Project The Dark Horse Project

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Approved by Kink and Hogg. Remodified from the ORAS UU version run by CoolStoryBrobat. Art stolen by CoolStoryBrobat, who shamelessly stole it from the OU version!

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Hello people of Underused! Welcome to the Dark Horse Project, adapted from CoolStoryBrobat in ORAS. Lets face it, ladder is known for being tedious, stressful, and boring. The goal of this project is to renew peoples interest in ladder by providing a fun format to make laddering enjoyable. Pokemon is nothing without innovation, and this project is about using our tiers Dark Horse’s to discover new ways to play. By using Pokemon that hide in the nether regions of usage, we can find ways to revolutionize this tier. In short, the Dark Horse project allows competitors to choose 2 Pokemon with 2% usage or less and build a team around them. Then competitors compete for the highest ELO ranking on the Gen 7 UU ladder. A more thorough and complete explanation will be found in the rules. Please message me clarifying questions if you are confused!


  • You must choose two Pokemon on the list of usage stats (here) that have had less than 2% usage in the previous month. I will update the (here) with the new months usage stats every time!
  • You must build a completely original team with the two Pokemon. The entire team's usage stats combined must have 30% usage or less!
  • Post your team in this thread or PM me. Your post must contain each Pokemon individual usage and the total usage of the team. Make sure to notify me if you make any edits and label your post accordingly.
  • Your team post must also contain the two Dark Horse Pokemon you will be using, as well as the name of the fresh alt you will be laddering with.
  • Once your sign up post has been completed, you will have an entire month to ladder on your fresh alt. Your goal will to be to ladder as high as possible in that month. Your highest ranking will be your peak score, not your final score. Make sure to provide screen shot evidence of your highest ELO ranking during that month.
  • You will enter the Hall of Fame with your Dark Horse(s) if and only if you achieved the highest ELO ranking with that specific Dark Horse. If you did not achieve the highest ELO ranking then you will not be placed in the Hall of Fame.
  • Every month, the Hall of Fame will be preserved, but the slate will be wiped clean and the Dark Horse project will start anew. I challenge you to use new Pokemon every single month.
  • You can only enter the Hall of Fame with a certain Pokemon once. However if you haven’t entered the Hall of Fame with that Pokemon you can. Someone entering the Hall of Fame with a Pokemon in the previous month in no way affects you entering the Hall of Fame with that Pokemon.
  • All posts including info about Dark Horses, research, findings, opinions, and discussion questions are welcomed in this thread. Post away!
  • Teams can be edited, altered, and changed as long as the Dark Horse Pokemon stay the same, and the teams total usage percentage remains below or exactly 30%.
  • Quitting the Dark Horse Project and attempting to reenter with new Dark Horse Pokemon is not allowed, stick with your choices! You have an entire month to ladder, or at least explain any findings and discussion you may have about the Pokemon you used.

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame will consist of 4 different ranks. A rank will be achieved if one ladders with their team to or above 1750 ELO. B rank will be achieved if one ladders with their team to or above 1700 ELO. C rank will be achieved if one ladders with their team to or above 1600 ELO. D rank will be achieved if one ladders with their team to or above 1500 ELO.


If you do decide to participate in this project in any way, thank you. If you don’t want to compete this month, think about joining in another month. For all of those rearing and roaring to go, happy laddering!


A Rank

B Rank

C Rank

D Rank

Project was on hold

Steelix-Mega | 1.31163%
Komala | 0.15708%
Amoonguss | 8.23237%
Muk-Alola | 7.68452%
Raikou | 4.39046%
Mienshao | 1.65377%
Total: 23.39983%
username: DH beard
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Alt: TacDarkHorse

Blastoise-Mega 1.36382%
Florges 1.68245%
Gligar 1.63214%
Rotom-Heat 4.75398%
Registeel 0.35589%
Krookodile 17.40877%

Total= 27.1905
name: DH Specticles

Kingdra | 0.75860%
Virizion | 0.23417%

Rotom-Heat | 4.75398%
Diancie | 0.78483%
Altaria-Mega | 9.09532%
Tentacruel | 8.67340%

TOTAL: 24.3003%
Name DH Frempo
Entei | 1.44499%
Araquanid | 1.90908%

Nihilego | 6.90180%
Altaria-Mega | 9.09532%
Gligar | 1.63214%
Slowbro | 1.62377%

Total: 22.6071
Alt: The TPB
Malamar - 0.12706
Omastar - 0.07521

Kommo-o - 11.02555
Magneton - 8.23567
Kyurem - 2.51971
Moltres - 7.18278
Total - 29.16598
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Uxie (0.83370%) and Linoone (2.46875%)

First team has mega pidgeot (3.47534%), volcanion (6.99063%), kommo-o (11.02555%) and muk-a (6.99063%) for a total of .297%. One question, if I want to use a new team do I need another fresh alt?
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Account DH Quagsire

DH pokemon Tornadus-I and Cloyster
cloyster 0.75% usage
tornadus 1.48% usage
Infernape 14.46% usage
Magneton 5.10% usage
Snorlax 1.65% usage
bronzong 2.03% usage
total usage 25.47% usage
Tornadus 1.48173% (DarkHorse)
Necrozma 0.84666% (DarkHorse)
Amoonguss 8.23237%
Altaria-Mega 9.0532%
Volcanion 4.51851%
Florges 1.68245%

Total 25.81492%

New alt DH_robrob
I did just have to change one of my DH pokemon because in the month you first linked it was like 0.7% then the new one it was almost 4%
Alt: DH Hououin Kyouma
Kecleon - 0.06798%
Empoleon - 10.81443%
Darmanitan - 3.55521%
Slowbro-Mega - 3.83771%
Shaymin - 0.52463%
Gligar - 2.13884%

Total: 20.9388%
Name/Alt: DH Egg


Dark Horses:
Malamar - 0.12791%
Diancie - 0.79697%

Rest of the Team:
Magneton - 8.23567%
Amoonguss - 8.68425%
Moltres - 7.18278%
Blastoise-Mega - 1.61461%

Total = 26.64219%
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Alt: DH Triple

Heliolisk: 0.53602%
Glalie-Mega: 0.44043%
Heracross: 4.46367%
Nidoking: 4.88858%
Crobat: 6.14516%
Cobalion: 9.12110%

Total: 25.59496
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Alt: DH Clem

Talonflame (0.985%)
Machamp (0.590%)

Tsareena (1.723)
Klefki (9.949%)
Slowbro-Mega (3.842%)
Gligar (2.005) Nihilego (7.778%)

Total: 24.867%
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Alt: DH Codsauce

Flygon (0.9128%)
Escavalier (0.10522%)

Mega Blastoise (1.61461%)
Snorlax (1.49701%)
Nidoking (4.88858%)
Rotom-Heat (5.52673%)

Total: 14.54495%

First time entering in anything like this!


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Dark Horses:

Mienshao 1.84333%
Tsareena 1.76315%

Rest of the Team:

Jellicent 2.14925%
Nihilego 8.04761%
Steelix-Mega 2.15334%
Moltres 7.18278%

Total Usage = 23.13946%
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Alt: Trojan Demise

DH 0.07961% (Smeargle)
DH 1.56787% (Quagsire)
10.72800% (Altaria-Mega)
1.28817% (Roserade)
13.31117% (Infernape)
1.71811% (Doublade)

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