Some of you may be aware of a strategy going around that can force battles to continue indefinitely. This involves using Leppa Berry with Heal Pulse, Recycle, a healing move (such as Slack Off or Soft-Boiled) and Block/Mean Look/Spider Web. Fortunately only Slowpoke, Slowbro, Slowking, Blissey and Smeargle are legally able to use this combination (Ralts, Kirlia, Gardevoir and Gallade as well if you count Wish). To use the strategy, one of these will switch into a defensive Pokemon, or one unable to 2hko them, use Block and then PP stall the opponent with recovery and Leppa Berry + Recycle. Once the opponent begins to Struggle, the user can simply continue to Heal Pulse, with Leppa Berry + Recycle, until the opponent forfeits. An example can be seen here. We've agreed that this strategy is not within the spirit of the game and have therefore decided to implement the "Endless Battle Clause". Endless Battle Clause: Any moveset on any pokemon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. This will be implemented in all official Smogon metagames. The specific implementation of this clause will be left up to the Sim Admins, but we intend to be very targeted, to ensure that no otherwise legal competitive strategies are limited. In the previously mentioned case, we will be banning the use of Leppa Berry, Heal Pulse, and Recycle on the same set. This is the only known strategy to force endless battles, but if you find any others, please let us know, and we will deal with those accordingly. EDIT: as you'll see in the 3rd post, we ultimately decided simply to ban Leppa Berry + Harvest and Leppa Berry + Recycle.