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5th Apr '16 2:56:52 PM Quanyails
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[[http://www.smogon.com/ Smogon]] is a notable competitive ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' battling community. It provides reports for every fully-evolved and non-evolving Pokémon (as well as a few "special cases" such as Pikachu, Porygon2, Scyther, and Vigoroth that differ play-wise from their evolved forms, plus some others such as Chansey and Magneton that are strong enough to be used in the lower tiers that their fully-evolved counterparts are banned from) that analyze how well they do in the site's competitive battling circuits and give moveset recommendations. ALL Pokémon, regardless of evolution status, get a description of their abilities, base stats, and the moves that they can learn. Smogon also has numerous informative articles that explain things like how Hidden Power works, how to make a good Rain Dance team, and so on.

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[[http://www.smogon.com/ Smogon]] is a notable competitive ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' battling community. It provides reports for every fully-evolved and non-evolving Pokémon (as well as a few "special cases" such as Pikachu, Porygon2, [=Porygon2=], Scyther, and Vigoroth that differ play-wise from their evolved forms, plus some others such as Chansey and Magneton that are strong enough to be used in the lower tiers that their fully-evolved counterparts are banned from) that analyze how well they do in the site's competitive battling circuits and give moveset recommendations. ALL Pokémon, regardless of evolution status, get a description of their abilities, base stats, and the moves that they can learn. Smogon also has numerous informative articles that explain things like how Hidden Power works, how to make a good Rain Dance team, and so on.


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** People who frequent Other Metagames always seem to mention when a metagame idea allows Noivern to get STAB (same-type attack bonus) on Boomburst.
30th Mar '16 10:51:44 PM kingsizedump69
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*** Attacking moves with low Power Points (PP), like Close Combat and Fire Blast. In-game, they're not especially useful since the low PP means having to stop and go back to the Pokémon Center/use up PP-restoring items that much more often, and the minor increase in power generally isn't worth it. Even worse, these move often have some drawback, like decreasing stats after each use or having low accuracy, which makes the more practical moves like Break Break and Flamethrower even more appealing. In the metagame, though, the low PP is typically not an issue, since PP is restored after each battle, and the drawbacks of such moves are seen as worth the risk, since the difference in power between Fire Blast and Flamethrower can often mean the difference between, for example, a 2-hit KO and a 3-hit KO, which can snowball into the difference between a win and a loss.

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*** Attacking moves with low Power Points (PP), like Close Combat and Fire Blast. In-game, they're not especially useful since the low PP means having to stop and go back to the Pokémon Center/use up PP-restoring items that much more often, and the minor increase in power generally isn't worth it. Even worse, these move often have some drawback, like decreasing stats after each use or having low accuracy, which makes the more practical moves like Break Brick Break and Flamethrower even more appealing. In the metagame, though, the low PP is typically not an issue, since PP is restored after each battle, and the drawbacks of such moves are seen as worth the risk, since the difference in power between Fire Blast and Flamethrower can often mean the difference between, for example, a 2-hit KO and a 3-hit KO, which can snowball into the difference between a win and a loss.
30th Mar '16 6:07:47 PM billybobfred
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** Averagemons is a GameMod metagame where all Mons have 100 base stats across the board, making abilities and movesets the determinant of viability. [[PowerCopying Smeargle]] is banned.
27th Mar '16 2:03:41 AM Eagal
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* {{Metagame}}: You should be able to get a basic idea just by reading this page.

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* {{Metagame}}: You should be able The site is aimed towards enabling some semblance of balance to get a basic idea just by reading this page.PVP play.
2nd Feb '16 7:55:26 PM fenyx4
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Smogon also has a side project known as ''VideoGame/CreateAPokemon'', which attempts to create Pokémon that have specific roles in the metagame. Eleven were created for [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Generation IV]]. The CAP process was then suspended until the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black and White]] metagame stabilized. A popular spinoff, [[Roleplay/CreateAPokemonAnimeStyleBattling Create-A-Pokémon Anime-style Battling (CAP ASB)]], was formed to keep the forum alive in the meantime. A new Create-A-Pokémon project for Generation V began in February 2011 and, like the games themselves, restarted the numbering system at one. In addition, a new portion of the process was dedicated to creating a pre-evolution for the CAP. All [=CAPs=] so far can be found [[Characters/CreateAPokemon here]].

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Smogon also has a side project known as ''VideoGame/CreateAPokemon'', which attempts to create Pokémon that have specific roles in the metagame. Eleven were created for [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Generation IV]]. The CAP process was then suspended until the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black and White]] ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' metagame stabilized. A popular spinoff, [[Roleplay/CreateAPokemonAnimeStyleBattling Create-A-Pokémon Anime-style Battling (CAP ASB)]], was formed to keep the forum alive in the meantime. A new Create-A-Pokémon project for Generation V began in February 2011 and, like the games themselves, restarted the numbering system at one. In addition, a new portion of the process was dedicated to creating a pre-evolution for the CAP. All [=CAPs=] so far can be found [[Characters/CreateAPokemon here]].
2nd Feb '16 7:52:51 PM fenyx4
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-->-- The site's original slogan. It's still unofficially used.

[[http://www.smogon.com/ Smogon]] is a notable competitive Franchise/{{Pokemon}} battling community. It provides reports for every fully-evolved and non-evolving Pokémon (as well as a few "special cases" such as Pikachu, Porygon2, Scyther, and Vigoroth that differ play-wise from their evolved forms, plus some others such as Chansey and Magneton that are strong enough to be used in lower tiers their fully-evolved counterparts are banned from) that analyze how well they do in the site's competitive battling circuits and give moveset recommendations. ALL Pokémon, regardless of evolution status, get a description of their abilities, base stats, and the moves they can learn. Smogon also has numerous informative articles that explain things like how Hidden Power works, how to make a good Rain Dance team, and so on.

The site is the current largest influential authority in the English-speaking competitive Pokémon battle scene. Their CharacterTiers for the Pokémon are considered an excellent attempt at balancing what is a ''very'' unbalanced metagame. The tiers are also criticized and most everyone on the site admit that the tiers aren't perfect. The tier that the casual players tend to pay the most attention to is the "Uber" tier, as those Pokémon are deemed [[GameBreaker "too powerful"]] and are typically banned from standard play.[[note]]Casual player =/= {{Scrub}}. The Uber Pokemon receive a lot of attention largely for being overpowered, ''not'' for being [[AwesomeButImpractical noob bait]].[[/note]] Fortunately, only a minority of Pokémon are in this tier, and they all received placement in it for one reason or another. From the looks of things, all but a couple of them were [[PurposelyOverpowered designed to be overpowered in the first place]] by Game Freak. The few that aren't (Wynaut, Wobbuffet, Garchomp, and Salamence in Gen IV, and Blaziken, Excadrill, Thundurus and Landorus's Incarnate formes, and Tornadus's Therian forme in Gen V) appear to have very good reasons for their placement... and it could be argued that Garchomp and Salamence were ''also'' made powerful on purpose.

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-->-- The site's -->--'''The website's original slogan. {{slogan}}.''' It's still unofficially used.

[[http://www.smogon.com/ Smogon]] is a notable competitive Franchise/{{Pokemon}} ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' battling community. It provides reports for every fully-evolved and non-evolving Pokémon (as well as a few "special cases" such as Pikachu, Porygon2, Scyther, and Vigoroth that differ play-wise from their evolved forms, plus some others such as Chansey and Magneton that are strong enough to be used in the lower tiers that their fully-evolved counterparts are banned from) that analyze how well they do in the site's competitive battling circuits and give moveset recommendations. ALL Pokémon, regardless of evolution status, get a description of their abilities, base stats, and the moves that they can learn. Smogon also has numerous informative articles that explain things like how Hidden Power works, how to make a good Rain Dance team, and so on.

The site is the current largest influential authority in the English-speaking competitive Pokémon battle scene. Their CharacterTiers for the Pokémon are considered an excellent attempt at balancing what is a ''very'' unbalanced metagame. The tiers are also criticized and most everyone on the site admit that the tiers aren't perfect. The tier that the casual players tend to pay the most attention to is the "Uber" tier, as those Pokémon are deemed [[GameBreaker "too powerful"]] and are typically banned from standard play.[[note]]Casual player =/= {{Scrub}}. The Uber Pokemon Uber-tier Pokémon receive a lot of attention largely for being overpowered, ''not'' for being [[AwesomeButImpractical noob bait]].[[/note]] Fortunately, only a minority of Pokémon are in this tier, and they all received placement in it for one reason or another. From the looks of things, all but a couple of them were [[PurposelyOverpowered designed to be overpowered in the first place]] by Game Freak. The few that aren't (Wynaut, Wobbuffet, Garchomp, and Salamence in Gen IV, and Blaziken, Excadrill, Thundurus and Landorus's Incarnate formes, and Tornadus's Therian forme in Gen V) appear to have very good reasons for their placement... and it could be argued that Garchomp and Salamence were ''also'' made powerful on purpose.



** When selecting moves for your Pokémon in the Teambuilder, you can choose what type you want Hidden Power to be and the simulator will adjust the [=IVs=] accordingly. If you chose a Hidden Power with this method, the move selection screen will always display what type it is as part of the name (i.e. "Hidden Power Fire").
** You can quickly look up data about a Pokémon's stats or information about moves, abilities, or items in the chat using a command (/data [Pokémon/move/ability/item name]). Useful if you don't want to/can't tab out to look them up.

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** When selecting moves for your Pokémon in the Teambuilder, you can choose what type you want Hidden Power to be and the simulator will adjust the [=IVs=] accordingly. If you chose a Hidden Power with this method, the move selection screen will always display what type it is as part of the name (i.e. (for example, "Hidden Power Fire").
** You can quickly look up data about a Pokémon's stats or information about moves, abilities, or items in the chat using a command (/data [Pokémon/move/ability/item name]). Useful if you don't want to/can't tab [[WikiWalk tab]] out to look them up.



** The simulator will warn players if the opposing Pokemon may have a trapping ability that locks in otherwise free switches.
** The teambuilder has a section for recommended moves and automatically suggests stat spreads depending on the moveset for convenient access to competitive sets.
** The simulator itself, since it removes the need for breeding and LevelGrinding and just lets you battle.
* AscendedExtra: PU was once an unofficial metagame for the worst of the worst NU pokemon (Such as Arbok and Parasect), but has been turned into an official tier by popular demand.

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** The simulator will warn players if the opposing Pokemon Pokémon may have a trapping ability Ability that locks in otherwise free switches.
** The teambuilder has a section for recommended moves moves, links to pertinent Smogon analyses, and automatically suggests stat spreads depending on the moveset for convenient access to competitive sets.
** The simulator itself, since it removes the need for breeding breeding, Pokémon catching, and LevelGrinding and - ultimately just lets letting you battle.
** Replays can be uploaded or downloaded, and the replay viewer lets you switch Pokémon Trainer viewing perspectives.
* AscendedExtra: PU (according to Smogon, the "PU" abbreviation officially doesn't stand for anything, although one could interpret it as ToiletHumor) was once an unofficial metagame for the worst of the worst NU pokemon (Such Never-Used (NU) Pokémon (such as Arbok and Parasect), but has been turned into an official tier by popular demand.



** Scolipede's Hidden Ability in Generation V is Quick Feet, which increases its speed by 50% if it has a status effect. However, the only two status effects that can be reliably self-inflicted without need for reapplication are poison and burns; being a Poison-type, Scolipede cannot be poisoned and being burned halves its Attack, meaning that, while it can outrun just about anything, it'll be hitting like a feather duster. Presumably, its main intended uses are to use Scolipede as a quick setup Pokemon using some combination of [[TrapMaster Spikes, Toxic Spikes]], [[StatusBuff Agility, Swords Dance, Iron Defense]], and [[AllYourPowersCombined Baton Pass]], or to let Scolipede better abuse the Rest + Sleep Talk combo (aided by a double resistance to Fighting, discouraging opponents from trying Wake-Up Slap). The ability was changed to the far superior Speed Boost in the following generation.

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** Scolipede's Hidden Ability in Generation V is Quick Feet, which increases its speed by 50% if it has a status effect. However, the only two status effects that can be reliably self-inflicted without need for reapplication are poison and burns; being a Poison-type, Scolipede cannot be poisoned and being burned halves its Attack, meaning that, while it can outrun just about anything, it'll be hitting like a feather duster. Presumably, its main intended uses are to use Scolipede as a quick setup Pokemon Pokémon using some combination of [[TrapMaster Spikes, Toxic Spikes]], [[StatusBuff Agility, Swords Dance, Iron Defense]], and [[AllYourPowersCombined Baton Pass]], or to let Scolipede better abuse the Rest + Sleep Talk combo (aided by a double resistance to Fighting, discouraging opponents from trying Wake-Up Slap). The ability was changed to the far superior Speed Boost in the following generation.



** Kecleon is pretty much the definition of this trope. Kecleon's original ability Color Change caused it to change into the type of the attack of the move that hit it, which had some uses but was also an Achilles' Heel because of how easy it was to exploit with Pokemon that had great coverage options. Fast forward to Generation 6 and Kecleon gets a new ability that's much, much better in the form of Protean.

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** Kecleon is pretty much the definition of this trope. Kecleon's original ability Color Change caused it to change into the type of the attack of the move that hit it, which had some uses but was also an Achilles' Heel because of how easy it was to exploit with Pokemon Pokémon that had great coverage options. Fast forward to Generation 6 and Kecleon gets a new ability that's much, much better in the form of Protean.



** Tyrantrum learns Head Smash, one of the most powerful moves in the game, even gets STAB on it, and can negate the recoil via its Hidden Ability of Rock Head. While the thought of a draconic ''T. rex'' abusing a 150 base power STAB move sounds incredibly {{Badass}}, Rock/Dragon as a defensive typing ''really'' takes the wind out of its sail. Ice, Fighting, Fairy, Dragon, and Ground are very common attacking types, and any Pokemon worth their salt that have these moves will likely also outspeed and OHKO Tyrantrum. It doesn't help that Steel-types, resisting both Rock and Dragon and dealing supereffective damage to Rock, were given an offensive buff this generation.

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** Tyrantrum learns Head Smash, one of the most powerful moves in the game, even gets STAB on it, and can negate the recoil via its Hidden Ability of Rock Head. While the thought of a draconic ''T. rex'' abusing a 150 base power STAB move sounds incredibly {{Badass}}, Rock/Dragon as a defensive typing ''really'' takes the wind out of its sail. Ice, Fighting, Fairy, Dragon, and Ground are very common attacking types, and any Pokemon Pokémon worth their salt that have these moves will likely also outspeed and OHKO Tyrantrum. It doesn't help that Steel-types, resisting both Rock and Dragon and dealing supereffective damage to Rock, were given an offensive buff this generation.



** Chansey, paired with a Pokemon that take strong physical attacks and save it from Knock Off, can spread its health around with Wish and remove status from its teammates, undoing turns of effort with a single move.

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** Chansey, paired with a Pokemon Pokémon that take strong physical attacks and save it from Knock Off, can spread its health around with Wish and remove status from its teammates, undoing turns of effort with a single move.



** 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 Pokemon in the OU tier but still does not find itself banned; its normal form has descended well into UU by now.

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** 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 Pokemon Pokémon in the OU Over-Used (OU) tier but still does not find itself banned; its normal form has descended well into UU Under-Used by now.



* BrokeTheRatingScale: For six gens, Ubers was never technically an official tier, simply a [[KickedUpStairs banlist of Pokemon too broken for regular play.]] This changed after the introduction of Mega Rayquaza, a Pokemon 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.

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* BrokeTheRatingScale: For six gens, Ubers was never technically an official tier, simply a [[KickedUpStairs banlist of Pokemon Pokémon too broken for regular play.]] This changed after the introduction of Mega Rayquaza, a Pokemon 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.



* DidntSeeThatComing: Using Pokémon from the RU or NU tier can catch foes off guard in OU, as they might know usually 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 Pokemon in a certain tier, but with an unusual moveset.

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Using Pokémon from the RU Rarely-Used (RU) or NU Never-Used (NU) tier can catch foes off guard in OU, the Over-Used (OU) tier, as they might know usually 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 Pokemon Pokémon in a certain tier, but with an unusual moveset.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Anything Goes tier. You can use any pokemon you would like, and all clauses are lifted (Except for Endless Battle clause.).

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Anything Goes tier. You can use any pokemon Pokémon you would like, and all clauses are lifted (Except (except for Endless Battle the "Endless Battle" clause.).



*** Not Gengar itself, but rather the Gengarite that allows it to [[SuperMode Mega Evolve]]. Barely even a month before ''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.

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*** Not Gengar itself, but rather the Gengarite that allows it to [[SuperMode Mega Evolve]]. Barely even a month before ''PokemonXAndY'' ''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.



*** Swagger has been banned to Ubers, mainly due to Pokemon with 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 forced matches to be determined by [[LuckBasedMission 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 M-Kangaskhan. Though not as tyrannical as Kangaskhan, Pokémon still rose and fell simply on ground of how it handles Aegislash. Many Pokémon, such as Gardevoir, Medicham, Starmie, and Jirachi, were severely held back by its dominating presence. The reason for this is that as a Pokémon, it 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.

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*** Swagger has been banned to Ubers, mainly due to Pokemon 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 Attack stat to deal damage) to hit HARD. It [[LuckBasedMission forced matches to be determined by [[LuckBasedMission 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 M-Kangaskhan.Mega-Kangaskhan. Though not as tyrannical as Kangaskhan, Pokémon still rose and fell simply on ground of how it handles 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 that, as a Pokémon, it Aegislash had every positive trait, trait that one could ask for. Its signature ability, 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 Rayquaza has the distinction of being the first mon 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 Endless Battle).

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*** Mega Rayquaza has the distinction of being the first mon 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 Endless Battle).for the "Endless Battle" clause).



** Thanks to Mega Charizard Y giving rise to a plethora of Sun teams, Fire must now always be accounted for in the metagame. As a Steel/Fairy, Fire-type Pokemon are the main thorn in Mawile's side due to being 1) weak to Fire-type moves, and 2) both of Mawile's [=STABs=] being ineffective against Fire-types; Mega Mawile not being able to hold an [[KryptoniteProofSuit Occa Berry]] with the Mawilite doesn't help. It's entirely possible for Mega Mawile to remove such threats with [[ActionInitiative Sucker Punch]] or Rock [[HerdHittingAttack Slide]], but extreme caution must still be employed.

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** Thanks to Mega Charizard Y giving rise to a plethora of Sun Sun-based teams, Fire must now always be accounted for in the metagame. As a Steel/Fairy, Fire-type Pokemon Pokémon are the main thorn in Mawile's side due to being 1) weak to Fire-type moves, and 2) both of Mawile's [=STABs=] being ineffective against Fire-types; Mega Mawile not being able to hold an [[KryptoniteProofSuit Occa Berry]] with the Mawilite doesn't help. It's entirely possible for Mega Mawile to remove such threats with [[ActionInitiative Sucker Punch]] or Rock [[HerdHittingAttack Slide]], but extreme caution must still be employed.



* LevelGrinding: Half the appeal of the simulator is that it averts all the LevelGrinding, EV training, breeding, hunting for Pokémon with the perfect nature/ability, etc. to get competitive Pokémon needed for tournaments in the real games.
* LimitedMoveArsenal: Or as it's known on the site, "4 Moveslot Sydrome". And this is an ExploitedTrope. Contrary to the name, a Pokemon that suffers from this is considered a ''good'' thing. A Pokemon with 4MS means it has more than a few viable moves that make it good for competitive battling outside of it's STAB moves. Moves that generally support itself and covers its own weaknesses. This makes the Pokemon extremely hard to counter reliably as the opponent is forced to predict moves that are run on the Pokemon.

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* LevelGrinding: Half the appeal of the simulator is that it averts all the LevelGrinding, EV Effort Value (EV) training, breeding, hunting for Pokémon with the perfect nature/ability, etc. to get competitive Pokémon needed for tournaments in the real games.
* LimitedMoveArsenal: Or as it's known on the site, "4 Moveslot "4-Moveslot Sydrome". And this is an ExploitedTrope. Contrary to the name, a Pokemon Pokémon that suffers from this is considered a ''good'' thing. A Pokemon Pokémon with 4MS 4-Moveslot Syndrome (4MS) means that it has more than a few viable moves that make it good for competitive battling outside of it's its STAB moves. Moves that generally support itself and covers its own weaknesses. This makes the Pokemon Pokémon extremely hard to counter reliably as the opponent is forced to predict moves that are run on the Pokemon.Pokémon.



** Largely [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Strategies that try to invoke this (Evasion moves, Swagger, and Moody) are banned from all tiers.

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** Largely [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Strategies that try to invoke this (Evasion (evasion moves, the move Swagger, and Moody) the Moody Ability) are banned from all tiers.tiers (except for the "Anything Goes" tier).



* NoExceptYes: The best way to describe the old Ubers tier. It was considered a banlist ''first'', meaning that [[ExactWords no Pokémon]] can be banned from it and little effort is made to balance it out. While it functioned similarly to the other tiers because there are enough Pokemon for it to do so, it is blatantly overcentralized around the biggest {{Game Breaker}}s in the franchise and the tournaments for it only exist because of RuleOfFun. While things ''can'' get banned from Ubers (which is essentially a full-game ban), they have to be so ridiculously abusive, unreasonably difficult to counter, and just plain brain-dead as to make leaving them unbanned toxic to the entire game.

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* NoExceptYes: The best way to describe the old Ubers tier. It was considered a banlist ''first'', meaning that [[ExactWords no Pokémon]] can be banned from it and little effort is made to balance it out. While it functioned similarly to the other tiers because there are enough Pokemon Pokémon for it to do so, it is blatantly overcentralized around the biggest {{Game Breaker}}s in the franchise and the tournaments for it only exist because of RuleOfFun. While things ''can'' get banned from Ubers (which is essentially a full-game ban), they have to be so ridiculously abusive, unreasonably difficult to counter, and just plain brain-dead as to make leaving them unbanned toxic to the entire game.



*** Rapid Spin and Defog. In-game, these moves are pretty much dead weight outside of a few specific situations. In the metagame, depending on how you set up your team, it can be downright ''necessary'' to have a Pokemon handy that knows one of the two moves, due to their removing entry hazards.

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*** Rapid Spin and Defog. In-game, these moves are pretty much dead weight outside of a few specific situations. In the metagame, depending on how you set up your team, it can be downright ''necessary'' to have a Pokemon Pokémon handy that knows one of the two moves, due to their removing entry hazards.



*** Pokemon that are {{Mighty Glacier}}s or {{Stone Wall}}s. In-game, players can just level grind a couple of team members to overpower the [=AI=] with brute force and use items to heal crippled[=/=]downed members, which is much easier to accomplish with {{Glass Cannon}}s due to their strength and speed. In player vs. player matches, it doesn't work this way; if you want to switch in something, you have to either let your current Pokemon be knocked out, or give your opponent a free shot at whatever you're bringing in (barring {{SwitchOutMove}}s, of course). In such an environment, highly defensive Pokemon are much more useful, as they can typically take a hit or two and still survive well enough to provide support for the attackers.

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*** Pokemon Pokémon that are {{Mighty Glacier}}s or {{Stone Wall}}s. In-game, players can just level grind a couple of team members to overpower the [=AI=] ArtificialIntelligence with brute force and use items to heal crippled[=/=]downed members, which is much easier to accomplish with {{Glass Cannon}}s due to their strength and speed. In player vs. player matches, it doesn't work this way; way: if you want to switch in something, you have to either let your current Pokemon Pokémon be knocked out, out or give your opponent a free shot at whatever you're bringing in (barring {{SwitchOutMove}}s, of course). In such an environment, highly defensive Pokemon Pokémon are much more useful, as they can typically take a hit or two and still survive well enough to provide support for the attackers.



*** Attacking moves with low PP, like Close Combat and Fire Blast. In-game, they're not especially useful since the low PP means having to stop and go back to the Pokémon Center/use up PP-restoring items that much more often, and the minor increase in power generally isn't worth it. Even worse, these move often have some drawback, like decreasing stats after each use or having low accuracy, which makes the more practical moves like Break Break and Flamethrower even more appealing. In the metagame, though, the low PP is typically not an issue, since PP is restored after each battle, and the drawbacks of such moves are seen as worth the risk, since the difference in power between Fire Blast and Flamethrower can often mean the difference between, for example, a 2-hit KO and a 3-hit KO, which can snowball into the difference between a win and a loss.
*** Most PowerAtAPrice tactics, such as the Guts/Quick Feet/Toxic Boost abilities, Choice Items, and Life Orb. In-game, most threats can be utterly overpowered by raw level advantage and simple knowledge of the ElementalRockPaperScissors, so such things are seen as hindering the Pokémon's survivability or versatility for little payoff. In the metagame, though, all Pokemon are the same level, and its generally taken for granted that every competent player knows what hits what, so such tactics become much more necessary for attackers to dish out the damage they need to.
*** Numerous Pokemon that tend to be overshadowed by more powerful alternatives in-game can become highly useful players in lower-tier matches, where they don't have to compete with the Pokemon that have blatant advantages over them.
* SadisticChoice: Mega Gengar's specialty and why it was banned. It works like this: Mega Gengar uses Perish Song[[note]]a move that will make both Pokémon on the field faint in three turns. This normally forces a switch, but Shadow Tag means that that isn't going to happen[[/note]]. It would be tempting to kill it directly, but it can also use [[TakingYouWithMe Destiny Bond]]. Walling it is also a non-option, as most walls are dispatched with Perish Song. Even forcing it out with Roar and such will not get rid of the Perish Song counter, making you lose momentum. Baton Pass and Volt-Turn are the best options to escape, and this is only buying time instead of eliminating the threat. Ghosts can innately escape trapping moves and abilities, however--the problem with that is that Gengar is itself a ghost with an absurd amount of Special Attack to boot. There's no reliable way to deal with this setup, and checking it is largely a matter of dumb luck and/or the M-Gengar user being dumb as a sandbag.

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*** Attacking moves with low PP, Power Points (PP), like Close Combat and Fire Blast. In-game, they're not especially useful since the low PP means having to stop and go back to the Pokémon Center/use up PP-restoring items that much more often, and the minor increase in power generally isn't worth it. Even worse, these move often have some drawback, like decreasing stats after each use or having low accuracy, which makes the more practical moves like Break Break and Flamethrower even more appealing. In the metagame, though, the low PP is typically not an issue, since PP is restored after each battle, and the drawbacks of such moves are seen as worth the risk, since the difference in power between Fire Blast and Flamethrower can often mean the difference between, for example, a 2-hit KO and a 3-hit KO, which can snowball into the difference between a win and a loss.
*** Most PowerAtAPrice tactics, such as the Guts/Quick Feet/Toxic Boost abilities, Choice Items, and Life Orb. In-game, most threats can be utterly overpowered by raw level advantage and simple knowledge of the ElementalRockPaperScissors, so such things are seen as hindering the Pokémon's survivability or versatility for little payoff. In the metagame, though, all Pokemon Pokémon are the same level, and its it is generally taken for granted that every competent player knows what hits what, so such tactics become much more necessary for attackers to dish out the damage they need to.
*** Numerous Pokemon Pokémon that tend to be overshadowed by more powerful alternatives in-game can become highly useful players in lower-tier matches, where they don't have to compete with the Pokemon Pokémon that have blatant advantages over them.
* SadisticChoice: Mega Gengar's specialty and why it was banned. It works like this: Mega Gengar uses Perish Song[[note]]a move that will make both Pokémon on the field faint in three turns. This normally forces a switch, but Shadow Tag means that that isn't going to happen[[/note]]. It would be tempting to kill it directly, but it can also use [[TakingYouWithMe Destiny Bond]]. Walling it is also a non-option, as most walls are dispatched with Perish Song. Even forcing it out with Roar and such will not get rid of the Perish Song counter, making you lose momentum. Baton Pass and Volt-Turn are the best options to escape, and this is only buying time instead of eliminating the threat. Ghosts Ghost-type Pokémon can innately escape trapping moves and abilities, however--the problem with that is that Gengar is itself a ghost Ghost-type Pokémon with an absurd amount of Special Attack to boot. There's no reliable way to deal with this setup, and checking it is largely a matter of dumb luck and/or the M-Gengar user being dumb as a sandbag.



* SkillGateCharacter: Doublade with Eviolite in UU. Thanks to Doublade's great Attack stat, incredible coverage, excellent Steel/Ghost typing, and Eviolite boosts its Defenses by 50% since it hasn't fully evolved, players who are new to the UU tier often build teams that can't even hurt Doublade, let alone take it out. However, Doublade's poor Special Defense and Speed stats and vulnerability to the ever common move Knock Off (which doesn't just hit the sword super effectively but also remove Eviolite from Doublade) can be taken advantage of quite easily by someone who knows what they're doing, and cause it to be viewed as a perfectly manageable (albeit still threatening) Pokemon in higher level play.
* ThatOneRule: Speed is calculated at the beginning of the turn and not directly after a change to speed. While this normally does not pose a problem, as it typically takes a turn to use a speed-altering move, a Pokémon that Mega Evolves can suddenly seem to underspeed against the opponent, because speed on that turn is still determined using pre-Mega stats.
* ThereAreNoRules: Subverted. Anything Goes does not enforce any rules... except for the Endless Battle Clause, and it's only there to ensure matches actually end.
* TrapMaster: Anything with Entry Hazards. Some user can be less obvious about it due to the weird distribution of Stealth Rock or just because they usually don't run them.

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* SkillGateCharacter: Doublade with Eviolite in UU.Under-Used (UU). Thanks to Doublade's great Attack stat, incredible coverage, excellent Steel/Ghost typing, and Eviolite boosts its Defenses by 50% since it hasn't fully evolved, players who are new to the UU tier often build teams that can't even hurt Doublade, let alone take it out. However, Doublade's poor Special Defense and Speed stats and vulnerability to the ever common move Knock Off (which doesn't just hit the sword super effectively super-effectively, but also remove removes Eviolite from Doublade) can be taken advantage of quite easily by someone who knows what they're doing, and cause it to be viewed as a perfectly manageable (albeit still threatening) Pokemon Pokémon in higher level play.
* ThatOneRule: Speed is calculated at the beginning of the turn and not directly after a change to speed. While this normally does not pose a problem, as it typically takes a turn to use a speed-altering move, a Pokémon that Mega Evolves can suddenly seem to underspeed underspeedy against the opponent, because speed on that turn is still determined using pre-Mega Evolution stats.
* ThereAreNoRules: Subverted. The Anything Goes tier does not enforce any rules... except for the Endless Battle Clause, and it's only there to ensure matches actually end.
* TrapMaster: Anything with Entry Hazards. Some user users can be less obvious about it due to the weird distribution of Stealth Rock or just because they usually don't run them.



** Gender-dependent moves and abilities like Attract, since they require your opponent's Pokémon to be the opposite gender to activate, and a decent chunk of popular Pokémon are genderless, and are thus immune anyway. Simulators used to default to making gendered Pokémon male, but genders are now usually randomised. Even in those times, [[CrazyPrepared some players manually randomised their genders anyway to ensure the opponent can't abuse Attract]].

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** Gender-dependent moves and abilities Abilities like Attract, since they require your opponent's Pokémon to be the opposite gender to activate, and a decent chunk of popular Pokémon are genderless, and are thus immune anyway. Simulators used to default to making gendered Pokémon male, but genders are now usually randomised. Even in those times, [[CrazyPrepared some players manually randomised their genders anyway to ensure the opponent can't abuse Attract]].



** Any move weaker than 70 BP without any side-effects or isn't a priority attack is generally considered to be unusable due to being too weak and usually not recommended, unless a Technician Pokémon uses them.

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** Any move that is weaker than 70 BP Base Power without any side-effects or isn't a priority attack is generally considered to be unusable due to being too weak and usually not recommended, unless a Technician Pokémon uses them.



* CrazyPrepared: Smogon provides builds, and strategies for dealing with, most pokemon, allowing you to know ahead of time how to deal with opponents you might face.

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* CrazyPrepared: Smogon provides builds, and strategies for dealing with, most pokemon, Pokémon, allowing you to know ahead of time how to deal with opponents you might face.



* BlatantLies: The entirety of the [[http://www.smogon.com/smog/issue28/leaks "Insider X & Y Leaks, Straight From the Playground"]] and [[http://www.smogon.com/smog/issue37/insider-leaks-oras "Insider Leaks: ORAS Edition"]] articles, which are presented as "legitimate" leaks about the (then unreleased) ''PokemonXAndY'' and ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' games.

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* BlatantLies: The entirety of the [[http://www.smogon.com/smog/issue28/leaks "Insider X & Y Leaks, Straight From the Playground"]] and [[http://www.smogon.com/smog/issue37/insider-leaks-oras "Insider Leaks: ORAS Edition"]] articles, which are presented as "legitimate" leaks about the (then unreleased) ''PokemonXAndY'' ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' and ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' games.



** Gardina's Difficulty is "gg/10" due to [[DiscOneNuke Starly]] obliterating her.

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** Gardina's Gardenia's Difficulty is "gg/10" due to [[DiscOneNuke Starly]] obliterating her.



** Skyla's ''Black 2 and White 2'' Puzzle gets a "$/10" to go with a joke the writer makes about [[NoOSHACompliance the hospital bills you'll need to pay after going through it]].
** Clemont gets "11/10" in Spoils because Thunderbolt is such a good move overall. For Coolness he gets a "0_0/10" as the writer questions the ScaryShinyGlasses trope.

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** Skyla's ''Black 2 and White 2'' Puzzle gets a "$/10" to go with a joke that the writer makes about [[NoOSHACompliance the hospital bills that you'll need to pay after going through it]].
** Clemont gets "11/10" in Spoils because Thunderbolt is such a good move overall. For Coolness Coolness, he gets a "0_0/10" as the writer questions the ScaryShinyGlasses trope.



** In the "Movie Critics - The Panel" articles discussing the Anime/{{Pokemon}} movies, critic Jellicent always takes potshots at Ash for being an IdiotHero.

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** In the "Movie Critics - The Panel" articles discussing the Anime/{{Pokemon}} ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movies, critic Jellicent always takes potshots at Ash for being an IdiotHero.



** The default 'Pokemon characteristic' each user may have is 'Likes to eat'.
* GameMod: The Other Metagames houses these. The more popular ones, such as Hackmons, Generation Next!, Tier Shift, and Create-a-Pokemon, can be played on Pokemon Showdown!.

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** The default 'Pokemon characteristic' "Pokémon characteristic" each user may have is 'Likes "Likes to eat'.
eat".
* GameMod: The Other Metagames houses these. The more popular ones, such as Hackmons, Generation Next!, Tier Shift, and Create-a-Pokemon, can be played on Pokemon Pokémon Showdown!.
31st Jan '16 7:22:23 AM Lukethehedgehog
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* OvershadowedByAwesome: Has its [[OvershadowedByAwesome/{{Smogon}} own page]].
30th Jan '16 10:48:27 PM flamemario12
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** The Swagger Clause prevents use of the move Swagger.

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** The Swagger Clause prevents use of the move Swagger. It is usable in Doubles, however.



** Some Pokémon that are banned in Nintendo/Game Freak-sanctioned tournaments (such as [[MasterOfAll Mew and most of its clones]] or 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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** Some Pokémon that are banned in Nintendo/Game Freak-sanctioned tournaments (such as [[MasterOfAll Mew and most of its clones]] or 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).
26th Jan '16 7:01:09 AM Quanyails
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** Absol has a wide movepool. Unfortunately, Absol's Special Attack is rather mediocre, which is a let-down considering that Absol learns a wide variety of Special Attack. Mega Absol fixes most of these problems such as gaining a fantastic Ability, vastly-improved Special Attack and Speed, it's defense were not altered though.

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** Absol has a wide movepool. Unfortunately, Absol's Special Attack is rather mediocre, which is a let-down considering that Absol learns a wide variety of Special Attack. special attacks. Mega Absol fixes most of these problems such as by gaining a fantastic Ability, vastly-improved Special Attack and Speed, it's defense Speed--its defenses were not altered altered, though.
26th Jan '16 1:27:12 AM flamemario12
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** Absol has ''the'' biggest movepool of any non-legendary Pokémon besides Smeargle; plenty of OU Pokémon would ''kill'' for Absol's movepool. Due to non-Mega Absol's horrible Special Attack, however, 90% of the moves it can learn are ''completely useless'' to it, and its similarly dreadful Speed means that it will be killed before it can do anything. Mega Absol fixes most of these problems (fantastic Ability, vastly-improved Special Attack and Speed), but it's still hideously fragile and has to survive that first turn before it gains the improved Speed.

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** Absol has ''the'' biggest movepool of any non-legendary Pokémon besides Smeargle; plenty of OU Pokémon would ''kill'' for a wide movepool. Unfortunately, Absol's movepool. Due to non-Mega Absol's horrible Special Attack, however, 90% of the moves it can learn are ''completely useless'' to it, and its similarly dreadful Speed means Attack is rather mediocre, which is a let-down considering that it will be killed before it can do anything. Absol learns a wide variety of Special Attack. Mega Absol fixes most of these problems (fantastic such as gaining a fantastic Ability, vastly-improved Special Attack and Speed), but Speed, it's still hideously fragile and has to survive that first turn before it gains the improved Speed.defense were not altered though.
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