art by b-torterra
All pokemon have their base stats flipped. (HP/Atk/Def/SpA/SpD/Spe --> Spe/SpD/SpA/Def/Atk/HP)
In this metagame, everything's stats are rendered backwards. For example, in normal play, Sylveon has a statline of 95/65/65/110/130/60, but in Flipped it enters the field with 60/130/110/65/65/95, transforming it from a slow Calm Mind user to a physical attacking breaker.
Almost everything is reinvented in this meta. Slow walls are now glass cannons. High HP mons are now speed demons. Get ready for a meta where type conventions are new--Fighting types tend to be specially defensive, most Psychics have physical bulk, Rocks are special attackers, and so on. Not everything has the movepool to adapt, but for those that do, it's a wild new world.
Standard OM Clauses
Sleep Mod Clause
:King King's Rock
Questions & Answers
How are the stat changes applied?
The base stats are flipped, not the final calculated level 100 stats. This means that you should still apply EVs/IVs to the actual intended areas. If you want a max speed Choice Band Sylveon, you would still place EVs in speed and attack and give it a Jolly nature. The teambuilder won't display the Flipped stats, so the final values it shows won't be accurate, but when you start a battle you'll be operating on the Flipped stats with the applied investments. You can find the correct value of a final calculated stat using this damage calculator. We will compile speed tiers as the meta develops.
Is there a command in Pokemon Showdown for looking up the new statlines?
Yes. Enter "/flip [pokemon name]" if you don't want to read the base stats backwards.
Are items affected in any way?
No. Items function as normal. For instance, a choice band will increase the holder's newly acquired attack stat.
What happens with the HP of form-changing pokemon?
In normal play, some pokemon who can change form mid-battle acquire a new speed stat, which in this meta would result in a new HP--an event that cannot occur. This means that such form-changing pokemon will retain the HP of their base form, derived from the base form's original speed stat. In the current meta this only concerns Eiscue.
Is this playable?
Yes! Though so far we have only had a ladder during Leader's Choice/OMOTM, you can challenge other users to play Flipped games. Here is the challenge code:
/challenge gen9anythinggoes @@@ Flipped Mod, Standard OMs, Sleep Clause mod, Evasion Clause, -kings rock, -baton pass, -shell smash, -arena trap, -moody, -shadow tag, -miraidon, -koraidon, -azumarill, -blissey, -houndstone
Is there a Discord channel?
Yes, follow this link.
Gen 8 Flipped Discussion Forum
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