lot of opponents with it. I recently made Gastrodon a Specially Defensive 'mon and replaced it with Mirror Coat. It helps with stuff like Gengar and Alakazam.
Last edited by Musica; March 2nd, 2013 at 06:32 PM.