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Hello !
I wanted to use Pokemons such as Meloetta or Aurorus on Pokemon showdown ; however they are stuck in the "illegal" tier. I've found the list of those illegal Pokemons and I don't understand what they have in common.

What does this tier means and will I be able to play those Pokemons in real tier (under uses, rarely used...) in the future ?

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There is no such thing as 'illegal tier' — you're just trying to use Pokemon in formats where they are not allowed. Aurorus and Meloetta currently aren't available in Sword and Shield, so they will appear as 'illegal' options for most Gen 8 formats. (If you don't choose a format, the teambuilder still uses the Gen 8 dex by default.)

However, if you tell the teambuilder that you're playing a format like National Dex AG, then the 'illegal' warnings on Aurorus and Meloetta will go away because all Pokemon are allowed in that format. Similarly, if you choose Gen 7 OU, then they will both become available because they are allowed in that format. However, other Pokemon like Rillaboom and Inteleon will become 'illegal' because you can't use them in Gen 7 OU.

Note, nothing actually stops you from adding illegal Pokemon to your team. You just won't be able to queue the team in the ladder you nominated for it, because it won't pass the validation check.

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When I read the title of this, I thought he/she meant Ubers lol