Pokemon Showdown

Pokemon Showdown also often formatted as Pokémon Showdown!, is a web-based Pokémon battle simulator. It is free open source software and written in JavaScript and Node.js. It was adopted by Smogon on July 2, 2012. In addition to standard modes of play, Pokémon Showdown! includes unique features such as “Pure Hackmons” and “Balanced Hackmons,” which encompass Pokémon of normally illegal movesets and Abilities. Some people also have custom servers in which they can create their own rulesets, battle formats, and even “pet mods” where they can change the entire way the game is played.

Pokemon Showdown
Pokemon Showdown

Pokemon Showdown

Pokémon Showdown has move animations in battle. It supports one-click replay sharing and reconnecting to disconnected battles.

Pokémon Showdown supports Single and Double Battles in Generation V, Generation VI, Generation VII, and Generation VIII and also has support for Single Battles in all other generations. They also have Triple Battles though it is only in beta phase as with Multi Battles and Battle Royals. There are also custom battle styles, such as the Almost Any Ability or Monotype ruleset.

This website also features alternative servers which people can join through the main website. Examples include Sports, Dragon Heaven, and Pokémon Insurgence

Pokemon Showdown
Pokemon Showdown

Pokemon Showdown & Violet has already been announced for November of 2022, which means competitive games for Sword & Shield will in mere months be finally winding a close.

On one of the world’s top competitive battling websites, Pokémon Showdown, the tier “OverUsed” is by far the most commonly played competitive format. But even among overused Pokémon, some are utilized even more than the others. In a tier with menaces like Mew and Tapu Koko, it takes a true powerhouse to make the ten most used throughout the last few months. A rare mono-Flying Pokémon, the genie legendary Tornadus is far more viable in its Therian form. With a 15.1% usage rate in OverUsed, Tornadus – Therian is one of the top Flying-types outside of Ubers.

The oddly specific speed of 121 is brilliant in competitive play, allowing Tornadus to outspeed with a fast Knock Off to get rid of powerful items, or just blast away with high-power special moves like Hurricane. Access to an incredible ability in Regenerator helps make up for the legendaries below average Bulk as well. While its siblings in Articuno and Moltres are some of the worst Legendaries in the game, Zapdos is a constant threat at the game’s highest level of play outside Ubers. An Electric-type with a ground immunity, a good learn set, and a good defensive ability in Static mean Zapdos can be either a generic defensive utility choice or a powerful rain sweeper with Thunder and Weather Ball.

Aside from Ubers like Zacian and Xerneas, Clefable is the strongest mono-Fairy type in Pokémon. Clefable’s stats are fairly average, but it has a great typing in mono-Fairy along with an amazing ability in Magic Guard and one of the most versatile move pools in all of OU. Clefable shouldn’t be taken lightly, despite not having a single base stat over 100. Garchomp is blessed with almost everything a non-Legendary could ever hope to ask for. It has great stats all around the board, a top-tier typing, great moves, and a good defensive ability.

Garchomp has few weaknesses outside of Ice Beams or Ice Shards, but all good Pokémon with a quad weakness usually have teammates that can easily switch in and tank those types. Kartana’s 181 Attack stat is one of the best in the entire game, including those in Ubers (the tier of Pokémon banned from OU.) Making use of an incredible Attack and good speed, Kartana can dismantle teams. It’s especially good at destroying stall teams, thanks to Swords Dance and a nice immunity to Toxic.

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