So I just now got into competitive Pokemon and I made a team out of my six favorite Pokemon. I haven't been doing too well, and that may be because I'm just not good enough lol, but it could also be my team. Does anyone have any suggestions for improvement?
Torterra @ Leftovers
Ability: Shell Armor
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
- Stealth Rock
- Wood Hammer
Lapras @ Choice Specs
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 248 HP / 252 SpA / 8 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hydro Pump
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Ice Beam
My strategy is to always start with torterra and use stealth rock. Torterra typically goes down quickly, and so does Lapras. I'm willing to completely swap them out, but the other four have been far more useful to me.
That’s probably part of the reason why you’re having trouble
AG isn’t really a metagame so much as it is a place for Mega Rayquaza to live, and lacks a lot of the rules put in places to cut out bullmuk. You’d be better off trying OU, or the lowest tier all 6 of your Pokémon are allowed in
“No, I... I have to be strong. Everyone expects me to."
Yeah, that team would struggle even in OU. In AG you're going to get obliterated pretty much every time for the reasons Nah already went over.
I would strongly suggest you look into the different tiers and what is prevalent in each of them, then decide which to play from there. You'll have a much easier time using Pokemon that actually have a place in the meta you're trying to play.
This team even kind of gets rolled in UU to be honest. If you want to use these Mons, play in RU? Your highest tier mon here is Umbreon in RU and it might have a chance there. Also, is there a specific tier you want to play in? Knowing that will make it easier to help you build a team using some of these mons.