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Core Breakdown: Ubers [Lando-T | Dialga | Deoxys-A]

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    Introduction



    ORAS Ubers can easily be described as an offensively dominant metagame. Offense has amazing results against balance and even stall because of the great offensive Pokémon that work on the playstyle. The idea behind this core is having a really offensive and fast trio with solid synergy that can take down most of the threats in Ubers.

    The way this core works is pretty simple. Landorus-T can U-turn on common leads such as Deoxys and Darkrai—it can even use the move to be a momentum-gaining pivot. Landorus-T also threatens other common leads such as Diancie and Primal Groudon with Earthquake. Dialga can take on Pokémon like Mega Salamence and Giratina-O thanks to its natural bulk and is able to pick off most opposing Dragon-types in Ubers. Deoxys-A is mostly a cleaner, as it picks up a lot of easy KOs on Pokémon such as Mega Gengar and offensive Primal Groudon with its powerful STAB Psycho Boost. It also covers many of the threatening Dragon-types with Ice Beam and can get priority revenge kills with Extreme Speed.
    Sets


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    Landorus-Therian (M) @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Intimidate
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Earthquake
    - U-turn
    - Stone Edge
    - Explosion / Sleep Talk​

    This is a standard Landorus-T set; STAB Earthquake deals a significant amount of damage to various threats such as Primal Groudon and Mega Gengar. U-turn is used to gain momentum. Stone Edge is hits Ground-immune Pokémon, such as Mega Salamence, Ho-Oh, and Giratina-O. Explosion can deal big damage to pretty much anything, while Sleep Talk allows Landorus-T to be a sleep absorber on Darkrai-weak teams. Intimidate makes it easier for Landorus-T to switch in against physical attackers, such as some Arceus formes, Primal Groudon, and Mega Salamence.

    EVs: 252 Speed EVs guarantee that Landorus-T can outspeed important threats such as Mega Gengar, Darkrai, Xerneas, Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Mewtwo Y, and Arceus formes. They also allow it to outspeed any neutral-natured base 90 Speed Choice Scarf Pokémon. The 252 Attack EVs and an Adamant nature are used for the sole purpose of Landorus-T hitting as hard as it can so that it gets guaranteed 2HKOs on threats such as Primal Groudon.
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    Dialga @ Shuca Berry
    Ability: Pressure
    EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    IVs: 0 Atk
    - Draco Meteor
    - Flash Cannon
    - Stealth Rock
    - Thunder Wave
    This set works well on offensive teams. Draco Meteor and Flash Cannon gives Dialga the opportunity to hit hard almost anything in the tier and also allows it to deal with the common Defog and Magic Bounce users in the tier. Stealth Rock is easy to set up due to Dialga's typing and bulk, and it also works great on teams that prefer to forgo Stealth Rock on Primal Groudon and run an offensive set instead. Thunder Wave can mess with numerous Dialga switch-ins (Ho-Oh, Lugia, and Primal Kyogre). Thunder or Fire Blast can be used as well in combination with a Modest nature so that Dialga can hit some of its switch-ins (Ho-Oh, Lugia, Primal Kyogre, Ferrothorn, and Klefki) super effectively. Both of those moves have a lower accuracy rate, though, so Thunder Wave is preferred. Shuca Berry helps Dialga take a hit from either Primal Groudon or Earthquake Mega Salamence and then hit back with Draco Meteor.

    EVs: 252 Speed EVs with a Timid nature allow Dialga to outspeed most Primal Groudon and tie with the offensive variants; it can also outspeed many Defoggers, such as Giratina and other Arceus formes. 252 Special Attack EVs allow Dialga to hit Primal Groudon hard and OHKO many threats like Mega Salamence, Rayquaza, and Xerneas.​

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    Deoxys-Attack @ Life Orb
    Ability: Pressure
    EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Rash Nature (+SAtk, -SDef)
    - Psycho Boost
    - Extreme Speed
    - Superpower
    - Ice Beam / Knock Off
    Life Orb enhances Deoxys-A's attacks, making it an amazing offensive threat. Psycho Boost is its primary STAB move and deals amazing amounts of damage to everything that does not resist it. Extreme Speed provides Deoxys-A with a strong priority move and gives it the chance to KO many weakened foes. Superpower hits Dark- and Steel-types, but it reduces Deoxys-A's Attack and Defense. Ice Beam is used for coverage against Flying- and Dragon-types, including Mega Salamence and Yveltal; it also deals significant damage to Mega Sableye. Knock Off hits Psychic-types that resist Deoxys-A's STAB attack. It works great on Pokémon that rely on their items to have a good presence, including Latios, Latias, Giratina, and Lugia.

    EVs: The EVs allow Deoxys-A to hit as hard as possible with Psycho Boost while also being faster than base 130 Speed Pokémon such as Mega Gengar and Mewtwo. With the boost from Life Orb, Superpower can OHKO Darkrai. Deoxys-A can alternatively run 68 Attack and 188 Speed EVs so that it can KO Arceus-Normal and Dialga with Superpower, as well as Bronzong with Knock Off, depending on which Pokémon is more of a threat.​

    Team Options


    As stated already, this core is used on purely offensive teams, so the use of Arceus-Normal is the best pairing option since it can provide really important offensive pressure. For a sweeper and to occupy the Mega slot, Mega Salamence can be used—or even Xerneas. Mega Gengar is an option as well since it can trap passive or bulky Pokémon (like Arceus support formes, Chansey, and Ferrothorn) that wall the team. For the sixth slot, since the core and its potential partners are weak to Fairy, Primal Groudon is an ideal option, as it can check Xerneas and provide offensive pressure. Stall teams with Mega Sableye can cause some issues, as it walls both Landorus-T and Deoxys-A, but it cannot switch in safely to bounce off Dialga's Stealth Rock due to the latter's special attacks. To remedy the core's weakness against stall, running RestTalk Xerneas or Thunder Wave + Swords Dance Primal Groudon is an ideal option.
    Conclusion

    This core is pretty easy to fit onto an offensive team and is simple to use for people who are used to the metagame. The specially offensive Dialga, physically offensive Landorus-T, and powerful mixed Deoxys-A cover many Pokémon and do so in a convincing fashion. Sure, you have to pair the core up with a few optional Pokémon for it to work perfectly, but that's true for almost any core. When used right, this core won't disappoint you.

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    You swap from dialga to deoxys mid paragraph. Typo y/y?
     
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    the original thread began as MM's. I changed a lot of things because he was too busy, but I guess that mistake was left there through the check too
     
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