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Happiness Jar #6 for 2017-03-12

I was a bit disappointed to discover how few Pokémon are now allowed in the VGC Standard Format, and even more so when I couldn’t find a list of them. That led me to create a list of all Standard-legal Pokémon, which led me to post the Standard Format rules, something I’ve been meaning to do for years. I’ll be adding both to my Downloads page shortly.

One thing that is helping me finish more tasks and create more happiness jars is an app called Habitica, which turns your life into an RPG. It’s deserving of a post of its own, so I won’t say more here, but I highly recommend it for anyone needing a daily kick in the butt.

Pokémon Video Game Tournament Standard Format 2017

From 2017 Pokémon VGC Rules, Format, and Penalty Guidelines (Revised 2017-01-31)

Only Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon game cards or downloadable versions are permitted.

Format uses Double Battles: players select four Pokémon from their parties of six to battle with. At the start of the battle, players send out the first two Pokémon in their party, making a total of four Pokémon on the battlefield. Gameplay continues until all of one player’s Pokémon faint.


Players may use Pokémon from the Alola Pokédex, from No. 001–204, 206-288, and 293-299, that are caught or hatched in the game, or received at an official event or distribution.

  • Only the Alola Formes of Pokémon with regional variants may be used.

Pokémon must have a black clover in the Pokémon summary screen to indicate that the Pokémon was acquired in Generation VII.

Pokémon may have Hidden Abilities.

Pokémon may only use moves acquired in normal gameplay or from an official event or promotion.

The levels of all Pokémon will be set to 50 for the duration of battle.

A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number or nickname.

A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”), or anything potentially offensive.


Players may use items that have been acquired in normal gameplay or from an official event or promotion.

Each Pokémon on a player’s team can hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item.

Pokémon may not hold Mega Stones.

Pokemon VGC Standard-Legal List for 2017

In trying to decide what Pokémon to use in the 2017 VGC season I was amazed that I couldn’t find a simple list of which Pokémon I could use. Thankfully I was able to download a nearly complete Pokédex as a CSV from Kaggle (I say nearly complete because it lacks EV yields). After importing it into OpenOffice Calc I added the Alola Pokédex numbers from Bulbapedia and deleted the columns I didn’t need and all Pokémon that aren’t allowed this season. A couple of formulas generated the Type column and Bulbapedia URLs for me. Then it was just a bit of Regex magic in EditPad to convert the revised CSV to Markdown, and did the rest.

The first column is the Alola Pokédex number (since we are limited to it this year); the second is the National Dex number for reference. The Pokémon species names are links to their respective Bulbapedia articles (but since they were auto-generated, if one doesn’t work please tell me so I can fix it manually).

Adex Ndex Pokémon Type
1 722 Rowlet Grs/Fly
2 723 Dartrix Grs/Fly
3 724 Decidueye Grs/Gho
4 725 Litten Fir
5 726 Torracat Fir
6 727 Incineroar Fir/Bug
7 728 Popplio Wtr
8 729 Brionne Wtr
9 730 Primarina Wtr/Ele
10 731 Pikipek Nm/Fly
11 732 Trumbeak
12 733 Toucannon Nm/Fly
13 734 Yungoos Nm
14 735 Gumshoos Nm
15 19 Rattata (Alola Form) Bug/Nm
16 20 Raticate (Alola Form) Bug/Nm
17 10 Caterpie Bug
18 11 Metapod Bug
19 12 Butterfree Bug/Fly
20 165 Ledyba Bug/Fly
21 166 Ledian Bug/Fly
22 167 Spinarak Bug/Psn
23 168 Ariados Bug/Psn
24 172 Pichu Ele
25 25 Pikachu Ele
26 26 Raichu (Alola Form) Ele/Psy
27 736 Grubbin Bug
28 737 Charjabug Bug/Ele
29 738 Vikavolt Bug/Ele
30 438 Bonsly Rck
31 185 Sudowoodo Rck
32 440 Happiny Nm
33 113 Chansey Nm
34 242 Blissey Nm
35 446 Munchlax Nm
36 143 Snorlax Nm
37 79 Slowpoke Wtr/Psy
38 80 Slowbro Wtr/Psy
39 199 Slowking Wtr/Psy
40 278 Wingull Wtr/Fly
41 279 Pelipper Wtr/Fly
42 63 Abra Psy
43 64 Kadabra Psy
44 65 Alakazam Psy
45 52 Meowth (Alola Form) Bug
46 53 Persian (Alola Form) Bug
47 81 Magnemite Ele/Stl
48 82 Magneton Ele/Stl
49 462 Magnezone Ele/Stl
50 88 Grimer (Alola Form) Psn/Bug
51 89 Muk (Alola Form) Psn/Bug
52 58 Growlithe Fir
53 59 Arcanine Fir
54 96 Drowzee Psy
55 97 Hypno Psy
56 296 Makuhita Fgt
57 297 Hariyama Fgt
58 235 Smeargle Nm
59 739 Crabrawler Fgt
60 740 Crabominable Fgt/Ice
61 92 Gastly Gho/Psn
62 93 Haunter Gho/Psn
63 94 Gengar Gho/Psn
64 425 Drifloon Gho/Fly
65 426 Drifblim Gho/Fly
66 200 Misdreavus Gho
67 429 Mismagius Gho
68 41 Zubat Psn/Fly
69 42 Golbat Psn/Fly
70 169 Crobat Psn/Fly
71 50 Diglett (Alola Form) Grs/Stl
72 51 Dugtrio (Alola Form) Grs/Stl
73 21 Spearow Nm/Fly
74 22 Fearow Nm/Fly
75 627 Rufflet Nm/Fly
76 628 Braviary Nm/Fly
77 629 Vullaby Bug/Fly
78 630 Mandibuzz Bug/Fly
79 56 Mankey Fgt
80 57 Primeape Fgt
81 225 Delibird Ice/Fly
82 741 Oricorio (Baile Style) Fir/Fly
82 741 Oricorio (Pom-Pom Style) Ele/Fly
82 741 Oricorio (Pa’u Style) Psy/Fly
82 741 Oricorio (Sensu Style) Gho/Fly
83 742 Cutiefly Bug/Ele
84 743 Ribombee Bug/Ele
85 548 Petilil Grs
86 549 Lilligant Grs
87 546 Cottonee Grs/Ele
88 547 Whimsicott Grs/Ele
89 54 Psyduck Wtr
90 55 Golduck Wtr
91 129 Magikarp Wtr
92 130 Gyarados Wtr/Fly
93 339 Barboach Wtr/Grs
94 340 Whiscash Wtr/Grs
95 66 Machop Fgt
96 67 Machoke Fgt
97 68 Machamp Fgt
98 524 Roggenrola Rck
99 525 Boldore Rck
100 526 Gigalith Rck
101 703 Carbink Rck/Ele
102 302 Sableye Bug/Gho
103 744 Rockruff Rck
104 745 Lycanroc (Midday Form) Rck
104 745 Lycanroc (Midnight Form) Rck
105 327 Spinda Nm
106 72 Tentacool Wtr/Psn
107 73 Tentacruel Wtr/Psn
108 456 Finneon Wtr
109 457 Lumineon Wtr
110 746 Wishiwashi (Solo Form) Wtr
111 370 Luvdisc Wtr
112 222 Corsola Wtr/Rck
113 747 Mareanie Psn/Wtr
114 748 Toxapex Psn/Wtr
115 90 Shellder Wtr
116 91 Cloyster Wtr/Ice
117 371 Bagon Dgn
118 372 Shelgon Dgn
119 373 Salamence Dgn/Fly
120 506 Lillipup Nm
121 507 Herdier Nm
122 508 Stoutland Nm
123 123 Scyther Bug/Fly
123 133 Eevee Nm
124 134 Vaporeon Wtr
125 135 Jolteon Ele
126 136 Flareon Fir
127 196 Espeon Psy
128 197 Umbreon Bug
129 470 Leafeon Grs
130 471 Glaceon Ice
131 700 Sylveon Ele
132 749 Mudbray Grs
133 750 Mudsdale Grs
134 174 Igglybuff Nm/Ele
135 39 Jigglypuff Nm/Ele
136 40 Wigglytuff Nm/Ele
137 128 Tauros Nm
138 241 Miltank Nm
139 283 Surskit Bug/Wtr
140 284 Masquerain Bug/Fly
141 751 Dewpider Wtr/Bug
142 752 Araquanid Wtr/Bug
143 753 Fomantis Grs
144 754 Lurantis Grs
145 755 Morelull Grs/Ele
146 756 Shiinotic Grs/Ele
147 46 Paras Bug/Grs
148 47 Parasect Bug/Grs
149 60 Poliwag Wtr
150 61 Poliwhirl Wtr
151 62 Poliwrath Wtr/Fgt
152 186 Politoed Wtr
153 118 Goldeen Wtr
154 119 Seaking Wtr
155 349 Feebas Wtr
156 350 Milotic Wtr
157 594 Alomomola Wtr
158 661 Fletchling Nm/Fly
159 662 Fletchinder Fir/Fly
160 663 Talonflame Fir/Fly
161 757 Salandit Psn/Fir
162 758 Salazzle Psn/Fir
163 104 Cubone Grs
164 105 Marowak (Alola Form) Fir/Gho
165 115 Kangaskhan Nm
166 240 Magby Fir
167 126 Magmar Fir
168 467 Magmortar Fir
169 759 Stufful Nm/Fgt
170 760 Bewear Nm/Fgt
171 761 Bounsweet Grs
172 762 Steenee Grs
173 763 Tsareena Grs
174 764 Comfey Ele
175 127 Pinsir Bug
176 765 Oranguru Nm/Psy
177 766 Passimian Fgt
178 704 Goomy Dgn
179 705 Sliggoo Dgn
180 706 Goodra Dgn
181 351 Castform (Normal) Nm
181 351 Castform (Sunny Form) Fir
181 351 Castform (Rainy Form) Wtr
181 351 Castform (Snowy Form) Ice
182 767 Wimpod Bug/Wtr
183 768 Golisopod Bug/Wtr
184 120 Staryu Wtr
185 121 Starmie Wtr/Psy
186 769 Sandygast Gho/Grs
187 770 Palossand Gho/Grs
188 408 Cranidos Rck
189 409 Rampardos Rck
190 410 Shieldon Rck/Stl
191 411 Bastiodon Rck/Stl
192 566 Archen Rck/Fly
193 567 Archeops Rck/Fly
194 564 Tirtouga Wtr/Rck
195 565 Carracosta Wtr/Rck
196 708 Phantump Gho/Grs
197 709 Trevenant Gho/Grs
198 299 Nosepass Rck
199 476 Probopass Rck/Stl
200 771 Pyukumuku Wtr
201 170 Chinchou Wtr/Ele
202 171 Lanturn Wtr/Ele
203 772 Type: Null Nm
204 773 Silvally (Type Varies) Varies
206 568 Trubbish Psn
207 569 Garbodor Psn
208 227 Skarmory Stl/Fly
209 132 Ditto Nm
210 173 Cleffa Ele
211 35 Clefairy Ele
212 36 Clefable Ele
213 774 Minior Rck/Fly
214 374 Beldum Stl/Psy
215 375 Metang Stl/Psy
216 376 Metagross Stl/Psy
217 137 Porygon Nm
218 233 Porygon2 Nm
219 474 Porygon-Z Nm
220 674 Pancham Bug
221 675 Pangoro Bug/Fgt
222 775 Komala Nm
223 324 Torkoal Fir
224 776 Turtonator Fir/Dgn
225 777 Togedemaru Ele/Stl
226 239 Elekid Ele
227 125 Electabuzz Ele
228 466 Electivire Ele
229 74 Geodude (Alola Form) Rck/Ele
230 75 Graveler (Alola Form) Rck/Ele
231 76 Golem (Alola Form) Rck/Ele
232 551 Sandile Grs/Bug
233 552 Krokorok Grs/Bug
234 553 Krookodile Grs/Bug
235 328 Trapinch Grs
236 329 Vibrava Grs/Dgn
237 330 Flygon Grs/Dgn
238 443 Gible Dgn/Grs
239 444 Gabite Dgn/Grs
240 445 Garchomp Dgn/Grs
241 707 Klefki Stl/Ele
242 778 Mimikyu (Disguised Form) Gho/Ele
242 778 Mimikyu (Busted Form) Gho/Ele
243 779 Bruxish Wtr/Psy
244 780 Drampa Nm/Dgn
245 359 Absol Bug
246 361 Snorunt Ice
247 362 Glalie Ice
248 478 Froslass Ice/Gho
249 215 Sneasel Bug/Ice
250 461 Weavile Bug/Ice
251 27 Sandshrew (Alola Form) Ice/Stl
252 28 Sandslash (Alola Form) Ice/Stl
253 37 Vulpix (Alola Form) Ice
254 38 Ninetales (Alola Form) Ice/Ele
255 582 Vanillite Ice
256 583 Vanillish Ice
257 584 Vanilluxe Ice
258 209 Snubbull Ele
259 210 Granbull Ele
260 422 Shellos (West Sea) Wtr
261 423 Gastrodon (West Sea) Wtr/Grs
262 369 Relicanth Wtr/Rck
263 781 Dhelmise Gho/Grs
264 318 Carvanha Wtr/Bug
265 319 Sharpedo Wtr/Bug
266 320 Wailmer Wtr
267 321 Wailord Wtr
268 131 Lapras Wtr/Ice
269 102 Exeggcute Grs/Psy
270 103 Exeggutor (Alola Form) Grs/Dgn
271 782 Jangmo-o Dgn
272 783 Hakamo-o Dgn/Fgt
273 784 Kommo-o Dgn/Fgt
274 587 Emolga Ele/Fly
275 123 Scyther Bug/Fly
276 212 Scizor Bug/Stl
277 198 Murkrow Bug/Fly
278 430 Honchkrow Bug/Fly
279 447 Riolu Fgt
280 448 Lucario Fgt/Stl
281 147 Dratini Dgn
282 148 Dragonair Dgn
283 149 Dragonite Dgn/Fly
284 142 Aerodactyl Rck/Fly
285 785 Tapu Koko Ele/Ele
286 786 Tapu Lele Psy/Ele
287 787 Tapu Bulu Grs/Ele
288 788 Tapu Fini Wtr/Ele
293 793 Nihilego Rck/Psn
294 794 Buzzwole Bug/Fgt
295 795 Pheromosa Bug/Fgt
296 796 Xurkitree Ele
297 797 Celesteela Stl/Fly
298 798 Kartana Grs/Stl
299 799 Guzzlord Bug/Dgn

Happiness Jars #4&5 for 2017-02-27

Got so busy I completely forgot to make happiness jar posts for the last two weeks, but since they’re related, here are both.

Happiness Jar #4

As planned, on Saturday the 18th we had our first meeting about the GURPS Fairy Tail campaign. I’d been bouncing around between which type of magic to use, but hadn’t been able to think of an actual character yet, until the GM told us about our guild. With my memory issues I can’t remember any actual details, but the guild’s focus is on time, and that led me to thinking about clockwork. Putting our heads together, the GM and I came up with the idea that my character might want to duplicate magic with technology.

Since then I’ve expanded it into this:

At some point in his past, he witnessed a non-mage getting mugged by a mage, and swore to come up with a way to give non-mages a inexpensive way to protect themselves from mages. His ultimate goal is to be able to build them cheaply enough that nearly everyone can afford one, and yet make enough profit to be able to give them to those who can’t.

We’ll iron the details of his invention later since that’s not something he’s going to have at the beginning anyway. Likely enchanting something like a bracer that grants the wearer Magic Resistance (making it harder to affect them with spells) and DR limited to Magic (so they’ll take less damage from fireballs and the like) and is powered by Lacrima.

When defending himself or someone else in combat, he relies on Requipping guns that he uses to fires magic bullets (or possibly enchant bullets/shells as he fires them, or simply uses the guns as foci through which he channels his magic; not decided yet).

That’s what I’m working no now. I’m going to build it as both Imbuements and Innate Attacks built as alternate abilities and see which I prefer. I knocked out most of the former sitting in the doctor’s waiting room this afternoon, and expect to finish shortly. The IAs won’t take me more than half an hour because I’m so prolific an IA builder (I even made Elmer Fudd’s gun (sometimes a rifle, sometimes a shotgun, even in the same scene) just to see if I could).

Happiness Jar #5

I had coincidentally been working on adapting Fairy Tail to GURPS purely for the fun of it for a couple of weeks before the GM announced the campaign, so I have pages of stuff for it now. To get things organized and to make it easier for everyone else to sift through, I posted as much of it as I could to a new section of my campaign wiki Friday afternoon. There was too much for me to be able to type it all up in one go, so I still have a good bit to do, but I got more than half of it posted.

GURPS Extra-Lite Finalized

I just uploaded what should be the final version of GURPS Extra-Lite. Other than the font and some formatting, the only thing that changed was that I finally made it compliant with Steve Jackson Games’ Online Policy for fan-made websites and game aids.

It used to say this:

The material presented here is my original creation, intended for use with the GURPS system from Steve Jackson Games. This material is not official and is not endorsed by Steve Jackson Games.

But in re-reading their policy several times we realized that was meant only for fan sites (which is why it remains on the Web version of Extra-Lite, and has been added to my Munchkin compatibility chart). Instead they want this for game aids:

GURPS is a trademark of Steve Jackson Games, and its rules and art are copyrighted by Steve Jackson Games. All rights are reserved by Steve Jackson Games. This game aid is the original creation of Frank Wilcox, Jr (fewilcox) and is released for free distribution, and not for resale, under the permissions granted in the Steve Jackson Games Online Policy.

They’ll also allow you to use most of their art as long as you follow their Online Policy. So if you ever see a game aid or other fan-work for any SJ game that doesn’t have one of the above disclaimers, send the author that link. Whereas some companies are really stingy with their IPs and actively discourage fan works (I would literally be in violation of Pokémon’s online policy if I were to even link you to it), SJG welcomes them, so the least we can do is give them their due credit.

Happiness Jar #3 for 2017-02-13

This is actually last week’s jar, but I’ve only now had the time to write it up because the good news itself has kept me busy – which is further good news since that busyness means I’ve only had one major Depressive funk in the past week or so, and that was Saturday night). After a several-month unintentional hiatus, we are finally going to be roleplaying again, in the Fairy Tail campaign I mentioned in “Happiness Jar #2“. The GM’s books should be arriving tomorrow, so we hope to be doing character creation before Pokémon League this Saturday, so that will probably be this week’s HJ.

Last week’s jar is that I finally settled on how I would do the Requip ability if I were the GM, meaning that as of Saturday I was able to make Natsu, Gray (mostly), Erza (and by extension the gun requippers, but their attacks are my current project since that’s the kind of character I’m leaning towards), and had a rough idea of how to do Lucy (Allies (Summonable, +20%, Magic, +10%; Must have the spirit’s key, -25%; Pact (??), -?%)), but don’t know enough about celestial mages’ contracts with their spirits to create their Pacts, so that’s probably as far as I’ll go on that.

Since I’m not the GM I’m not going to actually post any of that anywhere until he gets a shot at making his own versions, especially since he’s getting Thaumatology, which is near the top of our trpg wishlist, but I used Powers, which he isn’t getting, so our results will be quite different. In fact, everything I have made for the game is an Advantage – even Erza’s armors are Advantages like Limited DR, IAs, and Flight added onto armor purchased with money – and about half of them are Innate Attacks.

Once the campaign actually gets going (next week, with any luck) I’ll post everything, and with the GM’s permission I’ll also post his versions so it will all be available to anyone who wants to use or adapt it. If you do so then please leave a comment on that post, and leave a link if you posted your version somewhere. I always love to see how others build upon my work, which is exactly why our Constitution tasks the government with giving people patent and copyright protections “for limited times” to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts”, but I’ll go into that in a future post.

Happiness Jar #2 for 2017-02-03

After struggling to come up with happiness jar #1, this week we’ve got two candidates. I’ll start with the second one first.

A few minutes ago I was picking up a stack of books that had fallen over and were keeping our elderly Australian Shepherd from getting to their water dish. Near the bottom of the stack was our second copy of GURPS Basic Set: Characters, which has been missing for months. The timing could not better since we’re getting ready to start a new Saturday afternoon campaign and the GM only has one copy of his own.

Earlier this week something amazing happened: my wife finally got health insurance. She’s had to do without because we couldn’t afford the premiums (even with subsidies) and NC’s Republican Congress decided not to expand Medicaid. Given how many pre-existing conditions the two of us have, we’re happy beyond words that she’s finally getting insurance before the US Senate makes it impossible again.

If you live in Buncombe County and have a low income or still don’t have health insurance, visit the WNC Community Health Service (WNCCHS, or “Winches”), a Federally Qualified Health Center in Asheville. They have been our primary care provider since 2010 when they partnered with Buncombe County government to provide primary health care to low-income residents like us. Because I have Medicaid most of their services have been free – even dental – and the rest are very inexpensive because they charge on a sliding scale.