CAP 1 Smogon's First "Create a Pokemon": Reflections, Opinions, and Closing

Are You Satisfied with how the First "Create A Pokemon" Turned Out?

  • Yeah, I felt it was handled really well

    Votes: 147 42.5%
  • Well, it was alright, but a few changes need to be made

    Votes: 106 30.6%
  • No, I hated it

    Votes: 19 5.5%
  • I really liked it, but I think the pokemon is broken, so I'm going to be stupid and say no

    Votes: 43 12.4%
  • "Create A Pokemon?"

    Votes: 31 9.0%

  • Total voters
    346
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KoA

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I found Tail Glow to actually be not that excellent. Sure, it can have high reward, but you need a Sash just to pull one off and at that point, any priority attack/ sand will wipe you out. :(

Bullet Punch Usage will greatly increase.
 

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I've been going through all the battle logs from today. Over 60 battles occurred today! Syclant's frailty seems to limit it from being too dominant. Lots of Syclants tried to stat-up today and got pounded as a result. There were some late game sweeps too, so Syclant is definitely something to fear. I'm looking foward to some warstories. I think Sunday is writing one tomorrow.

I moved the server to a permanant machine. It still isn't showing up in the server list automatically. I've requested that it be listed on the permanent Shoddy list. Hopefully, Colin will add it soon. If anybody knows Colin, politely beg him to list our server quickly. I'm really getting sick of typing in the connection info. I'd also like to be able to see how many people are connected without logging in.

I'm working on an .EXE wrapper for the sprite loader. If I'm successful, it should work for Windows and Mac users. Just run the file like every other program. I hope to complete that tomorrow.

Otherwise, the first full day of Syclant testing has been very successful IMO! Lots of battles and good chats. Thanks to everyone who has signed in and helped test this thing out.
 

Sunday

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I'm finishing off the warstory now doug :) Although I don't think it was the best display of SYclants power it was definatly a truthfull display of Compoundeyes and how much Residual damage racks up.
 

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After a several hours of digging, I discovered that my mods were built on an old version of Shoddy source code. I don't know how I got the old version, but I did. That explains some of the mysterious D/C's. It also explains why the server isn't listed. It probably explains why you can't use an existing team. I'm a little amazed it ran at all.

I've ported all the changes to the new version. I'll do some new builds and tests tomorrow.
 

eric the espeon

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sorry darkie. im not to good with those.

umbrelarva can you add heatran to the counters list? it 4x resists both syclants STABS and can ko with a fire attack.
maybe put HP electric over focus blast rarther than bug buzz?
on the second set (mixant) can you put that earth power canot be used with superpower.
on the forth set (SpecsSycle) ether remove superpower or add another option over earth power, as you cant use them together.
i think U-turn should be over BB not x-sissor on swordsant you dont want to have to switch out if you have a SD and want to use your STAB.

also great work DJD, and KoA hows the babe sprite going? i want to see it/use it in UU. (if i ever learn UU). nice warstory LS, mines comeing soonish.
 

KoA

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Yeah, you'd have to be positive that it's a Tail Glow Ant for Heatran to be a guaranteed counter. Even then, Focus Blast still hurts a ton.
 

Sunday

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Some peoples edits were very low quality indeed. Eric, I'm glaring at you right now TBH. Umbrelava on the other hand I would like to thanks for his high quality sugestions where necesary.

[SET]
name: Mixant
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Bug buzz
move 3: Brick Break
move 4: Substitute / Tail Glow
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
ability: Mountaineer
nature: Naive / Rash
evs: 200 Atk/ 56 Satk / 252 Spd

[SET COMMENTS]
Syclant has the ability to tear through many of the most common walls in D/P. Ice Beam is a great STAB in the OU Metagame which is the only one you will see Syclant playing in. Brick Break deals with Blissey and will 2HKO 90% of the time. Bug buzz provides a strong STAB that deals with many opponents. Substitute can be used if you do not want to risk mispredicting, which will often force Syclant to switch out. It is also useful to absorb Thunder Waves from Blissey and Cresselia. Focus Sash can be used to garuntee you get at least one Tail Glow in, but is best used with Weather support from Abomasnow.

If you do use Substitute than Superpower becomes an option over Brick Break as it can 2HKO Blissey with less EVs, but it does not allow for repeated hits.


[SET]
name: Swords Ant
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Ice Shard / Ice Punch
move 3: X-Scissor / U-Turn
move 4: Brick Break / U-Turn
item: Life Orb / Expert Belt
ability: Mountaineer
nature: Adamant / Jolly
evs: 4 Def / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

[SET COMMENTS]
This is a full physical version of Syclant. It's attack reaches astronomical levels after a Swords Dance. Ice Shard takes care of anything that thinks it can switch in on the Swords Dance and out speed for a KO. Ice Punch provides a more reliable Ice STAB.

Fire fang, Thunder fang, Stone edge, Night slash or Shadow claw could be used over Brick Break. Fire fang dents Forretress, who would otherwise wall you, after a SD. Thunder fang is your best bet against Gyarados. Stone edge (or Rock slide if you don’t like the poor accuracy and want to take advantage of the flinch chance) has great coverage and can 1HKO some Pokemon you would otherwise have problems with after a Swords Dance. Night slash or Shadow claw can beat down Dusknoir. Superpower is not an option on this set as the attack drop conflicts with Sword Dance.


[SET]
name: SpecsSycle
move 1: Ice Beam / Blizzard
move 2: Bug buzz
move 3: Super Power / Focus Blast
move 4: Earth Power
item: Choice Specs
ability: Mountaineer / Compound Eyes
nature: Rash / Timid / Modest
evs: 4 Def / 252 Satk / 252 Spd

[SET COMMENTS]
This set has the ability to do massage damage to most of the OU metagame, provided you predict right. If you run the low accuracy Blizzard and Focus Blast then use the Compound Eyes ability with heavy Rapid Spin support, as Syclant wants to have the ability to switch in and out freely with this set. If you don't want such a high-maintenance Poke than run Mountaineer, Super Power and Ice beam allows you to still dent Blissey and also be immune to SR. Keep in mind that only Modest Nature and Focus Blast are able to 2HKO without SR.


[Other Options]
Stone Edge is a good option for dealing with the likes of Moltres and Articuno. Superpower is unable to 1HKO Blissey even with max Atk, so isn't of much note other than on the Choice Specs set, or to 2HKO with less EVs. Thunder Fang and Earth Power will 1HKO Gyarados and Heatran respectively, but don't be tempted to use them on anything that isn't 4x weak as unresisted STAB Blizzard or Bug buzz will usually do more. Most of the time its incredibly powereful STABs will cover it better than a single attack that hits Super Effective against a certain Poke. Choice Band is also an option if you don’t want to have to set up your Physical sweeper, but Syclant isn't build for repeated switch ins. Choice Scarf makes it a decent lead, but be sure to max the Atk stats as much as possible.


[EVs]
Neutral Natured Syclant with max Atk and Life Orb is never guaranteed to 2HKO Blissey with Break Break, but 200 EVs Provide a very reasonable chance and a guaranteed KO with SR in play. Any EVs Leftover from your main form of offence should go into Spd. Always make sure that Syclant can survive two switch ins to SR if running Compound Eyes. This means NEVER give it four Hp EVs. Either eight or none.


[Opinion]
Syclant can tear through some of D/P's prestige walls, but is extremely high maintenance. Its typing is a mixed bag. It has two wonderful STABs for an offensive Poke, but is hindered by a horrible SR weakness. Mountaineer takes care of this, but leaves it using a weaker STAB. If you can keep Syclant in good condition then it will be a great asset to your team.

In order to survive, Syclant relies on its extremely powerful and accurate STAB moves and its impunity to Stealth Rock. Taking either one of these away will weaken it significantly. If it is running the Compound Eyes ability, an opponent that can use Stealth Rock and prevent them from being spun away will stop Syclant in its tracks. If Syclant is using Abomasnow's hail for 100% Acc Blizzard then your own weather changer will hinder it.


[Counters]
Metagross and not be KO'd by anything bar a boosted Earth Power, and can 1HKO in responce with Bullet Punch. Tentacruel is a good overall counter, but dies if Syclant is carrying Earth Power. Heatran can come in on the STABs and 1HKO if it's scarfed, but does not fare well against Brick Break of the previously mentioned Earth Power. Blissey is a good counter to the Spec set. Against the Mixant set, Blissey can come in on anything other than Brick Break and Substitute and can 1HKO Syclant with Flamethrower, or use a status move like Sing or Thunderwave. Priority moves, expecially Bullet Punch which Syclant is weak to, or Pokes that outspeed Syclant can deal very heavy damage once they get in.
 

eric the espeon

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Some peoples edits were very low quality indeed. Eric, I'm glaring at you right now TBH.
sorry, it was very rushed rushed. i will do better next time.

I use a scarf heatran as a syclant counter, it outspeeds and kos with fire blast. most/almost all people use a STAB move first so it can switch in with ease.

What about Bronzong as a counter? it resists blizzard and can take anything but a TG boosted bug buzz.

Suicune, Milotic and some very bulky waters work well as a counters, though they are not the best. They resists blizzard and can take most other moves decently.

Fast, or scarfed, fire types could work well as counters, if they avoid switching in on EP/FB.

If it lacks mountineer haveing Stelth Rock up and forceing it to switch out often will often lead to it KOing its self.

Steels that do not have a second type weak to bug or ice can switc in decently, however EP or FB will end them unless the are faster or carry a priority move.
 

Sunday

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That's alright, just post your main points if you're in a hurry next time ^_^

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Bronzong is 2HKO by Bug Buzz, being a STAB this isn't a great counter.

Heatran, while weak to Brick Break and Earth Power, is decent.

Mountaineer is now the standard on all spreads as tbh it's easily the preferable choice.

Just realised having U-turn as your only bug move on the SD set would be silly, so I moved it back the / Brick Break.
 

eric the espeon

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LS what about bulky waters as counters?

i realy think te Tail Glow and Mixed sets need diferent analysis. they play compleatly diferently, have diferent ev spreads, diferent moves.
Pure tail Glow (without BB/Superpower) is walled by blissey, but takes everything else very well. Compoundeyes works fine on the pute tail glow set aswell it helps with FB and Blizzard, but rapid spin support is needed.

this is the set:

move 1: Tail Glow
move 2: Bug Buzz
move 3: Focus Blast / Hidden Power Electric
move 4: Blizzard / Ice Beam
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
ability: Compound Eyes / Mountineer
nature: Timid
evs: 252 Satk / 4 Defense / 252 Speed

i am sure you can write a better set comments then me, but i will if you dont want to.

mixant should look something like this:

[SET]
name: Mixant
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Bug buzz / X-Sicssor
move 3: Brick Break / Superpower
move 4: Substitute / Earth power / More options? Taunt?
item: Life Orb
ability: Mountaineer
nature: Naive / Rash
evs: 200 Atk/ 56 Satk / 252 Spd or 4 Defence/252 sp. attack/252 speed (if it can 2ko bliss with Superpower)
 

eric the espeon

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GC92: EB only increses the power by 20%, and only if it his super efective, syclant does not have amazing covarage, and needs the power.

maybe a mention in other options though?
 
Is someone could instruct me on how to do some damage calcs for Ant, I'd be interested in trying to create a more bulky Ant (crazy, I know). Also, I'm going to edit the server data into the first post in a minute or two.

EDIT: Also, anyone who has a good warstory involving Syclant, please send me the raw text over PM. I'm going to compile the best in the e-mail to Nintendo, which is now a visible option. Note that you don't need to win the battle for it to be good; a good battle only needs to showcase Syclant in action. For example, in a recent battle I OHKOed Ant with a Critical Hit Suicune Surf as it was SDing. That is not a good battle. But if Ant succeeded in downing half your team before you got lucky with Sandveil hax, that is a good battle.
 
Actually, we would probably wan tsome stories where it was immediatly shut down, or Nintendo will place it in Ubers.
Nintendo isn't responsible for tiers. That is up to the gaming communities. Note how some forums don't trust smogon's tier analyses? Nintendo basically gives us the game and leaves the rest up to us.
 
Oh. Damn, I never knew that. So basically, we make it, they accpet and it is automatically OU? Then wedo some testing and find it to be Uber? Something along those lines?

Edit: I still believe some losses should be included so Nintendo doesn't reject it right away saying it is too good. Maybe some with it sweeping a whole team, taking no DMG other than Lo, and then some random Pokemon, A Water type preferably, comes along and OHKOs it.
 
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