Welcome to the guidelines for our Pokémon Gaming forums! This includes the Previous Generations forum and Pokémon Gaming Central. Know that once you've read through these, you're good to post in all of those as long as your posts meet the rules. Let's get started, it won't take long!
PC's Global Rules apply!
Common sense, right? You can check up on the rules for yourself by clicking here!
Discussion of ROM hacks, fan games, and Pokémon trading doesn't belong here.
If you want to discuss a ROM Hack or a fan game, or request a trade, check out the appropriate forums! If you need help with a specific hack or fan game, use the search function to find its thread and ask in there!
Need help in the spinoff or mobile games?
Please check the Spinoffs and Mobile Games forum for help with all spinoff or mobile games! Questions about specific games go in their respective forums (such as the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet forum for questions about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Pokemon Switch Games forum for questions about Pokemon games on the Switch like Sword/Shield and Legends: Arceus, and the Previous Generations forum for questions on all major games before the Nintendo Switch games). Some sections may also have stickied help threads you can ask in.
Please don't guide users towards cheats
PC will not be responsible for the potential harm of a user's game. It is fine to discuss cheating, provided that you don't guide users on how to go about using them.
Leave the modding to the moderators! If you see someone breaking the rules in any of these forums, please use the report button and a moderator will handle it. Never step in and try to handle it yourself.
The fine line between Pokémon General and Pokémon Gaming Central
It can be confusing, but Pokémon Gaming Central deals with in-game specifics that only involve the games, and not the rest of the franchise. For discussions about the franchise as a whole, outside of the context of the games, use Pokémon General.
Spoiler: Some helpful examples
If you were to post a thread comparing two or more Pokémon, it belongs in Pokémon General.
If you are comparing/asking opinions that cover more than just the games, it belongs in Pokémon General.
If you are posting a thread asking about favorite Flying types, legendaries, etc, it belongs in Pokémon General.
Theories about the Pokémon world that expand beyond the game (anime, manga, the general world, etc.) belongs in Pokémon General.
Merchandise (plushies, figures, etc.) belongs in Pokémon General.
If the thread is about, say, your favourite rival, then it's referring to the games and hence belongs in PGC.
'Coolest/Most annoying Pokemon cry'? PGC, as it's referring to the sounds made in the games.
'Hardest Pokemon game' would be PGC, because it's encompassing all of the games.
'Favourite Gym Leader theme?' would be PGC, as it is not specific to one game but all the Gym Leaders across all generations
'Favourite Pokemon abilities' is also PGC because it's referring to abilities in the games.
Have fun discussing Pokémon!
Now that you've read the rules, go discuss and create some of your own topics!