Thread: [Gen V] Rate my Sandstorm Team
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Old October 30th, 2011 (9:26 AM). Edited October 30th, 2011 by NothingPersonal.
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After seeing weather team after weather team, I got sick of it and went to UU. But I used to play around with sandstorm, so I'll give you some suggestions. The first pokemon that came to mind is Reuniclus. I've used it before, and magic guard protects it from any weather, and any indirect damage.

Reuniclus (M) @ Leftovers / Life Orb
Trait: Magic Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Calm Mind
- Psychic
- Focus Blast
- Recover
Fighting resist is always nice, life orb is viable, but after multiple calm minds, leftovers recovery becomes more useful imo. But it's really up to you.

Here's the gliscor set:
Gliscor (M) @ Flight Gem
Trait: Sand Veil
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Swords Dance
- Acrobatics
- Earthquake
- Substitute
Substitute allows h4x with sand veil, but this relies on the 20% h4x, remember. Swords dance under the substitute, then abuse your powerful EQ STAB. Acrobatics is a secondary STAB, and when powered with flight gem, will devastate and 2HKO or 1HKO most pokemon. Even after the use of flight gem, the power jumps to 110, so it's extremely powerful.

As for Tyranitar, you really don't want to start the game off with a set up sweeper. So I recommend this set (which a kind person gave me on my sandstorm team):
Tyranitar (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 64 SAtk / 192 SDef
Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)
- Stealth Rock
- Crunch
- Fire Blast
- Ice Beam
You can set up rocks and not get walled by the annoying toxic orb gliscor. Crunch is for STAB, while Fire Blast can come as nice surprise.

Skarmory seems legit, so feel free to keep it for steel typing.
Terrakion, I'm not sure of, but a revenge killer is always nice.

Even in UU, I've found empoleon to be a weak sweeper. Rotom-W should definitely be used over it as your water type against the incoming rain teams, because it can fry pretty much half the team with volt switch (don't forget it's water and electric typing!).