Catme’s Garchomp-Celesteela [VGC2017]
How the team was built
With the London international championships held just the past weekend still fresh in our memories, I’m sure most of you are familiar with the team of six I have here. I chose the same six Pokemon ＠SekiamPKM used to conquer the respective event as I felt these 6 were a very balanced pick, while I did give it a few fine tunings done for my personal likings.
Tapu Koko @ Life Orb
Ability: Electric Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
– Dazzling Gleam
– Hidden Power [Ice]
With it’s ability Electric Surge providing sleep immunity, and natural speed base stats along with a move pool that hits hard consistently, Tapu Koko’s main role is to breakdown the opponents team early game.
Hidden Power Ice helps deal significant damage to both Garchomp and Salamance which this team has some trouble dealing with.
Garchomp @ Groundium Z
Ability: Rough Skin
EVs: 28 HP / 212 Atk / 4 Def / 12 SpD / 252 Spe
– Poison Jab
– Fire Fang
Garchomp’s main role is to dent the opponents team with its high base stats and powerful Z move, Tectonic Rage alongside the above Tapu Koko. It also helps deal with Tapu Bulu and Katana with Poison Jab and Fire Fang respectively. I considered giving some bulk to Garchomp but decided that lowering attack or speed would create some issues so decided to go with the simple 252/252 on attack and speed. Lowering attack affects some damage rolls with Tectonic rage, and for against Tapu Bulu, Tapu Koko and Kartana.
For the ability, SandVeil, which synergies well with Gigalith’s SandStream is powerful but I went with RoughSkin to handle FocusSash Kartana and Garchomp better by being able to KO Kartana with RoughSkin damage + Fire Fang and Garchomp with RoughSkin damage + Tectonic Rage. I mis-EVd my actual Garchomp, and it should be hp12 attack236 defense4 special defense4 speed252.
Celesteela @ Leftovers
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
– Heavy Slam
– Leech Seed
Celesteela was used to check the opponent late game after Garchomp and Tapu Koko would breakdown the opponents team. Celesteela is also a Pokemon thats able to make its way through tough situations. The item and move set is to allow celesteecla to do what I wrote above, and I have it set at max speed to gain an advantage in the mirror and get a speed raise with Beast Boost. With one Beast Boost, it gains a speed stat of 186 which makes it easier to build the late game around Celesteela.
Gastrodon @ Maranga Berry
Ability: Storm Drain
EVs: 236 HP / 124 Def / 148 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
Gastrodon plays a big role in the late game along with Celesteela, as well as countering rain teams and bulky Pokemon with toxic. In a standard team mirror, its very often to run into a Celesteela+Gastrodon mirror so I have both substitute and toxic to gain an edge in these situations. Maranga Berry allows Gastrodon to stay on the field longer and creates a better chance for a substitute to take a hit.
The physical bulk is enough to live through a guts boosted Hariyama Close Combat which does about the same as Tectonic Rage from gar chomp and the special defense side is to take a Choice specs boosted Tapu Lele Psychic in Psychic terrain, and a substitute to take a Dazzling Gleam.
Arcanine @ Sitrus Berry
EVs: 196 HP / 4 Def / 36 SpA / 92 SpD / 180 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Arcanine is a Pokemon I bring when I feel I need more control over a game with Intimidate, Will-O-Wisp and Snarl. I gave it Protect because Arcanine is often targeted with Z moves.
The spread in speed allows it to out-speed Modest Tapu Lele and Timid Golduck outside of rain. The remaining EVs are put in special defense so when I have both Arcanine and Garchomp in the field, download will boost the attack stat. The rest I put in special attack.
Gigalith @ Assault Vest
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 244 HP / 156 Atk / 108 SpD
IVs: 0 Spe
– Stone Edge
– Rock Slide
– Heavy Slam
So far the team struggles with Raichu+Tapu Koko, Gastrodon+Marowak, Hail, Sun. Gigalith helps with all of these matches while able to deal with other special attackers as well. Assault Vest insures that Gigalith can deal with what it needs to.
The EV spread allows Gigalith to live through a Raichu Fakeout + Tapu Koko Life Orb Dazzling Gleam+Shattered Psyche+Life Orb Thunderbolt (with Sand and Electric Terrain up) and KO both back with an earthquake with the two Life Orb recoils and two sand damage. The attacking EVs allow Stone Edge to OHKO Alolan Marowak and Rockslide to break Celesteela’s Substitute.
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