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20 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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Please check through the existing answers and the tournament winners pages linked above to make sure your suggestion hasn't already been made.

Please vote on the suggestions at which you guys would want to happen. Take note that these Tournaments will not be hosted on the 3DS, but on a Pokemon Simulator called Pokemon Showdown. Also if you have a new suggestion that has not been suggested, post it and see if it gets support! New Tournaments will be started soon with the highest votes going first!

asked Jun 8, 2012 by Blobyolo
edited Aug 6 by Le Scraf
When will the next tourney begin?
So, if a tournament has at least 6 up votes, will it definitely happen at some point?
Read the selected answer.
So many amazing tourneys being suggested, and we still havent finished the STABmons tourney. gj guys.

46 Answers

4 votes


A normal OU tournament with 16 participants, and the twist is: you need 6 immunities on your team, and no more. i.e you could have the team Aegislash, Zapdos, Drapion, Rotom-wash, Infernape and Venusaur. I know this team may not be any good, but the idea is Aegislash has 3 immunities, Zapdos has 1, Drapion has 1, Rotom has 1, Infernape has 0 and Venusaur has 0, which adds up to 6. Each team in the tournament has to work like this.

  • The last round shall be Ubers, just to make it more interesting.

  • Immunities through abilities count, and so does the Air Balloon, but only one Air Balloon allowed per team.

  • It won't actually be that limiting. Quite a lot of pokemon in OU have immunities, and in the final Ubers round, you can have any Arceus type with an immunity!

  • Shedinja will have to be banned.

  • I think this will be quite interesting. It will make you re-think your team building strategy, and will decrease the use of several types like Normal, Fighting, Poison, Electric, ect.

answered Apr 26 by The Noby
reshown Jun 22 by &Shining Yin
Seems cool actually. I like the idea :P. +1

Get rid of the Air Balloon thing tho. Tho some people won't be willing to give up all their items, it basically means they can have any pokemon they want. Restrict it to one air balloon per team only
OK, yeah multiple air balloons will just be stupid. Maybe only air balloon for pokemon that already have an immunity.
4 votes


MegaMons is an unique metagame for three reasons. The first one is that it does not change the mechanics of any moves, items, abilities or how any pokemon get those. The second is that it is based off of the Ubers metagame, and not the OU one. The third major difference is that it allows mega evolutionas to be used without their mega stones, and for multiple mega evolutions to be used on the same team.


  • All six of your Pokémon have to be Megas
  • You can use any six Megas, even those that are in Ubers
  • You can use mega evolutions without megastones
  • Standard Ubers clauses
answered Sep 13 by Torterra02
3 votes

Dunno if this has been done yet, if it has I'll hide this. But presenting
You have to use 6 Monotype tourney, but they must be from specific tiers as following.

  • 2 OU
  • 2UU
  • 1 RU
  • 1 NU

You can use one Pokemon from another type, but it has to be RU or NU.
This should be gen 6, so you can use MEGA POKEMON.


  • Shellsmash Baton Pass
  • Stealth Rock (More Fire, Ice and Flying teams)

I'll come up with more if this gets more votes. Please comment on ideas as well.
It should be 16 people.
Hope you like it!

answered Jan 21 by Kronos
reshown Jun 22 by &Shining Yin
I just reformatted this because this was really badly indented. :P
3 votes

OU Monotype Changing Tournament

Basically the rules are simple, it will be a 16 man tournament set in Gen VI. You have to create a full team based around a certain type for example Fire. All Pokémon in the team need to be at least part Fire.

Ditto is banned from competing against all types expect Normal. Mega Evolutions that aren't already banned are allowed, as long as they are in there respective type. You cannot use Mega Evolutions such as Mega Aggron in a Rock type team, regardless of it being a Steel/Rock type before Mega Evolving, since it loses it's secondary type when it Mega Evolves.

The following Abilities are Banned: Dry Skin, Flash Fire, Sap Sipper, Lightning Rod, Motor Drive, Storm Drain, Volt Absorb and Water Absorb.

Overall it would look like this:

1st Round: Fire- 16 Participants
2nd Round: Water- 8 Participants
3rd Round: Grass- 4 Participants
4th Round: Electric- 2 Participants

Types can be changed by a public vote.

Of course the normal Smogon Clauses are also in effect:

Species, Sleep, Evasion, OHKO and Moody
Latios/ Latias may not hold Soul Dew
Sand Veil and Snow Cloak Abilities are Banned
Shell Smash and Baton Pass is Banned

answered Jan 24 by Sir Dan
reshown Jun 22 by &Shining Yin
32 is too big.
I'll change it to 16 :)
3 votes

Okay the only problem with tournaments is sometimes their a little too short, as after one match it can be over in a heartbeat :/

Which is why I suggest this:

Best of three matches tourney

Okay so this will be a 16 participant tourney with the usually Smogon clauses. However I'm going to add a twist; each round their will be a different tier. For example 1st Round will be a Random Battle, 2nd Round will be OU, 3rd Round UU etc.

Tiers for each round can be changed by public vote, if nobody votes then it will be chosen at random.

The idea of this is to get people more involved in a tourney. We could either do it where you have to stick with the same team for all 3 matches, or do it where you are allowed to use a different team after every match.

answered Mar 4 by Sir Dan
reshown Jun 22 by &Shining Yin
3 votes

The Metagame (tournament)


This is a tournament in which the style of each round is completely different, and will be played in a different Meta. So, let's say, round One was Ou, and the Meta was Stall. All teams would have to be stall-like teams. Then it could be Round 2: Ubers, Hyper Offensive. The UU, Sun etc etc until only one competitor is left.

Too make sure the teams fit the criteria, I will be looking for someone to help out who isn't in the actual tour. . Teams will be submitted to this person (or people) to check if they fit the criteria (feel free to ask if you are not sure what the meta terms are).


16 man tour, regular smogon rule apply for each tier

Teams must be submitted by deadline date to the individual officiating the tournament

Teams must not use weather unless that is the selected Meta

No FEAR, OHKO moves, blah, blah )standard procedure stuff)

Feel free to suggest rules

answered Apr 27 by ReadyAimFire
reshown Jun 22 by &Shining Yin
3 votes

The Mega Showdown Tourney

This tournament is a battle between Megas and Semi-Megas.

Rules Are...
-Have a maximum of 3 Pokemon in your team.
-Have 1 Mega Pokemon in your team.
-Have 2 Pokemon in your team that can Mega Evolve.
-Any Megas allowed in your team, as long as if it has been officially revealed by Game Freak (No Megas Latis allowed in the tourney).
-Any moves and items allowed, as long as if they are NOT hacked.
-If your Mega Pokemon is eliminated from a battle, you lose, and get disqualified from the tournament.
-16 Participants

Anyways, this is all I could thing of. Hope you guys like it!

answered Jul 1 by ~Wolf~
edited Jul 1 by ~Wolf~
These Touneys are in Showdown, not WiFi.
I know that. Did I include something Wifi T-T?
"The Mega Pokemon you will be using must be exclusive to your game." what do you mean by your game? does each contestant choose a version?
I edited it. I guess it makes it sound confusing.
I say we do Custom format and able to use 3 mega forms, but all must hold their respective Mega Stones.
mewtwo,locaro and gengar... my team ;)
3 votes

Mono mon tourney. Basically OU except you can only use 1 type of pokemon.
E.g. if you chose Gengar to be your pokemon you have to have 6! Gengar.


  • OU rules (except the "has to be different pokemon" rule)
  • Different pokemon
  • You can use different forms of pokemon and mega evolve
  • no legendary pokemon

    • no ditto
      16 Participants
answered Jul 4 by mew2002
edited Aug 5 by mew2002
MeW2011, any thoughts?
^^ Wasn't that Mewderator's previous name?
3 votes


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Welcome to the KILLZ tourney.

8-16 players, they will face each other twice, once in a Double Battle another in a Single.
The Pokemon with the most kills wins.

A Killz is when they make another Pokemon faint, it is 1 point.
Let's say, Kronos's Infernape has 23 points while other people's Pokemon have less points than that, that means that Kronos will win the tourney because his Infernape has more points than any other Person's Pokemon.

A Killz Assist is 0.5 points, if you damage a Pokemon with an attack and another Poke kills it, than the Pokemon that damaged it first gets 0.5 points.
The Pokemon that LAST attacked it before it died gets the killz assist.

Toxic, Burn damage counts for both. SR, Spikes and T-Spikes damage does not count.

The Double Battle part makes it much more interesting, it's much easier to get Killz and Killz Assist if there are 2 Pokemon on the field instead of one.

The point is to make team based around one Pokemon, try to make that Pokemon get as many Points possible so that you win the whole tourney.

Make sure to stop your opponent from killing your Pokemon!
I hope you guys like it :D
The rules are

  1. Standard OU
  2. Regular OU banlist
    Any other ideas?
    If you guys didn't understand anything, feel free to tell me in the comments :D
answered Sep 15 by Kronos
edited Sep 15 by Kronos
That sword is so kewl :D
2 votes

The Spooooky Tourney

Standard OU 16 participants blah blah blah, but, the twist is, only Pokémon that are Psychic, Dark, Ghost or Fighting types. I came up with this because these 3 types are so disconnected from the other types effectivenesswise (apart from Fighting) that they're like a individual type chart of their own! The effectivenesses with these types are so confusing, so it will be quite interesting to see which types are most popular.

This could also be held on/around Halloween to make it more spooky. (I know Fighting isn't really spooky, but it's related to the other types, and it evens it out.)

answered Jun 15 by The Noby
reshown Jun 22 by &Shining Yin
Psychic would be so underpowered tho.
And Dark would be overpowered :I
Nice idea!
Replace Ghost for Fighting and im in. (no longer spooooky but w/e)
I love the idea, but it's not gonna work very well. Add Bug to it, since many people find Bugs creepy. Balance out the Dark aspect
...and makes Psychic even more under powered.
What should I add? Fighting or Bug? I think Fighting would balance it out more, but its not really spooky. Well, I suppose you could fight spookily, maybe?
How about both?
2 votes

The Rental Tourney

I don't know much about competitive battling so I've added no rules or anything. The public can debate that.

At the end of each round, the victor of each pairing copies their losing opponent's team exactly for the next round. They are given no tips on how to use the team, and they are not allowed to edit the team in anyway to suit themselves.

I hope it doesn't screw up the DB. :D

answered Jul 1 by !'•-Indigo-•'!
Now to make the crappiest team ever!
this sounds like a terrible itour idea tbh :I
I like your rental tourney idea, but the rules needed to be improved.  This is my idea:
 1. You create a team with six Pokémon, like you would for regular OU battling.
 2. One (or two for the later rounds) of your Pokémon will be randomly selected to battle for your team.
 3. For the rest of your Pokémon, you must choose from teams that the other competitors have made.
 4. After each round, the teams are recalculated.
convert this to a comment on Indigo's suggestion.
It's the same thing as Indigo's.
It's more or less Indis, If you wish a rule change, it's better to comment it. Which is what I just did for you.
Ok.  Thanks, Sempi!
Kinda made a twist on this tourney.  It saves so you won't have a team of crappy pokemon tho :P
2 votes


look for the rules there, it seems like a really fun metagame. it's already been coded and is wouldn't be too hard to implement (Or it might be I don't really know), so it seems like a fun tourney c:. it would be a 16 person tourney, single elimination, and be held on our server (or any server that has it).

answered Jul 26 by tazzie
Looks fun! +1!
1 vote

Remember that guy? That one guy you knew? He was your age when pokemon Red/Blue came out? When you talk to him about mega evolutions or super training or all that, he'd practically scream "Anything Past Gen 1 isn't real Pokemon!!" ? Well, you can now be just like him with...

The Genwunner Tourney

Rules as are follows:

  • You can only use the original 151 pokemon.

  • Only use moves introduced in Red/Blue

  • Mega stones banned

Any other rules worth adding can be added in this space below

I will not be participating, btw, due to my lack of knowledge on competitive battles. Maybe I'll be emcee or something.

Now, I must go. Bye.

answered Jul 5 by some random guy
edited Jul 5 by ReadyAimFire
You didnt say "smell ya later!", you ruined it! ;~;
Ban Mega stones and gen 2 onward moves
Try to make it more presentable next time, so we can actually read it.
Sorry. I'm a little new at this.
0 votes

Alpha and Omega Tourney
(To celebrate the release of Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire.)

• You can only use pokemon that can be obtained legally in Or/As, so basically a VGC.

• No ubers.

• OU tier.

• Your team must use a starter pokemon that can mega evolve, and they have to be holding their mega stones.

P.S. This tourney won't work until the games come out.

answered Aug 4 by mew2002
edited Aug 4 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
thanks Gligurr
0 votes

Hmmm...The Item Moveset Tourney!
The game is you pick something, Detectives, Criminals, Movies, Etc. and you have to make a Moveset based off that!
For example, if you have a Beauty Team, you could have
Dazzling Gleam

After you're defeated, you tell the other person what you got your team from. He/She can either choose to leave his/her team the same, or change it to your team.



OP Legendaries

OP Megas

answered Aug 14 by FrackzienDelphox
edited Aug 16 by FrackzienDelphox
Not all legendaries and Megas need to be banned. Just make it standard OU rules, that gets rid of anything that's overpowered. And unless it's part of the tourney's theme, I see no reason to ban items.
I love how "Flash" is a beauty move.
–2 votes



  • 18 teams, each of which represent a type (all Pokemon must have a common type which is different to the other 17 teams).
  • Round Robin.


  • Normal OU rules apply.
  • Points given are equal to the number of your surviving Pokemon (therefore, if you lose you get no points).
  • Your team must stay unaltered throughout the tournament: no changes to teams ~or~ a team is designed for each individual match in which both competitors know only what type the team they will be facing is (this option will not take that much time because of the ability to make teams quickly on showdown - I prefer this option).

I suggest that only experienced competitive battlers take part so we can find out what the best competitive type is... to some extent.

answered Aug 15 by The Big Fudge
edited Aug 23 by The Big Fudge
that will never work and is basically a monotype tourney.
So basically it's an OU mono tournament, except you don't get to choose which type you get. :(