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PostSubject: Pokémon Wi-Fi Battling Rules   Fri 10 Apr 2009, 12:48


The clauses or rules that are generally enforced in a standard battle are:

1. Species: No two of the same Pokemon on one team. That means you can't have two Porygon-Z. But you can have a Porygon2 AND a Porygon-Z.
2. Sleep: The opponent can only put one Pokemon to sleep at a time, and can only put another to sleep upon the original one waking up or being KOed. The opponent is allowed to put a second Pokemon to sleep if it happens incidentally (Effect Spore) or if a move like Rest is used.
3. OHKO: One hit knock out moves are banned.
4. Evasion: Moves that increase evasion are banned (Double Team, Minimize). Accupressure is still allowed.
5. Team consists of 6 Pokemon.
6. Freeze: No more than 2 Pokemon can be frozen at any one time. This cannot be enforced in the Wi-Fi environment. However, it is enforced on battle simulators such as Shoddy Battle and is an optional rule on Pokemon Battle Revolution.
7. This is usually implied, but nothing illegal. That means anything that can't happen within the confines of the game. Certain egg moves can't be combined with other egg moves, or an egg move can't be present with an event move, and so on. If you're using Pokesav to make a team, it's best to check with an online Pokedex (or this thread) to see if your team's moves and abilities are legal.

While the following rules are not considered standard, they may be utilized in certain communities or at an individual battler's request. While it's impossible to list ANY rule someone might come up with, I'll be glad to write down the more common ones (and any others you all bring up):

* Item Clause: Every item attached to a Pokémon must be different. This is enforced in official Nintendo tournaments, the Battle Tower, and among some battling communities.
* Hax Items: Hax Items are items that are based on luck. Quick Claw, Focus Band, etc... They only have a chance of working. They usually aren't widely used because 90% of the time, it's like holding nothing at all. But I know this is a standard rule over on the Serebii forums, so might as well post it.
* No Legends: Banning of all legendary Pokemon. Self explanatory. Usually utilized by newcomers to the world of battle. But all legendary Pokemon aren't created equal, and more than a few are actually quite weak.
* No hacks: Some people care about the origins of Pokemon they use or face in a battle, some don't.

Asking for a Wi-Fi Battle

How to ask for a battle.

"I want a standard battle": Correct way of asking for a standard rules battle.

"I want a standard battle with [insert alternate clause(s) here]": Correct way of asking for a standard battle with additional clauses.

NOW if you want to do a non-standard battle, as in you DON'T FOLLOW STANDARD RULES TO A T, then you need to list every single clause you are playing by.

For example, this is incorrect:

"Standard battle with Garchomp allowed": Garchomp is uber and breaks standard rules. It also basically tells your opponent what Pokemon you'll be using. The proper way to ask for a battle that allows Garchomp is this (ideally, you should just do an Uber battle, but):

"Battle with evasion/OHKO/sleep/species clause, one uber allowed.".

and a final example:

Bad: Standard battle no legends

Good: No evasion/OHKO/legends/whatever.

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