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Appendix:Metagame terminology

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===Four moveslot syndrome===
A trait a Pokémon possesses if it needs more than four moves to fully function in the metagame. Also referred to as "4MSS".
 
===Ghosting===
A common form of cheating during tournaments when a player gives another player advice behind the scenes, such as what moves to use and when to switch. Players caught engaging in this behavior are typically banned from unofficial tournaments for a period of time.
 
===HA===
===Hyper Offense (HO)===
A team-building and battling strategy intended to overwhelm the opponent with offensive pressure. Unlike Bulky Offense, these teams typically switch as little as possible. Often makes use of [[#Suicide Lead|suicide leads]]. Also referred to as "Heavy Offense".
 
===Improof===
Refers to a team built in such a way that it can't be easily counterswept by a Pokémon with {{a|Imposter}}. Mostly relevant in the [[#Other Metagame|OM]] Balanced Hackmons.
 
===Investment/spread===
===IV battle===
Refers to a battle held solely for the purpose of observing the [[statistic|stats]] of one or more Pokémon as they appear when set to a higher level for the duration of the battle, thus making it easier to estimate the Pokémon's [[individual values]].
 
===Jack-of-All-Stats===
Refers to a Pokemon with average or above average stats in every category, such as {{p|Mew}}, {{p|Celebi}}, {{p|Kommo-o}}, and {{p|Charizard}}.
 
===Johning===
Refers to unsportsmanlike behavior during a tournament, including not scheduling/showing up for matches with your opponent, bad sportsmanship, and [[#Timer Stall|timer stalling]]. This term originated in the [[Super Smash Bros.]] community, after an infamous player named John who would blame the controller whenever he lost.
 
===Limbo===
Refers to either:
1. Pokémon that exist in the code, but haven't been officially released yet. Unofficial battle simiulators are divided as to whether or not these should be allowed in unofficial formats, with Smogon generally disallowing them.
2. A state a Pokémon is in when it is found to be too powerful for the tier it's in and banned from it, but is completely unviable in the tier above it. A famous example of this is Normal Forme {{p|Deoxys}}, as it is completely outclassed by the Attack Forme in Ubers, as the latter has slightly more power, but its high attacking stats and Speed make it too overwhelming in OU.
 
===Master of None===
Refers to a Pokemon with average or below average stats in every category, such as {{p|Glalie}}, {{p|Phione}}, {{p|Smeargle}}, and {{p|Farfetch'd}}.
 
===Mono team===
===Stall===
A team building strategy that uses defensive pressure to create a standstill, while slowly damaging the opponent with [[status]] and other residual damage. Pokémon on such teams either have reliable recovery and good bulk in one area or check a certain threat that the team would otherwise fall to. Stall teams are reliant on [[#Hazard remover|hazard removers]] and [[#Hazard blocker|blockers]] to remove entry hazards, which can heavily damage the team due to the large amount of switching that is required. See also [[#Staller|Staller]].
 
===Stone Wall===
A Pokémon with great walling ability, but average or below average Attack or Special Attack. Examples include Umbreon, Cresselia and Blissey.
 
===Sub-legendary Pokémon===
===Time Limit===
Any mid-game effects in the official competitive battle such as selecting a [[move]] or [[recall|retreating]] Pokemon, which usually takes place within the 45 seconds allocated per turn. Not implemented by battle simulators like [[Pokémon Showdown]] and {{OBP|Pokémon Online|battle simulator}}.
 
====Timer Stall====
Refers to delibrately taking a long time to choose what move to use in an attempt to coerce the opponent into forfeiting. Pokémon Showdown had to change their timer mechanics in order to discourage this.
 
===Theorymon===
===Type coverage===
Refers to how the [[type]]s of damage-dealing moves known by a Pokémon match up against all 18 types and their many combinations in terms of effectiveness.
 
===Unmon===
Refers to Pokémon that, whether by being outclassed by better options, too inconsistent to be practical, or just plain ineffective, are considered completely unviable in certain metagames and are never to be used on serious teams. Terms such as "shitmon" and "digimon" are used synonymously.
 
====Unset====
Similar to unmon, but for a specific set rather than the whole Pokémon. For example, {{p|Kartana}} is considered to be effective in Gen VII OU, but "Timid Kartana", a set which arranges the EVs so that {{a|Beast Boost}} boosts Speed rather than Attack, is considered unviable and thus an unset.
 
===Unofficial format/rules===
====Other Metagame (OM)====
Refers to a format in which changed mechanics or teambuilding restrictions are put in place. Some popular OMs include Monotype, where each Pokémon must share a [[type]], Balanced Hackmons, where Pokémon can have illegal movesets and [[Ability|Abilities]], and Mix and Mega, which allows any Pokémon to [[Mega Evolution|Mega Evolve]] based on the stat changes provided by official [[Mega Stone]]s.
 
====Pet Mod====
Refers to an unofficial fan-made format. While OMs typically change one aspect or mechanic of the game, Pet Mods can change every aspect of the game, often even adding new Pokémon and changing the very way the game is played.
 
====Premier League====
 
====Glass cannon====
Refers to a Pokémon set with high {{stat|Attack}} and/or {{stat|Special Attack}} (preferably with above average Speed) but low stats in {{stat|HP}} and {{stat|Defense}}/{{stat|Special Defense}}.
 
====Hazard blocker====
====Shuffler====
Refers to a Pokémon set that is intended to force the opponent's Pokémon to be sent back, by using {{m|Roar}}, {{m|Whirlwind}}, {{m|Circle Throw}}, or {{m|Dragon Tail}}. "Status shuffler" refers to a Pokémon set that is intended to inflict [[status condition]]s on multiple opposing Pokémon, and cause multiple switches from the opponent in order to achieve this end. Is similar to [[#Phazer|phazer]].
 
====Shuckle syndrome====
Refers to a Pokemon with high Defense and Special Defense, but below average HP. This includes {{p|Shuckle}}, {{p|Dusknoir}}, and {{p|Bastiodon}}.
 
====SludgeQuake====
====Wallbreaker====
An offensively oriented Pokémon meant specifically for crushing [[#Wall|wall]]s rather than sweeping, usually done with powerful offensive stats and use both [[physical move|physical]] and [[special move]]s in their moveset.
 
====Wailord syndrome====
Refers to a Pokemon with high HP, but below average Defense and Special Defense. This includes {{p|Wailord}}, {{p|Guzzlord}}, and {{p|Wobbuffet}}.
 
====Wonderbuster====
 
====Webber====
Refers to the leading Pokémon set that knows {{m|Sticky Web}}, an [[#Entry hazard|entry hazard]] move that intended to slow down the opponent's team. Examples include {{a|Sturdy}} {{p|Shuckle}} with [[Mental Herb]] or a {{p|Smeargle}}, {{p|Ribombee}} or {{p|Araquanid}} holding a [[Focus Sash]].
 
====Wondertomb/Wondereye====
 
====DeoSharp====
Refers to a {{p|Deoxys}} Defense Forme with {{m|Spikes}}/{{m|Stealth Rock}} holding a [[Red Card]] and a {{a|Defiant}} {{p|Bisharp}} being present in a team in a Single Battle. This team is used to punish the opposing [[#Hazard remover|hazard remover]], especially a {{m|Defog}}ger, by using the opponent's Defog on Bisharp, which activates Bisharp's Defiant Ability and raises its Attack by 2 stages. A team of a {{p|Klefki}} and Bisharp being used in this way is known as "poor man's DeoSharp", intended for use in formats where Deoxys-Defense is banned.
 
====Divecats====
 
====DragMag====
Refers to the core of {{type|Dragon}} sweeper (such as {{p|Latios}}, {{p|Garchomp}}, {{p|Hydreigon}}, and {{p|Salamence}}) and {{a|Magnet Pull}} {{p|Magnezone}} with {{type|Fire}} {{m|Hidden Power}} being used together as an offensive core in a Single Battle, which allows a Dragon-type Pokémon to spam the powerful Dragon-type attacks such as {{m|Outrage}} and {{m|Draco Meteor}} without being countered by {{type|Steel}} Pokémon. Has fallen out of favor in Generation VIIVI due to the introduction of the {{t|Fairy}} type.
 
====Dual Weather====
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