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18 votes

This is where you post your ideas for tournaments. Please include as many details as possible, the users of the PokemonDB shall decide which tournaments will go first by a show of upvotes.

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asked Jun 8, 2012 by Blobyolo
edited 5 days ago by Aura Warrior
When will the next tourney begin?

33 Answers

5 votes
Best answer

If you have an idea, then share it. But we really don't need seven people trying to have tournaments constantly. If you like an idea, upvote it. If you don't like it, downvote.

  • Highest voted suggestions will go first.

  • Post whether your tournament is going to have 8 people or 16 people.

  • Tournaments can only go with a moderator's go.

  • Challonge match-ups cannot be used. You must have the match-ups written on the post.

  • No signing up for the tournament before it gets a meta question.

  • Tournaments require at least six upvotes before they can go.

  • Tournaments in negatives will be hidden.

  • If a tournament seems like it will be best held for a special occasion, it will be postponed until that occasion.

  • Tournaments that have been around for more than 5 months and have also not exceeded six upvotes will be hidden. If it has not exceeded 2 in one month, it will be hidden.

  • You must put matchups in the post. Not in an answer, it just makes it difficult.

answered Jun 8, 2012 by Ninja
edited Jun 22 by Ninja
20 votes

TIME CAPSULE TOURNEY: This won't be of any use until gen VI

standard competitive tournament, but we all use one pokemon from Each Generation.

Optional: Using one Starter pokemon from each generation.

answered Jun 9, 2013 by DarkTyphlosion
I strongly dislike the starter part. Rest is good tho
Dragonite Tyranitar Metagross Garchomp Hydreigon Goodra
aegislash > goodra
Mamoswine says wut
A small answer but this Idea is awesome.
15 votes

Behold... Mono Arceus Tournament

The on-going Smeargle tourney gave me an idea. Why not have a mono-Arceus tourney?
Well, there are some rules of course, you have to have a team full of Arceus, but the twist is that they must be a different type, each. This will stop people from spamming Close Combat all over the place on the Normal Type Arceus' :P

  • Every team must be made out of Arceus.
  • Each team must have six different types of Arceus.
  • Standard Smogon clauses apply.
  • You may toggle around with EV's however much you like.
  • The only item viable is the plate of the Arceus type you're using.
  • Have fun. This is the most important rule of all, and if you disobey, you're out :D

So, this is my idea, hope you like it, and hope this happens! Lez' do this!

answered May 25, 2013 by Flare
edited Jun 28, 2013 by trachy
If you guys are spamming Arceus Fairy then I can use my beloved Arceus Poison and Steel. :D And Water and Ice and-*rambles on about her favorite but not usually viable Arceus Types*
The best method would to be a traditional or a random but useful Arceus with some coverage. I'm not giving away my Arceus type, but choosing something to combat all 3 of those types you just mentioned isn't a bad start
Well, let's see.. If I used Poison and Steel, that's a ground weakness right there, which is covered by Arceus-Ice, so now I have a Fire and Fighting weakness, Fire weakness is covered by Arceus Water. That leaves a Fighting and Psychic weakness, and I think I know what I'd use to cover that.. >:D And then the last Poke.. Hehe..
*plots evilly*
TBH slash that does look somewhat predictable and just common logic. :P. I'm going for wacky and unpredictable
Since when is Arceus Water predictable? :P
Anyway, you know me. The movesets are gonna be wacko.
14 votes

Mixed Tier Tournament

Each person gets 13 points to spend on Pokemon.
-OU and BL are 4 points.
-UU and BL2 are 3 points.
-RU and BL3 are 2 points.
-NU and PU are 1 point.
-NFE (http://www.smogon.com/bw/tiers/nfe) and LC (http://www.smogon.com/bw/tiers/lc) are .5 points.

All other standard rules will apply, I will post them if and when we have a meta question for this tournament.

As you might notice, there are two mixed-tier tournament suggestions. The one that gets the most upvotes by the time it is chosen will be the one that is done. I will hide the other one. So vote for your favorite!

answered Oct 14, 2012 by trachy
reshown Jun 29, 2013 by Ninja
Does this mean someone one could make 26 NFE teams and their opponent would have to battle all 26 :3
Of course not. :P
One team.
aww so close :D
14 votes

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."

This Tournament rule is simple. No attacking moves. A few ground rules to prevent issues:

  • The moves magic coat and taunt are banned.
  • (Optional) Prankster is banned.
  • the abilities Magic guard and Magic Bounce are banned
  • Sand and hail are banned (I understand they are passive, but they put huge limitations on pokemon options.

If you can think of other potential issues for game breaking, just comment and let me know.

answered Jun 9, 2013 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Jun 9, 2013 by DarkTyphlosion
Taunt should be banned
I thought i already put that one. I feel dumb then.
Substitute should be banned.
heal bell should be banned
Well if you ban Heal Bell and Substitute then may as well ban Natural Cure :P

In other words, I do not agree and do not ban them please :3
I agree that Heal Bell shoudlnt be banned but Substitute should seeing as it blocks all non-attacking moves besides Roar and Whirlwind.
Naw, Heal Bell blocks the only way of putting on damage.
Heal Bell doesn't Block Leech Seed does it? or curse? (keep heal bell)
14 votes

Ever wanted to be a Gym Leader? Now you finally can

The Gym Challenge

You must have six pokemon of the same type on a team. Your signature pokemon will be the only pokemon that can have an item and that item must be any berry. and last but not least, and this is the most hard part to implement, you must have a tm that all your pokemon have to learn that has to be there type (protect, return, frustration, attract, toxic, rest, substitute, and ect. are all banned because all pokemon can learn them)
example team. type: fighting. TM: Hi jump kick.
Mienshao Hitmontop Scrafty Lucario Medicham and Hitmonlee all fit the requirements

  • Normal Smogon rules apply
  • All pokemon must be level 100
  • No ubers
  • No legendarys

Hope you all will enjoy

answered Jun 29, 2013 by toxicroaker
edited Jul 28, 2013 by toxicroaker
I REALLY like this idea but I don't have enough points to up vote and I have no level 100 pokemon.

What generation is this?
It is not Wifi battles.
I found that out now.
14 votes

Okay. First-time post from me.

The Hunger Games Tournament!

24 Players in all.
People sign up as teams of two, or individually and randomly matched up after 24 tributes are committed. Teams (obviously 12 teams) will be randomly assigned a District that they represent.
Tributes of the same district can collaborate if they wish, or work individually. It's up to the tributes of the district. No cheating by working with tributes from other districts.
Battles are singles. Showdown OU Bans apply.
Teams are created based off the ideal production of the district. IE, District 2 would use rock types and pokemon of that nature, district 4 use water types and pokemon of that nature, etc. Comment if any districts are tricky to make teams for (IE 8, textiles, use pokemon with cutting hands, or something of that nature.) Get creative with it!

I believe that explains it all.


answered Feb 8 by Rio
Sounds awesome! I love the idea that we can team up only is we want to, which really adds a Hunger Games feel to it. ;)
So I'm guessing Grass Types would be for the lumber District?
Hell yeah, I'm in
Wow, I had no idea this would get so popular so fast. Lets hope it gets accepted and started soon! :D Thanks for the support, guys!
Also in case any of you were wondering if we do pairs, Rio and I will be hooking up in this tour.
I'd like to be teamed with PX, Dr.Flame, or Ayan if possible.. :P
13 votes

Triple-Type Tourney

The rules are:

  • Only three pokemon allowed
  • Only one pokemon of each type
  • They must be from the categories listed
  • Drought and Drizzle abilities are banned
  • Smogon OU Tier
  • Regular smogon bans apply

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To take place on Showdown

answered Jan 29, 2013 by MrKijani
edited Jan 14 by MrKijani
12 votes

One more from me, can't really think of a name for it.

  • 16 people can participate.
  • Once all contestants have signed up, a deadline will be given. Competitors can battle anyone they want in the tourney. No matchups are given. So if me, Riles, Unrecognizable, and UberPwnage sign up, I can challenge any one of the 3 contestants that are present.
  • You can battle as many times as you want. Meaning you can battle 80 times if you wanted to. All battling ends on the deadline.
  • The tier that the battle will be is determined by the agreement between the two battlers.
  • A point system determines who is kicked out of the tournament. All competitors start with 10 points. Gaining and losing of points is determined by the amount of Pokemon the winner has left. Let's say I 6-0 Riles. I would gain 6 points, and he would lose 6. If I 1-0 him, I would win 1, he'd lose 1. The 8 people who have the most points after the deadline move to round 2; the 4 people who have the most points in round 2 will go to round 3, and so on. Points are rest each round to make battling happen, If there is a tie, the people with the tie must battle it out to proceed.
  • FEAR, SmashPass, OHKO moves, and Entrainment are banned.
  • Smogon's banlist applies.
  • Smogon's tiers are used.
answered Aug 21, 2012 by Mewderator
reshown Jun 30, 2013 by trachy
OMA, i love it :D
OMA? lol i love it to <3
Oh My Arcues...... lol
But good idea Mew
A few problems with the tourney. I love it, just some things that wouldn't work.
 - would you keep your points hidden?
 - what if you battled once and lost, and your opponent refuses to battle you again?
There are no matchups. Points will be displayed in your answer.
11 votes

Mixed Tier Mono-Region Tournament

Each person gets 13 points to spend on Pokemon.
-OU and BL are 4 points.
-UU and BL2 are 3 points.
-RU and BL3 are 2 points.
-NU and PU are 1 point.
-NFE (http://www.smogon.com/bw/tiers/nfe) and LC (http://www.smogon.com/bw/tiers/lc) are .5 points.

You will be randomly assigned a region. Each region will have at least three people, one region will have four people to it though.

All other standard rules will apply, I will post them if and when we have a meta question for this tournament.

As you might notice, there are two mixed-tier tournament suggestions. The one that gets the most upvotes by the time it is chosen will be the one that is done. I will hide the other one. So vote for your favorite!

answered Oct 14, 2012 by trachy
edited Oct 14, 2012 by trachy
make the 4 person region Unova
11 votes

The Avatar Tour

Here's how it works:
- 8 or 16 players is required
- (if 8) 2 players will be from the same tribe, (if 16) 4 players will be from the same tribe
- The tribes have certain types that they can use, the list is detailed here
- Your tribe will be determined using the month you were born in
- Members of the same tribe can only face each other if they make it to the finals
- One match only, replay required as proof, no re-challenges due to hax

Any other question please ask me via comments.

Thank you one and all for reading.

answered Dec 24, 2013 by MrKijani
Name Change: Earth Rumble Six
Fire Blast Five
Air Shifter Seven
Water Ball Nine

How about I leave it at "The Avatar Tour" ;P
Pokemon + Avatar: The Last Airbender= Me Gusta :D
9 votes

Battle of the Titans!


  • Each pokemon must be either over 5 Feet Tall or weigh more than 500 Pounds. Height and Weight will be determined based on their pokedex entry.
  • Only one Uber pokemon allowed
  • Only two OU pokemon allowed
  • Kyogre is banned
  • Regular Showdown OU bans apply

Can you fit the requirements and still make a creative team? With these bans you may have to dip into UU, RU, and NU. No spamming those Scarfed Kyogre Water Spouts either. Let's get this battle under way, prepare for the ground to rumble because it's the

answered Feb 11 by MrKijani
reshown Jun 22 by &Psychic x
Oh yes. This has so much potential.
I would so be in
Are you making a reference to Attack on Titan, by any chance? :3
Nope lol
NU! :D
Lolz Mr K
8 votes

Team Tourney
I think JCM posted about it but it never got going, but I'm hoping to bring it back :D

There will be 4 captains. (Decided from when everyone signs up)
Each captain will take turns picking their players.
Draft One
Captain 1 picks his player.
Captain 2 picks his player.
Captain 3 picks his player.
Captain 4 picks his player.
Draft Two
Captain 4 picks his player.
And so on.

Players will compete in all tiers. So captains try and pick smart, not just all the best players but only in OU.
The team(s) with the most wins after all players have battled go to round 2.
24 players + 4 captains. 7 people per team.


answered Feb 18 by Dr.Flame
reshown Jun 22 by &Psychic x
The 1st pick will be Mew ._.
By the time this tournament comes up, it will be me. o3o
There's some wishful thinking for ya!
Wow I like this idea. +1 The first (last) pick will be me, hotcakes! ._.
Btw Mew will prolly be a captain. Same with Hex if he's in it
Yeah Mew, Hex, Someone, and someone will probably be captain.
Mike as well and maybe you, Flame.
Yay im captain Kuchiki Byakuya Division 6
8 votes

I suggested this a LONG time ago, but it didn't take.

Question this is based off of.

The "Annoying Woodland Creature" Tourney.

Rattata, Weedle, Caterpie, Pidgey, Hoppip, Sentret, Hoothoot, Zigzagoon, Wurmple, Poochyena, Bidoof, Kricketot, Starly, Patrat, Lillipup, Bunnelby, Fletchling, and Scatterbug.

These are Pokemon you generally avoid. They are on the first route of every game. So, let's make a tournament with them :D


  • Only the listed Pokemon can participate
  • Evolutions may participate.
  • Banned abilities: Gale Wings, Reckless, Huge Power on the three BL+ Pokes. Unless it is NFE.
  • Evasion / Accuracy moves are allowed on the first stage Pokemon.
  • Standard OU bans, other than evasion.

Winner gets 3 coins on the server. Yeah, this will be the way to get coins. Winning DB tours! They'll have a purpose eventually.

answered Mar 5 by Ninja
reshown Jun 22 by &Psychic x
Ah! Love it
What do coins do o3o
Eventually we'll be able to spend them, not unlike points, but slightly different. You know like in some games you'd get say Gold to buy things and say Potions to upgrade stuff? That sorta line
What about Shinx?
Shinx is like an electric domesticated cat. I doubt you can find those in forests.

Also I +1ed to bring this to 6 votes because I really like the idea. I bet everyone will have Talonflame on their team!
Gale Wings is banned, though,
Biflod with Moody and opponent is ded
But with moody clause, perhaps not.
5 votes

Mini FIght! :D

Based on MrKijani's "Battle of the Titans" idea, I have come up with the polar opposite. Yay!


  • Each pokemon must be either under 2'4" Tall or weigh less than 50 Pounds. Height and Weight will be determined based on their pokedex entry.
  • NO Ubers Pokemon allowed (Since only one uber fits this bill, Shaymin-S)
  • Only two OU pokemon allowed
  • Showdown OU ban format
  • Shaymin-S is banned.

Can you channel your little fight and win? With only 2 OU Pokemon allowed, you'll have to go in the likes of UU, RU and even NU. Since these Pokemon are so small, you might have to use NFE Pokemon. No matter the case, best of luck :D

answered Feb 12 by Scraϝ
reshown Jun 22 by &Psychic x
EVIOLITE SPAM TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Which 2 OU Pokemon?
Doesn't matter :D
5 votes

We've all heard of Little Cup, and we've all heard of Monotype, but what about Monotype LC?


  • Regular LC Bans
  • Hax Items


  • 16 Participants
  • All teams must be made up of LC pokemon
  • All teams must be made up of pokemon that are all of the same type
  • Double-typed pokemon are allowed, as long as one of their types is
    the type you are using
  • You can use whatever type team you want, bar the 3 that are banned.
  • All rules are negotiable, if you can provide a tangible argument as
    to why a rule should be added or lifted, it will be done.

Originally Ben's idea but since it didn't take off because we couldn't finish the other tourneys before time took off im re-posting.

answered Jun 28 by Aura Warrior
edited 5 days ago by Aura Warrior
Unban mono Ghost and psychic, and what's included in hax items ? Hopefully this will get enough up votes to happen : D
hax items are stuff like king's rock and brightpowder
4 votes

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• Obviously, you must make a team with all the forms of Rotom in it.
• There is a catch, if your formless Rotom dies, it's game over. (Similar to chess tour)
• ChestoRest is banned.
• Trick is banned. Debatable.
• EVs have to be 80 in each stat. Debatable.
• Anything else goes.

Seems stupid, but it could be fun. We could through in something weird like each of them have to have moody as an ability.

answered Feb 15 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
reshown Jun 22 by &Psychic x
I like it. I'd definitely join this.
I'd like to debate against the EVs rule, I think that ruins the interesting opportunity to attempt to create a viable team from Rotom forms.
Yeah, any EVs we want please :P
4 votes

Meh, I'll answer. Whatever.

Anime Tour

Remember Kyron's old Media tour? Thought I'd bring it back, but with a twist. All Pokemon have to resemble characters from anime (or manga).

There has to be proof the anime exists such as a link or something like that (not needed if it's a well known anime like Naruto or something)

Pokemon can resemble characters in either looks or characteristics (preferably both, but you can use it based on one)

The Pokemon anime doesn't count

Only one person can use each anime, so if one person uses e.g Fairytail, no one else can. Get in line first to have first picks

Clever anime picking counts as well. Naruto, Fairytail, One Piece, Kateko Hitman Reborn and other large anime have many different characters and variations which you can base your team on, but others like Death Note, When They Cry or Black Butler don't have that many, limiting your choices

Let's give an example shall we?

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This is Natsu, from the Fairytail anime. He is (in his anime) a Fire attribute Dragon Slayer. He has the ability to both wield and eat fire. He is also equipped with specialized Dragon abilities, such as dragon scales and fire breath. This makes him a perfect candidate as the new Charizard form. Both are powerful and fight for their friends but are hot headed and unsocial otherwise, plus they both breathe fire ;P.

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Get the idea? Good :D

Tier is standard Gen 6 OU, normal clauses and whatnot. Please nickname your pokemon your characters names, to avoid confusion. and make it obvious what anime it's from. Keep replays too please.

answered May 25 by Graveyard Shift
reshown Jun 22 by &Psychic x
the hell is my metagross then? o.o
I fully support this tour :D!
Be creative, find an anime that could resemble Metagross. I already have one that does (even tho i won't actually be in this if it happens). :P and cheers Dan
No problem :) this seems like an interesting tour, I've already thought of several myself.

Basic examples:
Ninetales- Kurama (Naruto)
Heracross/Mega Heracross- Kabuterimon/Mega Kabuterimon (Digimon)
can i name them from the pokemon anime :3
I like the idea but it can be hard to be creative...
4 votes

I can't think of a good name for this tournament. The best names I've come up with so far are

The Stealing Tourney or The Plasma Tourney (Because team plasma steal Pokémon)

• Regular OU tournament with regular Smogon bans
• 16 Participants
• It starts off as 3 on 3
The winner of the first game chooses one of the opponents Pokémon to put on their team for the next round( as if you are stealing it)
• This applies for all other rounds, so by the end it will be 6 on 6
• Everything is passed over when you steal a Pokémon (EVs moves nature ect)
•I just thought this might be fun!

answered Jun 30 by The Noby
4 votes

World Cup Tour.

(Name given in honour of the World Cup and because it is based off the structure of the World Cup.)

What this tour involves is all of us travelling to one country to play football and determine a winner xD

Seriously though these are the Rules for the tourney:

  • Tourney will have 16 participants
  • There will be 4 Groups; Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D.
  • Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the 4 Groups.
  • 4 Participants per Group.
  • Once you have been put into a Group with three other people, you will face them all exactly once.
  • If you win the match you get 3 Points, I don't think you can draw on Showdown but if someone does manage to draw with someone else then they will both be reward with 1 Point. If you lose a match you get 0 Points.
  • The two participants with highest amount of points will go through, in the event of two people having the same amount of points, goal difference in this case "Pokémon difference" will be taken into account to determine who advances and who doesn't. If two participants have the same amount of "Pokémon difference", then they will play a separate game to determine who advances. For all those who don't know what I'm getting at when I say "Pokémon difference" it's how many Pokémon of the opposition you faint to how many Pokémon of your's the opposition faints. Simple enough?
  • After the Group Stage the winner of Group A will face the runner up of Group B, with the runner up of Group A facing the winner of Group B. The winner of Group C will face the runner up of Group D, and the runner up of Group C will face the winner of Group D.
  • After that the winner of the "winner of Group A vs. the runner up of Group B", will face the winner of the "runner up of Group A vs. the winner of Group B". The winner of the "winner of Group C vs. the runner up of Group D", will face the winner of the "winner of the runner up of Group C vs. the runner up of Group D". (Sorry if I've worded this confusingly.)
  • Then of course after that it's the final :D
  • Normal Smogon clauses apply e.g. Sleep Clause etc.
  • Or and of course this is Pokémon so there will be a twist; Group A is NU, Group B is RU, Group C is UU and Group D is OU. The next leg after that is Ubers, then UU again for the semi-finals and OU for the final!

Before I get some idiot who says "can more than one person from the same country compete?" or something ridicules like that. This isn't really a competition country wise but individual wise, to see who is the champion of the world! ;) Besides seeing how the majority of people are either from the UK, the US or Australia it wouldn't exactly be much of a tournament.

I'm relieved to say no football is involved in this tournament thank God... well go ahead thank me :3

Also guys after some decisions we've decided it would be unfair to have the Groups different tiers even if people were being randomly assigned. So please vote in this straw poll what tier you want the Groups Stages to be. Thank you!


commented 2 minutes ago by Sir Dan

answered 6 days ago by Sir Dan
edited 6 days ago by Sir Dan
OU for final imo
It's the most common tier and the one the majority of people will be more used to
Yeah I'll change it :)

Also guys after some decisions we've decided it would be unfair to have the Groups different tiers even if people were being randomly assigned. So please vote in this straw poll what tier you want the Groups Stages to be. Thank you!

I was thinking about a tournament like this. But I already have 3 ideas on this thread. This tournament is going to be really fun.