Sign-Up Apprentice Program Signups: Natdex OU

Welcome to Battling 101! If you're seeking a tutor for National Dex OU, you are in the right place. Please read all the rules carefully and fill out every part of the application.


  • You must be able to access Discord, or whatever your tutor wants as the primary form of communication.
  • You must be willing to use Pokemon Showdown! even if you are being tutored in a cartridge format such as Battle Spot or VGC.
  • You, the tutee, should have at least 15 posts before signing up AND your account's age should be a minimum of at least 1 month old before signing up.
    • This is not a strict requirement meaning you may still be paired without satisfying it, so no matter what, DO NOT spam post elsewhere in the forum. That is an infractable offense and we do not encourage such behavior from potential Tutees.
  • You must have battled competitively for a decent amount in at least ONE of the Smogon tiers or Battle Spot / VGC to sign up. Playing 10 or so matches on the PS! ladder is not substantial enough, ~70 or so is more reasonable. This experience does not need to be for the format you sign-up for; this is just to weed out people who have never played competitively that can improve themselves simply by using resources already available to them without needing a tutor to hold their hand.
  • You, the tutee, are responsible for setting up times with your tutor. When you receive the Smogon notification informing you of the pairing, please take the initiative and post on their VM wall first. Continued scheduling and communication is key to a successful pairing!
  • Use the Tutee Talk forum to complain about your tutor (or praise them if they're doing a good job). These are no longer mandatory, but if your tutor is ridiculously inactive or is a complete jackass, COMPLAIN HERE. Nobody can see your tutee talk posts except for you and the Battling 101 Staff; everything is confidential.
  • Signups older than 4 months or 1 month since last login will be considered inactive. These will be moved to the Inactive Posts thread, and can be returned back to this thread by request.
  • Tutors can and will drop you if sessions go badly, and significant violations may result in a ban from B101. Be active, be enthusiastic, be respectful. Make the best of your time together!
Here is the signup template, and an example sign-up post.
PS! Username:
Signup Format:
Your timezone:
Usual Hours of Availability:
Tell us a little about your experience in competitive Pokemon (min. 3 sentences):
Are you able to use Discord?:
Username: Shiba
PS! Username: Big Sean
Signup Format: Natdex OU
Your timezone: EST (GMT -5)
Usual Hours of Availability: weekdays 8 PM - 12 AM, weekends 12 PM - 12 AM
Tell us a little about your experience in competitive Pokemon (min. 3 sentences): I started playing competitively in early XY and spammed Baton Pass on the ladder. I was pretty skilled I guess. I then got more involved with Smogon and started to play in various tournaments like UUPL and later on Snake and SPL. I could use a bit more practice in this tier though, so I'm looking to get help
Are you able to use Discord?: Yes
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Username: SwordIsBored
PS! Username: SwordIsBored
Signup Format: Natdex OU
Your timezone: GMT + 1
Usual Hours of Availability:
13:00 - 23:00 on weekends and 17:00 - 21:00 on weekdays
Tell us a little about your experience in competitive Pokemon (min. 3 sentences):
I began playing on Smogon while SM was the current generation, it took me a while to gain the fundamentals of the game but I eventually got it. I have been decently active in Smogon since, recently trying to get good in certain tiers and National Dex seemed interesting to me. I have mainly been playing 1v1 but I want to branch out to 6v6 tiers.
Are you able to use Discord?:
Username: BakingSoda
PS! Username: Blair but wild?
Signup Format: ND OU
Your timezone: IST(GMT-5.30)
Usual Hours of Availability: Midnight 12 AM to 2AM, around 7pm and 3pm to 5pm
Tell us a little about your experience in competitive Pokemon (min. 3 sentences): I joined showdown last year. I played Gen 8 and I want to get tutored for Gen 9 now. Teambuilding and plays, but playing is the main.
Are you able to use Discord?: Yes!
Username: Of Shade
PS! Username: Fresh Shades, Tripping up, Gshade
Signup Format: Gen 9 NatDex OU
Your timezone: GMT -5 / CST
Usual Hours of Availability: Any day after 4pm my time
Tell us a little about your experience in competitive Pokemon (min. 3 sentences): I have been playing on PS since XY debut, but I never really played too seriously. I played a lot of Natdex OU in gen 8 and actually did pretty well, consistently getting top 500. This Gen I feel really behind and I notice I am lacking certain information about how to play in certain matchups, like vs HO, and I struggle with risk vs. reward plays. I am get to about 1500 and then start losing, sometimes making up to 1550~ and on the rare occasion making it to 1600, but its never stable and I hover in the 1450-1500 range usually. Win a game lose a game kind of thing.
Are you able to use Discord?: Yep! Gshade#3529
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