|Posted by DawnOfCreation on February 24, 2010 at 3:59 PM|
EVs- 30 HP/30 SpD
Nature: Careful (+SpD, -SpA)
Berry Pouch- Sitrus Berry x3, Occa Berry
Moves: Stealth Rock, Earthquake, Explosion, Dig
-This set is created to lead alongside Weezing, who will not be harmed by Earthquake when it is neccesary. The idea is to approach the opponents by using Dig while scouting their strategies. Set up stealth rocks around Weezing, who will approach and set up Miasma. This Miasma will not affect Steelix, who can commence to Earthquake any ground threats. If you give Weezing Explosion, Steelix will take minimal damage (56 at most). Steelix is threatened bywater attacks and fire attacks. Water Pokemon are taken care of by Thunderbolt from Weezing, while Fire types also worry about Earthquake. Fighting types will not like being poisoned, and can also be picked off by Digs and Flamethrowers.
Pros: High defenses make Steelix an efficient Defensive Wall.
Cons: Its slightly lower special defenses make it prey for strong special attackers.
Move Options: You can use Stone Edge or Rockslide (for range) to strike airborne Pokemon that would otherwise shrug off Earthquake. Though Miasma poison might force a Roost, their high movement can easily see them out of Rock Slide's range. It is important to choose moves carefully.
-Removing Stealth Rock will disable this team's main source of surprise
residual damage that will increase Miasma's limited effectiveness.
-Removing Earthquake will eliminate immediate and widespread damage, and will leave Weezing's Levitate less useful. Earthquake is also a great attack due to its ability to damage almost every type.
-Explosion is a last resort move. With pretty much no way to recover health (unless you add a Wish user, which would not survive in Miasma and Earthquake environments) Steelix must rely on its berries. Explosion would give Steelix use from the start of its battle until its end. Explosion is only avoided by Ghost types, but they are scarce.
-Dig is vital because of its ability to add 1 to its user's Movement Value on the next turn. This leaves Steelix vulnerable to Earthquake and Surf, but can otherwise change the outcome of the battle.
Counters: Qwilfish can ignore the Miasma and go in for some damage with Waterfall, or Surf if it is mixed. Other Earthquake users might also try to sneak in damage on Steelix. Gengar can avoid Earthquake, Explosion and Miasma, and can use its high special attack to whittle down Steelix's health. Stealth Rock won't bother Gengar too much either, and Weezing's attacks will not hurt Gengar as much. Gengar is truly this lead team's weakness. Starmie can also do high damage to Weezing and Steelix, and Recover Miasma damage, and Natural Cure Miasma poison. Adding a Dark, Psychic or a Ghost Pokemon of your own would help avoid this issue.