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The In-Game Team Advice Thread

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That's fair. Everyone likes and dislikes certain Mons so it's only normal.

Some other options are Golisopod, who hits like a Mack truck and has beefy stats, the downside being that it's slow. Then there's Cloyster, as Skill Link + Icicle Spear/Rock Blast pretty much destroys everything, and it gets Shell Smash, turning it into a powerhouse. There's also Barraskewda, who basically embodies the fragile speedster archetype, hitting insanely hard and is insanely fast, has some good coverage moves, and Max Geyser + Swift Swim tears its foes to shred, the downside being its abysmal defenses. And Jellicent is a solid Mon, has the powerful Ghost-typing, Water Absorb and Recover making it very hard to take down, Will-o-Wisp and Scald to cripple foes with burns, and a well-rounded movepool. Plus, if it's raining in a certain section of the Wild Area you can find Frillish floating about in the grass, so you don't need to wait to get the upgraded Rotom Bike to get one. Maybe some of these would tickle your fancy?
Hmmm... Barraskewda has kinda piqued my interest considering how fast it is and how slow the rest of my team is. Thanks so much for the advice.
 
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Hmmm... Barraskewda has kinda piqued my interest considering how fast it is and how slow the rest of my team is. Thanks so much for the advice.
I've used Barraskewda before. Trust me, it's a solid Mon, with move options like Drill Run, Poison Jab, Psychic Fangs, Ice Fang, Close Combat (how the hell it can use Close Combat I don't know), Liquidation and more. And you can get Arrowkuda at Hulbury, so you can have it ready by Nessa's Gym (they can also be found on Route 2 via fishing, but they're kinda rare). Either way, I hope I helped and good luck.
 
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Forgive the double post, but I've got a question regarding a possible teammate for a Sword run. I was thinking of having a Kommo-o on my team this time around, but I'm not sure what would be a good setup for it (moves, nature, ability, you get it), since it's been ages since I've used one (not since my first Moon playthrough). Especially now that there are so many new options to work with in the forms of TMs and TRs. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
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Off the top of my head, Kommo-o is pretty versatile and balanced in the stat department, so my vague recommendation would be Dragon and Fighting STAB, Poison or Steel coverage for Fairies, and one move of your choice depending on what your team needs. Historically, the weakest-first nature of the AI teams means you can have a really easy time setting up, so Dragon Dance could happily occupy the fourth slot if you decide to go physical.
 
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Game: ultra sun

Pokemon: decidueye level:34 decidium z
moveset:
spirit shackle
pluck
grass knot
endeavor

Pokemon: Raichu level:35
moveset:
thunderbolt
spark
thunder wave
psychic

Pokemon: Toucannon level:33 focus sash
moveset:
pluck
fly
beak blast
sand attack

Pokemon: Forretres level:34 no item
moveset:
mirror shot
rapid spin
spikes
Payback

Pokemon: hawlucha level:36 fightanium z
moveset:
roost
flying press
karate chop
aerial ace

Pokemon: whiscash level: 35 waterium z
mud bomb
aqua tail
magnitude
earthquake
 
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Brick Break can be found in the first trial area, it's better than Karate Chop
 
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Got another question. I've started the Sword playthrough that will involve the Kommo-o I asked about before (currently, it's a Jangmo-o that is very close to evolving), but I've noticed something about my starter, Cinderace: I tend to repeat the same moves over and over again. Due to the release of Libero, I've ended up using the same four moves on my Libero Cinderaces, so I want to change things a bit. Currently, my Cinderace in this playthrough has Pyro Ball, Headbutt, High Jump Kick, and Sucker Punch. Usually, once I get it, I swap out Headbutt for U-Turn, which, combined with the previous moves, has been what all my Cinderaces have been running since Libero was released. So, I want to change things a bit this time, as using the same four moves over and over again is getting boring (plus, it gets almost hard-walled by Fairy Mons like Opal's team, with Pyro Ball being the only useful move there).

So, that's my question: What moves should I teach this particular Cinderace? I'm up to Kabu but I've taken a detour to the Isle of Armor so I can get Cinderace's G-Max form first. However, I've stockpiled dozens upon dozens of TRs and have a complete set of TMs in other files, so I have options if you want to suggest a TM or TR. Thanks in advance.
 
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Game: pokemon platinum
Team:
empoleon lvl 36
bubblebeam
pound
metal claw
peck

luxray lvl 37
charge
bite
spark
tackle

Staraptor lvl 36
aerial ace
quick attack
endeavor
double team

that's all I've got right now
 
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So I've been wanting to get Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee. I see plenty of candidates for physical attackers, but don't see as many special attackers.

My ideal special attacker is someone who's special attack is greater than or equal to their attack and has another stat they excel in.
 
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So I've been wanting to get Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee. I see plenty of candidates for physical attackers, but don't see as many special attackers.

My ideal special attacker is someone who's special attack is greater than or equal to their attack and has another stat they excel in.
Starmie is a great candidate that also excels in speed. Alakazam and Gengar are ones I would recommend as well.
 
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Okay, I'm going to be starting another White run soon (I just need to get past all the events that'll happen this week first) and I wanted some ideas for teammates. Naturally, I'll be starting with Tepig (later Emboar) as it's the best of the trio (Snivy is borderline useless without Contrary and Oshawott is too middle-of-the-road for my needs, plus I excel with Fire starters anyway), but I'm running blanks for the rest of the team. I'm thinking of using Mons I haven't used either in a long time or at all (at least in Gen 5 runs, anyway) to spice things up. I'm also considering the possibility of adding in legends like the Swords of Justice into the ranks, since they are (or at least were) massive competitive staples in the past, even though it might end up with overlapping types, but I'm not sure yet. Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks in advance and take care.
 

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Well, since you want to use mons you never use or haven't used in a long while, it might be handy if we had some insight into mons that qualify for that.
 
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Starmie is a great candidate that also excels in speed. Alakazam and Gengar are ones I would recommend as well.
These are great shouts - Jynx and Jolteon fit snugly into this category, too, though the former is extremely fragile and the latter has a fairly barren movepool.

If you were interested in something on the more sluggish end of the spectrum, Exeggutor, Vileplume, Magneton and Omastar are all quite interesting, depending on how long you want to wait to get your mitts on them.
 
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Well, since you want to use mons you never use or haven't used in a long while, it might be handy if we had some insight into mons that qualify for that.
Well, some Mons I use fairly regularly in Gen 5 runs (or at least BW runs) are ones like Carracosta, Gigalith, Excadrill, Cofagrigus, Escavalier, Amoonguss, Braviary, and Galvantula. Some of the more less common ones I use are Unfezant, Jellicent, Krookodile, Sigilyph, Scrafty, and Simipour. And some of the ones I've never used are Conkeldurr, Sawk, Swords of Justice, Simisage, Scolipede, Reuniclus, Ferrothorn, Cryogonal, and Bisharp. There are others, these are just the ones off the top of my head (and the ones I actually know how to spell), and considering how big the Unova dex is, there are a LOT of options to choose from. Does that help?
 

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I'd say something like...

Samurott (I know you said you don't like him, but physical Samurott is something I live by when playing through BW. He's amazing)
Scolipede (Really strong mon. Doesn't get access to Speed Boost yet but even without he's amazing)
Bisharp/Ferrothorn (I've used hte latter myself. Give him a Rocky Helmet and you're good.)
Reuniclus
Simisage (Used this in BW2 for one run, albeit a physical variant)
Slot for whatever you'd like. (Something like Chandelure or Eelektross worked wonders for me, but I can understand why someone wouldn't want to raise these during the story.)

I personally like running a 3/3 split in terms of attackers (Which may be noticeable by this recommendation) but that's to each his own. Hopefully this helps out a bit.
 
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How good is Wailord? Does its massive HP compensate for its low defenses?
I've used one during my ORAS runs and it makes for a pretty decent Water Mon. Plus, it also learns all the Water HMs (even learning Dive naturally) so it makes it a good HM user whenever you have to deal with more than two Water HMs. It's defenses are a bit lacking so don't expect it to take too many heavy hits, but the HP pool it has does lessen the blows to more manageable levels. Plus, being pure Water is a overall solid type, so that limits what can hurt it heavily. It also grows pretty quickly, so it'll evolve sooner than you think (especially if you have the EXP Share in later gens). Overall, Wailord is a pretty good Mon and can hold all your Water HMs with ease (if you're in a game with HMs). I'd say go for it, as it is a pretty fun Mon to use that can throw its weight around.
 
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Thanks.

I ask since I plan to get Sword or Shield for Christmas. I'm leaning towards Shield since Growlithe and Eevee have higher encounter rates and has Lotad as a version exclusive.

How are the following?
Coalossal
Drednaw
Grapploct
Corviknight
Boltund
Noivern
Clefable
Jellicent
Mantine
Alcremie
Ribombee
Orbeetle
 
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I’m debating whether or not to use Totem Marowak for the Battle Tree. Should I use it instead of a bred one? If so, what is your advice on using it?
 
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Need some help on a teammate for my Platinum run. I'm thinking of using Roserade for this run, as I need a Grass-type to help counter the Water weakness some of my Mons have. However, I'm not sure of a moveset to use with it. I know that moves like Sludge Bomb are a must, but I'm drawing blanks on other moves. I'm not looking for anything super-competitive, and I'm not breeding for moves in this game, I just want some ideas for an in-game playthrough. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
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