Championship - Type B Ketchum Cup - Round 1

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Ketchum Cup

You've all seen them on the ladder: Ash teams. No matter what tier you're playing, some poor schmuck will be running Pikachu, Charizard, Greninja, or whatever. Rarely do they have competitive movesets, many don't have items, hell, some of them don't even bother to give them EVs. You have a laugh at their expense, take your Elo boost, and move on. But sometimes you think, "I could show this guy how to build a real Ash team."

Well, that's where the Ketchum Cup comes in. In the Ketchum Cup, all Pokemon used must be an "Ashmon". For the purposes of this tournament, an Ashmon is any Pokemon that satisfies at least one of the following:
  • Any Pokemon that Ash Ketchum has owned at any point in the (Japanese) anime, including those he has captured and then released, traded away, given away, etc.
  • Any Pokemon related by evolution to the above, even if Ash hasn't actually owned one (e.g., Raichu)
  • Any alternate forms of the above (includes megas, Ash-Greninja, Alola forms, etc.)
  • Additionally, all Ashmons must be obtainable in Sun and Moon. Events count.

For the purposes of the Ketchum Cup, Pokemon that Ash has borrowed, taken care of temporarily, etc., are not considered Ashmons, and are therefore not eligible. For example, Ash briefly traveled with a Haunter and used it to obtain a badge from Sabrina, then gave it to her, but he never actually owned it, so it isn't an Ashmon (and, by extension, Gastly and Gengar are not Ashmons, either).

A list of Ashmons, with reasoning for their inclusion if it is not obvious, is included below. I got this list here.

Pikachu and family (includes Alolan Raichu and Pikachu in a cap, but not Cosplay Pikachu, as it is unobtainable in Sun and Moon)
Rowlet and family
Rockruff and family (includes both forms of Lycanroc)
Litten and family
Bulbasaur and family (includes Mega Venusaur)
Charmander and family (includes both Mega Charizards)
Krabby and family
Muk and family (includes Alolan forms)
Snorlax and family
Heracross (Heracronite is not allowed until round 2)
Chikorita and family
Cyndaquil and family
Totodile and family
Noctowl and family (if you use Noctowl, it does not have to be Shiny, by the way)
Phanpy and family
Taillow and family
Treecko and family (Sceptilite is not currently available in SM, but it will be at some point)
Corphish and family
Snorunt and family (includes Froslass and Mega Glalie)
Starly and family
Turtwig and family
Chimchar and family
Buizel and family
Gligar and family
Gible and family (includes Mega Garchomp)
Pidove and family
Snivy and family
Tepig and family
Oshawott and family
Scraggy and family
Sewaddle and family
Palpitoad and family
Roggenrola and family
Sandile and family
Fletchling and family
Noibat and family
Squirtle and family (Squirtle is in training; includes Mega Blastoise)
Primeape and family (Primeape is in training)
Caterpie and family (Butterfree was released)
Pidgeotto and family (Pidgeot was released; includes Mega Pidgeot)
Lapras (was released)
Goomy and family (Goodra was released)
Froakie and family (Greninja was released; includes Ash-Greninja)
Raticate and family (Ash traded his Butterfree for it, then traded it back; includes Alolan forms)
Aipom and family (Ash caught Aipom and traded it to Dawn)
Beedrill and family (Ash caught one, then gave it to Casey; includes Mega Beedrill)

If there are any changes to the list, they will go into effect during the next round. if you are not sure why a certain Pokemon was not included, ask me, preferably in this thread.

Rules: (tl;dr read the bold stuff)
  • Tournament Rules and General Guidelines
  • Battles are SM OU rules unless otherwise noted, best of one.
  • All Pokemon used in the tournament must be Ashmons, as outlined above.
  • Anything legal in SM is fair game (Mega Stones, Z-Crystals, etc.) as long as it follows the other rules.
  • Battles should preferably take place on PS, although PO is fine by me if both players agree.
  • Replays and/or logs are not required, but they are encouraged so a) we can see your creativity when it comes to making Ash teams and b) so I can make sure you're following the rules.
  • This is a Type B tournament. Smogon Championship points are below.

Good luck, and have fun!


vs Ban ponyta
UltraBallz vs Holiano
senpie vs Marshall.Law
vs -herO-
Empo vs Vai Lusa
Clyde Frog 53
vs Velvet Blood
Alloy vs Doctor_DraX
p2 vs Will-I-am
Omicron (aka Rakan) vs Hassin627
Brancus vs Eternal Spirit
vs dragonuser
Bronto Burt 2 vs Superhaven
Drud vs OminousDraco
HSA vs matthewc20090
blazenix vs King
Asek vs Hec
Hamhamhamham vs The Alio
Bengsu vs MiyoKa
Bro Kappa
vs Melle2402
Corrin vs Level 56
Marcop vs byronthewellwell
Casparov vs vsomani
vs Acsel
Skarmx2 vs Mizuhime
vs Corazan..
MetalGro$$ vs JeromeSeiko
vs insult
Finchinator vs HaxBro.K
Barge vs double switches
Plasmagby vs suapah
Hayburner vs Astoria

Deadline for Round 1 is May 23 at 11:59 pm EDT.


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Heracronite has been released, but per precedent, it will not be allowed this round. It will be allowed starting round 2. The OP has been updated to reflect this.

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