Pokémon Handheld Tournament Rules

This year, the Pokémon Handheld Tournament will be hosted by Game Quest. For more information, please see their Facebook page, give them a call, or stop by their booth tomorrow at AMA-Con!


OverUsed Rules
OverUsed, or OU, is Smogon’s standard tier. The highest level of play is generally seen in this tier, and it is the basis for all other tiers. The most powerful Pokémon are banned from this tier up to Ubers. Pokemon cannot rise from OU to Ubers based on usage. Most of the cover legendaries in addition to select other Pokémon are on the banlist.

Play Restrictions
• Endless Battle Clause: Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. Thus:
 A Pokémon may not carry Recycle and hold a Leppa Berry in conjunction with Heal Pulse and Milk Drink, Moonlight, Morning Sun, Recover, Roost, Slack Off, Soft-Boiled, or Wish.
 A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Pain Split on its moveset.
 A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Fling on its moveset.
• Evasion Clause: The moves Double Team and Minimize, in addition to the abilities Sand Veil and Snow Cloak, are not permitted in play.
• Moody Clause: Pokémon with the ability Moody are not permitted.
• OHKO Clause: A Pokemon may not have the moves Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, or Sheer Cold in its moveset.
• Sleep Clause: Only one Pokémon may be put to sleep on the opposing team at a time, if not induced by a move such as Rest.
• Species Clause: Players cannot have two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number on the same team.
• Pokémon may be up to level 100.
Banned Pokémon
• Arceus
• Blaziken
• Darkrai
• Deoxys
• Deoxys-A
• Dialga
• Genesect
• Giratina
• Giratina-O
• Groudon
• Ho-Oh
• Kyogre
• Kyurem-W
• Lugia
• Mewtwo
• Palkia
• Rayquaza
• Reshiram
• Shaymin-S
• Xerneas
• Yveltal
• Zekrom

Banned Items
• Gengarite
• Kangaskhanite
• Lucarionite

Banned Moves
• Swagger