I've been playing Houndoom/Darkrai for a while now, and got some great wins with it, but it occured to me one day that it's just not consistent enough. I played around with trainers, still not consistent. So i decided to switch out the Darkrai for Absol. It worked wonders. I haven't played it in a tournament yet but I've been playing at home, it seems to work great so far. -Pokemon- 4-4 Houndoom 4 Absol (baleful wind version) 1-1 Dugtrio (Crystal Guardians) total- 14 -Trainers- 4 Quick ball 2 Mr. Stone's Project 2 Night Maintenence 2 Roseanne's Research 2 Professor Cozmo's Discovery 2 Pokenav 2 Dusk Ball 1 Professor Oak's Visit 1 Professor Birch 1 Master Ball 1 Team Galactic's Mars 1 Team Galactic's Wager 1 Celios Network total-22 -Energy- 1 DRE 2 Multi 1 Warp Energy 1 Cyclone Energy 4 Special Darkness 9 Regular Dark 6 Fire total-24 My strategy is to start with Absol, set up some Houndoom, and go to town. it seems to work. I am, as always, all over the place with my trainers. I want to keep for sure, the quick balls, pokenavs, and mr. stone's. Should I consolidate the rest of my trainers, and have 3 or 4 of just a few? And which few should I have?