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DPP Sample Teams

Discussion in 'DPP OU' started by CALLOUS, Jan 24, 2020.

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    ***WORK IN PROGRESS***

    Smogon has had sample teams for a long time, but I wanted to take it a step further. I believe one of the biggest problems we face in our goal of continuously growing the competitive Pokemon community, especially in old gens, is barrier to entry. There are guys who have been playing these gens for over a decade. How does someone starting from scratch ever catch up? There's so much to learn. It's intimidating. It's overwhelming. Sample teams are great for giving someone a starting point, but just slapping together a copy/paste and handing it to a new player doesn't solve anything. That's more or less the same as handing someone a saddle and the reigns of a horse and telling them to ride. Could just about anyone learn how to do it? Absolutely. Is it something most people would be able to just pick up and do on their own? Absolutely not. It's the same concept here. Explanations and instructions are needed, as new players are not going to understand what they're looking at or why things are the way they are. Likewise, outdated information, even if it was once helpful, is actually detrimental to a player just starting out. This is my way of addressing these problems. I've asked a handful of very high level, experienced, proven tournament players not only to provide some fairly beginner-friendly teams, but also to provide some information about them so a player wanting to pick these up and try them might have a better idea as to what it is they're supposed to be doing. We'll also be reviewing these twice per year and filtering out outdated teams and replacing them with more current ones. Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn from some of the greats of the game and get a jump start on your competitive Pokemon journey!

    DD Gyara Offense
    Sprinkles

    Jirachi @ Leftovers
    Ability: Serene Grace
    EVs: 252 HP / 40 Atk / 216 Spe
    Jolly Nature
    - Iron Head
    - Fire Punch
    - Toxic
    - Protect / Substitute

    Breloom @ Toxic Orb
    Ability: Poison Heal
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Spore
    - Superpower / Focus Punch
    - Seed Bomb
    - Mach Punch

    Flygon @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Levitate
    EVs: 48 HP / 252 Atk / 208 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Outrage
    - U-turn
    - Earthquake
    - Thunder Punch / Dragon Claw / Toxic

    Heatran @ Passho Berry
    Ability: Flash Fire
    EVs: 120 HP / 252 SpA / 136 Spe
    Modest Nature
    - Stealth Rock
    - Lava Plume / Fire blast / Magma Storm
    - Explosion
    - Hidden Power [Grass]

    Starmie @ Leftovers
    Ability: Natural Cure
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
    Timid Nature
    IVs: 0 Atk
    - Surf
    - Thunder Wave / Psychic / Thunderbolt / Ice Beam
    - Rapid Spin
    - Recover

    Gyarados @ Leftovers
    Ability: Intimidate
    EVs: 52 HP / 252 Atk / 204 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Dragon Dance
    - Waterfall
    - Ice Fang / Bounce
    - Earthquake / Taunt

    This is a pretty standard Gyara offense on paper without the standard Tyranitar to trap. This can make certain threats, like Starmie, more difficult to deal with but at the same time not having Tyranitar doesn’t allow a lot of threats to come in and set up versus it. Breloom and Lucario aren’t nearly as threatening with Tar out of the picture and there are still suitable baits and measures in place to deal with pesky threats such as Starmie.

    Jirachi leads the group off with a very underrated and potent stall breaking set. Toxic is extremely useful in dealing with Hippowdon, Gliscor, and Swampert in particular. Protect is better for chipping with Toxic and scouting, while Sub is more useful late game and in front of things that can’t touch Jirachi. EVs are to outspeed max Speed Gliscor and get the Toxic off before it attacks and then hopefully Iron Head flinch it down while poisoned. The rest of the EVs are just generalized bulk.

    Breloom is a great fit on this team because it handles many common threats as a revenge killer, Spore user, status absorber (after Toxic Orb has activated) and an all around (sometimes glass) cannon with STAB Focus Punches off a massive base Attack stat. Breloom does a great job against stall teams, namely wearing down Skarmory. Using Focus Punch > Superpower achieves this a lot more easily. Mach Punch is great for revenge killing Empoleon, Tyranitar and anything weakened to around ~20%. Breloom can be a bit frail so you can either run speed to hit 220 for max Speed Swampert and fast Tyranitars or you can run a bulky set to be able to switch into the aforementioned threats more easily.

    DD Gyara Offense 2
    Sprinkles


    Zapdos @ Leftovers
    Ability: Pressure
    EVs: 252 HP / 224 Def / 32 Spe
    Bold Nature
    - Discharge
    - Toxic
    - U-turn
    - Roost

    Flygon @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Levitate
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Outrage
    - Earthquake
    - Thunder Punch
    - U-turn

    Starmie @ Leftovers
    Ability: Natural Cure
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
    Timid Nature
    IVs: 0 Atk
    - Rapid Spin
    - Surf
    - Thunder Wave
    - Recover

    Jirachi @ Leftovers
    Ability: Serene Grace
    EVs: 252 HP / 40 Atk / 216 Spe
    Jolly Nature
    - Stealth Rock
    - Iron Head
    - Body Slam
    - Fire Punch

    Tyranitar @ Custap Berry
    Ability: Sand Stream
    EVs: 196 Atk / 56 SpA / 120 SpD / 136 Spe
    Lonely Nature
    - Pursuit
    - Crunch
    - Fire Blast
    - Superpower

    Gyarados @ Leftovers
    Ability: Intimidate
    EVs: 40 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 212 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Dragon Dance
    - Waterfall
    - Bounce
    - Taunt

    This is a pretty standard Tar/Gyara offense aimed at pulling off a successful Gyarados sweep. Tyranitar is always a good choice paired with Gyarados in order to trap Starmie, Latias, and Rotom, as well as be a decent answer to some Zapdos that would be problematic as well. Gyarados can opt to run a 3 attack set with Ice Fang and Earthquake if you’re not as worried about bulkier teams Recovering off your necessary chip damage. Zapdos and Starmie’s sets can both be adjusted to hit stuff like Breloom if you find yourself having problems with it. Tyranitar is tailored to wear down Skarmory as well which would be a good answer to your Gyarados. This team has some potent offense with a couple good pivots and defensive tools. Flygon can be Jolly > Adamant if you’re very worried about Agility Empoleon and Dragon Dance Tyranitar.
     
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