Yeah, finally got around to typing this up. Basically, these are the default rules for battles that take place through Pokecharms, if you do not state a ruleset specifically for a tournament or battle that you have set up then you will be expected to follow this one (or the competitive rules when they're established) - There is no real enforcement of following these rules to the letter, but if you're not going to use all aspects then please make it clear when organising battles through this forum. If you don't want to use these rules in a tournament or battle, please draw up your own and post them in the topic. This ruleset is based off the official Japan Pokemon League 2007 Tournament ruleset but with some inclusions put in place by popular consent within the community for promoting diversity in teams: No more than one Pokemon of each species on a team No more than one of each item No Soul Dew A tie is equivalent to a loss for both players No Hax'd Pokemon. Pokemon with attacks that they simply cannot learn, or abilities that they cannot have, or with hax'd stats will see you disqualified The Following Pokemon are completely banned and should not be used at all: All forms of Deoxys Groudon Kyogre Rayquaza Ho-Oh Lugia Mew Mewtwo Dialga Palkia Regigigas Giratina Cresselia Heatran Manaphy Darkrai Arceus Out of the following Pokemon, you are allowed only one of these on your team: Articuno Zapdos Moltres Entei Suicune Raikou Regirock Regice Registeel Azelf Uxie Mespirit Celebi Phione Shaymin Jirachi Latios Latias Snorlax Dragonite Tyranitar Metagross Salamence Garchomp Spiritomb Blissey Lucario In addition, you cannot combine the following Pokemon onto the same team: Blissey Skarmory Also, you can only use up to two of these Pokemon in your team: Venusaur Charizard Blastoise Meganium Typhlosion Feraligatr Sceptile Blaziken Swampert Torterra Infernape Empoleon DISCONNECTING If you deliberately disconnect from a battle because you are losing, you are liable to be reported. Even if it is just a crappy connection that disconnects you, whoever was winning at the time you are disconnected will be declared the winner of the match. I'll leave this topic open for now in case I've forgotten anything and someone wants to remind me of it to add it in. [size=20pt]Updates:[/size] 24/05/2008: Manaphy banned from regular play, Shaymin bumped down to restricted play (for now) and Jirachi added to restricted following general consensus.