(Pokemon: 5th gen) Any changes you think I should make to my drought team?

This is my 5th gen standard smogon OU team at the moment. For any serious pokemon battlers, help is wanted. Although I am looking for more then a few nitpicks, I a serious overview.

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China (Ninetales) (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Drought

EVs: 240 HP / 12 Def / 88 SAtk / 168 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

- Flamethrower

- Will-O-Wisp

- Roar

- Energy Ball

France (Sawsbuck) (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Chlorophyll

EVs: 104 HP / 252 Atk / 152 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

- Swords Dance

- Return

- Horn Leech

- Jump Kick

England (Venusaur) (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Chlorophyll

EVs: 32 Def / 252 SAtk / 224 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

- Growth

- Energy Ball

- Hidden Power [Fire]

- Sludge Bomb

USA (Snorlax) (M) @ Choice Band

Trait: Thick Fat

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 SDef

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

- Return

- Crunch

- Pursuit

- Earthquake

USSR (Infernape) (F) @ Life Orb

Trait: Blaze

EVs: 252 Atk / 20 SAtk / 236 Spd

Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)

- Overheat

- Close Combat

- Hidden Power [Ice]

- Mach Punch

Poland (Donphan) (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Sturdy

EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def

Impish (+Def, -SAtk)

- Rapid Spin

- Stealth Rock

- Earthquake

- Ice Shard


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1 Answer

  • Paul
    Lv 6
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    It looks like a pretty good Drought team, though I do have some suggestions as to how it can be improved.

    1) OVERALL TEAM BALANCE: I'm a little bit concerned with your team's ability to take on Dragon-types, notably Salamence and Dragonite. It is true that you have Donphan and Infernape that know Ice-type moves, but unboosted Ice Shard from Donphan and HP Ice from Infernape will struggle to land OHKOs (and 2KOs in some cases). If you can find a Pokemon with a powerful Ice-type attack at his disposal, consider adding it to your team.

    2) SAWSBUCK: I'd replace Return with either Megahorn or Wild Charge (probably Megahorn, just because the recoil from Wild Charge coupled with the Life Orb recoil will really hurt Sawsbuck more than is ideal). Return is a nice source of STAB, but you've got Horn Leech to do that. Megahorn hits Grass-types (which resist Horn Leech) and Psychics (which resist Jump Kick).

    3) VENUSAUR: Sludge Bomb, though it yields STAB is a pretty useless attack IMO. It doesn't give any sort of useful super effective coverage (HP Fire covers Grasses already), and it's neutral coverage is below average as well (4 types resist Poison, 1 type is immune).

    Instead, I would replace Sludge Bomb with something of a Support option. Leech Seed or Synthesis helps heal off Life Orb recoil and damage from enemy attacks. Sunny Day gives you another Sun option if Ninetales faints. Sleep Powder can shut down an enemy Pokemon.

    4) SNORLAX: I like this Choice Band set, but I'm not sure why you're running max Special Defense EVs on Snorlax. I may be missing something here, but with Snorlax's existing Special bulk, the further investment in Special Defense is not needed. Instead, either dump those 252 EVs in Defense (to help round out Snorlax's defenses) or Speed (to help it offensively).

    All of your other Pokemon look fine. Nice work

    As a side note, I still could not get the link to work.

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