The goal of NEXT is to improve the diversity of the OU metagame by only doing things that could plausibly be done between gens.
Specifically, the core rules of NEXT are:
- no base stat changes
- no removing from movepools
- no removing from ability distribution
- no typing changes (except on formes)
- no buffing OU mons, except maybe tiny buffs to mons at the bottom of OU
- no doing things that make zero sense flavor-wise
What's left is mainly changes to how abilities and moves work, which is most of what NEXT is about.
A good example is what Game Freak did by giving Ditto the Imposter ability. This gave a Ditto a role in OU, while still making sense flavor-wise, and without removing anything it used to have.
A good example of what NEXT changes is Cherrim. We have taken an interesting idea (ability designed for Sunny Day support) and made it viable in OU.
This approach is in sharp contrast to many mods that do change many things on NEXT's "don't change" list. The result is a metagame that feels a lot like a new generation: existing OU threats stay mostly the same, but many new threats and strategies are introduced.
And yes, we know that "no base stat changes" has been broken in Gen 6. We're still not doing it, because it's hard to constrain and hard to keep track of.
A changelog for NEXT is available here:
Generation NEXT currently makes the following changes:
Stealth Rock now does 1/4 damage against Flying-types, and 1/8 damage against everything else. To prevent Volcarona from shooting into Ubers, Quiver Dance now grants +1 SpD +1 Spe +1 accuracy.
Drives will change Genesect's typing immediately after switch-in, to Bug/Ice, Bug/Fire, Bug/Electric, or Bug/Water. However, Download will not activate unless Genesect holds a Drive.
Unown gets an item named Strange Orb (select "Stick" in the teambuilder) It doubles its SpA, SpD, and Spe, and changes its type to the type of its Hidden Power.
Weather-inducing abilities now last for only 5 turns (or 8 with the right item). Weather moves have +1 priority.
Forecast will make weather moves last forever. Cherrim will make Sunny Day last forever. Phione will make Rain Dance last forever. Cryogonal will make Hail last forever. Probopass will make Sandstorm last forever.
Hail is improved:
- Silver Wind, Ominous Wind, and Avalanche deal 1.5x as much damage in Hail
- Snow Cloak no longer modifies evasion, but instead decreases damage by 25% in Hail (and 12.5% out of Hail)
- Ice Body has 30% chance of freezing a contact move (and grants passive healing out of Hail, too)
- Thick Fat, Marvel Scale, and Flame Body grant immunity to Hail damage
Freezing doesn't have a 20% thaw chance. Instead, thawing happens at the end of the second turn. Because this new freeze effect is a nerf, Blizzard now has a 30% chance of inflicting freeze.
Every Hidden Ability is released.
Moves with a charge turn are now a lot more powerful. They remove Protect and Substitute before hitting, they always crit (although their base power has been adjusted accordingly), they have perfect accuracy, and one other change depending on the move:
- SolarBeam: heal 50% on the charge turn, 80 bp
- Razor Wind: 100% confusion, 60 bp
- Skull Bash: +1 Def, +1 SpD, +1 accuracy on the charge turn, 70 bp
- Sky Attack: 100% -1 Def, 95 bp
- Freeze Shock: 100% paralysis, 95 bp
- Ice Burn: 100% burn, 95 bp
- Bounce: 30% paralysis, 60 bp
- Fly: 100% -1 Def, 60 bp
- Dig: 100% -1 Def, 60 bp
- Dive: 100% -1 Def, 60 bp
- Shadow Force: 100% Ghost-Curse, 40 bp
- Sky Drop: 100% -1 Def, 60 bp
Recharge moves are similarly buffed. They have 100 base power, always crit, and they only recharge if they KO. Be careful - in return for a KO, they still give the foe a free switch-in and a turn to set up.
Flower Gift now only boosts Sp. Def, but if Sunny Day is used while Cherrim is out, the next switch-in also receives +1 SpD
Butterfree, Beautifly, Masquerain, Mothim, and Lilligant get an item named GossamerWing (select "Stick" in the teambuilder). It makes them take half damage from Rock, Ice, and Electric moves, prevents them from taking double SR damage, and adds +1 SpA back to Quiver Dance.
Relic Song switches Meloetta's SpA and Atk EVs, boosts, and certain natures, specifically: Modest <-> Adamant, Jolly <-> Timid, other natures are left untouched. It's now 60 base power +1 priority, with no secondary.
Shuckle gets Berry Shell (select "Stick" in the teambuilder), which gives a 50% boost to Defense and Sp. Def.
Ambipom gets Sketch as an event move, allowing it to use exactly one move not normally in its learnset.
Echoed Voice now has 80 base power, hits once, and then, 2 turns later, hits again for 80 base power. It's like Doom Desire, except it still hits that first time.
Confusion now deals 30 base power damage every attack, but does not stop the attack. It now lasts 3-5 turns.
Parental Bond now deals half damage on both hits, but confers perfect accuracy like all multi-hit moves.
Life Orb now behaves much more consistently as normal recoil. Reckless will boost every move if Life Orb is held, and Rock Head will negate Life Orb recoil.
Twister is now a 80 base power Flying move with a 30% confusion chance
Diancie and Volcanion are released
New mechanic: Signature Pokemon:
Certain moves have a Signature Pokemon associated with them. A move will deal 1.5x its usual damage when used by its Signature Pokemon. Some of these moves also receive other changes that apply to all Pokemon using the move - those changes are listed in parentheses.
Flareon: Fire Fang (20% burn, 30% flinch, 100% accuracy)
Walrein: Ice Fang (20% freeze, 30% flinch, 100% accuracy)
Luxray: Thunder Fang (20% paralysis, 30% flinch, 100% accuracy)
Drapion: Poison Fang (65 base power, 100% toxic poison, 30% flinch)
Seviper: Poison Tail (60 base power, 60% toxic poison)
Muk: Sludge (60 base power, 100% poison)
Weezing: Smog (75 base power, 100% poison, 100% accuracy)
Rapidash: Flame Charge (60 base power)
Darmanitan: Flame Wheel
Kingdra: BubbleBeam (30% -1 Spe)
Galvantula: Electroweb (60 base power, 100% accuracy)
Skarmory: Steel Wing (60 base power, 100% accuracy, 50% +1 Def)
Beautifly: Giga Drain
Glaceon: Icy Wind (60 base power, 100% accuracy)
Swampert: Mud Shot (60 base power, 100% accuracy)
Kyurem: Glaciate (80 base power, 100% accuracy)
Octillery: Octazooka (75 base power, 90% accuracy, 100% -1 accuracy)
Serperior: Leaf Tornado (75 base power, 90% accuracy, 100% -1 accuracy)
Weavile: Ice Shard
Sharpedo: Aqua Jet
Hitmonchan: Mach Punch
Banette: Shadow Sneak
Masquerain: Surf (10% -1 Spe)
Snorlax: Snore (100 base power)
Persian: Slash (60 base power 30% -1 Def)
Again, note that while the Signature Pokemon will get the 1.5x damage boost, all Pokemon will get the other changes to the move listed above.
New mechanic: Intrinsics:
Pokemon that previously get Levitate are now immune to Ground intrinsically. Instead, they get new abilities in addition to their Ground immunity:
Unown: Shadow Tag
Flygon: Compoundeyes, Sand Rush
Eelektross: Poison Heal
Cryogonal: Ice Body
Gengar: Cursed Body
Mismagius: Cursed Body
New: Type-specific items:
Big Root: also acts like Leftovers + Shell Bell for Grass types
Black Sludge: heals 1/8 per turn for pure Poison types
Focus Band: always works, but breaks after getting hit once for pure Fighting types (so basically it'd be a Sash that stays intact after residual damage); does nothing for other pokemon
Wise Glasses: 1.2x Special damage for pure Psychic types
Muscle Band: 1.2x Physical damage for pure Fighting types
Minor move changes:
Parabolic Charge now has 40 base power, but gives -1 SpA, -1 SpD to the target and +1 SpA, +1 SpD to the user
Rock Throw now removes Stealth Rock from the user's side of the field, and has 100% accuracy
Rapid Spin now has 30 base power
Rock Throw and Rapid Spin remove hazards before fainting from Rocky Helmet etc
All moves' accuracy is rounded up to the nearest multiple of 10% (except Jump Kick, which will be rebalanced later)
Charge Beam and Rock Slide are now 100% accurate
Blue Flare has 30% burn chance, Fire Blast has 20% burn chance and is 80% accurate
Focus Blast has 30% accuracy (use HP Fighting unless you have No Guard)
Close Combat has been nerfed: it now gives -2 Def, -2 SpD
Moves that were originally perfect accuracy have their base power increased to 90 (this includes Aerial Ace, Disarming Voice, and Aura Sphere, among others)
Scald's damage is no longer affected by weather: instead, it gets 60% burn chance in sun
High Jump Kick now has 100 base power
Shadow Ball now has 90 base power and 30% -SpD
Multi-hit moves are now all perfect-accuracy
Whirlwind and Roar have perfect accuracy
Silver Wind, Ominous Wind, and AncientPower have a 100% chance of raising one of Def/SpA/SpD/Spe at random, rather than a 10% chance of raising every stat
Twineedle has a new base power of 50
Tri Attack now hits 3 times and has a base power of 30
Strength now has a 30% chance of raising user's Atk
Cut and Rock Smash are 50 base power and now have a 100% chance of lowering foe's Def
Drill Peck, Needle Arm, Attack Order, Leaf Blade, and Crabhammers's Base Powers are now 100
Stomp and Steamroller now have 100 Base Power and perfect accuracy to reflect their thematic status as counters to Minimize
Bide is now a +1 priority moves that gives the user Endure (the user survives all move damage with at least 1 HP) for its duration. Bide fails if the user has 1 HP when it's used, or if the user's last move used was Bide.
Withdraw gives +1 SpD as well as +1 Def
Muddy Water is now 85 base power and 100% accurate
Leech Life is now 75 base power
Sound-based moves are no longer affected by immunities (ghosts can hear things)
Bonemerang and Bone Rush no longer affected by immunities (you can throw a bone to hit air), Bone Rush nerfed to 20 base power since it should never be viable
Wing Attack and Power Gem are now like Dual Chop: 40 base power, 2-hit
Autotomize now gives +3 Speed
Zoroark gets a significantly wider movepool: It now learns: Ice Beam, Giga Drain, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Superpower, X-Scissor
if Illusion is active, Night Daze now displays as a random non-Status move in the copied pokemon's moveset
Selfdestruct and Explosion are now 200 and 250 base power autocrit moves, respectively, and they are both perfect-accuracy
Acid and Acid Spray aren't affected by immunities
Protect does not protect Substitutes (with passive healing being more common, Sub/Protect stalling could be overpowered) and Substitutes increase accuracy against them to 100%
Dizzy Punch is 90 base power, 50% confusion chance
Sacred Sword now has 95 base power
Egg Bomb is now 40 base power autocrit
Minimize only increases evasion by one stage
Double Team takes 25% of user's max HP (like Substitute)
Minor learnset changes:
Azumarill now gets Belly Drum with no incompatibilities
Mantine gets many new moves: Recover, Whirlwind, Baton Pass, Wish, Soak, Lock-On, Acid Spray, Octazooka, Stockpile
Masquerain gets Surf
Butterfree, Beautifly, Masquerain, and Mothim get Hurricane
Roserade gets Sludge
Meloetta gets Fiery Dance
Galvantula gets Zap Cannon
Virizion gets Horn Leech
Milotic, Scolipede, and Steelix get Coil
Spinda gets Superpower with no incompatibilities
Rotom formes learn more things:
- Rotom-Wash: BubbleBeam
- Rotom-Fan: Hurricane, Twister
- Rotom-Frost: Frost Breath
- Rotom-Heat: Heat Wave
- Rotom-Mow: Magical Leaf
Starters get a new ability option
- Venusaur: Leaf Guard
- Charizard: Flash Fire
- Blastoise: Shell Armor
- Meganium: Harvest
- Typhlosion: Flame Body
- Feraligatr: Intimidate
- Sceptile: Limber
- Blaziken: Reckless
- Swampert: Hydration
- Torterra: Weak Armor
- Infernape: No Guard
- Empoleon: Ice Body
- Serperior: Own Tempo
- Emboar: Sheer Force
- Samurott: Technician
- Chesnaught: Battle Armor
- Delphox: Magic Guard
- Greninja: Pickpocket
Minor ability changes:
Justified now caps base power to 100 against non-Dark foes: Musketeers are recommended to use Sacred Sword over Close Combat and Surf over Hydro Pump, other pokemon are recommended not to use Justified
Weak Armor reduces incoming move damage by 1/8 of the user's max HP and increases the user's Speed for the first hit after switch-in (and does not activate again until the next switch-in) instead of its previous effect
Shell Armor and Battle Armor reduce incoming move damage by 1/8 of the user's max HP in addition to their crit negation (also, Shell Armor is removed when using Shell Smash)
Magma Armor reduces incoming move damage by 1/8 of the user's max HP, provides immunity to Hail and freeze, and provides a one-time immunity to Water and Ice, after which it turns into Shell Armor
Adaptability is now 1.33x to non-STAB moves instead of to STAB moves
Shadow Tag now lasts only one turn
Static and Poison Point have a 100% chance of activating
Speed Boost does not activate on turns Protect, Detect, Endure, etc are used
Telepathy grants Imprison on switch-in
Compoundeyes and Keen Eye now grant 1.6x accuracy (this replaces Keen Eye's previous effect)
Victory Star grants 1.5x accuracy (but only for the user)
Solid Rock and Filter now reduce 1/2 damage of SE moves, not 1/4
Iron Fist now grants a 1.3x boost
Outrage, Thrash, and Petal Dance don't lock if the user has Own Tempo
Stench now grants a 40% flinch chance
Slow Start now only lasts 3 turns instead of 5
Truant will only activate if a move succeeds (e.g. not if it misses, fails, or is Protected against), and will heal the user by 33% during its Truant turn
Clear Body and White Smoke prevents all stat lowering (relevant: the Regis' Superpower, Metagross' Hammer Arm, and Torkoal's Overheat)
Thick Fat grants half damage from Fighting
Aftermath no longer requires contact, and its damage is buffed to 1/3 of the foe's max HP
Cursed Body works like Afermath now, but instead of dealing damage, it causes the foe to be Cursed (like Ghost-type Curse)
Gluttony allows a Pokemon to use a Berry twice.
Guts, Quick Feet, and Toxic Boost take half damage from poisoning
Guts, Quick Feet, and Flare Boost take half damage from burns
Sand Veil grants 20% damage reduction in sand (this replaces Sand Veil's usual effect)
Water Veil grans 12.5% damage reduction out of rain and 25% damage reduction in rain, in addition to its usual effect
Multiscale decreases damage by 1/3 rather than 1/2 (Sorry, Dragonite, this is in return for a usable physical Flying STAB in Aerial Ace)
Minor item changes:
Zoom Lens now grants 1.6x accuracy
Wide Lens now grants 1.3x accuracy
The OU banlist (i.e. Pokemon considered Uber) is now:
- Every Pokemon with over 600 BST except Slaking and Regigigas
- Deoxys (all formes)
The following clauses are in effect:
- OHKO Clause
- Sleep Clause
- Soul Dew is banned
Specifically, differences from regular OU:
unbanned: Gengarite, Kangaskhanite, Lucarionite, Blaziken
banned: Kyurem, Kyurem-Black, Deoxys-Speed, Deoxys-Defense
There is no Moody Clause or Evasion Clause