Saturday, 21 November 2015

Recent teams - a little Japanese influence

Heya Fools! Sorry it's been so long, but life was happening and I had to focus on my studies for the past while. The good news is that I have now passed my Honours degree and start working next year Jan. Truly exciting.

Anyways, I'd like to post a few teams that I've been using recently, and you'll definitely be able to see the Japanese influence from the go. Some of these teams I have used at PCs and have always ended up in top 4 at least. Maybe consider using these teams at a PC near you and have a good time!

Rain + Persish Trap team








Ludicolo @ Assault Vest
Modest nature
159 - x  - 91 - 156 - 121 - 118
Swift Swim ability

- Scald
- Giga Drain
- Fake Out
- Ice Beam








Politoed @ Leftovers
Sassy nature
197 - x - 112 - 110 - 149 - 67
Drizzle ability

- Perish Song
- Encore
- Protect
- Scald








Gengar @ Gengarite
Timid nature
167 - x - 86 - 151 - 99 - 168
Levitate ability

- Disable
- Shadow Ball
- Protect
- Perish Song








Scrafty @ Lum Berry
Brave nature
172 - 143 - 141 - x - 142 - 56
Intimidate ability

- Fake Out
- Protect
- Drain Punch
- Knock Off








Gothitelle @ Sitrus Berry
Relaxed Nature
177 - x - 148 - 115 - 143 - 63
Shadow Tag ability

- Fake Tears
- Psychic
- Protect
- Trick Room

That's this Perish Trap team in a nutshell. Let me elaborate on a few of the choices. Fake Tears on Gothitelle was a nice choice, since there was only one physical attacker on the team. It allowed for some interesting one-off plays.

Lum Berry is ideal for Scrafters, since I needed Protect to stall out Perish turns, and it wasn't necessarily always expected. Scrafty was often times the glue of the team, and it handled Hydreigon and Aegislash, two Pokémon that do well against this team, really well.

Encore on Politoed was pretty cool, and often times Trick Room activating would allow for some hilarious Encore options. I could have used Hydro Pump instead of Scald, but then I wouldn't be using the best move in the entire game.

You've probably noticed that there are only 5 Pokémon in the above team, and that's because I was never sure on what should occupy the last slot.

In some matches I would not bring Mega Gengar, since one of the non-Megas could fare better in that instance.


I used the above team for most of the Pure Fool's Gold matches, and it had a pretty interesting record, only losing to Izak in the fourth round. It was a great team to learn how to use, and my favourite setup was to lead with Poli and Ludi and then immediately switch in Gothitelle and use Perish Song with Poli. Many opponents were caught off guard by this cheap strategy.

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The next team is one I used at a Premier Challenge a while back. I haven't innovated it in any way from the original team, but I will share the sets.







Smeargle @ Mental Herb
Own Tempo
Sassy nature
155 - 25 - 70 - 40 - 99 - 72

- Dark Void
- King's Shield
- Fake Out
- Follow Me








Clefable @ Kee Berry
Cute Charm
Bold nature
201 - x - 127 - 115 - 110 - 91

- Moonblast
- Minimise
- Cosmic Power
- Calm Mind








Xatu @ Focus Sash
Magic Bounce
Relaxed nature
172 - 80 - 134 - 115 - 91 - 90

- Trick Room
- Simple Beam
- Protect
- Ally Switch








Chandelure @ Leftovers
Flash Fire
Bold nature
167 - x - 156 - 165 - 111 - 91

- Heat Wave
- Minimise
- Acid Armour
- Calm Mind








Slowbro @ Nite
Oblivious
Sassy nature
202 - x - 162 - 120 - 111 - 31

- Psych Up
- Scald
- Psychic / Ice Beam
- Slack Off








Audino @ Sitrus Berry
Healer
Relaxed nature
210 - x - 151 - 80 - 107 - 49

- Trick Room
- Simple Beam
- Heal Pulse
- Protect

Well okay in briefly summarising the game plan: lead Smeargle and Xatu. Have Smeargle use Fake Out and Xatu Trick Room. On the second turn you should wither Dark Void, or switch Clefable/Chandelure into Smeargle's slot and have Xatu use Simple on the Pokémon that's just switched in. Proceed to use Minimise and other stat boosts until Xatu gets KOd and Slowbro switches in. Use Psych Up and sweep accordingly :P

This team was super cheese, but quite hilarious to use too. In my personal experience, it's better to choose Clefable over Chandelure.

The original post can be found here.

Well, Fools, that's all for now, and thanks for taking the time to read this.

Steve and I have recently attended two Premier Challenges and will post our teams up soon enough.

- Jayhonas

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