I feel this thread is very useful to help new users get better, but the second version is pretty outdated and Incon is dead so he can't bring it back. A core is a combination of 2 or 3 pokemon that work well together because they either patch up their weknesses, demolish their respective counters or create a combo with moves such as baton pass. This thread's goal is for users to share the cores that work well for them so that the best ones stand out and become part of the metagame. How to post: Make sure you test the cores before posting them because although ninjask + rampardos might seem good on paper, we've all thought about it before and if you don't see it on the ladder, it's because it's actualy pretty gimmicky and easy to counter. While originality is encouraged, this is not a hipster contest. Don't just post because you are bored and secretly dream of making a bad pokemon get recognition among the community. Post because you believe your core is solid enough for other users to appreciate it and use it in their teams. Add a description to your core, explain what makes those pokes good together and how users should play it. You can also add what counters the core so users know what weaknesses to patch.