Monday, 22 December 2014

Rain Team Elements

Rain teams are probably the most popular among the theme teams like trick room, sun teams etc
These were the most popular in VGC 2014 and after the hyper offensive mega Swampert with swift swim has been released chances are these will be even more popular in VGC 2015.
In VGC 2014 the reach to the rain teams were limited because u only had to choose from a number of different Pokémon’s Politoed will always be used but it was common accompanied by a swift swim Ludiculo or a Kingdra
In VGC 2015 only the most legendries are banned with the item soul dew. Apart from that there are many other Pokémons with the ability swift swim and do well in rain.

Following are some different takes on drizzling Politoed in the rain mode.


1.    Long Lasting Rain
Politoed @ Damp Rock
Ability: Drizzle
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
Calm Nature
- Helping Hand
- Icy Wind
- Rain Dance
- Scald

2.    Rain out
Politoed @ Eject Button
Ability: Drizzle
EVs: 56 HP / 200 Def / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Helping Hand
- Encore
- Toxic
- Scald

3.    Bulky support
Politoed @ Leftovers
Ability: Drizzle
EVs: 240 HP / 240 Def / 28 SpD
Modest Nature
- Helping Hand
- Icy Wind
- Scald
- Rain Dance

Following are some other pokemons which also work well in rain teams


Beartic @ Assault Vest
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs: 192 Atk / 64 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Icicle Crash
- Rock Slide
- Play Rough
- Aqua Jet

Beartic knocks out most of the meta dragons like Salamence,Garchomp,Hydreigon and the trio,s like Thundurus,Tornadus,Landorus gaining that extra speed from the swift swim ability.


Tornadus (M) @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 200 Def / 208 SpA / 100 SpD
Timid Nature
- Hurricane
- Tailwind
- Swagger
- Foul Play

One favor that rain does for us is also raising the accuracy of move hurricane Tornadus uses this advantage really well if used as an offensive threat.


Zapdos @ Life Orb
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Thunder
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Protect
- Roost

Another advantage of rain is also raising the accuracy of move thunder to 100% Zapdos goes well with it.


Ludicolo @ Leftovers
Ability: Rain Dish
EVs: 252 HP / 204 Def / 52 SpD
Bold Nature
- Fake Out
- Giga Drain
- Leech Seed
- Protect

This Ludicolo gets most of its health back from 
rain dish and leftovers, moreover by using the move leech seed to sap from its opponents.


Gorebyss @ White Herb
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs: 92 SpA / 252 SpD / 164 Spe
Timid Nature
- Shell Smash
- Baton Pass
- Scald
- Ice Beam

Gorebyss uses the move shell smash and then heals back with white herb it can also use baton pass to pass off the status changes to its alleys.

Rain teams will also work well with the mega Pokemons who have their weakness as fire because rain will cut their power in half like m-mawile, m-lucario and m-scizor...... :)

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