Some rules and stuff stolen from Honko Keep the following things in mind during every Research Group: Be open-minded, don't just say something is terrible and walk away; 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: | | | Be Creative! To go along with the point system being used for RU Awards, the best posters in this thread will receive points towards the awards. Points will be awarded based on certain criteria. Below, there will be challenges listed for Research Week participants. Points will be given at the discretion of judges. Make sure to make your posts as detailed as possible! Challenges Create and test a set that effectively uses Torment Create and test your own set and pick a pokemon you would use it with. Explain how the Gothitelle set you are using helps the other pokemon sweep successfully. Create and test a set that effectively uses a stat upping move, like Hone Claws or Bulk Up. Create and test a set that uses Braviary's Sheer Force ability and provide calculations. Explain why Sheer Force is better than Defiant on the set. Create and test a set that effectively using Grass Whistle. Create and test a set that effectively utilizes Baton Passing. Include potential Pass recipients. Create and test a set that effectively Baton Passes boosts. Include potential Pass recipients. Create and test a support cleric set 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! ~Points~ Posting a viable set that completes one of the challenges above - 3 points Getting in the top 5 on the PS RU ladder with one of the above Pokemon - 2 points Getting in the top 5 on the PS RU ladder with one of the above Pokemon that meets one of the challenges - 3 points You can earn more points by getting in the top 5 on the ladder with different, fresh alts using a different research week Pokemon or by completing a different challenge.