Approved by Arcticblast and Joim Alphabet Cup (AKA AlphabetMons or ABC) Now playable on Joim's Lab! What's in a name? In this metagame, quite a lot. The idea is simple: A Pokemon can learn any move if it shares the first letter in its name. For example, Venusaur can learn V-Create, Aegislash can learn Air Slash, and Regigigas can learn Recover. It's a very simple premise, and depending on the Pokemon, it can grant tremendous power, or if your name begins with Y... You get Yawn. There are a few conditions to consider in this metagame: There is a one-Pokemon limit per letter. You cannot have both an Absol and an Ampharos, for example. The English names of Pokemon and moves are to be used. This is because without this rule, every Pokemon gets ridiculous increases to their movesets and the meta becomes too confusing. (Thanks GoldenSandslash15 for catching this rule was missed) Nicknames do not allow you to access different moves. If you call an Unown "Joim", it can't learn Jump Kick, but it can learn U-Turn. You cannot inherit moves from previous evolutions. You can have an Ice Beam Ivysaur, but not an Ice Beam Venusaur. The Pokemon can still use its original moveset, along with any new moves it inherits. Xatu is not restricted to X-Scissor alone! Pokemon that can mega-evolve do NOT have access to M moves as well as their standard letter moves (as the simulator calls them X-Mega) All other Pokemon with changeable Formes follows this rule, they get their species name's first letter only. Standard OU Banlist and clauses apply: species clause (goes without saying), OHKO clause, evasion clause, Moody clause, sleep clause. Preliminary Banlist; On top of the standard OU Banlist, the following Pokemon are banned, and these moves are banned unless the Pokemon learns them naturally: Sketch (to prevent the metagame becoming overcentralised on Sketch. Over 100 Pokemon begin with the letter S, which is a vast portion of the game-- and SketchMons is an OM already). This quickban took place at the beginning of the metagame. Swoobat (Swoobat's combination of Shell Smash and Simple allowed it to effectively 2HKO everything in the tier. Its sheer power and speed made it almost unstoppable). This ban took place after a user vote on 9th February, 2014. Everything else is fair game for now! For reference, here is: A list of Pokemon in alphabetical order A list of moves (click "Name" to sort the list alphabetically) Both of these lists are courtesy of Bulbapedia. For information on how ban voting will work in Alphabet Cup: http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/alphabet-cup.3498167/page-3#post-5176164 Have fun folks!