In this thread, we will discuss the general goal of CAP 1. The Concept will be a guiding force throughout the ensuing project, to ensure the final result is a cohesive competitive Pokemon. Any discussions, suggestions, or submissions in later topics that do not support the spirit of the Concept will be moderated by me. I strongly suggest that you put a great deal of thought into your submission, and that you think twice before supporting others, as this is the stage in which we will determine what CAP 1 will try to accomplish. Concepts must be presented as high-level descriptions of a general idea. They cannot be detailed Pokemon designs. Since we have polls to determine each aspect of the Pokemon, we cannot allow any specific features of the Pokemon to be determined by the details of the Concept. We intentionally have many rules regarding Concept submissions. If you are not prepared to read and understand all the rules, then don't bother making a submission. These rules are made to help narrow the field of concepts down to those that have been carefully designed. This is not meant to be easy for everyone -- a good, legal Concept requires careful thought and meticulous wording. The following rules must be followed when submitting a Concept: One submission per person. You may edit your Concept, but you may not change the fundamental premise after it has been posted. If editing your concept, please edit the original post instead of posting a new revision. Do not bump your Concept after you have posted it. If people do not comment on it, so be it. Do not duplicate or closely-resemble Concepts already posted by others. It is your responsibility to read through all previous submissions in this thread to ensure you are complying with this rule. Ignorance or laziness is not an excuse. Specific Pokemon types or type combos cannot be included or excluded in a Concept. Nor can other characteristics of the Concept specifically result in in the inclusion or exclusion of Types. For example, the following phrases would be illegal:"This is a Dragon Pokemon with..." "The Pokemon should be immune to Ghost attacks..." "The Pokemon should have at least 7 resistances..." "The Pokemon should get STAB on Thunderbolt.." Specific Abilities are not allowed. This applies to existing abilities and new abilities. Do not attempt to circumvent this rule by mentioning specific battle effects that can only be achieved by the implementation of an ability. For example, the following phrases would be illegal:"This Pokemon should have a defensive ability like Intimidate or Marvel Scale..." "This Pokemon has an ability that steals the opponent's held item..." "When this Pokemon is switched in, all weather conditions are nullified..." Movepools or lists of moves are not allowed. A specific move can be mentioned if it is the basis for the entire concept. For example, the Concept "Rapid Spinner" would obviously mention the move Rapid Spin. Specific stat bias, base stats, or base stat ratings are not allowed. It is acceptable to use descriptive phrases like "fast", "bulky", "strong attacker", etc -- since there are a variety of ways a Pokemon can fit those descriptions without specifically requiring certain stats. But, do not use overly-specific descriptions that would narrowly constrain the Pokemon's base stat spread. Indications of Physical/Special bias are discouraged, but acceptable if it is essential to the Concept. Do not refer to any part of the Pokemon's artistic design. For example, the following phrases would be illegal:"This is a bright blue Pokemon..." "The Pokemon looks like a..." "The Pokemon uses its long tail to..." A Concept Submission must be submitted in the proper format. The format is described below. If the proper format is not used, the moderators will not evaluate the submission, regardless of content. Concept Submission Format Use this format for all concept submissions: Quote: Name: (short name) General Description: (See rules below. No more than a sentence or two here.) Justification: (See rules below.) Questions To Be Answered: (See rules below.) Explanation: (Whatever you want to say here.) Here is the format with tags. Just copy/paste this into your post, and fill it out: Quote: Name: (short name) General Description: (See rules below. No more than a sentence or two here.) Justification: (See rules below.) Questions To Be Answered: (See rules below.) Explanation: (Whatever you want to say here.) Name - Don't get too clever with the name. If the essence of the concept is not intuitively obvious in the name, then you are hurting your chances of people understanding it. If the essence of your concept cannot be expressed in a few words, then you need to seriously re-evaluate your concept. Description - This is the official description of the concept, and must follow ALL the content rules listed above. Do not make this a long description. Long descriptions are invariably too specific or too convoluted. Keep it short. Any more than a sentence or two is TOO MUCH. Do NOT include your Explanation of the concept in the Description. See "Explanation" below. Justification - A few sentences describing how the concept satisfies one or more of the following: Has a positive effect on the metagame (e.g Fidgit’s Pure Utility) Allows us to learn more about the metagame (e.g Kitsunoh’s Ultimate Scout) Introduces a new niche in the metagame (such as Arghonaut’s Decentralizer) Do not make up your own categories for justification. If you cannot justify your concept against at least one of the three requirements above, then your concept is illegal for the CAP project. Questions To Be Answered - The purpose of the CAP project is to learn new things about the metagame, and each concept submission is a proposed "experiment". List out a few interesting competitive questions that should be answered after properly implementing your concept. At the conclusion of the CAP project, these questions will be revisited to see how well we implemented the concept. If your questions are not significant, relevant to your Justification, and well-written -- then your concept will be rejected. Explanation - This can contain just about anything. This is where you can explain your concept without restraint. You may make suggestions, even specific suggestions, regarding the possible implementation of the Concept. This explanation should help facilitate discussion of the Concept -- but the Explanation is NOT part of the Concept and will be omitted from the polls and any future use of the Concept. Since your explanation is non-binding, regarding future polls and threads, it will not be evaluated for purposes of determining if your concept is legal or illegal. It is the submitter's responsibility to figure out how to make a legal submission within the rules listed above. Do not complain about the difficulty of making a submission in this thread. There are many, many legal concepts that can be presented within the rules. Here are few examples of good and bad Concepts from previous projects:Good Concepts from Past Projects "Pure Utility Pokemon" "Anti-Ghost Rapid Spinner" "True Garchomp Counter" "Great Lead Pokemon" "Ultimate Weather Abuser" "Status Counter" Bad Concepts from Past Projects "Ice-Resisting Dragon" "Super Luck User" "STAB Explosion Glass Cannon" "Auto-Stealth Rock Remover" "A Pokemon with Special Intimidate" "Pyrokinetic Pokemon (Fire/Psychic)" "Special Guts" "Typing Means Nothing" Here's a sample of a legal Concept post. This is not an actual submission. I'm just using it to illustrate the format and legal content: Note that all the "illegal stuff" is in the Explanation. The Description is short, and very carefully worded to follow all the rules. It does not specifically dictate anything in later polls. Please try to remember that we are simply pointing the project in a general direction, we are not trying to decide anything right now. We have several weeks of polls ahead of us where EVERYTHING about this Pokemon will be dissected, discussed, voted, and decided. The Concept is a very basic guide for the creation process. It is difficult to provide solid Concept descriptions without essentially designing the entire Pokemon right off the bat. Submissions should be written and chosen very carefully, to avoid these problems. What am I looking for? This CAP is being designed in the context of several "firsts". It will be the first CAP of the Fifth Generation. It will be the first CAP since the implementation of Wi-Fi Clause (that is, team preview). It will be the first CAP to exist in a metagame in which Drought and Drizzle are legal. Try to keep these "firsts" in mind when designing your concept--if the concept would have worked just as well in Fourth Generation, it is probably not what we are hoping to learn about! I would particularly like to note that I am extremely philosophically opposed to the notion of custom abilities and moves, particularly this early in Fifth Generation, when we have already been given such a vast array of new abilities and moves to explore. Please do not design concepts that would rely heavily on custom abilities or moves. If you have any questions or would like feedback about your submission, feel free to PM me, Rising_Dusk, or both! Let's start Fifth Generation off with a bang, and make a great CAP!