Haha but I am so woefully unprepared, which is weird because I always hated finishing pokemon games because I felt like there was nothing to do afterwards. I'm into strategy games but after visiting smogon I am completely overwhelmed with IV's and EV's and breeding never made sense to me ever lol I need like a begininers course or something
hahaahaha. Well maybe I should offer a beginners course. I am no elite battler myself, but I do know the basics. If you want me to explain stuff like that to you sometime, that's no problem at all. In fact, I believe I explained EVs in the previous thread somewhere. Also though, you can check the resources I posted in Post #1. The smogon breeding guide is VERY detailed and quite useful for the more committed breeder. I have recently began getting serious about breeding good Pokes, have a few success stories so far. As for EVs and IVs, both are probably explained somewhere on Serebii.
Sweet. First thing is obviously to download the application and let it install. Shouldn't be too hard, just run the Java runtime when it prompts you, and it should do the rest of the work.
After the program opens, you will see a tab for the Team Builder. Go ahead and select new team and the builder window will open. This is where you input which Pokemon you'd like, their moves, natures, abilities, items, EVs, and IVs. Make sure you fill out all the information, or you may end up with a Poke that has the wrong stats, moves, or something else. I forgot to change the EVs one time on a new team, and I was using a Swords Dance Sceptile that was maxed out in Special Attack instead of Attack, and was Timid instead of Jolly. Anyway, get all that finished and save the team. I would recommend nicknaming your Pokes, because 1) there isn't a 10 character limit like on the DS and 2) it's fun :D
Once you have your team put together, go back to the servers menu and connect. You'll see a big list, you want the first one, Smogon University. This is the best one because it has the most players on it, you'll always be able to find a match, and if any of us are on, that's where we'll be.
Once the Shoddy window opens, you'll see a chat area and some tabs to the right. The tabs are where most of the functions are that you'll need to battle. Shoddy works in a ladder format, so to find a battle click on the 'find' tab and load up your team. There is a rated and unrated tab, you want to use the rated tab for standard matches. When you click find match, it will find a random opponent for you and the battle will begin. The rest is just Pokemon!
Give it a try, and if you have questions just let me know. If you see one of the AP members, you can battle them specifically by finding their name on the member list tab and right clicking. Select challenge, and it will let you set up the specifics of the battle (IE select Freeze Clause, Species Clause, etc). Since the ladder won't find a specific person for you, battles with people you know are best done unrated.