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Default Official Tier Lists and Clauses for Competitive Battling

Last Update: October 11th 2011

This thread will keep an up to date record of Smogon's standard tier lists and clauses, to be adhered to when arranging and playing battles in tournaments, and to provide general information on tiers and the tiering process.

Table of Contents
Post #1: Tiers and Clauses Explained
Post #2: Tier Lists
Post #3: Clause Lists
Post #4: Suspect Lists
Post #5: Timeline of Changes


Tiers Explained
With so many pokemon now in existence, attempting to establish a competitive environment out of such chaos would not be feasible. As such tiers were established, in order to provide several separate, balanced metagames (Or tiers) where competitive play could occur in a balanced environment. These tiers are now created by the competitive community Smogon, who perform testing in order to see which tier each pokemon belongs in.
In this generation (The fifth), there are currently four tiers;
Ubers
OverUsed
UnderUsed
RarelyUsed
This differs from prior generations, where the fourth tier was entitled NeverUsed, however it is likely that RU will diverge into two separate tiers, RU and NU, sometime in the future.

The concept of tiers is simple. Each Pokemon is assigned a single tier, based on a combination of how much they are used and whether or not they are too imbalanced to be used in the tier their usage would dictate. A Pokemon may be used in battles at their own tier and tiers above their own, but not tiers below their own. Unreleased Pokemon are typically banned from standard play because they are not yet available for use on the Pokemon Black and White games, rather than being too powerful.

Clauses explained
Just as with tiers, clauses aim to keep games fair and balance. However this is through other limitations, rather than banning Pokemon.

Thanks goes out to Mr. Gofre for creating this wonderful thread by combining his tiers with my clauses.
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Tiers

Pokemon are listed numerically for ease of navigation.

Unreleased
Total: 3

Spoiler:
Keldeo
Meloetta
Genesect


Uber Tier
Total: 18

Spoiler:
Mewtwo
Lugia
Ho-oh
Blaziken
Krogre
Groudon
Rayquaza
Deoxys
Deoxys Attack Forme
Garchomp
Dialga
Palkia
Giratina
Giratina Origin Forme
Manaphy
Darkrai
Shaymin Sky Forme
Excadrill
Thundurus
Arceus


OverUsed (OU)
Total: 56

Spoiler:
Venusaur
Ninetales
Machamp
Tentacruel
Cloyster
Gengar
Starmie
Gyarados
Vaporeon
Dragonite
Politoed
Espeon
Wobbuffet
Forretress
Scizor
Skarmory
Porygon2
Blissey
Tyranitar
Swampert
Breloom
Salamence
Metagross
Latias
Latios
Jirachi
Deoxys Speed Forme
Infernape
Staraptor
Bronzong
Lucario
Hippowdon
Toxicroak
Magnezone
Gliscor
Rotom Wash Forme
Heatran
Conkeldurr
Whimsicott
Darmanitan
Scrafty
Reuniclus
Jellicent
Ferrothorn
Chandelure
Haxorus
Mienshao
Hydreigon
Volcarona
Terrakion
Virizion
Tornadus
Landorus
Kyurem


UnderUsed (UU)
Total: 51

Spoiler:
Charizard
Nidoqueen
Nidoking
Vulpix
Arcanine
Victreebel
Slowbro
Chansey Suspect
Jolteon
Aerodactyl
Snorlax
Zapdos
Mew
Crobat
Xatu
Azumarill
Heracross
Houndoom
Kingdra
Donphan
Hitmontop
Raikou
Suicune
Celebi
Flygon
Milotic
Dusclops
Registeel
Deoxys Defence Forme
Empoleon
Roserade
Ambipom
Mismagius
Spiritomb
Hippopotas
Abomasnow
Weavile
Tangrowth
Togekiss
Mamoswine
Froslass
Rotom Heat Forme
Azelf
Shaymin
Victini
Sigilyph
Zoroark
Sawsbuck
Escavalier
Bisharp
Cobalion


Any Pokemon absent from these lists falls into the RarelyUsed (RU) tier.
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Clauses

Universal Clauses
Species Clause: Any Pokemon may not be used more than once on an individual's team. If a Pokemon has multiple formes, for example Deoxys, only one forme may be used per team.

Sleep Clause: You may not induce sleep status on more than one of your opponent's Pokemon at a time. Self induced sleep through the use of Rest does not count towards Sleep Clause. Sleep induced sleep through the use of sleep moves against Magic Bounce and Magic Mirror counts towards Sleep Clause

Wifi Battle Clause: Team Preview must be used prior to each battle.

OHKO Clause: The use of moves whose sole effect is to automatically knock out the opposing Pokemon are prohibited.

Evasion Clause: The use of moves and items whose sole effect is to increase your Pokemon's evasion stat are prohibited.

Hax Item Clause: Items that function solely off of luck, or introduce an unnecessary amount of luck into the game, are prohibited. These items are;
Spoiler:
Brightpowder
Focus Band
Lax Incense
Lucky Punch
Quick Claw
Razor Claw
Razor Fang
Scope lense
Stick


Self KO Clause: If an individual attempts to use a self-KO move to force a tie game, that individual is considered to have lost.

Clauses Exclusive to Tiers OU and Below
Drizzle/Swift Swim Complex Ban: An individual may not use Pokemon with the abilities Swift Swim and Drizzle on the same team.

Moody Clause: The use of the ability Moody is prohibited.

Clauses Exclusive to UU
Drought Clause: The use of the ability Drought is prohibited.

Simulator-Only Clauses
Freeze Clause: You may not induce freeze status on more than one of your opponent's Pokemon at a time. Given that freeze status is only possible through uncontrollable secondary effects, there is no way to enforce this clause during battles using the Nintendo DS games.

Optional, Unofficial Clauses
Item Clause: Any item may not be used more than once on an individual's team.

Suspect Clause: Any Pokemon currently identified as a suspect in the players' chosen tier is banned. Current suspects are fully listed in the following post.

Timeout Clause: An individual has a limited time to decide what to do each turn. If this time expires without the individual performing any action, they forfeit the game.
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Current Suspects

OU
Pokemon: Thundurus

UU
Pokemon: Chansey
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Timeline of Changes to the Official Tiers and Clauses
-October 11th 2011: OU Suspect Testing, Excadrill banned, Thundurus banned.
-July 19th 2011: UU Suspect Testing Round 2 concluded, Staraptor banned, Espeon banned, Wobbuffet banned, Chansey identified as suspect, Mew and Victini disregarded as suspect.
-July 16th 2011: UU Suspect Testing Round 2 begins, Baton Pass+Shell Smash disregarded as suspect.
-June 15th 2011: UU Suspect Testing Round 1 concluded, Kyurem banned, Drought banned, Victini, Staraptor and Mew identified as suspect.
-June 15th 2011: Suspect Testing Round 4 concluded, Garchomp banned, Thundurus identified as suspect.
-June 5th 2011: UnderUsed/RarelyUsed cutoff decided, RarelyUsed tier established.
-May 2nd 2011: OverUsed/UnderUsed cutoff decided, Overused and UnderUsed tiers established.
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Don't get thinking you can steal the credit for this TUST ;D

But yeah, I'll PM updates to you as and when they come.
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Don't get thinking you can steal the credit for this TUST ;D

But yeah, I'll PM updates to you as and when they come.
i added your name ! if i didnt then oops , awesome, yeah just send me updates.
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i added your name ! if i didnt then oops , awesome, yeah just send me updates.
Oh yeah, I missed it first time around. Although Seńor is the more appropriate title to give me ;P
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