Pokémon VGC Team #2: VGC2015 Rhydon Team

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Since I've been having some success with this team, I decided to post about it. The team revolves around a very interesting Pokémon known as Rhydon. I decided to use Rhydon because its arguably bulkier and stronger than its evolution Rhyperior. The team was built to help Rhydon perform its job in getting off mass amounts of damage & ultimately winning the battle.



Rhydon @ Eviolite
Ability: Lightning Rod
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Rock Slide
- Drill Run
- Ice Punch
- Protect

Rhydon is the main reason this team was built. I wanted to use Rhydon because like I said above, Rhydon is bulkier than Rhyperior thanks to Eviolite. Lightning Rod is good because I can lead it with either Charizard or Suicune so I wouldn't have to worry about any electric type moves. I went with a specially defensive Rhydon because Rhydon has a respectable physical defense stat, but a really bad specially defense stat, so I want to max that out to help it survive special hits like Scald and Giga Drain better. A Careful nature helps that out. Rock Slide is my main Rock type STAB, Drill Run for Aegislash but also bypasses Wide Guard, and Ice Punch for Dragon types like Mega Salmence and other Pokemon like Landorus-T.

Charizard @ Charizardite Y
Ability: Blaze
EVs: 100 HP / 200 Def / 52 SpA / 128 SpD / 28 Spe
Timid Nature
- Heat Wave
- Solar Beam
- Air Slash
- Protect

I added Charizard because in the sun, Charizard resist everything Rhydon is weak to. The only thing I have to worry about would be water type attacks, but the rest of the team can handle them. The EV Spread is designed to survive Adamant Landorus-T Rock Slide. It's a modified version of the EV Spread Yan Sym (Sogeking) used to get 5th Place at a UK Regionals. Heat Wave is my main fire type move, Solar Beam for Water types, and Air Slash to hit fighting types and Mega Venusaur.

Sylveon @ Life Orb
Ability: Pixilate
EVs: 168 HP / 188 Def / 72 SpA / 52 SpD / 28 Spe
Bold Nature
- Hyper Voice
- Shadow Ball
- Psyshock
- Protect

I added Sylveon because it has good synergy with Charizard. Since Sylveon has trouble with Aegislash and Heatran, Rhydon and Charizard helps with that issue. The 168 HP/ 188 Defense allows Sylveon to survive Double-Edge from Adamant Mega Kangaskhan. I don't remember what the other numbers did. I probably just did my best to space them out in the 3 remaining stats I had left. Hyper Voice is my main Fairy stab, Shadow Ball and Psyshock for coverage, and Protect for Protection. Life Orb is for extra power.

Thundurus-Therian @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Volt Absorb
Level: 50
EVs: 20 HP / 252 SpA / 236 Spe
Modest Nature
- Thunderbolt
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Focus Blast
- Grass Knot

Thundurus-T was added to help with my matchup against water types. Thundurus-I was an option, but I didn't feel it would best help the team. I went with a Choice Scarf to help Thundurus gain some extra speed that it already lacks, only holding a base 101 speed stat. The 20 HP lets Thundurus-T survives Jolly Tyranitar's Rock Slide and Sylveon's Choice Specs boosted Hyper Voice. The Sp. Attack investment helps Thundurus improve its power with the speed as a remainder. Thunderbolt is my stab move, Hidden Power [Ice] for Landorus-T and opposing Thundurus, Focus Blast for opposing steel types, and Grass Knot for Mega Swampert and Gastrodon.

Suicune @ Leftovers
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 232 HP / 84 Def / 112 SpA / 80 SpD
Bold Nature
- Tailwind
- Scald
- Ice Beam
- Protect

I added Suicune because I needed Tailwind support to help out my team. The team had a terrible speed stat overall and Tailwind fixes this. The EV Spread KO's Landorus-T with Ice Beam. It also survives Thunderbolt from Thundurus. Leftovers helps Suicune's survival. Scald is my main stab move.

Cobalion @ Assault Vest
Ability: Justified
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Close Combat
- Iron Head
- Zen Headbutt
- Stone Edge

Cobalion is my final Pokemon. I added him to improve my Mega Kangaskhan matchup with Close Combat. Cobalion also does well with handling Fairy types with Iron Head. I added Zen Headbutt and Stone Edge because it has good coverage for Fighting types as well as Flying types. I went with a simple spread because I felt I didn't need a fancy, complicated EV Spread to make him work well. Assault Vest is because I have 4 attacks and the Assault Vest would help.

That's the team. Thanks for reading. I really enjoy this team. I can't wait using it and I hope you enjoyed reading it.


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