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Little Cup Dark Horse Challenge!

Discussion in 'BW LC' started by Hawkstar, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Hawkstar

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    Format stolen shamelessly from the other Dark Horses

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    Beautiful lovely picture by ToxicPhox.

    Intro:

    If you asked around about the common complaints of the LC tier, you'd soon find that "It's all the same few Pokemon" is a common one. In high-level play, most teams are strikingly similar, and while most players try and use something different to catch the metagame off-guard, they still fill the rest of their teamslots by falling back on the same tried and true face-wreckers such as Murkrow, Misdreavus, and Mienfoo. This is for a good reason, as Little Cup is much like NU in that it houses every Pokemon that isn't in another tier, and with winners such as Sunkern and Magikarp lurking in the depths of LC, it's no wonder why we prefer Snover and Chinchou over them.

    Our goal:

    That said, we pass up good Pokemon for the same reason: we're too busy using the awesome stuff. What we hope to accomplish with this project is to bring some freshness into this metagame by finding some unique and useful sets and Pokemon in the LC metagame. We also want to answer a few questions. Why was this Pokemon passed over before? What gives them their useful niche in the metagame?

    Rules:

    • All teams must use at least one Dark Horse Pokemon. This is defined as any Pokemon below the top 50 Pokemon as seen in the latest usage statistics.
    • You only need to have one Dark Horse on your team, but you can use more! The rest of your team can be whatever you want, and you can even have more than one Dark Horse if you'd like!
    • You must post your fresh alt and your Pokemon being tested along with its set. If you ladder before registering in this thread, you will be disqualified from reaching the Hall of Fame.
    • You are allowed to switch Pokemon throughout the challenge, but you must pick a new alt.

    Registration Form:

    When signing up for this challenge, please use the following registration form:

    Example (open)
    Pokemon Showdown! Username: Hawkstar
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Magikarp
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 9001

    Magikarp @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Swift Swim
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
    Adamant Nature (+Atk -SpA)
    - Splash
    - Bounce
    - Flail
    - Judgment


    We will obviously need your PS! alt name that you will be using for this challenge to identify you. Remember, this must be a fresh alt! Next, you will need to give the Pokemon you are using as your Dark Horse for this month. Giving frequent updates on your ladder standing helps us see how you are doing, so please do your best to keep that updated! Finally, post the set you are using below the other stuff, and you are good to go!

    February Usage Stats (open)
    Code:
     Total battles: 8024
     Avg. weight/team: 0.663
     + ---- + ------------------ + --------- + ------ + ------- + ------ + ------- + 
     | Rank | Pokemon            | Usage %   | Raw    | %       | Real   | %       | 
     + ---- + ------------------ + --------- + ------ + ------- + ------ + ------- + 
     | 1    | Mienfoo            | 35.07871% | 4740   | 29.536% | 4130   | 31.095% | 
     | 2    | Misdreavus         | 31.87754% | 3977   | 24.782% | 3294   | 24.801% | 
     | 3    | Murkrow            | 29.89889% | 3780   | 23.554% | 2993   | 22.535% | 
     | 4    | Abra               | 22.68283% | 3724   | 23.205% | 2954   | 22.241% | 
     | 5    | Drilbur            | 22.64946% | 3007   | 18.738% | 2354   | 17.724% | 
     | 6    | Chinchou           | 18.46987% | 2521   | 15.709% | 2069   | 15.578% | 
     | 7    | Snover             | 17.49211% | 2127   | 13.254% | 1682   | 12.664% | 
     | 8    | Hippopotas         | 16.79779% | 2260   | 14.083% | 2155   | 16.225% | 
     | 9    | Bronzor            | 16.58330% | 2307   | 14.376% | 1952   | 14.697% | 
     | 10   | Scraggy            | 15.17677% | 2111   | 13.154% | 1704   | 12.830% | 
     | 11   | Magnemite          | 12.39546% | 1734   | 10.805% | 1449   | 10.910% | 
     | 12   | Lileep             | 12.29410% | 1572   |  9.796% | 1281   |  9.645% | 
     | 13   | Staryu             | 11.28180% | 1608   | 10.020% | 1255   |  9.449% | 
     | 14   | Riolu              | 10.65395% | 1513   |  9.428% | 1249   |  9.404% | 
     | 15   | Ferroseed          | 10.53542% | 1587   |  9.889% | 1366   | 10.285% | 
     | 16   | Croagunk           |  9.64937% | 1473   |  9.179% | 1288   |  9.698% | 
     | 17   | Porygon            |  9.39987% | 1410   |  8.786% | 1098   |  8.267% | 
     | 18   | Tentacool          |  9.28125% | 1266   |  7.889% | 1036   |  7.800% | 
     | 19   | Dwebble            |  8.55125% | 1231   |  7.671% | 1078   |  8.116% | 
     | 20   | Clamperl           |  7.61957% | 1235   |  7.696% | 1030   |  7.755% | 
     | 21   | Frillish           |  7.44239% | 1066   |  6.643% | 873    |  6.573% | 
     | 22   | Cranidos           |  7.01408% | 1195   |  7.446% | 929    |  6.995% | 
     | 23   | Gastly             |  6.86692% | 1244   |  7.752% | 1063   |  8.004% | 
     | 24   | Timburr            |  6.36262% | 890    |  5.546% | 742    |  5.587% | 
     | 25   | Ponyta             |  6.31578% | 1072   |  6.680% | 866    |  6.520% | 
     | 26   | Houndour           |  6.04866% | 1081   |  6.736% | 877    |  6.603% | 
     | 27   | Pawniard           |  5.92929% | 856    |  5.334% | 687    |  5.173% | 
     | 28   | Tirtouga           |  5.90181% | 870    |  5.421% | 662    |  4.984% | 
     | 29   | Axew               |  5.65837% | 1019   |  6.350% | 813    |  6.121% | 
     | 30   | Drifloon           |  5.62456% | 974    |  6.069% | 814    |  6.129% | 
     | 31   | Larvesta           |  5.21544% | 817    |  5.091% | 637    |  4.796% | 
     | 32   | Diglett            |  5.19707% | 796    |  4.960% | 673    |  5.067% | 
     | 33   | Meowth             |  4.87298% | 738    |  4.599% | 662    |  4.984% | 
     | 34   | Archen             |  4.85374% | 919    |  5.727% | 756    |  5.692% | 
     | 35   | Shellder           |  4.78901% | 788    |  4.910% | 645    |  4.856% | 
     | 36   | Lickitung          |  4.62211% | 758    |  4.723% | 615    |  4.630% | 
     | 37   | Cottonee           |  4.60444% | 851    |  5.303% | 729    |  5.489% | 
     | 38   | Dratini            |  4.48292% | 811    |  5.054% | 687    |  5.173% | 
     | 39   | Omanyte            |  4.28804% | 627    |  3.907% | 465    |  3.501% | 
     | 40   | Munchlax           |  4.20761% | 685    |  4.268% | 538    |  4.051% | 
     | 41   | Aipom              |  4.20249% | 961    |  5.988% | 874    |  6.580% | 
     | 42   | Natu               |  4.17184% | 563    |  3.508% | 468    |  3.524% | 
     | 43   | Foongus            |  4.10079% | 574    |  3.577% | 462    |  3.478% | 
     | 44   | Slowpoke           |  4.00113% | 573    |  3.571% | 465    |  3.501% | 
     | 45   | Taillow            |  3.83893% | 625    |  3.895% | 509    |  3.832% | 
     | 46   | Vullaby            |  3.69894% | 501    |  3.122% | 406    |  3.057% | 
     | 47   | Shroomish          |  3.47400% | 549    |  3.421% | 464    |  3.494% | 
     | 48   | Aron               |  3.45891% | 867    |  5.403% | 741    |  5.579% | 
     | 49   | Golett             |  3.38571% | 551    |  3.433% | 476    |  3.584% | 
     | 50   | Sandshrew          |  3.21303% | 476    |  2.966% | 376    |  2.831% | 
     | 51   | Elekid             |  3.18494% | 662    |  4.125% | 544    |  4.096% | 
     | 52   | Voltorb            |  3.02912% | 510    |  3.178% | 448    |  3.373% | 
     | 53   | Pineco             |  2.91348% | 529    |  3.296% | 493    |  3.712% | 
     | 54   | Cubone             |  2.86965% | 562    |  3.502% | 455    |  3.426% | 
     | 55   | Cacnea             |  2.82521% | 494    |  3.078% | 393    |  2.959% | 
     | 56   | Duskull            |  2.70685% | 636    |  3.963% | 551    |  4.149% | 
     | 57   | Numel              |  2.69312% | 398    |  2.480% | 327    |  2.462% | 
     | 58   | Darumaka           |  2.35521% | 517    |  3.222% | 431    |  3.245% | 
     | 59   | Onix               |  2.31698% | 555    |  3.458% | 478    |  3.599% | 
     | 60   | Exeggcute          |  2.29404% | 398    |  2.480% | 316    |  2.379% | 
     | 61   | Koffing            |  2.27772% | 416    |  2.592% | 353    |  2.658% | 
     | 62   | Deerling           |  2.23397% | 376    |  2.343% | 309    |  2.327% | 
     | 63   | Zorua              |  2.18750% | 510    |  3.178% | 285    |  2.146% | 
     | 64   | Wailmer            |  2.07054% | 438    |  2.729% | 380    |  2.861% | 
     | 65   | Buizel             |  1.96818% | 455    |  2.835% | 384    |  2.891% | 
     | 66   | Sandile            |  1.95695% | 314    |  1.957% | 244    |  1.837% | 
     | 67   | Anorith            |  1.91267% | 400    |  2.493% | 344    |  2.590% | 
     | 68   | Growlithe          |  1.90075% | 429    |  2.673% | 364    |  2.741% | 
     | 69   | Mantyke            |  1.89097% | 319    |  1.988% | 270    |  2.033% | 
     | 70   | Stunky             |  1.82325% | 301    |  1.876% | 258    |  1.943% | 
     | 71   | Nosepass           |  1.78485% | 266    |  1.658% | 233    |  1.754% | 
     | 72   | Bagon              |  1.69183% | 364    |  2.268% | 297    |  2.236% | 
     | 73   | Bulbasaur          |  1.62250% | 517    |  3.222% | 464    |  3.494% | 
     | 74   | Baltoy             |  1.52552% | 346    |  2.156% | 290    |  2.183% | 
     | 75   | Eevee              |  1.52017% | 376    |  2.343% | 319    |  2.402% | 
     | 76   | Blitzle            |  1.51159% | 303    |  1.888% | 240    |  1.807% | 
     | 77   | Joltik             |  1.47754% | 337    |  2.100% | 282    |  2.123% | 
     | 78   | Purrloin           |  1.45575% | 267    |  1.664% | 230    |  1.732% | 
     | 79   | Corphish           |  1.42713% | 297    |  1.851% | 255    |  1.920% | 
     | 80   | Wynaut             |  1.40590% | 279    |  1.739% | 239    |  1.799% | 
     | 81   | Minccino           |  1.39705% | 345    |  2.150% | 275    |  2.071% | 
     | 82   | Grimer             |  1.32621% | 232    |  1.446% | 208    |  1.566% | 
     | 83   | Wooper             |  1.30559% | 222    |  1.383% | 182    |  1.370% | 
     | 84   | Zigzagoon          |  1.29013% | 263    |  1.639% | 212    |  1.596% | 
     | 85   | Cyndaquil          |  1.28133% | 432    |  2.692% | 357    |  2.688% | 
     | 86   | Machop             |  1.27197% | 280    |  1.745% | 241    |  1.815% | 
     | 87   | Squirtle           |  1.26224% | 330    |  2.056% | 289    |  2.176% | 
     | 88   | Charmander         |  1.25655% | 398    |  2.480% | 330    |  2.485% | 
     | 89   | Chikorita          |  1.22764% | 229    |  1.427% | 194    |  1.461% | 
     | 90   | Gible              |  1.19229% | 246    |  1.533% | 196    |  1.476% | 
     | 91   | Shelmet            |  1.18497% | 187    |  1.165% | 145    |  1.092% | 
     | 92   | Doduo              |  1.14873% | 186    |  1.159% | 159    |  1.197% | 
     | 93   | Yamask             |  1.10882% | 185    |  1.153% | 158    |  1.190% | 
     | 94   | Buneary            |  1.10861% | 242    |  1.508% | 221    |  1.664% | 
     | 95   | Ekans              |  1.10623% | 200    |  1.246% | 150    |  1.129% | 
     | 96   | Magby              |  1.08386% | 263    |  1.639% | 219    |  1.649% | 
     | 97   | Teddiursa          |  1.05809% | 182    |  1.134% | 145    |  1.092% | 
     | 98   | Solosis            |  1.02742% | 234    |  1.458% | 188    |  1.415% | 
     | 99   | Kabuto             |  1.02664% | 179    |  1.115% | 160    |  1.205% | 
     | 100  | Chimchar           |  1.02418% | 275    |  1.714% | 232    |  1.747% | 
     | 101  | Litwick            |  1.01209% | 284    |  1.770% | 242    |  1.822% | 
     | 102  | Deino              |  0.95400% | 280    |  1.745% | 245    |  1.845% | 
     | 103  | Totodile           |  0.94215% | 167    |  1.041% | 133    |  1.001% | 
     | 104  | Trapinch           |  0.92311% | 171    |  1.066% | 138    |  1.039% | 
     | 105  | Rufflet            |  0.91072% | 157    |  0.978% | 120    |  0.904% | 
     | 106  | Remoraid           |  0.89857% | 156    |  0.972% | 133    |  1.001% | 
     | 107  | Krabby             |  0.85818% | 195    |  1.215% | 161    |  1.212% | 
     | 108  | Electrike          |  0.82463% | 192    |  1.196% | 165    |  1.242% | 
     | 109  | Mankey             |  0.81296% | 167    |  1.041% | 141    |  1.062% | 
     | 110  | Geodude            |  0.80301% | 189    |  1.178% | 162    |  1.220% | 
     | 111  | Shieldon           |  0.78648% | 182    |  1.134% | 151    |  1.137% | 
     | 112  | Woobat             |  0.74085% | 138    |  0.860% | 119    |  0.896% | 
     | 113  | Barboach           |  0.70645% | 136    |  0.847% | 114    |  0.858% | 
     | 114  | Glameow            |  0.70434% | 121    |  0.754% | 114    |  0.858% | 
     | 115  | Mime Jr.           |  0.68509% | 137    |  0.854% | 108    |  0.813% | 
     | 116  | Beldum             |  0.68333% | 195    |  1.215% | 170    |  1.280% | 
     | 117  | Smoochum           |  0.68282% | 116    |  0.723% | 90     |  0.678% | 
     | 118  | Paras              |  0.65451% | 136    |  0.847% | 118    |  0.888% | 
     | 119  | Seel               |  0.65447% | 109    |  0.679% | 94     |  0.708% | 
     | 120  | Treecko            |  0.64436% | 154    |  0.960% | 131    |  0.986% | 
     | 121  | Venonat            |  0.63861% | 148    |  0.922% | 130    |  0.979% | 
     | 122  | Wingull            |  0.62259% | 138    |  0.860% | 117    |  0.881% | 
     | 123  | Swinub             |  0.60482% | 125    |  0.779% | 110    |  0.828% | 
     | 124  | Bellsprout         |  0.60347% | 140    |  0.872% | 116    |  0.873% | 
     | 125  | Rhyhorn            |  0.59879% | 117    |  0.729% | 90     |  0.678% | 
     | 126  | Poliwag            |  0.56581% | 128    |  0.798% | 98     |  0.738% | 
     | 127  | Spheal             |  0.51538% | 100    |  0.623% | 78     |  0.587% | 
     | 128  | Bidoof             |  0.49993% | 155    |  0.966% | 131    |  0.986% | 
     | 129  | Rattata            |  0.48543% | 133    |  0.829% | 108    |  0.813% | 
     | 130  | Turtwig            |  0.48088% | 83     |  0.517% | 74     |  0.557% | 
     | 131  | Horsea             |  0.47900% | 84     |  0.523% | 74     |  0.557% | 
     | 132  | Elgyem             |  0.43486% | 122    |  0.760% | 98     |  0.738% | 
     | 133  | Zubat              |  0.42629% | 134    |  0.835% | 120    |  0.904% | 
     | 134  | Mudkip             |  0.42610% | 152    |  0.947% | 133    |  1.001% | 
     | 135  | NidoranM           |  0.42525% | 101    |  0.629% | 87     |  0.655% | 
     | 136  | Swablu             |  0.41149% | 69     |  0.430% | 41     |  0.309% | 
     | 137  | Ducklett           |  0.38687% | 87     |  0.542% | 72     |  0.542% | 
     | 138  | Psyduck            |  0.38499% | 72     |  0.449% | 58     |  0.437% | 
     | 139  | Azurill            |  0.38393% | 126    |  0.785% | 99     |  0.745% | 
     | 140  | Larvitar           |  0.38333% | 110    |  0.685% | 92     |  0.693% | 
     | 141  | Skitty             |  0.37157% | 95     |  0.592% | 77     |  0.580% | 
     | 142  | Phanpy             |  0.33832% | 84     |  0.523% | 79     |  0.595% | 
     | 143  | Happiny            |  0.33590% | 91     |  0.567% | 74     |  0.557% | 
     | 144  | Drowzee            |  0.33150% | 108    |  0.673% | 94     |  0.708% | 
     | 145  | Skorupi            |  0.32269% | 80     |  0.499% | 63     |  0.474% | 
     | 146  | Karrablast         |  0.31318% | 58     |  0.361% | 47     |  0.354% | 
     | 147  | Oddish             |  0.30757% | 68     |  0.424% | 61     |  0.459% | 
     | 148  | Pichu              |  0.29175% | 102    |  0.636% | 90     |  0.678% | 
     | 149  | Tyrogue            |  0.27433% | 76     |  0.474% | 68     |  0.512% | 
     | 150  | Tympole            |  0.27124% | 59     |  0.368% | 48     |  0.361% | 
     | 151  | Feebas             |  0.26298% | 53     |  0.330% | 50     |  0.376% | 
     | 152  | Munna              |  0.26134% | 59     |  0.368% | 49     |  0.369% | 
     | 153  | Cubchoo            |  0.25592% | 69     |  0.430% | 57     |  0.429% | 
     | 154  | Bonsly             |  0.25473% | 72     |  0.449% | 67     |  0.504% | 
     | 155  | Cherubi            |  0.24647% | 65     |  0.405% | 54     |  0.407% | 
     | 156  | Snivy              |  0.24573% | 86     |  0.536% | 74     |  0.557% | 
     | 157  | Sewaddle           |  0.24137% | 50     |  0.312% | 38     |  0.286% | 
     | 158  | Trubbish           |  0.23726% | 66     |  0.411% | 58     |  0.437% | 
     | 159  | Cleffa             |  0.22992% | 89     |  0.555% | 78     |  0.587% | 
     | 160  | Makuhita           |  0.22258% | 89     |  0.555% | 79     |  0.595% | 
     | 161  | Gulpin             |  0.21478% | 42     |  0.262% | 33     |  0.248% | 
     | 162  | Igglybuff          |  0.21428% | 58     |  0.361% | 46     |  0.346% | 
     | 163  | Goldeen            |  0.20840% | 48     |  0.299% | 38     |  0.286% | 
     | 164  | Spoink             |  0.20666% | 36     |  0.224% | 31     |  0.233% | 
     | 165  | Slugma             |  0.20185% | 48     |  0.299% | 38     |  0.286% | 
     | 166  | Sentret            |  0.18697% | 27     |  0.168% | 26     |  0.196% | 
     | 167  | Shinx              |  0.18318% | 38     |  0.237% | 33     |  0.248% | 
     | 168  | Budew              |  0.18163% | 51     |  0.318% | 44     |  0.331% | 
     | 169  | Lotad              |  0.18043% | 65     |  0.405% | 56     |  0.422% | 
     | 170  | Pansage            |  0.17353% | 45     |  0.280% | 36     |  0.271% | 
     | 171  | Roggenrola         |  0.17201% | 35     |  0.218% | 30     |  0.226% | 
     | 172  | Surskit            |  0.17141% | 57     |  0.355% | 50     |  0.376% | 
     | 173  | Pidgey             |  0.17086% | 45     |  0.280% | 36     |  0.271% | 
     | 174  | Ledyba             |  0.16595% | 45     |  0.280% | 41     |  0.309% | 
     | 175  | Magikarp           |  0.16498% | 81     |  0.505% | 72     |  0.542% | 
     | 176  | Torchic            |  0.15586% | 57     |  0.355% | 44     |  0.331% | 
     | 177  | Togepi             |  0.14985% | 62     |  0.386% | 54     |  0.407% | 
     | 178  | Snorunt            |  0.14613% | 38     |  0.237% | 34     |  0.256% | 
     | 179  | Vanillite          |  0.14417% | 41     |  0.255% | 32     |  0.241% | 
     | 180  | Klink              |  0.13957% | 28     |  0.174% | 25     |  0.188% | 
     | 181  | Shuppet            |  0.12811% | 41     |  0.255% | 34     |  0.256% | 
     | 182  | Ralts              |  0.12764% | 36     |  0.224% | 31     |  0.233% | 
     | 183  | Oshawott           |  0.12077% | 57     |  0.355% | 41     |  0.309% | 
     | 184  | Petilil            |  0.11578% | 35     |  0.218% | 31     |  0.233% | 
     | 185  | Tepig              |  0.11487% | 37     |  0.231% | 32     |  0.241% | 
     | 186  | Mareep             |  0.11471% | 47     |  0.293% | 44     |  0.331% | 
     | 187  | Finneon            |  0.10847% | 25     |  0.156% | 22     |  0.166% | 
     | 188  | Shellos            |  0.10727% | 24     |  0.150% | 22     |  0.166% | 
     | 189  | Spearow            |  0.10271% | 21     |  0.131% | 18     |  0.136% | 
     | 190  | Pansear            |  0.09919% | 27     |  0.168% | 20     |  0.151% | 
     | 191  | Piplup             |  0.09494% | 39     |  0.243% | 34     |  0.256% | 
     | 192  | Snubbull           |  0.08603% | 34     |  0.212% | 32     |  0.241% | 
     | 193  | Chingling          |  0.08417% | 31     |  0.193% | 29     |  0.218% | 
     | 194  | Spinarak           |  0.07409% | 29     |  0.181% | 21     |  0.158% | 
     | 195  | Venipede           |  0.06948% | 21     |  0.131% | 19     |  0.143% | 
     | 196  | Gothita            |  0.06835% | 25     |  0.156% | 20     |  0.151% | 
     | 197  | Patrat             |  0.06658% | 27     |  0.168% | 19     |  0.143% | 
     | 198  | Lillipup           |  0.06550% | 25     |  0.156% | 20     |  0.151% | 
     | 199  | Poochyena          |  0.05917% | 17     |  0.106% | 14     |  0.105% | 
     | 200  | Hoppip             |  0.05903% | 18     |  0.112% | 16     |  0.120% | 
     | 201  | Kricketot          |  0.04917% | 11     |  0.069% | 8      |  0.060% | 
     | 202  | Pidove             |  0.04182% | 9      |  0.056% | 6      |  0.045% | 
     | 203  | Nincada            |  0.03603% | 14     |  0.087% | 13     |  0.098% | 
     | 204  | Weedle             |  0.03525% | 10     |  0.062% | 10     |  0.075% | 
     | 205  | Caterpie           |  0.03392% | 13     |  0.081% | 11     |  0.083% | 
     | 206  | Seedot             |  0.03362% | 20     |  0.125% | 18     |  0.136% | 
     | 207  | Starly             |  0.03321% | 18     |  0.112% | 15     |  0.113% | 
     | 208  | Whismur            |  0.03054% | 22     |  0.137% | 21     |  0.158% | 
     | 209  | Sunkern            |  0.02964% | 16     |  0.100% | 14     |  0.105% | 
     | 210  | NidoranF           |  0.02327% | 13     |  0.081% | 9      |  0.068% | 
     | 211  | Panpour            |  0.02247% | 9      |  0.056% | 7      |  0.053% | 
     | 212  | Combee             |  0.02171% | 14     |  0.087% | 10     |  0.075% | 
     | 213  | Burmy              |  0.01690% | 5      |  0.031% | 3      |  0.023% | 
     | 214  | Wurmple            |  0.01677% | 5      |  0.031% | 4      |  0.030% | 
     | 215  | Tynamo             |  0.01352% | 8      |  0.050% | 5      |  0.038% | 
     | 216  | Slakoth            |  0.00703% | 10     |  0.062% | 10     |  0.075% | 
     + ---- + ------------------ + ------- + ------ + ------- + ------ + ------- + 
    


    Deadline: Each round of Dark Horse will end at the last day of each month at 11:59 PM EST. If there are any two or more users using the same Pokemon, a ladder screenshot will be taken to determine who earns the Hall of Fame spot!
  2. Hawkstar

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    Hall of Fame!

    Should you be skilled enough to reach 1950 ACRE with a deviation lower than 75 on the ladder, then you shall be rewarded with a spot in the LC Dark Horse Hall of Fame! Given the fearsome strength of the ladder, this is a moderately impressive task indeed! Jokes aside, once you've become eligible to enter the Hall of Fame, fill out and post the following form:

    Along with this, if you have any replays, logs, or anything else you'd like to share, please do so! The whole point of this is to discover something new, so if you've got something good, we'd love to hear about it. Once you've filled out the form and I've verified your eligibility, you'll be inducted...almost!

    Only one person can be inducted into the Hall of Fame per Pokemon. This means that if someone else is using the same Pokemon you are, you must outladder them. For example, if someone else was using my pro Magikarp set, I would have to both meet the requirements of the challenge and be higher on the ladder than my competitior(s) when the screenshot is taken. This means that you are competing against the other challengers rather than just the mediocre ladder, which makes this challenge both harder and more satisfying. Better get started if you want to be the one at the top of the ladder! Don't worry, you can still enter the Hall of Fame with more than one Pokemon.

    By the way, please VM me any questions you have rather than clutter the thread with them. Good luck!

    Hall of Fame inductees (open)

    Gold Rank (3 or more Dark Horses on one team)
    None yet​
    Silver Rank (2 Dark Horses on one team)
    Axisotaku - Vullaby and Natu - 1989​
    Bronze Rank (One Dark Horse on one team)
    The_Unlucky_one - Omanyte - 2001​
    iss - Zigzagoon - 1956​
    Axisotaku - Koffing - 1953​
    TalkTakesTime - Exeggcute - 1951​
  3. Chieliee

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: Nothing To Lose
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Shelmet
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 1804
    Shelmet @ Eviolite
    Trait: Overcoat
    Level: 5
    EVs: 116 HP / 156 Def / 236 SDef
    Bold Nature
    - Bug Buzz
    - Recover
    - Acid Armor
    - Spikes
  4. apt-get

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: Sudo su
    Dark Horse Pokemon:
    Zigzagoon
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!:
    1000, I guess.


    Zigzagoon @ Oran Berry
    Trait: Pickup
    Level: 5
    EVs: 196 Atk / 188 Def / 108 SDef
    Adamant Nature
    - Belly Drum
    - ExtremeSpeed
    - Seed Bomb
    - Protect
  5. Hawkstar

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: Hwaksatr
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Taillow
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 1000

    Taillow @ Toxic Orb
    Trait: Guts
    Level: 5
    EVs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe
    Jolly Nature
    - Protect
    - Brave Bird
    - Facade
    - U-turn
  6. Shouting

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    Ehh...Not really sure if just one dark horse is good enough, as Hippo / Drilbur / Lileep / Magnemite / Missy / Chinchou is really the same in my eyes as Hippo / Drilbur / Lileep / Magnemite / Missy / Blitzle but I digress...


    Also are we going to go by February stats (when/if they're posted) for dark horse or January? Didn't see the stats, thanks!

    Pokemon showdown Username: Look Ma No Mienfoo
    Dark Horses: Doduo, Chikorita

    Doduo (F) @ Choice Scarf
    Trait: Early Bird
    Level: 5
    EVs: 236 Atk / 252 Spd
    Naive Nature
    - Brave Bird
    - Return
    - Double Hit
    - Hidden Power [Ground]


    Chikorita (F) @ Eviolite
    Trait: Overgrow
    Level: 5
    Shiny: Yes
    EVs: 196 HP / 196 Def / 116 SDef
    Bold Nature
    - Giga Drain
    - Toxic / Hidden Power Fire
    - Synthesis
    - Aromatherapy
  7. Chieliee

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    February stats
  8. Good_Luck!

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: Green Luck
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Wooper
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 1000?

    I was on the understanding that you start at 1007 in PS!

    Wooper @ Eviolite
    Trait: Water Absorb
    Level: 5
    EVs: 236 HP / 76 Atk / 156 Def
    Impish Nature
    - Recover
    - Toxic
    - Earthquake
    - Waterfall

    I have been laddering on PS with this team and it has been good so far... At least it doesn't suck LOL.

    Edit: Just Wooper, then u.u
  9. iss

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    Pokemon Showdown Username: CW Bjergsen
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Zigzagoon
    Current Lader Standing: 1956

    Zigzagoon @ Oran Berry
    Trait: Pickup
    Level: 5
    EVs: 52 HP / 196 Atk / 108 Def / 108 SDef
    Adamant Nature
    - Belly Drum
    - ExtremeSpeed
    - Thief
    - Protect
  10. Elevator Music

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    Actually, we've decided to make this just a little harder, and so we're changing the definition of Dark Horse Pokemon. Instead of a Pokemon being below the top 40, it now needs to be below the top 50. If you had signed up for a Pokemon in between those, you'll have to change it, sorry.
  11. The Unlucky one

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    Dark Horse Pokemon: Growlithe
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: None as of yet
    Still testing a bit with the sets.
  12. Rowan

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: CSLCDH
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Numel, Mantyke
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 1198

    Numel @ Eviolite
    Trait: Simple
    Level: 5
    EVs: 196 HP / 116 Def / 156 SDef
    Bold Nature
    - Rest
    - Sleep Talk
    - Stockpile
    - Lava Plume

    Mantyke @ Eviolite
    Trait: Water Absorb
    Level: 5
    EVs: 156 HP / 196 Def / 116 SDef / 36 SAtk
    Serious Nature
    - Rest
    - Sleep Talk
    - Air Slash
    - Scald

    new alt due to bad record: wercskroc
  13. mikel

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: mokkle
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Elekid
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 1000

    set tba when it's not too late to think coherently
  14. Artemisa

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: Picco2
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Stunky
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 1000

    Edit: I changed Username so I can restart.
  15. Hawkstar

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    I would appreciate it if you only used one team for each alt. This way, your ladder success or failure can be attributed to one team, rather than confounding the results with more than one team.

    If you want to use more than one team, please use more than one alt. Thank you!
  16. Axisotaku

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: Dark Horse Axis5
    Dark Horse Pokemon: treecko,koffing
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 1007


    Koffing @ Eviolite
    Trait: Levitate
    Level: 5
    EVs: 36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SDef
    Bold Nature
    - Pain Split
    - Fire Blast
    - Clear Smog / sludge bomb
    - Will-O-Wisp

    restarting
  17. iss

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: CW Bjergsen
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Zigzagoon
    Screenshot of Ladder Ranking: [​IMG]
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    Zigzagoon @ Oran Berry
    Trait: Pickup
    Level: 5
    EVs: 52 HP / 196 Atk / 108 Def / 108 SDef
    Adamant Nature
    - Belly Drum
    - ExtremeSpeed
    - Thief
    - Protect


    Zigzagoon was total shit and I basically used it as fodder every match. Winning 5v6 is still really easy though as long as you have a decent core. Also, having the potential of a BD sweep in your back pocket is fun, and made quite a few games easier than they would have been. It really is bad though.

    For a team I just took LC Rising and swapped out Drifloon for Ziggy.
  18. Delver

    Delver I got the runs like Jagger

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: Duck Horse
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Grimer
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 1007 (though the first (to register the alt) win knocked me up to 1310)


    *edit* I have a gut feeling most people will find what iss found.
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    Seems like it... I just carried that Koffing to rank 1 on ladder even tho the deviation is still high. Even if he wasn't as good as the poke he replaced he did his job quite well. the big problem I see with the lower ranked pokemons is that they cant handle the big threats at all either that or their niche is very obscure... I'll try to get the deviation below 75 but right now i'm going to enjoy the spot.

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  20. iss

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    That's actually a bug with your rating; your actual rating is about 1920 right now. Your ACRE is supposed to be your Glicko2 - 1.4 * deviation, but currently your deviation is added. It'll fix itself the next time you hit a decay cycle (15th match/3rd day).
  21. The Unlucky one

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    ill probably start laddering on the weekend. I actually have confidence it Growlithe thanks to intimidate.
  22. Nozzle

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    Alt: Specs Surskit
    Current Ladder Standing: 1007

    Numel @ Life Orb
    Trait: Simple
    Ev's: 240 SpA / 236 Spe
    Modest Nature (+SpA, -Atk)
    -Flame Charge
    -Fire Blast
    -Hidden Power Grass
    -Earth Power

    Shellos @ Eviolite
    Trait: Storm Drain
    Ev's: 228 HP / 132 Def / 100 SpD / 4 Spe
    Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
    -Scald
    -Toxic
    -Recover
    -Clear Smog

    | 57 | Numel | 2.69312% | 398 | 2.480% | 327 | 2.462% |
    | 188 | Shellos | 0.10727% | 24 | 0.150% | 22 | 0.166% |
  23. Delver

    Delver I got the runs like Jagger

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    Please lemme know how it works out, i want an excuse to use GRowlithe.

    As an update; I havent had much time to ladder lately but grimer is still doing an awesome job at nearly hard countering mienfoo. Every now and again it does some other cool stuff, like kill missy, but i think its a mix of luck and people not really knowing what a grimer is, versus actually being good at things like that. still. Countering mienfoo.


    Totally fucked up and used my alt with a different team. Same Mon, same team, just new name is goign to be somthing else. Will let you know when i actually win a match with it. wIll update my orginal in
  24. prem

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    alts: premisapieceofshit
    teddiursa. apparently elgyem too
    havent played yet.

    set:Teddiursa @ Toxic Orb
    Trait: Quick Feet
    Level: 5
    EVs: 36 HP / 196 Atk / 36 Def / 36 SDef / 196 Spd
    Jolly Nature
    - Close Combat
    - Facade
    - Swords Dance
    - Crunch


    Elgyem @ Eviolite
    Trait: Analytic
    Level: 5
    EVs: 76 HP / 240 SAtk / 120 Spd
    Modest Nature
    - Recover
    - Hidden Power [Fighting]
    - Thunderbolt
    - Psychic
  25. Mylo Xyloto

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    Pokemon Showdown! Username: Jelly & Custard
    Dark Horse Pokemon: Anorith
    Current Ladder Standing on Pokemon Showdown!: 1000 1653 78 1851 ± 168 (provisional)


    Anorith @ Eviolite
    Ability: Battle Armor
    EVs: 236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe
    Jolly Nature (+Atk -SpA)
    - Knock Off
    - Stealth Rock
    - X-Scissor
    - Rock Blast

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