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I am relatively new to the B2/W2 scene, and this is the second team I have created. I knew i wanted a team that could take a hit and still sweep hard. It's called Team TriForce because it is centered around 3 Pokemon with good synergy: Gyarados, Mamoswine, and Heatran.
I wanted a mix of power and durability and Gyarados, Mamoswine, and Heatran gave me just want i needed. each can which in and check major counters to the others.
With this team i wanted free switch-ins, but Stealth Rocks puts a damper on that and really hurts Gyarados. I needed a spinner that could easliy switch in, take a hit, Rapid Spin, and still provide some utility. Tentecruel was perfect for it.
I noticed that even though the TriForce covered most Pokemon, bulky Ground-Waters would go unchecked, possibly being able to stall my team out. I also needed a strong defensive wall who could take the common Fighting-type attacks that dismantle most of my core. Tangrowth can take physical hits like a champ, and can stall out most physical boosters.
I wasn't sure exactly what I needed for my last slot, but it felt like I needed a Pokemon with Wish support. I also thought Rock-types might still give me a problem and, after some testing, I found Jirachi fit my team the best.
After completing the team, i found that Fighting and Rock types, especially Terrakion, were still problem. I needed someone to be able to tank the hits, but still be able to kill the opposing Pokemon. Breloom does this job very well.
Gyarados was the first choice for my powerhouse trio. With Dragon Dance, he can become an absolute monster. Originally, I used an offensive Dragon Dance. I changed to a bulky set to allow it to take bigger hits. With taunt, it can prevent phazing, and makes Skarmory useless vs him. I try to get free switch-ins by predicting Earth type attacks on Heatran.
Heatran (M) @ Air Balloon
Trait: Flash Fire
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Fire Blast
- Stealth Rock
- Earth Power
- Hidden Power [Ice]
I wanted to be able to switch for free, and Flash Fire gives Heatran that potential. He is my preferred lead, Especially if the opponent is running a Sunlight team. Hidden Power Ice lets it take on Dragonite and Salamance with ease.
Mamoswine can take out many OU threats and can be a decent revenge killer with Ice Shard. Dragon types are completely destroyed by his stab Ice moves. Superpower allows to break Blissey, who can potentially wall the rest of the team, aside form Breloom.
Tentacruel (F) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Rain Dish
EVs: 252 HP / 236 Def / 20 Spd
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Rapid Spin
Tentacruel can switch in on Water type moves and Spins hazards to let my offensive trio set up easier. It can stall with Toxic/Protect. Getting a burn with Scald is great against physical sweepers, but it is sometimes better to just Toxic stall.
100% Accuracy sleep is just amazing. Sub/Leech Seed lets Breloom stall out many threats, at least the ones Focus Punch doesn't destroy. It can kill Blissey, who is a major defensive threat to this team.
Jirachi @ Leftovers
Trait: Serene Grace
EVs: 252 HP / 236 SDef / 20 Spd
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Iron Head
- Stealth Rock
- Body Slam
Jirachi's paralyze/flinch combo can take out a Pokemon while taking no or little damage. Wish support lets it tank a little more, and can bring one of the sweepers who were low back into the game. Stealth Rocks lets Jirachi lead if needed.
All criticisms and suggestions are welcome appreciated!