RMT Rules & Guidelines [MUST READ BEFORE POSTING AN RMT]

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This thread contains the general RMT rules along with useful resources and guidelines that will help make your RMT detailed, concise and a more pleasant reading experience, which goes a long way towards attracting the attention of team raters and viewers.

Here is an excellent tool that will convert an importable version of your team into a BBcode-formatted RMT thread. All you have to do is paste your team in, select some formatting options, write the descriptions for your Pokemon and then post your RMT! You don't need to worry about any formatting work; the tool takes care of all of it. It includes ready-made images and lists all the sections relevant to RMT threads, such as the teambuilding process, threatlist and each Pokemon's role. There are several formatting options as well for you to choose from. All credit to Nineage and TheFenderStory for building this!

Here is an in-depth manual by Tangerine on how to effectively write an RMT. It covers every aspect that you should consider before posting your team, and following the guidelines listed will give you all the essentials necessary to help you get the most out of your RMT experience. In particular:
  • PLAY WITH YOUR TEAM BEFORE PUTTING IT UP FOR RATE. We as a community cannot emphasize this enough. No one wants to rate the team that you freshly created while eating breakfast or the gimmick you randomly put together. We as a community want teams that have been battle tested so that the obvious flaws have been hammered out. Make a team, stick with it, play for it for a while, and then come back and ask for help.
  • IF YOU'RE NEW TO COMPETITIVE BATTLING, LEARN THE GAME AND LURK MORE. Rushing over to the RMT forum for help might not be the best solution. Many other teams require complete overhaul because the poster has little idea what they may be doing. Posting the team is then a fruitless endeavour - instead, sign up for the Apprentice Program or take the time to better learn the game on your own.
  • BE DESCRIPTIVE. BE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE. If we don't know how your team works, we can only assume things about your team - and that does not lead to good rates. The more descriptive you are about your teams and your weaknesses and what you would like for your team, the more effectively we as raters can help you. Tell us how each member contributes. You can do this by telling us why you chose a specific Pokemon and how it contributes to the overall picture.
Happy posting!

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Here are the basic rules that you must read before posting an RMT. These are the bare minimum guidelines that you need to stick to. Not following them will result in a moderator locking your thread:

RMT Rules
Credit to dragonuser for the original thread

If you're wondering where you should post your team, here are the tiers accepted in each forum:
SM OU Teams: Any SM team that is OU.
SM Other Teams: Any SM team that is not OU.
Past Gen Teams: Any RBY, GSC, ADV, DPP, BW, or ORAS team for the following tiers: Ubers, OU, UU, RU, NU, LC, Doubles.

Please follow these simple rules when making a RMT:

#1. Don't post incomplete teams - this means having all six Pokemon with EV spreads and moves.

#2. Make sure your team is competitive, and play with your team before putting it up for rate. We as a community want teams that have been battle tested so that the obvious flaws have been hammered out. This is particularly because just by playing with a team, you yourself can figure out what is wrong with your team. You don't need other people to help you quite yet - and to be blunt, you're just being lazy or have the wrong idea of what the RMT forum is if you're posting teams you spent fifteen minutes creating. Make a team, stick with it, play for it for a while, and then come back and ask for help. We’re not going to make perfect teams for you.

#3. Learn the game and lurk more if you are inexperienced. While many of the teams require a complete overhaul simply because the team has not been tested, many other teams require complete overhaul because the team maker has little idea what they may be doing. Posting the team is then a fruitless endeavour - instead sign up for the Apprentice Program or take the time to better learn the game on your own.

#4. Be descriptive. Be as detailed as possible. Each Pokémon on your team should have a small paragraph describing these 3 things: 1) A reason for choosing that Pokémon, 2) the Pokémon's role on the team, and 3) a short description of its set. Don't forget to mention exactly what your Pokémon brings to the team. Here are examples of what to do, and what not to do:
Jirachi @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Serene Grace
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Iron Head
- Ice Punch
- U-turn
- Healing Wish

I decided to use Jirachi because I needed a Steel type and a Revenge Killer for my team. [1] It's my only Fairy resist, being able to switch into stuff like Gardevoir. It also handles fast threats that my team would otherwise have issues with. [2] Ice Punch is needed to revenge-kill DD Dragonite who is a massive threat to my team. Healing Wish provides my team valuable support, and the Scarf is needed so that Jirachi can revenge-kill various threats. [3]

Jirachi @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Serene Grace
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Iron Head
- Ice Punch
- U-turn
- Healing Wish

Jirachi is my favourite Pokemon. [1] It can sweep a lot of unprepared teams. [2] Iron Head for STAB, Ice Punch for coverage, U-turn for scouting, Healing Wish for support. [3]

We recommend at least three lines of description for each Pokemon. Having three lines is not absolutely mandatory, but it's a good guideline to gauge if you have written enough or not.

#5. Use a readable format (PO or PS importable are good) and layout (no annoying fonts, colours etc). Images are not necessary, but definitely help make your RMT more attractive for raters to read. Here is a comprehensive list of image resources and instructions on how to include images in your RMT:
Credit to Trinitrotoluene for the links
image links:

3d pokémon models, front, normal (compressed): http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/xyani/
3d pokemon models, back, normal (compressed): http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/xyani-back/
3d pokémon models, front, normal (uncompressed): http://www.pkparaiso.com/xy/sprites_pokemon.php
3d pokémon models, back, normal (uncompressed): http://www.pkparaiso.com/xy/sprites_pokemon_espalda.php

3d pokémon models, front, shiny (compressed): http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/xyani-shiny/
3d pokémon models, back, shiny (compressed): http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/xyani-back-shiny/
3d pokémon models, front, shiny (uncompressed): http://www.pkparaiso.com/xy/sprites_pokemon_variocolores.php
3d pokémon models, back, shiny (uncompressed):http://www.pkparaiso.com/xy/sprites_pokemon_variocolores_espalda.php

3d oras mega evolution models, front, normal (uncompressed): http://www.pkparaiso.com/rubi-omega-zafiro-alfa/sprites_pokemon.php
3d oras mega evolution models, back, normal (uncompressed): http://www.pkparaiso.com/rubi-omega-zafiro-alfa/sprites_pokemon_espalda.php
3d oras mega evolution models, front, shiny (uncompressed): http://www.pkparaiso.com/rubi-omega-zafiro-alfa/sprites_pokemon_variocolores.php
3d oras mega evolution models, back, shiny (uncompressed): http://www.pkparaiso.com/rubi-omega-zafiro-alfa/sprites_pokemon_variocolores_espalda.php

other models and ones from previous gens: http://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/
minisprites, static xy models, bw [+ previous gen.] sprites, sugimori art (+ dream world art): http://pldh.net/dex/sprites/index
instructions on how to access sprites are in the link.

pokesho sprites, alternative source for static xy models, bw (+previous gen.) sprites, sugimori art (+ dream world art): http://www.pokestadium.com/tools/sprites

smogon's pokémon x/y sprite project: http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/xy-sprite-project-read-1st-post-pixel-perfect.3486712/

note1:

uncompressed = model has full color palette; image filesizes are larger
compressed = color palette reduced to 16 colors at most; image filesizes are smaller; better for people who have limited internet access

note2:

compressed 3d oras mega evolution models can be found in the links for the compressed pokemon models.

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how to get an image onto your rmt in the rich text post editor (images by user: trinitrotoluene; operating system on display: os x):
  1. right-click (windows) / control+click (os x) the image you want. image
  2. select the "copy image url" option that appears on the drop-down menu that appears. image
  3. after doing this, return to the post editor window. in the post editor window, click on the icon in the toolbar that looks like a picture of a mountain. image
  4. you will be given a prompt that allows you to paste an image url. image
  5. paste your image url in the prompt. image
once that is done, your image should appear in the rich text editor window like this!

Here are a couple of sample RMT formats you can follow when posting your team:
Credit to Trinitrotoluene
remember that rmt format can vary quite a bit from each individual user. the sample rmt formats given here reflect basic formats that you can use and modify as you see fit. for people that just want to get their teams out there, these should suffice.

standard ver. 1: http://pastebin.com/huknU4wd

Introduction

This is a sample team used to showcase how this format will look like once it's completely filled out.

The Team


Delibird @ Choice Band
Ability: Hustle
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Ice Punch
- Ice Shard
- Aerial Ace
- Rapid Spin

Delibird is the best spinner in the game, and the team needs a spinner! He can also also 2hko pdef Hippowdon with Ice Punch.


Ampharos @ Leftovers
Ability: Static
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 Def
- Discharge
- Volt Switch
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Protect

Ampharos is the best special wall.


Grumpig @ Choice Specs
Ability: Thick Fat
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe
- Trick
- Calm Mind
- Psyshock
- Hidden Power [Fire]

Come in and CM as they scout the Trick. Then the next time you come in, they'll go straight to Chansey and won't expect the Trick at all! Then you can CM up and own!


Hippopotas @ Eviolite
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
Impish Nature
- Earthquake
- Stealth Rock
- Whirlwind
- Slack Off

A strong physical wall to counter powerful pokemon like Medicham.


Rotom @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 64 HP / 192 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Shadow Ball
- Substitute
- Pain Split

A spinblocker so that our Spikes and Toxic Spikes aren't removed.


Snorlax @ Leftovers
Ability: Thick Fat
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpD
Sassy Nature
- Body Slam
- Surf
- Incinerate
- Protect

Sornlax fucking owns.

Conclusion

This still is a sample team used to showcase how this format will look like once it's completely filled out.
not much to say here. this format is minimalistic, clean, and gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself and the team a bit. as a bonus, it's easy on the eyes.

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standard ver. 2: http://pastebin.com/BBdvBm47
RMT Title

Introduction

This is a sample team used to showcase how this format will look like once it's completely filled out.

Teambuilding Process

This is a sample teambuilding process.

The Team


Delibird @ Choice Band
Ability: Hustle
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Ice Punch
- Ice Shard
- Aerial Ace
- Rapid Spin

Delibird is the best spinner in the game, and the team needs a spinner! He can also also 2hko pdef Hippowdon with Ice Punch.


Ampharos @ Leftovers
Ability: Static
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 Def
- Discharge
- Volt Switch
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Protect

Ampharos is the best special wall.


Grumpig @ Choice Specs
Ability: Thick Fat
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe
- Trick
- Calm Mind
- Psyshock
- Hidden Power [Fire]

Come in and CM as they scout the Trick. Then the next time you come in, they'll go straight to Chansey and won't expect the Trick at all! Then you can CM up and own!


Hippopotas @ Eviolite
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
Impish Nature
- Earthquake
- Stealth Rock
- Whirlwind
- Slack Off

A strong physical wall to counter powerful pokemon like Medicham.


Rotom @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 64 HP / 192 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Shadow Ball
- Substitute
- Pain Split

A spinblocker so that our Spikes and Toxic Spikes aren't removed.


Snorlax @ Leftovers
Ability: Thick Fat
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpD
Sassy Nature
- Body Slam
- Surf
- Incinerate
- Protect

Sornlax fucking owns.

Conclusion

This still is a sample team used to showcase how this format will look like once it's completely filled out.​
this is similar to the first format, but it is center-aligned, uses boldface Verdana at size 5 as headers (compared to the first format, which uses un-boldfaced size 6 Verdana as headers) and adds a teambuilding process section.

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trinitrotoluene's simplified rmt format ver. 2: http://pastebin.com/fh3M2P7p
rmt title / opening picture

PREFACE

This is a sample team used to showcase how this format will look like once it's completely filled out.​

TEAM_DEVELOPMENT

This is a sample teambuilding process.​

THE_TEAM


DETAILED_ANALYSIS


Delibird @ Choice Band | Hustle ** christmas
Jolly | 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
• Ice Punch
• Ice Shard
• Aerial Ace
• Rapid Spin

  • overview:

    Delibird is the best spinner in the game, and the team needs a spinner! He can also also 2hko pdef Hippowdon with Ice Punch.
    _
  • in-depth analysis:

    This is where you go into a little bit more detail about your Pokemon and its role on your team.
    _
  • alternative options:

    This section is self-explanatory.
☆彡


Ampharos @ Leftovers | Static ** lighthouses
Calm | 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 Def
• Discharge
• Volt Switch
• Hidden Power Ice
• Protect

  • overview:

    Ampharos is the best special wall.
    _
  • in-depth analysis:

    This is where you go into a little bit more detail about your Pokemon and its role on your team.
    _
  • alternative options:

    This section is self-explanatory.
☆彡


Grumpig @ Choice Scarf | Thick Fat ** cursed pearl
Timid | 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe
• Trick
• Calm Mind
• Psyshock
• Hidden Power Fire

  • overview:

    Come in and CM as they scout the Trick. Then the next time you come in, they'll go straight to Chansey and won't expect the Trick at all! Then you can CM up and own!
    _
  • in-depth analysis:

    This is where you go into a little bit more detail about your Pokemon and its role on your team.
    _
  • alternative options:

    This section is self-explanatory.
☆彡


Hippopotas @ Eviolite | Sand Stream ** littled hippo
Impish | 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
• Earthquake
• Stealth Rock
• Whirlwind
• Slack Off

  • overview:

    A strong physical wall to counter powerful pokemon like Medicham.
    _
  • in-depth analysis:

    This is where you go into a little bit more detail about your Pokemon and its role on your team.
    _
  • alternative options:

    This section is self-explanatory.
☆彡


Rotom @ Leftovers | Levitate ** electrospectre
Modest | 64 HP / 192 SpA / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
• Thunderbolt
• Shadow Ball
• Substitute
• Pain Split

  • overview:

    A spinblocker so that our Spikes and Toxic Spikes aren't removed.
    _
  • in-depth analysis:

    This is where you go into a little bit more detail about your Pokemon and its role on your team.
    _
  • alternative options:

    This section is self-explanatory.
☆彡


Snorlax @ Leftovers | Thick Fat ** super kami guru
Sassy | 4 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SpD
• Body Slam
• Surf
• Incinerate
• Protect

  • overview:

    Sornlax fucking owns.
    _
  • in-depth analysis:

    This is where you go into a little bit more detail about your Pokemon and its role on your team.
    _
  • alternative options:

    This section is self-explanatory.
ANOTHER_PERSPECTIVE


POSTFACE

text goes here​

IMPORTABLE

ps! importable goes here. you can use hide tags to make this area less cluttered​
this is a very simplified version of the format user: trinitrotoluene used in his xy rmts. this was included by popular demand.

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meru's (simplified) rmt format: http://pastebin.com/SQT4AzAd
rmt title

picture (if wanted)

Introduction

This is a sample team used to showcase how this format will look like once it's completely filled out.

In-Depth


Delibird @ Choice Band
Ability: Hustle
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk | 4 Def | 252 Spe
Moves: Ice Punch | Ice Shard | Aerial Ace | Rapid Spin

Delibird is the best spinner in the game, and the team needs a spinner! He can also also 2hko pdef Hippowdon with Ice Punch.


Ampharos @ Leftovers
Ability: Static
Nature: Calm
EVs: 252 HP | 4 Def | 252 SpD
Moves: Discharge | Volt Switch | Hidden Power Ice | Protect

Ampharos is the best special wall.


Grumpig @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Thick Fat
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 SpA | 4 SpD | 252 Spe
Moves: Trick | Calm Mind | Psyshock | Hidden Power Fire

Come in and CM as they scout the Trick. Then the next time you come in, they'll go straight to Chansey and won't expect the Trick at all! Then you can CM up and own!


Hippopotas @ Eviolite
Ability: Sand Stream
Nature: Impish
EVs: 252 HP | 4 Atk | 252 Def
Moves: Earthquake | Stealth Rock | Whirlwind | Slack Off

A strong physical wall to counter powerful pokemon like Medicham.


Rotom @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Modest
EVs: 64 HP | 192 SpA | 252 Spe
Moves: Substitute | Pain Split | Thunderbolt | Shadow Ball

A spinblocker so that our Spikes and Toxic Spikes aren't removed.


Snorlax @ Leftovers
Ability: Thick Fat
Nature: Sassy
EVs: 4 Atk | 252 Def | 252 SpD
Moves: Body Slam | Surf | Incinerate | Protect

Sornlax fucking owns.

Importable

ps! importable goes here. you can use hide tags to make this area less cluttered
this is a simplified version of the format user: meru used in his rmt aromaticity.

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alternate moveset display options:
Pokémon @ Item | Ability
Nature | x / y / z
Move 1 | Move 2 | Move 3 | Move 4

Pokémon @ Item | Ability
Nature | x / y / z
• Move 1
• Move 2
• Move 3
• Move 4

#6. You can only post one new RMT every two weeks, and don't "bump" your team more than once.
 
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