Professor Oak's Field Notes


WOW it’s been a while. Due to the craziness that is college, I almost forgot about this blog. For some reason I have new followers, although I haven’t been active in over a year. 

Anyways, in the spirit of the new Pokemon announcement, and because I need practice with my Pokemon skills, I am reviving this blog. 

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Jun 6

Sorry for the inactivity!

Once again, things have gotten busy for me with graduation from high school and all. It’s been wild. I’m still really busy this week, but I’ll try to get to all submissions within a couple week’s time.

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Bored and in love with Pokemon posts?

If you’re bored and want to look through pages of Pokemon posts (artwork, music, etc.), I suggest checking out this page of my personal blog.

I’ll also post the page as a button on this blog. 

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Okay, I got one for ya! This is a three-Pokemon team I just finished training and will soon employ on the Battle Subway.

"Hindenburg" the Drifblim
EV trained for Speed, HP, and Sp. Attack
Aftermath / Damp Rock

• Rain Dance
• Thunder (100% accuracy in Rain)
• Weather Ball (150 base power Water-type attack in Rain)
• Explosion

"Cadillac" the Gorebyss
EV trained for Sp. Def, Speed, and a little HP
Swift Swim / Quick Claw

• Iron Defense
• Amnesia
• Baton Pass
• Agility or Ice Beam

"Rue" the Breloom
EV trained for Speed and Attack
Poison Heal / Toxic Orb

• Spore
• Substitute
• Focus Punch
• Seed Bomb

My strategy:

1) Drifblim Rain Dances and fires off one or two attacks before Exploding.

2) Gorebyss, with its speed doubled by the Rain, boosts its defenses (and possibly Speed, I'm not sure if I want to risk being walled by a Taunter by not having any damage-dealing attacks) and Baton-Passes the boosts to Breloom.

3) Breloom wrecks the crap out of everything with Spore/SubPunch (and Seed Bomb for type coverage).

What do you think?

I think it’s a great strategy! As you said, a Taunter would really screw over your Gorebyss, so watch out for that. Also, your strategy is contingent on the idea that Gorebyss will be faster than the opponent, which wouldn’t always be the case in regular competitive battles. However, because it’s the Battle Subway, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Great idea, I’d say go for it!

Here's my Team! :D

Arcanine @Life Orb
Adamant Nature/ Intimidate
252 Attack, 252 Speed
Flare Blitz, Close Combat, Wild Charge, Retaliate

Lapras@ Rocky Helmet
Relaxed Nature/ Water Absorb
252 HP, 126 Def, 126 SpDef
Ancient Power, Surf, Ice Shard, Thunderbolt

Rhyperior@ Leftovers
Careful Nature/ Solid Rock
252 Attack, 252 SpDef
Substitute, Earthquake, Hammer Arm, Stone Edge

Togekiss@ Red Card
Modest Nature/ Serene Grace
252 SpAtk, 252 Def
Roost, Ancient Power, Water Pulse, Air Slash

*shiny* Reuniclus@ Quick Claw
Bold Nature/ Magic Guard
172 HP, 32 Def, 252 SpA, 52 SpD
Trick Room, Psyshock, Shadow Ball, Recover

Raichu@ Electric Gem
Timid Nature/ Static
252 SpAtk, 252 Speed
Substitute, Wish, Nasty Plot, Thunderbolt

For Arcanine, I’ve always been a fan of having Extremespeed, just because it helps out in really close situations. If anything, I’d replace Retaliate with Extremespeed, but that’s just the classic Arcanine moveset within me speaking.

Despite the fact that Ice Shard always goes first, I would still have had Ice Beam instead. Besides that, since most of the moves are special anyway, you might as well go ahead and make them all special attacks and add EVs to the Sp. Atk category, since the base stats for Atk and Sp Atk are the same (85). 

Raichu worries me, only because it has poor base stats relative to the other OU tier electric types (Electivire, Jolteon, Zapdos, Rotom, and Magnezone).  The strategy is solid, but it just won’t have the same stats to back it up like the aforementioned OU electrics.

Pokemon I didn’t comment on are fine as-is. Nice work :D

ok sir so i have two teams and i would like you to evaluate them:3
so i start of with my:
adamant nature focus sash
baton passer
-swords dance
-batton pass

adamant leftovers
physical sweeper
-stone edge
-focus punch

adamant lum berry
back up physical sweeper
-stone edge
-brick break

modest adaptability salac berry
special sweeper
-nasty plot
-tri attack
-hyper beam
-ice beam
lax sitrus berry
-stealth rock
-night slash

adamant leftovers
last resort physical sweeper
-dragon dance
-ice punch

this is my current team what do you think?

I hate the Ninjask “strategy”, but that’s more of a personal thing than a competitive criticism. Anyway, the most annoying Ninjasks have Substitute instead of Toxic, and sometimes they have Protect instead of X Scissor. Jolly would be a better nature for the purpose this Ninjask is meant to serve.

You may not need Tyranitar on your team at all, because it really covers the same types as Garchomp, and Garchomp would be amazing if you Baton Passed him in after you’ve gained speed with Ninjask. However, Garchomp is an Uber, and under Standard Cup rules, you wouldn’t be able to use Garchomp, so just keep that in mind.

For Skarmory, you may wants Impish or Bold instead, so you get to raise Defense without losing Special Defense (as it stands, it’s Lax, which means +Defense and -Sp. Defense). It just doesn’t make sense to cut from your Sp. Defense when you don’t have to.

Any other pokemon I didn’t mention is well done. Nice team here.

If you could make a team with any Pokémon you want with legitmate movesets, abilities,etc., who would they be, what are their movesets, abilities,etc.?

I quite like the team I have now, which is:

Blissey @ Leftovers

Bashful/Natural Cure

Ice Beam 




Krookodile @ Black Belt


Foul Play

Stone Edge



Scizor @ Scope Lens





Bullet Punch



Focus Blast


Shadow Ball

Energy Ball

Bronzong @ Quick Claw



Gyro Ball


Stealth Rock

I realize there’s only five listed here, and that’s because my other slot is an Arcanine that I intend to replace. I’m thinking about Marshtomp as a replacement but I’m still not sure.

Also, some of the natures aren’t the best, and I intend to fix them eventually. EVs were placed to enhance whatever base stats were highest on these pokemon (i.e. Gengar got Speed and Sp. Attack EVs).

Sorry for the inactivity!

Hey guys, hope you’re having an awesome Friday the 13th. Sorry for not posting answers to inbox questions lately. Wrapping up some work in school took all my free time away these past couple of weeks. However, this weekend I have significantly less work to do, so I’ll be getting to the submissions pretty soon. 

Stay tuned. :)

May 4

Welp, I ended up using the Tyranitar/Garchomp(Bright powder)/Scizor set I found online. It's wrecking everyone.

But as a competitive question, what is your opinion on Speed Boost Blaziken being labeled uber and not Garchomp as of yet? I ask this because today I was facing a terrible battle against someone who hates me and I was left with my substitute/Outrage/Swords Dance/Earthquake Garchomp, and with bright powder and sandstorm support I was able to pull off a 1v6 clutch because of ONE missed attack. Is Speed Boost Blaziken REALLY going to be that amazing?

Garchomp’s going to be uber again, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be. Tiers for BW haven’t been finalized by Smogon yet, so I’m pretty sure nothing is set in stone. In DP, Blaziken is UU, and I don’t think that Speed Boost is going to be nearly enough to make Blaziken an Uber like Garchomp, though Blaziken has a shot at OU. There’s some hot discussion on this topic in the Smogon forums.

Even if it’s placed in OU with Speed Boost, no, I think Garchomp will be more powerful that Blaziken anyway.

May 2

Hi, I just started to play Pokémon so I don't know anything about IV's etc... anyways here is my team:

Shadow Claw, Zen Headbutt, Psychic, Hydro Pump

Shadow Ball, Flame Burst, Will-O-Wisp

Surf, Fly, Air Slash, Hurricane

Frenzy Plant, Leech Seed, Leaf Blade, Dragon Tail

Encore, Acrobatics, Discharge, Thunderbolt

Psychic, Psybeam, Shadow Ball, Last Resort.

Any suggestions are very welcome and thanks for the evaluation! =)

For Golduck, I suggest Timid or Modest; Serious doesn’t really help you or hurt you. Go for Calm Mind, Psychic/Ice Beam, Surf/Hydro Pump, and Hidden Power [Grass]. Other water types are better suited for competitive battle, like Swampert, Milotic, Gyarados, Empoleon, Starmie, Kingdra, Suicune, and Tentacruel. Lots of options in the water department.

Chandelure’s a solid Fire type. You’ll want it to be Timid to maximize SpA. Though I’m not sure if you can find Litwick in the Dreamworld yet, the ability Shadow Tag is preferred when available. Go for Flash Fire until Shadow Tag Litiwick is released. Substitute, Calm Mind, Flamethrower, and Shadow Ball are the recommended moves, but Will O Wisp works well.

Since Swanna has poor stats, you’ll want to go with Timid, and have a moveset of Surf, Air Slash, Ice Beam, and Roost. I don’t understand why you have two Water types on your team; you should replace one of them for more type coverage. 

Serperior seems to serve best as a support figure. Throw on a Jolly nature, add Reflect, Light Screen, Safeguard, and Leaf Storm, and you have some serious defenses for whatever you send out next. It is outclassed, however. Sceptile, Breloom, and Roserade are more versatile Grass types and are better suited for competitive play.

Emolga’s crowning glory is its speed, so I wouldn’t choose Brave. Go for Timid, and Taunt/Encore, Discharge/Thunderbolt, Light Screen/Quick Attack, and Air Slash. This is generally a weak pokemon though, and would be better replaced by an Electivire, Jolteon, Magnezone, Zapdos, or an Eelektross.

Espoen is one of my favorites! Go for Timid, with Calm Mind, Psychic, Substitute, and Baton Pass. Send in Espeon on something the opponent will switch out, giving you a turn to set up the Substitute. Then, use Calm Mind as they take down your substitute, and then follow with Baton Pass into a formidable Pokemon with insanely high defenses. Proceed to sweep.

This is my two cents, thanks for the submission. (: