Smogon sports quite a few channels on SynIRC. Each of these channels focuses on developing a specific part of our community. They're filled with knowledgeable users and resources pertaining to the channel's purpose. Furthermore, each channel has a unique culture; you'll be meeting plenty of characters in every channel you choose to enter! We encourage you to try out as many channels as your heart desires. #battlecapacity is the channel for discussing Battle CAPacity, a fan-made fighting game based off of the Pokemon created by the CAP Project. Once developed by Smogon user Cartoons!, this game is currently inactive, but the IRC channel is still filled with users looking for a battle. #C&C is a fantastic place to go if you're looking for some in depth discussion on competitive Pokemon. All of the Contributions & Corrections greats meet here to discuss optimal sets and share their opinions on their respective metagames. #cap is the main channel to discuss all things pertaining to the Create-A-Pokemon Project. You can expect lively discussion on the inner mechanics of Pokemon here, from how to create a legitimate movepool to writing realistic Pokedex entries. #capasb is the channel to go to if you're interested in Smogon's Anime Style Battling program. Run by user Deck Knight, this detailed forum game is for anyone who's interested in something unique, intricate, and exciting. #competitor is where all of the hard workers of Smogon's The Competitor meet. They work on updating the tournament's news page with announcements, articles, and updates. Join this channel if you're interested in working on the Tournaments scene. #dw is the main channel for all things related to the Dream World metagame. Come here to listen to the top Dream World battlers discuss their thoughts, opinions, and ideas on what works best in this thrilling metagame with unbanned threats. #fighting is the best place you can go if you're interested in fighting video games. Smogon's best brawlers meet up to challenge on another in this channel; join them sometime if you too have an interest in arcade-style fighting games! #genvuu is where all discussion of Smogon's Underused tier takes place. The highly competitive UU scene gathers quite a crowd in this channel; make sure to frequent here if you have aspirations for getting better at the tier; you'll get to hear plenty of detailed thoughts on strategies and playsets. #insidescoop is the channel where Smogon's badged community members gather to discuss Smogon policy and rules. You will not be able to chat in this channel if you do not have a badge, but you are more than welcome to view the conversation in silence. Check out this channel if you're curious as to how our staff operates. #littlecup is the central location for all things related to the Little Cup metagame hosted here on Smogon. All users that have mastered the art of using adorable Pokemon in competitive battle gather in this channel to discuss common threats, underrated movesets, and anything related to Little Cup. They're also a friendly group and would love to have you chat with them! #lol is a bit of misnomer, since it's the number one chat on Smogon to discuss Team Fortress 2! This FPS is adored by many of Smogon's regulars. So whether you're a scout or a heavy, make sure you drop on by to join this fun-loving community. #neverused is the best place to go if you're looking for in-depth conversation of Smogon's Neverused metagame. This diverse metagame features some intense competition and all of its regulars fight with pride and creativity. Check out this channel if you're interested in one of Smogon's most innovative tiers that has created both an enjoyable metagame and a lively forum culture. #orangeislands is one of the most relaxed channels you can find in all of Smogon University. Here, many of our casual players gather to discuss in-game experiences and events. From battling Bug Catcher Wade in Pokemon Silver to watching Pokemon movies as a group, this channel is all about enjoying the culture of Pokemon. It's a great place to take a break from the fast-paced competitive environment that Smogon is known for. #othermetas is the place to go if you're itching for something completely new and inventive. As the birth child of Smogon's Other Metagames forum, this channel is for discussing the delightful potpourri of newly-invented metagames that Smogon users create. Here, you can discuss metagames including Balanced Hackmons, 6-Move Battling, Middle Cup, and a host of other metagames. #pokemon is essentially the general meeting grounds for all things Pokemon related. Usually, discussion about competitive Pokemon takes places in this chat, but conversations can drift to pretty much any topic. This is the number one channel to join if you're a newcomer to Smogon. #rarelyused is the most relevant channel for discussing Smogon's RarelyUsed metagame. Christened as the "perpetual middle child" of Smogon's metagames, RU has an incredible amount of diversity to play with in its tier. It has a unique flavor for a metagame and all of the RU regulars are as intellectually intimidating as they are helpful and friendly. This is definitely the channel to check out if you're interested in a metagame experience that differs from the norm, in a good way. #ratemyteam is the best place to go if you're eager to discuss all things relating to Smogon's Rate My Team activities. If you're looking for some specific feedback on how you are doing as a team rater, you will certainly receive some meaningful feedback here. This channel features some intellectual discussion on topics such as teambuilding, team syngery, and team goals, among others. #ruinsofalph is the hallowed grounds for discussing our past metagames, which are all hosted in the Ruins of Alph. Don't assume that these metagames have dulled over the years; competitive is still intense and focused in these metagames. From old school RBY to the highly acclaimed DPP OU/UU metagames, you're in for a blast from the past if you check out this channel. #shinx is the off-shoot social channel of Pokemon Showdown! that is open to the public. In the undying words of simulator moderator Woodchuck, "Don't let #shinx's rivalry with the Showdown main chat intimidate you. If you have the guts, feel free to join and enjoy a more tightly-knit community -- without the spam and clutter of the PS! main chat." #showdown is where all discussion of Smogon's official battle simulator, Pokemon Showdown!, takes place. The PS! development team meets here to discuss technological issues and bug fixing. Feel free to join them in discussing the inner mechanics of our simulator; you're sure to learn quite a bit! #smeargle is the cultured art chat of Smogon; all of our great artists meet here. This is a great place to get feedback on your art pieces (whether it be Pokemon-related or otherwise) from Smogon's most famous artists. You can also pop into this channel if you have a general art request. #smogon is the hang-out location for many of Smogon's veterans. If you're a new user, it's advised that you only lurk this channel; if you fall into that category, you should check out #pokemon first. If you've been around Smogon for quite some time, you're sure to find some of your good friends in this channel. #smogonwifi is the optimal place to discuss Smogon's popular Wi-Fi forum. If you need some help on RNG specifically, this is the perfect location for you to ask such questions to Smogon's top brains in the field. Don't be fooled; this isn't the place to ask for requests (do so in this thread). #smogtube is where you ought to be headed if you're interested in Smogon's YouTube Channel. You can chat about recently uploaded videos here, as well as get tips on how to upload and create your own videos of competitive Pokemon battles. #TCG is the spot for chatting with Smogon's wheelin' and dealin' card sharks of the Trading Card Game forum here on Smogon. Many of the greatest minds in Pokemon card play meet here to discuss their decks, strategies, and newly released cards. Check it out if you have any interested in the popular TCG. #tf2 is, as you may have guessed, the place to discuss one of the most revolutionary games available for free: League of Legends! That's right, Smogon's League of Legends crew meet here to discuss their undying passion for the game. They're a bit of a fiery crowd, to say the least, but you've got a good shot of fitting in if you love either of these two games. #ubers is the rambunctious home of our most boisterous brawlers. Smogon's Ubers metagame is packed with powerhouses, and this channel follows suit. Come join the fray by duking it out with the most powerful Pokemon Smogon has to offer in this channel full of larger-than-life personalities. #vgc is the featured channel for all things related to VGC, which is The Pokémon Company International's official competitive video game tournament. This is a great location to request Pokemon for VGC-related events, which can also be discussed in Smogon's Wi-Fi forum. #warau is like a meatloaf: it's a big mixture that features a bit of everything, it weirds you out sometimes, but it will always remind you of good ol' home. Many of Smogon's regulars meet here to socialize and chat about Smogon in general. You can expect anything in here; it's more of a channel that you need to experience first hand, rather than something that can be described. It is the enigma of Smogon's IRC chats, so to speak. #yugioh is a great place to go if you're interested in the popular phenomenon that is Yu-Gi-Oh. The locals here are obviously very laid back, so swing on by if you want to get nostalgic about your childhood cartoon-watching and card-collecting memories that you hold so near and dear.