What is Balanced Hackmons?
(thanks Varrio for the banner)
(thanks Varrio for the banner)
From a technical standpoint, Balanced Hackmons (BH) is an Other Meta that allows you to use nearly anything possible that you can battle with in a local battle between players, in the most current cartridge.
Conceptually, BH is defined as a sandbox tier where one can use Pokemon to their fullest potential with normal restrictions being removed.
What makes it Balanced?
The removal of abilities, moves or Pokemon that focus the meta only around their use.
Highlights of BH Mechanics:
Here is but a sample of the cool things you can do in BH and nowhere else!
Note: The following is subject to the current banlist. Some mechanics may not be finalized on PS
- Mix and match mons in any of their usable forms in the game directly!
- Use (nearly) any Pokemon, Ability, move or item of your choice! If it's coded in the game, you can use it!
- Make use of Pokemon with maxed out EV's!
The banlist keeps the"Balanced" in Balanced Hackmons. Here's our banlist for the BH8 Ladder:
- OHKO Moves
- Double Iron Bash
- Shell Smash
- Bolt Beak
- Court Change
- Belly Drum
- Wonder Guard
- Pure / Huge Power
- Parental Bond
- Protean / Libero
- Shadow Tag / Arena Trap
- Water Bubble
- Innards Out
- Magnet Pull
- Neutralizing Gas
- Gorilla Tactics
- Intrepid Sword
|Nov 18, 2019||[Gen 8] Balanced Hackmons goes live on PokemonShowdown! Initial Banlist Decision Breakdown here|
|Nov 24, 2019||Creation of the Balanced Hackmons Council here|
|Nov 30, 2019||Gorilla Tactics QuickBanned here|
|Jan 27, 2020||Shedinja Banned via Suspect here|
|Jan 31, 2020||Double Quickban by BHC for Double Iron Bash and Zacian-Crowned here|
|Feb 28, 2020||Octolock Quickbanned by BHC here|
|Mar 13, 2020||Forme Clause implemented by BHC here. Further clarification of clause here|
|Mar 30, 2020||Dynamax Suspect results in DNB here|
|May 12, 2020||Shell Smash banned via suspect here|
|May 13, 2020||Psychic Surge has been unbanned by BHC here|
|Oct 29, 2020||Dynamax Clause implemented via Quickban by BHC here|
|Nov 8, 2020||Darmanitan-Galar-Zen Quickbanned by BHC here|
|Nov 28, 2020||Intrepid Sword Banned via Suspect here|
|Jan 11, 2021||Calyrex-Shadow Quickbanned by BHC here|
|Feb 28, 2021||Bolt Beak Banned and Glacial Lance remains via Suspect here|
|May 4, 2021||Cramorant-Gorging Quickbanned by BHC here|
|June 28, 2021||Rusted Sword Quickbanned by BHC here|
|Sept 13, 2021||Court Change Quickbanned by BHC here|
|Oct 14, 2021||Sleep Moves Clause Implemented via suspect test with votes here|
- ComaTalk Clause: Sleep Talk can't be run on a Pokemon with the Comatose ability
- Dynamax Clause: Dynamaxing is not allowed
- Endless Battle Clause: Forcing an endless battle is banned, similar to the rest of PS
- Evasion Moves Clause: No moves that can increase Evasion are allowed. This does not include abilities or items that may modify Evasion passively such as Sand Veil or Brightpowder
- Sleep Moves Clause: Moves that cause opposing Pokemon to fall asleep are not allowed. This excludes self-inflicted sleep or Comatose
- Forme Clause: You may only use one of each forme of a Pokemon on your team. (Example: you can use both Zamazenta and Zamazenta-Crowned on the same team)
- Rusted Sword
Note: Anything that is included in Gen 7's banlist that wasn't carried over into Gen 8 will be treated as "dormant banned" unless otherwise stated i.e. if these are to return, they will be automatically banned before going forward with new discussion.
- [Gen 8] Balanced Hackmons Central Resources Thread
- Sample Teams (in this thread)
- [Gen 7] Balanced Hackmons Ladder Thread
- [Gen 7] Balanced Hackmons Suspects and Bans Thread
- [Gen 7] Balanced Hackmons Central Resources Thread
- [Gen 6] Balanced Hackmons Ladder Thread
- [Gen 6] Balanced Hackmons Central
- [Gen 6] Balanced Hackmons Suspects and Bans Thread
- [Gen 5] Comprehensive Guide to Balanced Hackmons
- Balanced Hackmons: History (by verbatim)