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This article is about the fansite. For the Pokémon named "Smogon" in German, see Koffing.
"Pokémon on the Internet: Let's make it happen"
Smogon logo.png
Language English
Status Active
Run 2004 - Present
Date opened December 18, 2004
Creator chaos
Current owner {{{owner}}}
Number of Articles 148 (Not including an analysis for each Pokémon in each generation, moves, items, types, Natures, Dream World Project. Includes CAP)
Forum Smogon University
Mascot Koffing
Website Main Page

Smogon University, commonly shortened to Smogon, is a website whose content encompasses competitive Pokémon battling. It offers guides on battling strategies for people of different Pokémon knowledge backgrounds. The website was founded by 'chaos' (one of the developers of NetBattle) and is a considerably well-known website, visited by competitive Pokémon battling enthusiasts.

The Smogon motto is "Pokémon on the Internet: Let's make it happen" and their mascot is the Pokémon Koffing, the name Smogon itself being the German moniker for this Pokémon.



The official website contains various articles and information about competitive Pokémon battling.


The forum has over 155,000 members and several sections. During Generation IV, Smogon was affiliated with Shoddy Battle, and the official support and discussion forum of Shoddy Battle was a section on the Smogon forums. Residents of the Smogon forums are referred to as "Smogoners" or "Smogonites".


Smogon operates several IRC channels on, the most important being #pokemon for Pokémon centric discussion. Others include #othermetas, #ubers, #genvuu, #neverused, #littlecup, #dw, #dwcouncil, #vgc, #tcg, #smogonwifi, #stark, #insidescoop, #cap, #c&c, #grammar, #ratemyteam, #rarelyused, #battlecapacity, #nuzlocke, #pokedraft, #smeargle, #1v1, #cam!, #lcqc, #warau, #fluodome, #moo, #drachma, #hawk, #ilblud, #fail, #capasb, #mtg, #tf2, #mk7, and #smogcraft. These are all run by community leaders of Smogon.

Competitive Battling

The term 'competitive battling' within Pokémon refers to battling against other human players using either Wi-Fi Battling via the Nintendo DS, the downloadable programs Pokémon Online, Shoddy Battle, NetBattle, and Pokémon Showdown!, or any of a number of battle simulating bots, usually found on IRC. Both of these are online simulations of Pokémon games, where one may build a team of Pokémon with relative ease. Experienced players, 24-hour servers, diverse communities and an opportunity to test out strategies are just a few advantages of online battling, but perhaps the most vital advantage is battling against sentient players rather than AI - which requires a significant amount more intelligence and strategy to succeed.

Pokémon Showdown!

Pokémon Showdown! is Smogon's official battle simulator created by one of the site's super moderators: Zarel. As of July 2, 2012, it was adopted by Smogon and became one of the first battle simulators to support the changes brought about by Black 2 and White 2. The simulator also includes a downloadable application that can be run on the web browser Google Chrome. Pokémon Showdown! also includes unique features such as the emerging tiers "Hackmons" and "Balanced Hackmons", which encompass Pokémon of normally illegal movesets and abilities.

Pokémon Online

Pokémon Online is an application for competitive Pokémon battling, compatible with Generations II, III, IV, and V. On November 21, 2010, Smogon released its official Pokémon Online server, which is usually the second most occupied server, only behind the Pokémon Online test server. Smogon is currently preparing to cease support of Pokémon Online in the near future to move to Pokémon Showdown!.

Shoddy Battle

Shoddy Battle is an application for Generation IV competitive Pokémon battling. Due to its increasing popularity during Generation IV, Smogon once ran a dedicated Shoddy Battle server, and later had affiliated with Shoddy Battle itself. Due to Shoddy Battle's incompatibility with Generation V, it was shut down. Smogon planned to host a server on Pokémon Lab, Shoddy Battle's successor. However, Pokémon Online reached completion while Pokémon Lab was still in its beta stages, so this plan was scrapped.


NetBattle used to be one of the most popular competitive Pokémon battle simulators on the Internet. Smogon used to have a server on NetBattle, but due to the decreasing popularity of the program, it was shut down.



  • Bloo (Badge Leader: Tutors) (Battling 101, Rate My Team, Tournaments)
  • bojangles (Badge Leader: Community Contributor, Contributor, Pre-Contributor, Smogon IRC AOp/SOp) (Contributions and Corrections, Ubers)
  • Cathy (Pokemon Showdown!)
  • chaos
  • DougJustDoug (Badge Leader: Programmer) (Create-A-Pokémon Project)
  • Great Sage (Badge Leader: Contributor, Pre-Contributor, Battle Server Moderator, Battle Server Administrator) (Contributions & Corrections)
  • Haunter (Badge Leader: Team Rater, Battle Server Administrator, Battle Server Moderator) (OverUsed, Rate My Team)
  • Jumpman16
  • Mekkah (Circus Maximus, Orange Islands, TCG)
  • mingot (Badge Leader: Researcher, Programmer)
  • Misty
  • Setsuna (Badge Leader: Site Staff, Smogon Media Contributor, Tutors) (Battling 101, The Smog)

Super Mods

  • Aldaron (OverUsed, Pokemon Showdown!, The Policy Review, Tournaments)
  • Antar (Pokemon Showdown!)
  • Birkal (Create-A-Pokemon Project, Orange Islands, Other Metagames, OverUsed, The Smog, The Suggestion Box)
  • Delko (Badge Leader: Team Rater) (Rate My Team)
  • Earthworm (Tournaments)
  • Iconic (Badge Leader: Tiering Contributor) (Contributions & Corrections, OverUsed, The Policy Review, Tournaments)
  • JabbaTheGriffin (Badge Leader: Tiering Contributor) (OverUsed)
  • Jellicent (Contributions & Corrections, Orange Islands, RarelyUsed, Ruins of Alph)
  • Jibaku (Ubers, Ubers Analyses)
  • jumpluff (The Smog)
  • kokoloko (Contributions & Corrections, Underused)
  • Oglemi (Badge Leader: Tiering Contributor) (Contributions & Corrections, RarelyUsed)
  • RBG
  • Solace (Battling 101, Contributions & Corrections, Global Battle Union, Orange Islands, VGC)
  • Vader (Badge Leader: Tiering Contributor) (and a forum, LC Analyses, Little Cup)
  • Wild Eep (Wi-Fi)
  • Zarel (Pokémon Showdown!)
  • Zebraiken (Contributions & Corrections, NeverUsed)
  • Zracknel (Smeargle's Studio)


  • ΩDonut (Global Battle Union, VGC, Wi-Fi)
  • AccidentalGreed (OU Analyses)
  • Athenodoros (ASB) (Project)
  • billymills (Circus Maximus)
  • BKC (Rate My Team)
  • blarajan (LC Analyses, Little Cup)
  • bmelts (Pokemon Showdown!)
  • capefeather (Create-A-Pokemon Project)
  • cookie (a forum)
  • darkie (a forum)
  • Deck Knight (ASB, Create-A-Pokemon Project)
  • Ditto (Tournaments, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Tournaments)
  • DittoCrow (RarelyUsed, RU Analyses)
  • DM (a forum)
  • DTC (NeverUsed, Other Metagames, Pokemon Showdown!) (Project)
  • Dogfish44 (ASB) (Project)
  • Eiganjo (Wi-Fi)
  • Elevator Music (ASB, Create-A-Pokemon Project, Contributions & Corrections, Little Cup)
  • Engineer Pikachu (ASB) (Project)
  • Eo Ut Mortus (Tournaments)
  • Eraddd
  • Expert Evan (Wi-Fi)
  • Fabbles (Smogon Premier League) (Project)
  • Fatecrashers (Contributions & Corrections, Orange Islands, Smeargle's Studio, The Suggestion Box)
  • FLCL (NeverUsed)
  • Furai (Ubers)
  • gene (Ruins of Alph)
  • ginganinja (OverUsed)
  • Glen (a forum)
  • Harsha (Battling 101, OverUsed, Rate My Team)
  • Hugendugen (Pokemon Showdown!) (Project)
  • Huntofthelion (OverUsed)
  • Its_A_Random (ASB) (Project)
  • Jirachi (Rate My Team)
  • LightWolf (Circus Maximus)
  • Limitless (Battling 101)
  • macle (Contributions & Corrections)
  • Mario with Lasers (Orange Islands)
  • M Dragon (Tournaments)
  • Marty D (Pokemon Showdown!) (Project)
  • MikeDecIsHere (Smogon YouTube, The Smogcast)
  • Mikel (Pokemon Showdown!) (Project)
  • MK Ultra (ASB) (Project)
  • Nastyjungle (Badge Leader: Artist) (Smeargle's Studio)
  • Nexus (Contributions & Corrections, Wi-Fi)
  • Ninahaza (a forum)
  • NixHex (OverUsed)
  • Objection (ASB) (Project)
  • Okuu (Pokemon Showdown!) (Project)
  • Philip7086 (Tournaments) (Project)
  • PK Gaming (Contributions & Corrections)
  • Pocket (OverUsed)
  • Poppy (Ubers)
  • Raseri (NeverUsed, NU Analyses)
  • religousjedi (Wi-Fi)
  • R Inanimate (VGC 2012 Analyses)
  • RT. (UnderUsed, UU Analyses)
  • R_N (Orange Islads)
  • sandman (Global Battle Union, VGC)
  • sandshrewz (The Smog)
  • Seven Deadly Sins (ASB, Contributions & Corrections)
  • Shii (Wi-Fi)
  • SilentVerse (RarelyUsed)
  • symphonyx64 (Smogon Premier League) (Project)
  • tab (Rate My Team)
  • Taylor (OverUsed, Rate My Team)
  • test
  • Texas Cloverleaf (ASB) (Project)
  • The Immortal (Pokemon Showdown!) (Project)
  • TheMantyke (Global Battle Union, The Suggestion Box, VGC, Wi-Fi)
  • Theorymon (Contributions & Corrections, Create-A-Pokemon Project, Ubers)
  • Toast++ (The Smog, Wi-Fi)
  • Tobes (OverUsed, Ubers)
  • trickroom (Contributions & Corrections)
  • V4Victini (Pokemon Showdown) (Project)
  • verbatim (Pokemon Showdown!) (Project)
  • voodoo pimp (Global Battle Union, VGC)
  • WaterBomb (Sports Arena)
  • zarator (ASB) (Project)


  • Contrary to popular belief, Smogon was not the first website to focus on competitive battling. In the past, websites such as Azure Heights and Marble Palace catered to competitive players.

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