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Old March 22nd, 2012 (6:44 PM).
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    Hi, I'm pretty new to competitive pokemon, so I can use all the advice I can get. Thanks!

    Machamp (M) @ Leftovers
    Trait: No Guard
    EVs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spd
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - DynamicPunch
    - Protect
    - Substitute
    - ThunderPunch

    Vigoroth (F) @ Eviolite
    Trait: Vital Spirit
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
    Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
    - Toxic
    - Slack Off
    - Taunt
    - Return

    Slowbro (F) @ Leftovers
    Trait: Regenerator
    EVs: 248 HP / 244 Def / 16 SAtk
    Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
    - Scald
    - Fire Blast
    - Slack Off
    - Thunder Wave

    Sceptile (M) @ Choice Specs
    Trait: Overgrow
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    - Leaf Storm
    - Focus Blast
    - Hidden Power [Ice]
    - Dragon Pulse

    Altaria (M) @ Leftovers
    Trait: Natural Cure
    EVs: 252 HP / 16 Atk / 176 SDef / 64 Spd
    Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
    - Dragon Dance
    - Heal Bell
    - Roost
    - Dragon Claw

    Rhyperior (F) @ Leftovers
    Trait: Solid Rock
    EVs: 140 HP / 252 Atk / 32 Def / 84 Spd
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Stealth Rock
    - Megahorn
    - Rock Blast
    - Earthquake

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    Old March 22nd, 2012 (7:20 PM).
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    For Machamp, I'd drop Protect for Stone Edge for an extra way to deal with Flyers; it also has better coverage overall than ThunderPunch. You can also use Toxic over ThunderPunch to wear down walls.

    Hidden Power (Ice) and Dragon Pulse are redundant together on Sceptile (unless it's on Kyurem, when Dragon and Ice are its STABs). Use Giga Drain over Dragon Pulse; it got a power buff in the generation shift.
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    Old March 22nd, 2012 (7:52 PM). Edited March 22nd, 2012 by Hikamaru.
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    PlatinumDude is right, you should give this to Sceptile:


    Timid nature
    Life Orb / Choice Specs
    Overgrow
    EVs 252 Sp. Atk, 4 Sp. Def, 252 Speed
    Giga Drain, Focus Blast, HP Ice and Leaf Storm

    Now this is what you want on your special-based Sceptile.

    Giga Drain for healing while doing damage. Leaf Storm for a strong STAB move that will probably almost one-shot everything that doesn't resist Grass-type attacks. Hidden Power Ice gives you coverage against Flying, Dragon and other Grass-types. Focus Blast to deal damage on Steel-types that would normally resist your Grass-type attacks. Sceptile is one of the fastest Pokemon out in this metagame and it's sure to be the fastest member of your team. On top of that, it has the best movepool of all Grass-type starters which is nice. If you train it right, Sceptile will be a big threat to your opponents.

    Remember to have Focus Blast or else Steel-types will wall you.
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    Old March 23rd, 2012 (4:27 PM).
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      Thanks for all the great advice I've gone ahead and made the changes suggested. Is the team balanced or do any of the pokemon need to be switched out?
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      Old March 23rd, 2012 (4:47 PM). Edited March 23rd, 2012 by Hikamaru.
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      Thanks for all the great advice I've gone ahead and made the changes suggested. Is the team balanced or do any of the pokemon need to be switched out?
      No need to worry, just keep in mind you have 3 Ice weaknesses so that's the type you need to be concerned about.

      At least you have a Fighting-type that can counter those Ice-types.
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