(If the mods eventually make an RMT forum, just throw this in there) Hello, I'm TheMinimizer, also known as Murray McKenzie. I have been playing VGC for about 2 years and I consider myself "gud" especially after I placed 2nd at the London Internationals in the Senior Division. After the vent, I started coming up with a new team involving speedy Marowak and Scarf Lele. Unfortunately, that team, even with a Garchomp and a Gastrodon, always struggled, at least somewhat, to Alolan Muk. So, I thought let's build a new one around it. So, let's start off with Muk. Ivan (Muk-Alola) (M) @ Figy Berry Ability: Gluttony Level: 50 EVs: 252 HP / 116 Atk / 116 Def / 20 SpD / 4 Spe Adamant Nature - Knock Off - Poison Jab - Shadow Sneak - Protect Here it is, a standard Muk. Knock and Jab for accurate STABs, the obligatory Protect and then the slightly underwhelming Shadow Sneak. Whilst it is underwhelmig, I do think it is easily the best last move for Muk, allowing it to pick off Sash mons and doing a tiny bit of chip before it goes down. Figy Berry gives this already somewhat bulky mon an extra 50% health, which is very nice indeed, allowing to to barely survive stuuff, hen just heal up. The 116+ Atk is so I always OHKO offensive Lele with Jab. Unfortunately, I've forgotten what the Def/SpD split is for, but it is still bulky nonetheless. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Spoiler: Muk Calcs 116+ Atk Muk-Alola Poison Jab vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 146-174 (100.6 - 120%) -- guaranteed OHKO 252+ SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 252 HP / 20 SpD Muk-Alola: 87-103 (41 - 48.5%) -- guaranteed 4HKO after Gluttony Figy Berry recovery 252 Atk Garchomp Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 116 Def Muk-Alola: 138-164 (65 - 77.3%) -- 7.8% chance to 2HKO after Gluttony Figy Berry recovery 252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 20 SpD Muk-Alola in Electric Terrain: 121-142 (57 - 66.9%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Gluttony Figy Berry recovery 164+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Fini Muddy Water vs. 252 HP / 20 SpD Muk-Alola: 69-82 (32.5 - 38.6%) -- 1.6% chance to 4HKO after Gluttony Figy Berry recovery 252 Atk Kartana Smart Strike vs. 252 HP / 116 Def Muk-Alola: 84-100 (39.6 - 47.1%) -- guaranteed 4HKO after Gluttony Figy Berry recovery Daffy (Porygon2) @ Eviolite Ability: Download Level: 50 EVs: 252 HP / 92 Def / 164 SpD Calm Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Ice Beam - Toxic - Trick Room - Recover After looking at the teams from cut at from London and San José, I made a table of Muk's partners. Turns out P2 was on almost 70% of Top Cut teams which had Muk. Turns out it is quite hard to take down both Muk and Porygon2. Anyways, the set. Ice Beam is my only attacking move because I found it to be the most useful (Takes down Garchomp, Mence and Kartana) and also because I didn't have room for any others. Trick Room is nice in case I'm against super speedy mons with my slower mons. Recover is just a good move. Everyone should run it. Finally, Toxic. I have won quite a few of my games just being able to toxic stall down a mon. I've done it with Gastrodons, other P2s and even stuff like Vikavolt and Vanilluxe. The SpD is to live Modest Golduck Hydro Vortex+Pelipper Scald over 99% of the time so I could safely get up TR against speedy rain teams. Then I just dumped the rest into defence. Spoiler: P2 Calcs 252+ SpA Golduck Hydro Vortex (185 BP) vs. 252 HP / 164+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Rain: 114-135 (59.3 - 70.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO 252+ SpA Pelipper Scald vs. 252 HP / 164+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Rain: 51-60 (26.5 - 31.2%) -- guaranteed 4HKO 252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 252 HP / 164+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Psychic Terrain: 69-82 (35.9 - 42.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO 0 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Garchomp: 160-192 (87.4 - 104.9%) -- 31.3% chance to OHKO 0 SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Kartana: 84-99 (62.2 - 73.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO Toro (Tapu Bulu) @ Miracle Seed Ability: Grassy Surge Level: 50 EVs: 252 HP / 60 Atk / 108 Def / 84 SpD / 4 Spe Adamant Nature - Wood Hammer - Horn Leech - Superpower - Protect The 3rd and final slow mon on my team, Tapu Bulu. I wanted another bulky mon to take hits with, a mon who could remove terrains, get of huge damage and also support Muk and P2. Bulu fitted all of these requirements. On my London team, I had Bloom Doom Bulu, however, with Wood Hammer as its only STAB move, it was just killing itself. Horn Leech is a nice move to heal up whilst still doing tremendous damage to your opponent. This is also my main answer to Gigalith on the team, aswell as Gastrodon. I initially had 44 Atk on a previous spread to Ohko Offensive Lele in Psychic Terrain, but the old one had unneeded Spe EVs so I dumped them into Atk. The defence is to live Garchomp Jab. Superpower I'm a bit iffy on. it's helped quite a bit V Magnezone and occasionally Kartana. But that is all it is used for. I am definitely considering putting on Sub or Leech Seed in that slot instead. Spoiler: Bulu Calcs 60+ Atk Meadow Plate Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 147-174 (101.3 - 120%) -- guaranteed OHKO 252 Atk Garchomp Poison Jab vs. 252 HP / 108 Def Tapu Bulu: 148-176 (83.6 - 99.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery 60+ Atk Meadow Plate Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Garchomp in Grassy Terrain: 184-217 (100.5 - 118.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO 252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 252 HP / 84 SpD Tapu Bulu: 81-96 (45.7 - 54.2%) -- 3.1% chance to 2HKO after Grassy Terrain recovery 252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Dazzling Gleam vs. 252 HP / 84 SpD Tapu Bulu: 52-62 (29.3 - 35%) -- 8.8% chance to 3HKO Donald (Pelipper) (M) @ Choice Scarf Ability: Drizzle Level: 50 EVs: 36 Def / 252 SpA / 220 Spe Timid Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Hurricane - Scald - Soak - Hydro Pump Canaria (Tapu Koko) @ Life Orb Ability: Electric Surge Level: 50 EVs: 28 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 220 Spe Modest Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Thunder - Volt Switch - Dazzling Gleam - Protect Daisy (Golduck) (F) @ Waterium Z Ability: Swift Swim Level: 50 EVs: 28 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 220 Spe Modest Nature IVs: 0 Atk - Hydro Pump - Scald - Encore - Protect These 3 Pokémon were all put on the team at the same time. They are all meant to work with each other. Golduck is just standard double duck. Not much to be said other than that Encore can be really nice to shut some stuff down and that the speed is for ScarfTana. Koko is Modest in order to underspeed Pelipper and fire off massive damage. It outspeeds regular Kartana, has Thunder cos rain and Volt Switch is extremely nice to bring in bulkier mons, set up Rain or Grassy Terrain. The star of the show here is Pelipper. "SCARF!?!?! SOAK!?!! THIS MAN IS CRAZY. HE'S MADE A MEME!" Indeed. from the brain of DuncanKneeDeep and refined by me, Scarf Soak Pelipper is absolutely amazing in my opinion. Firstly, EVERYONE expects you to be sash and to be wanting to set up Tailwind. NOPE! There have been countless times where Scarf has won me the game either by making the opponent Taunt or just plain not expecting it and getting outsped. Hydro Pump is just nice for big damage. I also outspeed Salazzle with it, which is nice as Salazzle can be a pain. And I am Timid in order to outspeed my own Koko. HOW TO MEME 101 1.)Lead Pelipper and Koko 2.)Soak the victim of the meme with Pelipper 3.)Kill it with Thunder from Koko 4.)Laugh maniacally 5.) Soak and repeat, possibly with Bulu or to Toxic Celesteela with P2 I absolutely love this set. Spoiler: Calcs 252+ SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunder vs. 244 HP / 176 SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Electric Terrain: 198-234 (103.6 - 122.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO 252+ SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunder vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Nihilego in Electric Terrain: 130-153 (70.2 - 82.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO 252+ SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunder vs. 252 HP / 20 SpD Muk-Alola in Electric Terrain: 160-188 (75.4 - 88.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Gluttony Figy Berry recovery 252 Atk Kartana Leaf Blade vs. 28 HP / 4 Def Tapu Koko: 112-133 (75.1 - 89.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO 252+ SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 28 HP / 4 SpD Tapu Koko: 112-133 (75.1 - 89.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO 252 SpA Pelipper Hydro Pump vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Koko in Rain: 144-171 (98.6 - 117.1%) -- 93.8% chance to OHKO 252 SpA Pelipper Hurricane vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Bulu: 158-188 (89.2 - 106.2%) -- 31.3% chance to OHKO 252 SpA Pelipper Hurricane vs. 84 HP / 164 SpD Assault Vest Kartana: 84-100 (57.9 - 68.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO 252 SpA Pelipper Hydro Pump vs. 244 HP / 140+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Rain: 64-76 (33.5 - 39.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO 252+ SpA Golduck Hydro Vortex (185 BP) vs. 244 HP / 140+ SpD Eviolite Porygon2 in Rain: 115-136 (60.2 - 71.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO 252+ SpA Golduck Hydro Vortex (185 BP) vs. 84 HP / 164 SpD Assault Vest Kartana in Rain: 117-138 (80.6 - 95.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO Weaknesses: Pheromosa: Outspeeds and threatens to OHKO everything HardTR/Hariyama: Bunch of strong bulky mons faster than mine and I can't prevent it going up with Hariyama around Gigalith:IDK How. It's just bulky, strong and gets rid of Rain So, there's my team, with a little bit of memes. I'm sure a few of the EV spreads can be greatly improved, so I want to hear from you! What should I run on Bulu? Do I need a new Muk spread? Are my memes trash?(hint:they aren't).All constructive criticism is welcome. This is TheMinimizer signing out!