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The "I got bored on Shoddy" team (OU-Sandstorm-ish)


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So after using the same 3-4 teams (only one of them was really unique, the other 3 were variants with the same premise), I decided to re-construct a Wi-Fi Sandstorm team I used....but from memory.

Aerodactyl (M) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 6 HP/252 Atk/252 Spd
Jolly nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Taunt
- Stealth Rock
- Toxic
- Earthquake

Nothing fancy here. I chose Toxic over Stone Edge to help wear down foes such as Swampert. Stone Edge just seemed to never get used, while I'm at least sometimes able to Toxic.

The biggest challenge with this lead is against Crobat and Azelf and other Aerodactyls. With Crobat, I tend to switch out. With suicide leads, I hope for the speed tie and SR right away. Against Fake Out Ape, I SR first and anything else I get to do is a bonus.

Breloom (M) @ Toxic Orb
Ability: Poison Heal
EVs: 6 HP/252 Atk/252 Spd
Adamant nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Spore
- Substitute
- Leech Seed
- Focus Punch

After testing out Seed Bomb over Leech Seed, I stuck with the standard set. At 212 speed EVs, would I still be able to outspeed most Swamperts and Suicunes?

Leech Seed REALLY helps if paired up with a Toxic from Aerodactyl, or recovering health for Curse-Tar.

Tyranitar (M) @ Leftovers
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP/46 Atk/212 SpDef
Careful nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Curse
- Substitute
- Crunch
- Fire Punch

The star of the team. I come in on something that's dying or hates T-Tar (I'm really enjoying the increased usage of Psychic that I'm seeing when using the Sinnoh Lake trio and on Scarf/Specs Starmie), Sub up, and see what happens.

With Yawn on Vaporeon and Spore on Breloom, I also get a good number of chances to set up on what would otherwise be a threat to Tyranitar (Gyarados).

And in an added bit of hilarity, I finally figured out why it sucked so much at taking special attacks. I accidentally assigned all sp Def EVs into sp atk.

I'm also testing out Brick Break over Fire Punch, since it'll give me a neutral hit on Scizor, x2 on Heatran, and x4 on other Tyranitars. However, even with that, it also means I lose a good hit on Starmie, Gengar, and also the 20% drop in defense.

Vaporeon (M) @ Leftovers
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP/128 Def/128 SAtk
Bold nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Yawn
- Surf
- Ice Beam
- Protect

I've never been big on Wish Passing, but Yawn passing is just fine with me. I'm having a bit of trouble directly countering Gyarados, so I think I'll be testing out HP Electric over Ice Beam.

Scizor (M) @ Choice Band
Ability: Technician
EVs: 252 HP/252 Atk/6 SDef
Jolly nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Bullet Punch
- U-turn
- Superpower
- Pursuit

First time using this baby and I can see why everyone loves it.

I'm not getting as much usage out of Pursuit as I'd really like, but every now and then it helps me finish off a switching out Blissey, Starmie, or Gengar. Maybe I should test out Bug Bite or Knock Off?

Claydol @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 128 Def/252 HP/128 SDef
Bold nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Rapid Spin
- Light Screen
- Earth Power
- Reflect

Basically my spinner. Spikes/Toxic Spikes can be quite annoying, and I figured this d00d would be best for the job on a sand team. He gets to set up screens too, sometimes, and covers fighting weakness. But with Aero basically stopping Roselia setting up Toxic Spikes, I'm not sure how much I really need this. Otherwise I'd love to throw Bronzong into the mix.

This team is winning a fair number of battles, but I think it could be improved. Here's my run down so far:

Status absorbing has multiple checks. After Breloom is poisoned it has nothing to worry about and can come in on any status. Tyranitar with a sub also provides a check. Finally, Vaporeon can scout out status with Protect. In addition to that, Claydol can take on Thunderwaves.

I'm having more trouble than I thought with Gengar. Scizor can come in and finish it off if it's Specsed or Scarfed, but Life Orbed can fire off shadow ball and finish it with Focus Blast. For this reason, I'm seriously considering switching Vaporeon out for Dusknoir, which would also give me a handy spin blocker. Any suggestions for a set?

EDIT: I apologize for the wall-of-text but I'm not feeling very creative right now.