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It has been confirmed that Pokémon is to have a presence at Gamescom, being held in Cologne Germany on August 17th to August 21st. First, there is to be a special Pokkén Tournament competition within the Battle Corner in the Nintendo Booth. In addition to that, Battle Director, Shigeki Morimoto, will be attending Gamescom to give insight into the world of Pokémon, and it is said there may be a surprise. Should anything pertinent come from Gamescom, will post it as soon as possible so be sure to check back

Here's the thing about pokémon:

There’s no wrong way to enjoy it. Competitive battling, or just raising the cute ones; super training and perfect movesets, or going ‘against’ stats to use your favorite moves; gen one nostalgia, or hype about the newest games; main games or side games; anime, manga, fan fiction, WHATEVER!

There’s a million different ways to enjoy pokémon. The games even show us that. Whether you’re a pokéfan, an ace trainer, a breeder, a contest coordinator, or a ranger, there is NO wrong way to bond with pokémon.

Or rather, ALMOST no wrong way. You see, when you’re an elitist, and you want to tell other people that they are stupid, or playing wrong, or belittle them, you sound like someone else from the games: Team Rocket, Team Flare, Paul from Sinnoh, Damian who abandoned Charmander. At best, it turns into the metapod vs metapod battle. You know the one. The really pathetic one. That’s you, poké-elitists.

Never tell anyone they’re wrong to enjoy and bond with pokémon in their own way. Pokémon is about friendship, bonding, love, and competition. Don’t be a bully about it.

✧ THE POKE-LEAGUE ✧

Fasten your seatbelts, Trainers! The Poké-League has finally arrived!

Are you tired of speeding through the games because they aren’t tough enough? Are you looking for more of a challenge to whet your appetite? Then you’ve come to the right place. 

The latest and greatest competitive Pokémon League to arrive to Tumblr is finally open to the public. The Poké-League, with more than eight different Gyms and a masterful Elite 4, will not be beaten by any mediocre Pokémon strategies. Bring your A-Game and challenge our large assortment of skilled Leaders to collect Badges and earn the right to challenge the illustrious Elite 4. The first challenger to successfully collect eight Gym Badges and beat the Elite 4 will be crowned this season’s Champion! So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to become Champion, sign up and begin your journey!

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Think you can survive the league? Then bring it on!

ABOUT US / RULES / GYM LEADERS / CHALLENGE US!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Competitive Pokemon Battling

With Season 2 about to start, we are looking for proficient, experienced and competitive battlers to expand our gym roster with. Do you think you have what it takes to maintain a Gym and fend off the tough trainers that will come your way?

We are looking for trainers who specialize in the following types:

  • Fire
  • Poison
  • Ice
  • Electric
  • Fairy

All you need to do is send us a message and have a competitive mono type team of those stated above.

We are looking for those trainers that spend hours breeding the perfect IV’s and and EV train until their pokemon are perfect.

The league will be primarily on 3DS and on the ORAS game cartridges.

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Think you can survive the league? Then bring it on!

ABOUT US / RULES / GYM LEADERS / CHALLENGE US!

With Season 3 up and coming, we are looking for proficient, experienced and competitive battlers to expand our Gym roster with. Do you think you have what it takes to maintain a Gym and fend off the tough trainers that will come your way?

We are looking for trainers who specialize in the following types:

  • Normal
  • Bug
  • Steel
  • Dark
  • Fairy

All you need to do is send us a message and have a competitive mono type team of those stated above.

We are looking for those trainers that spend hours breeding the perfect IV’s and and EV train until their pokemon are perfect.

The league will be primarily on 3DS and on the ORAS game cartridges.

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Think you can survive the league? Then bring it on!

ABOUT US / RULES / GYM LEADERS / CHALLENGE US!

Pokecomp Tutorial #6: Balanced team building.

I wanted to share with you guys another method of team building. The credit goes to a friend but we’ve both used this method before to build some solid teams. This method allows for more balanced teams and places roles and such second.

1. Pick a pokemon, anything that fits your tier, pick a favorite, pick something powerful or fun or cute.

2. Pick another pokemon, this pokemon should not share any weakness with your 1st choice.

3. Pick another pokemon this pokemon also shouldn’t share pokemon with your previous choices.

4. Now you have what’s called a core, a core is when 2-4 or even the whole team can cover each other’s weaknesses pretty well. Common cores this gen are steel, fairy, dragon or fire, water, grass.

5. You’ve got 3 spots left in total. What you want is something close to this: 2 pokemon that can physical sweep, 2 that can special sweep, 1 defensive wall, 1 special wall. This is pretty flexible for example you can replace one of those physical sweepers with a lead, or your walls can be mixed, or your sweepers can also be defensive.

6. Now that you know that fill in the rest of your team. A general rule is that you don’t want too many shared weaknesses and should avoid using pokemon with too many weaknesses. For example you don’t want 3 pokemon weak to fairy or fighting.

7. This is optional but you should pick out a few alternative pokemon with similar types on any choices that you aren’t sure about.

8. Pick subroles. By that I mean excadrill is a hazard remover with rapid spin. Other subroles include hazard setter, support, wallbreaker(sweepers that can remove walls), etc.(I’ll do a post on roles later)

9. Pick your sets. Each pokemon needs a set that works well with the rest. For example a dragon dance sweeper dragon would enjoy having teammates that can remove and set up hazards like stealth rock and wallbreakers that can out-stall said dragon.

10. Check to make sure everything works when you have your sets. Is your core strong? Do you have the support your team needs? Is your strategy ready? Can you adapt if you can’t use said strategy? Etc.

11. Test and test well. Make sure your team stands up to standard play. You need to win at least 2/3rds of you matches when testing.

12. Adjust test again and finish.

Hello all Challengers and Followers, Champion Sebastian here.

We’re entering the final stretch of the Pokeleague’s third season, and it’s time let everyone know how this last month will go down. 

Saturday, July 30th will be the last day for challengers to win Gym Badges and defeat the Elite Four and Champion. As such, the limit for how many challenges you can make against Gym Leaders and Elite Four will be dropped for the rest of the season. Any rematches you need are up to the Leader’s discretion, however.

After the 30th, we will have a competition between the Trainers who managed to defeat the 8 Gyms, Elite Four, and Champion. These matches will be standard 6vs6 matches, best 2/3 style. The Pokemon used may be changed with your substitutes during the 2/3 matches. The final trainer remaining will be crowned Season 4′s Champion! 

There will be no limit to when you can sign up, and we encourage sign ups until the last day to get a feel for the league for the next season. 

Finally, we will be looking for Gym Leaders come mid July, so if you are interested in trying out, check back with us soon for a full list of types that we need to get covered. 

After this season ends, we will be having a hiatus of 1-2 weeks as we get ready to move onto accepting challengers for the following season.

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Think you can survive the league? Then bring it on!

ABOUT US / RULES / GYM LEADERS / CHALLENGE US!

A dummy's guide to Competitive Battling:

So, competitive battling - it’s a big thing in the Pokemon fandom, and a large chunk of it participates in it. But it can sound scary at first, so to alleviate that, let’s break it down and give everyone a quick, comprehensive guide to Competitive Battling!

  1. EVs, IVs, and Natures:

As a side note: EVs actually go up to 255 per stat, and 510 overall.  It’s just better to use 252.


As we all know, Effort Values, or EVs, are points that build onto Pokemon’s status to raise their stats. But to fully use them, you need the right nature for your pokemon, depending on its moveset, and generally its overall status as a pokemon. So, let’s say you have an Alakazam. They are crazy special sweepers, so if you raised one, you’d probably focus on speed and sp. attk. And how? You fight pokemon that give out those certain EVs! EVs add up to 252 for each stat, and learning to spread them wisely is the way to go.

So, let’s say for Alakazam, you had 252 Sp. Attk, 252 Speed, and 4 Def. This way, it has its EVs in its most valuable status, and you can blast away with Psychic and Calm Mind and sweep.

IVs, on the other hand, can be complicated. Basically, they go from 0-31, and are barring RNGing, completely random.  They can add up to 31 points onto the stat they correspond to. They also affect Hidden Power with certain IVs giving certain types/powers(for example, if you want HP Ice 70, you could use a spread of 31/30/30/31/31/31).  In the Pokemon’s summary, there’ll be a place where it’ll say something like, “Likes to run” or “Mischevious”, which will tell you what your highest IV can be.  For this, Bulbapedia can help. Also, there’s a person in the Battle Subway who’ll tell you your overall potential, and which stats are the best(saying all the ones that are the best in Gen V, and only the one that corresponds to the saying in the Pokemon’s summary in Gen IV).

Natures are the easiest from this bunch. When breeding or catching Pokemon, you’ll notice that they have natures like “relaxed” or “sassy”. Each nature does its own thing that raises a status and lowers another. Back to Alakazam, Modest is most popular (+Sp. attk, - Attk) or Timid (+Speed, -Attk). Some natures don’t even do anything! But, it’s up to your pokemon for what nature you’ll need. For beginners, looking up Pokemon and seeing their status can help you out. 

2. Movesets


Now that we’ve explained natures and whatnot, applying them is the next biggest set. With only four moves, what you place on your lovely EV trained baby is a very important step. So, let’s keep using Alakazam.

Now, as said, it’s a special sweeper. Which means it’s gotta hit hard and fast. An ideal moveset, Timid Nature and said EV spread we gave earlier: Calm Mind, Psychic, Focus Blast, Shadow Ball.

This way, your Alakazam has coverage, and after a few calm minds, it can sweep through your opponent’s team. 

Certain moves don’t go on pokemon, like physical moves on special sweepers. This doesn’t let their potential shine, and vice versa. Study your pokemon and make sure the movesets are good.

3. Items

Held items can turn the tide of the battle. It can depend on your pokemon’s ability whatever item you choose. Like… Breloom can have Poison Heal as an ability. What to do? Toxic Orb.

Machamp, Heracross, anything with guts? Toxic Orb - doesn’t cut attack, attack rises, and facade can dish out a mean amount of damage.

Items like choice band, scarf, etc can be annoying, but whatever one move you choose gets a boost, and can, again, be used to sweep.

Some items heal, heal status, etc. It’s up to your pokemon what you choose, and going on and on will be redundant, because our point is already made here.

Hold items are fucking sweet.

4. Abilities 


Now, abilities, another thing we always see. With Dream World, several Pokemon got tons of amazing abilities that became game-changers.

Abilities go on and on, and the one you choose could change what your pokemon could be. As I mentioned with Toxic Heal earlier, if you had a Breloom with Effect Spore, that strategy would be useless.

As a side note, Moxie is a beautiful ability. Every time you faint a pokemon, your attack stage rises. Thus, your pokemon is a fighting machine. But, I digress.

Abilities are a very important thing to understand, and why I’m urging you to read about them next time you choose a team. If you’re new to this, and have Pokemon Online, build some teams around. Use Smogon if you need help making your perfect Pokemon.

5. Wrapping up


Scary as this looks now, it’s not that hard. Competitive battling takes time and practice. Using them in wi-fi tournaments, or casual battles with friends can give you an edge and further your skills. It’s not mandatory, and you don’t have to do it… but if you do, there’s a whole new world of Pokemon to enter.

I hope this little guide helps as much as it can!

I want a mobile app where you run your own Pokemon day care and have to breed the Pokemon and build enclosures for each type of Pokemon with a trade system so you can send the eggs/babies to your Pokemon game through pokèbank or to other day cares. It could even be easier for competitive/shiny breeders so they can hatch eggs on the go without having to bring their DS everywhere.

Competitive Pokemon resource guide

Figured I would make this, there are so many wonderful websites out there dedicated to Pokemon, and these are some of my favorites for competitive battling.

The best Pokedex in my opinion, sortable by type and base stats, etc.

Great battle simulator, also has a handy teambuilder

If you need to generate Pokemon as a something to breed off of, this is the one site I’ve found that works

Great teambuilder for checking common weaknesses

Helpful EV training guide

Egg group guide (also a great site for all around knowledge)

Damage calculator (helpful for building extremely specific EV spreads)

Hidden Power calculator

Usage statistics by tier (helpful for learning new tiers)

Advanced speed calculator

And finally, my favorite alternative to Smogon for competitive battling in general