Team appreciation post b4 giving my final thoughts on Platinum
This team ended up being incredibly solid, having every single teammate immediately after the 2nd gym and not really struggling with any fight besides Crasher Wake and Cynthia (who everyone struggles with). I’m incredibly proud of how it turned out bc not only was it a cool looking team and fun to use, it’s super practical too.
Empoleon: Honestly wasn’t useful early game but as soon as it hit the final evo it was one of the best teammates, it could tank anything due to its insane resistances and wreak havoc with a Splash Plate-boosted Surf. I’d definitely rate Empoleon higher now than I did in my initial starter tier list because it’s honestly really good past Prinplup.
Staraptor: Easily the best Route 1 bird, I love this thing. It tears through everything with a fantastic movepool and was really fun to use, basically everyone has it on their team for good reason.
Roserade: A fantastic special sweeper at every stage useful through the whole game, my only gripe with it was a very limited movepool.
Garchomp: Easily the MVP of the team, absolutely busted regardless of what stage it was in, but especially so as Garchomp because it’s power level was just so high it could break through anything. It was the only thing I used for most of the aftergame bc it’s just that good, and it’s easily my favorite pseudo after this playthrough.
Machamp: Another great and reliable team member, it consistently punched holes in anything that didn’t resist it and was especially scary with the no-miss Stone Edge and Dynamic Punch
Mastermind: Honestly the least useful team member but still good in places, it was disappointing due to how often it failed to kill something and then got one shotted but I still don’t regret using it.
Overall a solid team. As a bonus, the last 2 slides are teams I’ve used in previous playthroughs or built for the other games for fun.