Format and a lot of the OP stolen from the OU thread. Incredible artwork by ToxicPhox. Preface: Hi there UU! This project has been a popular one on Smogon a while, and I've decided to bring it to UU because it fits the tier to a 'T.' There are many Pokemon viable in the UU tier, stretching all the way down to NU, however the UU stats show a sharp drop off right after the tier boundary. There are a few Pokemon close to UU usage, but not nearly enough considering how many lower tier Pokemon are viable. So this project is intended to have users reach down into lower tiers and see what gems they can unearth. The Mission: The purpose of this project threefold. It should increase diversity in the UU metagame by encouraging the competitive use of great Pokemon that unfortunately fall on the lower end of usage. This project also aims to initiate discussion on how Dark Horse Pokemon fit in the context of the UU metagame. Finally, it should assist in the the sharing of unique team ideas and Pokemon sets to spark creativity into the competitive minds of the UU subforum. Let's begin. Rules: This project, simply put, aims at recognizing users who put forth the effort to create a competitively successful team that utilizes Pokemon that aren't often used in UU. Anyone with a Smogon account has a chance of reaching the Hall of Fame within this project. Here are the rules by which this project is run: Each team must use at least ONE Dark Horse Pokemon. The term "Dark Horse Pokemon" is defined by the past months stats. Anything below 4% usage is fair game. This means that a Pokemon can be tiered in UU and still be viable for this project! Only one Pokemon on your team has to be a Dark Horse Pokemon. The rest of your teammates, with the exceptions of Pokemon ranked as S shown here, can be found within any tier that is allowed within UU. The recommended number of Dark Horse Pokemon to register with is one, so that the user can focus specifically on that Pokemon and how to best build a team around it. Having more than one Dark Horse is perfectly fine of course, but please indicate that you are working with more than one. You MUST use a new Pokemon Showdown! Username in order to restart your ladder ranking. Furthermore, the Dark Horse Pokemon that you are working with must remain on your team throughout your ladder run. The members of your team may shift around whenever you see fit, but the Dark Horse Pokemon must remain the same. Switching your focused Dark Horse Pokemon within this topic is acceptable. However, you must restart on the ladder with a new Pokemon Showdown! Username. Please put all changes within your Registration Form. I update based on those forms, not individual posts randomly scattered throughout the topic. Do not start laddering for this project until you have registered within this topic. Please follow the rules. The Dark Horse Project isn't about being dishonest, it's about developing great teams for great Pokemon! As a result, cheaters will most likely end up being banned from the Hall of Fame. It is recommended that you post consistent ladder updates within your registration form. This will allow other users to see your progress and offer meaningful advice! Registration: You are eligible to register for the Dark Horse Project at any time of the month! The third post in this topic contains an index for easy access to all participants, so don't worry about your Registration Form getting lost in the sea of discussion. Get started by filling out the below form: Remember, your "Pokemon Showdown! Username" should be new so that your Dark Horse Pokemon will be starting from scratch. Your "Hall of Fame Standing" should be empty for right now. But once you're admitted into the Hall of Fame, feel free to update this part with links to your accomplishment! Feel free to utilize Pokemon sprites to add visualization to your registration posts. Really anything can go here. If you've made posts elsewhere or even a RMT, feel free to link to it there. Here's an example of what a registration post might look like: Registration Post Example (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Registration Post Example (open) Registration Post Example (close) Pokemon Showdown! Username: example.jpg Hall of Fame Standing: None as of yet! Dark Horse Pokemon Currently Working With: Golurk Current Ladder Standing: 1704 Here's the current Golurk set I'm working with: Golurk @ Leftovers Ability: Iron Fist EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD Adamant Nature (+Atk -SpA) - Substitute - Focus Punch - Ice Punch - Shadow Punch Once you've registered, you're all set to go! You can start teambuilding and laddering whenever you like. Feel free to update your registration posts whenever you like, whether it be with ladder ranking updates, your teammate selections, battle logs, sprites, or whatever you wish to do!