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9th Apr '18 12:05:08 AM HeatEdgeSword
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** Largely [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Strategies that try to invoke this (evasion moves, the move Swagger, and the Moody Ability) are banned from all tiers (except for the "Anything Goes" tier).

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** Largely [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Strategies that try to invoke this (evasion moves, the move Swagger, moves and the Moody Ability) are banned from all tiers (except for the "Anything Goes" tier).
9th Apr '18 12:01:46 AM HeatEdgeSword
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** The Swagger Clause prevents use of the move Swagger. This clause came about because of Klefki abusing priority Swagger and Thunder Wave, combined with Foul Play, to wreck pretty much '''everything''' unless the RandomNumberGod felt like [[LuckBasedMission actually allowing its opponent to attack]]. The ban is lifted in Generation VII OU since Misty Terrain and Psychic Terrain stops Prankster-boosted Swagger's track as well as making Dark-type unaffected by Prankster. Generation VII ban Swagger again as it Tapu Fini to support its teammate, then Marshadow lands the final nail in the coffin.
** The Baton Pass Clause limits the player to one user of the move Baton Pass on each team. This clause came about in Generation VI due to the discovery of several overly-powerful team combinations that required multiple users of the move, and shutting it down being something of a crapshoot (requiring Haze or a SwitchOutMove to pull off). Generation VII straight up bans Baton Pass, even in Ubers.

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** The Swagger Clause prevents use of the move Swagger. This clause came about because of Klefki abusing priority Swagger and Thunder Wave, combined with Foul Play, to wreck pretty much '''everything''' unless the RandomNumberGod felt like [[LuckBasedMission actually allowing its opponent to attack]]. The ban is lifted in Generation VII OU since Misty Terrain Surge prevents status and Psychic Terrain stops Prankster-boosted Swagger's track Surge blocks priority moves as well as making Dark-type unaffected by Prankster. Generation VII ban However, Swagger got banned in Gen 7 Doubles OU again as it Tapu Fini to support supports its teammate, teammate by sharply raising their attack stat with Swagger, then the release of Marshadow lands the final nail in the coffin.
** The Baton Pass Clause limits the player to one user of the move Baton Pass on each team. This clause came about in Generation VI due to the discovery of several overly-powerful team combinations that required multiple users of the move, and shutting it down being something of a crapshoot (requiring Haze or a SwitchOutMove to pull off). Generation VII straight up bans the move Baton Pass, Pass altogether, even in Ubers.
3rd Apr '18 3:13:56 AM HeatEdgeSword
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* EliteTweak: While Stakataka has a whopping 211 Defense, it's possible to make it increase its Attack stat with Beast Boost if Stakataka has two things: a Defense IV of 15 or less[[note]]at Level 100. The same can be applied at Level 50 with a Defense IV of 17 or less[[/note]], and a Lonely nature[[labelnote:*]]+Attack, -Defense[[/labelnote]]. Even with losing some of its physical bulk, Stakataka can still survive from most attacks as long as they don't deal super effective damage to it.
25th Mar '18 10:45:20 PM nanakiro
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It's unknown why this site is seen as an authority. One reason might be because the founder was one of the creators of [=NetBattle=]. Obviously, in order to create that simulator, they had to do a lot of ROM hacking to see how the Pokémon games worked. The site also claims that many of its staffers have been playing and/or hacking Pokémon since the days of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red and Blue]]''. [[DoingItForTheArt Another more likely reason is that the site's staffers simply work ''really'' hard in analyzing the game and its mechanics]].

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It's unknown why this site is seen as an authority. One reason might be because the founder was one of the creators of [=NetBattle=]. Obviously, in order to create that simulator, they had to do a lot of ROM hacking to see how the Pokémon games worked. The site also claims that many of its staffers have been playing and/or hacking Pokémon since the days of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red and Blue]]''. [[DoingItForTheArt Another more likely reason is that the site's staffers simply work ''really'' work]] ''[[DoingItForTheArt really]]'' [[DoingItForTheArt hard in analyzing the game and its mechanics]].
21st Feb '18 7:48:09 AM HasturHasturHastur
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** Lugia in a nutshell. It has a decent offensive movepool and stats and sometimes does run an offensive move or two to cover common threats, but its real strength is as a wall. With its monstrous bulk (even without Multiscale), Speed that exceeds many dedicated offensive Pokemon, access to reliable recovery moves, and access to Whirlwind and Dragon Tail to ruin the plans of anything requiring setup, there is a reason why Lugia is still considered the best wall in the game. It may not be exciting, but it has more than earned its place as a mainstay of Ubers.
20th Feb '18 8:28:54 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* KickedUpstairs: How Ubers used to function before it gradually became its own meta, and what Anything Goes filled the void with. This is also what happens to certain Pokemon who get kicked into Ubers and wind up in the unenviable position of being too good for OU but completely outclassed in Ubers, as Mega Kangaskhan, Pheromosa, Solgaleo, and various others will lamentingly tell you.
4th Feb '18 1:04:18 AM HeatEdgeSword
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* BrokeTheRatingScale: For six gens, Ubers was never technically an official tier, simply a [[KickedUpStairs banlist of Pokémon too broken for regular play.]] This changed after the introduction of Mega Rayquaza, a Pokémon too broken for even Ubers. This led to Ubers becoming an official tier and Mega Rayquaza being banned to "Anything Goes", which also has none of the standard clauses like Sleep and Evasion clause.[[note]]Mega Gengar ''very'' nearly beat it to the punch but didn't quite manage.[[/note]]

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* BrokeTheRatingScale: For six gens, Ubers was never technically an official tier, simply a [[KickedUpStairs banlist of Pokémon too broken for regular play.]] play. This changed after the introduction of Mega Rayquaza, a Pokémon too broken for even Ubers. This led to Ubers becoming an official tier and Mega Rayquaza being banned to "Anything Goes", which also has none of the standard clauses like Sleep and Evasion clause.[[note]]Mega Gengar ''very'' nearly beat it to the punch but didn't quite manage.[[/note]]



* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: A Pokémon's usage (which is kept track of on their simulator) determines what tier they end up in, barring it getting KickedUpstairs from a lower tier to one of the Borderline lists. [[invoked]]

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* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: A Pokémon's usage (which is kept track of on their simulator) determines what tier they end up in, barring it getting KickedUpstairs banned from a lower tier to one of the Borderline lists. [[invoked]]



* KickedUpstairs: For the Pokémon, being "promoted" to the four BL tiers is this.[[note]]BL officially stands for '''B'''order'''l'''ine, but the fact that it could also expand to Ban List has not gone unnoticed.[[/note]] Some Ubers[[note]]determined by what's banned from OU, the standard tier[[/note]] also suffer this when banned from OU.
** In Generation 4:
*** Subversions do occur. Garchomp is a legitimate threat in the Gen IV Ubers metagame due to its speed and power, and Latias and Latios are able to outspeed and KO many great threats.
*** Other times, this is played straight: Salamence and Wynaut are both usable in Gen IV Ubers, but are quite often outclassed by others of the same type with better stats (Rayquaza and Wobbuffet, respectively). Deoxys-N still falls under the "outclassed" denomination of Ubers.
** In Generation 5:
*** Inverted at first. ''All'' Ubers were temporarily kicked downstairs at the beginning of Generation V in order to properly test their adequacy. It was then played straight and subverted (depending on their resulting place in the Ubers metagame), as first [[OlympusMons Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Lugia, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Arceus, Reshiram, and Zekrom]] were kicked back upstairs, then Deoxys-A, Deoxys-N, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin-S, and Deoxys-S were booted back up. Genesect quickly joined them after it was released.
*** Blaziken was massively powerful and with the Dream World ability of Speed Boost, it could outspeed everything in one turn, meaning that revenge-killing was a tall order. Generation 5 also had permanent sun outside Ubers, making its Fire attacks even more ridiculously powerful, but its other traits were enough for Smogon to ban it in Generation 6 (when weather was nerfed to 5 turns). Blaziken ultimately was a subversion, as it was still good in Ubers due to getting better sun support from Groudon.
*** Kyurem initially averted the trope. It has all the flavor characteristics of an Olympus Mon, including a BST of over 600 and similarities with the main duo for its generation, but due to its defensively fail-tastic Ice-typing, redundant [=STABs=] of Ice and Dragon, only ''okay'' speed, a terrible signature move, and simply being outclassed by the now-legal Latios and Garchomp, it failed to really go anywhere but Underused. However, with the other truly "amazing" Dragon-types -- Dragonite, Salamence, Latios, Latias, Garchomp, Haxorus, and Hydreigon -- locked away in higher tiers, Scizor and Conkeldurr not there to make its life hell, hail being a much better weather in Gen V's UU, and 125/90/90 defenses suddenly getting a ''lot'' stronger relative to the tier's average power level, it was free to crush the competition with STAB Draco Meteors and Blizzards to its heart's content. Kyurem was banished to the Borderline tier (i.e. UU's "Uber Tier") unanimously, playing the trope straight.
*** Black Kyurem averted this trope in a similar way. It started in the Ubers tier; base 700 total stats and an outstanding base 170 Attack stat made it an intimidating force that was capable of spamming Outrage and 2HKOing most of the tier. However, like its normal forme, its bad typing and only ''okay'' speed made it easy to play around by switching a Steel-type into a locked Outrage or using super effective priority and Stealth Rock to whittle down its HP. This, plus its horrible physical movepool, caused it to be kicked downstairs to OU. In an interesting subversion, people initially believed it to be bad even in OU, but it was later found to be [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3473637 one of the best Pokémon in the tier]] -- essentially fulfilling what Game Freak tried to do with [[BlessedWithSuck Slaking and Regigigas]]. Its mixed attacking set essentially [=2HKOs=] all of OU, and ''despite'' its bad movepool, it has at least six viable sets to run, none of which can be countered all at once. Indeed, at the end of the ''Black and White'' metagame, some people were starting to consider it broken yet again.
*** Mew and Wobbuffet (and by extension Wynaut) in Gen V also inverted the trope. Mew turned out to be a MasterOfNone in OU and Wobbuffet simply fails to be nearly so effective in a Team Preview-enabled, fairly momentum-based, hard-hitting metagame. (It's banned from UU and still effective, just not nearly as much so as in past gens.) Increased usage of mixed Tyranitar (which stops Wobbuffet cold) and Scizor (which can simply U-turn out), as well as Encore being nerfed, doesn't help Wobb's case either.
*** Moody and other evasion-increasing abilities have all been completely banned, even from Ubers. The only way to use them is in the Hackmons (all moves and abilities can be used on any Pokémon, balance be damned) tier and the "Anything Goes" metagame.
** In Generation 6:
*** Not Gengar itself, but rather the Gengarite that allows it to [[SuperMode Mega Evolve]]. Barely even a month before ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' were released, Smogon was already seeing that the potential combination of Mega Gengar's [[YouWillNotEvadeMe Shadow Tag ability]] and the moves [[BrownNote Perish Song]] and (if it wants to take a page out of Wobbuffet's book) [[TakingYouWithMe Destiny Bond]] was '''way''' too horrendously broken and kicked Mega Gengar up to Ubers. Not only that, but it proved to be so abusive even in Ubers that it actually got suspected for banning from Ubers, which, if successful, would have ''completely outlawed it'' [[note]]in case you're wondering, the suspect test failed and it got to stay put[[/note]]. Regular Gengar is still fine, however, so long as it isn't holding the Gengarite.
*** Like Mega Gengar, Mega Kangaskhan was quickbanned by Smogon; its ability effectively gave her a Base Attack of 217, could break Substitutes, Focus Sashes, and Sturdy, and made the effect of Power-Up Punch activate twice so it could double its attack in one turn with a move that could not be Taunted. Before her ban, her mere presence forced players [[CripplingOverspecialization to run sub-par teams dedicated entirely to taking it down]], since she had no reliable counters.
*** Lucarionite, which allows Lucario to mega-evolve. Although it was not as unreasonably strong as Mega Kangaskhan, with Adaptability-boosted [=STABs=], more speed than Latios, and no less than ''three'' forms of priority, Mega Lucario was still a force of nature. What really pushed it over the edge was its unpredictability; it could run physical, special, and even mixed sets, each with different coverage moves, making it basically impossible to counter. It has been fittingly compared to a Choice Band Terrakion with a Choice Specs Keldeo strapped to its back for special attack and Starmie for shoes -- and that's unboosted! Like Gengar, regular Lucario can still be used, however.
*** Swagger has been banned to Ubers, mainly due to Pokémon with the Ability Prankster (mainly Klefki and Thundurus) abusing it with Thunder Wave to prevent the targeting from doing anything most of the time, and then using [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Foul Play]] (which uses the opponent's Attack stat to deal damage) to hit ''hard''. It [[LuckBasedMission forced matches to be determined by]] [[RandomNumberGenerator the RNG]] with the only universal way of beating it being to [[InsaneTrollLogic "outplay]] [[MemeticMutation the coinflip"]].
*** Aegislash was one of the most centralising thing in the early sixth generation metagame, next only to Mega-Kangaskhan. Though not as tyrannical as Kangaskhan, Pokémon still rose and fell simply on ground of how well they could handle Aegislash. Many Pokémon, such as Gardevoir, Medicham, Starmie, and Jirachi, were severely held back by its dominating presence. The reason for this occurrence is that, as a Pokémon, Aegislash had every positive trait that one could ask for. Its signature Ability, Stance Change[[note]]switches its attacking stats with its defensive stats when using protecting moves, and vice-versa when using offensive moves[[/note]], effectively made it a 720 BST Pokémon and forced 50/50 situations ''just by being there''. Because of this and its highly versatile movepool, it could run every conceivable kind of set possible -- physical, mixed, special, even stall, all with different counters. To top all off, it has one of the best defensive types in the game, and was a major part of the cancerous hazard-offence teams in the early Generation 6 metagame.
*** Mega Mawile is a shining example of what happens when you give a MightyGlacier everything that it could possibly want while covering every meaningful weakness. M-Mawile has amazing attack power, an amazing typing (Fairy/Steel) that leaves it with two immunities, a ton of resistances, very few weaknesses, and more-than-adequate coverage, and two equally-viable moveset choices with wildly different counters. Guess wrong, and it tears you to shreds; guess right, and you're merely on even ground. Its horrible Speed isn't even a huge issue, as it has Sucker Punch to cover faster threats. It was problematic from the get-go and Smogon was on the fence about it for months until it finally got suspected and banned.
*** Mega Rayquaza has the distinction of being the first Pokémon ever ''banned from Ubers''. It was so overpowered that it led to the creation on an entirely new tier titled "Anything Goes" -- meaning no bans, no clauses (except for the "Endless Battle" clause).
*** Mega Salamence drew comparisons with M-Kangaskhan for many of the same reasons. It has boundless physical bulk[[note]]surviving a Terrakion's Stone Edge among other things[[/note]] helped even further by Intimidate before Mega Evolving, absurdly powerful Aerilate-boosted attacks, and just the right movepool to cover every conceivable check. M-Salamence subverts this trope, however, currently being ranked S in Ubers alongside M-Gengar.
*** Prior to ORAS, Greninja's best counters were bulky Fairy-types. However, in ORAS, it gained Gunk Shot and Low Kick from the move tutors, meaning its previous counters were no longer counters. It got to the point where players began using [=Porygon2=] and Empoleon in OU just to deal with Greninja. While not necessarily broken, per se, it was deemed unhealthy for the metagame and banned from OU.
** In Generation 7:
*** Pheromosa was banned in SM OU within the first few months of the metagame thanks to her splendid GlassCannon build, balanced physical and special attacking stats, and a very wide array of different coverage options to destroy anything that challenges it. Not even the priority users and Ghost-types of the OU tier were able to keep it in check.
*** Mega Metagross had gotten a suspect test in Gen 6, but it was finally banned come Gen 7. A mixture of speed being calculated on the turn of Mega Evolution, Terrain becoming a viable field of play thanks to the Tapu's and general shifts in the metagame that heavily favored it all contributed to it finally leaving.
*** Marshadow was banned in SM OU almost instantly after its introduction in July 2017. The reasoning was its unique type combination providing unresisted coverage, excellent speed tier, and its SecretArt: Spectral Thief, and its corresponding Z-Move: Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike.
*** A week after the ''Videogame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'' update, Naganadel was taken out of OU and kicked to Ubers. The Smogon Twitter provided it's reasons for the kick:
---> ''Nasty Plot coupled with near-perfect coverage, and Beast Boost boosting Speed upon kills, leaves it very hard to switch in to and to revenge kill.''
14th Jan '18 7:06:53 AM HeatEdgeSword
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* AttackBackfire: Commonly [[InvokedTrope invoked]] with Pokémon that have these abilities; one popular application in Generation IV was to switch Gyarados out for an Electivire that could take the incoming Electric-type attack and gain a speed boost. Doubles play [[UpToEleven takes things further]] with sets that are ''built'' to capitalize on friendly fire -- [[http://www.smogon.com/dex/sm/pokemon/palossand/ this sample set for Palossand]] works in tandem with a Smeargle that knows Water Shuriken to become a powerful MightyGlacier in a single turn. [[note]]Water Shuriken is an increased-priority move that hits two to five times per use. Thanks to Palossand's ability, each of those hits will provide a two-stage increase to its defense, meaning that anything above two hits will maximize its defense. This also activates Palossand's Weakness Policy, doubling its Attack and Special Attack, and Smeargle's poor Special Attack will ensure that no significant damage is dealt in all this. Once Palossand's turn rolls around, it can use Amnesia to raise its Special Defense and finish the turn with every one of its stats doubled or better... [[DumpStat except Speed]].[[/note]]

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* AttackBackfire: Commonly [[InvokedTrope invoked]] with Pokémon that have these abilities; one popular application in Generation IV was to switch Gyarados out for an Electivire that could take the incoming Electric-type attack and gain a speed boost. Doubles play [[UpToEleven takes things further]] with sets that are ''built'' to capitalize on friendly fire -- [[http://www.smogon.com/dex/sm/pokemon/palossand/ this sample set for Palossand]] works in tandem with a Smeargle that knows Water Shuriken to become a powerful MightyGlacier in a single turn. [[note]]Water Shuriken is an increased-priority move that hits two to five times per use. Thanks to Palossand's ability, each of those hits will provide a two-stage increase to its defense, meaning that anything above two hits will maximize its defense. This also activates Palossand's Weakness Policy, doubling its Attack and Special Attack, and Smeargle's poor Special Attack will ensure that no significant damage is dealt in all this. Once Palossand's turn rolls around, it can use Amnesia to raise its Special Defense and finish the turn with every one of its stats doubled or better... [[DumpStat except Speed]].[[/note]]



** '''''CHARIZARD.''''' Its popularity was the ''only'' reason it was ''ever'' seen above NU until Generation VI gave it the Mega Evolutions that made it very viable.
** Many Legendary Pokémon tend to show up in the lower tiers. Articuno and Regice get this the worst; although both were initially able to pack a punch in their own respective metagames (Articuno with a 90% accurate Blizzard in a generation where a lucky freeze was equal to death and Regice in a generation before the physical / special split), they both lost vaiability over time, especially in the transition to the fourth generation as a result of growing power creep in addition to the ever-present Stealth Rock.

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** '''''CHARIZARD.''''' Its popularity was the ''only'' reason it was ''ever'' seen above NU until Generation VI gave it the Mega Evolutions that made it very viable.
** Many Legendary Pokémon tend to show up in the lower tiers. Articuno and Regice get this the worst; although both were initially able to pack a punch in their own respective metagames (Articuno with a 90% accurate Blizzard in a generation where a lucky freeze was equal to death and Regice in a generation before the physical / special split), they both lost vaiability viability over time, especially in the transition to the fourth generation as a result of growing power creep in addition to the ever-present Stealth Rock.



** In the early sixth generation, Deoxys Defense Form and Bisharp worked extremely well together. Once Deoxys sets up entry hazards, the opponent is pressured to use Defog, which can then be absorbed by Bisharp to double its Attack and sweep the opposition. And then Deoxys Defense form was banned back to Ubers.

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** In the early sixth generation, Deoxys Defense Form and Bisharp worked extremely well together. Once Deoxys sets up entry hazards, the opponent is pressured to use Defog, which can then be absorbed by Bisharp to double its Attack and sweep the opposition. And then Then Deoxys Defense form was banned back to Ubers.



** Scolipede is used to lead [[MinMaxing Baton Pass]] chains; it acquires speed while other members obtain other boosts required to allow one member to sweep. Such teams are hard to break without very specific moves or a great deal of luck. This tactic was in fact disallowed for that reason[[note]]only one Pokémon with Baton Pass is allowed[[/note]], so that Scolipede nowadays passes boosts directly to a sweeper.

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** Scolipede is used to lead [[MinMaxing Baton Pass]] chains; it acquires speed while other members obtain other boosts required to allow one member to sweep. Such teams are hard to break without very specific moves or a great deal of luck. This tactic was in fact later disallowed for that reason[[note]]only one Pokémon with Baton Pass is allowed[[/note]], so that Scolipede nowadays passes boosts directly to a sweeper.reason.



** Avalugg may be an excellent tank in theory, but having the worst single defensive type in the game makes it surprisingly underwhelming.
** Kyurem and Kyurem-B are probably the most hilarious examples. In spite of fantastic stats and offenses that any sweeper would long for, they lack both the speed and the movepool necessary to fully sweep. It is notable that Kyurem-B has the highest base stat total of any Pokémon in the Over-Used (OU) tier but still does not find itself banned; its normal form has descended well into Under-Used by now.

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** Avalugg may be an excellent tank in theory, but having the worst single defensive type in the game makes it surprisingly underwhelming.
** Kyurem and Kyurem-B are probably the most hilarious examples. In spite of fantastic stats and offenses that any sweeper would long for, they both Kyurem and Kyurem-B lack both the speed and the movepool necessary to fully sweep. It is notable that Kyurem-B has the highest base stat total of any Pokémon in the Over-Used (OU) tier but still does not find itself banned; its normal form has descended well into Under-Used by now.



* CharacterTiers: Naturally, Smogon is effectively the TropeMaker for the series. Justified in that all Pokémon are most definitely ''not'' created equal, and the tiers ''had'' to be established so that people could use the weaker Pokémon without being humiliatingly trampled over. In an interesting example of tier construction, tiers are primarily determined by the idea that the better Pokémon will be the more widely used ones -- in a sense, therefore, Smogon and its tiers really do live up to the series' long-preached ideal of success through using the Pokémon you like. [[note]]That said, there are some Pokémon that manage to be next-to-useless even in the lowest tier.[[/note]] [[invoked]]

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* CharacterTiers: Naturally, Smogon is effectively the TropeMaker for the series. Justified in that all Pokémon are most definitely ''not'' not created equal, and the tiers ''had'' to be established so that people could use the weaker Pokémon without being humiliatingly trampled over. In an interesting example of tier construction, tiers are primarily determined by the idea that the better Pokémon will be the more widely used ones -- in a sense, therefore, Smogon and its tiers really do live up to the series' long-preached ideal of success through using the Pokémon you like. [[note]]That said, there are some Pokémon that manage to be next-to-useless even in the lowest tier.[[/note]] [[invoked]]



** Thanks to their movepools and stats, Pokémon such as Aegislash and Kyurem-Black could possibly be running physical sets, special sets, or even defensive sets! And those are only the ''most'' notable examples in the metagame...

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** Thanks to their movepools and stats, Pokémon such as Aegislash and Kyurem-Black could possibly be running physical sets, special sets, or even defensive sets! And those are only the ''most'' notable examples in the metagame...metagame.
13th Jan '18 2:33:57 AM HeatEdgeSword
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** The Endless Battle Clause prevents people from using certain moveset and item combinations that create {{Unwinnable}} situations that can be infinitely prolonged until someone disconnects. Because this strategy is generally used purely to troll and piss people off, it is the ''only'' clause that Anything Goes kept. This isn't that much an issue in the official battle format as there's a timer for multiplayer battles.
** The Swagger Clause prevents use of the move Swagger. This clause came about because of Klefki abusing priority Swagger and Thunder Wave, combined with Foul Play, to wreck pretty much '''everything''' unless the RandomNumberGod felt like [[LuckBasedMission actually allowing its opponent to attack]]. Time will tell if Gen VII's nerf to Prankster (namely being shut down by Dark-types) and to ActionInitiative in general (Dazzling, Queenly Majesty, and Psychic Terrain) will make this clause redundant... though considering that Klefki's a ''Fairy-type'', and therefore sending a Dark-type up against it is just ''asking'' to be humiliated, probably not.
** The Baton Pass Clause limits the player to one user of the move Baton Pass on each team. This clause came about in Generation VI due to the discovery of several overly-powerful team combinations that required multiple users of the move, and shutting it down being something of a crapshoot (requiring Haze or a SwitchOutMove to pull off). Although later it was just banned from OU altogether.
** Some Pokémon that are banned in Nintendo/Game Freak-sanctioned tournaments (such as [[MasterOfAll Mew and most of its clones]] and Black Kyurem) are legal to use in the simulator's standard matches and tournaments, due to the community not viewing them as PurposelyOverpowered. Inversely, some Pokémon considered tournament legal by Nintendo are banned due to the differences between the formats making certain threats more powerful (like Mega Kangaskhan in Singles).

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** The Endless Battle Clause prevents people from using certain moveset and item combinations that create {{Unwinnable}} situations that can be infinitely prolonged until someone disconnects. Because this strategy is generally used purely to troll and piss people off, it is the ''only'' clause that Anything Goes kept. This isn't that much an issue in the official battle format as there's always a timer for multiplayer battles.
** The Swagger Clause prevents use of the move Swagger. This clause came about because of Klefki abusing priority Swagger and Thunder Wave, combined with Foul Play, to wreck pretty much '''everything''' unless the RandomNumberGod felt like [[LuckBasedMission actually allowing its opponent to attack]]. Time will tell if Gen VII's nerf to Prankster (namely being shut down by Dark-types) and to ActionInitiative The ban is lifted in general (Dazzling, Queenly Majesty, Generation VII OU since Misty Terrain and Psychic Terrain) will make this clause redundant... though considering that Klefki's a ''Fairy-type'', and therefore sending a Terrain stops Prankster-boosted Swagger's track as well as making Dark-type up against unaffected by Prankster. Generation VII ban Swagger again as it is just ''asking'' Tapu Fini to be humiliated, probably not.
support its teammate, then Marshadow lands the final nail in the coffin.
** The Baton Pass Clause limits the player to one user of the move Baton Pass on each team. This clause came about in Generation VI due to the discovery of several overly-powerful team combinations that required multiple users of the move, and shutting it down being something of a crapshoot (requiring Haze or a SwitchOutMove to pull off). Although later it was just banned from OU altogether.
Generation VII straight up bans Baton Pass, even in Ubers.
** Some Pokémon that are is banned in Nintendo/Game Freak-sanctioned tournaments (such as [[MasterOfAll Mew and most of its clones]] and Black Kyurem) are is legal to use in the simulator's standard matches and tournaments, due to the community not viewing them as PurposelyOverpowered. Inversely, some Pokémon considered tournament legal by Nintendo are banned due to the differences between the formats making certain threats more powerful (like Mega Kangaskhan in Singles).
26th Nov '17 11:34:50 AM Superjustinbros
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** Lower tiers occasionally use the pre-evolutions of high tier Pokémon to fulfill similar jobs. For example, Fletchindler is the RU tier's version of OU's Talonflame, using priority Flying attacks to revenge kill targets.

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** Lower tiers occasionally use the pre-evolutions of high tier Pokémon to fulfill similar jobs. For example, in Generation VI, Fletchindler is the RU tier's version of OU's Talonflame, using priority Flying attacks to revenge kill targets.



* DemotedToExtra: In Generation VI, the more popular Other Metagame analyses (Monotype, Anything Goes, Create-a-Pokémon, Balanced Hackmons, [=STABmons=], Almost Any Ability, and 1v1) were originally part of the main site's "Strategy Dex" page, but have since been regulated to a separate "Tier Sections" page of the site from Generation VII onward. Monotypye on the other hand avoided this demotion as it became an official metagame.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Using Pokémon from the Rarely-Used (RU) or Never-Used (NU) tier can catch foes off guard in the Over-Used (OU) tier, as they might not follow what Pokémon from those tiers run for their sets as closely and sometimes have little to no idea on how to counter them. The same goes for using common Pokémon in a certain tier, but with an unusual moveset.

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* DemotedToExtra: In Generation VI, the more popular Other Metagame analyses (Monotype, Anything Goes, Create-a-Pokémon, Balanced Hackmons, [=STABmons=], Almost Any Ability, and 1v1) were originally part of the main site's "Strategy Dex" page, but have since been regulated to a separate "Tier Sections" page of the site from Generation VII onward. Monotypye on the other hand avoided this demotion as it became an official metagame.
metagame in 2017.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Using Pokémon from the Rarely-Used (RU) or Never-Used (NU) tier can catch foes off guard in the Over-Used (OU) tier, as they might not follow what Pokémon from those tiers run for their sets as closely and sometimes have little to no idea on how to counter them. The same goes for using common Pokémon in a certain tier, but with an unusual moveset. These kinds of movesets are referred to as "lures".
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