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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 Scraϝ
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.

42 Answers

6 votes

Scrabble Tournament

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Using this random letter generator, you will be given 6 random letters. For every letter you get, you will choose any pokemon that's name starts with that letter (that isn't ubers) to put on your team. For example, If you get an A, you can use an Alomomola, but you cannot use an Infernape. Additionally, for every kill you get, you will get points based off the letter of your pokemon. (see below)
The most ideal format I see fit would be Round Robin. You will battle every participant, win or lose, and whoever has the most points at the end of all the battles will win. A trusted user/host should keep track of all the points after each battle, and/or replays. (if necessary)
• Standard OU bans.
• Round Robin
• For every kill, depending on the letter of your pokemon, you get points. The points are based off of the actual scrabble game. (see here) For example, if you're using a Machamp and you knock out a pokemon, since M is worth 3 points in scrabble, you will get 3 points.
• Optional: No duplicate letters. (reroll)
• Optional: One reroll is allowed.

Open to suggestions.

answered Jul 24 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
edited Jul 24 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
Wow Quagsire will be so OP.
spams generate button!!!!
How do you know if other people are cheating?
It's a good idea though.
5 votes

"Attack on Titan" Titan Battle

Based on Shingeki No Kyojin's antagonists, the Titans, this tournament is a way for you to creatively use sets and ideas based on their behaviors.

Titans are human-like creatures that find and devour humans for currently unknown reasons. They don't starve, so it seems they do it for annihilation. Years in, they were classified by a measurement system. I am translating them to Pokemon size, so they are divided by four. Then rounded for size groups.

Regular Titans

  • 3-6 meter class: 0.8 - 1.5 meters
  • 7 meter class: 1.7 - 1.8 meters.
  • 8-14 meter class: 2 - 2.9 meters.
  • 15 meter class: 3.3-3.8 meters.

Special Titans:

  • Rouge / Coordinate is 15 meter class.
  • Dancing is unknown. We'll throw it in the 8-14 meter class.
  • Female Titan is 14 meter class.
  • Armored Titan is 15 meter class.
  • Beast Titan is 17 meter class, which is 4-5 meters.
  • Colossal Titan is 60 meter class. 15 is too big, we will make it anything over 5 meters.

List of Pokemon by height.


Lots of them.

  • The Rouge Titan doesn't work well with others. It cannot use support moves, it can only set up and attack.
  • The Dancing Titan cannot attack special titans.
  • The Female Titan is a loner, but can call upon other Titans. Must be the fastest member of the team.
  • The Colossal Titan is incredibly slow. Must be the slowest member of the team. (Debatable.)
  • The Armored Titan has various speeds. Must have higher defensive stats than offensive. This is after EV investment.
  • The Beast Titan has interest in humans. It also communicates with other titans, and has not attacked any notable things. Therefore, it cannot deal direct damage. You may not use Taunt on the Beast Titan.
  • Non-special titans are mindless and can only use attacking moves.
  • Best of three.

    • Each titan must appear once in the match. Also, you can't have two of the same special titan in a battle. This means you have to use two teams. 6 titans, 6 special titans. How will you organize them?
  • Only a special titan can Mega evolve.
  • 16 players.
  • Replays required.
  • Ubers are allowed.
  • Titans like to move together, so these will be double battles.

That's a lot to take in. Different, isn't it?

answered Apr 27 by Ninja
reshown Jun 22 by &Psychic x
Seems interesting.
seems complicated
Highly complicated, but it'll make teambuilding tough and I like that :3
That's the idea :3
5 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.

Sorry for necroposting, but I haven't been keeping up.

Anyway, no calling any anime before (or if) the tour starts. We don't want people restricting other people who haven't even really seen it yet.

No Digimon, Pokemon or [insert similar anime here]. That just creates way too much variety, you can basically just pick any team and find the according characters.

answered May 25 by Graveyard Shift
edited 6 days ago by Graveyard Shift
I take dibs on digimon
I call Attack on Titan
You cant just call AoT, every participant and their mother is going to want to use AoT
"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"
"no calling any anime before (or if) the tour starts."

Get rekt, Pata.
5 votes

Wonder Guard Tourney

My idea is to have an OU tournament with one catch: every Pokémon has Wonder Guard. This will require a lot more strategy than other battles, since every Pokémon will have to be hit with super effective moves. Each team will probably have to have every single move type somewhere in their Pokémon's movesets.


  • No type changing (i.e. Trick-or-Treat, Camouflage, etc.)
  • No damage-reducing berries (i.e. giving Jolteon a Shuca Berry)
  • Moves like Magnet Rise are banned
  • Ring Target is banned (come on, that will ruin the whole point of this)
  • You may not switch out on consecutive turns (to prevent endless switching)
  • (debatable) Weather is banned
  • (debatable) limit on number of weaknesses (i.e. no less than three weaknesses for each Pokemon)
  • More rules will be added as I see fit

Optional: we could also do this tournament with any other ability (such as Protean)

Each battle ends when either every Pokémon on one team feints or when one team becomes unable to hit an opposing Pokémon with any of its moves.

So anyway, I think this would be a fun, interesting tournament to have. If you do too, please go ahead and give that upvote button a click. :) If you have an idea for a different ability every team member should have, comment it and it will be taken into consideration. Thank you!

answered Jul 3 by Pimplup
edited Jul 17 by Pimplup
I have an ability idea:  Speed Boost.  Basically, if you switch out your speed is reset.
Spiritomb and Sableye?
Azumarill says what?
Yep, this is 6th gen, so even the Ghost/Dark type can be hit.
And btw either 8 or 16 people can participate.
5 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 Jul 3 by Sir Dan
edited Jul 3 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.
I wanted to post an idea like this at the start of the WC, but I couldn't word it properly. Anyways, +1!
I would upvote this, but the rules are too intelligent and complicated for my simple mind. :3
5 votes

Thief Tournament

  • You start with only 3 pokemon and after each match you choose 1 of your opponents pokemon to "steal" and add to your team.
  • This is played in Ubers.
  • You have may change the opponents pokemon's moves, evs, nature etc. but not the pokemon!
  • This is a best of three series.
  • This is played with 16 people so in the championship you have a full team of 6.
  • This is important If your opponents team is complete crap and you don't want any of them you may take a pokemon from UU or under and add it to your team!
  • You must have a replay to move on. No replay, you rematch.
  • No evasiveness raising moves. I know this isn't officially banned in ubers, but it's extremely cheap and not welcomed in this tournament.
  • No Geomancy, Shell Smash or Belly Drum. Again these are extremely cheap and not welcomed here.
    That's about it. Any feedback is welcome!
answered Jul 27 by Parzival
edited Jul 27 by Graveyard Shift
4 votes

Little Big Cup

This tournament is going to be odd. There are a few rules.
1) Everything must be level 5.
2) Everything must be in its final form. (ie, level 5 Charizard)
3) No legendary Pokemon allowed.
4) There are no bans on 3 stage Pokemon, as being level 5 basically allows the entire game to be turned on its head.
5) Weather is allowed
6) Blaziken is allowed, since Talonflame checks it and so forth. Plus, at level 5, it's mostly about base power.
7) Megas are allowed.
8) There may not be more than 2 OU or greater Pokemon on your team, for balancing purposes

answered Feb 18 by NonePiece
reshown Jun 22 by &Psychic x
This tier already exists
Called...? =o
STABmons exists. It got like 18 upvotes.
No legendaries is meh. I think just use smogons tiers. All pokemon should just be level 5 with no other restrictions
@Whatson, hawtcakes, it's basically level 5 OU.
The tier we'd have to use is custom-game, obviously. There's no way around it.
@tazzie, the no legends thing is more of because of evos and such. I guess we can lift that rule, tbh
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 &Psychic x
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.
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 &Psychic x
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 &Psychic x
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 &Psychic x
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 Graveyard Shift
reshown Jun 22 by &Psychic x
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 LordGoomy
edited Jul 1 by LordGoomy
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

I can't believe this hasn't been suggested already.

Same Team Tournament

The unique aspect of this tournament makes you use different skills than you would in a regular battle.

So this is how it works:

  • Instead of creating a team of 6 Pokemon, you only make a team of 3.
  • There are no restrictions on what Pokemon you can use! Ubers, OU, UU, even NU and LC class Pokemon. It soon will become obvious why. (Banned tactics should probably stay banned, however.)
  • For each battle, both competitors combine their Pokemon into one team. For example, if I picked Talonflame, Aegislash, and Caterpie, and my opponent picked Arceus, Smeargle, and Jolteon, we would both merge so that we'd battle each other with the same exact team (Talonflame, Aegislash, Caterpie, Arceus, Smeargle, and Jolteon).
  • Nothing (movesets, items, EVs, etc.) may be changed when you merge teams.
  • Then the battle begins! Since you have the same exact team as your opponent, the winner of each battle will be determined by how skilled each player is at handling the Pokemon presented to them.

So, that's my tournament idea. If you like it, please upvote it! If you have suggestions, please comment them! Thank you!

answered 10 hours ago by Pimplup
8 or 16 people can participate; it doesn't really matter.
This is THE best tourney suggestion I've seen so far!
Thanks. :)
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 &Psychic x
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

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?
1 vote

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
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 Graveyard Shift
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.
1 vote


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
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