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Why are Uber Pokemon allowed in Smogon Doubles?

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So I've been playing Smogon Doubles for awhile and sometimes you get nasty suprised coming your way in the form of Uber tiered Pokemon and the infamous Drizzle+Swift Swim combo. Doing some research I found only;
Kyurem-W
Arceus (All Forms)
Dialga
Giratina (Both Forms)
Groudon
Kyogre
Ho-Oh
Lugia
Mewtwo
Palkia
Rayquaza
Reshiram
Zekrom
Xearnes
Yvetal
Are banned from Smogon Doubles. So my question is, why are these normally powerful Pokemon (Blaziken, Excadrill, Thundrus-I and Shaymin-S to name a few) aloowed? What is the reasoning behind them being allowed in doubles but banned in singles?

asked Jan 6 by Flafpert

1 Answer

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Double Battles work differently than Single Battles.
Think of it this way, where the battlefield looks like this:

               Azumarill                        Shaymin-S
                                    x
               Blaziken                         Vivillon

Assuming Shaymin-S knows a flying move, both Azumarill and Shaymin can shift their focus onto Blaziken, KOing it and making it not become a threat.

Likewise, Blaziken and Vivillion's Bug moves can be targeted at Shaymin-S, KOing it and making it not become a threat.

In Single Battles, Shaymin-S might not be able to KO Blaziken on his own, leading to a Speed Boost and making Blaziken become a sweeping threat.

All and all, double battles can put more focus on the "uber" Pokemon, therefore having an easier time with them.

answered Jan 6 by Le Scraf