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Battle Tower Mk.VI



The central pillar of Battle-by-Post!
What is the Battle Tower?

Open to trainers one and all, the Battle Tower is the beating heart of BBP's battling ecosystem! Come here to try new strategies, to let off some steam, to arrange a truly strange battle, or to just enjoy the simple joy of competition!

This thread is for seeking casual matches in just about any format you can imagine. One player will post as a match seeker, proposing a ruleset and seeking an opponent. One or more other players will respond as match challenger, accepting the match until all of its teams are full. As this is happening, another player will respond as the referee for that match, if the original match seeker is participating as a battler.


How to Seek a Match

To seek a match, simply post here in this thread that you wish to do so.
You can look for one of the following Default Formats, or you can make your own.

Standard RulesBeginner RulesFlash Rules
Bring 5, Pick 3 Singles
48-hour DQ
Level 1 to 4 (Specify)
7-item Backpack
Half-Start Enabled
All other rules standard​
Bring 3, Pick 1 Singles
48-hour DQ
Level 0
6-item Backpack
Players may bring their starting items only.*
All other rules standard​
Bring 2, Pick 1
24-hour DQ
Level 1 to 4 (Specify)
3-item Backpack
0 Recoveries, 0 Chills
All other rules standard​
*The starting items are 1x:oran berry:Oran Berry, 1x:pecha berry:Pecha Berry, 1x:cheri berry:Cheri Berry,1x:rawst berry:Rawst Berry, 1x:muscle band:Muscle Band, and 1x:wise glasses:Wise Glasses​

If you use the Beginner Rules, with no changes, you don't have to pay any JC for your battle.

Custom Battles
If you want to customize your battle, you can do so in your match-seeking post. You'll define one or more of the rules listed below, based on what kind of battle you'd like to play in.
  • Match Format: (Default: Singles) Singles, Doubles, etc. How many Pokemon are on each team's field at a time.
  • Team Size: (Default: 3) How many Pokemon each trainer will use over the course of the battle.
  • Species Restriction: (Default: On) Allow ("off") or forbid ("on") having multiple Pokemon with the same starting Species and Forme in a team.
  • Selection Size: (Default: Team Size + 2) In most matches, trainers will send in more Pokemon than the Team Size. Some of their sent in Pokemon won't be used that battle.
  • Disqualification Time: (Default: 48hr) How long each user has to post, when it's their turn to post. This is enforced loosely in casual matches, but we do want matches to move at some pace.
  • Battle Level: (No default) What Level your Pokemon will fight at. Pokemon won't be allowed to use moves or Techniques that are earned at Levels higher than this value; and if the Battle Level is 1 or lower, they won't have their Hidden Ability in this battle. They'll keep their Nature and other features, however.
  • Substitution Count: (Default: Battle Level + 2, to a max of 4) How many substitutions trainers can order for each of their Pokemon.
  • Backpack Size: (Default: Team Size * 2 + 1) How many items each trainer will send to the battle.
  • Advanced Techniques: (Default: "All" if the Battle Level is 4, and "None" otherwise) If the battle level is 4, players should specify which Advanced Techniques are permitted, if any.
  • Arena: (Default: BBP Arena) If the battle has any special effects or rules, they should be assigned to the arena. You can write a flavor justification, if desired. Using arena effects, just about any match you can imagine can occur. Only these restrictions apply:
    • The arena can't give players Pokemon they don't own, including whatever loophole someone's picturing. (Auto-transforming into another Pokemon of the trainer's choice, for example.)
    • The arena can't up-level Pokemon into Levels that they have not earned. (Though this is enforced less strictly; an arena that allowed each Pokemon to gain Mega Evolution benefits a la this old-generation match would be permitted due to not being "just" a rental match.)
Match Format, Team Size, and Selection Size are often combined into a single format abbreviation, such as "b3p2 Doubles". This means "A Double Battle, where each team brings three Pokemon, and picks two of them for battle."

Any match rule with a default value will have that value, if left unspecified by the match seeker.

See 1.3 Match Rules in the handbook for more detailed breakdown of each match rule's function; as well as additional rules you can play with when seeking a match.

The handbook specifies allowed parameters for each rule, but you can deviate from them in your match seeking post if you desire. Be warned, though: If you do so you'll have to describe how the rules change affects your match, and unforeseen rules issues could arise.

Example: Liz posts seeking a Doubles match with "2.5" substitutions per Pokemon; meaning she wants each team to issue no more than five substitutions total to their Pokemon. Instead, she would be better served just specifying that she has customized the rule, and spelling out what she means in her match post.
When you post to seek a match, repost the Battle Queue from the post before you, adding your match. For each other player your match will need, post that user's name or that the slot is unfilled (with ???).

Once you're done, your match-seeking post might look like this:
Looking for a quick fight!

B3p1 Lv4 Singles

48hr DQ

Queue
B3 P1 Singles (LouisCyphre vs. ???, ref ???)
How to Challenge a Match

If you wish to challenge one or more matches posted by other players, simply post here in this thread with a @mention of that user, and indicate which role you'd like to fill in those matches.

If you are challenged specifically by another user, you still have to reply in this thread that you are accepting the challenge.

Any match rule that has no default value, not specified by the match seeker or another match challenger, may be specified by you.

When you post to challenge a match, repost the Battle Queue from the post before you, adding yourself to the match or matches in the queue that you are joining.

Once you're done, your match-challenging post might look like this:
I'll take you on, @LouisCyphre!

We'll use All Techniques, 4 Subs, 3 Item backpack.

Queue
B3 P1 Singles (LouisCyphre vs. LouisCyphre, ref ???)

How to Referee a Match

Just like challenging a match, you can become a match's referee by posting here in this thread that you will do so, and @mentioning each battler.

When you post to seek a match, you can make yourself the referee of that match instead of a participant if you desire. If you do, you'll be waiting for players to challenge your match as the battlers as normal.

Just like seeking or challenging, when you post to referee a match, you should repost the Battle Queue.

Once you're done, your match-refereeing post might look like this:
I'll take this match. Send in, @LouisCyphre and @LouisCyphre!

Queue
B3 P1 Singles (LouisCyphre vs. LouisCyphre, ref LouisCyphre)
(A full match with no open positions should be removed from the queue, typically. This is just an example.)


Starting your Match

Once all positions in the battle are filled, the battlers will privately message their Pokemon profiles and their chosen items to the referee. Using these, the referee will make the first post of the battle thread in the main BBP Forum, using the "Ongoing" tag.

If there are any match rules remaining that have no value specified, that don't have a default value; the referee must select those values as they create the battle thread. Make sure you set all of the match rules, lest you get an unpleasant surprise.

The referee will also create the first round's posting schedule, typically by having the Match Seeker issue orders to their Pokemon, and having each Match Challenger issue orders in the order that they signed up for the battle afterwards. Thus, this means that the Challengers and Seeker will send out and equip their first Pokemon in reverse order.

Example: Isaac and Madeleine accept Liz's free-for-all match, in order. Once the battle starts Madeleine will send out her Pokemon first, then Isaac. Liz will send out her Pokemon last, and will issue orders first. After she does, Isaac will issue orders, then Madeleine, and then the referee will process the round.

Any number of stipulations can change this initial order—most commonly, by requesting that the first post schedule be sorted randomly—so pay close attention to the rules of the match you're posting!


Alternative Casual Matches
In addition to playing just about any kind of battle, players may also arrange casual Pokemon Contests in this thread.

To do so, you'll need a referee and three entrants. Instead of the [Ongoing] forum tag, the thread will be made with the [Contests] tag.

The entry cost for casual Contests organized in this thread is the same as casual battles: 2 JC from each entered player.

Instead of any usual Contest rewards, players will earn rewards as if they participated in a 1-Pokemon casual battle, and the referee will earn rewards as if they had reffed a 1v1v1 casual battle.
 
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Battle Tower Rewards
For a casual match, each participant will receive an amount of :rare candy:TC and :amulet coin:RC as progress rewards, and will spend or earn :tea:JC.
  • Battle Size: The number of Pokemon that were sent out, by whichever team sent the least.
  • Team Size: The maximum number of Pokemon each team is allowed to send out.
  • Level Bonus: Half of the Level of the highest-Level Pokemon that was sent out, rounded up.
PlayersReferees
:rare candy:TC: Battle Size + Level Bonus
:amulet coin:RC: Battle Size + Level Bonus + 1
:tea:JC Cost: 1 + Team Size
● JC Cost for Beginner Battles: Free.​
● JC Cost for referee-players: Free.​
:rare candy:TC: None.
● TC for player-referees: Battle Size + Level Bonus​
:amulet coin:RC: Battle Size + Level Bonus + 1
:tea:JC Pay: Total JC Paid by non-referee players, to a maximum of 8
● JC Pay for Beginner Battles: 6 JC, instead​

When a player finishes their first Beginner Battle, whether they won or lost, they are awarded 20 JC.

A "referee-player" is, of course, a referee who is also playing a team in the battle. This is often called "self-reffing".

Level-Up: Each player may select one of their Level 0 Pokemon, whether or not they entered play, to promote to Level 1.
(Level 0 Pokemon can also be promoted by spending 1 TC in the Prize Claim thread.)​

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Battle Tower Mk.IV
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TheEver

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Match Type: Singles
Team Size: 3
Selection Size: 5
Step Count: 3
Disqualification Time: 48 Hours, Lenient
Battle Level: 1
Substitution Count: 4
Recovery Count: 2
Chill Count: 5
Switching Method: On
Ability Count: All
Advanced Techniques: None
Backpack Size: 7
Arena: BBP Arena
First Sendout: Random

Let's fight.

(I assume the cutting the queue thing still warrants a post here? Either way not bringing over that emblem battle.)

Queue:
TheEver vs ??? (Lv1 B5P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
 

TheEver

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Match Type: Singles
Team Size: 3
Selection Size: 5
Step Count: 3
Disqualification Time: 48 Hours, Lenient
Battle Level: 4
Substitution Count: 4
Recovery Count: 2
Chill Count: 5
Switching Method: On
Ability Count: All
Advanced Techniques: None
Backpack Size: 7
Arena: BBP Arena
First Sendout: Random

Let's fight, this time with Level 4 mons.

Queue:
TheEver vs ??? (Lv4 B5P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
 
Match Type: Singles
Team Size: 3
Selection Size: 3
Step Count: 3
Disqualification Time: .
Battle Level: 2
Substitution Count: 3
Recovery Count: 2
Chill Count: 5
Switching Method: On
Ability Count: All
Advanced Techniques: None
Backpack Size: 7
Arena: BBP Arena
First Sendout: Random

Queue:
TheEver vs ??? (Lv4 B5P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
Leethoof vs ??? (Lv2 B3P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
 

Novax

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Match Type: Singles
Team Size: 3
Selection Size: 3
Battle Level: 0

Queue
TheEver vs ??? (Lv4 B5P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
Snarguffle vs TheEver (Lv1 B3P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
Pratik vs ??? (Lv 0 B3P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
 
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Who'll help me break in my new Gen IX profiles?

3v3 B5P3 Level 3 Singles
All Abilities
3 Steps per Round
Items: ON
4 Substitutions
Switch=OK
5 Chills / 2 Recoveries
48-Hour DQ
BBP Arena
Backpack: 7
Special: First order determined by coinflip

Also, reffing Snarguffle vs TheEver; send in when ready.

Queue:
TheEver vs ??? (Lv4 B5P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
SKIPPERGAMEZ vs ??? (Lv0 B3P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
P2X7 vs ??? (Lv2 B3P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
 
I'll throw up two battles, acceptor can choose the level and singles/doubles

I'll also ref SKIPPERGAMEZ and pratik2007, send in your mons!

Match Type: Singles/Doubles
Team Size: 3
Selection Size: 3
Battle Level: 0/1

Queue:
TheEver vs ??? (Lv4 B5P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
P2X7 vs ??? (Lv2 B3P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
Gemini Taurus vs ??? (Lv0/1 B3P3 Singles/Doubles) [Ref: ???]
Gemini Taurus vs ??? (Lv0/1 B3P3 Singles/Doubles) [Ref: ???]
 
I’ll battle Gem’s second slot with level 0 singles
Also, I’ll ref P2X7’s battle whenever they get a challenger

Queue:
TheEver vs ??? (Lv4 B5P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
P2X7 vs ??? (Lv2 B3P3 Singles) [Ref: SKIPPERGAMEZ]
Gemini Taurus vs SKIPPERGAMEZ (Lv0 B3P3 Singles) [Ref: ???]
 

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