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HGSS OU (BD League)

Post by The Pieman on Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:51 pm

Introduction

Welcome to HGSS OU, the holy land of the 4th Generation competitive metagame.
The Physical/ Special split has just taken place and tiers are going through heavy changes.
New threats are popping up from every corner and everything under the sky (and above) is a worthwhile member if you know around the ropes.

Here, there are no team preview and no permanent sun/ rain, making the lead the most important member of every team.
Setting or preventing Stealth Rock, maintaining an offensive presence, tanking hits, and going kaboom: Leads had to perform specific functions to get its trainer ahead of the opponent.
Set-up sweeping for late-game and Choice Item smashing: One could take many directions while playing HGSS OU.

Of course, Pokémon from Unova and Kalos do not exist in this metagame, neither does any items/ Abilities/ moves/ mechanic changes from these times.

To be well versed in HGSS OU, read up these well-written articles in Smogon:
https://www.smogon.com/dp/articles/

You can also check the HGSS OU tier here:
https://www.smogon.com/dp/tiers/ou
Notable Differences in 4th Gen

  • Pokémon numbered from 494 does not exist in 4th Gen.
  • All the Rotom Appliances have Electric/ Ghost typing.
  • Weather summoned by Sand Stream and Snow Warning lasts forever.
  • Hidden Abilities did not exist. Hence, most Pokémon will lack their third Ability.
  • Steel-types resist Dark and Ghost moves.
  • As Mega Pokémon were introduced in 6th Gen, they do not exist in 4th Gen.
  • Same goes for the existence of the type Fairy, as it was introduced in 6th Gen too.
  • Certain moves (like Knock Off) have different mechanics. Research to know more about them.
  • No WiFi Clause. Hence, players cannot view each other teams and decide which Pokémon goes first.
  • The Pokémon put at the top of the party in the teambuilder will always be the Pokémon to start the battle.
Notable Abilities that do not exist in 4th Gen

  • Analytic
  • Contrary
  • Defiant
  • Imposter
  • Infiltrator
  • Justified
  • Magic Bounce
  • Moody
  • Moxie
  • Multiscale
  • Prankster
  • Regenerator
  • Sand Force
  • Sand Rush
  • Sap Sipper
  • Sheer Force
  • Protean
  • Drought (for Ninetales)
  • Drizzle (for Politoed)
Notable Moves that do not exist in 4th Gen

  • Quiver Dance
  • Sticky Web
  • Infestation
  • Hone Claws
  • Foul Play
  • Dragon Tail
  • Volt Switch
  • Wild Charge
  • Power-Up Punch
  • Flame Charge
  • Acrobatics
  • Hurricane
  • Icicle Crash
  • Phantom Force
  • Shell Smash
  • Boomburst
  • Sludge Wave
  • Coil
  • Clear Smog
  • Psyshock
  • Stored Power
  • Automotize
  • Heavy Slam
  • Scald


Tier: When making a challenge, select the tier as Gen 4 OU, keeping the following clauses and banlist in mind.

Standard Clauses

  • Sleep Clause: Players cannot induce sleep to more than one Pokémon on the opposing team at the same time.
  • Species Clause: Players cannot have two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number on the same team.

Banlist

Banned Pokémon:


  • Wynaut
  • Wobbuffet
  • Mew
  • Latios
  • Latias
  • Garchomp
  • Salamence
  • Arceus
  • Darkrai
  • Deoxys
  • Dialga
  • Giratina
  • Groudon
  • Ho-Oh
  • Kyogre
  • Lugia
  • Mewtwo
  • Palkia
  • Rayquaza
  • Shaymin-Sky


Banned Moves:


  • Double Team
  • Minimize
  • Horn Drill
  • Guillotine
  • Fissure
  • Sheer Cold


Banned Items:


  • Quick Claw
  • Focus Band
  • Bright Powder
  • Lax Incense



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