Competitive Battling Guidelines in Generation 6
In order to ensure battles are fair and unbroken, the following guidelines have been established for competitive battling here on Neoseeker, adapted from Smogon's standards.
- Uber Clause
Pokémon that belong to the Uber Tier are prohibited from usage below Ubers. This includes the following Pokémon and Hold Items:
- Arceus (All Forms)
- Deoxys (All Forms)
- Giratina (Both Forms)
- Primal Groudon
- Hoopa Unbound
- Primal Kyogre
- Mega Mewtwo X
- Mega Mewtwo Y
- Rayquaza-M (Only allowed in Anything Goes)
- Shaymin Sky Forme
- Soul Dew
- Species Clause
Pokémon that are of the same species or evolutionary line cannot be used in the same team. The Pokémon's number in the Pokédex determines a Pokémon's species.
- Hax Clause
Items that involve luck/RNG cannot be used. The following items fall under this clause:
- One-Hit KO Clause
One-Hit KO (also known as OHKO) moves are not allowed. There are four such moves in all, and they are:
- Evasion Clause
Moves that increase your Evasion as well as moves that reduce your opponent's Accuracy are prohibited. These moves include Double Team, Minimize, Mud Slap, Sand Attack and the like. Acupressure isn't recommended for this reason as there's a 1 in 7 chance of your Pokémon's Evasion getting doubled.
- Sleep Clause
When there is one Pokémon asleep on your opponent's team, you cannot use a move that induces sleep on a second Pokémon. This includes Yawn despite the one-turn delay.
- Self-Destruct Clause
When you are down to your last Pokémon you cannot use the following moves to try and force a tie. Usage of such moves results in an automatic loss in this situation. Those moves are as follows:
- Abilities/Moves Clause
The following Moves and Abilities are not allowed on any Pokémon
- Endless Battle Clause
This clause is designed to prevent the possibility of a battle from going on forever. A specific example involves the Harvest Ability and a Leppa Berry; such a combination isn't allowed under this clause.
- Non-Released Clause
Anything that isn't available to the mass public without the means of hacking is ineligible for use.
- Over Hack Clause
The use of any Pokémon that has higher Statistics than its maximum Ability is prohibited. An example would be having a value greater than 328 on any of Mew's Statistics with the exception of HP, which caps at 404.
Having more than 510 EV's on any given Pokémon also falls under this clause and is unacceptable. Also, having moves or Abilities that are on a Pokémon that isn't supposed to have them is not allowed, including Pokémon with more than 4 moves. Examples of this include "WonderTomb", also known as Wonder Guard Spiritomb, as well as a Turtwig using Flamethrower.
While these rules aren't in Smogon's Standard/OU Competitive Rules, these are extra rules that you can use if you wish.
NOTE: All of the following rules in this section are optional.
- Item Clause
Your team cannot have multiple of the same items. Under this clause each Pokémon has to be holding a different item. Exceptions can be made to this rule, be it the Choice Items, Leftovers, Rocky Helmet, Life Orb, etc.
- Legendary Clause
No Legendary Pokémon can be used, and this includes any and all Legendary Pokémon.
- Hack Clause
Any illegally obtained Pokémon is prohibited under this clause. Hacking parents to breed? Also prohibited under this clause, as is hacking Pokémon with "legitimate statistics".
Once something has been altered on a Pokémon through artificial means it is considered "hacked" under this clause and cannot be used as a result of it.
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