Smogon Simple Questions & Suggestions Thread

If it’s a small losing streak, it might be a fluke; if it’s a large losing streak, you could change up your team or reconsider your tactics and work on getting better. The best way to get better at Pokemon is practice.

the only format i like is vgc and ive done that (change a team) but then i get into the same long losing streak with that other team is aggravating lol

You could take a break from PS if it’s aggravating you. You could also try a different format out and see if you enjoy that.
Thanks
 

Kennedy

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hey a weird thing happened to me during an NatDex AG match: https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8nationaldexag-1600445128

Yveltal got choice locked and then had its move disabled from a lucky Cursed Body. The following turn, I was barred from Dynamaxing and thus unable to break out of struggle. Is this a normal mechanic?
This is exactly how it works in-game too. As soon as you hit “fight”, you’d be forced to struggle, bypassing your ability to select dynamax. The dynamax selection button is in the same place as where you select moves and being forced to struggle in a situation like you’ve described prevents you from being able to select either a move or the dynamax button.
 
Hey how's it going, is there anyway to view your past elo scores? Or the entire history of what your elo was/is from when your account was started?
 
Hello Paleofan !
You cannot currently reset your PS! password unless you are PS! public roomauth or have a Smogon badge.
If you need your Pokémon Showdown password reset AND are a Smogon badgeholder OR PS! public room auth, you can fill out a Password Reset Form. You'll need to make a Smogon account to be able to fill out a form; that's what the email address you sign in to Smogon with is for (PS accounts for regular users don't have emails associated with them).
I can’t reset it.

Kennedy edit: this user has now filled in a password reset form.
 
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Heyo.

I’m a part of many meta games, and for some reason, I’m not getting notifications from them even if my “Watch” status is on.
Is there an issue or am I just incompetent?
 
Heyo.

I’m a part of many meta games, and for some reason, I’m not getting notifications from them even if my “Watch” status is on.
Is there an issue or am I just incompetent?
Hey there. If you miss a notification once, it won’t give you more notifications until you check the thread. Beyond that idk

What’s the difference between Smogoff and CotM?
 
Suggestion:

A rule -InfinityWeather to be added on "/challenge" command

This is a simple rule that we can add on matches. Basically allow us to decide if we want a infinity weather on match or not, only writting: -"InfinityWeather:On" or "InfinityWeather:Off", if we want to play a Gen 5 with Weather Turn Limit or Gen 8 with Infinity Weather and Terrains. By default, on Gen 1, 2 , 3 , 4 and 5, this will be turned on and on Gen 6 onwards formats will be Off by default.
 

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Suggestion:

A rule -InfinityWeather to be added on "/challenge" command

This is a simple rule that we can add on matches. Basically allow us to decide if we want a infinity weather on match or not, only writting: -"InfinityWeather:On" or "InfinityWeather:Off", if we want to play a Gen 5 with Weather Turn Limit or Gen 8 with Infinity Weather and Terrains. By default, on Gen 1, 2 , 3 , 4 and 5, this will be turned on and on Gen 6 onwards formats will be Off by default.
Hey, there was a very similar suggestion on the PS subforum (here: https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/adding-permanent-weather-for-the-custom-rules.3701920/). It got approved so this feature is likely to get added when a dev finds some time to look into it.
 

Goodbye & Thanks

Thrown in a fire?
I apologize if this information is readily available elsewhere, but I couldn't find it and thought it would be easier to ask here: does GXE ever decay? I know about Elo decay although I could have sworn in the past that I've lost GXE at times without having played any games in a tier. Similarly, at some point if you haven't played games in a long time does your GXE/Glicko-1 turn into the "(more games needed)" text? I ask because I want to essentially "retire" from playing Showdown and I think I would feel more at peace if my ratings were no longer displayed. I know this probably sounds lame but I've kind of developed an unhealthy relationship with competitive Pokemon (which is why I intend to stop playing) and while I know that my alts will decay off of the ladders, the ones with good GXEs or GXEs close to certain "thresholds" (which I get are just imagined anyway) are harder to leave as they are. So I guess to make this more succinct, my question is if I just leave my Showdown accounts alone for a while, will they eventually no longer display much rating information, and if so, how long would it take for that happen? Also, I know that this was kind of an odd thing to ask about and I feel a little self-conscious saying that "I've developed and unhealthy relationship with competitive Pokemon," since I'm aware how that sounds lol, but I'm just trying to find a little more closure to help stepping away from a hobby I've spent so much time and thought on.
 

Sijih

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my question is if I just leave my Showdown accounts alone for a while, will they eventually no longer display much rating information
If you don't play for long enough your GXE will eventually display as a "–".

If you want to prove this to yourself you can use the rank command on an old account. An example I know of is /rank aim. aim has more than enough games in tiers like [Gen 7] NU to have had a GXE at one point, but the account has been inactive in that tier for long enough that the GXE is "–" and the Glicko-1 is provisional.

In fact, the example above, Gen 7 NU for aim, is a pretty good way to see what your accounts will look like after enough inactivity. Elo will be 1500 or less, GXE will be blank, and Glicko-1 will be two numbers that are basically meaningless to humans and that are both marked provisional. You can, of course, also reset your W/L to have the W, L, and Total columns be 0 as well.

I'm just a mod of one of the social forums so I basically have negative knowledge of what powers PS mods have, but there's a chance that you may be able to get ladder info further cleared if you ask someone. That suggestion is a complete guess though (don't be mad at me PS mods reading this), and what you can get by just not playing is already pretty good.
 
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Sijih

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To be explicitly clear: no, GXE does not decay. It will always stay the same, regardless of inactivity.

This is not tied to time - this is just a matter of not having enough matches for a proper Glicko-1 to be determined.
I took my information from this post. Specifically, from this quote:
"where Elo ladders have to manually implement rating decay to discourage periods of inactivity, Glicko builds inactivity into the rating system, with RD increasing the longer a player remains inactive."

This quote implies that GXE is specifically tied to time, because your Glicko RD is tied to time and your GXE directly uses your Glicko RD in the calculation. I intentionally didn't use the word decay in my post nor did I quote the part of the original post that mentioned decay because I was aware that it wasn't decay like the one found in Elo system.

My understanding from looking around the PS github repository was that PS uses the GXE calculation as outlined in the original X-Act post, where the formula consists only of R, RD, and constants, and that PS will display a blank for GXE if your Glicko RD is > 100. However, I'll freely admit that the PS codebase is pretty opaque to me, and I don't know if their implementation of the RD calculation conforms with the original Glickman paper. Despite this, this file (which seems to be the file that handles the calculation, but again I don't really understand the PS codebase so I'll freely admit I'm wrong) claims that it does follow along with Glickman's paper, so RD should increase with the passage of time when not playing.

Once RD increases enough, it will be over 100 and the GXE will display as a blank, but I intentionally glossed over the details because all the user wanted to know was whether GXE info would disappear after long periods of inactivity.

Additionally, the statement that the "–" only appears when not enough matches are played is confusing me. My account has ladders where I've played 66 games and received a GXE but the user aim that I used as an example in the original post has ladders with 129 games played and no GXE, and I know that I didn't reset my games played stats on my account, so the numbers should be accurate.
 
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Goodbye & Thanks

Thrown in a fire?
If you don't play for long enough your GXE will eventually display as a "–".

If you want to prove this to yourself you can use the rank command on an old account. An example I know of is /rank aim. aim has more than enough games in tiers like [Gen 7] NU to have had a GXE at one point, but the account has been inactive in that tier for long enough that the GXE is "–" and the Glicko-1 is provisional.

In fact, the example above, Gen 7 NU for aim, is a pretty good way to see what your accounts will look like after enough inactivity. Elo will be 1500 or less, GXE will be blank, and Glicko-1 will be two numbers that are basically meaningless to humans and that are both marked provisional. You can, of course, also reset your W/L to have the W, L, and Total columns be 0 as well.

I'm just a mod of one of the social forums so I basically have negative knowledge of what powers PS mods have, but there's a chance that you may be able to get ladder info further cleared if you ask someone. That suggestion is a complete guess though (don't be mad at me PS mods reading this), and what you can get by just not playing is already pretty good.
Thank you very much for your response, and also especially for your kind and empathetic statement; I think you edited it out but I saw it last night and I appreciated it. I'm also a little confused though about what Mia said regarding the GXE/Glicko-1 ratings only not appearing due to a lack of games and not being tied to a passage of time. I did some digging into some of my own alts and I found proof of an account no longer displaying GXE/Glicko-1 data despite previously having ratings: I included a screenshot at the top of this RMT post to show that my "Ice Lake" account had a GXE of 81.7% over 42 games, but if you search for that user on the ladder page it says "(more games needed)" for both GXE and Glicko-1. I know I didn't play any more games on that account after playing the initial 42 and posting that RMT on November 21, 2020. However, I also checked an account I used to get reqs for the Urshifu suspect test ("OUTW 31400"), and I hadn't used that account since December 31, 2020. When I looked up that account's ladder page it still has the GXE and Glicko-1 listed. I know that I didn't use that account at all after getting reqs, but strangely, the GXE did actually slightly decrease from 83.5% to 83.4% - I don't know why that happened since I thought that GXE was supposed to be stagnant. I also don't understand why my OUTW 31400 account still displays rating information at all for GXE and Glicko-1 but my Ice Lake account says "(more games needed)," despite having played 42 games on the Ice Lake account and only 34 on the OUTW 31400 alt. So long story short, I greatly appreciate the input from both Sijih and Mia but I'm still confused as to why GXE seems to slightly decrease at times despite no additional games being played and I also don't know why sometimes the GXE/Glicko-1 ratings appear to become "blank" after a long period of inactivity. Additionally, I'm not sure what that "long period of inactivity" is, if that is the case, since my Ice Lake account was last used only about a month before the OUTW 31400 account was last used, but maybe the OUTW 31400 account will also no longer display rating data in a month or so.
 

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