This is basically going to be a direct copypaste of the original topic. Note that the double-posting here is deliberate, and done to make this topic a little easier on the eyes for those reading - that's right, I'm breaking the rules just for you, so no reporting me now unless you want a sprinkling of Smart Bombs dropped on your head. Contents 1. The Basics 2. Raising and Breeding 3. The Moves 4. Other Factors: Items and Abilities 5. Why EV Train? The Basics: 1 ) Use Diverse types of Pokemon. in the meta-game, a strong sweeper will tear through your team with a super effective attack and your moves will be predictable. 2 ) Always try to use moves with STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) which is gotten by using an attack which shares the same type as the Pokemon using it. The only exception to this is the Poison-Types and certain Pokemon. 3 ) Never have two attacks of the same type on one Pokemon. The only exception is if you're using a CB Pokemon. Even then, only have two attacks of the same type, One special, One Physical. 4 ) Never use two turn attacks like Hyper Beam and Fly, One hit KO attacks and most HM moves. Most people will switch into an approprite counter for the two turn moves. The only exception is for Slaking with Giga Impact because it would lose the turn anyways because of Traunt. The HM moves are weak and have better uses elseware (Only Surf and Waterfall are exceptions). People will be laughing in your face when you try to use a One Hit KO move. They'll have an easy time hitting you while you're missing your attack. 5 ) Use diverse attacks on your Pokemon (This is literally a repeat of #3). A Pokemon should always have an attack that will be super-effective against them if the Pokemon does switch in.