Greetings hat lovers!
This isn’t VGC anymore technically, but I’ve taken a mini break from worlds practice to ladder on BattleSpot doubles. Beyond the intro, the post will be shorter than usual because I know non-Japanese readers don’t care for the format anymore, and truth be told, the team is fairly standard and I’m just posting this as an archive of sorts.
The biggest deviation from the standard with this team is the use of both Mega Gardevoir and Mega Kangaskhan. As strange as it is to say after having played 2016 for so long now, double mega teams aren’t overly common on BattleSpot doubles, but I believe having both makes the team better than the alternatives. The idea came about from having alternated between my nationals / worlds team and CHALK-T whenever I take a casual stroll through the format. As much as I love Scrafty, the version of the team that had it was overly weak to Milotic, Charizard teams, and Heatran among other things, whereas CHALK+T had a very difficult time with rain, Perish Trap, and in general, lacked valuable Fairy coverage. I took the best of both worlds from Scrafty + Gardevoir and Kangaskhan + Cresselia, and while they don’t cover their respective weaknesses perfectly, it complements the other four Pokemon very well and gives me more options versus their poor match ups. The biggest downside I’ve found with having both Gardevoir and Kangaskhan is that I lose the Fake Out + Trick Room option that the other two versions had. I’ve considered swapping out Trick Room on Gardevoir for this reason; however, I find other alternatives to be more situational, and without Trick Room, I lose any speed control option versus Ground types.
I haven’t done a comprehensive count, but if I had to guess, I bring Gardevoir about 70% of the time, compared to 30% for Kangaskhan. I honestly believe Gardevoir was the best mega from 2015 despite whatever biased conclusions people may draw from 2015 worlds results. Generally speaking, I bring Kangaskhan versus Charizard teams, Milotic teams, teams that are weak to Heatran (more on that later), and Gardevoir versus most others, because Kangaskhan, I feel, is too weak against Amoonguss and Intimidate to justify bringing it against teams that have them.
Gardevoir @ Gardevoirite
EVs: 188 HP / 156 Def / 116 SAtk / 4 SDef / 44 Spd
– Hyper Voice
– Trick Room
After having used both a good deal now, I feel that Psyshock is a better move on Gardevoir than Psychic. I’ve been finding that people tend to invest more in special defense because Intimidate is the primary method of suppressing physical attacks instead of EVing in defense, and Psychic-weak Pokemon typically don’t get OHKOed by Psychic anyway. Also, Imprison Gardevoir has seen a surge in usage on BattleSpot doubles, and Psyshock can bypass that. This Gardevoir is trained to survive a Double Edge from 44 Attack Mega Salamence (the minimum required to OHKO 252 HP / 4 Def Gardevoir) 15/16 times, whereas the speed is to comfortably move beyond the Bisharp speed tier by speed creeping Jolly Tyranitar. 116 SAtk is an 11n number.
Kangaskhan @ Kangaskhanite
Ability: Inner Focus
EVs: 212 HP / 236 Atk / 4 Def / 4 SDef / 52 Spd
– Fake Out
– Low Kick
– Sucker Punch
As standard as in gets. I no longer have the option to use Trick Room with Kangaskhan, but I still prefer bulk as a general rule of thumb even if it makes the team weaker versus things like Smeargle and Breloom, because those aren’t very common anyway. Truth be told, I bring Kangaskhan a lot of the time just to support Heatran. Kangaskhan is the best Fake Out user, and it plus Amoonguss make it difficult for a lot of teams to deal with Heatran once it is behind a Substitute.
Amoonguss @ Rocky Helmet
EVs: 236 HP / 116 Def / 156 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spd
– Sludge Bomb
– Rage Powder
I think Giga Drain is bad and I don’t you should use it on Amoonguss. Energy Ball is the better move as far as Grass moves go, because the healing from Giga Drain will honestly almost never matter but the extra power from Energy Ball is often times important in some calcs. Just as an example, Giga Drain can never OHKO Mega Swampert whereas Energy Ball has a good chance to, plus two Hyper Voices + Energy Ball has a far better chance to KO Ludicolo than with Giga Drain. I think Sludge Bomb is better than both though because Poison is more often than not the better type when Amoonguss actually needs to attack, specifically against Thundurus. The 30% chance to poison is also valuable. Admittedly I don’t know what the EV spread does. It’s something I build last year and just had it in my box and assumed it was good because I didn’t want to bother building a new spread.
Heatran @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Flash Fire
EVs: 244 HP / 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 4 Spd
– Heat Wave
– Earth Power
Heatran might be my favorite Pokemon to use in the format. As mentioned before, Substitute is very powerful when supported by Kangaskhan and Amoonguss. I chose to use a bulky spread in part because I valued how most Rock Slides don’t break Heatran’s Substitute. I used 4 speed just so I don’t speed tie with 252 HP / 252 SAtk Heatran, and having 4 EVs in each defense makes it slightly more bulky than having 252 HP. I used this spread during practice for last year’s worlds and only recently realized this is the exact set Shoma used. Just a coincidence! The spread is standard anyway.
Landorus-Therian @ Life Orb
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
– Rock Slide
I was conflicted between bulky Choice Band, Assault Vest, and Life Orb for Landorus’ set. I don’t like how I can’t change moves with Choice Band Landorus and I don’t like how weak Assault Vest Landorus is (maybe I’m spoiled from using Groudon), so I settled on Life Orb. Life Orb makes Landorus more frail than the other two sets but in some ways it is better at surviving because it can use Protect (which often catches opponents off guard). I do miss the coverage Knock Off and U-Turn have versus Cresselia, but overall, I think this set fits the team the best.
Thundurus @ Sitrus Berry
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SDef / 4 Spd
– Thunder Wave
I used Thundurus more than any other Pokemon in 2015 but I honestly never found the “best” EV spread for it, so I just used Shoma’s and it works fairly well. I don’t have Taunt because I think Swagger and Protect helps in more match ups, even though Taunt is a good catch-all counter versus things like Smeargle.