Welcome to the opening of CAP 9! This thread is solely dedicated to discussing and submitting the goals and concepts of our Pokemon. This thread will serve as one which dictates the overall direction of our project, so be careful what you wish for. Do not post anything irrelevant, or anything that does not encourage the discussion of submitted concepts in this thread. Rules for Submitting a Concept: One submission per person. Editing your concept is allowed; however, you may not delete your concept and post a new one, or change the entire idea of your concept. Furthermore, do not bump your concept. A good concept will receive attention from myself and others. The silence IS your feedback. Do not duplicate or closely-resemble Concepts already posted by others. Please read all of the concepts submitted prior to posting. "I didn't think it was the same", or "I was too lazy to read" are not excuses. Just read the thread. Specific Pokemon types or type combos cannot be included or excluded in a Concept. This pokemon would, should, have a Fire/Dragon typing -- don't give me this. That is not a concept, it is simply a typing. A good concept can be interpreted in many ways, yet still giving a general direction as to where it will go. Examples of this include:"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. Again, an ability is not a concept. Anything that would be made impossible without having a certain ability is also 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. Don't poll jump here, people. An ability is not a concept, a typing is not a concept. It makes sense that a movepool is not a concept either. While you may still base your concept off of one move, such as "Rapid Spin User" or "Gravity Pokemon", I will not tolerate a list. Specific stat bias, base stats, or base stat ratings are not allowed. A general description of the pokemon is allowed. "Fast", "bulky", "strong", are allowed, since it does not necessarily dictate a spread. While a concept can suggest the pokemon being any of these characteristics, do not say that it should be, or needs to be. Indications of Physical/Special bias are discouraged. I want these concepts to be interpreted by the whole community. Try not to have any givens for your particular concepts. Do not refer to any part of the pokemon's artistic design. Usually this does not happen, but it obviously isn't tolerated either. 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 have a Name, General Description, Justification and Explanation. Submit concepts in the form shown below. No matter how good your concept is, it is not valid unless it is submitted in the following method. Concept Submission Format: Use the format, please. Inability to do so will result in moderation and/or possible ineligibility for it to be included in the poll. Name - Give me the name, and give it to me straightforward. It's not my job to interpret what goes around in your head, it's only my job to know what you want and give you advice. If you can't give it a straightforward name, I don't like your concept. Simple as that. Description - What's your concept? Don't give me a giant wall of text here. I simply would like to know what it does. That's it. Justification - A few sentences describing how the concept satisfies one or more of the following shown below. However, please note that I prefer something that allows us to learn about the metagame. While I do enjoy positive effects on the metagame as well as new niches, the goal of CAP is to learn. As far as I'm concerned, we haven't learned much from these past CAPs. Anyways, make sure that your concept satisfies at least one of these: 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) 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 - Explain the concept. You told me what it does already, so now elaborate. I'll give you leeway here, so go wild. "This pokemon could get ____", "this pokemon should be able to", "this pokemon would do _____" are all fine. Two things, though! Don't say that a pokemon NEEDS something. Notice how the examples above do not dictate a certain part of its creation, rather suggests. Additionally, remember that the explanation part of your submission is simply to promote discussion. It will not be shown anywhere else but here. Here's an example of a legal concept. It's definitely not what I am looking for, but it's definitely legal. Legal Concepts from Past Projects "Pure Utility Pokemon" "Anti-Ghost Rapid Spinner" "True Garchomp Counter" "Great Lead Pokemon" "Ultimate Weather Abuser" "Status Counter" Illegal 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" What do I want? Simply put, I want to ask you the following question before you rush into your concept. What do you want to learn? The reason I ask you this is simple. CAP, in my opinion, has been lacking in what the real purpose of the project is. "The Create-A-Pokémon project is a community dedicated to exploring and understanding the competitive Pokémon metagame by designing, creating, and playtesting new Pokémon concepts." I could ask you what a tank is, what a mixed sweeper is, or what a wall is. Let's say I asked that to about 40 of you. What would I get? I'd get 40 textbook definitions. Let's break the mold a bit. I'm sure you've wondered what it would be like when a pokemon got a certain move, and how it would affect the metagame. That's the mindset I want for this project. How would something affect the metagame, and what would we learn as a lesson? To fulfill this, I urge you to acknowledge the line between gimmick and competitive. I'd strongly suggest you analyze the metagame carefully before you make a concept like "Rollout Abuser". What will you learn from it? You'll learn that it sucks because you are stuck in a move and you can't escape. Have fun getting swept by a Swords Dance Lucario. So please, try to think a bit about how it would work competitively before you submit a concept! Above all else, I encourage you to have fun and be fresh. Try not to reuse old concepts, please. Make it fun, make it interesting, and most importantly, make it so that everyone can learn a little something about Pokemon. If you have questions concerning your concept, feel free to ask! Happy concept making!