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PvP Rules Ranked PvP Rules.

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PROLOGUE


Please do note that PRO is in BETA and you may still encounter some bugs in PvP. However, we are happy do inform you that our Developers are hard at work on a PvP update to apply some quality of life changes. Unfortunately, there is no estimated time for this. However, you may keep an eye out in our PRO Official Discord and our Update Logs for further updates on PRO.

The current rules may be changed or new rules may be added in the future so remember to check this topic from time to time.
PvP Reports belong in the Report Center.
We required Screenshot evidence for every violation however some things we can only validate with a video recording.
Failure to provide the correct evidence for the violation will result in no action taken, we need to 100% validate everything in order to take actions this includes evidence of the match happening in ranked PvP.

PvP RULES


  • 1. The usage of any listed banned move, ability, item or combination in ranked PvP will be sanctioned.
    Banned Moves - Screenshot evidence is required.
    • Burn Up - (Doesn't remove your pokemon fire type)
    • Endure - (Works every time it is used. Supposed to have a chance of failure if used in succession).
    • Last Resort - (Doesn't have a restriction of being used).
    • Memento + Focus Sash - (Pokemon that have Focus Sash equipped will not die to Memento).- Video evidence is required.
    • Sleep Talk whilst awake - (Doesn't consume PP, if you see the opponent not using a move while awake, it's this).- Video evidence is required.
      - If you run out of PP on your other moves and are forced to use Sleep Talk while awake, please take screenshots.
    • Belch - (Even without eating a berry, this move still can be used).
    • Doom Desire - (Doesn't have charge up turns).
    • Razor wind - (No charge up round).
    • Stockpile - (Can be used more than 3 times).

    Banned Abilities - Screenshot evidence is required.
    • Shadow Tag and Arena Trap
    • Defeatist - (Doesn't half either stats).
    • Fly + Gale Wings - (Fly gets priority in its first phase and looses this priority in its second phase). - Video evidence is required.
    • Wonder Guard + Focus Sash - (Focus Sash Shedinja will not die to Spikes/Stealth Rock). - Video evidence is required.

    Banned Items - Screenshot evidence is required.
    • No Item is banned currently.

    Banned Combinations - Video evidence is required.
    • Natural Cure/Serene Grace Chansey or Blissey with Psywave, are banned from ranked play. Chansey or Blissey must have its Hidden Ability in order to be played with Psywave.
    • Pikachu or Raichu with Surf & a pre-evolution move from Pichu or any egg move or its Hidden Ability, are banned from ranked play. This is due to an illegal move combination.
      Egg moves/Breeding moves
      Wish
      Tickle
      Reversal
      Present
      Lucky Chant
      Flail
      Fake Out
      Endure
      Encore
      Electric Terrain
      Double Slap
      Disarming Voice
      Charge
      Bide
      Bestow

      Pre-Evolution moves
      Charm
      Sweet Kiss
      Nasty Plot
  • 2. All Pokemon with 601+ Base Stats are banned in the Ranked ladder (With the exception of Slaking). Other Uber tier Pokemon (specifically Speed Boost Blaziken (Blaze Blaziken is allowed)) are also banned.
    Shaymin-Sky
    Speed Boost Blaziken
    Spawned Megas
    Unobtainable Pokemon
    Arceus
    Darkrai
    Deoxys
    Dialga
    Genesect
    Giratina
    Groudon
    Ho-Oh
    Kyogre
    Kyurem
    Lugia
    Mewtwo
    Palkia
    Rayquaza
    Reshiram
    Xerneas
    Yveltal
    Zekrom
  • 3. Every match should be played out in a timely manner. Time-, PP-, Switch- or any type of stalling beyond reasonable usage is not allowed.
    Video evidence is required and without it we will not take actions. Video evidence may be deemed insufficient at Moderators discretion.
    • Time-stalling: Waiting till the last few seconds to make your move on every single turn.
    • PP-stalling: Using moves to unnecessarily extend a matches duration with no proper reasoning such as using healing moves instead of attacking.
    • Switch-stalling: Switching your Pokemon around with no proper reasoning instead of attacking
  • 4. Placing a Status Condition (Poison, Burn, Paralysis, Sleep, Freeze) on your Pokemon before a Ranked battle is prohibited. Video evidence is required.
  • 5. Boosting in any form in Ranked PvP is forbidden. Action will be taken if caught or attempted. | Rule explanation
    • Intentionally queuing against a user to aid yourself or another user in the form of Rating, PvP Coins, etc will be considered as Ranked Boosting and will be punished accordingly.
  • 6. You can use only 2 of your own accounts to PvP within each season. Using any account you do not rightfully own, or using more than 2 accounts, will result in heavy punishment.
    • You can only have one account in the Top 25 at the end of the season, having more than one will result in heavy punishment.
  • 7. Forcing players to disconnect from a Ranked Battle with false information will lead to punishment.
  • 8. Violating any of our specific PvP Clauses will result in sanctions.

CLAUSES


  • OHKO Clause: OHKO Moves (Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, and Sheer Cold) are disallowed in the Ranked ladder.
  • Species Clause: The same two Pokemon should not be on the same team.
    • Regarding Rotom and Alolan Pokemon, you may only use 1 Rotom in your team. Alolan Pokemon can not be on the same team as their counterparts.
  • Sleep Clause: If you have already put a Pokemon on your opponent's side to sleep, and it is still sleeping, you cannot put another one to sleep.
    This rules is not induced by self-sleep inducing moves, such as Rest. Video evidence is required.
    • Regarding Natural Cure - Two Pokemon can be put to sleep if, and only if, the first Pokemon has Natural Cure (The reverse order would violate the clause as the Natural Cure Pokemon would be on the field asleep with an additional Pokemon being asleep in the party). If you assume a Pokemon has Natural Cure and you are wrong, then you risk being punished for violation.
  • Baton Pass Clause: A Pokemon cannot pass +Speed and another stat simultaneously. You are limited to have only one Baton Pass Pokemon per team. Video evidence is required.
  • Evasion Clause: A Pokemon may not have +Evasion or -Accuracy moves in its moveset. Using +Evasion moves or -Accuracy reduction moves are forbidden.
    • Regarding moves with a chance of accuracy/ evasion effects- All moves with a chance to reduce accuracy or raise evasion are banned from Ranked PvP.
      List of moves banned by this clause:

      Acupressure
      Double Team
      Flash
      Kinesis
      Leaf Tornado
      Minimize
      Mirror Shot
      Mud Bomb
      Mud-Slap
      Muddy Water
      Night Daze
      Octazooka
      Sand Attack
      Secret Power
      Smokescreen
  • Swagger Clause: The usage of the move Swagger is forbidden.

CHANGE LOGS


  • August 25th, 2019
    - updated wording of our time stalling rule

    July 18th, 2019
    - Clefable with Unware and Soft-Boiled been removed from Rule 1 as the issue has been fixed

    July 11th, 2019
    - Unburden now can be used and has been removed from Rule 1

    June 30th, 2019
    - Shell Bell has been removed from the Banned Items

    June 27th, 2019
    - Updated the entire thread
    - Changed order of the PvP Rules, removed non bannable things from this thread
    - Removed Thread Rules and Report format
    - Combined banned Abilities/Moves/Items
    - Formerly Rule 10 regarding Rotoms has been clarified under the species clause
    - Formerly Rule 9 regarding Clefable has been mixed in with Rule 1
    - Formerly Rule 11 regarding Pikachu/Raichu + Surf has been mixed in with Rule 1
    - Formerly Rule 6 regarding Shadowtag and Arena Trap has been mixed in with Rule 1
    - Rule 8 has been added regarding breaking PvP Clauses
    - Natural Cure / Serene Grace Chansey or Blissey with Psywave has been banned

    June 4th, 2019
    - Edited Rule 5

    June 1st, 2019
    • Removed Rule 11
    • Changed Rule 12 into Rule 11
    • Changed Rule 11: Added Hidden Ability to its banned combination

    May 19th, 2019
    - Added Rule 12, Case specific Pikachu/Raichu move combination ban

    May 2nd, 2019
    - Added Rule 11, Shaymin is banned in ranked PvP

    April 29th, 2019
    - Shaymin-Sky is banned in ranked PvP

    January 31st, 2019
    - Changed the Alternative account rule, more here.

    December 12th, 2018
    - Memento + Focus Sash added to Bugged and Bannable

    September 11th,2018
    • Baton Pass added back to Bugged and Not Bannable.
    • Trace added back to Bugged and Not Bannable.
    • Trick + Choice Item added to Bugged and Not Bannable.
    • Stored Power added back to Not Yet Coded moves.
    • Tailwind added back to Not Yet Coded moves.
    This is due to the update coding them being rollbacked since it caused servers' instability.

    August 17th,2018
    - Unburden added back to Bugged and Bannable.

    August 13th, 2018
    - Unburden removed from Bugged/Bannable.

    August 12th, 2018
    • Removed Video evidence required from Baton-Pass Clause.
    • Removed Unburden from banned abilities.
    • Removed Tailwind from not coded moves.

    August 8th, 2018
    • Unburden added to Bugged and Bannable
    • Blaze Blaziken is now unbanned, since Speed Boost has a chat message displaying now. Speed Boost Blaziken remains banned.

    July 24th, 2018
    • Wonder Guard + Focus Sash added to "Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Bannable"
    • Baton-Pass removed from "Bugged but Not-Bannable"
    • Sketch removed from "Not Yet Coded - Not-Bannable"
    • Encore removed from "Not Yet Coded - Not-Bannable"
    • Freeze-Dry removed from "Not Yet Coded - Not-Bannable"
    • Analytic removed from "Not Yet Coded - Not-Bannable"
    • Magic Room removed from "Not Yet Coded - Not-Bannable"
    • Trick Room removed from "Not Yet Coded - Not-Bannable"
    • Wonder Room removed from "Not Yet Coded - Not-Bannable"

    July 15th, 2018
    • Unburden removed from "Bugged but Not-Bannable"
    • Pursuit removed from "Bugged but Not-Bannable"
    • Mold Breaker from "Bugged but Not-Bannable"

    July 12th, 2018
    • Hidden Power removed from "Bugged but Not-Bannable"
    • Taunt removed from "Bugged but Not-Bannable"
    • Sleep clause no longer requires evidence to report as it's impossible to break Sleep Clause.

    • Drain Punch removed from "Bugged and Bannable"
    • Whirlpool removed from "Bugged and Bannable"
    • Mean Look removed from "Bugged and Bannable"
    • Fire Spin removed from "Bugged and Bannable"
    • Sand Tomb removed from "Bugged but Not-Bannable"

    July 11th, 2018
    • Choice Scarf removed from "Bugged and Bannable"
    • U-turn removed from "Bugged but Not-Bannable"
    • Flare Blitz removed from "Bugged but Not-Bannable"
    • Several bugged abilities from "Bugged but Not-Bannable" were removed
    • Protect + Rapid Spin fixed.
    • Protect + Mummy Ability removed from "Bugged and Bannable"
    • Unaware removed from "Bugged and Bannable"


    April 26th, 2018
    - Added the move Burn up to "Bugged and Bannable"

    April 21st, 2018
    - Reworded Rules 5. and 7. to hopefully make them clearer; from:
    5. Using another account, or logging onto someone else's account, to intentionally boost the rating of another account is forbidden, and action will be taken if caught.
    7. You can use only 1 of your accounts to PvP with each season. Using more than 1 accounts will result in heavy punishment.
    to
    5. Intentionally boost the rating of another account, in any way, is forbidden, and action will be taken if caught.
    7. You can use only 1 of your own accounts to PvP within each season. Using any account you do not rightfully own, or using more than 1 account, will result in heavy punishment.
    April 16th, 2018
    - Epurated and slightly improved formatting, fixed some outdated statements and change logs' order and discontinuities.

    3rd April, 2018
    - Added Effect Spore condition to Sleep Clause- Evidence of the opponent putting your pokemon to sleep is now required, alongside the usual movesets of your slept pokemon whilst in active battle.

    March 30th, 2018
    - Forcing players to disconnect from a Ranked Battle with false information will lead to punishment.

    March 14th, 2018
    -Revoked the poison heal + defog gliscor ban due to generation 7 updates.

    January 16th, 2018
    - Added Protect(Move) + Mummy(Ability) in 'Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items Bannable'.

    December 19th, 2017
    - Added Shed Bell + Recoil Moves to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Bannable.

    November 25th, 2017
    • Added Fire Spin to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Bannable.
    • Rewrote Rule 1 to be clearer.

    November 17th, 2017
    - Removed Aqua Ring, Dark Void and Bad Dreams from Not Yet Coded Moves/ Abilities - Not Bannable.

    November 16th, 2017
    - Added Magma Storm to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Bannable.

    October 16th, 2017
    - Added Simple to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Not Bannable

    October 11th, 2017
    - Added Unaware to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Bannable.

    September 30th, 2017
    - Added Rule 9 (Unaware+Softboiled ban) after this vote.

    September 27th, 2017
    • Edited Baton Pass Clause and Evasion Clause phrasing to reduce confusion.
    • Added Hidden Power to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Not Bannable.
    • Removed Unaware from Uncoded Abilities.
    • Removed Final Gambit from Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Bannable.
    • Removed Download from Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Not Bannable.

    September 19th, 2017
    • Added Mean Look to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items Bannable.
    • Fixed typos.

    August 22nd, 2017
    • Updated all categories by adding/ removing moves.
    • Alphabeticised all categories.

    August 19th, 2017
    - Added Defeatist to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items Bannable.

    August 18th, 2017
    • Added Final Gambit to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items Bannable.
    • Added Explosion to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items Not Bannable.

    July 23rd, 2017
    - Added the move Whirlpool to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Bannable

    July 20th, 2017
    • Removed Whirlpool from Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items Not Bannable.
    • Added Whirlpool from Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items Bannable.

    July 13th, 2017
    - Updated Rule 7 from;
    Having multiple accounts linked to one person (Alternate accounts) on the end-of-season Top 25 will result in the permanent suspension of said accounts.
    to
    Alternate accounts are banned from the Ranked Ladder. Use of alternate accounts in the ranked ladder, no matter the reason, will result in harsh punishment. Additionally, should a player have multiple accounts linked to them (Alternate accounts) on the end-of-season Top 25, they will receive permanent suspension on said accounts.
    June 1st, 2017
    - Added PvP Rule 7.
    Having multiple accounts linked to one person (Alternate accounts) on the end of season ladder will result in the permanent suspension of said accounts.

    May 16th, 2017
    - Updated PvP Rule 5.

    April 13th, 2017
    - Added Endure to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Bannable

    April 12th, 2017
    • Added Mummy to Abilities that have been coded or changed recently.
    • Added Arena Trap to Abilities that have been coded or changed recently.
    • Added ban to the Shadow Tag ability.
    • Added Hex to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Not Bannable.
    • Added Choice Scarf to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Not Bannable.
    • Removed Choice Items, Eviolite and Assault Vest from Not Yet Coded Moves/ Abilities/ Items Not Bannable.

    Mar 26th, 2017
    • Added Sand Tomb to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items Not Bannable.
    • Added Synchronize to Bugged Moves/ Abilities/ Items Not Bannable.

    March 22nd, 2017
    - Added sub-text to the Evasion Clause due to widespread confusion.

    March 19th, 2017
    - Original Posted changed from Alaris to Letrix.

    March 18th, 2017
    - Main thread updated.

    January 10th, 2017
    • When a Pokemon dies from a Entry Hazard, it should not replay the messages twice and do silly things.
    • Poison types that have levitate can no longer absorb toxic spikes.
    • Pokemon using Sleep Talk & Snore can now be affected by Confusion.
    • Brave Bird will no longer Recoil if the move has been protected/detected.
    • Lum Berry will now activate before the half damage effect of burn so this bug will no longer happen.

    January 8th, 2017
    The following items are now coded and can be found in the PvP Coin Master in Mauville.

    • Muscle Band
    • Wise Glasses
    • Weakness Policy
    • Quick Claw
    • Lagging Tail
    • Life Orb
    • Health Bars are now easier to see in battle, and change colours based on health.

    January 3rd, 2017
    • Oblivious Ability should now work.
    • Magic Guard Ability should now work.
    • Magic Bounce Ability should now work.
    • Rough Skin Ability should now work.
    • Iron Barbs Ability should now work.
    • Toxic Boost Ability should now work.
    • Mega Launcher Ability should now work.
    • Contrary Ability should now work.
    • Defiant ability should now work.
    • Toxic should not miss when used by a Poison Pokemon.
    • No more magic guard message when leech seed is used.

    November 15th, 2016
    -When providing PvP-related reports, don't forget to make sure the evidence shows you battling inside a Pokecenter! (as these rules do not apply to non-ranked)

    November 12th, 2016
    -Added the ability "Compound Eyes" to Not Yet Coded Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Not Bannable

    November 5th, 2016
    - Added Swagger Clause

    November 4th, 2016
    -The status, sleep, caused by effect spore, is not included as sleep clause. If you report someone for sleep clause, and is later found out that the sleep is due to effect spore, you will get yourself into trouble instead.
    -Using your alternative account to boost the ranking of your main account (or vice versa) is forbidden, and action will be taken if caught.

    October 12th, 2016
    - Added Doom Desire to the Not "Yet Coded Moves/ Abilities/ Items - Bannable"

    Sept 18th, 2016
    - Added Fly + Gale Wings to "Bugged and Bannable" section

    September 05th, 2016
    - Added the new rules:
    8. Do not place status condition upon your Pokemon prior to entering the battle. Example: Poisoned Gliscor before entering the battle.
    (special for this report, video proof needed as evidence)

    August 28th, 2016
    - Added Bide and Rollout to "Not Yet Coded / Not Bannable" section

    August 27th, 2016
    - Added Drain Punch (visually bugged)

    August 23rd, 2016
    • Fixed Dragonite with Outrage (priority after first usage)
    • Added Sleep Talk while Pokemon using it is awake

    August 21st, 2016
    • Fixed Speed Boost (boosts when you switch in, which shouldn't happen)
    • Fixed Sturdy (Pokemon can be OHKO-ed by absorb move even with full HP, e.g. Giga Drain)
    • Skill Swap ability is coded
    • Hydration ability is coded
    • Added Burn + Lum Berry interaction in "Bugged / Not Bannable" section

    July 04th, 2016
    - Disconnects from ranked PvP will not be able to do another ranked battle for 45 minutes to stop abuse, it will not let them queue up until the 45 minutes is over.
    If someone disconnects from Ranked PvP, the other player will automatically win & receive coins.


Credits to:
Singham & Flik - Established the first PvP Rules thread.
Windypuff, Kagawa & Alaris- Updating thread.
Letrix - Revamped and updated the thread.
Qeight - Revamped and is keeping this thread updated.
 
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Sharlank

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Great job by the way, finally a clear enough stance from the staff on PvP ^^
 

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Sharlank said:
[post]200320[/post] Great job by the way, finally a clear enough stance from the staff on PvP ^^
Thank you.. edited :P
 

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Glad to have a clear post since the other one was a bit confusing, also happy to see that pvp is taking care of.
I guess what we need the most for an other steps are sweeper items, and some other to bulky ones, but stall already has a huge place in game... :devil:
Flik said:
[post]200311[/post] Focus Punch (do damage in the first turn)
if i can permit, that move is supposed to work like that isn't it?

the move has a negative priority and only hits when the poke using it isn't hit in the same turn :

A -> poke using focus punch ; B -> opposite poke

A is focusing, B hits with anything, A doesn't launch focus punch
A is focusing, B use a statut move, or switch, A launch focus punch

all is happening in the same turn.

i made a few test (sadly i don't have any records software, but someone else could do it) with pokes who outspeed the focus punch user and pokes with less speed, and the move seems to works properly.

Zeloups
 

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MestrePokemon said:
[post]200343[/post] Nice rules, but i did not see sleep clauses
And i guess i saw a mistake


Destiny bond doesn't do anything so it belongs to not bannable.
 

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Zeloups said:
[post]200339[/post]
Flik said:
[post]200311[/post] Focus Punch (do damage in the first turn)
if i can permit, that move is supposed to work like that isn't it?

the move has a negative priority and only hits when the poke using it isn't hit in the same turn :

A -> poke using focus punch ; B -> opposite poke

A is focusing, B hits with anything, A doesn't launch focus punch
A is focusing, B use a statut move, or switch, A launch focus punch

all is happening in the same turn.

i made a few test (sadly i don't have any records software, but someone else could do it) with pokes who outspeed the focus punch user and pokes with less speed, and the move seems to works properly.

Zeloups
We'll check this one further, thank you for the report. :)
 

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straatlamp said:
[post]200352[/post]
MestrePokemon said:
[post]200343[/post] Nice rules, but i did not see sleep clauses
And i guess i saw a mistake


Destiny bond doesn't do anything so it belongs to not bannable.
ok, i'm sorry, I always thought destiny bond was a OHKO move.
 

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MestrePokemon said:
[post]200358[/post]
straatlamp said:
[post]200352[/post]
MestrePokemon said:
[post]200343[/post] Nice rules, but i did not see sleep clauses
And i guess i saw a mistake


Destiny bond doesn't do anything so it belongs to not bannable.
ok, i'm sorry, I always thought destiny bond was a OHKO move.
it is, but it being bugged right now makes it not bannable hence why it's in the 'not yet coded, non bannable' list.
 
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