Winter Gaming Olympics

It's time to prove who is this year's gaming champion! Come to the Battle Dome, Game Corner, Mafia, Scavengers, and Trivia rooms for a chance to win Pokemon Showdown's Winter Gaming Olympics, and the right to a custom avatar, steam keys, and more!

WGO runs from December 17th at 6PM EST until January 6th. Check out the Gaming Olympics room for all the info you need to win.

HoeenHero on Dec 15, 2018 Permalink

Random Battles Team Tour

Love playing random formats and want to meet and team up with other people who do? Sign up for the Random Battles Team Tour today!

HoeenHero on Dec 10, 2018 Permalink

Smash Bros is Out!

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch is now out!
Be sure to join the Smash Bros room on PS to talk all about it.

verbatim on Dec 7, 2018 Permalink

1v1 Classic

It's the time of the year to go back in time. 1v1 cup is a multi-generations tour where people join a series of tournaments to earn points and advance into play-offs. For more information check the info thread.

HoeenHero on Dec 4, 2018 Permalink

CAP 25 Released

The Create-a-Pokémon Project has recently finished its 25th project, the starter Pokémon trio Caribolt, Smokomodo, and Snaelstrom. Learn everything about them in their Final Product thread and play with them in the CAP tier!

HoeenHero on Dec 1, 2018 Permalink

Tours Plaza Workshop

Tune in on December 1st, 2pm EST for Tours Plaza's second workshop! This time, we will learn how to host the infamous Hunger Games format! See you there!

HoeenHero on Nov 28, 2018 Permalink

Monotype Winter Premier Tournament

The Monotype Winter Premier tournament is accepting player signups until December 1st! If you enjoy Monotype or its assorted Other Metagames, check it out here!

HoeenHero on Nov 19, 2018 Permalink

VGC Latin America International Championships

The VGC Latin America International Championships will be happening from November 16-18 in São Paulo, Brazil! Thousands of dollars are at stake in an exciting weekend of in-person competition. You can find more details here. Catch the action live on Twitch here.

HoeenHero on Nov 14, 2018 Permalink

LC Suspect Test

Little Cup is currently suspecting Wingull. Voting requirements for this suspect test are a minimum of 84 GXE and 40 games played on a fresh alt with "LCWS" in the name. The suspect will last until November 20th, 11:59 EST. For more details, check the suspect thread.

HoeenHero on Nov 11, 2018 Permalink

Battle Spot Special 13

"Ubers-only Doubles" is the ruleset for the latest season of Battle Spot. Only Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, and Ultra Beasts are allowed in this bring 6, pick 4 format.

HoeenHero on Nov 8, 2018 Permalink

DPP Latias Test

We've received reports of a red flying Pokemon in various DPP OU battles! For the month of November, Latias will be legal on the [Gen 4] OU ladder, with a public suspect test to begin on November 15. Hop onto the [Gen 4] OU ladder and give Latias a try!

hogg on Nov 5, 2018 Permalink

Prepare Your Personal Plate

New in Cafe; Prepare Your Personal Plate! A competition to show your fellow foodies where you are from and what are the best dishes from your region. Read more in the information document. So come and join the room and share some of your food experiences with us!

HoeenHero on Oct 31, 2018 Permalink

Grand Tr1v1a Tournament

Come check out trivia and 1v1's collab event! With a mashup of 1v1 battling skills and trivia knowledge, get ready for some epic battles, starting November 1! Prizes include Steam keys and a Smogon title! More details outlining the event can be found here.

HoeenHero on Oct 28, 2018 Permalink

Super Staff Bros Brawl

The hit seasonal format is back for a third round with Super Staff Bros Brawl! In this random format, each Pokemon represents a staff member, and unlike normal Pokemon, these Pokemon have custom moves, abilities, and more! If you want to learn more check out the Super Staff Bros Roster. The ladder is available to play now!

HoeenHero on Oct 20, 2018 Permalink

Pokemon Games Sign Ups

Say bonjour to Kalos! Signups for the Pokemon Games Room XY Community Playthrough are now open, with the start date being the 22nd. Join in if you want to enjoy these games on their 5 year anniversary along with other fans of the series! More information can be found here.

HoeenHero on Oct 20, 2018 Permalink

Mafia Voice Challenge

The Mafia room is hosting a Voice challenge! There will be three rounds of challenges, with the first one requiring you to finish Top 25 in a special leaderboard. Games for this leaderboard will be hosted every 3 hours, at 3, 6, 9 and 12 EDT. For more information, check the challenge document.

HoeenHero on Oct 14, 2018 Permalink

Youtube Randpoke Tour & League of Legends Season 8 World Championship

The sign-ups for the 1st YouTube Randpoke Tour close on Sunday, October 7th. Every round, your team must consist of the 1 or 2 randomly selected Pokemon! Come sign up here if you would like to participate.

League of Legends' World Championship is starting on October 1st, come join us in moba for some quality banter and analysis as North America still fails to get past group stages!

HoeenHero on Oct 1, 2018 Permalink

Tell us a story...

The spirit of fall is upon us again, and as such, the Cosmopolitan room is hosting yet another seasonal contest! Show off your photography skills AND your writing skills, because for this contest, we're asking you to tell us a story that goes with your picture.
The spookiest time of the year must make for some excellent pictures and stories, so show us what you got. You have until November 1st to make a submission, more information can be found here!

HoeenHero on Sep 28, 2018 Permalink

ZU Suspect Test

ZU is having a suspect test on the recent drop, Stoutland. Create a fresh alt starting with ZUST and get at least 79% GXE with a minimum of 40 games to qualify for reqs. The suspect test runs until September 29th 12pm EST.

HoeenHero on Sep 15, 2018 Permalink

Smogon Tour 26

The 26th Season of the Smogon Tour is starting on Friday, September 14th. Come join USM OU, ORAS OU and BW2 OU Live Tournaments every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6, 4 and 2 PM EDT respectively for the next 9 weeks. The first weekend is all USM OU!

HoeenHero on Sep 11, 2018 Permalink

Tours Plaza Workshop & Trainers' School Room

Ever wanted to run a user-hosted tournament but didn't know how? Come join our workshop in Tours Plaza about properly setting up a tournament and for some general advice and guidance at 2PM EST on Saturday 09/08/2018.

The Rate My Team and Competitive Tutoring rooms have merged to become Trainers’ School. Get help with competitive battling, team-building, or team rating all in one place.

nui on Sep 7, 2018 Permalink

PU Suspect Test Results, Battle Spot Special 12, & VGC19 Worlds Friendly

Pyroar has been banned from PU by a simple majority

The rules for the season 12 Battle Spot Special ladder have been announced.

The Online Competition for August has also been announced.

cant say on Sep 4, 2018 Read more

AAA Suspect Results & OMs of the Month

The recent Almost Any Ability suspect test has concluded and Zygarde is banned!

Other Metagame of the Month for September is Sketchmons, while Partners in Crime is the Leader's Choice for this month!

The Immortal on Sep 1, 2018 Permalink

PU Suspect Test

PU is suspecting Pyroar. The requirements to vote are a GXE of 80 as well as a minimum of 30 games played on the PU ladder. Note that there will not be a suspect ladder for this test. This suspect test will run until September 2nd.

HoeenHero on Aug 24, 2018 Permalink

Jubilife TV & Films

The TV & Books & Films room has now become Jubilife TV & Films! If you're looking for a place to get recommendations, freak out over that episode ending or just want to talk about your favorite movies we want to hear about it. Come around, and experience the entertainment that awaits you.

HoeenHero on Aug 24, 2018 Permalink

Random Battles Ladder Tournament

Love playing all generations of Random Battles and want to compete in a fun tour with them? The Random Battles room is hosting a Ladder Tournament featuring qualifications in Generation 1-6 Random Battles for the next six weeks!

HoeenHero on Aug 20, 2018 Permalink

The Fall Of Lobby - Art Contest

Are you an aspiring artist looking to get your work out there? Say no more! Lobby is hosting their very first art contest. This contest is fall inspired and must feature Koffing, our room mascot, as a star in a autumnal scenario. Winner will have their art be featured as the new room intro until the next season! Deadline is September 20th for more information click here!

HoeenHero on Aug 20, 2018 Permalink

BH Suspect Results + AAA Suspect

The recent Balanced Hackmons suspect test has concluded and Illusion is banned!

Almost Any Ability is suspecting Zygarde. The requirements are 78 GXE with a minimum of 30 games. The suspect will run on the regular ladder. Find out more in the AAA suspect thread.

The Immortal on Aug 14, 2018 Permalink

PU Suspect Test + M.Venu & Entei ban

PU is suspecting Kingler. The requirements to vote are a GXE of 82 as well as a minimum of 40 games played on the PU ladder. Note that there will not be a suspect ladder for this test. This suspect test will run until August 19th. More information can be found here.

Mega Venusaur was banned from UU.

Entei was banned from RU by suspect voting.

nui on Aug 7, 2018 Permalink

Trivia Minigame Month

Put your knowledge to the test in Trivia’s Minigame Month, beginning on August 1st! The event’s winner will receive a custom avatar and a \$30 Amazon gift card, with second and third places receiving \$30 and \$20 gift cards respectively.

HoeenHero on Jul 29, 2018 Permalink

UU Suspect Test

UU is suspecting Mega Venusaur. The requirements to vote are a GXE of 80 as well as a minimum of 40 games played on the UU ladder. Note that there will not be a suspect ladder for this test. This suspect test will run until August 4th. More information can be found here.

HoeenHero on Jul 26, 2018 Permalink

ZeroUsed Room & Quick Bans

ZeroUsed is now a public room!

Following the recent tier shifts: UU quickbanned Mega Diancie, RU quickbanned Mega Slowbro and Mega Sceptile, NU quickbanned Hoopa-C, PU quickbanned Aromatisse, ZU quickbanned Ursaring and Kabutops

HoeenHero on Jul 23, 2018 Permalink

Battle Spot Premier League & Special 11 Ladder

Signups for the third BSPL are open! This team tournament features the Singles and Doubles formats from the Pokémon 3DS games themselves, from gen 5 to 7.

The Battle Spot Special 11 ladder is now playable as well. The rules are similar to Battle Spot Singles, however it is played at level 100 instead of level 50, and some normally-banned Pokémon are allowed, including Zeraora and Marshadow. More information can be found here.

cant say on Jul 18, 2018 Permalink

Official Ladder Tournament Started

The Official Smogon Ladder Tournament V has begun. Compete against others and try to top the ladder to show you have what it takes. You can find more information here and sign up by posting in the thread: Sign ups

Also feel free to join in on the discussion in our room: Official Ladder Tournament Room

Quite Quiet on Jul 16, 2018 Permalink

Smogon Puzzle Hunt

Join Smogon’s first-ever Puzzle Hunt, running from July 21st to July 30th! This challenge will have you and a team of up to 5 other people working to solve puzzles, submit answers, and progress through to metapuzzles, which will use your previous answers as clues. Get more info and sign up here!

HoeenHero on Jul 16, 2018 Permalink

Learn about the Create-A-Pokemon Project!

Ever wanted to get involved in Smogon's Create-A-Pokemon Project? Check out A Primer to Getting Involved with CAP25 to learn about the process and metagame. We're making a trio of starters that will be playable on Pokemon Showdown, and we're looking for artists, writers, and most importantly, battlers! You can get involved in the CAP forums on Smogon.

Birkal on Jul 13, 2018 Read more

Zeraora Giveaway

Join us in the Wi-Fi room on Sunday, July 15th starting at 8 AM EDT for a mass (USUM in-game) giveaway of the newly released Pokémon Zeraora! There will be periodic raffles, so be sure to stop by for a chance to win one!

bumbadadabum on Jul 12, 2018 Permalink

LC and Ubers Open

From Abra to Zygarde-Complete, there's a place for everything in Smogon's Grand Slam! Sign-ups for LC Open and Ubers Open are live. Sign up now for a chance to compete in the largest annual LC and Ubers tours, and earn points toward Grand Slam VII as you play.

Quite Quiet on Jul 10, 2018 Permalink

Art Room Contest!

The Art Room is hosting a contest to design an Alolan Pokemon. Winner gets a 25$ Amazon gift card. Come join the room to show us what you can come up with! More information here!

LifeisDANK on Jul 8, 2018 Permalink

Mafia Summer Royale & Survivor Theme Competition

The Mafia room is hosting the Mafia Summer Royale. Sign up with other players from a room and work together to win the Summer Royale! Signups are open until July 14th, and the game starts July 21st.

The Survivor room is hosting their Bi-Annual Next Big Theme competition on July 8th, where anyone can submit a theme and see if it's good enough to become an official theme! Not only that, but they're hosting workshops on the 7th and 21st of July at 4PM EST to teach you how to make themes and strengthen your submissions! Click here or PM survivor staff members to find out more!

HoeenHero on Jul 7, 2018 Permalink

OMs of the month + ZU ladder!

Other Metagame of the Month for July is Metagamiate, while Reversed is the Leader's Choice for this month!

ZU now has a rotational ladder, replacing Camomons in the rotation together with STABmons. Join the ZU room for discussion, help, and tournaments!

In other news, The Library room is starting weekly RPG sessions in their new Doublades & Dragons activity. Be sure to check it out if you enjoy tabletop RPGs!

nui on Jul 2, 2018 Permalink

RU & NU Open!

Dust off your Enteis and your Slowbros, because sign-ups for RU open and NU open have just gone live! Sign up now for a chance to compete in the largest RU and NU tours of the year, and earn points toward Grand Slam VII in the process.

nui on Jul 1, 2018 Permalink

GSC Community Playthrough

Join us in the Pokémon Games Room for our first Community Playthrough, where as a group we'll be playing through and discussing GSC. The playthrough starts on July 2nd! Check out the rules and info for more details.

Marty on Jun 30, 2018 Permalink

Smogon Grand Slam VII & UU Open

Smogon Grand Slam is starting soon! If you're a fan of Ubers, UU, RU, NU or LC, then be sure to join this year's Grand Slam. For more information please read this thread: Grand Slam VII.

UU Open signups are now live!

Quite Quiet on Jun 19, 2018 Permalink

TVBF Snapshots!

Think you're an expert on TV shows and movies? Then come show us what you got at the TVBF Snapshot Showdown on Sunday June 24th at 7PM EDT. Show off your knowledge and aim for the gold, the winner will get a prize, and more importantly bragging rights! Join us.

ant on Jun 18, 2018 Permalink

E3 2018 Discussion and 1v1 Room

Who will be this year's winners and losers at E3 2018? Join the Video Games room to discuss all the reveals from the main stage!

1v1 is a public room now!

HoeenHero on Jun 10, 2018 Permalink

Sports WC Fantasy League

Dont forget to participate in the Sports room fantasy league where you pick a team of 11 players with a limited budget who get points for how well they perform in the World Cup. The winner of the fantasy league gets a custom avatar as the grand prize!

Also, UU is suspecting Breloom. The requirements to vote are a GXE of 80 as well as a minimum of 40 games played on the suspect ladder. This suspect test will run until June 17th.

LifeisDANK on Jun 8, 2018 Permalink

OMPL & OM of the Month

Signups are open for the 6th installment of the Other Metagames Premier League! The formats in this years OMPL are AGx2, BH, 1v1, M&M, and AAA.

Suicide Cup has won the Other Metagame of the Month; Scalemons has been selected as the Leader's Choice! Both formats will be available to ladder for the month of June.

The Immortal on Jun 2, 2018 Permalink

Pokémon Let's Go, Pokémon Quest & Gen VIII

Join the Pokemon Games room to discuss the newly-revealed Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee and Pokémon Quest games, as well as news about the next generation!

sirDonovan on May 29, 2018 Permalink

The Library

The Writing room and its subroom have gone through a revamp, and would all like to welcome you in the new improved The Library room. This new room focuses on anything that takes place in a library, including reading, writing and research. We encourage all bookworms to take a gander.

A new room needs a new mascot, and for this the room is hosting a Mascot Design Contest. Prizes include competitive shiny Pokémon for all participants, as well as a custom avatar for the winner!

bumbadadabum on May 25, 2018 Permalink

CAP 24 Playtest

The Create-a-Pokemon Project has finished its 24th Pokemon, Jumbao, a big, cheerful tree that loves sun and sand! Come battle with it alongside other OU and CAP Pokemon in the CAP tier.
You can also sign up for the CAP Playtest Tournament until May 27th for the chance to be crowned Playtest Champion!

Marty on May 20, 2018 Permalink

The Happy Place Art & Literature Contest

Have you ever been to "The Happy Place?" Have you ever gotten help/advice from us or made new friends here? Come tell us by joining
The Happy Place Art & Literature contest Prizes include a shiny Ampharos named Joy and free custom art. Join today! Deadline is May 19th.

LifeisDANK on May 3, 2018 Permalink

PSPL & OM of the Month

PSPL VI has commenced! The Pokemon Showdown Premier League sees rooms compete against each other in a team tournament featuring ranked users from their respective rooms.

ZU has won the Other Metagame of the Month; Inverse has been selected as the Leader's Choice! Both formats will be available to ladder for the month of May.

The Immortal on May 1, 2018 Permalink

Hindi Room & Community Anime Watching in A&M

We have great news for all of our Hindi speakers. After flying low for a while, the Hindi room has now gone public! Wahin milte hain aap sab se ~

Don't forget to stop by the Anime & Manga room where we'll be hosting several shows like My Hero Academia at specific times over the weekend. Hope to see you there!

ant on Apr 25, 2018 Permalink

Renaming tier ban lists

We are renaming tier ban lists: BL is now UUBL, BL2 is now RUBL, BL3 is now NUBL, and BL4 is now PUBL. The new naming reflects that, for example, UUBL Pokemon are UU by usage but banned from the corresponding format (and thus only playable in OU, Ubers, and AG).

Hikari on Apr 24, 2018 Permalink

Typhlosion, NUPL VI, 1v1 & RU Bans

For those that missed it, Typhlosion was quickbanned from PU.

NeverUsed Premier League VI is still accepting player signups.

Give your quick draw a work out with this analysis of 1v1 movesets.

And finally, RU has banned Houndoom-mega, Entei, and Mienshao.

Stay frosty.

antemortem on Apr 19, 2018 Permalink

PU Suspect Test & NU bans

PU is suspecting Magmortar. The requirements needed to vote is a GXE of 80 with a minimum of games of 35 and the suspect period will last until Sunday, April 22nd at 11:59 PM EST (GMT -5).

Also Abomasite, Bruxish, and Cameruptite are now banned from USUM NU.

Ridaz on Apr 14, 2018 Permalink

Mafia Community Day

The Mafia Room is hosting a Mafia Community Day, where we sideline the game of Mafia for once and have a bunch of other fun events. Want to meet our community? Then make sure to check out the Mafia room this Saturday! Mafia Community Day Schedule

HoeenHero on Apr 13, 2018 Permalink

Community anime watching in A&M

Do you like watching anime but don't want to watch alone? Then stop by the Anime & Manga room where we'll be hosting several shows like My Hero Academia at specific times over the weekend. Hope to see you there!

asgdf on Apr 11, 2018 Permalink

RBY and GSC Cup Signups

Are you the sort of player that prefers the simplicity of an old-fashioned battle, before EVs, abilities, and natures? Then it's about time you sign up for the RBY and GSC Cups. Both competitions give you a chance to show that you are the best of the best when it comes to pure Pokemon. Sign-up today!

(And yes I realize the irony.)

EV on Apr 9, 2018 Permalink

DPP and ADV Cup Signups

Signups for the DPP Cup and ADV Cup are live! Both gens are hailed by long-time players as the best example of competitive Pokemon - if you think you can defeat the veterans at their own game, now is the time to show it. Enter the land of Metagross, Jirachi and Tyranitar and you challenge long-time trainers on their home court. Who knows, you might even become a legend yourself!

asgdf on Apr 3, 2018 Permalink

Digimon Design Contest

Do you like to draw or design? The Digimon room is hosting a Create A Digimon contest to pick the top 3 original Digimon designs created by users like you! Artists of all skill levels are welcome to join. The winners will have their art featured in the room's roomintro. See the Smogon thread for more information.

asgdf on Mar 31, 2018 Permalink

Cosmopolitan Photo Contest & NU Suspect Test

What does Spring look like to you? Cosmopolitan is hosting a Spring photography contest! Winner will receive a 25$ Amazon Gift Card. Rules and information can be found here. We hope to see you there!

NU is retesting Sneasel. The voting requirements will be a minimum of 79 GXE as well as a minimum game count + GXE of 120. This suspect period will ends on Wednesday, April 11th at 11:59 PM EST.

ant on Mar 29, 2018 Permalink

BW Cup Signups

Signups for the BW Cup have begun! Battle your way through this single elimination tournament featuring best of three series in the Gen 5 OU tier to be crowned the BW Cup Champion. BW Cup will earn you points toward the Smogon Classic IV, so keep an eye out for the other four cups if you're interested.

HoeenHero on Mar 27, 2018 Permalink

Canalave Library Spring Contest

The Canalave Library room is hosting a Create-a-Pantheon contest. Aspiring writers and cult leaders can submit their own ideas for mythological pantheons for a chance to win. Prizes include Voice in the room and quills to use in the writing room's shop. All participants will also receive a shiny Murkrow to use in their Gen 7 3DS games. You can submit your pantheon until May 24th, 2018 by posting in the thread or messaging a staff member in the Canalave Library room.

bumbadadabum on Mar 25, 2018 Permalink

Smogon Classic IV Announcement

Are you a multi-generation master? If so, it's time to show off what you've got in the Smogon Classic IV! Players will compete in five cups where they test their skills in the first five Pokemon generations for the prestigious white trophy. Smogon Classic begins on Monday, March 26th with the BW Cup signups.

EV on Mar 21, 2018 Permalink

Random Battles Room

Love playing Random Battles and other randomized formats where you don't have to make a team? Random Battles is a new public room that hosts constant discussion about and tournaments of randomized formats.

HoeenHero on Mar 18, 2018 Permalink

Smogon Tour Season 25 & UU Suspect Test

The 25th Season of the Smogon Tour is starting on Friday, March 16th. Come join USM OU, ORAS OU and BW2 OU Live Tournaments every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6, 4 and 2 PM EDT respectively for the next 9 weeks. The first weekend is all USM OU!

Also, UU is suspecting Mega Slowbro.

EV on Mar 9, 2018 Read more

LC Suspect Test & Pokemon Games Tournament

LC is currently suspecting Torchic. The voting requirements for this suspect test are a minimum of 81 GXE and a minimum game count + GXE of 130. The suspect period will last until Friday, March 16th at 11:59 PM EST.

Additionally, the recently renamed Pokemon Games room is hosting a monthly tournament circuit starting this Saturday, March 10th.

Ridaz on Mar 4, 2018 Read more

US/UM Battle Factory & The Cafe

Thanks to the hard work of our staff and numerous contributors, Battle Factory has been updated to Gen VII! Get on the ladder to play in different tiers using competitively viable random teams!

Cafe Le Wow has now been renamed to The Cafe! The former name was dating back to Gen VI and it was time to change to a more neutral name that applies to any generation. The Cafe is also doing monthly themes for the room! The theme entails the pictures that are showcased in the roomintro. Users are able to vote for the theme on the website of which the submissions will be entered in a poll. The winner of the poll will be the theme for the next month! Get your votes out there and check out the room!

The Immortal on Mar 1, 2018 Permalink

OURPL Sign Ups & SPL9 Highlight Match

Looking for a another team tournament to get involved in? Join the OU Room Premier League, back for its second edition this year! Eight teams duke it out in Generations 4 through 7 of OU to determine this year's OU Room Premier League champion! Click here to sign up!

This upcoming Thursday (March 1st) at 4 PM EST (GMT -5), this year's Smogon Premier League will finally see its finest match between blunder and CrashinBoomBang played out. The Smogon Premier League is Smogon's most prestigious tournament, and Thursday's game is the one everyone's looking forward to. Make sure to tune in over on the Smogtours server at 4 PM EST!

ant on Feb 27, 2018 Permalink

Anime and Manga Contest & Doubles OU Suspect Test

You love drawing and watching anime? The Anime and Manga room is hosting an art contest to see who can draw the best anime related fan-art. Winner receives a special secret prize! Join the room for more information. You have time to submit your entry until March 16th, have fun! ^_~

Doubles OU is suspecting Snorlax. The requirements needed to vote is a GXE of 80 as well as a minimum game count + GXE of 120.
This suspect period will last until Sunday, March 4th at 11:59 PM (GMT -5).

Ridaz on Feb 24, 2018 Permalink

TV & Books & Films Oscars and Suspect Test Results

The TV & Books & Films room is hosting their biggest event of the year, the TVBF Oscars! If you want to be part of the event make sure to vote, and we'll see you on the red carpet this March 3rd at 7:00 pm EST.

The NU & PU suspect test votings are over. Emboar has been banned from NU & Passimian has been banned from PU.

ant on Feb 24, 2018 Permalink

Return 2 Johto

The Wi-Fi room is having their second monthly Pokémon Breeding Contest. The theme this month is 'Return 2 Johto' to celebrate the re-release of Crystal for VC. Do you think you have what it takes to charge your Tauros to its limit? Breed your best Pokemon and join the long list of expert breeders. The winner will be highlighted for a week in the roomintro and forever added to the hall of fame.

bumbadadabum on Feb 17, 2018 Permalink

NU Suspect Test

NU is suspecting Emboar. The requirements needed to vote is a GXE of 80 as well as a minimum game count + GXE of 120.
This suspect period will last until Saturday, February 17th at 11:59 PM EDT.

Ridaz on Feb 8, 2018 Permalink

PU Suspect Test & TVBF Snapshots!

PU is suspecting Passimian. The requirements needed to vote is a GXE of 80 with a minimum of games of 35. This thread explains the new requirements system.

Think you're a movie know-it-all? The TV & Books & Films room will be hosting a 2017 all out cinema smackdown game of Snapshot this Saturday February 10th at 3pm (PDT)/6pm (EST). There will be a prize for the winner! So grab some snacks and join them.

ant on Feb 7, 2018 Permalink

UU Suspect Test

The UU council has decided to ban Drought & unban Mega Houndoom. This Drought ban will not affect the RU tier.

Furthermore, UU is suspecting both Breloom & Buzzwole. The requirement needed to vote is a minimum of 2650 COIL in a game limit of 65 games. This functionally requires a minimum GXE of 82 to achieve ladder reqs. The suspect test will run from January 26th till February 4th.

Ridaz on Jan 26, 2018 Permalink

RU Suspect Test Results

The RU community used Raid on Durant! It was super effective! Durant is now banned from SM RU.

antemortem on Jan 22, 2018 Permalink

Scrabble League & YouTube Events

The Scrabble room is hosting a Scrabble League! Not sure how to play? Stop by the room on January 27th at 2pm EST for a beginner's workshop, where they'll also share some tips and tricks! Signups for the league will end on February 3rd.

The YouTube room has some new events coming up this weekend! Come and check out Season 2 of the YouTube Cup and a YouTube Workshop on January 20th at 2pm EST to help build your channels!

sirDonovan on Jan 18, 2018 Permalink

Smog Awards + NU Suspect Test results

With another busy year gone by, it's time to recognize your favourite users in a wide range of categories! Nominations for the Smog Awards are now open!

The NU suspect test is over and Sneasel is staying in the tier.

Marty on Jan 12, 2018 Permalink

Usage Stats + RU Suspect

The usage stats for January 2018 are now live!
Alolan Ninetales has been banned from UU.
RU is now holding a suspect test for Durant.

antemortem on Jan 11, 2018 Permalink

Official Smogon Tournament XIV

Signups for the Official Smogon Tournament are underway. This Single Elimination Tournament features Best of 3 series in USUM OU. The winner is awarded 200 USD and the prestigious yellow trophy on Smogon! Signups close on January 12th @ 12pm EST / 5pm GMT.

Ridaz on Jan 7, 2018 Permalink

Cosmopolitan New Years Photography Contest

The Cosmopolitan Room is hosting a new years photography contest showcasing what YOUR new years landscape looks like! The best submissions will win gift cards and first place will receive a custom avatar! Make sure to check out the Smogon Thread for the rules if you're interested!

Ridaz on Jan 6, 2018 Permalink

NU Suspect Test & DOU Suspect Test Result

NU is suspect testing Sneasel. The requirement needed to vote is 2700 COIL with a maximum of 70 games. This suspect period will end on Monday, January 8th at 11:59 PM EDT.

Also, Marshadow is now banned from Doubles OU, with a 74.32% pro ban.

Ridaz on Dec 30, 2017 Permalink

Meet the Admins

Don't have a clue who the admins of PS are? This will fix that.

antemortem on Dec 28, 2017 Permalink

OM Grand Slam and AAA Suspect Test

The third iteration of the Other Metagames Grand Slam has commenced! Signup now for the Anything Goes Open.

Before the Almost Any Ability Open begins, Blacephalon and Naganadel are being suspected. The requirements to vote are 2700 COIL in a maximum of 41 games.

The Immortal on Dec 19, 2017 Permalink

UGM, CAP and other acronyms

UGM, or "Ultimate Gaming Month", is back with it's 3rd edition starting on December 11th! In UGM you will be competing against other players in 6 different game rooms for a chance to be #1! Join for a chance to win prizes such as Steam keys, a Smogon custom title, a custom avatar, and even a $20 dollar gift card. Check out UGM 3's thread for more info.

Additionally, CAP 23 Pajantom has recently been finished. If you want to give this new Spirit Shackling Ghost / Dragon Pokemon a try, hop onto the CAP ladder! Additionally, the CAP Playtest Tournament is accepting sign ups until the end of Wednesday, December 13th.

bumbadadabum on Dec 11, 2017 Permalink

Smogon Maintenance

The Smogon forums are back up!

antemortem on Dec 10, 2017 Permalink

HTTPS!

PS now defaults to HTTPS! This means:

1. Certain connection problems will go away.

2. PS will load faster.

3. We can use HTTPS-only features like notifications (Chrome recently made them HTTPS-only)

4. No more "Not Secure" warning.

The transition should be seamless for most browsers. Safari doesn't allow us to port teams over, though, so you might need the Team Recovery Tool. If HTTPS doesn't work for you for some other reason, we still support Insecure Mode at psim.us/insecure.

Zarel on Nov 20, 2017 Permalink

Mafia Battle Royale

The Mafia room is hosting an inter-room challenge called the Mafia Battle Royale! Teams of 3 representing their rooms will use trust, strategy, and betrayal to be the last room standing! If you're interested in joining, contact staff members in your room. Signups will end on Nov. 17th, and the game will start on Nov. 19th, so keep your eyes open so you can support your room! More info can be found in the information document.

bumbadadabum on Nov 9, 2017 Permalink

Cosmopolitan Photo Contest

The Cosmopolitan room is hosting a photography contest where users can submit their Halloween costumes and judge each other's works of art. The winners will receive spots on the room's website and roomintro where their photos can be seen and may also be considered for room voice!

sirDonovan on Oct 30, 2017 Permalink

Competitive Tutoring SM OU Teambuilding Workshop

There will be an OU teambuilding workshop in the Competitive Tutoring room on Sunday, 22 October, 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.

I highly encourage you to join if you're looking to improve your teambuilding skills, rating skills or learn more about the OU metagame in general. Hope to see you there!

IronBullet on Oct 21, 2017 Permalink

Halloween Contests

The TV, Books, and Films room is holding a contest to see who can create the next best Halloween TV Show! Entries must include a title, cast, director, and synopsis and be submitted by October 23rd. Winners will be announced on October 25th. See if your show ends up with best rating!

The Writing room is holding a Halloween themed writing contest with its sister room Canalave Library! Entries can be stories, poems, or screenplays and must be submitted by October 31st. Winners will be announced on November 7th. Tell us your spooky tales!

sirDonovan on Oct 11, 2017 Permalink

Almost Any Ability and 1v1 Suspect Tests

Almost Any Ability is suspect testing Terrakion. To qualify for voting, you will need 2700 COIL by October 11th.

1v1 will be suspect testing Kyurem-Black. You need 2600 COIL by October 16th on the suspect ladder, in which Kyurem-Black is banned, in order to vote.

The Immortal on Sep 27, 2017 Permalink

Tiering Updates

UU is suspect testing Weavile. Jirachi has been banned from UU.

NU is suspect testing Barbaracle.

PU is suspect (re)testing Hariyama.

raseri on Sep 26, 2017 Permalink

Welcome Monotype! + Tier Updates

Monotype is now an official tier! For information on what this means click here.

RU is suspecting Sharpedo.

Mega Gallade and Mega Heracross are banned from UU.

Charizard is now banned from PU.

raseri on Sep 23, 2017 Permalink

Hall of Fame

Pop quiz: who's the best Pokemon player of all time? If you answered BKC, you just might be onto something. Regardless of who your choice for the King is, chances are they have a spot in the newly founded Hall of Fame, which shows off the best of the best and what they've done to leave their mark in Pokemon history.

antemortem on Sep 22, 2017 Permalink

Tier Updates

Arena Trap has been banned from OU.

Zygarde-10% is now legal in RU.

Aurora Veil has been banned from RU.

raseri on Sep 19, 2017 Permalink

Battle Spot Special 6

Season 6 of Battle Spot has started and with that comes a new Special ruleset, with this season being Battle Spot Singles UnderUsed! Make sure to check out the Battle Spot room for tournaments and discussion on the format.

cant say on Sep 12, 2017 Permalink

OU Suspect Test + PU Bans

OU is suspecting Arena Trap. You have until September 16th to achieve 2700 COIL in 70 games or fewer.

Vanilluxe and Tauros are now banned from PU.

raseri on Sep 3, 2017 Permalink

Mega Melee

A ladder for the latest Online Competition ruleset has been added for everyone to practice on before the real thing starts on September 22. Make sure to check out the discussion thread for additional information, and the Battle Spot room to hang out with other players!

cant say on Sep 1, 2017 Permalink

PSPL V & TLT

Congratulations to the Neverused room for winning PSPL V!

The Tournaments room will be hosting the Tours' Leaderboard Tournament! Similar to the room's BLT event, players will earn points in scripted tournaments during the September and October cycles to qualify. Unlike BLT, however, the focus of this event is on individual play. Check out the thread for full details!

sirDonovan on Aug 27, 2017 Permalink

Signup for the Snake

If you think you are ready to take on the best of the best that Pokemon Sun & Moon has to offer, signup today to compete in the first edition of this brand new team tournament hosted on Smogon! Check out the thread here and copy the signup format for your chance to compete for one of Smogon's major trophies.

teal6 on Aug 12, 2017 Permalink

Smogon Snake Draft is here!

Gear up for Smogon's newest team tournament, the Smogon Snake Draft! Players will battle in weeks of competition against the best of the best in SM OU, Ubers, UU, RU, NU, LC, and Doubles leading up to an exciting playoff where we crown our first ever SSD champion! Keep an eye open for signups and see if you have what it takes to win the inaugural edition of this new official tournament!

teal6 on Aug 9, 2017 Permalink

Tier Changes & Suspect Tests

Manaphy is banned from UU.

Reuniclus is being suspect tested in RU.

Meloetta is being suspect tested in NU.

Sawk is banned from PU.

antemortem on Aug 7, 2017 Permalink

Tier Shifts

Tier Shifts are live! Powerful drops like Manaphy and Mega Camerupt are sure to shake up the UU metagame. Furthermore, NU is out of beta and PU is now in beta phase.

ante on Aug 6, 2017 Permalink

SM OU Team Rating Workshop

There will be an OU team rating workshop in the Rate My Team room on Saturday 5 August at 8 pm GMT-4. 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 Aug 4, 2017 Permalink

CAP 23 + Staff Interviews R2

CAP 23 has officially started and Concept Submissions are now open. Concepts are always the opening act that help give direction to the community as they build a brand new Pokemon step-by-step. If you want to get involved, feel free to read the rules and participate on the forums.

Staff interviews are back; Round 2 is now up!

antemortem on Aug 3, 2017 Permalink

Official Ladder Tournament

Signups for the Official Ladder Tournament have opened!

Click here to sign up, and then join the OLT Room!

Smogon shirts are still on sale!

Click here if you want to snag some sweet stash, and support us in the process!

Raven on Jul 31, 2017 Permalink

1v1 Suspect Test & Room

1v1 is currently suspect testing Deoxys-Defense. You have until August 7th to achieve the voting requirement of 2600 COIL.

You can join the 1v1 room for live discussion on the 1v1 metagame and to participate in exhilarating room tournaments!

The Immortal on Jul 25, 2017 Permalink

Shirts Sale

We have Smogon shirts for sale! Available now are a new design and our classic athletic design. You can support us (and get yourself a cool tee none of your friends will have) by visiting either of the links HERE. Note: The sale does not have an end date yet; shirts will be printed every 3 days until we announce one.

antemortem on Jul 21, 2017 Permalink

LC and Ubers Open are here - Are You Ready?

Whether you want to wield the most powerful titans in Pokemon, or if you prefer to use those that are small and cute, there is a tournament for you. The Little Cup and Ubers Opens are now accepting signups! Click here for the Ubers Open and here for the LC Open. Are you ready?

raseri on Jul 21, 2017 Permalink

Mafia Workshop

Have you ever wanted to try out Mafia, but figured it was too hard to learn? If so, you’re in luck, because the Mafia room is hosting a workshop for new players on Saturday the 22nd at 4pm EST! Come and learn how to play this fun chat-based strategy game and make some new friends!

Scotteh on Jul 18, 2017 Permalink

Shirt Sale + Tier Changes

We have shirts for sale! Available now are a new design and our classic athletic design. You can support us (and get yourself a cool tee none of your friends will have) by visiting either of the links HERE. Note: The sale does not actually end on July 21; shirts will be printed every 3 days until we announce an end date.

Bewear is once again legal in RU, and Heracross is now being suspect tested.

antemortem on Jul 17, 2017 Permalink

Marshadow Giveaway

The Wi-Fi room Marshadow giveaway has concluded, and more than 1000 Marshadow have been distributed throughout the day.

Special thanks to Derter22, pilica12, YukiXenon, kid bae, PokemonLv10, Jk♥Howling, Sipanale, Gelus, Paradise, GoodMorningEspeon, RossW, Dark Kelevra. Overdragoon, Lego, Sondero, Dratias, Animusi, Tasted, grumpig, Kaushik, Ransei, Auresi, StePAFC, and everyone else that helped distribute the Marshadow!

bumbadadabum on Jul 14, 2017 Permalink

Worlds Most Prestigious NU Tournament - Sign up today!

The time has finally come to take your place in Pokemon's biggest and most prestigious NeverUsed tournament! Nu Open VI signups are now live, and everyone who is anyone is signing up to take their shot at proving just how far they can go in NU's premier event. Sign up now to get involved with hundreds of other top level NU players! Who knows, maybe you will walk away as champion this time!

teal6 on Jul 13, 2017 Permalink

RU Open is here - do you have what it takes?

Do you consider yourself the best RarelyUsed player on the planet? Are you looking to prove that you have what it takes to defeat hundreds of other RU players? If so, signup now for the RU Open - the years most challenging and rewarding RU competition! See how far you can go battling against the best of the best in one of Grand Slam's premier events!

teal6 on Jul 12, 2017 Permalink

PU Alpha, Buzzwole, and more!

We apologize for the further delay in PU's creation; while we wait until next month for a complete set of stats, enjoy the PU Alpha ladder! The banlist can be found here. Join the PU room for live discussion on the Alpha ladder.

Buzzwole is now banned from UU; Bewear is being suspect tested in RU.

Gen 3 (ADV) Randbats and Gen 4 (DPP) Randbats are now complete! A huge thanks to HoeenHero, Tiksi, The Immortal, and anyone else that contributed to the formats.

antemortem on Jul 11, 2017 Permalink

Marshadow and The PC

To celebrate the official release of Marshadow in Japan, the Wi-Fi room will be doing mass giveaways of Marshadow all day on July 15th (EST). The Marshadows will be RNG'd to have a competitive IV spread, so be sure to join us if you're interested in getting one!

Additionally, the Breeding room has been overhauled, so check out the new room, The PC. The room no longer focuses on just breeding to obtain your favorite Pokémon, so come on in and talk about filling up your Pokémon Storage System, or have your prized shinies displayed in the room's Shiny Dex!

bumbadadabum on Jul 8, 2017 Permalink

Marshadow Banned from OU

Marshadow has been quickbanned from the SM OU metagame.

antemortem on Jul 6, 2017 Permalink

UU Open Signups - Biggest UU Tournament in Pokemon!

Consider yourself a master of UnderUsed? Put your skill to the test in the biggest UU tournament in all of competitive Pokemon by signing up for Grand Slam VI's UU Open hosted on Smogon. Just post "in" and you will be paired off against another hopeful - good luck to everyone involved!

teal6 on Jul 6, 2017 Permalink

OMPL Week 1

Week 1 of Other Metagames Premier League V has commenced; may the best team win!

antemortem on Jul 5, 2017 Permalink

VG Speedrunning + NU Tier Changes

Kicking off yet another July is Summer Games Done Quick. Interested in the event or looking to get into speedrunning? Join us in Video Games from July 2nd - 9th for discussion on the event and more of your favourite video games, and July 10th for our room's exclusive event.

Tyrantrum and Necrozma are banned from SM NU.

antemortem on Jul 4, 2017 Permalink

Smogon Grand Slam VI

The sixth iteration of the Smogon Grand Slam is commencing soon! Before it starts, there are some important changes to this year's tournament within the introduction to note.

antemortem on Jun 30, 2017 Permalink

Cosmopolitan Photo Contest

Cosmopolitan is hosting a photography contest where users can submit their photos and judge each other's works of art. The winners will receive a spot on the room's website where their best photos can be seen. First place will receive a shout out in the roomintro with the title "Photo Master 2017." Get snapping, everyone!

antemortem on Jun 29, 2017 Permalink

OM of the Month and BH Suspect Test

Voting is open for July's Other Metagame of the Month. Choose the OM you want as a ladder!

Balanced Hackmons is suspect testing Gengarite and Magnet Pull. To qualify for voting, you will need 2600 COIL by July 7th.

The Immortal on Jun 26, 2017 Permalink

UU & NU Tier Changes

Houndoominite has been banned from UU, and Weavile is being retested. Exploud has been banned from NU.

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

Staff Interviews

The Pokemon Showdown global staff interviews featured in The Player have returned to Smogon. Check out the first round of new interviews!

Orda-Y on Jun 9, 2017 Permalink

June Usage Stats

June usage stats and tier shifts are now live. SM NeverUsed is now in beta, and the tiering process has banned Yanmega and Slurpuff to BL3.

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

Pheromosa has been banned from OU, and Mega Kangaskhan has been banned from Doubles OU.

antemortem on Apr 10, 2017 Permalink

Evasion in DPP Revisited

Snow Cloak and Sand Veil are unbanned on Pokémon without a second ability in DPP.

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

As of this week, Jirachi is banned from Doubles OU, and Lucario, Hawlucha, Kyurem, Venomoth, and Crawdaunt are quickbanned from RarelyUsed.

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

February usage stats are out, and SM RU is now in beta! With this transition, Suicune has been quickbanned to BL2.

antemortem on Mar 10, 2017 Permalink

SM LC Vulpix Suspect

Vulpix is being suspect tested in SM LC.

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

MeTube? YouTube!

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

OverUsed is suspect testing 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

PSPL Finals

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

OMotM Voting

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.

Starting this month Ruins of Alph will have a Spotlight ladder on Pokemon Showdown! The first Spotlight is RBY UU.

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

Little Cup is suspecting Diglett and NU is suspecting Sceptile.

Voting reqs for both suspects are set at 2800 coil.

Eevee General on Mar 10, 2016 Permalink

Some updates

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.

Have fun!

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

PM Logging

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

We're unveiling The Flying Press room, an area dedicated to Smogon's media publication! Join us for live discussion on our on-site articles - both concepts and in-progress works.

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.

Good luck!

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!

Lastly, a new seasonal ladder called Polar Opposites is underway. On this ladder your randomized team will consist of six Ice-type Pokemon all battling under the effects of Inverse Battle. Enjoy!

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

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

Tier Update

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

Ladder optimization

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

Hangman

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

Trivia Leaderboard

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

Poll feature

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

Recent updates

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

Poetry Workshop

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

Lobby Revamp

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.

Submit your own photos for the July Photography Contest held in our Cosmopolitan room!

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

Scholastic Room

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

New Formats

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.

Two Nintendo formats, Little Cup and Battle Spot Special 10, are also added.

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

Roleplaying: RustyRP

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

Room Events

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

Mafia Workshop

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

&Sweep

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

Battle Dome

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

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

Trivia Script

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.

As what happened today, the MMORPG room will be hosting another game night next Saturday at 8 PM EST! They will be showcasing Realm of the Mad God.

Free Time is hosting a talent show, where singing, card tricks, art and more are accepted!

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!

The Chess room will be producing tournaments that rewards Room Voice. For those interested, there's a monthly procedure.

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

Help Room

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.

Given the large amount of demand for both topics, PU and Smash Bros have received their own rooms. Enjoy!

Ubers has announced that Gengarite will not be banned, and they'll be proceeding onward with a full test for Shadow Tag.

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!

Smogon’s Official Ladder Tournament has entered its third cycle. If you are interested in competing, we recommend you read how to sign up and visit the OLT room for discussion of the tournament.

Sir Donovan on Sep 25, 2014 Permalink

PSPL II, Tournaments and more

Read Issue #2 of The Player here!

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

Latest changes

Hi, guys!

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