Hey guys! I thought it’d be best to carry on with the Gym Teams series, and today involves the Grass-type!
This series was inspired by my good friend Tim’s series that he did over the course of 18 months. He outlined the following rules, and I added the fourth:
- No Legendaries or Mythicals allowed
- No duplicate Pokemon across two posts.
- The exceptions to the above rule is regional variants or form changes that change the type.
- The Pokemon can be level 50 maximum
I went with the Own Tempo Ability because I don’t intend on setting up any rain strategies here. It will, however, become a disruptor for the opponent. The standard Ludicolo set, then. I decided on Leftovers last-minute because I realised that I didn’t have a healing item on anything, and I also put in Leech Seed for added health gain.
Ability: Own Tempo
Moves: Knock Off, Surf, Leech Seed, Fake Out
I used a similar set-up on my sound-based team, but I decided to change it around for the purposes of this Gym. I used the Grassy Surge and Terrain Extender set-up like before, but I wanted to add Darkest Lariat, purely because that sounds like a lot of fun in terms of the animation.
Ability: Grassy Surge
Item: Terrain Extender
Moves: Drum Beating, Knock Off, Substitute, Darkest Lariat
Let’s just say that without the Focus Sash, it’ll get wrecked by Fire- or Flying-types, so we’ll just leave it there. I didn’t want to give it anything like Swords Dance or any set-up moves, because it’s frail enough as it is with those weaknesses, and I wanted to ensure that I could do damage with it. So it has this moveset.
Item: Focus Sash
Moves: X-Scissor, Shadow Claw, Poison Jab, Steel Wing
Y’all know how much I love Breloom, so it gets a spot on the team for that reason alone. However, I’ve decided to give it an interesting moveset, bearing in mind the weaknesses, so that’s why we have Stone Edge. Fling is there for laughs, really, and to deal with Psychic-types – that’s why the held item is a Rare Bone – a great payoff for Fling, yet not impeding the performance.
Ability: Effect Spore
Item: Rare Bone
Moves: Seed Bomb, Stone Edge, Fling, Brick Break
The irony of a Ghost-type using Life Orb, eh? But Decidueye is a very decent attacker, so that’s why I decided on a Life Orb set-up. I also have U-turn just in case I need to make a switch while dealing some damage. Of course, I had to go with Spirit Shackle as its signature move.
Ability: Long Reach
Item: Life Orb
Moves: Spirit Shackle, Giga Drain, Steel Wing, U-turn
The Mega Evolution of choice here is Venusaur, so we’ll go in with some Special Attacks. Okay, so most of its attacks by level-up are Physical, so we just went with a bit of a crazier moveset. Once again, we go for a Substitute, as well as Ingrain stalling, with Petal Dance being the big attack for Venusaur.
Ability: Thick Fat
Moves: Toxic, Ingrain, Substitute, Petal Dance