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CAP 18 Begins!

Posted on Mar 3, 2014

Led by Topic Leader, DetroitLolcat, Smogon's first XY Create a Pokemon project has officially begun!

CAP is a competitive-minded project whose aim is to learn more about the metagame and what goes into a successful competitive Pokemon by building them from the ground up. The process differs from most fake-mon projects in the way that it is competitively-focused, community-driven, and focuses on a concept to fulfill which is voted on at the start of each project. New users should take some time to get used to the forum and read up on the subject. Once they're feeling comfortable, they should submit a concept! Who knows, they could have the winning one!

To read more about the CAP project's history, rules, and creations, check out the EnCAPlopedia, which is full of helpful links and references. ~darkie

The Smog Issue #33 Released

Posted on Feb 28, 2014

Issue #33 of The Smog is now live! We also have The Smog Awards this issue, which you can read the results for here! Read more...

If you have any suggestions or comments on this issue, feel free to give us feedback in the release thread! ~ skylight

Interview with BKC

Posted on Feb 19, 2014

For all of you who didn't know, The Competitor has been interviewing the SPL Team Managers, starting with Funkasaurus of the Ever Grande BIGS, and Philip7086 from the Stark Sharks. Just recently, the interview with BKC, of Indie Scooter leadership, was completed and released! This interview goes over a large vareity of topics, from users, to tiers, to the auction, and everything in between.

The interview is located here and previous interviews and articles can be found on the main page. Enjoy! ~Lady Salamence

Pokemon Visual Companion Giveaway!

Posted on Jan 31, 2014

In cooperation with Brady Games, we're giving away 8 Pokemon Visual Companions by Brady Games! This visual companion is a must have for any fan of the Pokemon animated series and is jam-packed with artwork, facts, and references to the most iconic battles, characters, and places! The 208 page guide follows Ash, Pikachu, and his friends from his beginnings through his adventures in Unova.

To enter to win, like us at our Facebook page and comment this post with your Smogon username! ~darkie

The Smog Issue #32 Released!

Posted on Jan 17, 2014

Issue #32 of The Smog is now up. The Christmas period delayed our release schedule, however from now on we should be back on track to pushing out a new issue each month! Read more...

If you have any suggestions or comments on this issue, feel free to give us feedback

in the release thread! ~skylight

SPL Farm League

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Missed the signups for the Smogon Premier League? Sign up for the SPL Farm League!

The Farm League allows even unknown or under-the-radar players to make a splash in SPL and then be drafted into the SPL during the mid-season auction. Performing well will dramatically increase your chances of being on a SPL team for the second half of the season!

To sign up, post with your name and tier that you'll play in (XY OU, XY Ubers, XY LC, XY Doubles, BW OU, BW UU, BW RU, BW NU, DPP OU, ADV OU, GSC OU) in the sign up thread. You can sign up for the farm league at any time until it is over and then you'll be entered into the battles for the next week and onwards!

Happy battling and have a merry christmas! ~darkie

Kangaskhanite banned from OU

Posted on Dec 18, 2013

Kangaskhanite has been officially banned by the OU Tiering Council. A quick run-down of the reasoning, with more information in the linked thread, is as follows:

  1. Mega Kangaskhan, with an effective 213 base attack thanks to Parental Bond, is too powerful for even the bulkiest of OU physical walls. Damage calculations are listed in the thread.
  2. Mega Kangaskhan is nearly impossible to revenge kill outside of fast and powerful Fighting-types. Other Pokemon who outspeed are either OHKOed by a +2 Sucker Punch or too weak to break through its 105/100/100 defenses.
  3. Mega Kangaskhan severely limits teambuilding by forcing teams to run multiple obscure counters and checks.

For more information, check out the official announcement thread which details exactly why Kangaskhanite is considered Uber at this time. Please note that this quickban is merely an extension of the initial banlist and may be reconsidered as the metagame develops. ~darkie

Sixth Generation Pokemon Analysis Previews

Posted on Dec 14, 2013

As you may have noticed, Smogon is going through a bit of a transitional phase at the moment, which has delayed the Gen 6 StrategyDex. But that doesn't mean we haven't been hard at work creating a reference for everyone! Until we start rolling out our new analyses, you can use our Pokemon Previews Index to view information on Pokemon currently available in the Kalos Pokédex. As always, drop by the Sixth Generation Contributions & Corrections forum if you want to start helping us in the future! ~GatoDelFuego

Smogon Mentorship

Posted on Dec 4, 2013

With the still-recent release of Pokemon X and Y, many new users have begun getting involved with our site! For our newer users, the huge amount of subforums and places to post can be really intimidating. You might not even know exactly what it is you want to get out of Smogon. A fantastic way to get acquainted with our site is to check out our Mentorship Program, which has its own subforum, as well as a thread where you can introduce yourself! If you're looking to talk one-on-one with some of our mentors, you can hop on #mentor, our SynIRC channel where you can chat real-time with plenty of Smogoners who have been where you are now. You can also read up about our mentors and see if there's anyone who specializes in a part of the site that you're interested in. There's a lot of information here, but don't be afraid to jump in and get your feet wet by asking questions. We're here to help! :) -Treecko

CAP 6 Playtest Cawmodore

Posted on Nov 16, 2013

The Create-A-Pokémon community would like to show off our newest creation: Cawmodore! After 112 days chock full of discussions, submissions, and voting phases, we've come a conclusion within the past few days. Although the final stages of the process were diverted due to the release of Pokémon X and Y, we managed to persevere and complete the project. Cawmodore is a Steel / Flying Pokémon that's designed to utilize underused moves. In our initial discussions, we decided as a community that we wanted to focus specifically on the risk and reward aspects of Belly Drum. You'll notice that we considered this move at every stage in our process, from selecting Intimidate as its competitive ability to its blazing base Speed of 118.

Now that we've completed our new Pokémon, it's time for the official CAP 6 playtest to begin! The ladder is limited to a two week period where competitive Pokémon battlers will play in a metagame consisting of BW2 Overused Pokémon plus Cawmodore. This isolated test will determine how well Cawmodore held to its original concept. Is Belly Drum viable in the fifth generation of Pokémon? Help us find out by battling on this playtest ladder whenever you get the chance. If you like to experiment and battle in a fun, creative, and combative environment in OU with an entirely new competitive Pokémon, check out Pokémon Showdown! to see what the fuss is all about.

If you're interested in the Create-A-Pokémon Project, check out the CAP forum, where we're running a variety of side projects. We still have to decide on Cawmodore's third ability and Pokédex entries, so jump in to discuss and vote. Scope out the CAP sub-site if you're looking to discover more information on CAP. As we close out the fifth generation of Pokemon creation, I'd like to personally thank all of our fans and supporters. The community is what makes this project such a massive success! Have patience with the Policy Review Committee as we re-work the project for the sixth generation. See you on the other end! ~Birkal

Battle Spot

Posted on Nov 14, 2013

X and Y have arrived, and so has the new in-game Battle Spot, a WiFi ladder you can play on your 3DS. With all of the new innovations of generation six, it has become more simple than ever to breed and train your own Pokemon. By playing Battle Spot, you use your own Pokemon that you put loads of effort into raising and pit them against opponents from across the world. To learn more about the metagame or to discuss the trends you've seen while playing, check out our new Battle Spot subforum here! You talk to other Battle Spot fans in real-time by going to #battlespot on SynIRC or by following this handy Mibbit link Hope to see you playing! -Treecko

Uncharted Territory

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 10:41AM

With X and Y now released there is a lot of research to be done. If you are willing to contribute, excited to speculate on future metagames, or just want to check out the latest stat estimates, head on over to the Uncharted Territory. Don't forget to read all the rules before posting. ~Melee Mewtwo

Recently in C&C

Posted on Oct 03, 2013 09:14PM

C&C is still wrapping up BW with XY right around the corner. If you're interested in writing for the site or are interested in editing its current content, head on over to the C&C forum and see what you can do to help.

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  • Empoleon (Offensive Stealth Rock), by The Loser of RU
  • Scrafty (Choice Band), by SpareAacount

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If you find an error anywhere onsite, grammatical or content-wise, then please post it in the objective or subjective small changes thread. Hope to see you around. ~Oglemi

Third Ubers Smogcast

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 01:32PM

Ubers players Blim, Sweep, Hugendugen, Melee Mewtwo, and shrang have gotten together to give you our third Uberscast! In it you'll find a professional analysis of the current BW2 Ubers Metagame as well as speculation on the upcoming 6th generation. Whether you are new to Ubers or already know your way around, this cast has something for you.

Don't forget to subscribe to Smogon's YouTube channel to get more Smogcasts for Ubers and other metagames. ~Melee_Mewtwo