Clauses and Banlists

The tiering process of Smogon has come a long way from the simple days of RBY and many bans are now somewhat more complex than they were in previous generations. This page serves to document the precise definitions of all rules and lists the bans used in standard play. Below is the full list of every BW tier and its specific banlist.

Clause Definitions

The clauses below apply to all BW tiers except Challenge Cup, which has no clauses, and some for Ubers.

  • Baton Pass Clause - A team cannot have more than one Pokemon with the move Baton Pass. A Pokemon with the move Baton Pass cannot have both a method of boosting its Speed and a method of boosting any other stats.
  • Banlists

    Uber

    OU

  • Drought + Chlorophyll - Using both a Pokemon with Drought and a Pokemon with Chlorophyll on the same team is banned.
  • Sand Stream + Sand Rush - Using both a Pokemon with Sand Stream and a Pokemon with Sand Rush/a> on the same team is banned.
  • UU

    RU

    NU

    Little Cup

    The Little Cup rules are here. Little Cup is not a tier below NU; rather, it is standalone entity.