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Pokemon World Championships 2019 distribution detailed, registration now open

Trainers, at the ready...

We've got two tidbits of info on the upcoming Pokémon World Championships in Washington D.C. to share, with the first being tied to a distribution. Players will be given an Aerodactyl with the Hidden Ability Unnerve, and it comes with the moves Celebrate, Ancient Power, Rock Polish and Wide Guard. It is Level 50 and comes with the Rare Bone.

Next up, registration for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships is now live. The event takes place in Washington D.C. from August 16th to 18th. You can check out all registration info here.

Pokemon Sword & Shield using similar, if not the exact same animations from Pokemon Sun & Moon

Fans are NOT happy

Pokemon Co. and Game Freak can't seem to catch a break lately with Pokemon Sword & Shield. News of the game not including all previous Pokemon has sent fans into a frenzy, and now they're out to hunt down anything/everything that enrages them. The latest findings point to reused animations in Sword and Shield, which characters having movements that appear to be ripped straight from titles like Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Games reusing animations from previous installments isn't really all that new, but fans were expecting a bit more for the series' first mainline jump to consoles. Is this sort of revelation a deal-breaker for you?

Play! Pokémon Rules and Regulations Updated, Plus New Functionality Added to Tournament Operations Software

Make sure your gameplay is on the up-and-up

The Play! Pokémon rules and regulations are periodically reviewed to maintain competitive balance in the Championship Series. The documents have been updated to reflect the latest review in spring 2019. Pokémon TCG and video game players and Professors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the latest rules and regulations ahead of their next competition.

We'll continue to follow the events of the season and review the documents at regular intervals. Check back here at Pokemon.com for notices of when documents have been updated.

An updated version of Pokémon's Tournament Operations Manager is now available to all official Organizers. TOM 1.53 makes several changes that could affect events, so Organizers are strongly encouraged to update their software right away. Organizers can download the latest version of the software here.

Major Change:

Players who drop from an event will remain in the standings and eligible for Championship Points. This is in response to feedback frequently received at Regional Championships events. This change means that every player, except those who may have been disqualified, will be in the final standings based on the points earned in the event.

Minor Changes:

The minimum attendance for uploading a tournament is now 4 players. This means players can now receive Play! Points or Championship Points for competing in small store events.

Should players be tied, a head-to-head match is now the final tiebreaker. (The final tiebreaker comes into effect after considering tardiness, opponent's win percentage, and opponent's-opponents' win percentage.) The logic for the final tiebreaker is as follows:

If two players are tied and they played each other, that match determines standing order.

If two players are tied and they did not play each other, the order is random.

If three or more players are tied, the order is random.

Minor changes to text and formatting.

Full details on the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships Streams

The where, when, and how to watch

A bounty of prizes and Championship Points toward qualification for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships are on the line as players compete in the season's penultimate International Championships in Berlin, Germany, April 26–28, 2019.

You can watch all the action from home even if you can't make it to Berlin, as we'll be broadcasting matches from each round of the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships. Matches from the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Video Game Championships will be on display all weekend long, starting Friday morning after midnight (Pacific daylight time), and Pokkén Tournament DX will join the fray for the competition's final two days.

The final rounds for the Pokémon TCG and VGC will be broadcast consecutively on Twitch.tv/Pokemon starting Sunday morning after midnight PDT, while the Pokkén Tournament DX finals will be broadcast on Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament on Sunday at 12:30 a.m. PDT. Don't forget to check out the winning teams and decks at Pokemon.com/EventResults once the tournament is complete.

What to Watch: Pokémon TCG
Pokémon TCG stream: Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG
Commentators: Joe Bernard, Nicholas Pearce, Jamie Serhan, Kyle “Pooka” Sucevich

Friday, April 26: 12:30 a.m. – noon PDT (approx.)
Saturday, April 27: midnight – noon PDT (approx.)
Sunday, April 28: Finals start at 12:01 a.m. PDT on Twitch.tv/Pokemon

Competitors in the Pokémon TCG will follow the same Standard format as the Oceania International Championships, using cards from Sun & Moon through Sun & Moon—Team Up. The buzz at the Oceania tournament (and in our Event Recaps) was largely focused on Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, the deck with by far the most representation on Day 2. In the end, it was a different Lightning-type deck centered around Zapdos that won it all in the Masters Division, while a deck featuring Zoroark-GX and Lycanroc-GX also finished above the TAG TEAM. Each of these decks is likely to stay competitive in our second International Championships including cards from Sun & Moon—Team Up, but don't be surprised if you see decks featuring the Regionals-winning Blacephalon-GX, more decks built around Malamar, and rogue decks like a recent standout featuring Vileplume and Hoopa pushing for top spots.

What to Watch: Pokémon VGC
Pokémon VGC stream: Twitch.tv/Pokemon
Commentators: Labhaoisa Cromie, Adam Dorricott, Sebi Ernst, Markus Stadter

Friday, April 26: 12:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PDT (approx.)
Saturday, April 27: midnight – 10 a.m. PDT (approx.)
Sunday, April 28: After TCG finals (approx. 4:30 a.m. PDT)

The Video Game Championships is entering its final form for the 2019 season: the Ultra Series, where Trainers will finally be permitted to utilize Primal Reversion and Mega Evolution. With each player now able to use two of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon on their team and one Z-Move and one Mega Evolution per match, these teams will have more power than we've ever seen in tournament play! Keep an eye on Ultra Necrozma, which will be making its International Championships debut. Competitors are split on whether this Pokémon will be one of the strongest in the format or if its need for a Z-Crystal limits team composition too significantly. You'll have to tune in yourself to see how it performs.

What to Watch: Pokkén Tournament DX
Pokkén Tournament DX stream: Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament
Commentators: Michael “H2” Graf, Evan “WonderChef” Hashimoto, Solomon “SolCalibre” Richard-Croffie

Saturday, April 27: midnight – 6 a.m. PDT (approx.)
Sunday, April 28: 12:30 a.m. – 5 a.m. PDT (approx.)

The 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series is still young, as the Europe International Championships are only the second event of the season. If you missed out on the action in Oceania, take note that competitors this year are competing in the Team Battle format, where each player chooses their own team of three Pokémon. With double the invitations to the World Championships on the line, battles are sure to be even fiercer than they were in Sydney.

Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - Special Battle Season 15 rules revealed

Trainers ready!

Time to get ready for battle, Pokemon trainers. The rules for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Special Battle Season 15 are now available. Get the full scoop below.

- Season 15 will run from April 2nd through June 17th, 2019
- this Season runs on Sun & Moon and Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
- rankings for the games are separate from one another
- only allows Pokémon that can only have the move Metronome across all generations
- this rule excludes Mewtwo, Dusclops and Dusknoir)
- single battle type
- Pokémon Restrictions: Only Clefairy, Clefable, Mankey, Primeape, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, Machop, Machoke, Machamp, Geodude, Graveler, Golem, Gengar, Drowzee, Hypno, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Chansey, Mr. Mime, Jynx, Electabuzz, Magmar, Snorlax, Mew, Cleffa, Togepi, Togetic, Politoed, Aipom, Snubbull, Granbull, Teddiursa, Ursaring, Smeargle, Smoochum, Miltank, Blissey, Celebi, Ludicolo, Makuhita, Hariyama, Sableye, Meditite, Medicham, Plusle, Minun, Volbeat, Illumise, Spinda, Kecleon, Banette, Jirachi, Ambipom, Happiny, Munchlax, Electivire, Magmortar, Togekiss.
- Attack Restrictions: Metronome only
- Item Restrictions: No Mega Stones
- all Pokemon are set to Level 50
- if they are above that, and you choose 1 Pokémon out of your 6, and you can't have two Pokémon holding the same hold item
- battles have a 10 minute duration, with turns getting a 60 second timer
- Pokemon transferred through Poke Bank are allowed

Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon - Special Battle Season 14 detailed

The Special Battle rules for Season 14 of Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon have been detailed. Check out all the new info below.

- Season 14 will run from January 8th through April 1st
- runs on Sun & Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
- rankings are separate from one another
- this ruleset only allows Pokémon to hold Berries
- Battle type: Single Battle
- Pokémon Restrictions: Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Magearna, Marshadow, Zeraora, and Ash-Greninja may not be used.
- all Pokemon are set to Level 50
- if a Pokemon is above Level 50, you choose 3 Pokémon out of your 6
- you cannot have two Pokémon holding the same hold item
- battles have a 10 minute duration, with turns having a 60 second timer
- Pokémon transferred through Pokémon Bank are usable

Get Rare Berries in Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Starting early January of 2019, Pokémon fans will be able to take part in a Berry exciting event (see what we did there?). Players of Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon will have the opportunity to get a Mystery Gift containing a selection of special Berries that have previously been unavailable in the games. The Mystery Gift contains an Enigma Berry, a Micle Berry, a Custap Berry, a Jaboca Berry, and a Rowap Berry.

Each of these rare Berries has useful effects when held by a Pokémon, but you may not want to use any right away. By traveling to Poké Pelago in your game, you can plant the Berries to grow more of them. With proper maintenance, your supply of these handy items will never run dry.

Competitive players will be pleased to learn that these Berries can be used in Pokémon Global Link Rating Battles and Online Competitions (unless the regulations state otherwise). They can also be used for the 2019 Video Game Championship Series from the Moon Series onward.

This Berry distribution runs from January 7, 2019 (8:00 p.m. PST), to September 2, 2019 (4:59 p.m. PST), so don't miss out on adding these valuable items to your game!

To get your Berries via Nintendo Network:

Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.

Select Receive Gift.

Select Get via Internet, then Yes, and then Yes again to connect to the internet.

Watch as you receive your Berries.

Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to add the Berries to your inventory.

Be sure to save your game!

Wireless internet access is required for online features. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com.

Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - special berry promotion announced for Japan

The Japanese Pokemon Global Link website has updated with info on a special promotion for Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Check out details on this Japanese offer below.

- gives 5 Berries that cannot be obtained in normal play
- berries include the Enigma Berry, Micle Berry, Custap Berry, Jaboca Berry & Rowap Berry
- this is the first time they have been made available in Generation VII
- runs from January 8th 2019 through September 3rd 2019
- will be available over Mystery Gift via Internet

Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - Lugia and Ho-Oh worldwide distribution details

Lugia and Ho-Oh will be the next Pokémon featured in the yearlong celebration of Legendary Pokémon. Players can receive Lugia in their copy of Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Sun, while Ho-Oh will be available for Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon.

- In the UK & Spain it will be distributed at GAME from November 2nd through November 25th
- In the US , it'll be at Gamestop from November 2nd through 25th
- In Canada, it'll be at EB Games from November 2nd through 26th
- In the Germany, Ireland and Italy, it'll be at Gamestop from November 2nd through 25th
- In France it will be at Micromania until November 25th
- In Australia it's available at EB Games until November 25th

Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - Lugia and Ho-Oh UK distribution details

Following the news of the Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Lugia and Ho-Oh distribution here in the states, we have details on how our UK friends can get in on the action.

- available through GAME stores in the UK
- available starting Friday November 2nd, and running to November 25th 2018

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