As a lot of good LU players know, the FWG core is one of the easiest ways to build a successful LU team. In this thread, I'm going to make an effort to explain it in detail and how to use one. Let's start by going over why to use a FWG core. FWG cores are good in the fact that they lure in pokemon that another pokemon can handle. A water pokemon lures in a grass type, which lures in a fire type, which lures in a water type. If you predict correctly, you get a huge advantage over the opponent and either force a switch, letting you set up, or kill a poke. The core offers great defensive coverage, as well as offensive coverage. Now I'll go over the viable pokemon to use for each of the types. Fire: Spoiler Moltres is the Fire type pokemon you will see in I'd say 90% of LU FWG cores, and for good reason. 125 Special Attack is nothing to laugh at, especially in LU, and backed by a base 90 Speed makes this thing a huge offensive threat. It's move pool is great with STAB FIre Blast and Hurricane, which can be backed by a Hidden Power of your choice if wanted. Roost makes the 4x Stealth Rock weakness not as bad, and pairs nicely with Substitute. For a choice set, U-Turn is used for switch initiative. The 90/90/85 defensive states make it not that squishy, though the typing makes Water, Rock and Electric scary for the Fire Bird. Here are three example sets for Moltres: Moltres @ Choice Specs Trait: Pressure EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Fire Blast - Hurricane - Hidden Power [Grass] - U-turn Moltres @ Life Orb Trait: Pressure EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Fire Blast - Hurricane - Substitute - Roost Moltres @ Leftovers Trait: Pressure EVs: 248 HP / 16 SDef / 244 Spd Careful Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Substitute - Roost - Will-O-Wisp - Flamethrower Spoiler Entei, another Fire type legendary trio member is also a threat in the LU metagame. It's base 115 HP and Attack make the dog look like a tank, though it also has a good 100 base speed. Access to Flare Blitz, Extreme Speed and Stone Edge make it a very popular Choice Bander, though it also pulls off a Sub CM set pretty well with 115/85/75 base defenses and a usable 90 Special Attack. The one downside of Entei is that mono Fire is a bad defensive typing, with a 2x Stealth Rock weakness. Here are two example sets for Entei: Entei @ Choice Band Trait: Pressure EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Flare Blitz - Extremespeed - Hidden Power [Grass] - Stone Edge Entei @ Leftovers Trait: Pressure EVs: 136 HP / 120 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Substitute - Calm Mind - Hidden Power [Grass] - Flamethrower Spoiler Typhlosion, the 2nd gen Fire Starter. The entire reason to use Typhlosion over any other Fire type in LU is Choiced Eruption. Base 100 Speed and 109 Special Attack make a STAB 150 base power move HURT even without Specs. Scarf lets it outspend most pokes, while Specs makes it OHKO/2HKO most of the tier. Blaze makes the penalty of Eruption not quite as bad, as it lets Fire Blast be even more powerful. Focus Blast and Hidden Power round up the coverage. Again, mono Fire is a bad type, especially with mediocre 78/78/85 defenses. Here is an example Typhlosion set: Typhlosion @ Choice Scarf Trait: Blaze EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Eruption - Fire Blast - Hidden Power [Grass] - Focus Blast From TheSexiOne: Spoiler Magmortar, the fully-evolved form of Magmar. The main reason to use Magmortar is because of coverage - it's got absolutely everything you want. It also has really decent attacking stats, with base 95 Atk and 125 SAtk nothing to sniff at. Common moves you will see on special Magmortar include Fire Blast, Hidden Power Ice and Thunderbolt, which can beat bulky Waters. While it doesn't have premier Speed, it can still outrun base 80's, which isn't bad at all. Sadly, Magmortar has bad mono-Fire typing and rather thin defenses. It can run various items and sets, like LO Mixed or Scarf Special. Flame Body isn't a half-bad ability either, with a 30% burn chance. Here is an example Magmortar set: Magmortar (M) @ Expert Belt Trait: Flame Body EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Hidden Power [Ice] - Thunderbolt - Fire Blast - Focus Blast Other Fire Type Options: Spoiler Emboar Charizard Water: Spoiler Slowking is the #1 most used LU pokemon for a reason. 95 HP, 100 Special Attack and 110 Special Defense make the Hippo a great tank, with an ok 80 Defense. An amazing move pool in Scald/Slack Off/Thunder Wave/Fire Blast for defensive sets and Fire Blast/Surf/Psyshock/Grass Knot for offensive sets make it very unpredictable, and very versatile. The addition of Regenerator makes it live very long as well. The one downside is the snail-like 30 base speed, though Trick Room makes it one of the fastest pokemon. Water/Psychic isn't the best typing, though it has some good resistances. Here are two example sets for Slowking: Slowking @ Choice Specs Trait: Regenerator EVs: 212 HP / 252 SAtk / 44 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Surf - Fire Blast - Grass Knot - Psyshock Slowking @ Leftovers Trait: Regenerator EVs: 248 HP / 144 Def / 116 SDef Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Surf - Fire Blast - Grass Knot - Psyshock Spoiler Lanturn at first looks not that special. The only good stat is has is a huge 125 HP, with the next best stats being Special Attack/Defense at 76. This is easily remedied by having one of the best typing in the game. Water/Electric is great both offensively and defensively, and along with Volt Absorb, Lanturn walls a large portion of the tier. It has two options of being a support with Heal Bell or Thunder Wave/Scald, and can also use RestTalk. Volt Switch gives switch initiative as well. Here are two example sets for Lanturn: Lanturn @ Leftovers Trait: Volt Absorb EVs: 40 HP / 252 Def / 216 SDef Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Scald - Volt Switch - Heal Bell - Protect Lanturn @ Leftovers Trait: Volt Absorb EVs: 40 HP / 252 Def / 216 SDef Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk) - Scald - Thunderbolt - Rest - Sleep Talk Spoiler Kabutops is the best spinner in LU. It beats the most amount of Ghosts 1v1, has good STAB, priority and Stealth Rock. It's base 115 attack will dent anything that doesn't resist its hits, and the 105 defense is good enough to take a hit. 80 base speed isn't favorable, though it's remedied by Weak Armor and Aqua Jet. It has good set up in Swords Dance, Foresight for Ghosts, and also gets Superpower. Here are two example sets for Kabutops: Kabutops @ Life Orb Trait: Weak Armor EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Waterfall - Stone Edge - Rapid Spin - Swords Dance Kabutops @ Life Orb Trait: Weak Armor EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Swords Dance - Waterfall - Stone Edge - Aqua Jet Other Water Type Options: Spoiler Omastar Feraligatr Ludicolo Grass: Spoiler Tangrowth is great. It has 100/125/50 Defenses and 100/110/50 Offenses. It has a good move pool including Sleep Powder, Leech Seed, Giga Drain, Power Whip, Focus Blast and Earthquake. The downside is that mono Grass is a terrible type. It has a great ability in Regenerator, though the speed makes it not as good as t could be offensively. Thankfully, it is low enough that it can be used in Trick Room very well. Here are two example sets for Tangrowth: Tangrowth @ Leftovers Trait: Regenerator EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Atk Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk) - Power Whip - Earthquake - Sleep Powder - Leech Seed Tangrowth @ Life Orb Trait: Regenerator EVs: 208 HP / 252 SAtk / 48 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Leaf Storm - Hidden Power [Fire] - Focus Blast - Sleep Powder Spoiler Sceptile is an amazing poke in LU. With 85/105/120 Offenses, access to set up in the form of Swords Dance and Unburden, and a move pool to use it, Sceptile can go either Special or Physical. Specialy, it has Giga Drain, Leaf Storm, Focus Blast and Hidden Power (it has Dragon Pulse too), and Physically it has Leaf Blade, Acrobatics, Earthquake, Brick Break and Rock Slide. It's speed makes it a very good user of Choice Specs, though it can abuse Unburden with Acrobatics and a Flying Gem. Like Tangrowth, its downside is the mono Grass typing, and the fragile defenses. Here are two example sets for Sceptile: Sceptile @ Choice Specs Trait: Overgrow EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Leaf Storm - Giga Drain - Focus Blast - Hidden Power [Rock] Sceptile @ Flying Gem Trait: Unburden EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Swords Dance - Acrobatics - Leaf Blade - Earthquake Spoiler Sawsbuck may be NU on Smogon, though that doesn't stop it from being a huge powerhouse. Grass Normal is an interesting dual type, and with 100/60/95 offenses, it can sweep very well. It has access to Swords Dance and Agility to set up, or pass to an ally and can run a Choice band very well. It's move pool is good, with Double Edge, Horn Leech, Earthquake, Wild Charge, Megahorn and Jump Kick. It also has Sap Sipper, making it immune to Grass type attacks and get extra attack from them. Here are two example sets for Sawsbuck: Sawsbuck @ Leftovers Trait: Sap Sipper EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Horn Leech - Swords Dance - Agility - Baton Pass Sawsbuck @ Life Orb Trait: Sap Sipper EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Swords Dance - Horn Leech - Double Edge - Nature Power Other Grass Type Options: Spoiler Rotom-C Lilligant Ferroseed Ludicolo So, the question is, how do you use the core. Well, to answer that you'll just have to try any combination of pokes that you want to. You can run any three you want, as long as your other 3 compliment any holes left in the team. You can run Feraligatr, Lilligant and Typhlosion on the same team, though the other 3 pokes better be able to take hits. An example core I like to use is Moltres, Lanturn, Sawsbuck. Lanturn is really bulky and is only weak to Ground and Grass. Moltres, being Flying type, is immune to Ground, and 4x resists grass. Sawsbuck absorbs Grass and uses it to its advantage. If Moltres or Sawsbuck do switch into the correct move, they can set up or hit a poke really hard on the switch depending on which set you use. Feel free to post your opinions on the LU FWG core idea and your personal favorite cores. Thanks to Luck>Skill for editing this.