Some rules and stuff stolen from Honko and August ;_; Keep the following things in mind during every Research Group: Be open-minded, don't just say something is terrible and walk away unless it is Dusknoir or Munchlax; look at its stats, movepool, and typing and think something up! Feel free to theorymon early in the research period, but make it clear you're doing so. Later in the period though, you will be expected to back up your posts with hard evidence like logs, actual sets, perhaps even teams. Just because an analysis has been done for a Pokemon doesn't mean there isn't more to explore; it's very likely that something has gone unnoticed. Do not post in this thread complaining about the Pokemon I choose and/or suggesting ones we should do for future weeks. Like I said before, feel free to VM / PM me these suggestions, but don't expect me to always listen to you. The main point of this is to see how some lesser seen RU pokemon fare in the current metagame. Each research week will actually be 2 one week long stages. In the first stage, you are free to theorymon about the pokemon chosen for Research week and talk about what roles / niches they fill and how they fare in the metagame. The second week, feel free to post logs showcasing how the pokemon fared in standard play and talk about how they did in comparison to expectations etc. This extends to IRC, where you can talk about the pokemon / sets you used in either #rarelyused or #pokemon! The Research Group Challenge: In order to participate you must do the following: Post here or send me a PM with a fresh alt and the name(s) of the Pokemon you will be using. Use at least one of the Pokemon being researched. Post your experiences with the Pokemon you're using, participate in the discussion! This Week's Research Pokemon: | | | Hall Of Fame: If you do very well with a certain Research Week Pokemon, you have a shot at entering the hall of fame! To get into the Hall Of Fame, you must get to a certain ranking on the mighty PS! ladder. There are multiple classes in the Hall Of Fame and which one you fall under will depend on how high on the ladder you got, there is also a deviation requirement to make a little more challenging! Make sure to post a screenshot of your ranking as well as a paragraph or two on the Pokemon and set you used, if either of these are not met, i will not put you in the Hall Of Fame until they are! The minimum ranking to get into the Hall Of Fame is an acre of at least 1800 with a deviation of 80, naturally, higher ladder score turns into higher Hall Of Fame ranking, so get to work! Btw, the registration form for the Research Week challenge is underneath this in hide tags! Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Pokemon Showdown Username: Mr. Man Hall of Fame Standing: none Rarely-Rarely Used Pokemon Currently Working With: Absol Current Ladder Standing: none because this isnt my real alt Hall Of Fame Archive: Bronze Rank: 1800 - 1899 with one or more Research Week Pokemon Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide speed ghilliesniper - Peak 1801, #27, speedyg (Used Absol and Pinsir) Post: http://tinyurl.com/bqooknd Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Pocket - Peak 1808, #10, Aburame (Used Pinsir) Post: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4505879&postcount=24 Silver Rank: 1900 - 1999 with one or more Research Week Pokemon Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Slory - Peak 1965, #5, Essentials (Used Absol) Post: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4477912&postcount=18 Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide TropiOUs - Peak 1901, #6, The Darknite (Used Absol) Post: http://www.smogon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4476120&postcount=16 Gold Rank: 2000 - 2099 with one or more Research Week Pokemon Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Col49 - Peak 2015, #4, Disaster Hearts (Used Absol and Carracosta) Post: http://tinyurl.com/cyp589h Platinum Rank: 2100+ with one or more Research Week Pokemon GOD Rank: 2150+ with two or more Research Week Pokemon The Hall Of Fame Archive Has One Entry! Lastly, remember that these are not the only sets you can test during research week! Feel free to be even more creative than the challenges, and in general just discuss the pokemon!