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User-friendly Tutor and Apprentice!

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So, you want to be a good competitive battler? Well, one of our top notch battlers can help you! Be ready for some harsh training. Brush up... brush down...

This is how it works:


If you want to be an apprentice, answer this thread. Say anything you want about yourself. Be sure to include what you are trying to learn. It can be more than just a tier, it can even be teambuilding. Be sure to include your Timezone, and include times available. If you want, include a preferred tutor. A recognized tutor on this thread might comment and accept you. You can accept anyone... but this thread will have the best.

You should try to meet with your tutor regularly. The longer the time spent, the better.
Do not include images. The page becomes insanely slow when everyone and their mother uses them.

Tutors (Applications Open)

Active Tutors: Sempiternus, Flafpert, Poke'slash, A Dragon's Roar, Sir Dan

To apply to be a tutor you must:
- Comment on this thread with the words "I would like to be a tutor."
- When you do comment, a Moderator, Editor or current tutor will background check you.
- You require the approval of 2 or more of the above
- If you are good enough, you get a pass. If you are an Expert once you get a pass go ahead and edit your tutor info in. If you have no editing powers, just ask someone who does.
- You may be asked to battle a member of the site to test your skills
- Provide a Ladder Rating or good Replays if possible (Ladder Rating requires screenshots)
- Don't lie, we can check
- If you aren't passed, be patient. If there is no response, you are being judged. Someone will get back to you ASAP
- Moderators and Editors need no backing
Your information should include: Your PS! Username, your timezone, and some general information about you, plus what you teach.

Current Apprentice and Tutors (Tutors in bold)

Cyrax and Sempiternus
Sir Terlor and Sempiternus
AegisDatSlash and A Dragon's Roar
Mr Gamaken and Sir Dan
Hawluchinations and Sempiternus

asked Jan 23, 2014 by Ninja
edited Sep 20, 2014 by Sir Dan
I have mad swag though, so everything i say is valid.
^ Definitely on crystal meth
Feel free Dan.
No offense but how are you gonna have pokeslash as a tutor
Kyron said it was OK.

10 Answers

9 votes

List of Tutors:

Timezone: GMT + 11 (GMT + 10 when out of Daylight Savings)
Availability: Varies, look for me on chat or tell me yours
PS Usernames: Sempiternus, Knightofdragon, Mazu

I teach Battling Strategy and Ubers . So ;

  • Basic Battling and Strategy
  • How to not press the super effective move immediately. Sorry I mean prediction.
  • Utilising the peanuts we call brains
  • More advanced Ubers.
  • Not complaining about Legendaries
  • NU Tier if in demand.

I'm a more hands-on guy so I'll be making you get a lot of experience rather than yell at you through chat (You'll also be constantly pitted against any other apprentices I may be teaching at this time). However that's pretty fun too. Anyway while I'm teaching overall battling things, I'm more than happy to brush up your skills in any tier. I'll also be doing Ubers and NU for people who want to get to a higher level in that tier specifically and are already at a decent/basic level for that.
Also, if you don't want to be tutored but just want some tips feel free to join in whenever I'm having session.

I expect from an apprentice;

  • Basic knowledge of teambuilding
  • Can be understood. ie. if you speak medieval Shakespere language, I reject you. That or I'll accept you and take you to hell...
  • Uses Pokemon Showdown

Note: I would much prefer tutees with a similar timezone (otherwise other means of contact including email will be required)

Timezone: CET (GMT +1)
Availability: Basically every day past 7 PM.
PS Usernames: Flafpert

Il be teaching Gen 6 RU Battling. This means you will be learning:
- How to survive in RU
- Basic RU battling where necessary (prediction, synergy, teambuilding).

So I'll be teaching Gen 6 RU. Everything about Gen 6 RU. All that you need to know to survive in this harsh, unforgiving wilderness. But if you just want to get into competitive battling, without prior knowledge, il happily take you in.

What I expect from a apprentice:
- Active
- Fairly available (corresponding timezone a plus)
- Uses Pokemon Showdown!

Timezone: Arizona Mountain Time (GMT -7)
Availability: Usually 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Look for me on the DB Server.

I only use Pokemon Showdown!

I teach Basic Teambuilding, which includes:

  • How to build a balanced, synergized team
  • All weather except Hail
  • The basics of EV spreads, Natures, and IVs
  • Cores

If you're relatively new to competitive battling or feel like your teams are missing something, I'm your girl. I prefer to teach by making you learn, so expect to battle me a lot while I give you instructions in Private Message or the Battle Chat.
I'm willing to work with anyone with any style, provided they can listen. Once you've learned the basics and some of the most common sets, I'll introduce you to the wonder of creating your own, unique sets. My goal is to get you to a level where you are skilled enough to find your own style.
I can teach any tier, but my preferred ones are: Ubers, OU, UU, and NU.
Weather-wise, I can train you in anything except Hail. (If you really want to touch on Hail, I can give you some movesets, but otherwise, you're out of luck.)

What I expect from an apprentice:

  • Willingness to listen and learn
  • Understandable grammar
  • Creativity
  • Uses Pokemon Showdown!

A Dragon's Roar
Timezone: CET (GMT +1)
Availability: Every day past 8 PM.
PS Usernames: Leader Demon, AlphaDraconis

I will tutor Smogon Doubles and VGC

I can tutor Basic and Advanced Doubles and VGC. I'll teach how to stand your ground in this fastpaced metagame . I'll learn you sets and strategies commonly used in this format and also how to teambuild effectively. So wanna make it double? Join in!

Expectations from my apprentice:
- Basic knowledge of EVs and IVs and natures
- A certain basic idea of topthreats in Doubles (not required)

Sir Dan
Time zone: UK - GMT +1 (British Summer Time). Clocks go back 26th October 2014 so my time zone will be GMT after that.
Availability: Varies so tell me yours and we’ll work something out.
PS Username: Sir Dan :3

I can tutor OU, OU Monotype and Ubers. I can help users play at an intermediate level, if you don’t know what intermediate is think of it this way, the majority of games have a difficulty selection at the start of the game consisting of low, intermediate and high.

I will help you improve in these areas while battling in the above battle formats:

  • Strategy
  • Prediction
  • Teambuilding
  • Analysing an opponent’s Pokemon’s moveset/Scouting

What I expect from an apprentice:

  • Good Grammar
  • Uses Pokemon Showdown
  • The willingness to listen and learn.
  • Basic understanding of tiers and competitive play.
  • Basic knowledge of Pokemon Mechanics e.g. EV’s, IV’s and Natures.

I’ll be teaching through the PokeSchool chat room on the DB Server, through PiratePad and through Chat/Private Messaging.

Note: If you were a tutor removed due to inactivity, once you become active again please feel free to edit in your name once again

answered Jan 23, 2014 by Ninja
edited Sep 15, 2014 by Sir Dan
I need some practice in teambuilding, but my school days are really hectic this time of the year, so how long is this arrangement up?
Also, i dont think i would manage to bypass the grammar thing :P
I'm bad with timezones, can someone edit in the extra info on mine? Example: GMT +1
I have literally no idea what that means.
Doc or Kyron, your battle style is vaguely similar to mine, and you like all the tiers i like, and i end up seeing you often in chat or server. Could one of you bail me out please? we'll have lots of fun :D
GMT+1 means one hour ahead of Grenwich (or however you spell it) Mean Time. So if it's 12:00 in Grenwich, then it's 13:00 there. The same with all +/- on GMT.
Hey the semp tutoring isn't tutoring xD

We switched to OU and finished about a month ago :P
Nah I'm still alive. Still helping Kaname.
Yea, but I "graduated" :P
0 votes

Tutor: ???

I would like to get tutored.I know basic stuff but I'd like to know the following:

  • Advanced Predicting

  • Reading the enemy

  • Synergy

  • Strategy

  • Cores

  • Ubers
    The tutor who would work best with me would be Senpiternus
    Showdown Name:SethPokemon
    Timezone: British GMT+1

answered Sep 8, 2014 by <|Skymin|>
edited Oct 8, 2014 by <|Skymin|>
I'd like to help you out, I seem very good at what you need to learn, but I'm rusty as **** right now, so I'm not that suitable. I could give you some theory lessons though
@PX Ok what are your showdown names
Is there a tier you'd like to play in while learning the above or do you not mind?
Well, I would like to play ubers better while keeping them things in mind.
0 votes

I sak

I'm basically the worst competitive battler on the DB, so if anybody could help me in any of these three tiers, it would do me a huge favour!

  • OU Monotype
  • LC
  • Ubers

My timezone is GMT

answered Sep 8, 2014 by Torterra02
reshown Sep 10, 2014 by &Psychic x
I can help you if you want. I used to play alot of LC and Ubers.
It'll depend on what online times you have though.
Thanks Sempiternus!
I can possibly help you out in OU Monotype and Ubers if you want since we have the same time zone, providing Semp isn't already tutoring you of course :3
0 votes

i need competitive help!

Its not that i suck at competitive is that i am pretty bad at making a team and in a middle of a battle i really dont know how to predict well. So it be great to get some advice on that!

Time zone: eastern

Available: i am availabe most of the time, you can uselly find me in the chat room.

Showdown username: Arcazeus
Thanks in advance! :D

answered Sep 8, 2014 by TwoStepsFromHell
edited Sep 8, 2014 by TwoStepsFromHell
0 votes

Tutor: Sempiternus

Stall halp

I made a decent (by my standards) OU stall team and i barely know how to use it, so some Stall turtoring would awesome
basically just teach me how to predict and what to switch to, based on the current meta.

Showdown name: Sir Terlor, variations of Terlor.
Timezone GMT + 3

answered Sep 9, 2014 by Sir Terlor
edited Sep 10, 2014 by Sempiternus
just use toxic and wish
Danke, i got to #1 on the ladder thanks to that comment! You're the best Darude.
you got it man
0 votes

I have touched basics on OU battling, though I am quite outdated. I would like to learn how to play LC and NU.
Timezone: Idaho Mountain Time (GMT-7)
Availibility: Usually around 6-7 PM
PS Usernames: Probably ElegantlyEspeon

I think that the tutor that would work best with me is Poke'slash.

answered Sep 10, 2014 by ☆Frostily∞Froslass☆
I can teach advanced LC, find me in LC room on PS!
You're here tazzie e-o? Okay then. Also, are your LC skills still up to scratch?
mm I'll also cover you if you can't get to tazzie. I used to main NU and LC so you should be alright.
Also I'm pretty sure taxxie is still up to scratch, he made it to #1 like 2 months ago .3.
You're gonna have a hard Time finding me, as I have little spare time. Semp should probably tutor you, but if you ever see me I'll give you a lesson.
Tazzie is good at LC, he really helped my team.
0 votes

Tutor: Sir Dan

Need help with Ubers. I NEVER win anything on PS on Ubers.
Showdown: ThyBlasty
Time Zone: GMT +1 (UK)

answered Sep 10, 2014 by Gray
edited Sep 17, 2014 by Sempiternus
What times are you available?
Usually around 2-6 pm
I can help you if you want? We both live in the UK so our time zone is the same. Availability could be a potential problem though, as I don't get in from work until 5pm. Are you available from 6pm onwards? Weekend would be fine though.
Sir dan weekend is the best time
Okay no problem, well I can definitely tutor you on weekend's if you'd like? I can also probably tutor you on Friday's, as I finish work an hour early on Friday's, so I should get on the Server around 5pm.
Sir Dan shall be my tutor!
0 votes

I really need help with UU. I live in India and I'm usually on at about 9-10 pm. Sometimes on the server. (always on weekends)

Timezone: GMT + 5 hours 30 minutes

answered Sep 13, 2014 by Smoke Weed Everyday
edited Oct 6, 2014 by Smoke Weed Everyday
The timezone is GMT + 5 hours 30 minutes -.-
Ok then edit that in.
Edit it in yourself -.-;
Way too lazy T_T
0 votes

I'm not a very good battler but sometimes I am because of hax :3
I play these tiers:


I need to get better :3
Time Zone: Central(center of 'Murica if that makes it better)
Note: I'm usually on pretty much every day, unless I got a lot of chores to do or a lot of homework since school started already)

Showdown! Names:
Lucky Dragoon(primary)
The Trapinchinator
Prince of Shy Guys

answered Sep 17, 2014 by Almighty Derpados
edited Sep 17, 2014 by Almighty Derpados
0 votes

Tutor: ???

Right, so I was getting ORAS by about January or February. But I have no experience with ORAS OU at all, and so I needed some help with it... so it would be great if someone could get me in touch with at least the basics!

Timezone: GMT + 5 and a half
PS! names: Qwerty Zoom, Keyboard Almighty.

answered Dec 25, 2014 by Qwerty_Zoom