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Old July 12th, 2012 (3:22 AM).
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    Hippowdon @ leftovers
    EVs: 252 HP / 152 Def / 104 Spe
    Sand stream
    Trait: Impish (+Def / -SAtk)
    -Stealth rock
    -Earthquake
    -Slack off
    -Ice fang

    My lead and streamer, set's up stealth rock.

    Swampert @ leftovers
    EVs: 252 Def / 252 SDef / 4HP
    Torrent
    Trait:Careful (+SDef / -SAtk)
    -Curse
    -Waterfall
    -Avalanche
    -Rest

    Mixed wall with type coverage. He also has some sweeping capablities.

    Skarmory @ shed shell -
    EVs:252 Def / 252 HP / 4Spe
    Keen eye
    impish (+Def / -SAtk)
    -Stealth rock
    -Roost
    -Air slash
    -Roar

    The Physical wall, not sure if I should keep stealth rock? I dropped brave bird because of the recoil.

    Lucario @ Choice specs / life orb
    EVs:252 SAtk / 252 Spe / 4HP
    Steadfast
    Modest (+SAtk / -Atk)
    -Aura sphere
    -Nasty Plot/shadow ball
    -Dragon pulse
    -Vaccum wave

    Special sweeper, not sure if I should go choice band+shadow ball or Nasty Plot+Life orb?

    Scizor @ choice band / life orb
    EVs:252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4HP
    Technician
    Adamant (+Atk / -SAtk)
    -U-turn
    -Bullet punch
    -Swords dance/x-scissor
    -Pursuit

    Again not sure choice band+X-scissor or life orb+swords dance

    Heatran @ leftovers
    Evs:252 Def / 252 Spe / 4hp
    Flash fire
    Bold(+Def / -Atk)
    Substitute/toxic
    will-o-wisp
    Fireblast
    Explosion

    Heatran's purpose is to switch in on any fire type coming against scizor, status them or explode against tough walls. I'm thinking of replacing substitute with toxic, any ideas?

    So there's my OU sandstorm team, as I say I'm new to this and this is the first team I've ever made for competitive battling. There are almost certainly a few flaws with EV spreads etc so please give me a rate, thanks!

    Piratebee88

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    Old July 12th, 2012 (4:09 AM).
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    With Hippowdon's current EV spread, is there anything notable that it can outrun? If there's nothing notable, the EV spread should be 252 HP/244 Def/12 SDef.

    Rest isn't as useful as it used to be on Swampert. Also, your team has a bit of a Fighting weakness, so Reuniclus or Alakazam can help instead:
    Reuniclus:
    -Calm Mind
    -Psychic/Psyshock
    -Focus Blast
    -Recover
    Nature: Bold
    EVs: 252 HP/252 Def/4 SDef
    Item: Life Orb
    Ability: Magic Guard

    or
    -Trick Room
    -Psychic/Psyshock
    -Shadow Ball
    -Focus Blast
    Nature: Quiet
    EVs: 192 HP/64 Def/252 SAtk
    Item: Life Orb
    Ability: Magic Guard

    Alakazam:
    -Substitute/Calm Mind
    -Psychic/Psyshock
    -Shadow Ball
    -Focus Blast
    Nature: Timid
    EVs: 4 HP/252 SAtk/252 Spe
    Item: Life Orb/Focus Sash
    Ability: Magic Guard

    Don't use Air Slash on Skarmory; it runs off of its weaker offensive stat. Drill Peck should be in there instead, since you're worried about Brave Bird's recoil. Roar is also blocked by Soundproof (due to it being a sound move), so Whirlwind is the better option. Sturdy should also be the ability to use since it ensures Skarmory will be on the field after taking a fatal hit (it can always be reactivated later with 2 uses of Roost). Also, since Hippowdon is using Stealth Rock, use Spikes instead.


    115 Special Attack sometimes isn't enough for Lucario to sweep by itself, so it should be using Nasty Plot. Shadow Ball (or Dark Pulse) should go over Dragon Pulse for virtually perfect coverage. You can use Choice Specs if you want to hit right hard off the bat, if you want. In that case, the moves should be Aura Sphere/Shadow Ball or Dark Pulse/Hidden Power (Ice)/Vacuum Wave.

    If Scizor is using Choice Band, its EVs should be focused on its bulk to help it survive as long as it can. In that case, the set should look like this:
    -U-turn
    -Bullet Punch
    -Superpower/Brick Break
    -Quick Attack/Pursuit
    Nature: Adamant
    EVs: 248 HP/252 Atk/8 Spe
    Item: Choice Band
    Ability: Technician

    If Scizor is using SD, use Bug Bite over X-Scissor, since it benefits from the Technician boost:
    -Swords Dance
    -Bullet Punch
    -Bug Bite
    -Superpower/Brick Break
    Nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk/4 SDef/252 Spe
    Item: Life Orb/Leftovers/Iron Plate
    Ability: Technician

    or
    -Swords Dance
    -Bullet Punch
    -Bug Bite/Superpower/Brick Break
    -Roost
    Nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 HP/40 Atk/216 SDef
    Item: Leftovers/Iron Plate
    Ability: Technician

    On Heatran, Explosion lost most of its charm in the generation shift to V; it doesn't halve Defense anymore before it hits. The fact that Heatran is using a -Attack nature doesn't help. If Heatran is to be defensive, it should be specially defensive because most of its resistances are Special:
    -Lava Plume
    -Stealth Rock/Roar
    -Will-o-Wisp/Toxic
    -Protect
    Nature: Calm
    EVs: 248 HP/252 SDef/8 Spe
    Item: Leftovers

    You also have a pretty bad weakness to bulky Waters, so other Pokemon to consider are Ferrothorn and Virizion; you can choose who you can replace for either one:

    Ferrothorn:
    -Spikes/Stealth Rock
    -Leech Seed
    -Power Whip/Protect
    -Gyro Ball/Thunder Wave/Protect
    Nature: Relaxed
    EVs: 252 HP/88 Def/168 SDef
    Item: Leftovers

    Virizion:
    -Swords Dance
    -Leaf Blade
    -Close Combat
    -Hidden Power (Ice)/Stone Edge
    Nature: Hasty/Naive/Jolly
    EVs: 4 HP/252 Atk/252 Spe
    Item: Life Orb/Leftovers

    or
    -Calm Mind
    -Focus Blast
    -Giga Drain
    -Hidden Power (Ice)
    Nature: Timid
    EVs: 4 HP/252 SAtk/252 Spe
    Item: Leftovers/Life Orb

    or
    -Work Up
    -Close Combat
    -Giga Drain
    -Stone Edge/Hidden Power (Ice)
    Nature: Hasty/Naive
    EVs: 104 Atk/152 SAtk/252 Spe
    Item: Leftovers/Life Orb

    or
    -Reflect
    -Light Screen
    -Taunt
    -Giga Drain/Close Combat
    Nature: Timid/Jolly
    EVs: 252 HP/4 Def/252 Spe
    Item: Light Clay
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    Old July 12th, 2012 (5:17 AM). Edited July 12th, 2012 by Piratebee88.
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      Thanks for the quick reply, I'll probably replace swampert with virizion. I hadn't realised explosion no longer lowered defence so thanks for that. That will only leave me with the fighting weakness, I'll try and work out a way to get around that! Also will Drill peck not get around the fighting weakness?
       
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