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My friend gave me some EV trained Pokemon to battle with. I went to join a match, but it said I could not battle. After trying each of the Pokemon one after another, the only one who could not was my tank, Ferrothorn. Is there a way to fix this? Or must I get a new member for the team?

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Since you are using a Ferrothorn, which doesn't have access to banned moves (dark void and sky drop) and isn't banned in random match-making, there are a few possibilities:

  1. Your Ferrothorn is holding a banned item (only soul dew that I can remember), or a duplicate item (you can only have at most 1 of each item on your team for random matchmaking). If this is the case, you'll simply need to switch the item the Ferrothorn is holding to one that isn't banned and that another of your pokemon isn't holding.

  2. You didn't notice a second Ferrothorn in your team. You can only use 1 of each species in your team for random match-making. I doubt this is the case, but it is worth mentioning as it is a common enough mistake. To fix this, simply only take 1 Ferrothorn, rather than 2 or more.

  3. Your friend hacked the Ferrothorn. The random match-making in BW2 performs a small hack check on each Pokemon you're using before allowing you to battle. It's not infallible, but it does catch a lot of stuff. It's quite possible that your friend's "EV training" was actually just using an action replay to edit values which got picked up by the game's hack check. To fix this, you should get a new Pokemon, as you probably will never be able to get it into random match-making.

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    Also note that if 3. is correct, it's possible that the other Pokemon your friend gave you are also hacked, but aren't caught by the online hack check (as there are no hack checks for Pokemon which are completely infallible). If you have an issue with using hacked/edited Pokemon you might want to try using an alternative hack check like Pokecheck (which tends to be a bit better in most cases) and/or asking your friend about it. Jun 19, 2013 at 16:12

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