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Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Japan Championships 2019 competition now live

Trainers...prepare for battle!

The Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Japan Championships 2019 competition is now live in Japan. Check out details on this event below.

- Double Battle competition using standard 2019 VGC rules
- players can use 2 Restricted Pokémon (Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala & Necrozma)
- based on the Ultra Series where both Z-Crystals and Mega Evolutions are allowed
- competition offers a chance to qualify to the Japan Championships inside Japan
- all Pokémon will be raised to Level 50 for the duration of the competition
- battles run until April 22nd, 2019
- all entrants who play 3 or more matches will get a Shiny Tapu Fini, which will be distributed some time in May 2019

Pokémon Europe International Championships Live Stream Details Confirmed

Play-by-play teams revealed

From April 26 to 28, 2019, competitors and fans will gather at the Estrel Berlin in Germany to be part of the Pokémon Europe International Championships. Those unable to attend the premier event on the European circuit will still be able to catch all the intense action, along with play-by-play analysis from a panel of expert commentators, live from Berlin via three streaming channels. The broadcast will be in English only.

Channels and broadcast times:

Twitch.tv/Pokemon
Twitch.tv/PokemonTCG
Twitch.tv/PokkenTournament

Friday, April 26 from 12:30 a.m. PDT: Pokémon TCG and Pokémon video game match coverage
Saturday, April 27 from 12 a.m. PDT: Pokkén Tournament DX, Pokémon TCG, and Pokémon VG match coverage
Sunday, April 28 from 12 a.m. PDT: Final matches for Pokkén Tournament DX, Pokémon TCG, and Pokémon VG

Calling the action for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon video game battles:

Sebi Ernst
Markus Stadter
Labhaoisa Cromie
Adam Dorricott

Providing insight into Pokémon Trading Card Game matches:

Kyle “Pooka” Sucevich
Nicholas Pearce
Jamie Serhan
Joe Bernard

Analysing the blows in Pokkén Tournament DX:

Michael “H2” Graf
Evan “Wonderchef” Hashimoto
Solomon “SolCalibre” Richard-Croffie

To keep up to date with all the latest news on the Play! Pokémon program, be sure to visit: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/.

Pokemon Japan Championships 2019 Battle Competition registration open in Japan

Prepare for battle

Registration for the next Battle Competition in Japan has kicked off. This is the Pokémon Japan Championships 2019 competition, and you can check out full details below.

- Double Battle competition using standard 2019 VGC rules
- players can use 2 Restricted Pokémon (Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala & Necrozma)
- based on the Ultra Series where both Z-Crystals and Mega Evolutions are allowed
- offers a chance to qualify for the Japan Championships
- all Pokémon will be raised to Level 50 for the duration of the competition
- registration runs from April 4th - April 19th
- battles will run from April 19th - April 22nd
- all entrants who play 3 or more matches will get a Shiny Tapu Fini which will be distributed some time in May 2019

Pokémon VGC 2019 ruleset gets some changes

Gotta play by the rules

Pokemon Co. has revamped the Video Game Championships for 2019 tournament play. Check out the full rundown of changes below.

- all VGC events, as well as the Championship Battle mode on Battle Spot, will be running the Ultra Series GS Cup rules
- allows all Mega Stones, Red Orb, Blue Orb and Z-Crystals
- allows 2 Restricted Legendary Pokémon per team
- Battle Type: Double Battle
- Pokémon Restrictions: National Pokédex.
- Pokémon Limits: Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala & Necrozma.
- Banned Pokémon: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Magearna, Marshadow, Zearora or Ash-Greninja, Pokémon not captured or hatched in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon - VGC 2019 Download Rules now available

Tomorrow we see the Pokemon Championship Battles format on Battle Spot and in the VGC circuit shift from Moon Series to Ultra Series. Today the Download Rules are now available from the Festival Plaza. Here's the details on these rules.

- allow you to force the Ultra Series ruleset in any local and online battles with friends
- Ultra Series allows for all items including all Mega Stones & Z-Crystals as well as 2 Legendary Pokémon on your team
- Battle Type: Double Battle
- Pokémon Restrictions: National Pokédex.
- Pokémon Limits: Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala & Necrozma.
- Banned Pokémon: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Magearna, Marshadow, Zearora or Ash-Greninja, Pokémon not captured or hatched in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Another Bonus for Pokémon Bank Subscribers

Take it to the bank

All Pokémon Bank registered users can get a cool Passimian and Oranguru.
Pokémon Bank is the paid service for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems that allows you to store and transfer your Pokémon online. For a limited time, if you sign up or are already registered for Pokémon Bank, you'll receive a Passimian and an Oranguru for your Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon game. The two Pokémon will each arrive with a Hidden Ability that they can't acquire through normal gameplay.

Passimian is found in the wilds of Alola only in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Sun, so this is a good way to get the Pokémon if you haven't played these games. In battle, if Passimian is hit with a stat-lowering effect, its Hidden Ability, Defiant, will cause Passimian's Attack to increase by two levels!

Conversely, Trainers will find Oranguru in the wild only in Pokémon Ultra Moon and Pokémon Moon. Its Hidden Ability, Symbiosis, is useful but a little tricky—in Double Battles, if Oranguru's teammate uses its held item, Oranguru will hand its own held item over to the teammate.

To receive these Pokémon, become an active Pokémon Bank subscriber by October 31, 2019. The cost for Pokémon Bank is $4.99 for a one-year subscription. You can sign up and download Pokémon Bank via Nintendo eShop. Learn more about Pokémon Bank!

To receive Passimian and Oranguru:

Start Pokémon Bank and select the game in which you would like to receive them.

After receiving your gift in Pokémon Bank, start up the game you previously selected.

Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Pokémon as a Mystery Gift.

Remember to save your game!

Note: You will receive only one pair of Pokémon per Pokémon Bank account.

Pokemon.com shares 'Pokémon RPGs 101' feature

Back to basics

Are you worried that Pokemon games are too intimidating? Haven't ever checked out a mainline installment? The Pokemon Co. and Nintendo want to ease you in with some Pokemon basics via a new feature on Pokemon.com. For anyone who's been a bit nervous about jumping in, this feature should help ease you in.

Setting out on an epic journey with a Pokémon partner by your side can be exciting and fulfilling, but it can also seem a bit daunting if you've not experienced an RPG before. This guide will take you through the basics to get you started on your next Pokémon adventure.

To begin with, RPG stands for “role-playing game,” a gaming genre in which the player controls a character on a journey through a fully realized world. As is typical of the genre, the Pokémon RPGs feature involved stories and loads of exploration. There are towns to visit, characters to meet, and battles to be fought. You may also see the Pokémon RPGs referred to as “core Pokémon games,” because the long-running series began with a pair of RPGs—Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version.

Check out the full feature here

New Pokemon Bank distributions have kicked off

Bank on it

A new round of Pokemon Bank distributions have begun. Check out the full details on this distribution below.

- includes Oranguru and Passimian with their Hidden Abilities of Symbiosis and Defiant respectively
- Passimian has the moves Close Combat, U-turn, Knock Off a and Gunk Shot
- Oranguru has the moves Instruct, Foul Play, Trick Room and Ally Switch
- these all have your OT/ID and have no special moves
- they can be picked up from the Pokémon Center after receiving them on Bank
- currently unknown when this distribution will end

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

Pokemon Japan Championships 2019 detailed

Do you think you're the very best?

Pokemon Co. has revealed the first official details for the upcoming Pokemon Japan Championships 2019. Check out the full rundown of info below!

- the Championships will run on June 8th/9th in the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Center in Chiba City, Japan
- June 8th are the qualifiers for each league
- June 9th's battles are the main battles for those who got through Day 1
- the VGC competition runs Ultra Series VGC 2019 rules
- entry is only possible through ranking highly in the Japan Championships Qualifier Online Competition next month
- TCG event rewards points that can be used to gain an invite to the World Championships through various City Leagues
- the Japan Championships give 600 Points to the winner
- Pokkén Tournament DX qualifier runs the standard Double Elimination Format with the battles being Team Battles
- it has a cap of 32 Players in Seniors and 128 Players in Masters
- all elements result in invites to the Pokémon World Championships in Washington D.C. this August