Are you an NFE player? Sign up for the NFE Seasonal tournament today! Sign ups are open until Sunday at 11:59 PM EST (GMT -4) or until there are enough players in the tournament. NFE resources are here! For players wanting to discuss NFE, a room for it exists here on Pokémon Showdown.
—Ransei on Apr 9, 2021 Permalink
April's Monthly Ladders & OM Classic II
—Ransei on Apr 5, 2021 Permalink
Rands Slam I & Multi Format Open Signups
The Random Battles room is hosting Rands Slam I, the first Random Battles circuit. Composed of five tournaments featuring the most popular randomized formats and a Playoff round, the players will get points to win a Smogon banner and more!
The Multi Format Open, featuring BSSF, Hackmons Cup, RB Monotype, Super Staff Bros 4 and Battle Factory has Signups open until Sunday 4th! Don't miss it!
—HoeenHero on Mar 29, 2021 Permalink
OM Classic II and Retro OMs
Ever wanted to play some of our most favored past gen OMs in a tournament setting? OM Classic II has officially commenced! Our first tournament in OM Classic II is Gen 7 Balanced Hackmons Cup! Sign up if you have what it takes to become the champion of old gen OMs!
To commemorate the commencement of OM Classic II, Gen 7 STABmons and Gen 6 Almost Any Ability are now ladder formats on Pokémon Showdown and will be available to play for the duration of the event. Gen 7 Mix and Mega has also been added to Pokémon Showdown but as a permanent ladder! For more information on the new ladders, check out this thread.
—Ransei on Mar 22, 2021 Permalink
RoAPL Player & UU Open X Signups
Player signups for the seventh iteration of RoAPL are live. Signup now to relive your favorite old gen metagame in 7 weeks long Round Robin format!
Signups for The UU Open X are live! Signups will be open until Sunday, and substitutes will be able to join until Wednesday.
—HoeenHero on Mar 19, 2021 Permalink
Arts and Culture Spring Contest & BLT VIII
Come and join the Arts and Culture room for their annual spring art contest! Spring is a lovely season full of beauty and wonder, and there's many ways to showcase what it's all about. Come show us what spring means to you through your art and compete for the chance to win a custom avatar, among other prizes! Click on the information document for more details!
The annual Tournaments room event BLT has begun! This season is led by Raj. Shoot and features a return to the popular group format. Staff from the Tournaments room will be representing their qualified scripted tournament leaderboard players in a community team tournament. Check out the thread for more details!
—HoeenHero on Mar 15, 2021 Permalink
Smogon Tour 31 and SPL XII Apparel Shop
The 31st edition of Smogon's most popular tournament returns next Friday, 6PM EST! If you want to know more about Smogon Tour - including the tournament times and where you play your games - you can read the tournament's introduction or watch 2-time winner BKC further detail the process to new players. Furthermore, the exclusive SPL XII merchandising will be available in the Smogon Apparel Shop until Sunday, March 14th 23:59 EST! You can check an index of the products and designs we are offering or head over directly to our Teespring store!
—HoeenHero on Mar 8, 2021 Permalink
OU Room Live Tours!
Starting in March, OU Room staff will be hosting official ranked tournaments in the OU room! For more information or to see monthly leaderboards, schedule and prizes come visit overused or check the official smogon thread!
—HoeenHero on Mar 5, 2021 Permalink
March's Other Metagames and RoA Spotlights
This month's featured OM ladders are Max Berries and The Loser's Game. In Max Berries, all berries are modified to have maximum effects on a Pokémon. In The Loser's Game, a player wins once all six of their Pokémon have fainted.
—Ransei on Mar 1, 2021 Permalink
Ultimate Gaming Olympics & Hispanic Grand Slam
Between February 27th, 2021 @ 7PM EDT and March 20th, 2021 @ 7PM EDT, Battle Dome, Game Corner, Mafia, Scavengers, Survivor, and Trivia are bringing you UGO! Involving events showing off the best of each room and one overarching leaderboard, you could win one of: custom avatar, a username color change, a high-value name, and custom titles. Find out more in this thread!
Espanol room will be hosting a multitier daily tournament & trivias based on Pokemon! Starting on March 1st, make yourself a spot in the scoreboard and classify to playoffs to win a choice of a username to claim, a custom avatar or a custom name color. Full events detailed in this thread. The event will be in spanish, but don't forget Pokémon is a global language, so dont be afraid to test your knowledge & skill!
—HoeenHero on Feb 26, 2021 Permalink
Pokémon Games Regional World Tournament + Movie Marathon
The Pokémon Games room is hosting two events to celebrate Pokémon's 25th Anniversary! On Wednesday, February 24th, earn points for your favorite region by winning random battle tournaments in the Regional World Tournament! And on Saturday, February 27th, come watch three classic Pokémon movies with the room during the Movie Marathon! Be sure to come hang out and celebrate Pokémon Day!
—HoeenHero on Feb 22, 2021 Permalink
2v2 Doubles Ladder Tournament
The 2v2 Doubles Ladder Tournament is underway! The top 4 registered alts on the ladder after each of 4 weeks will enter the playoffs. Compete against others and try to top the ladder to show you have what it takes. Join the 2v2 room for information and discussion.
—HoeenHero on Feb 19, 2021 Permalink
Retro OM Ladders!
A new group of OM ladders have appeared! They are known as Retro Other Metagames. This group features beloved OMs from the past in order to revive their former glory! Gen 7 Balanced Hackmons and Gen 6 Pure Hackmons have been given permanent ladders to reflect this! They can be found on the far center right of the format list. Check out this thread for further details!
—Ransei on Feb 15, 2021 Permalink
SmORGon Season 14
Fan of the TV show Survivor? Do you like social games? Want to win 50 USD? Apply to SmORGon Season 14: The Great Marsh today and check out the discord server. Spectators welcome! Applications end February 17th! Game starts February 19th!
—HoeenHero on Feb 12, 2021 Permalink
Chinese New Year Celebration Festival
From the 8th to the 21st of February, many Pokémon Showdown rooms will host games & tournaments related to the Chinese New Year! Gather points to have a chance of winning one of a custom avatar, a color change, or claiming an inactive name. Make sure to read the rules and keep an eye on the event schedule!
—HoeenHero on Feb 8, 2021 Permalink
Battle Stadium Series 8
The new BSS and VGC ruleset is now playable! These formats allow any Pokémon obtainable in Sword & Shield, and the DLCs, with a limit of one restricted legendary per team! Discussion on the formats can be found in the Battle Stadium and VGC rooms.
—HoeenHero on Feb 5, 2021 Permalink
Other Metagames Ladders & Tournament
—The Immortal on Feb 1, 2021 Permalink
Youtube Groupwatch Nuzlocke
Join the Youtube room as we attempt to beat a Pokemon HeartGold nuzlocke but we need YOUR help. Using groupwatch, a way in which to watch youtube videos right on PS!, we will be livestreaming every Friday from January 29th at 2pm GMT until we beat the elite 4! Come by and help make crucial decisions, get a Pokemon named after you and ultimately be a part of the YouTube room’s quest to become Johto region champion!
—HoeenHero on Jan 29, 2021 Permalink
Roles for Initiative
Dungeons & Dragons and The Library are teaming up to offer a contest for those with a creative bent that are seeking adventure. Your task will be to create a compelling, and appropriate, backstory for a character following a pre-arranged set of criteria. Our judges will pick their favorite and you could win various prizes including a custom avatar! For more information, feel free to hop into either room and ask a member of staff or view the info document.
—HoeenHero on Jan 25, 2021 Permalink
1v1 Premier League V player signups
—HoeenHero on Jan 22, 2021 Permalink
TV & Films and The Cafe Super Sized Event!
The TV & Films and The Cafe rooms are hosting a week and a half long event with games and more daily starting on Saturday the 16th! Prizes include a choice of a username to claim, a custom avatar or a custom name color. Full event details can be found in the information document and in the corresponding rooms (including the schedule listed in /events). We hope to see you there!
—HoeenHero on Jan 15, 2021 Permalink
Multiplayer Games and Speedrunning Event & BSS Factory
Video Games' subroom, Social Games, has rebranded to Multiplayer Games, and to kick off the new year we will be collaborating with Speedrunning to host a speedrunning challenge following on from AGDQ 21! Join the room for more information!
The generation 8 version of BSS Factory has now been added and can be found under Randomized Metas. You'll receive 6 BSS Pokemon and have to choose 3 to battle with. Help can be found in Battle Stadium or the discussion thread.
—HoeenHero on Jan 8, 2021 Permalink
January's Other Metagames & Tournaments
This month's featured OM ladders are Tier Shift and Shared Power! The 2021 OM Circuit has kicked off with the NFE Open! Signup for the first of five Opens to earn a spot in the OM Grand Slam VI Playoffs!
Signups for Official Smogon Tournament XVII are live! Join the largest tournament on Smogon for a chance to win the first place prize of a Smogon trophy, a custom avatar, and 200 USD!
—The Immortal on Jan 4, 2021 Permalink
Pokémon Games/Scavengers Move Animation Trivia
The Pokémon Games and Scavengers rooms are joining together to host a Move Animation Trivia event! Prove your series-wide knowledge of Pokémon Moves in this two-part event on Sunday, January 3rd at 3:00PM EST!
—HoeenHero on Jan 1, 2021 Permalink
Throwback Photo Contest
Come and join Arts and Culture for a photo contest! Show off your photography skills and highlight past travels for a chance to showcase amazing memories and win some fabulous prizes! Check out the document for more info!
—HoeenHero on Dec 28, 2020 Permalink
Super Staff Bros 4
The Super Staff Bros format has been updated for new generation of Pokemon just in time for Christmas! Battle it out with 120 new sets based on staff members from the site, each having their own custom moves and more! For more information, check out the Super Staff Bros 4 article written about the format!
—HoeenHero on Dec 25, 2020 Permalink
Random Battles Team Tour 4
The Random Battles room is hosting the fourth edition of the Random Battles Team Tournament! This year, even often-forgotten formats like CAP 1v1 and Gen 1 Random Battle will have a chance to shine! Sign up before January 2nd to have a chance to win a team-wide custom avatar on Pokemon Showdown!
—HoeenHero on Dec 21, 2020 Permalink
Battle Dome is holding a holiday event from 13 to 27th of December. Compete for prizes such as your own custom map to add to the game or a chance to get room voice, or just play because it's a lot of fun! More information can be found in our information document. There's going to be a couple of tutorial events on Tuesday the 15th, so feel free to drop by! We'll be here to help you.
—HoeenHero on Dec 14, 2020 Permalink
Lobby Video Game Tournament
Come celebrate the holidays with free game keys! From December 18-20, Lobby is hosting a series of tournaments in various randomized formats, with a prize pool of 90 different games. Learn more and check out the list of games here!
—HoeenHero on Dec 11, 2020 Permalink
December's Other Metagames
What happens when you mashup STABmons and Almost Any Ability? You get the unique and exciting format known as StAAAbmons! In this metagame, Pokémon gain access to moves they share a type with, as well as any ability they desire.
—The Immortal on Dec 8, 2020 Permalink
Dragon King Cup
—HoeenHero on Dec 4, 2020 Permalink
The 2020 VG Awards
The Video Games room is hosting its annual Game Awards predictions contest, running from December 1-9. We will also be watching the awards show hosted by Geoff Keighley on December 10th at 7 PM EST, so you can see if your predictions were spot on or completely wrong. Users with the best score are eligible for a prize.
—HoeenHero on Nov 30, 2020 Permalink
TV & Films Snapshot Weekend
The TV & Films room (formerly Jubilife TV & Films) has rebranded, and to commemorate the event they're hosting a triple whammy of their signature game, Snapshot (users guess the TV show/film from pictures) this weekend (7 P.M EST Fri & Sat, 3 P.M EST Sunday)! Visit the room for full details!
—HoeenHero on Nov 27, 2020 Permalink
SmORGon S13 Signups are Open!
Fan of Survivor on TV? Not familiar with Survivor, but have a competitive spirit? Looking for a chance to win 50 dollars? If the answer to any of those is yes, apply to the 13th season of SmORGon, Badlands, today! Check out our signup form!
—HoeenHero on Nov 20, 2020 Permalink
Monotype & OM Team Tours
Signups for Monotype's Winter Premier League is up. Do not miss this opportunity to play various Monotype metagames with different rulesets such as AAA and STABmons. Signups will last for 2 weeks, visit the Monotype subforum to signup now!
World Cup of Other Metagames III has commenced! Compete for your region with OMs such as Balanced Hackmons and Mix & Mega. Find out more in the player signups thread.
—HoeenHero on Nov 16, 2020 Permalink
2v2 Doubles Premier League II
—HoeenHero on Nov 13, 2020 Permalink
The Magic & Mayhem room is hosting Worlds Collide! Create a Wizard and a Superhero team with a partner to compete. Teamwork makes the dream work! The contest will begin November 9th and all submissions must be turned in for judging by November 30th.
Winners will receive the Prize Winner rank, choice of a roomintro shoutout, joinphrase, or spot on the rooms website, and the choice of the next movie we watch for the rooms movie night. See the rules document for more info.
—HoeenHero on Nov 9, 2020 Permalink
Pokemon Games ShinyFest Event & Tundra Tourney
Excited to try the new DLC Pokémon? The Tundra Tourney online competition on Battle Stadium is a 3v3 singles format that only allows Pokémon from the Crowned Tundra Pokédex. Check out the Battle Stadium room for more info.
—HoeenHero on Nov 6, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & Livetour Circuit
The Other Metagames Livetour Circuit begins this weekend! It will feature Almost Any Ability, Balanced Hackmons, Camomons, Mix and Mega, and STABmons.
—The Immortal on Nov 2, 2020 Permalink
Crown Tundra Giveaway!
Enjoying the Crown Tundra DLC? Come join the wifi room on Sunday, November 1st for our official Crown Tundra Giveaway, featuring over 30 returning Pokemon given away over 20 hours!
—HoeenHero on Oct 30, 2020 Permalink
Halloween Event & Among Us Event
Missing out on trick and treating this year? Well worry not, because Survivor and Scavengers are teaming up to bring you a spooky night of candy and monsters! Join the odyssey and adventure forward in this document!
Emergency meeting! Halloween weekend is upon us and what better way to embrace the spooky season than with Among Us games hosted by The Happy Place and Social Games rooms!! Work together to eliminate the imposter, or sabotage the crewmates yourself. Stop by and join us for some fun filled games from October 30th - November 1st!
—HoeenHero on Oct 26, 2020 Permalink
Crown Tundra & Trainer Academy Room
The Crown Tundra update for Pokemon Showdown has been released! You can now use the new and returning Pokemon in the Generation 8 formats. If you find any issues, be sure to make a Bug Report if it has not been reported recently.
The Trainer Academy room has been recreated! If you want to get started with competitive Pokémon (be it the teambuilding or battling basics) or help beginners out, this is the place to go.
—HoeenHero on Oct 24, 2020 Permalink
Battle of Legends
The next online competition hosted on the Nintendo Switch games has been announced. The format will be 4v4 doubles, with one legendary or mythical Pokémon allowed per team. Check out the Battle Stadium room for more information.
—HoeenHero on Oct 9, 2020 Permalink
CAP 28 Playtest Sign Ups
CAP 28 is about to be finished and to celebrate, the CAP Project will be holding a Playtest Tournament! Sign ups will run for 2 weeks, so head over here to signup if you're interested. The winner will get a custom banner on the forums.
—HoeenHero on Oct 5, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & Seasonal Pet Mod
Camomons is the Other Metagame of the Month for October! In this OM, each and every Pokemon become the types of the first two moves in their moveslots.
The Pet Mod of the Season is ViAbilities! This mod attempts to make every ability useful and balanced.
—The Immortal on Oct 2, 2020 Permalink
Pokémon Games DPP Community Playthrough
The Pokemon Games room is hosting a Community Playthrough of Diamond, Pearl and Platinum! Over the coming weeks participants will explore the chilly mountains and vast routes of the lore-rich Sinnoh region, and share their experiences with one another. The Community Playthrough starts on September 21st - don't miss out on experiencing these fan-favorite games with the Pokemon Games room!
—HoeenHero on Sep 21, 2020 Permalink
Smogon Tour 30
Signups for the Smogon Tour 30 are now open! There will be live tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the next two months, and you sure won't want to miss participating. Head over to Smogtours to compete!
—HoeenHero on Sep 18, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & Megamax Ladder Tour
—The Immortal on Sep 7, 2020 Permalink
Scavengers 1v1 Collab Tour
Outfox your opponents one round, then outsearch them the next in 1v1 and Scavengers' mashup Triple Elimination Swiss tournament on Friday, September 4th, at 3PM EDT (GMT-4)! The champion of this battling and knowledge tournament will earn a Smogon custom title, 1v1 Kyubits, and Scavengers ladder points! Check out the info doc for 1v1 sample teams, scavenging tips, and other info.
—HoeenHero on Sep 4, 2020 Permalink
Battle Stadium / VGC Series 6
New rules for the next season on Battle Stadium have been announced; a combined list of top 10 most-used Pokémon from both singles and doubles - 16 Pokémon total - have been banned from both BSS and VGC. The new rules will be introduced in season 10 of Battle Stadium. Be sure to discuss the metagames in the Battle Stadium and VGC rooms.
—HoeenHero on Aug 31, 2020 Permalink
Smogon's biggest ever Survivor game starts this Saturday!
Smogon Survivor: The Official is an 80 player survivor game starting Saturday, Aug 15. A unique Smogon Banner will be awarded to the Sole Survivor! Head to the smogon thread to sign up or spectate.
Update: Signups are now closed! Feel free to spectate the game!
—HoeenHero on Aug 14, 2020 Permalink
Smash Bros. Random 1v1 Tournament
—HoeenHero on Aug 10, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & STABmons Suspect
STABmons is suspect testing V-Create. Obtain a minimum of 75 GXE in at least 25 games to qualify for voting. A fresh alt including VCS is required and the suspect test will run until August 21st.
—The Immortal on Aug 7, 2020 Permalink
Pokemon Showdown Trivia League & ZUPL Signups
Trivia is hosting the Pokemon Showdown Trivia League (PSTL)! You and an optional partner can team up and duel other players on PS! to win a custom avatar for your group! Signups and more information about the event are here. Hope to see you there!
ZU Premier League player signups are underway. ZUPL is back for another year, featuring DPP ZU to SS ZU and six teams. Click on the link for more info and sign up if you are interested.
—HoeenHero on Aug 3, 2020 Permalink
The Library Worldbuilding contest
The Library's back with another contest, this time with a whole new world to explore! The staff has created a base for a world, and you will expand on it with your own stories. The winners get a custom avatar or a story/art piece made by our staff members! More info can be found in the information document.
—HoeenHero on Jul 31, 2020 Permalink
Mafia Summer Circuit
The Mafia Summer Circuit has passed its halfway point - hopefully you've enjoyed the first half! Join the EiMM Game hosted for a final chance of winning a custom avatar and Mafia Room Voice. Forge alliances, gather info, and backstab as needed to ensure that you're one of the last players standing!
—HoeenHero on Jul 24, 2020 Permalink
They targeted gamers- I mean E3
Since E3 had the big rip this year and it's one of the only things us nobodies in Video Games look forward to, join us as we us judge separate gaming events happening on July 12th (Ubisoft), 14th (Google Stadia), 20th (Summer Games Fest Showcase/Nintendo Direct Mini) and the 23rd (Xbox).
—HoeenHero on Jul 13, 2020 Permalink
Smogon Survivor Season 12
Smogon's Circus Maximus is starting another official game of online Survivor soon! Do you watch Survivor on TV and have always wanted to play? Do you want a chance to win 50 USD? Are you bored in quarantine and want to meet new people? If yes, then apply!
—HoeenHero on Jul 10, 2020 Permalink
1v1 World Cup Signups
World Cup of 1v1 Signups are underway! 8 teams for each region around the world will compete in generations 4-8 of 1v1!
—HoeenHero on Jul 6, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & Pet Mods
—The Immortal on Jul 4, 2020 Permalink
The Cafe's Guess The Food Event
Come join The Cafe for the Guess The Food event, a fun, food-themed series of minigames for the first week of July! Scheduling can be found in the information document. Additionally, a Custom Avatar will be awarded for first place, so don't miss out!
—HoeenHero on Jun 29, 2020 Permalink
PU Open & LC Open
The last two signups for Smogon Grand Slam IX have just gone up! Show off your lower tier knowledge and prowess in the PU Open and the LC Open. It's your last chance to participate in this year's edition of the Grand Slam, so be sure to join in!
—HoeenHero on Jun 22, 2020 Permalink
Game Corner PvP Tournament
Game Corner is hosting a Game Corner PvP Tournament! The event is a 1v1 where players compete to be the last one standing. Qualifications will run for three cycles (June 19- July-31). Official Tournament takes place from August-September. Participants are awarded bits, but major prizes include: a custom joinphrase, a roomintro shoutout and a custom avatar! More info can be found in the information document!
—HoeenHero on Jun 19, 2020 Permalink
RU Open & NU Open
—HoeenHero on Jun 15, 2020 Permalink
Mafia Summer Circuit & UU Open
It's back! For our second year, come join the Mafia room this summer for a series of social games and forum competitions, including mafia, survivor and more! Five games will be hosted between June and August, and the winners will be eligible for prizes, including a Room Voice promo, Custom Avatar, and more. Check out the full announcement for more details!
Are you a lower tier master? Then show us what you've got in Smogon Grand Slam IX! Players will compete in UU, RU, NU, PU and Little Cup for a chance at the coveted turquoise trophy. GSIX is officially kicking off now with UU Open, so dust off your Noiverns and give it your best!
—HoeenHero on Jun 12, 2020 Permalink
Monotype Premier League VI Player Signups
Monotype Premier League VI player signups are up! Join to have fun playing generations 8-5 Monotype while facing off against 7 other teams!
—HoeenHero on Jun 8, 2020 Permalink
Magic & Mayhem
The Magic & Mayhem room is hosting a contest from June 5-19 for users like you to design your very own character from your favorite magical world or superhero universe. The winners will receive prizes such as a shoutout for themselves and their character in the room's intro, Magic & Mayhem's Kid A badge, or a joinphrase upon entering the room! Join the room and read the rules document to learn more! Have fun!
—HoeenHero on Jun 5, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & NFE Suspect
NFE is suspect testing Machoke. Obtain a minimum of 75 GXE in at least 25 games to qualify for voting. A fresh alt prefixed with NFEMA is required and the suspect test will run until June 14th.
—The Immortal on Jun 1, 2020 Permalink
University Challenge Champion Challenges Trivia and Scholastic!
University Challenge champion and Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and Million Second Quiz alumnus - and avid Pokemon Showdown player - Brandon Blackwell is going to do an event with the auth of trivia and scholastic. Questions about the trivia world, game shows, and what it was like to be on the winning University Challenge team will be answered, and Brandon himself will be crafting questions for a showdown between Trivia roomauth and Scholastic roomauth to determine the sharper room. The event will be Friday, May 22 at 3 PM EDT, which is 8 PM GMT +1.
—HoeenHero on May 18, 2020 Permalink
Special Lobby Gameaway
Ready to prove you're the very best AND win yourself game keys? Come test your mettle in the Humble Lobby Giveaway! From May 22-24, Lobby is hosting a series of tournaments in various randomized formats, with a total of 90 different video games available to win! Learn more and check out the games list here!
—HoeenHero on May 15, 2020 Permalink
Peterthegreeat Memorial Sports Trivia
Are you sad that your favourite sports have been cancelled due to the coronavirus? Why not show off your sports knowledge and stand a chance to win a custom avatar? From the 15th to the 17th of May the sports room is hosting 3 events where you identify players and clubs from their pictures or career stats or answer trivia questions. More info can be found in this document.
—HoeenHero on May 11, 2020 Permalink
Battle Dome v4.3
Come join Battle Dome in a large scale reveal of a new update to the game, version 4.3! The biggest update to the game since 2017, plenty of game changing updates and a large amount of new content are available to play, so come hang out with your friends over the summer! More content and features will be released throughout the following months, so make sure to stop by and have some fun
—HoeenHero on May 8, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & NFE Room
NFE is now a public room!
—The Immortal on May 4, 2020 Permalink
Pokemon Games Gym Leader Competition & Give-a-May Events
To celebrate the upcoming release of Part 1 of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pack, The Isle of Armor, the Pokemon Games room is hosting the Create-a-Gym Leader competition! Much like Klara and Avery in The Isle of Armor, participants will create their very own Pokemon Gym Leader, as well as a Gym for them to run! Up to 30 USD will be given away in Nintendo eShop gift cards as prizes!
But that's not all! The Pokemon Games room will also be hosting Give-a-May! Every day during the month of May, a rare Pokémon will be given out to one lucky user, courtesy of the Pokémon Games staff!
For more information on both of these sweet events, as well as discussion related to the Isle of Armor DLC, be sure to join the Pokemon Games room!
—HoeenHero on May 1, 2020 Permalink
Trivia Minigame Fortnight
The Trivia room is hosting a Minigame Fortnight from May 1- May 15! Compete in this two-week event by playing fun trivia minigames to earn points. The top 2 finishers will win prizes such as Steam Keys or a Custom Avatar! You can learn more by reading the Rules Document or by joining the Trivia room and asking about it there! Good luck!
—HoeenHero on Apr 27, 2020 Permalink
A&C Spring Art Contest
Cosmopolitan and Art have merged to form Arts & Culture! If you are looking for somewhere to share your art or talk about the world, this is the place! They are also hosting an art contest for aspiring artists to show what Spring means to them. This event document contains details.
—HoeenHero on Apr 20, 2020 Permalink
Official Survivor Game
Do you watch Survivor on TV and have always wanted to play? Are you bored in quarantine and want to meet new people? Do you want a chance to win 50 dollars? If the answer to any of those is yes, apply to join the Official Survivor Game! Find out more in the information document.
—HoeenHero on Apr 17, 2020 Permalink
HGSS Community Playthrough & Tri-Hard Tournament
The Pokemon Games room is hosting a community playthrough of Heart Gold and Soul Silver. Over the next few weeks participants will explore these beloved games together and discuss their experiences! Drop by Pokemon Games and check out our info spreadsheet to learn more.
Battle Dome, Mafia and Survivor are teaming up to bring you the Tri-Hard Tournament! From April 13th to May 3rd, players will compete in challenges across all three rooms to make a name for themselves. Claim your spot at the top of the leaderboard and compete for your chance to win a custom avatar, along with other room-specific prizes! Check out the event page for more details.
—HoeenHero on Apr 13, 2020 Permalink
Best Leaderboard Tournament VII
BLT VII's qualification phase has started! Come join the tournaments room and reach top 4 in roomtours to gain points. If you gain more than 50 points in a cycle of 2 weeks you have a chance to be in the tour!
—HoeenHero on Apr 10, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & Spring Seasonals
—The Immortal on Apr 6, 2020 Permalink
Random Battle Suspect Test
Random Battle is suspect testing Dynamax. Earn the requirements of 80 GXE and a minimum of 60 games to decide the future of Gen 8 Random Battle. This suspect will run until April 16th.
—The Immortal on Apr 4, 2020 Permalink
Are you a wrestling fan? Good news! Prowrestling is hosting a watchalong event this Saturday and Sunday for WWEs biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania! Join the room for live discussion of the event and other activities.
—HoeenHero on Apr 2, 2020 Permalink
Smogon Classic VI
—HoeenHero on Mar 16, 2020 Permalink
Battle Stadium Premier League
—HoeenHero on Mar 13, 2020 Permalink
Smogon Tour Season 29
The 29th Season of the Smogon Tour is starting on Friday, March 13th. Come join our Live Tournaments every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6, 4 and 2 PM EST respectively for the next 9 weeks. The first weekend is all SS OU!
—HoeenHero on Mar 6, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & SM Monotype Ladder Tour
The SM Monotype Ladder Tournament is under way! The top 4 registered alts on the ladder after each of 4 weeks will enter the playoffs.
—The Immortal on Mar 3, 2020 Permalink
VGC International Championships - Australia
VGC's first International Championship of Sword & Shield is being held in Melbourne, Australia from February 21-23. Watch top VGC players from around the world battle it out for thousands of dollars in prizing on Pokemon's Twitch. Find more details on Pokemon's official website and in the VGC room.
—HoeenHero on Feb 17, 2020 Permalink
On February 16th at 5PM EST break out your suits and dresses and join The Studio for our version of The Grammys! You can't say that the results are rigged because YOU nominated and voted for the winners.
—HoeenHero on Feb 14, 2020 Permalink
OM of the Month & 1v1 PL
1v1 Premier League signups are under way. 8 teams will compete at generations 4-8 of 1v1!
—The Immortal on Feb 3, 2020 Permalink
Scavengers' New Decade Odyssey Hunt
—HoeenHero on Feb 1, 2020 Permalink
Wifi VGC2020 Monthly Tournament
The Wifi room is hosting its first two Monthly Tournaments in which participants battle each other using their Nintendo Switch following the VGC2020 Rules. If you don't have a Battle-Ready team, there are plenty of public Rental Teams available which you can choose from. For more information check out the information and rules document.
—HoeenHero on Jan 24, 2020 Permalink
Join The Studio in their very first Studio Grammys and vote for your favorite songs and albums of 2019. Take part in nominations until January 26 and voting from January 28th - February 13th. Finally, put on your suits and dresses for the Studio Grammys Show, taking place on February 16th.
—HoeenHero on Jan 20, 2020 Permalink
Oscars Run-Up Event & OST Last Chance Sign-ups
Join the Jubilife TV and Films room for over 3 weeks of fun events and games (such as hangman, Snapshot and trivia) all leading up to The Academy Awards on February 9th! Prizes include Voice nominations, gift cards, game keys, room intro rewards and more! Refer to this event document for further details!
Don't miss your last chance to sign up for Smogon's inaugural Gen 8 OU tournament! Featuring over 1000 participants and 200 USD worth of cash prizes!
—HoeenHero on Jan 17, 2020 Permalink
Wizarding World Writing Contest
The Harry Potter and The Library rooms are hosting a writing contest! Write a short story set in the Harry Potter universe for a chance to win big prizes, such as giftcards and more. Submit your stories by January 27, and join the rooms to discuss ideas with your fellow competitors! More information can be found in the contest document.
—HoeenHero on Jan 13, 2020 Permalink
Smogon University Store
The apparel store returns with shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! We have designs featuring the 10 SPL teams, as well as the classic athletic design, which hasn't been sold since 2017. SPL merch is limited time only.
—chaos on Jan 10, 2020 Permalink
Official Smogon Tournament XVI Signups!
Official Smogon Tournament XVI signups are now open! Come join the biggest Singles Tournament on the planet, with a 200$ prize. Drop by the OST room if you have any question about it.
—HoeenHero on Jan 6, 2020 Permalink
New OM & Pet Mod Ladders
2v2 Doubles is the Other Metagame of the Month for January! Bring 4 Pokemon to Team Preview and choose 2 to battle.
The first ever Pet Mod of the Season is Clean State: Micro. Play a brand new "micrometagame" created from scratch with the ultimate goal of balance.
—The Immortal on Jan 3, 2020 Permalink
RBTT 3 is here!
The Random Battles room is hosting its third annual Random Battles Team Tour! The tour consists of various randomized formats snake draft-based team format. The winning team will get a custom avatar on PS!. Rules and instructions to sign up can be found on the thread. May the most skilled™️ team win!
—HoeenHero on Dec 20, 2019 Permalink
Battle Dome is holding a holiday event from the 21st to 28th of December. Compete for prizes such as your own custom item to add to the game or a chance to get room voice, or just play because it's a lot of fun! More information can be found on the information document. If you join the room a bit early you get a chance to learn the game before the events are going on, so feel free to drop by! We'll be here to help you.
—HoeenHero on Dec 16, 2019 Permalink
OM of the Month & NFE Suspect Test
Camomons is the Other Metagame of the Month for December! Change Pokémon types using your move slots to create unique combinations!
NFE is suspect testing Dynamax. Obtain a minimum of 78 GXE in at least 35 games to qualify for voting. A fresh alt prefixed with NFED is required and the suspect test will run until December 21st.
—The Immortal on Dec 6, 2019 Permalink
SPL XI Signups & OU Suspect Test
The new year is right around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: it’s SPL season! Ten teams will duke it out over nine weeks for a shot at the coveted red trophy in the 11th annual Smogon Premier League. Sign up now for a chance to join the action!
OU is suspect testing Dynamaxing. To vote in the test, you must achieve a GXE of 81 or higher with at least 40 games using a newly registered alt that starts with OUTM. More information can be found in the suspect thread.
—HoeenHero on Dec 2, 2019 Permalink
Battle Stadium Room
Battle Spot has been renamed to Battle Stadium to match those of the formats on the Sword and Shield games. Join in to discuss 3v3 singles, 4v4 doubles, and the Galar Beginnings competition!
—HoeenHero on Nov 25, 2019 Permalink
OU Room Premier League III
To celebrate the launch of Sword & Shield, the OU room is hosting its third team tournament! 6 teams will battle it out in an all-SS OU format, in one of the first team tournaments of the new generation! Player signups are now open.
—HoeenHero on Nov 18, 2019 Permalink
Generation 8 Beta
Pokemon Showdown has released beta formats for the eighth generation of Pokemon! You can now battle in Gen 8 Random Battles, OU, Doubles OU, and Balanced Hackmons! More formats will be released as the beta progresses. If you find any issues, be sure to make a Bug Report if it has not been reported recently.
—HoeenHero on Nov 16, 2019 Permalink
Other Metagame of the Month
Tier Shift has been selected to end the generation as OM of the Month! Battle using lower tier Pokemon with boosted stats in this diverse metagame!
—The Immortal on Nov 4, 2019 Permalink
SM 1v1 Dragonite Suspect
1v1 is suspecting Dragonite! The requirements to vote are a GXE of 75.5 and a minimum of 70 games played on a fresh account starting with "1VDN". The suspect will run until November 6th, 11:59 PM EST. More details can be found in the smogon thread.
—HoeenHero on Oct 25, 2019 Permalink
NFE Sendoff Tournament
Celebrate the end of an era and the beginning of a new generation in the NFE Sendoff Tournament! Signups can be found here and are open until Saturday October 19th. If you need help preparing for your matches, join us in the NFE chatroom!
—HoeenHero on Oct 11, 2019 Permalink
OM of the Month & World Cup
Sign up for the 2nd annual World Cup of Other Metagames! Team up with players from your region to battle in Almost Any Ability, Balanced Hackmons, Camomons, Mix and Mega, STABmons, and Tier Shift!
—The Immortal on Oct 7, 2019 Permalink
Alola Dexit: Endgame
Join the wifi room on Saturday, October 5th from 12 PM to 12 AM EST for a huge official giveaway, featuring four different shiny Necrozmas from the Japanese event, one set for each form!
—HoeenHero on Oct 4, 2019 Permalink
The Library's Halloween Contest
A chill is in the air and Halloween is around the corner. That can mean only one thing: The Library has a Halloween writing contest! The contest runs until October 31st and the winner will receive a custom avatar and the glory of winning! Read the doc for more info!
—HoeenHero on Sep 30, 2019 Permalink
New Format: Ultra Final
The last Battle Spot online competition for generation 7 has been added here so everyone can prepare for the real thing. Check out the discussion thread and discuss it in the battlespot room. The participation gift is a shiny Tapu Koko!
—HoeenHero on Sep 27, 2019 Permalink
Super Staff Bros Brawl Updated!
The Super Staff Bros Brawl format has been updated for round 2! The format now has over 60 new sets to replace retired staff as well as a combined total of 120 total staff members to use!
—HoeenHero on Sep 23, 2019 Permalink
The Showdown Genius Invitational Is Underway!
The Showdown Genius Invitational is underway, one game has been completed, and we are down to 14 players! Join the SGI Public room to watch the action unfold. Will your friends and fellow users play nice and work together, or will they betray and backstab each other to go for glory? Join the SGI Public Room and follow the Main Match thread to watch the action unfold!
—HoeenHero on Sep 20, 2019 Permalink
The Harry Potter room is hosting a competition! Four teams composed of the top 9 qualifiers face off in a series of Pokemon- and Harry Potter-themed events! The winners will receive prizes including an Amazon giftcard, a joinphrase said when you join the room, roomintro shout out, and in-room house points. Additionally, winners who show good sportsmanship may be nominated for Room Voice! Qualify by participating in minigames from September 15-30. Information Document.
—HoeenHero on Sep 17, 2019 Permalink
Battle Spot Special 17
Battle Spot Special 17 is Level 1 Cup! Only Pokemon that can be obtained at level 1 may participate in this bring 6, pick 3 singles format. What do you think will be strong? Discuss it in this thread or in the battlespot room.
—HoeenHero on Sep 9, 2019 Permalink
Smogon Tour Season 28
The 28th Season of the Smogon Tour is starting on Friday, September 13th. 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, the winners of the PS Day Lottery have been selected, congratulations to theimpact12, Tico 21, and imagine fairies! If you have won, contact a Leader or Administrator to claim your prize.
—HoeenHero on Sep 6, 2019 Permalink
Pokemon Showdown Day!
Today we're celebrating the creation of Pokemon Showdown! On this special day, we will be giving away to three lucky winners a Custom Avatar, access to almost any inactive name, or a custom color! Sign ups are available now, so come and register; you might be the one! (Only autoconfirmed users who are not currently punished in any public room are eligible to join.) The lottery can be found here.
—HoeenHero on Sep 2, 2019 Permalink
OM of the Month & Mix and Mega Suspect
Mix and Mega is suspect testing Shuckle. Voting requirements for this suspect test are a minimum of 83 GXE and 35 games played on a fresh alt prefixed with "MSS". The suspect will run until September 9th.
—The Immortal on Sep 1, 2019 Permalink
YouTube Cup Season 3 & Farewell to Alola Giveaway!
The YouTube room is hosting the third edition of YouTube Cup! YouTube Cup is a fun competition of battling with different challenges every week. You could have a chance to win a custom avatar or even a custom name color change! Check the YouTube Cup document for more information on rules, themes, and prizes!
On September 1, the Wi-Fi Room will be hosting a tremendous shiny Tapu Giveaway! Check back every couple hours to try and get a different Tapu. The giveaway will begin at 8 AM EST and will continue for 16 hours. Come join us give a final big Alola to Alola!
—HoeenHero on Aug 30, 2019 Permalink
Introducing Smogon Gameday
For live tournament coverage including play-by-play analysis, player interviews, and more, check out Smogon Gameday! The first episode is Sunday, September 1 from 2-4 PM Eastern. Catch us live on Smogon’s official Twitch.
—HoeenHero on Aug 26, 2019 Permalink
Are You A Showdown Genius?
Quadrophenic and friends are hosting a Showdown event based on the Korean reality TV show The Genius! A modest cash prize and custom avatar are up for grabs for 15 users who will compete in games that test psychology, social strategy, logical thinking, and cooperation. Only one winner will emerge! To enter the competition, please signup here.
—HoeenHero on Aug 19, 2019 Permalink
Smogon Replay Vault
Want to showcase your favorite replays? Smogon Replay Vault is a weekly video series on Smogon's Facebook and Twitter where funny, skillful, and otherwise interesting replays are brought to life in video form! Submit your own to be featured here and follow SmogonU on Facebook and Twitter to catch your replays going live!
—HoeenHero on Aug 16, 2019 Permalink
VGC World Championships
VGC's most prestigious tournament of the year, the invite-only World Championships, will be held in Washington D.C. from August 16-18. Thousands of dollars in prizing and the glory of becoming World Champion are at stake in an exciting weekend of in-person action from players across the globe. You can find more details on the official Pokemon website. Catch the action live on Pokemon's Twitch.
—HoeenHero on Aug 12, 2019 Permalink
AGPL & ZUPL Signups
Anything Goes Premier League signups are open! Come enjoy your favorite ladder metagame in its first team format! Signup here.
ZU Premier League signups are also under way, sign up to compete at generations 4-7 of ZU! Signup here.
—HoeenHero on Aug 5, 2019 Permalink
OM of the Month & BH Suspect
Balanced Hackmons is suspect testing Mega Rayquaza. Voting requirements for this suspect test are a minimum of 83 GXE and 45 games played on a fresh alt with "RAY" in the name. The suspect will run until August 11th.
—The Immortal on Aug 2, 2019 Permalink
Cultural Cuisine Contest!
Do you like discovering and sharing foods from different cultures? This is the contest for you. Cosmopolitan and The Cafe are collaborating to host the Cultural Cuisine Contest! Submit a photo of food from your culture to have a chance to win a custom avatar. More information and prizes found here.
—HoeenHero on Jul 29, 2019 Permalink
Tournaments Leaderboard Tournament 3
Do you enjoy battling? Well, the Tournaments room is hosting its third annual "Tournaments Leaderboard Tournament" with a Custom Avatar as the prize for the winner! Get past the qualification stage throughout August and prepare to duke it off in a double elimination frenzy consisting of various official Smogon Metagames! You can find more information here.
—HoeenHero on Jul 27, 2019 Permalink
Jubilife TV and Films Mega Snapshot!
Think you know movies and shows? Join Jubilife TV and Films on Sunday, July 28, 7 PM EDT for a massive 200-round game of snapshot, and discuss the amazing lineup of July and August movies!
—HoeenHero on Jul 22, 2019 Permalink
THP Summer Camp!
Between the 22nd and 28th of July, The Happy Place will be hosting a summer camp. Come join in lots of fun activities such as games, tournaments and contests. Each activity you enter earns you points, earn even more if you win! First prize of a $20 eShop code and a free shiny Pokemon for whoever amasses the most points at the end of the camp. You can find more information here.
—HoeenHero on Jul 19, 2019 Permalink
OLT VI & OU Blitz
The sixth edition of Smogon's Official Ladder tour has started. If you fancy yourself good at SM OU, sign up here and then get higher than anybody else on the ladder. Feel free to also join the temporary room dedicated to it.
Too impatient for normal OU? Try our new OU Blitz mode, with 10 seconds per turn (and a 30 second Team Preview)!
Never complain about the timer again! Your opponent will have no time for trash talk!
—HoeenHero on Jul 16, 2019 Permalink
PU Suspect Test
PU is currently suspect testing Guzzlord! The requirements to vote are a GXE of 80, as well as a minimum of 35 games played, on a fresh alt with "GST" in the beginning of the name. Note that there will not be a suspect ladder for this test. This suspect test will run until July 19th.
—HoeenHero on Jul 12, 2019 Permalink
OM of the Month & BH Ladder Tour
The Balanced Hackmons Ladder Tournament has begun. Compete against others and try to top the ladder to show you have what it takes. You can find more information and sign up here.
—The Immortal on Jul 8, 2019 Permalink
Mafia Circuit: Forum Survivor & Battle Spot Premier League
The Mafia Forum Circuit has passed its halfway point. Hopefully you've enjoyed the first half! Join the Survivor Game hosted for a final chance of winning a custom avatar and Mafia Room Voice. Forge alliances, win challenges and the title will be yours!
Player signups for BSPL have opened. This team tournament features the Singles and Doubles formats regulated by TPCi from generation 5, 6 and 7.
—HoeenHero on Jul 5, 2019 Permalink
Status Messages and Idle Timers
With today's restart comes the ability for users to set a short status message to show up when someone clicks their name, using the new
/busy commands. Additionally, users will automatically be marked as idle after a prolonged period of inactivity.
—bumbadadabum on Jul 2, 2019 Permalink
It's now possible to offer draws!
If you and your opponent want the game to end in a tie, you can now use the
/offerdraw command to do it!
—Zarel on Jun 27, 2019 Permalink
CAP26 - Equilibra Released
The Create-A-Pokemon Project has finished its three month process of building a competitive Doom Desire user: Equilibra! Its Steel/Ground typing combined with Levitate give it many opportunities to come in during a match.
Check out this thread to see how we made it, this replay to see it in action, and the CAP Project Room to come test it with us. The CAP Metagame is hosting a Playtest Tournament where you could win a mug. Enjoy!
—Birkal on Jun 21, 2019 Permalink
VGC North American International Championships & Battle Spot Special 16: BSS UU
The VGC North American International Championships are happening from June 21-23 in Columbus, Ohio! VGC 2019's Ultra Series is in full force, and this is the last chance for players to grab Championship Points and prize money before the World Championships in August. You can find more details here. Catch the action live on Twitch here.
The next season of Battle Spot means a new Special ruleset; this season is BSS UnderUsed! Find out which Pokémon are eligible here
—HoeenHero on Jun 17, 2019 Permalink
Grand Slam VIII & ZU Suspect Test
Are you a lower tier master? Then show us what you've got in Smogon Grand Slam VIII! Players will compete in UU, RU, NU, PU and Little Cup for a chance at the coveted turquoise trophy. GSVIII is officially kicking off now with UU Open, PU Open, RU Open, and NU Open so dust off your Scizors and your Guzzlords and give it your best!
ZU is currently re-testing Exeggutor! The requirements to vote are a GXE of 78, as well as a minimum of 30 games played, on a fresh alt with "ZUEGG" in the beginning of the name. Note that there will not be a suspect ladder for this test. This suspect test will run until June 24th.
—HoeenHero on Jun 13, 2019 Permalink
Monotype Premier League V Player Signups
The fifth edition of the Monotype Premier League is beginning and accepting player signups until at least June 21st! If you enjoy playing Monotype or either of its older generations of BW and ORAS, then check it out and sign up as a player here!
—HoeenHero on Jun 10, 2019 Permalink
Monthly Metagames & OMPL VII
—The Immortal on Jun 7, 2019 Permalink
Join the Video Games and YouTube rooms during E3 2019 from June 11th to June 14th where we will be watching and discussing this year's major conferences live with the community. The conferences have already started, so feel free to tune in during the conference, or drop by later for a recap.
—bumbadadabum on Jun 7, 2019 Permalink
Another Pokémon Direct ft. Sword & Shield
On the 5th of June there is a Pokémon Direct scheduled. What do you think will be revealed? Discuss anything relating to the Direct in the Pokemon Games room!
—HoeenHero on May 31, 2019 Permalink
Forum Mafia Summer Circuit
Come join the Mafia Room this summer in playing a series of Mafia, and other social forum games. Five games will be hosted between June and August. Amongst the prizes are Room Voice and a Custom Avatar. Check out the details here!
—HoeenHero on May 24, 2019 Permalink
You BOARD of these GAMES yet?
The future is now old man! We play board games on the internet! Chess and Scrabble have merged creating the Board Games room. We host all sorts of games so come say hi and get a game going!
—HoeenHero on May 20, 2019 Permalink
Cosmopolitan Spring Photo Contest
It's a wonderful day outside. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming. At times like these, people like you... should be showing us what Spring looks like through your perspective! Cosmopolitan is hosting a Spring Photo Contest where the winner earns a $25 Amazon gift card and a Custom Avatar! Rules and other information can be found here!
—HoeenHero on May 13, 2019 Permalink
OM of the Month & Camomons Suspect
Camomons is suspect testing Dragonite. Voting requirements for this suspect test are a minimum of 78 GXE and 25 games played on a fresh alt with "CDS" at the beginning of the name. The suspect will run until May 15th.
—The Immortal on May 3, 2019 Permalink
Alola Community Playthrough
Pokémon Games is hosting a Community Playthrough of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Over the coming weeks, participants will travel through Alola together, sharing their progress and experiences. Signups close May 6th - don't miss the chance to join other fans in this wonderful journey! More information can be found here.
—HoeenHero on Apr 30, 2019 Permalink
Harry Potter Make-A-Spell Competition
—HoeenHero on Apr 26, 2019 Permalink
VGC European International Championships
The VGC European International Championships are happening from April 26-28 in Berlin, Germany! This is VGC's first major in-person tournament for 2019's Ultra Series, with thousands of dollars in prizes at stake! You can find more details here. Catch the action live on Twitch here.
—HoeenHero on Apr 22, 2019 Permalink
Game Corner Premier League & The Infinity Watch
GCPL IV has begun! To qualify, finish in the top 8 of any Game Corner leaderboard cycle from now until June 30th. Participants will then be auctioned into 8 teams and face off in a tournament of games until late August. The winners will receive custom avatars and more! Read more here.
—HoeenHero on Apr 15, 2019 Permalink
The Library Spring Contest
The Library is hosting a Springtime Writing Contest through May 12th! If you're feeling creative and would like a chance at the grand prize of a Custom Avatar, come check out the room and get writing!
—HoeenHero on Apr 12, 2019 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!
—HoeenHero on Apr 8, 2019 Permalink
Other Metagames of the Month
The Other Metagame of the Month for April is Godly Gift. Use one Uber and share its base stats with the rest of your team in this unique metagame! The Leader's Choice of the month takes popular OM Mix and Mega and puts it in LC format. Find out more about Mix and Mega LC in the OM Mashups Megathread!
—The Immortal on Apr 5, 2019 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!
—HoeenHero on Apr 1, 2019 Permalink
Trivia's March Madness Tournament Duel
The Trivia room will be hosting a Tournament Duel of up to 64 people on 31st March at 7:00pm EDT to close out Minigame Month! The winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, join the room to find out more!
—HoeenHero on Mar 30, 2019 Permalink
Smogon Classic 5
Dust off your Snorlaxes and Politoeds: it's time for the fifth annual Smogon Classic! Players will compete in five cups where they take on top trainers in the first five Pokemon generations for the prestigious white trophy. Signups for the BW Cup are already up!
—HoeenHero on Mar 26, 2019 Permalink
Pokémon Direct & Sinnoh Community Playthrough
More information for Generation 8 have been revealed, including the starters! Feel free to discuss anything relating to the recent Pokémon Direct in the Pokemon Games room!
Additionally, Pokemon Games is hosting a Community Playthrough of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Over the coming weeks, participants will experience Sinnoh together, sharing their progress and experiences. Signups close March 14th - don't miss the chance to enjoy this unique, beloved set of games with other fans! More information can be found here.
—HoeenHero on Mar 12, 2019 Permalink
Smogon Tour 27 & PU Suspect Test
The 27th Season of the Smogon Tour is starting on Friday, March 15th. 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!
PU is suspecting Houndoom. The requirements to vote are a GXE of 80 as well as a minimum of 35 games played on the PU ladder. Note that there will not be a suspect ladder for this test. This suspect test will run until March 17.
—HoeenHero on Mar 8, 2019 Permalink
OM of the Month & Mix and Mega Suspect
Mix and Mega is suspect testing Landorus-Therian. Voting requirements for this suspect test are a minimum of 82 GXE and 35 games played on a fresh alt with "LTS" in the beginning of the name. The suspect will last until March 17th, 11pm EST.
—The Immortal on Mar 4, 2019 Permalink
Trivia Minigame Month
Minigame month is back in Trivia and beginning on March 1st! Show off your quizzing skills across various minigames and PS! chatroom-themed official Trivia games for the chance to win a custom avatar or a 25 dollar Amazon gift card, among other potential prizes!
—HoeenHero on Mar 1, 2019 Permalink
Ubers Celebration Week
Put your battling skills to the test in the upcoming Ubers Celebration Week, a week-long event taking place in the Ubers room from the 25th of February to the 3rd of March where trainers compete in a series of live tournaments to determine who the ultimate Ubers battler is. To spice things up, we're putting up a total prize of 30 dollars on the line for the 3 best performers of the week! Any information as well as the tournament schedule can be found here.
—HoeenHero on Feb 26, 2019 Permalink
1v1 Suspect Test
1v1 is currently re-testing Kyurem-Black. Voting requirements for this suspect test are a minimum of 73 GXE and 100 games played on a fresh alt with "1VKB" in the name. The suspect will last until March 3rd, 11:59 PM EST.
—HoeenHero on Feb 22, 2019 Permalink
Jubilife Oscar Weekend
Jubilife TV & Films will be hosting three events in celebration of the 2019 Oscars! Play 100 rounds of Snapshots Feb 22nd at 7PM. Vote here for the Jubilife Oscar winners, to be announced Feb 23rd at 7PM. Join the live discussion on the Academy Awards Ceremony Feb 24th at 8PM! (All times are in EST.)
—anubis on Feb 18, 2019 Permalink
LC Suspect Test
Little Cup is currently suspecting Abra. Voting requirements for this suspect test are a minimum of 83 GXE and 40 games played on a fresh alt with "LCABS" in the name. The suspect will last until February 24th, 11:59 PM EST.
—HoeenHero on Feb 15, 2019 Permalink
RoA Tour Nights
Each night is 2+ hours of tournaments in Ruins of Alph. Monday to Saturday correspond each to a generation: from Gen 1 (RBY) on Monday, to Gen 6 (ORAS) on Saturday. Sunday spotlight includes all old generations, based on a theme, e.g. OU. Now featuring Asian, Euro, and Pan-Am slots every night!
—HoeenHero on Feb 8, 2019 Permalink
OM of the Month & BH Open
—The Immortal on Feb 4, 2019 Permalink
VGC Oceania International Championships & Survive the Month
The VGC Oceania International Championships will be happening from February 15-17 in Melbourne, Australia! 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.
Survive the Month starts on February 8th! Signups start February 1st. Join the survivor room to take part in 16 action-packed days of games and events, with a custom avatar prize!!
—HoeenHero on Feb 1, 2019 Permalink
The Culture Games
On February 1st, Cosmopolitan and Trivia will join hands for their new event: The Culture Games. In this event, participants can play culture-based games in both rooms when they are hosted for a chance of winning an Amazon gift card!
—HoeenHero on Jan 28, 2019 Permalink
Simple Symphony Ladder
Registration for the next Battle Spot online competition has opened! A ladder will be available for practising this format, where only Pokémon with a single type are allowed, until the competition starts next weekend. Information can be found here.
—HoeenHero on Jan 22, 2019 Permalink
Alolan Exeggutor Suspect Test
PU is suspecting Alolan Exeggutor. The requirements to vote are a GXE of 80 as well as a minimum of 35 games played on the PU ladder. Note that there will not be a suspect ladder for this test. This suspect test will run until January 27.
—HoeenHero on Jan 18, 2019 Permalink
The Trainers' School room has been renamed to Trainer Academy, come here for quick team rates and competitive advice!
—HoeenHero on Jan 14, 2019 Permalink
Awesome Games Done Quick
—HoeenHero on Jan 11, 2019 Permalink
Official Smogon Tournament XV
Official Smogon Tournament XV signups are now open! We celebrated our Golden Globe winners; now let's compete for the golden trophy and a 400 USD prize pool!
—antemortem on Jan 7, 2019 Permalink
OM of the Month & OM Grand Slam IV
—The Immortal on Jan 7, 2019 Permalink
Pokemon Games Community Playthrough
The Pokemon Games Community Playthrough of Pokemon Black and White for the DS is underway! Over the coming weeks, participants will experience Unova together, sharing their progress and experiences. Signups close January 14th- don't miss the chance to enjoy this unique, beloved set of games with other fans! More information can be found here.
—HoeenHero on Jan 4, 2019 Permalink
Winter Gaming Olympics
The battle to become this year's gaming champion enters its second half! Come to the Battle Dome, Game Corner, Mafia, Scavengers, and Trivia rooms to join the fight to win Pokemon Showdown's Winter Gaming Olympics, the right to a custom avatar, steam keys, and more!
WGO concludes on 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
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
—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!
—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!
—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
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!
—LifeisDANK on Jul 8, 2018 Permalink
Mafia Summer Royale & Survivor Theme Competition
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!
ZU now has a rotational ladder, replacing Camomons in the rotation together with STABmons. Join the ZU room for discussion, help, and tournaments!
—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.
—Quite Quiet on Jun 19, 2018 Permalink
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!
—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.
—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 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.
—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 ~
—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.
—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
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!
—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.
—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!
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
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.
—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
—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
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
—antemortem on Dec 10, 2017 Permalink
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
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
—raseri on Sep 26, 2017 Permalink
Welcome Monotype! + Tier Updates
Monotype is now an official tier! For information on what this means click here.
—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
—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.
—raseri on Sep 3, 2017 Permalink
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 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!
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
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
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.
—antemortem on Jul 17, 2017 Permalink
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.
—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
—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.
—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
—antemortem on Jun 22, 2017 Permalink
NU Tiering Changes
Porygon2, Noivern, Moltres, Drought, Ribombee, and Kingdra have been banned from the NU tier through council voting.
—Eevee General on Jun 12, 2017 Permalink
—Orda-Y on Jun 9, 2017 Permalink
June Usage Stats
—antemortem on Jun 8, 2017 Permalink
Baton Pass banned from SM OU
The OU Council has unanimously agreed to ban Baton Pass from SM OU.
After discussion in Policy Review, it was decided that the previous clause against "passing both Speed and a different stat" was not enough, and baton pass was still a problem even with this limitation.
—Orda-Y on May 28, 2017 Permalink
World Cup of Pokemon Signups
Smogon's longest-running tournament is back for another edition! Be sure to sign up to represent your country in a clash of the best players on the planet!
Who will be crowned champion of the World this year? There's only one way to find out - sign up, try out and try to make it on the biggest stage competitive Pokemon has to offer!
—sirDonovan on May 26, 2017 Permalink
OU Suspect Results
Metagrossite has been banned from SM OU.
—antemortem on May 14, 2017 Permalink
BLT IV: Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament
The annual Tournaments room event BLT has begun!
This season is led by Eyan and features a return to the popular group format. Qualifying leaderboard cycles will run from now until the end of May. Check out the thread for more details!
—sirDonovan on Apr 18, 2017 Permalink
Welcome to the Tavern Brawl!
The TCG & Tabletop room staff would like to announce the opening of Tavern Brawl, a newly created room for Hearthstone. If you play the game, wish to learn it, or want to get back into it, feel free to drop by!
—Trickster on Apr 13, 2017 Permalink
OU + DOU Suspect Results
—antemortem on Apr 10, 2017 Permalink
Evasion in DPP Revisited
—antemortem on Apr 3, 2017 Permalink
Talonflame now BL2 + DPL + New Megas
Talonflame has been moved from RU to BL2.
Doubles Premier League signups are now open.
Don't forget that Pidgeotite and Steelixite are now usable on PS. Bird Jesus is Risen.
—antemortem on Mar 30, 2017 Permalink
OM of the Month and AAA Suspect Test
Voting is open for April's Other Metagame of the Month. Choose the OM you want as a ladder!
Almost Any Ability is suspect testing Kartana. To qualify for voting, you will need 2700 COIL by April 5th.
—The Immortal on Mar 27, 2017 Permalink
MPL III Signups
Signups for Monotype Premier League III are now open.
—antemortem on Mar 21, 2017 Permalink
Shiny Tapu Koko Giveaway
All day on March 17th, the Wifi room will be doing hourly giveaways for the Japanese Shiny Tapu Koko Event! The Tapu Koko will be RNG'd for a variety of sets, so stop by and make sure to grab one!
—Trickster on Mar 16, 2017 Permalink
Tier Updates + SPL Recap
For those that don't keep up with Smogon's Official Tournament scene as closely as they'd like, we've recapped Smogon Premier League Week 8.
—antemortem on Mar 16, 2017 Permalink
SM UU Test Results + Alakazam Suspect
Azumarill has been banned from SM UU, and Alakazam is now being suspect tested.
—antemortem on Mar 14, 2017 Permalink
SM RU Beta
—antemortem on Mar 10, 2017 Permalink
SM LC Vulpix Suspect
—antemortem on Mar 4, 2017 Permalink
SM UU Test Results + Azumarill Suspect
As a result of the most recent SM UU suspect test, Staraptor is banned from UU, and Azumarill is now being suspect tested.
—antemortem on Mar 3, 2017 Permalink
SM OU Test 2 Results
As a result of the second round of SM OU suspect testing, Dugtrio remains unbanned.
—antemortem on Feb 28, 2017 Permalink
TV, Books, and Films Room Oscars
The TV, Books, and Films room is hosting their own version of the Oscars this Sunday, February 26th, at 6:30 PM EST! If you're interested, make sure to vote and swing by the room on Sunday to check out the results.
—Trickster on Feb 23, 2017 Permalink
Writing Room Workshop
The Writing room will be hosting the 'Need a Hero?' workshop this Saturday, February 11th from 7 to 9 pm EST. Members of the room's staff will guide participants through various activities designed to improve protagonist design and presentation. If you are interested in improving your writing skill or learning something new, be sure to join!
—sirDonovan on Feb 5, 2017 Permalink
OM of the Month and AAA Suspect Test
Voting is open for February's Other Metagame of the Month. Choose the OM you want as a ladder!
Almost Any Ability is suspect testing Fluffy. To qualify for voting, you will need 2700 COIL by February 8th.
—The Immortal on Jan 28, 2017 Permalink
Sun and Moon Lower Tiers
For those wondering, here is the schedule of when lower tiers will form. It also explains what the Alpha and Beta mean for tiers, and where the usage stats come from.
—Sam on Jan 17, 2017 Permalink
OU Suspect Results & UU [Beta] Quickbans
The OU suspect test for Genesect has concluded, resulting in a majority ban.
Meanwhile, UU [Beta] has been busy with quickbans! Most recently, 5 more Pokemon have been banned: Slowbronite, Diggersby, Tornadus-T, Volcarona, and Scolipede. You can see the full list of UU quickbans here.
—Eevee General on Jan 14, 2017 Permalink
OM of the Month and BH Suspect Test
Voting is open for January's Other Metagame of the Month. Choose the OM you want as a ladder!
Balanced Hackmons is suspect testing crystal-free Z-Moves. To qualify for voting, you will need 2800 COIL by January 12th.
—The Immortal on Dec 29, 2016 Permalink
OU Suspect Test
OU is holding a suspect test for Genesect. To qualify for voting, you will need a COIL rating of 2700 or higher in a limit of 70 games. It will last until January 7th.
—Trickster on Dec 28, 2016 Permalink
Ultimate Gaming Month
From December 17th to January 22nd, the gaming rooms on PS will be teaming up to host the second annual Ultimate Gaming Month! The Battle Dome, Game Corner, Mafia, Scavengers, Survivor, and Trivia rooms will all give out points for their games and special events. These will be tracked on a shared leaderboard through the UGM Bot.
There will be prizes for the top placers, including a PS! custom avatar for the overall winner. If you haven't already, check out the involved rooms and be sure to participate during UGM!
—sirDonovan on Dec 14, 2016 Permalink
Usage Stats and OU Bans
Usage stats for November have been released. As a result, a ladder for Pokébank UU (alpha) has been added as an early version of Gen 7 UU. Keep in mind that it takes a while for tiers to fully emerge and settle.
In other news, the OU council has decided to ban Power Construct, Aegislash, and Landorus-Incarnate from Pokébank OU. The full banlist can be found on Smogon.
—Trickster on Dec 11, 2016 Permalink
Sun & Moon Formats
Gen 7 ladders are now implemented and playable on the server, animated Pokémon included. If you encounter any bugs, please report them in the bug reports thread, but make sure to confirm they're actually bugs and not just obscure mechanics before posting.
—Trickster on Dec 3, 2016 Permalink
The YouTube room will be bringing back its Video of the Week events! Video of the Week is a competition in which you get to enter a video that you have uploaded in the past week and the room votes for their favorite. The winning video will be featured in the room intro for a whole week! If you're looking for an opportunity to give your channel some exposure, then make sure to enter.
The room is also creating a new attraction called the YouTube Wall, which is a page on the room's website that will feature all of your channels in a collage. It's still in development but the requirements will be released shortly, so make sure to keep an eye out for it!
—Trickster on Oct 29, 2016 Permalink
OU Suspect: Sablenite
—antemortem on Oct 27, 2016 Permalink
RMT ORAS OU Team Rating Workshop
There will be an OU team rating workshop in the Rate My Team room on Saturday 29 October at 3 pm EST. Members of the room's staff will provide advice on teams that are sent in, discussing possible changes and helping as many people as they can. People will be able to send in teams around 15 minutes before the start. Please note that modchat will be set for the duration of the workshop.
I highly encourage you to join if you're looking to improve your rating skills or learn more about OU in general and the current state of the metagame. Hope to see you there!
—IronBullet on Oct 26, 2016 Permalink
Writing Room Halloween Contest
The Writing room is hosting a Halloween themed contest with its sister room Mythology! The winner will be granted room voice and have their work displayed in both roomintros. Check out the entry information and show off your literary skills in this spooky event!
—sirDonovan on Oct 18, 2016 Permalink
The Studio's Song Recommendations
Ever looking to discover new music? The staff of The Studio have a Smogon thread dedicated to helping you find songs and artists to help expand your library. Staff recommendations are posted every Friday, and you can even add your own recommendations to the thread!
—Trickster on Oct 7, 2016 Permalink
Customizable Room Tournaments
Tournament creators can now customize tournament banlists! Using the command /tour banlist, Pokemon, moves, items, and abilities can be banned or unbanned. See the tournament script guide for more info!
—sirDonovan on Sep 30, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month: Voting
Voting for October's Other Metagame of the Month is open! Choose the ladder you want next month!
—The Immortal on Sep 28, 2016 Permalink
Writing Room Workshop
The Writing room will be hosting a Making Everything Write workshop on Monday, September 26th from 8 to 10 pm EST. Members of the room's staff will guide participants through various short story and poetry activities. There will also be time for reviewing works written previously or during the workshop. If you are interested in improving your writing skill or learning something new, be sure to join!
—sirDonovan on Sep 24, 2016 Permalink
Smogon Apparel Sale
After almost two years, we're pleased to announce our second ever sale of Smogon apparel to the public! The sale is available for a limited time only & next time our design will be different; click here to get one while you can!
—antemortem on Sep 19, 2016 Permalink
The hacking on September 17
Last night, we were hacked. We managed to identify and fix the vulnerability and get PS back up and running in a matter of hours, but the attacker did make off with a database dump.
Our passwords are stored in an encrypted format and are relatively difficult to brute-force (technical details: we were using bcrypt) but you should change yours anyway. That includes on PS, and everywhere else you were using the same password (you should not use the same password everywhere else). Other than that, there's no need to worry: our passwords are encrypted enough that you have plenty of time to change your password before it's a problem.
—Zarel on Sep 18, 2016 Read more
RMT ORAS OU Team Rating Workshop
There will be an OU team rating workshop in the Rate My Team room on Sunday 18 September at 2 pm EST. Members of the room's staff will provide advice on teams that are sent in, discussing possible changes and helping as many people as they can. People will be able to send in teams around 15 minutes before the start. Please note that modchat will be set for the duration of the workshop.
I highly encourage you to join if you're looking to improve your rating skills or learn more about OU in general and the current state of the metagame. Hope to see you there!
—IronBullet on Sep 16, 2016 Permalink
The TV, Books, and Films Room's Animation Domination Takeover
The TVBF room will be hosting an Animation Domination Snapshots Extravaganza on Saturday September 17th at 11a.m. and 9p.m. EST! If you think you're an animation know-it-all when it comes to recognizing animated films from screenshots, be sure to join them and strut your stuff!
—Trickster on Sep 5, 2016 Permalink
September's OM Ladders & RoA Spotlight
Mix and Mega is this month's OMotM! This metagame allows you to give nearly any mega stone or primal orb to a Pokemon of your choice and evolve them into your own custom mega Pokemon!
Balanced Hackmons Doubles is, you guessed it, a hybrid of Balanced Hackmons and the Doubles metagames!
RoA's new Spotlight Ladder of this month is ADV NU!
—Eevee General on Sep 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month: Voting
Voting for September's Other Metagame of the Month is open! Choose the ladder you want next month.
—Eevee General on Aug 29, 2016 Permalink
Chess Room Tournaments
The Chess Room is hosting two new weekly tournaments. Starting this week, every Monday at 8:00 PM Eastern, a single-elimination speed chess tournament will be hosted. Every Thursday at 8:00 PM, a Chessmons tour will be hosted. The winners will have their names put in the Chess Room Intro!
For more information, and to learn how to play Chessmons, click here.
—scotteh on Aug 20, 2016 Permalink
The finals of Pokemon Showdown Premier League IV have begun! Click here to follow the action. Who do you think will win; Doubles or Competitive Tutoring? Good luck to all players!
—antemortem on Aug 18, 2016 Permalink
Sun & Moon Room ORAS Review Contest
The Sun & Moon room is hosting a contest to find the best review of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire! Show off your literary skills in this fun event. The winner will be granted a custom avatar on PS and a spotlight in the Sun & Moon roomintro.
Check out the entry information for a chance at winning the top prize!
—Vacate on Aug 7, 2016 Permalink
August's OM Ladders & RoA Spotlight
Nature Swap is this month's OMoTM! Pokemon's base stats are swapped amongst each other depending on the selected nature. As a fun example, with Mega Camerupt, it can run a Timid nature to swap its Attack and Speed, allowing it to have 120 base Speed and 20 base Attack, respectively!
Follow The Leader is a metagame where the first Pokemon's movepool and abilities must be used by ALL other Pokemon on the team. Clefable's wide movepool and good abilities in Magic Guard and Unaware makes offensive and defensive Clefable teams especially viable!
RoA's new Spotlight Ladder of this month is GSC UU!
—Dell on Aug 1, 2016 Permalink
Official Ladder Tournament and Monotype BLT
Smogon's TD team returns with another installment of the Official Ladder Tournament, with the intent to increase ladder activity and quality and rewarding high-playing players into playoffs. This event will be using the ORAS OU format, and we've set up the OLT room for discussion of the tournament. We hope to see a nice turnout among the competitive scene!
In other news, the Monotype community hosts a Monotype BLT, a tournament format inspired by the Tournaments room and staff!
—Dell on Aug 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month: Voting
Voting for August's Other Metagame of the Month is open. Choose the ladder you want!
—The Immortal on Jul 29, 2016 Permalink
PSPL IV: Quarterfinals
This week we enter PSPL's quarterfinals, with 8 teams left standing! Will we see yet another outright astounding victory from a team like last round (UU's 8-0 victory against Mafia)? Find out as we progress with the tournament!
—Dell on Jul 27, 2016 Permalink
PSPL IV: Top 16 Playoffs
Another week, which of course means another round of PSPL IV! We've moved into the knockout phase of the tournament, so things are getting a little more interesting. With 16 rooms remaining, it's still anyone's to win. Cheer on your room! For rooms that didn't make it to playoffs, we take this opportunity to thank you guys for participating in what's been a fun event, and we hope you guys continue to spectate!
—Dell on Jul 16, 2016 Permalink
MMO Room's Screenshot Contest and Maplestory Level Up Event
The MMO Room is hosting two different events with monetary prizes! A screenshot competition will be held for players to submit a screenshot of one their favorite MMOs entailing one of their most enjoyable experiences. There is also a Maplestory event being hosted, where new players who are just starting off can be offered help and will be able to be assisted in level ups in the game.
—dell on Jul 16, 2016 Permalink
Competitive Tutoring ORAS UU Teambuilding Workshop
There will be a UU teambuilding workshop in the Competitive Tutoring room on Wednesday, 13 July, at 10 am EST. In this workshop, members of the room's staff will build teams using certain predetermined cores for a few hours, and will discuss how to build around them and use them effectively. Modchat will be set for its duration.
I highly encourage you to join if you're looking to improve your teambuilding skills, rating skills or learn more about UU in general and the state of the current metagame. Hope to see you there!
—IronBullet on Jul 12, 2016 Permalink
Pokémon GO Room
We now have a public Pokémon GO room because pretty much everyone is playing it. Enjoy!
—antemortem on Jul 11, 2016 Permalink
PSPL - Week 3
The third week of PSPL IV has begun! This will be the final week of the group stage of the tournament before we head to playoffs, with an announcement that includes the current team standings. Check out the new match-ups, look out for replays, and cheer on your favorite rooms as they compete to secure their spots in the next stage!
—Dell on Jul 10, 2016 Permalink
July's OM ladders and Seasonal
Enchanted Items is the OM of the Month. Every Pokemon can get access to a second ability by holding a corresponding item. For example, Thick Club's effect is replaced with Kyogre-Primal's ability Primordial Sea and Manaphy can combine it with its Hydration ability to cure its status.
This month's Leader's Choice is AAA Ubers. This meta is AAA with the addition of Ubers as well as some previously banned abilities such as Aerilate and Fur Coat.
The Seasonal is Fireworks Frenzy, in which fireworks fall from the sky and damage the battling Pokemon each turn.
—Dell on Jul 6, 2016 Permalink
Voting for July's Other Metagame of the Month is open! Come vote for the ladder you want next month.
—Eevee General on Jun 29, 2016 Permalink
PSPL IV - Week 1
The first week of PSPL IV has officially begun! For the first stage of the tournament, the group stage, our teams are placed into eight groups of four. Within each group, the four teams will battle each other in a round robin format over a three week period. At the end of this stage, the two highest ranked teams in each group will advance while the other two will be eliminated. Check out the current match-ups and cheer on your favorite rooms!
—Dell on Jun 19, 2016 Permalink
CAP 22 - TL and TLT Nominations
CAP 22 is right around the corner, and applications for leadership positions are being accepted from now until Friday. This will be the first CAP made for the CAP metagame, so if you have experience in the metagame or have displayed leadership qualities in other competitive areas then feel free to apply. Join the CAP room for discussion!
—Dell on Jun 9, 2016 Permalink
PSPL IV - Announcement
Would you like to represent your room in a fun community team tournament? We introduce to you Pokémon Showdown Premier League IV! Teams of each room will compete against one another in our competitive formats, with teams being made up of ranked users and regulars from each room like the previous PSPL event. Goodies in the form of featured rooms make a comeback from last year as prospective awards, and there are new updates on rules, format changes, and policies to make this event the best it can be. Look forward to Week 1 being posted in the coming days, and of course, have fun!
—Dell on Jun 5, 2016 Permalink
June's OM Ladders & RoA Spotlight
Got Talent? is the OM of the Month ladder for June. Every attack now corresponds with a contest category and stat, so if you use an attack that matches the "Tough" category (Defense), it calculates damage off your Defense instead!
The Leader's Choice ladder is Custom Power. In this meta the move in your first moveslot matches the Hidden Power value of your Pokemon's IVs.
—The Immortal on Jun 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month Voting
Voting for June's OM of the Month is in progress. Vote for the metagame you want playable on the server!
—Eevee General on May 27, 2016 Permalink
The Flying Press: Where The Writers Coalesce
Check out the new article about the Writing room! Since the Writing room's creation, it has comprised of a friendly place for users to share works and give feedback, along with activities such as Ernest Hemingway (a fan-favorite game where users give a six-word description of a topic) being hosted. This informative piece also covers about the room's leaders if you ever wanted to know about them. Swing by there sometime!
—Dell on May 25, 2016 Permalink
Default IV updates
The teambuilder now minimizes Attack IVs on Pokémon that don't run physical moves (while maintaining the type of the move Hidden Power, if present). This has been the default on Smogon's recommended movesets for a while, as it reduces the damage taken from Foul Play and confusion. Trick Room and Gyro Ball behave similarly, but minimize Speed IVs instead.
—Dell on May 18, 2016 Read more
May's Usage-Based Tier Update
A new usage-based tier update has been released for the official tiers, where many Pokemon have undergone rises and drops based on their relative popularity within each tier!
—Dell on May 9, 2016 Permalink
May's Other Metagame Ladders
Extreme Tier Shift is the OMotM ladder for May. ETS takes the boosts from regular Tier Shift and doubles them!
The Leader's Choice ladder is Type Reflector. Each Pokemon on your team in slots 2 - 6 will have a secondary type that matches the primary type of your first Pokemon.
Super Staff Brothers will remain on the Seasonal ladder for another month! Have fun!
—Eevee General on May 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month Voting
Voting for May's OM of the Month is in progress. Vote for the metagame you want playable on the server!
—The Immortal on Apr 27, 2016 Permalink
Endless Battle Clause fixes
Trick/Switcheroo Leppa Berry no longer causes staleness. In other words, you no longer auto-lose when your Leppa Berry is swapped twice.
In addition, Fling Leppa Berry (and its variants) are now correctly detected as an endless battle. There was previously a bug in its detection.
—Zarel on Apr 23, 2016 Permalink
User cards now show global rank
Hi guys, new update: Clicking on a user will now show their global rank (in addition to room rank).
—Zarel on Apr 13, 2016 Permalink
Snapshots in TVB&F
The TV, Books, & Film room is hosting a television-themed game of Snapshots (a game in which you guess where a screenshot is from) tomorrow, April 9th, between 5 and 6pm EST. Join in the fun!
—antemortem ☾ on Apr 8, 2016 Permalink
Other Metagame & Seasonal Ladders
The April OM of the Month ladder is Ability Unity, which grants the same abilities to Pokemon that share the same typing.
The new Leader's Choice ladder is Megamons, a metagame that allows you to use most Mega Pokemon without their stone.
And after a yearlong hiatus, Pokemon Showdown's favorite Seasonal ladder Super Staff Brothers returns! Enjoy these while they last!
—Eevee General on Apr 3, 2016 Permalink
Pokken Discussion on PS
Been loving Pokken Tournament? If you'd like to talk about the game or find battles with other users, swing by the In-Game room for all things Pokken-related.
—scene on Apr 1, 2016 Permalink
OM of the Month Voting
Voting for April's OM of the Month is in progress. Go vote for the metagame you want playable on the server!
—Eevee General on Mar 28, 2016 Permalink
Suspect Results & Testing
NU's suspect test resulted in Sceptile being banned.
LC's suspect test ended with Diglett not banned.
OU is currently testing Hoopa-Unbound. The test will last for two weeks.
—The Immortal on Mar 28, 2016 Permalink
Policy on sexually explicit content
Pokémon Showdown has a wide and varied userbase, with people of almost all ages enjoying the site. It is therefore against the rules to discuss anything sexually explicit, anywhere on the site. This includes PMs, even between two consenting adults. Any attempt to elicit sexual interactions with another user will absolutely not be tolerated and will be punished harshly. If there are suspicions that such behavior is taking place, we can and will check PM logs to investigate.
—Hugendugen on Mar 20, 2016 Permalink
2016 Smogon Awards: Voting
The voting period for the 2016 Smogon Awards has begun! The round will last until March 21st, so get your votes in ASAP!
—antemortem on Mar 14, 2016 Permalink
LC & NU Suspects
Voting reqs for both suspects are set at 2800 coil.
—Eevee General on Mar 10, 2016 Permalink
1. The teambuilder allows you to sort Pokémon now. You can even filter and sort at the same time!
2. Changes to username capitalization now stay changed.
3. We've lowered the resolution required to have two battles side by side.
—Zarel on Mar 8, 2016 Permalink
2016 Smogon Awards
The 2016 Smogon Awards have begun! The nomination round will last until March 13th, so get your votes in ASAP!
—Antemortem on Mar 6, 2016 Permalink
RU and NU Suspect Results
The RU suspect test resulted in both Mega Abomasnow and Sharpedo being banned!
Different tier, same result. Sawk has been banned from NU by a 67% majority!
—The Immortal on Mar 5, 2016 Permalink
Other Metagame of the Month
It's time to vote for your favorite OMs! You have until the end of the month to vote for March's OMotM.
—The Immortal on Feb 25, 2016 Permalink
Elo ratings in "Watch a battle" list
I do this thing where I make a feature and think "I'll announce it after testing it for a week" and a week later I think "everyone already knows about it, no need to announce". Basically, I always forget to announce features. But not this time!
Anyway, you can now see Elo rating in the "Watch a battle" list!
—Zarel on Feb 20, 2016 Permalink
The recent crashes
You may have noticed that PS has been crashing a lot recently.
PS runs on Node.js, and the newer versions aren't particularly stable and crash a lot. We used to run an old version to avoid that, but it's so old that it's not supported anymore, which means no security updates and some tools have stopped working.
So the new plan is to update to the newest version and fix those problems myself, but sometimes things crash. Sorry! But the good news is, we're making lots of progress so you should see much more stability in the future.
—Zarel on Feb 12, 2016 Permalink
We've gotten some reports of PM abuse with faked screenshots. To ensure the safety of all PS! users, starting in the next 48 hours, we'll start to log PM conversations so reports can't be faked.
NO ONE can look at the logs unless a participant gives us permission (such as through a "Report" button), or admins need to help enforce laws.
—Eevee General on Feb 9, 2016 Permalink
Other Metagame of the Month Ladders
February's Other Metagame of the Month winner is Mix and Mega. In this format you can give just about any OU legal Pokemon any Mega Stone or Orb that you want!
The Leader's Choice ladder is VoltTurn Mayhem, a metagame which adds the switching effect of U-turn and Volt Switch to nearly every move. Hold onto your hats; it's going to be a wild ride!
—Eevee General on Feb 4, 2016 Permalink
The 2016 TVBF Oscars
Want the power to choose who wins the Oscars? Now you can! Voting for the 2016 TVBF Oscars has begun; you have until 11:59PM EST on February 26th to vote. Winners will be announced during the event on February 27th! We'll see you on the red carpet!
—Antemortem on Jan 31, 2016 Permalink
Other Metagame of the Month
Voting for February's OM of the Month is in progress. Choose the metagame you want as a ladder!
—The Immortal on Jan 29, 2016 Permalink
Dark Mode (beta)
So there's a new Dark Mode (beta) option in Options. It's not finished yet but it's looking pretty nice.
—Zarel on Jan 27, 2016 Permalink
The Flying Press Room
—Antemortem on Jan 27, 2016 Permalink
Rearrange chatrooms/battles with drag and drop!
Yes, that's right, you can now drag and drop chatrooms and battles! You can even have two chatrooms next to each other by dragging one to the left, as long as your screen is big enough.
—Zarel on Jan 20, 2016 Permalink
Pro Wrestling Room
We're proud to announce that the Pro Wrestling room is now public and open to all fans of RKOs and body slams; enjoy!
—Antemortem on Jan 18, 2016 Permalink
Monotype Premier League and 1v1 Suspect Test
Signups have begun for the second annual Monotype Premier League! Impress managers in tryouts and you could get drafted!
Sticking with Other Metagames, 1v1 is testing Mega Salamence, Blaziken, and Mega Blaziken. In order to vote, you require 2600 COIL on a fresh alt.
—The Immortal on Jan 16, 2016 Permalink
New Other Metagame and Seasonal Ladders
January's Other Metagame of the Month ladder is Gods & Followers, where you build around a "god" Pokemon and five of its "followers". The god can be of the Uber rank and the followers must share at least one type with it. Once the god faints, your entire team is inflicted with the Curse effect!
The new Leader's Choice ladder is Monogen. In this metagame your team must consist of Pokemon that all debuted in the same generation!
—Eevee General on Jan 8, 2016 Permalink
Quick-Drops & PU Suspect Results
The quick-drops for January are now available. Big thanks to ~Antar for compiling them for us.
PU's suspect test for Vigoroth and Exeggutor ended with both banned (96% and 64% ban votes, respectively.)
—Eevee General on Jan 4, 2016 Permalink
UU Suspect Results & January OMotM
UU's suspect test ended with Crawdaunt unbanned receiving 57% of the vote.
Voting for January's OM of the Month is in progress. Choose the metagame you want as a ladder!
—Eevee General on Dec 27, 2015 Permalink
OU Suspect Results & PU Suspect Test
The OU suspect test for Sablenite and Shadow Tag ended with Sablenite not banned (54% ban votes, 60% needed) and Shadow Tag banned (89% ban votes, 60% needed).
Meanwhile, PU is testing Vigoroth and Exeggutor through the 30th. Vigoroth's combination of Bulk Up + Slack Off and Exeggutor's raw power and versatility have brought them into question. Players will need to reach 2800 COIL to vote. Good luck!
—Eevee General on Dec 18, 2015 Permalink
Ultimate Gaming Month
From December 19th to January 18th, the six chat gaming rooms on PS will all be participating in a fun event called Ultimate Gaming Month! During UGM, the Mafia, Scavengers, Survivor, Battle Dome, Trivia, and Game Corner rooms will all give out points for participation in events and general games. Workshops will also be held in Mafia, Survivor, and Battle Dome on the 19th of December.
The top placers will receive prizes, including a PS custom avatar for the overall winner! If you haven't yet, check out the involved rooms and make sure to be there during the month for lots of fun!
—Dell on Dec 14, 2015 Permalink
VGC 2016 rules have been released, including its own format! VGC 2016 implements a rule similar to that of VGC 2010 where it allows all legendary Pokemon to be usable (with the exception of Mythical Pokemon), most notably Mega Rayquaza, Xerneas and Primal Groudon/Kyogre. What do you think this new format will look like? Discuss in our VGC room!
—Dell on Dec 9, 2015 Permalink
State of the replays
So the replay site is kind of down right now. I'm running it through a repair process, but the repair process apparently takes multiple days.
In the meantime, I added a "Download replay" button, which is really cool, and honestly, it's a nice ability to have whether or not we have a replay site.
But I'll bring the replay site back sooner or later! Don't worry, your replays won't be lost forever.
—Zarel on Dec 6, 2015 Permalink
UU: Crawdaunt, RU: Tyrantrum and PU: Throh
UU is currently re-testing Crawdaunt. Crawdaunt is a very potent offensive Pokemon, but the metagame has changed since it was last tested. The suspect test will have an B value of 20 and a COIL requirement of 2650. It will last 2 weeks.
In RU, Tyrantrum will be staying in the tier after its suspect test with a final vote of Ban 47 to Do Not Ban 48. The despot keeps its throne for another day!
Lastly in PU, Throh remains banned after its recent re-test after failing to reach a 60% majority vote to unban. The leaders thank everyone who participated in the suspect test!
—Eevee General on Dec 6, 2015 Permalink
Regular usage-based tier update implemented a new policy to tier Mega Evolutions and base formes separately. The tier update moved down 24 Pokémon whose usage of base formes was below 1.7% in a given tier. This only affects base Pokémon; Mega Evolutions that don't have enough usage to be considered OU, such as Mega Garchomp, still stay in OU.
—xfix on Dec 4, 2015 Permalink
December: OM of the Month
Ever wanted to toy around with baby Pokemon? Check out this month's featured OMs, which are 350 Cup and Little Cup Extended! 350 Cup in an Ubers-based tier that doubles the stats of Pokemon that have a base stat total of 350 or lower, allowing many LC Pokemon in particular to be especially viable. Little Cup Extended allows all Pokemon to have moves their evolutions may have, improving the overall coverage and versatility of certain Pokemon. Check out the respective threads for metagame discussion, and have fun laddering!
—Dell on Dec 1, 2015 Permalink
The ladder has been rewritten, and should be much, much faster now.
Sadly, this means the ladder's been reset again. I was going to convert the old database over, but no one could log in during the conversion (which could have taken days), so this was the only way to do it. Sorry.
Uh... look, a distraction! We've redesigned the Hangman system and I think it looks nicer this way. :)
—Zarel on Nov 25, 2015 Permalink
OU: Shadow Tag and Mega Sableye
OU is currently suspect testing Shadow Tag and Sablenite. Shadow Tag is suspected, as it disallows switching, while Mega Sableye causes setting up hazards to be very difficult. To vote, a battler needs to acquire 2700 COIL within 75 games limit on a suspect ladder or get to top 4 in a suspect tournament. On a suspect ladder Sablenite is banned, but not Shadow Tag, in order to check if Shadow Tag is still an issue without Mega Sableye. Have fun laddering.
—xfix on Nov 24, 2015 Permalink
Thanks to bumbadadabum's hard work, the classic game of Hangman was added to Showdown. Staff members can use /hangman create [word], [hint] command in order to start a hangman game. After a game is started, words and letters can be guessed using /guess command.
—xfix on Nov 24, 2015 Permalink
Monotype: Mega Sableye
The Monotype Council is holding a suspect test for Sablenite! Mega-Sableye's combination of Magic Bounce, high defensive stats, and great setup/support movepool make it a centralizing force in the metagame. It has only a handful of checks and even fewer counters within the confines of Monotype team-building. Suspect voters will need to acquire 2600 COIL on a fresh account starting with the 'MS2' tag. Check out the Monotype discussion thread and the Monotype room for more information!
—Dell on Nov 9, 2015 Permalink
PU - the newest official tier
Thanks to its ongoing success, PU is now an official tier! This includes several privileges, including official suspect testing, its listing as a Singles tier, having the same amount of representation as the other official tiers in the Tournaments room's Official Tournaments lineup, and many more. The tier has finally progressed considerably, and the PU room is the place to be for ongoing competitive discussion, engaging tournaments, and more. There's also a new tier shift to keep people occupied as we get the ball rolling with our new updates. WE DID IT BOYS!
—Dell on Nov 3, 2015 Permalink
Cosmopolitan Photography Contest
Submit your own photos for the November Photography Contest held in the Cosmopolitan room! The theme of this contest will be based off of the season you're in during the month of November depending on your general location, whether it's related to spring, summer, winter or fall. Check out the thread for more information about the event's guidelines, and look forward to the winners being announced on November 30th!
—Dell on Oct 27, 2015 Permalink
Get your mind in gear and your questions ready because the Trivia room is having an event to celebrate its new system for tracking Classic Trivia! The room will be holding bot-tracked classic trivia, with a scripted "Official Game" every four hours. The users at the top of the Classic and Official leaderboards after seven days will be nominated for room voice!
—Dell on Oct 27, 2015 Permalink
A poll feature for the sim has been implemented, which allows rooms to run their own polls. They are a nice built-in alternative for the many straw polls ran by various rooms. These polls are limited to one poll at a time per room, and display in the room when they're created, ended, or when someone joins the room. We're still in early development with this feature, so we'll appreciate any suggestions done to make things better. Enjoy!
—Dell on Oct 8, 2015 Permalink
TVBF room: Plot Twist Contest
Are you a mastermind plotter? Do you plot on your free time? Well, It's time for TVBF's Plot Twist Contest! Simply pick a low rated movie, and rewrite the plot the way YOU think it should be, for a chance to win $10 Amazon Gift Cards or a Free Month of Hulu! Get plotting, masterminds!
—Dell on Oct 3, 2015 Permalink
Tournament Script: Scouting
Our tournament script now has a built-in automatic scouting prevention! The commands are simple: staff members can use /tour scout on to allow scouting and /tour scout off to disallow scouting. Various rooms may find themselves using this feature for their prestigious tournaments, effectively preventing players from joining other tournament matches while they're still in the tournament. We hope you guys find this feature worth your experience in attending our room tournaments!
—Dell on Sep 18, 2015 Permalink
September OM of the Month
The featured OMs this month are Sketchmons and Hackmons 1v1! Sketchmons allows the move Sketch to be learned by every single Pokemon once, which gives them access to any illegal move (but only one illegal move per set). Hackmons 1v1 is just like the regular, fast-paced 1v1, but it combines the endless possibilities of Hackmons (meaning all moves and abilities are allowed). Check out the threads for more details of the formats, and enjoy laddering!
—Dell on Sep 5, 2015 Permalink
Ladder reset and Official Ladder Tournament
As we continue to work to reform the ladder system for PS, the ladder ranks are now reset among our formats. This is occurring in preparation of a fun Official Ladder Tournament that will be hosted by Smogon's TD team, with the intent to increase ladder activity and quality. This event will be using the ORAS OU format, and there will also be an official PS room that will be setup solely for this tournament. Check it out -- we hope to see a nice turnout among the competitive scene!
—Dell on Aug 16, 2015 Permalink
Battle Dome Voice Challenge (+)
The Battle Dome room is hosting a voice challenge! As the event implies, users who play this text-based RPG and complete a set of requirements will be rewarded with room voice, along with a large amount of other in-game rewards! There hasn't been a better time to join, so head over there now!
—Dell on Aug 14, 2015 Permalink
Room: Rate My Team
Check out the new Rate My Team room! This room has an interesting concept in that it will be in tight relations with the Rate My Team forum on Smogon, so everyone who wishes to participate can seek advice and rate teams. As the room develops, there will soon be many exciting events to come!
—Dell on Aug 9, 2015 Permalink
A new ladder system
Right now, our biggest issue is probably ladder reliability. We're working on a new ladder system entirely to replace the old one in the coming weeks, so be prepared for a ladder reset – all your ladder rankings will be wiped soon!
—Zarel on Aug 8, 2015 Read more
As you may or may not have noticed, we've been hard at work updating PS. The teambuilder supports dragging-and-dropping (even to and from files on your computer, on Chrome and the desktop client), and the experience on phones/tablets is a lot nicer.
In battles, we now keep track of opponents' PP, your own revealed pokemon, and duration for Reflect, Light Screen, and Tailwind.
—Zarel on Aug 8, 2015 Permalink
PS Room: RMT
Check out the new RMT room! This room has an interesting concept in that it will be in tight relations with the Rate My Team forum on Smogon, so everyone who wishes to participate can seek advice and rate teams. As the room develops, there will soon be many more events to come!
—Dell on Aug 7, 2015 Permalink
Doubles OU: Skymin
Doubles OU is suspecting Shaymin-Sky! This particular suspect has been deemed controversial due to its offensive presence, with an ability that further aids the possibility of side effects to occur among its most used options. Battlers need to achieve a coil of 2600 for the ladder, alongside making substantial contributions to the thread about the suspect in question. Enjoy laddering!
—Dell on Aug 6, 2015 Permalink
August OM of the Month/Seasonal
The featured OMs this month are No Status and MonsJustMons! No Status only allows moves in the Physical and Special category (disallowing all Status moves), and MonsJustMons prohibits the use of abilities, natures, items, EVs, and IVs.
This month's seasonal is Rainbow Road, a format with Mario Kart-themed events that features a variety of mechanics. Check out the threads for more details of the formats, and enjoy laddering!
—Dell on Aug 4, 2015 Permalink
1v1: Perish Song
The 1v1 metagame is testing Perish Song, as it's a move that's deemed by many to be uncompetitive and extremely centralizing. To qualify for voting rights, you'll have to achieve an Elo rating of 1550 in a fresh new alt. Perish Song will only be banned if it receives a 60% pro-ban majority.
—Dell on Jul 31, 2015 Permalink
Writing room staff is hosting a community poetry workshop. The workshop is an interactive project that intends to introduce and discuss basic elements of poetry to writers of all skill levels. If you'd like to attend, fill out this form to sign up. Try it out, whether you're an experienced poet or not!
—Dell on Jul 27, 2015 Permalink
In Lobby, we're working towards a new experiment with the room ranks (+, %, @), implementing them wholly. Chatters who consistently influence good and intelligent discussion will now have a good chance to earn these ranks. There's no set discussion topic required, and we hope to converse with you guys, whether it's Pokémon discussion or anything related to casual talk!
—Dell on Jul 24, 2015 Permalink
Rap Battle Premier League
The Studio is launching the Rap Battle Premier League! Its format is similar to PSPL in that it operates based on teams representing their rooms to compete against each other. Room Owners will be team managers who will select 2 users to represent their team in rap battles. Read all about it for full details, and be on the lookout for the event to take place soon!
—Dell on Jul 23, 2015 Permalink
PS Article: PSPL III Recap
For those not privy to our recent community team tournament, The Smog now launches an article that intends to recap everyone on the events of Pokémon Showdown Premier League III! This awesome piece features coverage regarding its foundation, semifinals and finals, covering the prize involved and analyses on the many battles that took place. Check it out!
—Dell on Jul 22, 2015 Permalink
Hoopa and Hoopa-Unbound
Are now released! Competitive discussion will take place in the Overused room, as it's now usable in the tier. If you're looking for potential giveaways, Wi-Fi is the place to be, as they'll be maintaining giveaways throughout the entire day. Check it out!
—Dell on Jul 18, 2015 Permalink
Portugues' PSPL victory
The Português room's team was victorious in PSPL III, beating Español 4-2. They put up quite a show for this community event, and to reward them, their room will be featured as an Official Chat Room for a week. Parabéns!
—Dell on Jul 16, 2015 Permalink
Endless Battle Clause Updates
To further expand on Endless Battle Clause, Heal Pulse and Leppa Berry + Trick/Switcheroo/Bestow are now banned from Singles formats. This should cover a large portion of the problems that weren't covered by the clause before with virtually no collateral damage involved, as Heal Pulse sees no competitive use in Singles. As always, if you find any other possible ways of forcing endless battles, please let us know, and we will deal with those accordingly!
—Dell on Jul 16, 2015 Permalink
Baton Pass Clause
A new Baton Pass clause is implemented to the ORAS Singles formats for the standard Smogon ORAS tiers (OU, UU, RU, NU). This clause disallows the use of Baton Pass on a Pokemon while also using a move that boosts Speed and a move that boosts another stat, with various exceptions included.
—Dell on Jul 14, 2015 Permalink
BLT II: Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament
As we continue to use the tournament script for competitive play, BLT strikes back with a new season, hosted by Vapo! In this event, staff from the Tournaments room will be representing their qualified scripted tournament leaderboard players in a fun community team tournament. They will be formed into 8 teams, competing against one another until one ends up victorious. Check out the thread for more details!
—Dell on Jul 6, 2015 Permalink
MMO Room - ROTMG Event
MMO is hosting an event for Realm Of The Mad God on Saturday 27th June at 8 PM GMT +0. If you need help creating an account or want to know more about the event, check out our brief guide. Staff from the Social Media and Video Games rooms will also be streaming their first forays into the game, so if you want to play along or just watch, we look forward to seeing you at the event!
—Dell on Jun 25, 2015 Permalink
Latest Room Events and BH Suspects
Previously known as TCG, the room is renamed to Traditional Games! It retains its focus in primarily TCG games, but tabletop games are included in its list of topics.
In other news, Balanced Hackmons are holding a 2-week suspect test! It will feature Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, and Mega Rayquaza.
—Dell on Jun 22, 2015 Permalink
The Player merge and PS articles
As a lot of you may know by now, The Player (as well as The Competitor) has consolidated its media outlet to The Smog, where a slot dedicated to Pokemon Showdown articles will be held there. The Smog provides many resources and a much broader audience, allowing for more growth to expand our content towards faces with different backgrounds and experiences. We also hope to see you guys find your place in other types of articles!
This brings us to Issue #43 of The Smog, where Showdown brings in the table some explicit data about our bots, rating systems, the philosophy of the Room Owner rank, and much more. Check it out!
—Dell on Jun 9, 2015 Permalink
The Academics room has merged with Debates and Discussions to form Scholastic! If you're looking for a place to discuss current affairs or academic topics, chat about student life or just fancy learning something new, swing by!
They're also holding a competition to design their new Room intro, so if you're experienced with art and/or HTML, let the room staff know and they'll work something out. We'll appreciate any assistance in that regard, and we're likely to announce the winner and runner-ups in the room!
—Dell on Jun 2, 2015 Permalink
Social Media Room
The Social Media room that some of you may have remembered from previously has been remade! With it now equipped with new staff, users and events, we all intend to bring the community closer together with new faces and experiences. As for events, you guys can expect content in the form of weekly streams, channel of the week (from any media-related website), and many more. Be sure to check it out!
—Dell on May 24, 2015 Permalink
PSPL III - Announcement
Would you like to represent your room in a fun community team tournament? We introduce to you Pokémon Showdown Premier League III! Teams of each room will compete against one another in our competitive formats, with teams being made up of ranked users and regulars from each room like the previous PSPL event. Unlike from before, goodies in the form of featured rooms will be awarded to the winning teams. Look forward to Week 1 being posted soon, and of course, have fun!
—Dell on May 17, 2015 Permalink
The standard Challenge Cup is now replaced with Hackmons Challenge Cup. By extension, Challenge Cup 1v1 is replaced by Battle Cup 1v1, which will retain the old CC mechanics. This change is to provide variety on the format by allowing it to differentiate itself from Random Battle.
In addition, Battle Factory is added. It's a new format with a similar concept to Random Battle, but the difference is that it's focused on tiers, everything is set to level 100, and all sets are intended to be competitively viable!
—Dell on May 16, 2015 Permalink
To mark the occasion, our very own tabletop room, Battle Dome, will showcase their game and help teach it to newcomers! Don't miss out on your chance to learn how to play or simply celebrate with others!
—Sir Donovan on May 9, 2015 Permalink
The Game Corner room is hosting the Game Corner Premier League! This tournament follows the popular SPL format, but replaces battles with games. If you are interested in playing, first read over the rules and guidelines then fill out the signup form. The team auction will take place on Sunday, May 3rd. Be sure to visit the room and try to impress the managers before then!
The In-Game room is hosting a laddering race! On Friday, May 1st, a Mega Pokemon and a tier will be announced. Players will then build a team around that Pokemon and use it to ladder in the tier. The first person to reach an Elo rating of 1400 will win and receive an in-game prize for XY or ORAS!
—Sir Donovan on Apr 26, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #11
Issue #11 of The Player is released! Here we uncover some interesting articles, such as the Best of the Worst on PS! Room suggestions, the final issue of The Gossiper series (including the departure of the author), and an informative guide on building teams of the past generations on the simulator. Read all about it!
—Dell on Apr 20, 2015 Permalink
Academics: Only Connect
The Academics room is launching its new game show in the form of a PS! team tournament called Only Connect! Every room can compete in this test of general knowledge and lateral thinking to decide once and for all which room is the most knowledgeable! For roomauth that are interested in representing their room, we have an application process to get things started. Enjoy!
—Dell on Apr 15, 2015 Permalink
Monotype Premier League and MMO Runescape event
Monotype room is hosting the Monotype Premier League! In this team tournament, hosts, team managers and assistant managers will be composed of the Monotype room staff, and for those interested, users that get drafted are promoted to room voice in the MonoPL room. Guidelines follow the same concept for SPL. Best of luck in playing, and look forward for week one to be announced on Monday, April 13!
Meanwhile, our pals down at MMO will be holding a Runescape event! Create a f2p account and join us for some legacy pvp at the 10th of April, starting at 5PM EST.
—Dell on Apr 10, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #10
The Player launches its 10th Issue! In this significant and very unique issue, we uncover exciting new content, and the departure of one of the co-founders of The Player, Vacate. For this issue, he releases an article of The Player itself, where we learn about its foundation, how it's progressed since, and what it's become as of today. We wish him the best in all of his future endeavors!
—Dell on Mar 25, 2015 Permalink
Seasonal: Super Staff Bros.
In this month's seasonal, we introduce something that's one of its kind: Super Staff Bros.! It's a new metagame made by the staff that features each staff member's (and some ex-staff) custom Pokemon, including custom abilities, movesets, items, and a special signature move that contains some kind of unknown power or effect.
In addition, each Pokemon have very unique dialogue during switch-ins, phrases, and sometimes through use of signature moves. There are many more custom effects, all of which are waiting to be seen as you try out this awesome new format!
—Dell on Mar 9, 2015 Permalink
Ask the Admins - The Player 10th Issue
If you're looking for an interesting way to uniquely connect with the upper levels of the members of Pokemon Showdown, The Player will be hosting Ask the Admins for your opportunity this upcoming issue! Here in this thread, you're free to submit questions for a panel of Leaders and Administrators to answer, whether it's about PS!, Smogon, or Pokemon in some fashion. This time around, our panel consists of Okuu, Vacate, and verbatim! Enjoy!
—Dell on Mar 5, 2015 Permalink
In-Game Room & Facebook
In case you're wondering where it's gone, the old ORAS room has been renamed to In-Game! It's the place to be for all discussion about released Pokemon games.
Showdown's Facebook page has been in need of a facelift for a while, and it's now ready! Our Facebook page has been fully updated with all the recent sim news, so be sure to give it a like if you want to keep up with PS-related happenings.
—Vacate on Mar 1, 2015 Permalink
Starting at 9 PM GMT +0, the Mafia staff will be hosting a workshop for their room, which intends to explain the concepts of this complex game. It will feature resources such as how the game is played, common roles and themes, and many more. If you're interested in learning more about the inner workings of the game, this will be a great opportunity!
—Dell on Feb 27, 2015 Permalink
Big time Ubers player and underdog hyper, Showdown Staff member Sweep is promoted to Leader! Congratulations!
—Dell on Feb 27, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #9
This awesome new issue of The Player features some exciting new content, such as an interview with iconic global staff member SteelEdges, Studio's Rap Battles, and a very resourceful look into the Monotype metagame! We also send our regards to shaymin, who now departs from her role as a member of The Player staff. Be sure to read all about it, and to cast your votes for the next interview!
—Dell on Feb 24, 2015 Permalink
The Battle Dome room is now open! Formerly known as TextQuest, the text-based RPG is back with new and improved classes, monsters, weapons, penguins, cookies and more. With frequent quests and raids, playing a text-based RPG has never been more fun!
—Dell on Feb 4, 2015 Permalink
Tournaments: Indigo Plateau
The Tournaments staff is pleased to announce a new subroom: Indigo Plateau! Indigo Plateau is a private tours room for people who have proven themselves either on the Smogon tournaments scene or on the ladder. Ladder requirements are 85 GXE in OU (80 GXE in other Smogon official tiers) and at least 50 battles. Also, anyone who has been on a team in the Smogon Premier League is allowed in. If you meet the requirements, PM a member of the Tournaments staff (% and up) to be added!
—Dell on Jan 25, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #7
We've just launched the seventh issue of The Player! We have some major and interesting things happening inside, including Antemortem's new position as co-leader, an interview with Trickster, a new edition of the Gossiper, an intro of the MMO room, and a bunch more. Like always, we encourage you to vote for the next set of people to be interviewed and we're interested in hearing your input on how to improve our webzine project. Enjoy!
—Dell on Jan 19, 2015 Permalink
Gen 1: Random Battle
As we're sure you're all having fun with our ORAS iteration of Random Battle, we're now glad to announce the creation of our first gen version of Random Battle! Similarly to ORAS Random Battle, the Gen 1's iteration gives each player 6 random Pokémon with varying levels and combination of moves that aims to make the Pokémon as competitively viable as possible. Enjoy a new version of what's been a really successful and enjoyable format!
—Dell on Jan 9, 2015 Permalink
Server Owners Urgent Update
Pokémon Showdown is altering its server registration system. Every server must now have a contact email and smogon account that will serve as Pokémon Showdown's main method of contacting your server over any pressing concerns. Think carefully before you decide on the email address and smogon account to be linked to your server as the owner of both will be considered the server's sole owner in the event of any disputes that require our intervention.
Server Registration will remain closed for a month, or until all our current servers have updated to the new system. If any servers have failed to contact us by the end of this we will be forced to deregister them. For more information on this change and on how to contact us please check this thread.
—Jasmine on Jan 6, 2015 Permalink
OM of the Month: FU
This month's featured OM is now FU! FU is a fun and diverse usage-based metagame below PU that allows all PU Pokémon that are 2.28% or lower in the 1630 usage stats to be used. Like all other OMotMs, the top 8 users in the ladder at the end of the month will be qualified for our upcoming ladder challenge tournament. Discuss about FU in the Other Metas room. Enjoy playing!
—Dell on Jan 2, 2015 Permalink
The Player: Issue #6
Following up on our well wishes to Scene's departure as co-leader, here we give you the 6th issue of The Player! In this edition, we've got some awesome articles, such as the Perilous Pundit, another staff interview (Spydreigon), and the newest edition of Ask the Admins. We also take a look at past gen ladders and our established Help room. Happy New Years!
—Dell on Dec 31, 2014 Permalink
BLT: Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament
The Tournaments room will be hosting the Best 'Leaderboarders' Tournament, where the winners of the scripted tournaments in the room will be ranked given points, and will come together in April for a big team based tournament! Check out this link for more details, and we hope to see you in the room earning points!
—Dell on Dec 29, 2014 Permalink
PS! TVBF Oscars
The TV, Books and Films room is holding an award ceremony to celebrate all the great movie releases this year! Vote for your movie of choice in each of 18 different categories, including cinematography, original song and director, to name a few! This event will be held at 5 PM EST on December 30, so head on over there and enjoy the ceremony!
—Dell on Dec 24, 2014 Permalink
VGC 2015 rules have been released, including its own format! VGC 2014 will coexist with the new format until the season ends (December 31st!), so you guys can still duke it out in 2014's format until then. VGC 2015's rules are very similar to flat double battle rules; most 600+ BST legendaries and the Soul Dew are banned. Check it out, and head over to the VGC room for dedicated tournaments and discussion!
—Dell on Dec 17, 2014 Permalink
Thanks to Morfent's hard work, the Trivia room now has a script! Featuring three different modes of gameplay, everyone is welcome to answer questions, join games, and climb up the trivia leaderboard. Subjects for questions range from pop culture to Pokemon to academic subjects. Enjoy!
—Dell on Dec 10, 2014 Permalink
The Player: Issue #5
This month has been pretty hectic with the sim's downtime, but now we deliver to you guys The Player's 5th issue! Here we showcase an interview with Vacate, a look at the closing stages of PSPL II, a guide on how to be a good presence in the Lobby, another edition of The Gossiper, and many more. Remember to vote for the next staff interview and to post your favorite article in the release thread. We hope you guys enjoy reading this issue!
—Dell on Dec 2, 2014 Permalink
Changes in the Ubers tier
Upon redefining Smogon's tier system, Ubers is now known as the tier above OU rather than just a banlist. Mega Rayquaza will not be allowed in this metagame, and instead is moved to our new format named Anything Goes! Outside of the Endless Battle Clause, this format intends to permit the use of anything legal in the cartridge games! Be sure to check it out and play!
—Dell on Nov 30, 2014 Permalink
PS is back up!
Actually, PS main has been back up for over a week now, and we've been slowly fixing the remaining parts of the website.
New today: The news system is working again! As before, you'll be seeing updates about our new features, tiers, events and many more as they come! Stay tuned... :o
—Zarel on Nov 30, 2014 Permalink
Seasonal Ladder Returns!
Remember the OM Seasonal Ladder? It now returns to Showdown in a brand new installment! Unlike the previous seasonals that celebrated specific holidays, Seasonal Strikes Back intends to celebrate the comeback of the format itself, mashing up the mechanics from the previous seasonals all together into one. This combination brings an enjoyable experience for everyone, with a nice hint of nostalgia for the older users, so don't miss out!
—Detective Dell on Nov 10, 2014 Permalink
Move Animations & Room Events
Updates to move animations are being made! Graphics will be frequently updated as we cover all of the existing moves (where either new or improved changes will be added), and changes will be applied to battles.
—Detective Dell on Nov 8, 2014 Permalink
The Player: Issue #4
The Player's fourth issue has been released! Check out the release thread and be sure to vote for the next staff interview. Issue 4 includes Sky Battles 102, an overview of PU, an interview with Goddess Briyella, and a spooky cover, as well as a redesign on the article front – be sure to take a look!
—Vacate on Oct 31, 2014 Permalink
Random Battle Tournament
Following up on PSPL II, Random Cup Tournament, hosted by Darnell, is arriving. The format essentially consists of a combination of various Random Battle and Challenge Cup in one Tournament! Sign-ups will end tomorrow, so be sure to check it out!
—Detective Dell on Oct 29, 2014 Permalink
Congratulations to Italiano
The Italian room's team was victorious in PSPL II, beating Wifi 4-2. They put up a great performance throughout the rounds and were deserving winners of the well-received community tournament. Forza Italia!
—Scene on Oct 25, 2014 Permalink
Room updates & NU Ladder Tournament
Meteor Falls is now renamed to ORAS. This transition is intended to invite as much ORAS discussion as possible, while having a room intro that will be constantly updated as the game progresses!
Much like the current OU OLT, NU also has its own ladder tournament in a cyclical format. Expect upcoming prizes soon!
—Detective Dell on Oct 25, 2014 Permalink
More cool updates
ORAS OU ladder is now available under OM of the Month! Discussion is held in the Other Metas room.
WiFi Room has announced it will be giving out hundreds of shiny Pokémon via GTS giveaways each Sunday until ORAS' release. Stay tuned, as all are competitive, shiny and self-bred by the WiFi staff!
The CAP community is playtesting their newest creation - Plasmanta! Global voice is on offer for playing well on the ladder and in a subsequent tournament.
—Detective Dell on Oct 21, 2014 Permalink
Lots of good stuff
We've added the recent ORAS information a whole month before it was expected! Currently all move and stat information is what has been found in the demo. Graphics will be updated frequently between now and the games' full release, and by then these updates will also be applied to tier ladders.
The finals of PSPL II are here! Italiano take on Wifi to decide the winner of what's been a really successful and enjoyable tournament.
The Writing room is having a Halloween-themed contest! Poetry and stories are accepted, with prizes for both.
—Scene on Oct 19, 2014 Permalink
As you may have noticed, we now have a dedicated Help room! It's highly recommended you check it out, as this room will help you find global staff members much more easily for issues pertaining to the server community.
If you're interested, this room also intends to encourage users to help others with general PS questions. Here we aim to service users as efficiently as possible, so if you think you have what it takes to participate, don't hesitate to lend a hand!
—Detective Dell on Oct 17, 2014 Permalink
PSPL Semifinals, Room Updates & Ubers Suspect
The semifinals of PSPL II have now begun, with four teams left standing.
—Detective Dell on Oct 9, 2014 Permalink
The Player: Issue #3 & PSPL Round 2
We've just launched the third issue of The Player! It's got lots of cool stuff inside: an interview with Scotteh, another iteration of The Gossiper, and our new Ask The Admins series, with some great cover art by Faxxifer.
Once again, we're indebted to our contributors for their hard work to make the project a success. If you're curious about joining, we've got some detailed contribution guidelines!
Another week, another round of PSPL II! We've moved into the knockout phase of the tournament, so things are getting a little more interesting. With 16 rooms remaining, it's still anyone's to win. Cheer on your room!
—Scene on Sep 30, 2014 Permalink
Chat font is now slightly bigger
No, it's not your imagination. Chrome recently made fonts look slightly smaller, so I'm making the chat font size slightly bigger (from 8pt to 9pt).
If you don't like it, give yourself a week to get used to it. Plenty of other things on your computer have different font sizes. In a week, I'll decide if we need to do anything else about it.
We also made an update yesterday that seems to have drastically decreased lag, so...
—Zarel on Sep 27, 2014 Permalink
Lobby Update, PSPL II and OLT
As you may have noticed, the Lobby has had a small update regarding staff. Similar to other rooms on the server, it now has its own roomauth. You should only contact global staff for issues outside of the Lobby as room staff members do not have global authority. A client update is planned to help distinguish between these two groups.
Week 3 of PSPL II has begun! This will be the final week of the group stage of the tournament. The announcement includes results from the previous week and current team standings. Check out the new match-ups and cheer on your favorite rooms as they compete to secure their spots in the next stage!
—Sir Donovan on Sep 25, 2014 Permalink
PSPL II, Tournaments and more
Week 2 of PSPL II has begun! Continuing the group stage of the tournament, the announcement includes results from the first week and current standings. Check out the new match-ups and cheer on your favorite rooms!
After a brief downtime for maintenance, scripted tournaments are back. Head over to our official Tournaments room to compete in the leaderboard challenge! Smogon’s Official Ladder Tournament has entered its second cycle. We recommend you read how to sign up and visit the OLT room for discussion of the tournament. The Mentorship program is also hosting a tournament series called Mentours. These micro-tours are played four times a day in the Community Mentoring room to introduce newer players to Smogon's tiers as well as encourage teambuilding and collaboration with Mentors.
Congratulations to chechnya for winning the Academics room's Jeopardy tournament after defeating Weebl and AnthemOfTheWorld in the final round! If you would like to join the next tour, take this test and PM SteelEdges a screenshot of your results on Smogon forums if you pass to receive information on the next step.
The OM Mediocremons has been replaced by Hidden Type, and Smogon Doubles Ubers, LC UU, and Smogon Doubles UU now have ladders! Head over to their respective threads for information and discussion of these metagames.
—Sir Donovan on Sep 16, 2014 Permalink
PSPL II, OMs, Monotype News, and Tier Updates
The first week of PSPL II has officially begun! For the first stage of the tournament, the group stage, our teams are placed into eight groups of four. Within each group, the four teams will battle each other once over a three week period. At the end of this stage, the two highest ranked teams in each group will advance while the other two will be eliminated. Check out the current match-ups and cheer on your favorite rooms!
The Other Metagame of the Month for September is Haxmons! If you are not familiar with this metagame, read the official thread here. The Pokemon Throwback OM for this month is Gen III 1v1, which follows the bans and clauses of Gen III OU. Alphabet Cup has been replaced by Mediocremons and other new additions include Smogon Triples, 350 Cup, OM Mashup, and PU. Head over to our Other Metas room to discuss these formats and compete in the daily tournaments!
OU Monotype is now known simply as Monotype after implementing a major change in its tiering system. Instead of following the OU metagame, the banlist is now catered specifically to Monotype and comprised of two categories. The first category deals with global bans and states which Pokemon cannot be used anywhere in the tier. The second category deals with more complex type bans, where Pokemon or items are only banned if used on a specific monotype team. Try out the new ladder and discuss your experiences either in the thread or here in our Monotype room!
Three months have passed since our last usage-based tier update, so this month brings another one! For an explanation of the update and a list of which Pokemon have shifted to new tiers, head over to this thread prepared by Antar.
—Sir Donovan on Sep 4, 2014 Permalink
The Player released: Issue #2!
The second issue of The Player has been released! This issue features an interview with Darnell, a look at the Wi-Fi economy and The Studio's favorite artist of this month. The contributors did a superb job with this issue - if you're interested in contributing, check out our guidelines!
We also have Ask the Admins going for our third issue, in which you can ask our panel any questions you like. Remember to vote for the next staff interview and to post your favorite article in the release thread. Happy reading!
—Vacate on Aug 30, 2014 Permalink
PSPL II - Announcement
Do you want to represent your room in a fun community team tournament? Introducing Pokemon Showdown's Premier League II! In this event, teams of seven from each room compete against other rooms in a group stage -> knockout format, with each aiming to end up victorious. Check out the thread for full details, and look forward to Week 1 being posted over the coming days!
—Scene on Aug 25, 2014 Permalink
Random Doubles Battle updated
The Random Doubles Battle format on PS has been improved significantly, thanks to the efforts of dedicated Smogon Doubles players. Pokémon will now have doubles-specific moves like Protect and Helping Hand. Try it out, whether you've experienced Doubles before or not!
Balanced Hackmons is now enforcing the EV limit of 510 and Team Preview. These changes correspond to the XY game mechanics.
The Challenges room is hosting a voice challenge! To earn voice in the room, you simply have to complete three full weeks of their voice challenges.
—Scene on Aug 23, 2014 Permalink
The Player released: Issue #1!
Our debut issue of The Player is live! Be sure to vote for the next interview, too. Our talented contributors worked very hard to make this possible - writing, drawing, checking grammar, and HTMLing to make The Player a reality. We hope you enjoy this issue!
Would you like to see your work published? Our contribution guidelines will show you how.
—Scene on Jul 28, 2014 Permalink
Tournaments updates, Triples formats, and suspect test
Our tournament script has gotten better, so the Tournaments room is now our second Official Room! It's a fun alternative to the ladder, and supports several formats like Round Robin, Single Elimination and Double Elimination. We've worked hard to get here, so you should give it a try!
We also have some new XY Triples formats: Random Battle and Pikachu Tournamentchu on the ladder, and some others off! Pikachu Tournamentchu is a format where you must use Pikachu and any Pokemon that's not fully evolved.
We have some suspect tests! OU is testing Aegislash (2700 COIL to vote). The test ends on Saturday, July 26th. LC is has a discussion-based suspect (1950 COIL to vote), ending on Friday, July 25th. Good luck, everyone!
—Detective Dell on Jul 17, 2014 Permalink
The Player & Social Media Room launch
We've launched a PS webzine! Named The Player, it's a source for articles written by the community related to all aspects of PS. Read the introductory thread first, and if you're interested in writing for us check out the article submission guide and contributor guidelines (they don't take too long to read, and are well worth doing so). If you've got a brief question you'd like to ask, our SQSA thread should cover you there. We've had a fantastic response already in terms of articles and art, and expect to release our first issue in late July. We'd love to have you as a contributor too!
To tie in with the release of The Player, the Youtube room has been renamed Media! It's still the same room and still retains a focus on Youtube, but it's had a rename in order to emphasize that other social media sites like Facebook, Twitch and Twitter are very welcome as discussion topics in the room.
—Scene on Jul 10, 2014 Permalink
OMs, Doubles Challenge, Suspect Tests, and Tier Updates!
The Other Metagame of the Month for July is Mediocre-Mons! If you are not familiar with this metagame, read the official thread here. Another new OM is Pokemon Throwback, in which a popular OM will be applied to a past generation each month. Head over to our Other Metas room to discuss these formats and the many other metagames that we offer!
The Doubles room has a new event: the Ladder Tournament Challenge! To participate, simply create an alt that starts with the letters “LT” and battle on the Smogon Doubles ladder. Be sure to read the thread for full rules and instructions!
Several suspect tests are currently in progress! OU is testing Deoxys-Defense and Deoxys-Speed until Monday, July 7th. It’s not too late to participate! Achieve a COIL of 2700 on the OU (suspect test) ladder for a chance to vote. RU is having a test of Shuckle that is also ending Monday, July 7th. To be eligible for voting, players are required to achieve a COIL of 2400 on the RU (suspect test) ladder.
In other tiers, Staraptor’s retesting in UU has resulted in a ban to BL with Tornadus-Therian next in line for a retest, while Sigilyph was banned from NU!
—Sir Donovan on Jul 3, 2014 Permalink
Pokémon Charity, Tier Updates, Room Updates
The Speed Gamers community are doing a week long Pokemon charity marathon ending on June 27th, where they will attempt to collect every Pokemon throughout the series! They have already collected nickname donations from numerous participants, and you even have a chance to see your favorite Pokemon with a name of your choice here!
The voting phase for Baton Pass has ended. Players in OU are no longer allowed to have more than 3 Baton Pass users on their teams. After lengthy discussion, the Swagger ban was also extended to Ubers. In the lower tiers, Froslass has been banned from RU, Volcarona and Alakazite removed from UU, and Staraptor is currently up for suspect voting. Stick around here for updates on the results soon!
The Studio and The Happy Place rooms now have built-in plugins! In The Studio, users can now nominate an artist as the 'Artist of the Day', and the winning artist will be discussed in the room and have their music posted throughout the day. The Happy Place's plugin will provide a series of inspirational quotes to be set and shown to the room daily. Be sure to check them out!
—Detective Dell on Jun 25, 2014 Permalink
&Slayer95, New Driver, Staff Departures, Rooms and Events!
Slayer95 was promoted to Leader through his exceptional contributions related to programming on the server! On the other hand, Joim (Administrator) and TalkTakesTime (Moderator) have retired from the Pokémon Showdown staff. Joim has made a lifetime's worth of improvements and additions to the site throughout his time as a staff member and programmer, and was always an extremely approachable user who made the sim a more fun and enjoyable place for everyone. TalkTakesTime has made a lot of great additions to the server, namely the development of boTTT, implementing several commands and features for the server, and making the Tech & Code room a thing. We wish the two the best of luck in their future endeavors!
New rooms have been added to the server, while Pokemon In-Game has been rebranded to Meteor Falls. This rename provides an aesthetically appealing twist to the upcoming Pokémon games (Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire) while still allowing discussion of anything related to casual Pokémon and more! The new rooms include a Chess room for discussion of the widely popular board game itself, while Scandinavia is our newest language based on languages of the northern Germanic countries in Europe!
Meanwhile regarding current room events, the Sports Room is hosting a fantasy league for the upcoming FIFA World Cup. If you're interested in joining, register, head over to "My Leagues" and search for the "PS league". In other news, Doubles Room will be having a standardized schedule for scripted tournaments. For more information on the scheduling, visit here.
Finally, Kostitsyn-kun was promoted to Driver for being an exceptional contributor in rooms across the server, particularly Anime and Manga and Debates and Discussions. Congratulations!
—Detective Dell on Jun 12, 2014 Permalink
We also have a new way to switch between chatrooms: Just press Left or Right while the textbox is empty. If you're on the downloadable client, Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab also work.
And if you type someone's name in chat, it'll give them a notification and highlight the message (you can turn this off in the Options menu as usual).
Also, I recently fixed faint order order (with some help from V4): now, if your last two Pokémon both faint on the last turn, instead of being a tie, the Pokémon that faints last wins.
—Zarel on Jun 9, 2014 Permalink