Yesterday in Pokemon Battling I Learned

Again these are nothing but my battling notes taken from Battle Spot battles.  They are used personally and reflect the fact that I am just learning what on Earth I am doing.  Maybe they’ll help other people, maybe not.

  • Everything is about speed, we touched on this last time.  This time however I decided to keep track of various Pokemon I came across.  To that end.
  • Tyranitar – Speed 61 (Mega = 71).  Can be physical or special.
  • Garchomp.  Speed 102. Often banded though can carry scarf, rocky helmet or a few other things
  • Exploud.  Speed 68.  Almost always specs to abuse that huge STAB for Boomburst.  Usually ability = scrappy.
  • Smeargle.  Speed 75. Often has Dark Void, Kings Shield and carries a Sash.  Usually has fake out or quick guard support.
  • Gallade.  Didn’t see this one but thinking of trying one out.  Speed 80.
  • Kangaskhan.  Speed 90. Mega has speed 100.

And that’s the notes from yesterday. About to start playing a few more so let’s see what this evening brings.

Yesterday in Pokemon Battling I learned #2

So the idea is this is a semi regular look at some of the notes, real and mental, that I make to myself as I slowly (and I do mean slowly) comes to terms with what Pokemon Double battles are all about.

Notes from the last 2 days include

  • Darkrai with Dark Void is taking the piss somewhat.  It needs to be nerfed/banned as far as I can see.  But maybe I’m too happy with the ol’ ban hammer.
  • If Typhlosion comes out, whack it right away,  eruption is a beast (150 at full HP) but becomes manageable at lower HP levels.  It is probably scarfed (seen 2 so far, both outran a max speed, jolly Garchomp so must be scarfed I think) so try hit it with priority.  Has a base speed of 100, plus a scarf increases the base speed to 1.5, so 150.
  • Speed matters.  I repeat that again.  SPEED MATTERS.
  • Kyogre Water Spout – see the Typhlosion comment.  Whack it, whack it hard.
  • For the sake of some notes on speed.  Darkrai has a ridiculous base speed of 125 , Typhlosion is base 100, Kyogre 90.  For the sake of comparison, Garchomp has a base speed of 102.
  • Smeargle will often have both Dark Void AND Kings Shield.  And one spamming sod went and put both that Smeargle set AND Darkrai in the same team.
  • Quick Guard = very annoying as a Darkrai partner.  Talonflame and Hitmontop spotted as that role so far.
  • Need to try a prankster taunter, though too late for this competition as can’t change Pokemon.

That about covers my notes from the last two days.

So 3 Months Later and We Try Again

Funny thing this having a baby thing…you think you’re on top of everything and then they change the rules on you.  So yet again I find that what spare time I THOUGHT I had, I didn’t.

But we’re trying this Pokemon thing again anyway.  I’ve signed on to this Legend League thingy, which was a bit of a mistake as I didn’t realise they locked the box.  I threw in any ol’ Pokemon without any thought and now I’m stuck with it.  My team is

  • Kangaskhan (mega stone) – Adamant, Scrappy, Return/Sucker Punch/Fake Out/Power up Punch
  • Blaziken (mega stone), Adamant, Speed Boost, High Jump Kick/Flare Blitz/Protect/Power Up Punch
  • Talonflame (Life orb), Adamant, Gale Wings, Brave Bird/Roost/ Swords Dance/Flame Charge
  • Exploud (Choice Specs), Scrappy, Modest, Flamethrower/Boomburst/Focus Blast/Crunch
  • Shaymin, Timid, Natural Cure, Seed Flare/Substitute/Leech Seed/Air Slash
  • Garchomp, Jolly, Rough Skin, Stone Edge/Dragon Claw/Earthquake/Fire Blast

Currently at 7:11 with that team.  Rather lacking in balance, and struggles against Darkai’s Dark Void (that thing needs to be banned for the next VGC).  Also struggling vs Kyogre who is coming up a fair bit in rain teams.

I’m doing another “today I learnt” post in a minute, so we can skip to that to see what I learnt.

Other than that I’ve decided not to worry about the VGC rules.  From what I understand we’re expecting new ones in a few months or so, so by the time I have gotten past “rubbish” I’d need to be learning a new meta anyway.  So instead I’m just going to stick with doubles using the console for now (maybe some Showdown play but console is far more convenient for me), learn a bit about things in the ranking games and wait out the new meta.

Think that about covers it for now.  Next up….things I learned today.