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Metagross is there to sponge dragon outrages which seem to be plentiful in the OU tier. Metagross is also very handy at forcing switches on pokemon such as Latias and Latios which means I almost always get that pursuit to deal some bonus damage.
Starmie is there for rapid spin relief for Cloyster and Breloom. Starmie also does very well against dragon types and has great type coverage for all around effectiveness.
That's my OU team and I'm sorry if the pictures were a little annoying as I thought some people would be able to interpret my team better with a little visual aid. I'm open to any advice, but I don't really like to use legendary pokemon although I will use them when necessary,
Too many Electric-weaks you have there. Half your team is weak to Electric, so Rotom-W, Jolteon, Thundurus-T and Magnezone can run right through the team.
Tentacruel should only be used for Rapid Spin/Toxic Spikes support on rain teams and nothing else. Offensive sets are outclassed by Starmie 100%. Lati@s (thanks to their typing and high Special Defense), Kingdra (who can use Swift Swim to mooch off of opposing rain) or Dragonite (courtesy of Multiscale) are several examples of better rain checks than Tentacruel:
-Psyshock/Hidden Power (Fire)/Substitute
EVs: 252 HP/4 SAtk/252 Spe
-Surf/Hidden Power (Fire)
EVs: 4 HP/252 SAtk/252 Spe
Item: Life Orb
You need hazards, man. Metagross is capable of providing that for you. Brick Break won't cut it, and you do realize it gets Hammer Arm, right?:
EVs: 252 HP/96 Atk/160 SDef
It seems that Volcarona is using an all-out offensive set, so you should use this EV spread to match: 252 SAtk/4 SDef/252 Spe. I don't see what your current spread accomplishes at all. Consider Life Orb or Lum Berry as your item, as Leftovers is better suited for defensive Quiver Dance sets.
Offensive Rapid Spinning Starmie should use Psyshock over Psychic so it can get past special walls; this should show what I mean:
EVs: 252 SAtk/4 SDef/252 Spe
Item: Leftovers/Life Orb
Ability: Natural Cure
Edit: a Jolly nature is better on Cloyster because Adamant Cloyster fails to outspeed several Choice Scarfed threats like Infernape and Terrakion even at +2 Speed.
Last edited by PlatinumDude; April 12th, 2013 at 06:25 AM.
Thanks, I changed Starmie, metagross, cloyster, and volcarona and I'm benefiting from the results. The only thing I'm struggling with is a replacement for tentacruel. I tried your suggestions, but the ice beams that go hand in hand with rain teams are devastating my "counters". Do you have any suggestions on pokemon that can counter rain teams and still be a threat without the rain?