Thread: [Gen V] Rate my VGC12 Team!
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Old January 28th, 2012 (9:38 AM).
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Swampert is basically a physical attacker rather than a special one (and defensive), and using accuracy lowering attacks and a normal STAB w/o any physical boost doesn't really do much (mainly because lowering accuracy means a chance of the attacks missing and not definite :x), sooo for attacker you'll do a lot better w/ this:

Swampert@Choice Band
172 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Spe
- Waterfall / Aqua Tail
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch / Stone Edge
- Superpower

Since it'll allow you to hit hard with your main physical STABs, and cover things that your STABs can't with the other two.

For Salamence, having Dragon Pulse doesn't really help because you've already got Dragon Claw & Dragon Tail which are physical, aka what Mence specialises in, while having no investment in sPA confuses me. :x If you want a sweeper, go for this set:

Salamence@Life Orb / Leftovers
252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
Naive / Naughty
- Dragon Dance
- Outrage / Dragon Claw
- Earthquake
- Fire Blast / Roost

Since with that it can perform its sweeper role rather than just somewhat phaze the opponent. OR go with...

Salamence@Life Orb
116 Atk / 216 SpA / 176 Spe
Naive / Rash
- Draco Meteor
- Fire Blast
- Brick Break / Earthquake
- Roost / Outrage

Either enable it to perform the sweeper role, depending on which you prefer.

Reuniclus mostly needs since it doesn't incur any damage from hazards etc as well as LO, so really for that extra boost in power w/o fear, you need that. :x As for coverage, you're weak to pretty much every dark type and ghosts, so focus blast is necessary and/or shadow ball. Also, lowering opponent's attack etc won't work because you want to boost your own stats, rather than lower the opponent's, because they can just switch out. Plus for Reuniclus, Recover is a much more reliable move for recovery. There's also the fact that opponents could easily Taunt you, due to its terrible speed.

However, if you do wish to affect stats & recover, this set is much more suited:

Reuniclus@Life Orb / Leftovers
Magic Guard
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
- Calm Mind
- Recover
- Psychic / Psyshock
- Focus Blast

This will allow you to recover and attack and boost your own stats rather than play with the opponents, as well as give you coverage.

For Mienshao, Aura Sphere doesn't really do anything (plus it's special and you'd gain more power from HJK), so considering you plan to make use of Fake Out, you're better off with this set:

Meinshao@Life Orb
252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
- Hi Jump Kick
- U-turn
- Hidden Power Ice
- Fake Out

Regeneration will allow you to recover as you switch out, which you'll be doing often, thanks to U-turn generally after Fake Out in most cases, while the other attacks are for coverage with things you'd otherwise struggle with aka dragons and your STAB, HJK.

On Scizor, I hope you meant to say Bug Bite & not Bug Buzz, because Bug Buzz is special, and with a Choice Band + Technician, Bug Bite performs muuuch better.

Good luck either way!

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