The Theme League
Welcome to the Theme League, a Serebii League that’s home to eight Gym Leaders and an Elite Four, as well as a host of regular challengers. We accept challengers and leaders of varied levels of battling skills.
The Theme League is so named because each Leader adheres to a theme that they have chosen themselves, whether it’s based on physical characteristics, types, names, etc. This can be beneficial for both challengers and leaders: Leaders can break out of monotype boundaries that can be difficult when addressing weaknesses, and challengers can battle imaginative teams that aren’t necessarily steeped in overused competitive battling pokes.
Whilst by defeating the League you can win rewards (currently a movie Darkrai and New World Lucario, generously donated by mew), it’s my hope that here you can also gain a greater sense of a battling community on Serebii, that often lacks in the individual battling threads.
*Credit to Ken Sugimori for the images
I. The Rules and Points of Interest
II. Thinking of becoming a leader?
III. List of Challengers, complete with total win counts.
IV. The Win Counts for this month (October competition)
V. The List of current leaders, see here for individual information for the Gyms
VI. Tournament for Leaders
VII. Frequently asked questions
VIII. Guess the Theme
The Theme League is now Open! Serebii battlers can put forward a challenge, either by PMing leaders, or posting on this thread. Please specify which gym leaders you would like to fight first, so that we're aware of who's battling who.
You must defeat three gym leaders before challenging the elite four members. Anyone who defeats the entire theme league will get the prize:
Japanese Movie Darkrai (Level 100) , because I'm the generous sort!
And, generously donated by mew, a new world 08 Lucario!
I- Rules and Points of Interest
Welcome challengers! Pitch your challenge to this league and we'll take you on; here are some rules/points of interest:
-The first person to defeat all active members in the theme league wins a movie Darkrai, supplied by myself =P
-If you lose against a leader, you cannot rechallenge that particular leader for a week. Feel free to challenge other leaders though.
- You must defeat three Gym Leaders before challenging the elite four members. And just so you know, aside from the elite four, we're not in rank order, so don't necessarily except an easy challenge at Gym One . Apart from the Gym Leader/Elite Four boundary, you may challenge in any order.
-Follow the leader's rules! They're on the first post, if you have a query about their rules, PM them. Simple.
-I'll ask this, though I know it's not in my power. If things turn bad, please don't disconnect!
-Don't forget to claim your individual prizes if you beat a leader.
-If you want to make a full twelve battle challenge, I'll add you to the first post so the leaders are aware that you're around.
-If there is a gym spot not currently taken by a gym leader, then a defeat of all the active leaders still counts as an overall league win.
-Please try your utmost to avoid posting one-liners on the League Thread.
-Whether you win or lose, be a good sport :P We're all here to enjoy ourselves (I hope!)
-If you have any questions or concerns, you can post on this thread, or PM me - pirate555 - and I'll quite happily help you out.
II- Thinking of becoming a Leader?
No places currently available
III – Total Win Counts for current challengers
Femme Fatale: Win Count - 12 Leaders!
LordFeraligatr: Win Count - 8 leaders
"Freak owns": Win Count - 7 Leaders
Zog the Stout: Win Count - 5 leaders
CRAZIE GUY: Win Count - 2 leaders
Fireblast 10: Win Count – 2 leaders
Iggly: Win Count - 2 leaders
chimkong: Win Count - 1 leader
Cwidderb: Win Count - 1 leader
Doctor Is: Win Count - 1 leader
LucarioMan101: Win Count - 1 Leader
megatrainer:Win Count - 1 leader
napkin23: Win Count -1 leader
PokeCrossbow: Win Count - 1 leader
Shinydragonite179: Win Count - 1 leader
S.Bustathedog: Win Count - 1 leader
Vinyacoire: Win Count - 1 leader
PKMN WIFI BATTLER NICK: Win Count -
PsychicsRox: Win Count -
Pokewiz7o8: Win Count -
Drakai: Win Count –
LordCaedus: Win Count –
Raikou Fan: Win Count -
darkcrobat: Win Count -
flameswy: Win Count -
Rakki-Neko: Win Count -
SamuraiDragon1: Win Count -
Corpy: Win Count -
Lion Demon: Win Count -
Darkhonchkrow: Win Count -
Andrew1239: Win Count -
Goketsu: Win Count -
NightMarTheBook: Win Count -
Pikachu84: Win Count -
PikachuSam: Win Count -
old man: Win Count -
Andrew1239: Win Count -
Dusk Sweep 0x9: Win Count -
lpride21: Win Count -
heartless95: Win Count -
Crimson Loner: Win Count -
Stuberto100200: Win Count -
Manulja: Win Count -
DonDemio: Win Count -
AppleButter2: Win Count -
IV – The monthly win count for some competition yet to come.
The monthly win count for March is now being totalled! The challenger with the most battle wins under their belt by 31st March, wins a shiny Eevee with a Jolly nature, which I believe is untrained, though I'll double-check! There will also be a runner-up prize.
March Challenger Wins
V- The list of Current Leaders and their Gyms
The current Gym List is below:
Friend Code: 5197 9725 6134
Gym Name: Heavy Weight Champions
Theme: Heavy pokemon (All my pokemon are 225 lbs or higher)
Leader's rules: Standard rules
Winner's Prize: The pre-evo of heaviest pokemon allowed in standard play, Metang, with IVs 27/31/27/X/31/31, Adamant Nature and Thunder Punch/Ice Punch/Trick/Icy Wind as it's moveset.
Name: The Baron of Fate
Friend Code: 0559 3332 7723
Gym Name: A different way to play, or the same old thing.
Theme: I have two.
Leader’s Rules: The challenger may face me once or twice. The first match is obligatory, against my trick room team. The second battle is optional, but you must fight this second battle if you wish to claim my gym's prize- a battle of the babies. A little cup battle.
If the challenger chooses to take on both battles:
~ They must win at least once, but must battle both teams, even if they win the first time.
~If they lose pathetically the second time, but win the first time, then they might not get the badge.
~Conversly, if they fail the first fight, but murder the second time, they might get the badge.
Standard rules for both.
a) For the Standard battle against my trick room team: No Deoxys, Garchomp, Platinum moves or Skarmory/Blissey/Cresselia combo. Lvl 100; no Ubers.
b) For the Little Cup battle: All pokes must be unevolved, but able to evolve, all pokes must be Lvl 5 or lower. These unevolved pokemon are not allowed in the Little Cup battle ~No Meditite, Tangela, Yanma, Syther, Sneasel, Rotom, Murkrow, Misdreavus, Gligar or Deepseatooth.
Winner’s Prize: A lvl one pre-evolution from anyone in my team.
Theme:Lightning strikes twice.
I have two teams, one uses 3 electric types, with a pokemon which uses electric moves and a team which uses 3 normal types, with another pokemon who uses normal type moves. You must defeat both teams to claim your badge, however they do not need to be consecutive victories and you can decide which one to play first (you must use the same team against both teams)
Gym Name: Lightning Plains
Leader's Rules: Lv 100 Standard. YOU MUST USE THE SAME TEAM AGAINST BOTH TEAMS.
Winner's Prize: A bred member of my team (either), I can do some egg moves and any nature.
Name: Cousin Dan
Friend Code: 4854-7705-6762
Gym Name: Fun in the sun
Theme: Fight my Sunny Day team.
Leader's rules: Standard rules, no Ubers.
Winner's Prize: A Jolly Hoppip.
Friend code: 5412 7659 0219
Gym name: Sinnoh Gym
Theme: 4th Generation
Leader's rules: 6v6 lv100 single, no ubers or legendaries allowed
Winner's Prize:lv1 eevee with wish and curse
Note to challengers: Can only battle on Friday/Saturday/Sunday
Friend code: 2492-5773-2282
Gym name: Pyrophoric Demise Gym
Theme: Currently- Mixed
Leader's rules: There will be two battles. The first one, a 6V6 level 100 double battle. The second one, a 6V6 level 100 single battle. No ubers. No legendary Pokémon. No hacked Pokémon.
Winner's Prize: Any starter, fossil, and maybe a shiny Pokémon.
Name: Zog the Stout (IGN: Anya)
Friend Code: 3824-1298-2121
Gym Name: The Hall of Claws
Theme: Dragons in Disguise
Leader's Rules: 6vs6 Lv100 Single. No Ubers, No Infernape
Winner's Prize: Baby version of any one of the pokemon you battled, with same moveset (where possible)
Friend Code: 2922 4856 6227
Gym Name: Omnitype
Theme: Multitype (no, not Arceus)
Leader's rules: Challenger chooses five types for me NOT to use; the other twelve types will be represented in my team. And of course, Level 100 Single Battle with Standard Rules.
Winner's Prize: Egg or item of a beaten pokemon.
Elite Four - position I
Name: Femme Fatale
Friend Code: 3694 8742 1840 (in sig)
Gym Name: Delibird Cove
Theme: Poison-mono / Ice / Backwards
Leader's rules: Lv. 100 Single. Standard rules unless otherwise specified
Winner's Prize: Bagon - Modest (Egg move: Hydro Pump. TM moves: Flamethrower, Dragon Pulse), IVs: 31 / 17 / 19 / 31 / 31 / 31
Elite Four - position II
Friend code: 3180-2660-0622
Gym Name: Swarm Storm
Theme: Bug Pokémon
Leader's Rules: Standard, just dont bring repel.
Winner's prize: lvl 1 Bug poke with breed moves, your choice which.
Elite Four - position III
Friend code: 1719 0461 0460
Gym name: Dual duel
Theme: Partner Battles
Leader's rules: 3 Double Battles using 2 pokemon each,the partnered pokemon used in each battle must have one of the following relationships;
-They must have the exact same typing(ex:Infernape & Blaziken)
-They evolve from the same pokemon(ex:Espeon & Umbreon)
-The game designed them to be partners(ex:Plusle & Minun) or rivals(ex:Zangoose & Seviper)
- No Ubers allowed.
--Champions must win 2/3 battles for their challenge to be considered a victory.
Winner's Prize: Timid Chimchar's with Overheat,Blaze Kick and Thunderpunch.
Elite Four - position IV
Friend Code: 5241 3959 8215
Elite Gym Name: Surprise Surprise
Theme: Different theme for each match (Roulette suprise / Solarburn Icy Hot / Gotian's wrath) See leader's rules for details.
Leader's Rules: There will be three battles, two must be won to succeed. You must retain the same team throughout these battles; however I will be changing mine each time. The battling rules for each theme/match are as follows:
Theme 1: 1st match, I choose 3 pokemon from my box and the opponent chooses 3 random numbers from my box for me to use those pokemon. 6 on 6 match standard rules, bliss/cress/skarm clause, no ubers. No Platinum moves.
Theme 2: 2nd match is the theme Solarburn Icy Hot. 1 uber is allowed for this match, the opponent will be allowed to switch for 1 uber on their team but the remainder of the team must stay the same.All other standard clauses apply, bliss/cress/skarm clause, and no stealth rock. No Platinum moves.
Theme 3: 3rd match Gotian's Wrath, There will be no cutsie pokemon on my team. Standard Clauses, no stealth rock, bliss/cress/skarm clause. No Platinum moves.
Prize: One of my specially bred pokemon from my team
VI - The Gym Leader’s March Challenge
The winner of this month's challenge among our twelve will win a shiny Exploud, level 66 - there will also, as with the challenger's competition, be a prize for the second-placed leader. Battles with challengers are counted, as well as battles against other leaders. Good luck!
March Leader's Win Count.
VII – Frequently Asked Questions
These are questions that have been raised before by challengers:
“What are Standard Rules?”
Many Serebii battlers are already aware of this, but for those who haven’t come across the term before, or those who want to check the detail again, the list of Standard Rules can be found at this link ->
"What Tiers can a challenger use in this League?"
Most gyms use standard rules and therefore accept pokemon from OU, BL and UU tiers. However, some gyms may accept Ubers, and some may omit individual pokes. Please check the individual gym leader information on this post before battling!
“What counts as an Uber?”
The list of Ubers that we adhere to is here ->
And yes, Garchomp is now on that list, so he counts as an Uber in the Theme League.
“I’ve already battled this leader recently outside of the Theme League and won, can I count it as a win for the League?”
Unless the Leader says that the win may count because it’s more convenient than a rematch, then you must battle again for the League. It is entirely up to the Leader’s discretion whether he/she faces you again; after all, they may not have been using their themed team at the time.
“What should I do if I have any concerns about the leaders?”
Post on the thread and/or ask them about it in a private message, or if it’s a more serious issue then contact me and I’ll consider what you have to say and deal with the problem at hand. This can range from concerns over inactivity, to Theme issues, rule breaking, etc.
“Are Platinum movesets allowed?”
You will need to consult the individual leaders here, many are fine with this, but some specifically disallow movesets from the new Platinum game.
*Credit to Ken Sugimori for the images
VIII- Guess the theme
Just a small competition I thought I might run to make the league a little more interesting! Any leader or challenger who thinks they have the right answer can try. Today's 'Guess the Theme' has been thought up by Vinyacoire.
What links this themed team?
The prize is a level 51 distant land tropius. Post on the thread if you have an answer! Good luck =D
//Answer, by Gaias Hinuta: They all evolve using stones. Congratulations!
Thank you for visiting the Theme League today!