UU & RU Tier Changes
—antemortem on Jun 22, 2017 Permalink
NU Tiering Changes
Porygon2, Noivern, Moltres, Drought, Ribombee, and Kingdra have been banned from the NU tier through council voting.
—Eevee General on Jun 12, 2017 Permalink
—Orda-Y on Jun 9, 2017 Permalink
June Usage Stats
—antemortem on Jun 8, 2017 Permalink
Baton Pass banned from SM OU
The OU Council has unanimously agreed to ban Baton Pass from SM OU.
After discussion in Policy Review, it was decided that the previous clause against "passing both Speed and a different stat" was not enough, and baton pass was still a problem even with this limitation.
—Orda-Y on May 28, 2017 Permalink
World Cup of Pokemon Signups
Smogon's longest-running tournament is back for another edition! Be sure to sign up to represent your country in a clash of the best players on the planet!
Who will be crowned champion of the World this year? There's only one way to find out - sign up, try out and try to make it on the biggest stage competitive Pokemon has to offer!
—sirDonovan on May 26, 2017 Permalink
OU Suspect Results
Metagrossite has been banned from SM OU.
—antemortem on May 14, 2017 Permalink
BLT IV: Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament
The annual Tournaments room event BLT has begun!
This season is led by Eyan and features a return to the popular group format. Qualifying leaderboard cycles will run from now until the end of May. Check out the thread for more details!
—sirDonovan on Apr 18, 2017 Permalink
Welcome to the Tavern Brawl!
The TCG & Tabletop room staff would like to announce the opening of Tavern Brawl, a newly created room for Hearthstone. If you play the game, wish to learn it, or want to get back into it, feel free to drop by!
—Trickster on Apr 13, 2017 Permalink
OU + DOU Suspect Results
—antemortem on Apr 10, 2017 Permalink
Evasion in DPP Revisited
—antemortem on Apr 3, 2017 Permalink
Talonflame now BL2 + DPL + New Megas
Talonflame has been moved from RU to BL2.
Doubles Premier League signups are now open.
Don't forget that Pidgeotite and Steelixite are now usable on PS. Bird Jesus is Risen.
—antemortem on Mar 30, 2017 Permalink
OM of the Month and AAA Suspect Test
Voting is open for April's Other Metagame of the Month. Choose the OM you want as a ladder!
Almost Any Ability is suspect testing Kartana. To qualify for voting, you will need 2700 COIL by April 5th.
—The Immortal on Mar 27, 2017 Permalink
MPL III Signups
Signups for Monotype Premier League III are now open.
—antemortem on Mar 21, 2017 Permalink
Shiny Tapu Koko Giveaway
All day on March 17th, the Wifi room will be doing hourly giveaways for the Japanese Shiny Tapu Koko Event! The Tapu Koko will be RNG'd for a variety of sets, so stop by and make sure to grab one!
—Trickster on Mar 16, 2017 Permalink
Tier Updates + SPL Recap
For those that don't keep up with Smogon's Official Tournament scene as closely as they'd like, we've recapped Smogon Premier League Week 8.
—antemortem on Mar 16, 2017 Permalink
SM UU Test Results + Alakazam Suspect
Azumarill has been banned from SM UU, and Alakazam is now being suspect tested.
—antemortem on Mar 14, 2017 Permalink
SM RU Beta
—antemortem on Mar 10, 2017 Permalink
SM LC Vulpix Suspect
—antemortem on Mar 4, 2017 Permalink
SM UU Test Results + Azumarill Suspect
As a result of the most recent SM UU suspect test, Staraptor is banned from UU, and Azumarill is now being suspect tested.
—antemortem on Mar 3, 2017 Permalink
SM OU Test 2 Results
As a result of the second round of SM OU suspect testing, Dugtrio remains unbanned.
—antemortem on Feb 28, 2017 Permalink
TV, Books, and Films Room Oscars
The TV, Books, and Films room is hosting their own version of the Oscars this Sunday, February 26th, at 6:30 PM EST! If you're interested, make sure to vote and swing by the room on Sunday to check out the results.
—Trickster on Feb 23, 2017 Permalink
Writing Room Workshop
The Writing room will be hosting the 'Need a Hero?' workshop this Saturday, February 11th from 7 to 9 pm EST. Members of the room's staff will guide participants through various activities designed to improve protagonist design and presentation. If you are interested in improving your writing skill or learning something new, be sure to join!
—sirDonovan on Feb 5, 2017 Permalink
OM of the Month and AAA Suspect Test
Voting is open for February's Other Metagame of the Month. Choose the OM you want as a ladder!
Almost Any Ability is suspect testing Fluffy. To qualify for voting, you will need 2700 COIL by February 8th.
—The Immortal on Jan 28, 2017 Permalink
Sun and Moon Lower Tiers
For those wondering, here is the schedule of when lower tiers will form. It also explains what the Alpha and Beta mean for tiers, and where the usage stats come from.
—Sam on Jan 17, 2017 Permalink
OU Suspect Results & UU [Beta] Quickbans
The OU suspect test for Genesect has concluded, resulting in a majority ban.
Meanwhile, UU [Beta] has been busy with quickbans! Most recently, 5 more Pokemon have been banned: Slowbronite, Diggersby, Tornadus-T, Volcarona, and Scolipede. You can see the full list of UU quickbans here.
—Eevee General on Jan 14, 2017 Permalink
OM of the Month and BH Suspect Test
Voting is open for January's Other Metagame of the Month. Choose the OM you want as a ladder!
Balanced Hackmons is suspect testing crystal-free Z-Moves. To qualify for voting, you will need 2800 COIL by January 12th.
—The Immortal on Dec 29, 2016 Permalink
OU Suspect Test
OU is holding a suspect test for Genesect. To qualify for voting, you will need a COIL rating of 2700 or higher in a limit of 70 games. It will last until January 7th.
—Trickster on Dec 28, 2016 Permalink
Ultimate Gaming Month
From December 17th to January 22nd, the gaming rooms on PS will be teaming up to host the second annual Ultimate Gaming Month! The Battle Dome, Game Corner, Mafia, Scavengers, Survivor, and Trivia rooms will all give out points for their games and special events. These will be tracked on a shared leaderboard through the UGM Bot.
There will be prizes for the top placers, including a PS! custom avatar for the overall winner. If you haven't already, check out the involved rooms and be sure to participate during UGM!
—sirDonovan on Dec 14, 2016 Permalink
Usage Stats and OU Bans
Usage stats for November have been released. As a result, a ladder for Pokébank UU (alpha) has been added as an early version of Gen 7 UU. Keep in mind that it takes a while for tiers to fully emerge and settle.
In other news, the OU council has decided to ban Power Construct, Aegislash, and Landorus-Incarnate from Pokébank OU. The full banlist can be found on Smogon.
—Trickster on Dec 11, 2016 Permalink
Sun & Moon Formats
Gen 7 ladders are now implemented and playable on the server, animated Pokémon included. If you encounter any bugs, please report them in the bug reports thread, but make sure to confirm they're actually bugs and not just obscure mechanics before posting.
—Trickster on Dec 3, 2016 Permalink
The YouTube room will be bringing back its Video of the Week events! Video of the Week is a competition in which you get to enter a video that you have uploaded in the past week and the room votes for their favorite. The winning video will be featured in the room intro for a whole week! If you're looking for an opportunity to give your channel some exposure, then make sure to enter.
The room is also creating a new attraction called the YouTube Wall, which is a page on the room's website that will feature all of your channels in a collage. It's still in development but the requirements will be released shortly, so make sure to keep an eye out for it!
—Trickster on Oct 29, 2016 Permalink
OU Suspect: Sablenite
—antemortem on Oct 27, 2016 Permalink
RMT ORAS OU Team Rating Workshop
There will be an OU team rating workshop in the Rate My Team room on Saturday 29 October at 3 pm EST. Members of the room's staff will provide advice on teams that are sent in, discussing possible changes and helping as many people as they can. People will be able to send in teams around 15 minutes before the start. Please note that modchat will be set for the duration of the workshop.
I highly encourage you to join if you're looking to improve your rating skills or learn more about OU in general and the current state of the metagame. Hope to see you there!
—IronBullet on Oct 26, 2016 Permalink
Writing Room Halloween Contest
The Writing room is hosting a Halloween themed contest with its sister room Mythology! The winner will be granted room voice and have their work displayed in both roomintros. Check out the entry information and show off your literary skills in this spooky event!
—sirDonovan on Oct 18, 2016 Permalink
The Studio's Song Recommendations
Ever looking to discover new music? The staff of The Studio have a Smogon thread dedicated to helping you find songs and artists to help expand your library. Staff recommendations are posted every Friday, and you can even add your own recommendations to the thread!
—Trickster on Oct 7, 2016 Permalink
Customizable Room Tournaments
Tournament creators can now customize tournament banlists! Using the command /tour banlist, Pokemon, moves, items, and abilities can be banned or unbanned. See the tournament script guide for more info!
—sirDonovan on Sep 30, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month: Voting
Voting for October's Other Metagame of the Month is open! Choose the ladder you want next month!
—The Immortal on Sep 28, 2016 Permalink
Writing Room Workshop
The Writing room will be hosting a Making Everything Write workshop on Monday, September 26th from 8 to 10 pm EST. Members of the room's staff will guide participants through various short story and poetry activities. There will also be time for reviewing works written previously or during the workshop. If you are interested in improving your writing skill or learning something new, be sure to join!
—sirDonovan on Sep 24, 2016 Permalink
Smogon Apparel Sale
After almost two years, we're pleased to announce our second ever sale of Smogon apparel to the public! The sale is available for a limited time only & next time our design will be different; click here to get one while you can!
—antemortem on Sep 19, 2016 Permalink
The hacking on September 17
Last night, we were hacked. We managed to identify and fix the vulnerability and get PS back up and running in a matter of hours, but the attacker did make off with a database dump.
Our passwords are stored in an encrypted format and are relatively difficult to brute-force (technical details: we were using bcrypt) but you should change yours anyway. That includes on PS, and everywhere else you were using the same password (you should not use the same password everywhere else). Other than that, there's no need to worry: our passwords are encrypted enough that you have plenty of time to change your password before it's a problem.
—Zarel on Sep 18, 2016 Read more
RMT ORAS OU Team Rating Workshop
There will be an OU team rating workshop in the Rate My Team room on Sunday 18 September at 2 pm EST. Members of the room's staff will provide advice on teams that are sent in, discussing possible changes and helping as many people as they can. People will be able to send in teams around 15 minutes before the start. Please note that modchat will be set for the duration of the workshop.
I highly encourage you to join if you're looking to improve your rating skills or learn more about OU in general and the current state of the metagame. Hope to see you there!
—IronBullet on Sep 16, 2016 Permalink
The TV, Books, and Films Room's Animation Domination Takeover
The TVBF room will be hosting an Animation Domination Snapshots Extravaganza on Saturday September 17th at 11a.m. and 9p.m. EST! If you think you're an animation know-it-all when it comes to recognizing animated films from screenshots, be sure to join them and strut your stuff!
—Trickster on Sep 5, 2016 Permalink
September's OM Ladders & RoA Spotlight
Mix and Mega is this month's OMotM! This metagame allows you to give nearly any mega stone or primal orb to a Pokemon of your choice and evolve them into your own custom mega Pokemon!
Balanced Hackmons Doubles is, you guessed it, a hybrid of Balanced Hackmons and the Doubles metagames!
RoA's new Spotlight Ladder of this month is ADV NU!
—Eevee General on Sep 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month: Voting
Voting for September's Other Metagame of the Month is open! Choose the ladder you want next month.
—Eevee General on Aug 29, 2016 Permalink
Chess Room Tournaments
The Chess Room is hosting two new weekly tournaments. Starting this week, every Monday at 8:00 PM Eastern, a single-elimination speed chess tournament will be hosted. Every Thursday at 8:00 PM, a Chessmons tour will be hosted. The winners will have their names put in the Chess Room Intro!
For more information, and to learn how to play Chessmons, click here.
—scotteh on Aug 20, 2016 Permalink
The finals of Pokemon Showdown Premier League IV have begun! Click here to follow the action. Who do you think will win; Doubles or Competitive Tutoring? Good luck to all players!
—antemortem on Aug 18, 2016 Permalink
Sun & Moon Room ORAS Review Contest
The Sun & Moon room is hosting a contest to find the best review of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire! Show off your literary skills in this fun event. The winner will be granted a custom avatar on PS and a spotlight in the Sun & Moon roomintro.
Check out the entry information for a chance at winning the top prize!
—Vacate on Aug 7, 2016 Permalink
August's OM Ladders & RoA Spotlight
Nature Swap is this month's OMoTM! Pokemon's base stats are swapped amongst each other depending on the selected nature. As a fun example, with Mega Camerupt, it can run a Timid nature to swap its Attack and Speed, allowing it to have 120 base Speed and 20 base Attack, respectively!
Follow The Leader is a metagame where the first Pokemon's movepool and abilities must be used by ALL other Pokemon on the team. Clefable's wide movepool and good abilities in Magic Guard and Unaware makes offensive and defensive Clefable teams especially viable!
RoA's new Spotlight Ladder of this month is GSC UU!
—Dell on Aug 1, 2016 Permalink
Official Ladder Tournament and Monotype BLT
Smogon's TD team returns with another installment of the Official Ladder Tournament, with the intent to increase ladder activity and quality and rewarding high-playing players into playoffs. This event will be using the ORAS OU format, and we've set up the OLT room for discussion of the tournament. We hope to see a nice turnout among the competitive scene!
In other news, the Monotype community hosts a Monotype BLT, a tournament format inspired by the Tournaments room and staff!
—Dell on Aug 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month: Voting
Voting for August's Other Metagame of the Month is open. Choose the ladder you want!
—The Immortal on Jul 29, 2016 Permalink
PSPL IV: Quarterfinals
This week we enter PSPL's quarterfinals, with 8 teams left standing! Will we see yet another outright astounding victory from a team like last round (UU's 8-0 victory against Mafia)? Find out as we progress with the tournament!
—Dell on Jul 27, 2016 Permalink
PSPL IV: Top 16 Playoffs
Another week, which of course means another round of PSPL IV! We've moved into the knockout phase of the tournament, so things are getting a little more interesting. With 16 rooms remaining, it's still anyone's to win. Cheer on your room! For rooms that didn't make it to playoffs, we take this opportunity to thank you guys for participating in what's been a fun event, and we hope you guys continue to spectate!
—Dell on Jul 16, 2016 Permalink
MMO Room's Screenshot Contest and Maplestory Level Up Event
The MMO Room is hosting two different events with monetary prizes! A screenshot competition will be held for players to submit a screenshot of one their favorite MMOs entailing one of their most enjoyable experiences. There is also a Maplestory event being hosted, where new players who are just starting off can be offered help and will be able to be assisted in level ups in the game.
—dell on Jul 16, 2016 Permalink
Competitive Tutoring ORAS UU Teambuilding Workshop
There will be a UU teambuilding workshop in the Competitive Tutoring room on Wednesday, 13 July, at 10 am EST. In this workshop, members of the room's staff will build teams using certain predetermined cores for a few hours, and will discuss how to build around them and use them effectively. Modchat will be set for its duration.
I highly encourage you to join if you're looking to improve your teambuilding skills, rating skills or learn more about UU in general and the state of the current metagame. Hope to see you there!
—IronBullet on Jul 12, 2016 Permalink
Pokémon GO Room
We now have a public Pokémon GO room because pretty much everyone is playing it. Enjoy!
—antemortem on Jul 11, 2016 Permalink
PSPL - Week 3
The third week of PSPL IV has begun! This will be the final week of the group stage of the tournament before we head to playoffs, with an announcement that includes the current team standings. Check out the new match-ups, look out for replays, and cheer on your favorite rooms as they compete to secure their spots in the next stage!
—Dell on Jul 10, 2016 Permalink
July's OM ladders and Seasonal
Enchanted Items is the OM of the Month. Every Pokemon can get access to a second ability by holding a corresponding item. For example, Thick Club's effect is replaced with Kyogre-Primal's ability Primordial Sea and Manaphy can combine it with its Hydration ability to cure its status.
This month's Leader's Choice is AAA Ubers. This meta is AAA with the addition of Ubers as well as some previously banned abilities such as Aerilate and Fur Coat.
The Seasonal is Fireworks Frenzy, in which fireworks fall from the sky and damage the battling Pokemon each turn.
—Dell on Jul 6, 2016 Permalink
Voting for July's Other Metagame of the Month is open! Come vote for the ladder you want next month.
—Eevee General on Jun 29, 2016 Permalink
PSPL IV - Week 1
The first week of PSPL IV has officially begun! For the first stage of the tournament, the group stage, our teams are placed into eight groups of four. Within each group, the four teams will battle each other in a round robin format over a three week period. At the end of this stage, the two highest ranked teams in each group will advance while the other two will be eliminated. Check out the current match-ups and cheer on your favorite rooms!
—Dell on Jun 19, 2016 Permalink
CAP 22 - TL and TLT Nominations
CAP 22 is right around the corner, and applications for leadership positions are being accepted from now until Friday. This will be the first CAP made for the CAP metagame, so if you have experience in the metagame or have displayed leadership qualities in other competitive areas then feel free to apply. Join the CAP room for discussion!
—Dell on Jun 9, 2016 Permalink
PSPL IV - Announcement
Would you like to represent your room in a fun community team tournament? We introduce to you Pokémon Showdown Premier League IV! Teams of each room will compete against one another in our competitive formats, with teams being made up of ranked users and regulars from each room like the previous PSPL event. Goodies in the form of featured rooms make a comeback from last year as prospective awards, and there are new updates on rules, format changes, and policies to make this event the best it can be. Look forward to Week 1 being posted in the coming days, and of course, have fun!
—Dell on Jun 5, 2016 Permalink
June's OM Ladders & RoA Spotlight
Got Talent? is the OM of the Month ladder for June. Every attack now corresponds with a contest category and stat, so if you use an attack that matches the "Tough" category (Defense), it calculates damage off your Defense instead!
The Leader's Choice ladder is Custom Power. In this meta the move in your first moveslot matches the Hidden Power value of your Pokemon's IVs.
—The Immortal on Jun 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month Voting
Voting for June's OM of the Month is in progress. Vote for the metagame you want playable on the server!
—Eevee General on May 27, 2016 Permalink
The Flying Press: Where The Writers Coalesce
Check out the new article about the Writing room! Since the Writing room's creation, it has comprised of a friendly place for users to share works and give feedback, along with activities such as Ernest Hemingway (a fan-favorite game where users give a six-word description of a topic) being hosted. This informative piece also covers about the room's leaders if you ever wanted to know about them. Swing by there sometime!
—Dell on May 25, 2016 Permalink
Default IV updates
The teambuilder now minimizes Attack IVs on Pokémon that don't run physical moves (while maintaining the type of the move Hidden Power, if present). This has been the default on Smogon's recommended movesets for a while, as it reduces the damage taken from Foul Play and confusion. Trick Room and Gyro Ball behave similarly, but minimize Speed IVs instead.
—Dell on May 18, 2016 Read more
May's Usage-Based Tier Update
A new usage-based tier update has been released for the official tiers, where many Pokemon have undergone rises and drops based on their relative popularity within each tier!
—Dell on May 9, 2016 Permalink
May's Other Metagame Ladders
Extreme Tier Shift is the OMotM ladder for May. ETS takes the boosts from regular Tier Shift and doubles them!
The Leader's Choice ladder is Type Reflector. Each Pokemon on your team in slots 2 - 6 will have a secondary type that matches the primary type of your first Pokemon.
Super Staff Brothers will remain on the Seasonal ladder for another month! Have fun!
—Eevee General on May 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month Voting
Voting for May's OM of the Month is in progress. Vote for the metagame you want playable on the server!
—The Immortal on Apr 27, 2016 Permalink
Endless Battle Clause fixes
Trick/Switcheroo Leppa Berry no longer causes staleness. In other words, you no longer auto-lose when your Leppa Berry is swapped twice.
In addition, Fling Leppa Berry (and its variants) are now correctly detected as an endless battle. There was previously a bug in its detection.
—Zarel on Apr 23, 2016 Permalink
User cards now show global rank
Hi guys, new update: Clicking on a user will now show their global rank (in addition to room rank).
—Zarel on Apr 13, 2016 Permalink
Snapshots in TVB&F
The TV, Books, & Film room is hosting a television-themed game of Snapshots (a game in which you guess where a screenshot is from) tomorrow, April 9th, between 5 and 6pm EST. Join in the fun!
—antemortem ☾ on Apr 8, 2016 Permalink
Other Metagame & Seasonal Ladders
The April OM of the Month ladder is Ability Unity, which grants the same abilities to Pokemon that share the same typing.
The new Leader's Choice ladder is Megamons, a metagame that allows you to use most Mega Pokemon without their stone.
And after a yearlong hiatus, Pokemon Showdown's favorite Seasonal ladder Super Staff Brothers returns! Enjoy these while they last!
—Eevee General on Apr 3, 2016 Permalink
Pokken Discussion on PS
Been loving Pokken Tournament? If you'd like to talk about the game or find battles with other users, swing by the In-Game room for all things Pokken-related.
—scene on Apr 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month Voting
Voting for April's OM of the Month is in progress. Go vote for the metagame you want playable on the server!
—Eevee General on Mar 28, 2016 Permalink
Suspect Results & Testing
NU's suspect test resulted in Sceptile being banned.
LC's suspect test ended with Diglett not banned.
OU is currently testing Hoopa-Unbound. The test will last for two weeks.
—The Immortal on Mar 28, 2016 Permalink
Policy on sexually explicit content
Pokémon Showdown has a wide and varied userbase, with people of almost all ages enjoying the site. It is therefore against the rules to discuss anything sexually explicit, anywhere on the site. This includes PMs, even between two consenting adults. Any attempt to elicit sexual interactions with another user will absolutely not be tolerated and will be punished harshly. If there are suspicions that such behavior is taking place, we can and will check PM logs to investigate.
—Hugendugen on Mar 20, 2016 Permalink
2016 Smogon Awards: Voting
The voting period for the 2016 Smogon Awards has begun! The round will last until March 21st, so get your votes in ASAP!
—antemortem on Mar 14, 2016 Permalink
LC & NU Suspects
Voting reqs for both suspects are set at 2800 coil.
—Eevee General on Mar 10, 2016 Permalink
1. The teambuilder allows you to sort Pokémon now. You can even filter and sort at the same time!
2. Changes to username capitalization now stay changed.
3. We've lowered the resolution required to have two battles side by side.
—Zarel on Mar 8, 2016 Permalink
2016 Smogon Awards
The 2016 Smogon Awards have begun! The nomination round will last until March 13th, so get your votes in ASAP!
—Antemortem on Mar 6, 2016 Permalink
RU and NU Suspect Results
The RU suspect test resulted in both Mega Abomasnow and Sharpedo being banned!
Different tier, same result. Sawk has been banned from NU by a 67% majority!
—The Immortal on Mar 5, 2016 Permalink
Other Metagame of the Month
It's time to vote for your favorite OMs! You have until the end of the month to vote for March's OMotM.
—The Immortal on Feb 25, 2016 Permalink
Elo ratings in "Watch a battle" list
I do this thing where I make a feature and think "I'll announce it after testing it for a week" and a week later I think "everyone already knows about it, no need to announce". Basically, I always forget to announce features. But not this time!
Anyway, you can now see Elo rating in the "Watch a battle" list!
—Zarel on Feb 20, 2016 Permalink
The recent crashes
You may have noticed that PS has been crashing a lot recently.
PS runs on Node.js, and the newer versions aren't particularly stable and crash a lot. We used to run an old version to avoid that, but it's so old that it's not supported anymore, which means no security updates and some tools have stopped working.
So the new plan is to update to the newest version and fix those problems myself, but sometimes things crash. Sorry! But the good news is, we're making lots of progress so you should see much more stability in the future.
—Zarel on Feb 12, 2016 Permalink
We've gotten some reports of PM abuse with faked screenshots. To ensure the safety of all PS! users, starting in the next 48 hours, we'll start to log PM conversations so reports can't be faked.
NO ONE can look at the logs unless a participant gives us permission (such as through a "Report" button), or admins need to help enforce laws.
—Eevee General on Feb 9, 2016 Permalink
Other Metagame of the Month Ladders
February's Other Metagame of the Month winner is Mix and Mega. In this format you can give just about any OU legal Pokemon any Mega Stone or Orb that you want!
The Leader's Choice ladder is VoltTurn Mayhem, a metagame which adds the switching effect of U-turn and Volt Switch to nearly every move. Hold onto your hats; it's going to be a wild ride!
—Eevee General on Feb 4, 2016 Permalink
The 2016 TVBF Oscars
Want the power to choose who wins the Oscars? Now you can! Voting for the 2016 TVBF Oscars has begun; you have until 11:59PM EST on February 26th to vote. Winners will be announced during the event on February 27th! We'll see you on the red carpet!
—Antemortem on Jan 31, 2016 Permalink
Other Metagame of the Month
Voting for February's OM of the Month is in progress. Choose the metagame you want as a ladder!
—The Immortal on Jan 29, 2016 Permalink
Dark Mode (beta)
So there's a new Dark Mode (beta) option in Options. It's not finished yet but it's looking pretty nice.
—Zarel on Jan 27, 2016 Permalink
The Flying Press Room
—Antemortem on Jan 27, 2016 Permalink
Rearrange chatrooms/battles with drag and drop!
Yes, that's right, you can now drag and drop chatrooms and battles! You can even have two chatrooms next to each other by dragging one to the left, as long as your screen is big enough.
—Zarel on Jan 20, 2016 Permalink
Pro Wrestling Room
We're proud to announce that the Pro Wrestling room is now public and open to all fans of RKOs and body slams; enjoy!
—Antemortem on Jan 18, 2016 Permalink
Monotype Premier League and 1v1 Suspect Test
Signups have begun for the second annual Monotype Premier League! Impress managers in tryouts and you could get drafted!
Sticking with Other Metagames, 1v1 is testing Mega Salamence, Blaziken, and Mega Blaziken. In order to vote, you require 2600 COIL on a fresh alt.
—The Immortal on Jan 16, 2016 Permalink
New Other Metagame and Seasonal Ladders
January's Other Metagame of the Month ladder is Gods & Followers, where you build around a "god" Pokemon and five of its "followers". The god can be of the Uber rank and the followers must share at least one type with it. Once the god faints, your entire team is inflicted with the Curse effect!
The new Leader's Choice ladder is Monogen. In this metagame your team must consist of Pokemon that all debuted in the same generation!
—Eevee General on Jan 8, 2016 Permalink
Quick-Drops & PU Suspect Results
The quick-drops for January are now available. Big thanks to ~Antar for compiling them for us.
PU's suspect test for Vigoroth and Exeggutor ended with both banned (96% and 64% ban votes, respectively.)
—Eevee General on Jan 4, 2016 Permalink
UU Suspect Results & January OMotM
UU's suspect test ended with Crawdaunt unbanned receiving 57% of the vote.
Voting for January's OM of the Month is in progress. Choose the metagame you want as a ladder!
—Eevee General on Dec 27, 2015 Permalink
OU Suspect Results & PU Suspect Test
The OU suspect test for Sablenite and Shadow Tag ended with Sablenite not banned (54% ban votes, 60% needed) and Shadow Tag banned (89% ban votes, 60% needed).
Meanwhile, PU is testing Vigoroth and Exeggutor through the 30th. Vigoroth's combination of Bulk Up + Slack Off and Exeggutor's raw power and versatility have brought them into question. Players will need to reach 2800 COIL to vote. Good luck!
—Eevee General on Dec 18, 2015 Permalink
Ultimate Gaming Month
From December 19th to January 18th, the six chat gaming rooms on PS will all be participating in a fun event called Ultimate Gaming Month! During UGM, the Mafia, Scavengers, Survivor, Battle Dome, Trivia, and Game Corner rooms will all give out points for participation in events and general games. Workshops will also be held in Mafia, Survivor, and Battle Dome on the 19th of December.
The top placers will receive prizes, including a PS custom avatar for the overall winner! If you haven't yet, check out the involved rooms and make sure to be there during the month for lots of fun!
—Dell on Dec 14, 2015 Permalink
VGC 2016 rules have been released, including its own format! VGC 2016 implements a rule similar to that of VGC 2010 where it allows all legendary Pokemon to be usable (with the exception of Mythical Pokemon), most notably Mega Rayquaza, Xerneas and Primal Groudon/Kyogre. What do you think this new format will look like? Discuss in our VGC room!
—Dell on Dec 9, 2015 Permalink
State of the replays
So the replay site is kind of down right now. I'm running it through a repair process, but the repair process apparently takes multiple days.
In the meantime, I added a "Download replay" button, which is really cool, and honestly, it's a nice ability to have whether or not we have a replay site.
But I'll bring the replay site back sooner or later! Don't worry, your replays won't be lost forever.
—Zarel on Dec 6, 2015 Permalink
UU: Crawdaunt, RU: Tyrantrum and PU: Throh
UU is currently re-testing Crawdaunt. Crawdaunt is a very potent offensive Pokemon, but the metagame has changed since it was last tested. The suspect test will have an B value of 20 and a COIL requirement of 2650. It will last 2 weeks.
In RU, Tyrantrum will be staying in the tier after its suspect test with a final vote of Ban 47 to Do Not Ban 48. The despot keeps its throne for another day!
Lastly in PU, Throh remains banned after its recent re-test after failing to reach a 60% majority vote to unban. The leaders thank everyone who participated in the suspect test!
—Eevee General on Dec 6, 2015 Permalink
Regular usage-based tier update implemented a new policy to tier Mega Evolutions and base formes separately. The tier update moved down 24 Pokémon whose usage of base formes was below 1.7% in a given tier. This only affects base Pokémon; Mega Evolutions that don't have enough usage to be considered OU, such as Mega Garchomp, still stay in OU.
—xfix on Dec 4, 2015 Permalink
December: OM of the Month
Ever wanted to toy around with baby Pokemon? Check out this month's featured OMs, which are 350 Cup and Little Cup Extended! 350 Cup in an Ubers-based tier that doubles the stats of Pokemon that have a base stat total of 350 or lower, allowing many LC Pokemon in particular to be especially viable. Little Cup Extended allows all Pokemon to have moves their evolutions may have, improving the overall coverage and versatility of certain Pokemon. Check out the respective threads for metagame discussion, and have fun laddering!
—Dell on Dec 1, 2015 Permalink
The ladder has been rewritten, and should be much, much faster now.
Sadly, this means the ladder's been reset again. I was going to convert the old database over, but no one could log in during the conversion (which could have taken days), so this was the only way to do it. Sorry.
Uh... look, a distraction! We've redesigned the Hangman system and I think it looks nicer this way. :)
—Zarel on Nov 25, 2015 Permalink
OU: Shadow Tag and Mega Sableye
OU is currently suspect testing Shadow Tag and Sablenite. Shadow Tag is suspected, as it disallows switching, while Mega Sableye causes setting up hazards to be very difficult. To vote, a battler needs to acquire 2700 COIL within 75 games limit on a suspect ladder or get to top 4 in a suspect tournament. On a suspect ladder Sablenite is banned, but not Shadow Tag, in order to check if Shadow Tag is still an issue without Mega Sableye. Have fun laddering.
—xfix on Nov 24, 2015 Permalink
Thanks to bumbadadabum's hard work, the classic game of Hangman was added to Showdown. Staff members can use /hangman create [word], [hint] command in order to start a hangman game. After a game is started, words and letters can be guessed using /guess command.
—xfix on Nov 24, 2015 Permalink
Monotype: Mega Sableye
The Monotype Council is holding a suspect test for Sablenite! Mega-Sableye's combination of Magic Bounce, high defensive stats, and great setup/support movepool make it a centralizing force in the metagame. It has only a handful of checks and even fewer counters within the confines of Monotype team-building. Suspect voters will need to acquire 2600 COIL on a fresh account starting with the 'MS2' tag. Check out the Monotype discussion thread and the Monotype room for more information!
—Dell on Nov 9, 2015 Permalink
PU - the newest official tier
Thanks to its ongoing success, PU is now an official tier! This includes several privileges, including official suspect testing, its listing as a Singles tier, having the same amount of representation as the other official tiers in the Tournaments room's Official Tournaments lineup, and many more. The tier has finally progressed considerably, and the PU room is the place to be for ongoing competitive discussion, engaging tournaments, and more. There's also a new tier shift to keep people occupied as we get the ball rolling with our new updates. WE DID IT BOYS!
—Dell on Nov 3, 2015 Permalink
Cosmopolitan Photography Contest
Submit your own photos for the November Photography Contest held in the Cosmopolitan room! The theme of this contest will be based off of the season you're in during the month of November depending on your general location, whether it's related to spring, summer, winter or fall. Check out the thread for more information about the event's guidelines, and look forward to the winners being announced on November 30th!
—Dell on Oct 27, 2015 Permalink
Get your mind in gear and your questions ready because the Trivia room is having an event to celebrate its new system for tracking Classic Trivia! The room will be holding bot-tracked classic trivia, with a scripted "Official Game" every four hours. The users at the top of the Classic and Official leaderboards after seven days will be nominated for room voice!
—Dell on Oct 27, 2015 Permalink
A poll feature for the sim has been implemented, which allows rooms to run their own polls. They are a nice built-in alternative for the many straw polls ran by various rooms. These polls are limited to one poll at a time per room, and display in the room when they're created, ended, or when someone joins the room. We're still in early development with this feature, so we'll appreciate any suggestions done to make things better. Enjoy!
—Dell on Oct 8, 2015 Permalink
TVBF room: Plot Twist Contest
Are you a mastermind plotter? Do you plot on your free time? Well, It's time for TVBF's Plot Twist Contest! Simply pick a low rated movie, and rewrite the plot the way YOU think it should be, for a chance to win $10 Amazon Gift Cards or a Free Month of Hulu! Get plotting, masterminds!
—Dell on Oct 3, 2015 Permalink
Tournament Script: Scouting
Our tournament script now has a built-in automatic scouting prevention! The commands are simple: staff members can use /tour scout on to allow scouting and /tour scout off to disallow scouting. Various rooms may find themselves using this feature for their prestigious tournaments, effectively preventing players from joining other tournament matches while they're still in the tournament. We hope you guys find this feature worth your experience in attending our room tournaments!
—Dell on Sep 18, 2015 Permalink
September OM of the Month
The featured OMs this month are Sketchmons and Hackmons 1v1! Sketchmons allows the move Sketch to be learned by every single Pokemon once, which gives them access to any illegal move (but only one illegal move per set). Hackmons 1v1 is just like the regular, fast-paced 1v1, but it combines the endless possibilities of Hackmons (meaning all moves and abilities are allowed). Check out the threads for more details of the formats, and enjoy laddering!
—Dell on Sep 5, 2015 Permalink
Ladder reset and Official Ladder Tournament
As we continue to work to reform the ladder system for PS, the ladder ranks are now reset among our formats. This is occurring in preparation of a fun Official Ladder Tournament that will be hosted by Smogon's TD team, with the intent to increase ladder activity and quality. This event will be using the ORAS OU format, and there will also be an official PS room that will be setup solely for this tournament. Check it out -- we hope to see a nice turnout among the competitive scene!
—Dell on Aug 16, 2015 Permalink
Battle Dome Voice Challenge (+)
The Battle Dome room is hosting a voice challenge! As the event implies, users who play this text-based RPG and complete a set of requirements will be rewarded with room voice, along with a large amount of other in-game rewards! There hasn't been a better time to join, so head over there now!
—Dell on Aug 14, 2015 Permalink
Room: Rate My Team
Check out the new Rate My Team room! This room has an interesting concept in that it will be in tight relations with the Rate My Team forum on Smogon, so everyone who wishes to participate can seek advice and rate teams. As the room develops, there will soon be many exciting events to come!
—Dell on Aug 9, 2015 Permalink
A new ladder system
Right now, our biggest issue is probably ladder reliability. We're working on a new ladder system entirely to replace the old one in the coming weeks, so be prepared for a ladder reset – all your ladder rankings will be wiped soon!
—Zarel on Aug 8, 2015 Read more
As you may or may not have noticed, we've been hard at work updating PS. The teambuilder supports dragging-and-dropping (even to and from files on your computer, on Chrome and the desktop client), and the experience on phones/tablets is a lot nicer.
In battles, we now keep track of opponents' PP, your own revealed pokemon, and duration for Reflect, Light Screen, and Tailwind.
—Zarel on Aug 8, 2015 Permalink
PS Room: RMT
Check out the new RMT room! This room has an interesting concept in that it will be in tight relations with the Rate My Team forum on Smogon, so everyone who wishes to participate can seek advice and rate teams. As the room develops, there will soon be many more events to come!
—Dell on Aug 7, 2015 Permalink
Doubles OU: Skymin
Doubles OU is suspecting Shaymin-Sky! This particular suspect has been deemed controversial due to its offensive presence, with an ability that further aids the possibility of side effects to occur among its most used options. Battlers need to achieve a coil of 2600 for the ladder, alongside making substantial contributions to the thread about the suspect in question. Enjoy laddering!
—Dell on Aug 6, 2015 Permalink
August OM of the Month/Seasonal
The featured OMs this month are No Status and MonsJustMons! No Status only allows moves in the Physical and Special category (disallowing all Status moves), and MonsJustMons prohibits the use of abilities, natures, items, EVs, and IVs.
This month's seasonal is Rainbow Road, a format with Mario Kart-themed events that features a variety of mechanics. Check out the threads for more details of the formats, and enjoy laddering!
—Dell on Aug 4, 2015 Permalink
1v1: Perish Song
The 1v1 metagame is testing Perish Song, as it's a move that's deemed by many to be uncompetitive and extremely centralizing. To qualify for voting rights, you'll have to achieve an Elo rating of 1550 in a fresh new alt. Perish Song will only be banned if it receives a 60% pro-ban majority.
—Dell on Jul 31, 2015 Permalink
Writing room staff is hosting a community poetry workshop. The workshop is an interactive project that intends to introduce and discuss basic elements of poetry to writers of all skill levels. If you'd like to attend, fill out this form to sign up. Try it out, whether you're an experienced poet or not!
—Dell on Jul 27, 2015 Permalink
In Lobby, we're working towards a new experiment with the room ranks (+, %, @), implementing them wholly. Chatters who consistently influence good and intelligent discussion will now have a good chance to earn these ranks. There's no set discussion topic required, and we hope to converse with you guys, whether it's Pokémon discussion or anything related to casual talk!
—Dell on Jul 24, 2015 Permalink
Rap Battle Premier League
The Studio is launching the Rap Battle Premier League! Its format is similar to PSPL in that it operates based on teams representing their rooms to compete against each other. Room Owners will be team managers who will select 2 users to represent their team in rap battles. Read all about it for full details, and be on the lookout for the event to take place soon!
—Dell on Jul 23, 2015 Permalink
PS Article: PSPL III Recap
For those not privy to our recent community team tournament, The Smog now launches an article that intends to recap everyone on the events of Pokémon Showdown Premier League III! This awesome piece features coverage regarding its foundation, semifinals and finals, covering the prize involved and analyses on the many battles that took place. Check it out!
—Dell on Jul 22, 2015 Permalink
Hoopa and Hoopa-Unbound
Are now released! Competitive discussion will take place in the Overused room, as it's now usable in the tier. If you're looking for potential giveaways, Wi-Fi is the place to be, as they'll be maintaining giveaways throughout the entire day. Check it out!
—Dell on Jul 18, 2015 Permalink
Portugues' PSPL victory
The Português room's team was victorious in PSPL III, beating Español 4-2. They put up quite a show for this community event, and to reward them, their room will be featured as an Official Chat Room for a week. Parabéns!
—Dell on Jul 16, 2015 Permalink
Endless Battle Clause Updates
To further expand on Endless Battle Clause, Heal Pulse and Leppa Berry + Trick/Switcheroo/Bestow are now banned from Singles formats. This should cover a large portion of the problems that weren't covered by the clause before with virtually no collateral damage involved, as Heal Pulse sees no competitive use in Singles. As always, if you find any other possible ways of forcing endless battles, please let us know, and we will deal with those accordingly!
—Dell on Jul 16, 2015 Permalink
Baton Pass Clause
A new Baton Pass clause is implemented to the ORAS Singles formats for the standard Smogon ORAS tiers (OU, UU, RU, NU). This clause disallows the use of Baton Pass on a Pokemon while also using a move that boosts Speed and a move that boosts another stat, with various exceptions included.
—Dell on Jul 14, 2015 Permalink
BLT II: Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament
As we continue to use the tournament script for competitive play, BLT strikes back with a new season, hosted by Vapo! In this event, staff from the Tournaments room will be representing their qualified scripted tournament leaderboard players in a fun community team tournament. They will be formed into 8 teams, competing against one another until one ends up victorious. Check out the thread for more details!
—Dell on Jul 6, 2015 Permalink
MMO Room - ROTMG Event
MMO is hosting an event for Realm Of The Mad God on Saturday 27th June at 8 PM GMT +0. If you need help creating an account or want to know more about the event, check out our brief guide. Staff from the Social Media and Video Games rooms will also be streaming their first forays into the game, so if you want to play along or just watch, we look forward to seeing you at the event!
—Dell on Jun 25, 2015 Permalink
Latest Room Events and BH Suspects
Previously known as TCG, the room is renamed to Traditional Games! It retains its focus in primarily TCG games, but tabletop games are included in its list of topics.
In other news, Balanced Hackmons are holding a 2-week suspect test! It will feature Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, and Mega Rayquaza.
—Dell on Jun 22, 2015 Permalink
The Player merge and PS articles
As a lot of you may know by now, The Player (as well as The Competitor) has consolidated its media outlet to The Smog, where a slot dedicated to Pokemon Showdown articles will be held there. The Smog provides many resources and a much broader audience, allowing for more growth to expand our content towards faces with different backgrounds and experiences. We also hope to see you guys find your place in other types of articles!
This brings us to Issue #43 of The Smog, where Showdown brings in the table some explicit data about our bots, rating systems, the philosophy of the Room Owner rank, and much more. Check it out!
—Dell on Jun 9, 2015 Permalink
The Academics room has merged with Debates and Discussions to form Scholastic! If you're looking for a place to discuss current affairs or academic topics, chat about student life or just fancy learning something new, swing by!
They're also holding a competition to design their new Room intro, so if you're experienced with art and/or HTML, let the room staff know and they'll work something out. We'll appreciate any assistance in that regard, and we're likely to announce the winner and runner-ups in the room!
—Dell on Jun 2, 2015 Permalink
Social Media Room
The Social Media room that some of you may have remembered from previously has been remade! With it now equipped with new staff, users and events, we all intend to bring the community closer together with new faces and experiences. As for events, you guys can expect content in the form of weekly streams, channel of the week (from any media-related website), and many more. Be sure to check it out!
—Dell on May 24, 2015 Permalink
PSPL III - Announcement
Would you like to represent your room in a fun community team tournament? We introduce to you Pokémon Showdown Premier League III! Teams of each room will compete against one another in our competitive formats, with teams being made up of ranked users and regulars from each room like the previous PSPL event. Unlike from before, goodies in the form of featured rooms will be awarded to the winning teams. Look forward to Week 1 being posted soon, and of course, have fun!
—Dell on May 17, 2015 Permalink
The standard Challenge Cup is now replaced with Hackmons Challenge Cup. By extension, Challenge Cup 1v1 is replaced by Battle Cup 1v1, which will retain the old CC mechanics. This change is to provide variety on the format by allowing it to differentiate itself from Random Battle.
In addition, Battle Factory is added. It's a new format with a similar concept to Random Battle, but the difference is that it's focused on tiers, everything is set to level 100, and all sets are intended to be competitively viable!
—Dell on May 16, 2015 Permalink
To mark the occasion, our very own tabletop room, Battle Dome, will showcase their game and help teach it to newcomers! Don't miss out on your chance to learn how to play or simply celebrate with others!
—Sir Donovan on May 9, 2015 Permalink
The Game Corner room is hosting the Game Corner Premier League! This tournament follows the popular SPL format, but replaces battles with games. If you are interested in playing, first read over the rules and guidelines then fill out the signup form. The team auction will take place on Sunday, May 3rd. Be sure to visit the room and try to impress the managers before then!
The In-Game room is hosting a laddering race! On Friday, May 1st, a Mega Pokemon and a tier will be announced. Players will then build a team around that Pokemon and use it to ladder in the tier. The first person to reach an Elo rating of 1400 will win and receive an in-game prize for XY or ORAS!
—Sir Donovan on Apr 26, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #11
Issue #11 of The Player is released! Here we uncover some interesting articles, such as the Best of the Worst on PS! Room suggestions, the final issue of The Gossiper series (including the departure of the author), and an informative guide on building teams of the past generations on the simulator. Read all about it!
—Dell on Apr 20, 2015 Permalink
Academics: Only Connect
The Academics room is launching its new game show in the form of a PS! team tournament called Only Connect! Every room can compete in this test of general knowledge and lateral thinking to decide once and for all which room is the most knowledgeable! For roomauth that are interested in representing their room, we have an application process to get things started. Enjoy!
—Dell on Apr 15, 2015 Permalink
Monotype Premier League and MMO Runescape event
Monotype room is hosting the Monotype Premier League! In this team tournament, hosts, team managers and assistant managers will be composed of the Monotype room staff, and for those interested, users that get drafted are promoted to room voice in the MonoPL room. Guidelines follow the same concept for SPL. Best of luck in playing, and look forward for week one to be announced on Monday, April 13!
Meanwhile, our pals down at MMO will be holding a Runescape event! Create a f2p account and join us for some legacy pvp at the 10th of April, starting at 5PM EST.
—Dell on Apr 10, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #10
The Player launches its 10th Issue! In this significant and very unique issue, we uncover exciting new content, and the departure of one of the co-founders of The Player, Vacate. For this issue, he releases an article of The Player itself, where we learn about its foundation, how it's progressed since, and what it's become as of today. We wish him the best in all of his future endeavors!
—Dell on Mar 25, 2015 Permalink
Seasonal: Super Staff Bros.
In this month's seasonal, we introduce something that's one of its kind: Super Staff Bros.! It's a new metagame made by the staff that features each staff member's (and some ex-staff) custom Pokemon, including custom abilities, movesets, items, and a special signature move that contains some kind of unknown power or effect.
In addition, each Pokemon have very unique dialogue during switch-ins, phrases, and sometimes through use of signature moves. There are many more custom effects, all of which are waiting to be seen as you try out this awesome new format!
—Dell on Mar 9, 2015 Permalink
Ask the Admins - The Player 10th Issue
If you're looking for an interesting way to uniquely connect with the upper levels of the members of Pokemon Showdown, The Player will be hosting Ask the Admins for your opportunity this upcoming issue! Here in this thread, you're free to submit questions for a panel of Leaders and Administrators to answer, whether it's about PS!, Smogon, or Pokemon in some fashion. This time around, our panel consists of Okuu, Vacate, and verbatim! Enjoy!
—Dell on Mar 5, 2015 Permalink
In-Game Room & Facebook
In case you're wondering where it's gone, the old ORAS room has been renamed to In-Game! It's the place to be for all discussion about released Pokemon games.
Showdown's Facebook page has been in need of a facelift for a while, and it's now ready! Our Facebook page has been fully updated with all the recent sim news, so be sure to give it a like if you want to keep up with PS-related happenings.
—Vacate on Mar 1, 2015 Permalink
Starting at 9 PM GMT +0, the Mafia staff will be hosting a workshop for their room, which intends to explain the concepts of this complex game. It will feature resources such as how the game is played, common roles and themes, and many more. If you're interested in learning more about the inner workings of the game, this will be a great opportunity!
—Dell on Feb 27, 2015 Permalink
Big time Ubers player and underdog hyper, Showdown Staff member Sweep is promoted to Leader! Congratulations!
—Dell on Feb 27, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #9
This awesome new issue of The Player features some exciting new content, such as an interview with iconic global staff member SteelEdges, Studio's Rap Battles, and a very resourceful look into the Monotype metagame! We also send our regards to shaymin, who now departs from her role as a member of The Player staff. Be sure to read all about it, and to cast your votes for the next interview!
—Dell on Feb 24, 2015 Permalink
The Battle Dome room is now open! Formerly known as TextQuest, the text-based RPG is back with new and improved classes, monsters, weapons, penguins, cookies and more. With frequent quests and raids, playing a text-based RPG has never been more fun!
—Dell on Feb 4, 2015 Permalink
Tournaments: Indigo Plateau
The Tournaments staff is pleased to announce a new subroom: Indigo Plateau! Indigo Plateau is a private tours room for people who have proven themselves either on the Smogon tournaments scene or on the ladder. Ladder requirements are 85 GXE in OU (80 GXE in other Smogon official tiers) and at least 50 battles. Also, anyone who has been on a team in the Smogon Premier League is allowed in. If you meet the requirements, PM a member of the Tournaments staff (% and up) to be added!
—Dell on Jan 25, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #7
We've just launched the seventh issue of The Player! We have some major and interesting things happening inside, including Antemortem's new position as co-leader, an interview with Trickster, a new edition of the Gossiper, an intro of the MMO room, and a bunch more. Like always, we encourage you to vote for the next set of people to be interviewed and we're interested in hearing your input on how to improve our webzine project. Enjoy!
—Dell on Jan 19, 2015 Permalink
Gen 1: Random Battle
As we're sure you're all having fun with our ORAS iteration of Random Battle, we're now glad to announce the creation of our first gen version of Random Battle! Similarly to ORAS Random Battle, the Gen 1's iteration gives each player 6 random Pokémon with varying levels and combination of moves that aims to make the Pokémon as competitively viable as possible. Enjoy a new version of what's been a really successful and enjoyable format!
—Dell on Jan 9, 2015 Permalink
Server Owners Urgent Update
Pokémon Showdown is altering its server registration system. Every server must now have a contact email and smogon account that will serve as Pokémon Showdown's main method of contacting your server over any pressing concerns. Think carefully before you decide on the email address and smogon account to be linked to your server as the owner of both will be considered the server's sole owner in the event of any disputes that require our intervention.
Server Registration will remain closed for a month, or until all our current servers have updated to the new system. If any servers have failed to contact us by the end of this we will be forced to deregister them. For more information on this change and on how to contact us please check this thread.
—Jasmine on Jan 6, 2015 Permalink
OM of the Month: FU
This month's featured OM is now FU! FU is a fun and diverse usage-based metagame below PU that allows all PU Pokémon that are 2.28% or lower in the 1630 usage stats to be used. Like all other OMotMs, the top 8 users in the ladder at the end of the month will be qualified for our upcoming ladder challenge tournament. Discuss about FU in the Other Metas room. Enjoy playing!
—Dell on Jan 2, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #6
Following up on our well wishes to Scene's departure as co-leader, here we give you the 6th issue of The Player! In this edition, we've got some awesome articles, such as the Perilous Pundit, another staff interview (Spydreigon), and the newest edition of Ask the Admins. We also take a look at past gen ladders and our established Help room. Happy New Years!
—Dell on Dec 31, 2014 Permalink
BLT: Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament
The Tournaments room will be hosting the Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament, where the winners of the scripted tournaments in the room will be ranked given points, and will come together in April for a big team based tournament! Check out this link for more details, and we hope to see you in the room earning points!
—Dell on Dec 29, 2014 Permalink
PS! TVBF Oscars
The TV, Books and Films room is holding an award ceremony to celebrate all the great movie releases this year! Vote for your movie of choice in each of 18 different categories, including cinematography, original song and director, to name a few! This event will be held at 5 PM EST on December 30, so head on over there and enjoy the ceremony!
—Dell on Dec 24, 2014 Permalink
VGC 2015 rules have been released, including its own format! VGC 2014 will coexist with the new format until the season ends (December 31st!), so you guys can still duke it out in 2014's format until then. VGC 2015's rules are very similar to flat double battle rules; most 600+ BST legendaries and the Soul Dew are banned. Check it out, and head over to the VGC room for dedicated tournaments and discussion!
—Dell on Dec 17, 2014 Permalink
Thanks to Morfent's hard work, the Trivia room now has a script! Featuring three different modes of gameplay, everyone is welcome to answer questions, join games, and climb up the trivia leaderboard. Subjects for questions range from pop culture to Pokemon to academic subjects. Enjoy!
—Dell on Dec 10, 2014 Permalink
The Player: Issue #5
This month has been pretty hectic with the sim's downtime, but now we deliver to you guys The Player's 5th issue! Here we showcase an interview with Vacate, a look at the closing stages of PSPL II, a guide on how to be a good presence in the Lobby, another edition of The Gossiper, and many more. Remember to vote for the next staff interview and to post your favorite article in the release thread. We hope you guys enjoy reading this issue!
—Dell on Dec 2, 2014 Permalink
Changes in the Ubers tier
Upon redefining Smogon's tier system, Ubers is now known as the tier above OU rather than just a banlist. Mega Rayquaza will not be allowed in this metagame, and instead is moved to our new format named Anything Goes! Outside of the Endless Battle Clause, this format intends to permit the use of anything legal in the cartridge games! Be sure to check it out and play!
—Dell on Nov 30, 2014 Permalink
PS is back up!
Actually, PS main has been back up for over a week now, and we've been slowly fixing the remaining parts of the website.
New today: The news system is working again! As before, you'll be seeing updates about our new features, tiers, events and many more as they come! Stay tuned... :o
—Zarel on Nov 30, 2014 Permalink
Seasonal Ladder Returns!
Remember the OM Seasonal Ladder? It now returns to Showdown in a brand new installment! Unlike the previous seasonals that celebrated specific holidays, Seasonal Strikes Back intends to celebrate the comeback of the format itself, mashing up the mechanics from the previous seasonals all together into one. This combination brings an enjoyable experience for everyone, with a nice hint of nostalgia for the older users, so don't miss out!
—Detective Dell on Nov 10, 2014 Permalink
Move Animations & Room Events
Updates to move animations are being made! Graphics will be frequently updated as we cover all of the existing moves (where either new or improved changes will be added), and changes will be applied to battles.
—Detective Dell on Nov 8, 2014 Permalink
The Player: Issue #4
The Player's fourth issue has been released! Check out the release thread and be sure to vote for the next staff interview. Issue 4 includes Sky Battles 102, an overview of PU, an interview with Goddess Briyella, and a spooky cover, as well as a redesign on the article front – be sure to take a look!
—Vacate on Oct 31, 2014 Permalink
Random Battle Tournament
Following up on PSPL II, Random Cup Tournament, hosted by Darnell, is arriving. The format essentially consists of a combination of various Random Battle and Challenge Cup in one Tournament! Sign-ups will end tomorrow, so be sure to check it out!
—Detective Dell on Oct 29, 2014 Permalink
Congratulations to Italiano
The Italian room's team was victorious in PSPL II, beating Wifi 4-2. They put up a great performance throughout the rounds and were deserving winners of the well-received community tournament. Forza Italia!
—Scene on Oct 25, 2014 Permalink
Room updates & NU Ladder Tournament
Meteor Falls is now renamed to ORAS. This transition is intended to invite as much ORAS discussion as possible, while having a room intro that will be constantly updated as the game progresses!
Much like the current OU OLT, NU also has its own ladder tournament in a cyclical format. Expect upcoming prizes soon!
—Detective Dell on Oct 25, 2014 Permalink
More cool updates
ORAS OU ladder is now available under OM of the Month! Discussion is held in the Other Metas room.
WiFi Room has announced it will be giving out hundreds of shiny Pokémon via GTS giveaways each Sunday until ORAS' release. Stay tuned, as all are competitive, shiny and self-bred by the WiFi staff!
The CAP community is playtesting their newest creation - Plasmanta! Global voice is on offer for playing well on the ladder and in a subsequent tournament.
—Detective Dell on Oct 21, 2014 Permalink
Lots of good stuff
We've added the recent ORAS information a whole month before it was expected! Currently all move and stat information is what has been found in the demo. Graphics will be updated frequently between now and the games' full release, and by then these updates will also be applied to tier ladders.
The finals of PSPL II are here! Italiano take on Wifi to decide the winner of what's been a really successful and enjoyable tournament.
The Writing room is having a Halloween-themed contest! Poetry and stories are accepted, with prizes for both.
—Scene on Oct 19, 2014 Permalink
As you may have noticed, we now have a dedicated Help room! It's highly recommended you check it out, as this room will help you find global staff members much more easily for issues pertaining to the server community.
If you're interested, this room also intends to encourage users to help others with general PS questions. Here we aim to service users as efficiently as possible, so if you think you have what it takes to participate, don't hesitate to lend a hand!
—Detective Dell on Oct 17, 2014 Permalink
PSPL Semifinals, Room Updates & Ubers Suspect
The semifinals of PSPL II have now begun, with four teams left standing.
—Detective Dell on Oct 9, 2014 Permalink
The Player: Issue #3 & PSPL Round 2
We've just launched the third issue of The Player! It's got lots of cool stuff inside: an interview with Scotteh, another iteration of The Gossiper, and our new Ask The Admins series, with some great cover art by Faxxifer.
Once again, we're indebted to our contributors for their hard work to make the project a success. If you're curious about joining, we've got some detailed contribution guidelines!
Another week, another round of PSPL II! We've moved into the knockout phase of the tournament, so things are getting a little more interesting. With 16 rooms remaining, it's still anyone's to win. Cheer on your room!
—Scene on Sep 30, 2014 Permalink
Chat font is now slightly bigger
No, it's not your imagination. Chrome recently made fonts look slightly smaller, so I'm making the chat font size slightly bigger (from 8pt to 9pt).
If you don't like it, give yourself a week to get used to it. Plenty of other things on your computer have different font sizes. In a week, I'll decide if we need to do anything else about it.
We also made an update yesterday that seems to have drastically decreased lag, so...
—Zarel on Sep 27, 2014 Permalink
Lobby Update, PSPL II and OLT
As you may have noticed, the Lobby has had a small update regarding staff. Similar to other rooms on the server, it now has its own roomauth. You should only contact global staff for issues outside of the Lobby as room staff members do not have global authority. A client update is planned to help distinguish between these two groups.
Week 3 of PSPL II has begun! This will be the final week of the group stage of the tournament. The announcement includes results from the previous week and current team standings. Check out the new match-ups and cheer on your favorite rooms as they compete to secure their spots in the next stage!
—Sir Donovan on Sep 25, 2014 Permalink
PSPL II, Tournaments and more
Week 2 of PSPL II has begun! Continuing the group stage of the tournament, the announcement includes results from the first week and current standings. Check out the new match-ups and cheer on your favorite rooms!
After a brief downtime for maintenance, scripted tournaments are back. Head over to our official Tournaments room to compete in the leaderboard challenge! Smogon’s Official Ladder Tournament has entered its second cycle. We recommend you read how to sign up and visit the OLT room for discussion of the tournament. The Mentorship program is also hosting a tournament series called Mentours. These micro-tours are played four times a day in the Community Mentoring room to introduce newer players to Smogon's tiers as well as encourage teambuilding and collaboration with Mentors.
Congratulations to chechnya for winning the Academics room's Jeopardy tournament after defeating Weebl and AnthemOfTheWorld in the final round! If you would like to join the next tour, take this test and PM SteelEdges a screenshot of your results on Smogon forums if you pass to receive information on the next step.
The OM Mediocremons has been replaced by Hidden Type, and Smogon Doubles Ubers, LC UU, and Smogon Doubles UU now have ladders! Head over to their respective threads for information and discussion of these metagames.
—Sir Donovan on Sep 16, 2014 Permalink
PSPL II, OMs, Monotype News, and Tier Updates
The first week of PSPL II has officially begun! For the first stage of the tournament, the group stage, our teams are placed into eight groups of four. Within each group, the four teams will battle each other once over a three week period. At the end of this stage, the two highest ranked teams in each group will advance while the other two will be eliminated. Check out the current match-ups and cheer on your favorite rooms!
The Other Metagame of the Month for September is Haxmons! If you are not familiar with this metagame, read the official thread here. The Pokemon Throwback OM for this month is Gen III 1v1, which follows the bans and clauses of Gen III OU. Alphabet Cup has been replaced by Mediocremons and other new additions include Smogon Triples, 350 Cup, OM Mashup, and PU. Head over to our Other Metas room to discuss these formats and compete in the daily tournaments!
OU Monotype is now known simply as Monotype after implementing a major change in its tiering system. Instead of following the OU metagame, the banlist is now catered specifically to Monotype and comprised of two categories. The first category deals with global bans and states which Pokemon cannot be used anywhere in the tier. The second category deals with more complex type bans, where Pokemon or items are only banned if used on a specific monotype team. Try out the new ladder and discuss your experiences either in the thread or here in our Monotype room!
Three months have passed since our last usage-based tier update, so this month brings another one! For an explanation of the update and a list of which Pokemon have shifted to new tiers, head over to this thread prepared by Antar.
—Sir Donovan on Sep 4, 2014 Permalink
The Player released: Issue #2!
The second issue of The Player has been released! This issue features an interview with Darnell, a look at the Wi-Fi economy and The Studio's favorite artist of this month. The contributors did a superb job with this issue - if you're interested in contributing, check out our guidelines!
We also have Ask the Admins going for our third issue, in which you can ask our panel any questions you like. Remember to vote for the next staff interview and to post your favorite article in the release thread. Happy reading!
—Vacate on Aug 30, 2014 Permalink
PSPL II - Announcement
Do you want to represent your room in a fun community team tournament? Introducing Pokemon Showdown's Premier League II! In this event, teams of seven from each room compete against other rooms in a group stage -> knockout format, with each aiming to end up victorious. Check out the thread for full details, and look forward to Week 1 being posted over the coming days!
—Scene on Aug 25, 2014 Permalink
Random Doubles Battle updated
The Random Doubles Battle format on PS has been improved significantly, thanks to the efforts of dedicated Smogon Doubles players. Pokémon will now have doubles-specific moves like Protect and Helping Hand. Try it out, whether you've experienced Doubles before or not!
Balanced Hackmons is now enforcing the EV limit of 510 and Team Preview. These changes correspond to the XY game mechanics.
The Challenges room is hosting a voice challenge! To earn voice in the room, you simply have to complete three full weeks of their voice challenges.
—Scene on Aug 23, 2014 Permalink
The Player released: Issue #1!
Our debut issue of The Player is live! Be sure to vote for the next interview, too. Our talented contributors worked very hard to make this possible - writing, drawing, checking grammar, and HTMLing to make The Player a reality. We hope you enjoy this issue!
Would you like to see your work published? Our contribution guidelines will show you how.
—Scene on Jul 28, 2014 Permalink
Tournaments updates, Triples formats, and suspect test
Our tournament script has gotten better, so the Tournaments room is now our second Official Room! It's a fun alternative to the ladder, and supports several formats like Round Robin, Single Elimination and Double Elimination. We've worked hard to get here, so you should give it a try!
We also have some new XY Triples formats: Random Battle and Pikachu Tournamentchu on the ladder, and some others off! Pikachu Tournamentchu is a format where you must use Pikachu and any Pokemon that's not fully evolved.
We have some suspect tests! OU is testing Aegislash (2700 COIL to vote). The test ends on Saturday, July 26th. LC is has a discussion-based suspect (1950 COIL to vote), ending on Friday, July 25th. Good luck, everyone!
—Detective Dell on Jul 17, 2014 Permalink
The Player & Social Media Room launch
We've launched a PS webzine! Named The Player, it's a source for articles written by the community related to all aspects of PS. Read the introductory thread first, and if you're interested in writing for us check out the article submission guide and contributor guidelines (they don't take too long to read, and are well worth doing so). If you've got a brief question you'd like to ask, our SQSA thread should cover you there. We've had a fantastic response already in terms of articles and art, and expect to release our first issue in late July. We'd love to have you as a contributor too!
To tie in with the release of The Player, the Youtube room has been renamed Media! It's still the same room and still retains a focus on Youtube, but it's had a rename in order to emphasize that other social media sites like Facebook, Twitch and Twitter are very welcome as discussion topics in the room.
—Scene on Jul 10, 2014 Permalink
OMs, Doubles Challenge, Suspect Tests, and Tier Updates!
The Other Metagame of the Month for July is Mediocre-Mons! If you are not familiar with this metagame, read the official thread here. Another new OM is Pokemon Throwback, in which a popular OM will be applied to a past generation each month. Head over to our Other Metas room to discuss these formats and the many other metagames that we offer!
The Doubles room has a new event: the Ladder Tournament Challenge! To participate, simply create an alt that starts with the letters “LT” and battle on the Smogon Doubles ladder. Be sure to read the thread for full rules and instructions!
Several suspect tests are currently in progress! OU is testing Deoxys-Defense and Deoxys-Speed until Monday, July 7th. It’s not too late to participate! Achieve a COIL of 2700 on the OU (suspect test) ladder for a chance to vote. RU is having a test of Shuckle that is also ending Monday, July 7th. To be eligible for voting, players are required to achieve a COIL of 2400 on the RU (suspect test) ladder.
In other tiers, Staraptor’s retesting in UU has resulted in a ban to BL with Tornadus-Therian next in line for a retest, while Sigilyph was banned from NU!
—Sir Donovan on Jul 3, 2014 Permalink
Pokémon Charity, Tier Updates, Room Updates
The Speed Gamers community are doing a week long Pokemon charity marathon ending on June 27th, where they will attempt to collect every Pokemon throughout the series! They have already collected nickname donations from numerous participants, and you even have a chance to see your favorite Pokemon with a name of your choice here!
The voting phase for Baton Pass has ended. Players in OU are no longer allowed to have more than 3 Baton Pass users on their teams. After lengthy discussion, the Swagger ban was also extended to Ubers. In the lower tiers, Froslass has been banned from RU, Volcarona and Alakazite removed from UU, and Staraptor is currently up for suspect voting. Stick around here for updates on the results soon!
The Studio and The Happy Place rooms now have built-in plugins! In The Studio, users can now nominate an artist as the 'Artist of the Day', and the winning artist will be discussed in the room and have their music posted throughout the day. The Happy Place's plugin will provide a series of inspirational quotes to be set and shown to the room daily. Be sure to check them out!
—Detective Dell on Jun 25, 2014 Permalink
&Slayer95, New Driver, Staff Departures, Rooms and Events!
Slayer95 was promoted to Leader through his exceptional contributions related to programming on the server! On the other hand, Joim (Administrator) and TalkTakesTime (Moderator) have retired from the Pokémon Showdown staff. Joim has made a lifetime's worth of improvements and additions to the site throughout his time as a staff member and programmer, and was always an extremely approachable user who made the sim a more fun and enjoyable place for everyone. TalkTakesTime has made a lot of great additions to the server, namely the development of boTTT, implementing several commands and features for the server, and making the Tech & Code room a thing. We wish the two the best of luck in their future endeavors!
New rooms have been added to the server, while Pokemon In-Game has been rebranded to Meteor Falls. This rename provides an aesthetically appealing twist to the upcoming Pokémon games (Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire) while still allowing discussion of anything related to casual Pokémon and more! The new rooms include a Chess room for discussion of the widely popular board game itself, while Scandinavia is our newest language based on languages of the northern Germanic countries in Europe!
Meanwhile regarding current room events, the Sports Room is hosting a fantasy league for the upcoming FIFA World Cup. If you're interested in joining, register, head over to "My Leagues" and search for the "PS league". In other news, Doubles Room will be having a standardized schedule for scripted tournaments. For more information on the scheduling, visit here.
Finally, Kostitsyn-kun was promoted to Driver for being an exceptional contributor in rooms across the server, particularly Anime and Manga and Debates and Discussions. Congratulations!
—Detective Dell on Jun 12, 2014 Permalink
We also have a new way to switch between chatrooms: Just press Left or Right while the textbox is empty. If you're on the downloadable client, Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab also work.
And if you type someone's name in chat, it'll give them a notification and highlight the message (you can turn this off in the Options menu as usual).
Also, I recently fixed faint order order (with some help from V4): now, if your last two Pokémon both faint on the last turn, instead of being a tie, the Pokémon that faints last wins.
—Zarel on Jun 9, 2014 Permalink