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Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - Shiny Tapu Fini gift, Special Battle Season 16 details

It's time to shine

We have two bits of info on Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon today. Check out the rundown of those tidbits below.

Shiny Tapu Fini

- available to those who participated in the recent 2019 International Challenge May
- obtain the Pokemon after logging into the Global Link
- this is the first time a Shiny Tapu Fini has been available internationally
- comes at Level 60 with the moves Nature's Madness, Muddy Water, Aqua Ring, Hydro Pump
- holds a Misty Seed
- can be redeemed until July 30th

Special Battle Season 16

- Battle Spot Special Battle rules for Season 16 have been revealed
- will run from June 18th through September 2nd
- runs on Sun & Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, with rankings separate from each other
- only allows Pokémon that haven't ranked in top 30 during Seasons 7 to 15 in Single Battles
- Pokémon Restrictions: No Venusaur, Charizard, Cloyster, Gengar, Kangaskhan, Gyarados, Snorlax, Zapdos, Dragonite, Azumarill, Scizor, Skarmory, Porygon2, Tyranitar, Blaziken, Breloom, Mawile, Salamence, Metagross, Garchomp, Lucario, Hippowdon, Gliscor, Mamoswine, Rotom, Heatran, Serperior, Excadrill, Ferrothorn, Hydreigon, Volcarona, Thundurus, Landorus, Greninja, Aegislash, Toxapex, Mimikyu, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Fini, Celesteela, Kartana, and Naganadel or 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.
- other standard rules apply, including all set to Level 50 if above that
- you choose 1 Pokémon out of your 6, and 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 in this ruleset

Pokemon News - New Grookey move, Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon/Sun/Moon distribution, North American championships info, Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION screening

The Pokemon world keeps on buzzing

New move for Grookey

- found via a screenshot on the Japanese site for Pokemon Sword and Shield
- move is used by Grookey and is shown to do decent damage
- no official name for this move yet

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon 2019 North American International Championships distribution

- 2019 North American International Championships distrubtion for Columbus, Ohio revealed
- all players and visitors in attendance will be able to download an East Sea Gastrodon
- this is based on the Gastrodon used by 2018 World Champion Paul Ruiz
- Gastrodon comes at Level 50 with the Modest Nature, Storm Drain Ability and the moves Earth Power, Ice Beam, Recover, Protect
- you don't need a badge to receive the Gastrodon

Pokémon Championships streaming info

- running from June 21st through 23rd, 2019
- VGC commentators are Adam Dorricott, Scott Glaza, Duy Ha, Gabby Snyder & Aaron Zheng
- TCG commentators are Cora Georgiou, Jeremy Jallen, Josue Rojano, Kyle Sabelhaus, Kyle Sucevich & Kenny Wisdom
- Pokken Tournament DX commentators are Michael “H2” Graf, Evan “WonderChef” Hashimoto, Brendan “Burnside” Hansen
- Friday June 21st from 09:15 EDT will be Pokémon TCG and Pokémon video game match coverage
- Saturday June 22nd from 08:45 EDT will be Pokkén Tournament DX, Pokémon TCG, and Pokémon VG match coverage
- Sunday June 23rd from 10:00 EDT will be Final matches for Pokkén Tournament DX, Pokémon TCG, and Pokémon VG

Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION special screening

- movie to be screened during Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 4th, 2019
- there will be a Q&A and autograph session with Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara, the movie's directors
- Rica Matsumoto, the Japanese voice actor for Ash, will be present as well
- takes place in Hall B in the Los Angeles Convention Center

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Roto Boost vending machine distributions ending in Japan

End of an era

Over in Japan, Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon players have been able to grab distributions for various Roto Boost items from vending machines in Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores. All that's about to come to stop, as Pokemon Co. has announced an end to the service on June 30th 2019. Get in there and take advantage while you still can!

Pokemon 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition now underway

The battle is on

The Pokemon 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition has officially kicked off. This competition is for regions outside of Japan. Check out full details on the battle 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 CP to the highest ranked players to give players the opportunity to go to the World Championships
- all Pokémon will be raised to Level 50 for the duration of the competition
- battles will run to May 26th
- all entrants who play 3 or more matches will get a Shiny Tapu Fini which will be distributed some time in June

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Japan Championships 2019 qualifiers competition entry gift now available

Oooooooh, Shiny!

Those who took part in the Japan-exclusive Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Japan Championships 2019 qualifiers competition can now obtain their entry gift. The gift is a Shiny Tapu Fini, and it's the first time one has been available as a Shiny. This Shiny Tapu Fini comes at Level 60, and includes the moves Nature's Madness, Muddy Water, Aqua Ring, Hydro Pump and holds a Misty Seed. The code can be redeemed until June 28th, 2019.

Register Now for the Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition

Good luck, trainers!

Sign up and battle in the upcoming 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition with your copy of either Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon. The competition goes from Friday, May 24, 2019, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 23:59 UTC. Trainers will be limited to 15 battles per day, with unplayed battles carrying over to the next day.

All qualified participants in the 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition will receive a Shiny Tapu Fini, and the top players will receive Championship Points, which contribute toward earning an invitation to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships. Players must complete at least three battles to qualify.

You’ll need a Pokémon Trainer Club account to compete. After you log in, you’ll be able to read and accept the regulations on the PGL. You’ll also need your own Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon video game and a Battle Team of eligible Pokémon. Accept the regulations on the Pokémon Global Link by Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 23:59 UTC, and get ready to battle! For more details, log in and visit the Online Competitions page to see the regulations.

Good luck, Trainers!

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon event and Miracle Twin TCG set detailed for Japan

Nidoqueen distribution and TCG reveal

A pair of Pokemon-related stories have popped up, and they're both related to Japan. Check out the full details on each below.

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon - Nidoqueen event

- if you attend the Pokémon Japan Championships 2019 on June 8th or 9th, you'll be able to download a special Nidoqueen
- available for Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon
- based on the Nidoqueen used by the champion of the 2018 Japan Championships

TCG Set Announced

- Miracle Twin set will release in Japan on May 31st 2019
- check out card details here

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Zeraora event announced for Australia

Zeraora hour

A new distribution event for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon has been revealed for Australia. This event will distribute the Mythical Pokémon Zeraora, which will be available through EB Games. The distribution will run from May 3rd through May 26th, 2019, and Zeraora will match the one distributed in other regions last year.

A Deeper Look at Pokemon VGC Strategies from Berlin

How trainers become the very best

The Europe International Championships took place this past weekend in Berlin, Germany, with Pokémon video game players from around the world ready to battle for Championship Points, cash prizes, and bragging rights. The season's third International Championships, it delivered perhaps the biggest shift in strategies of the 2019 Video Game Championship (VGC) Series Season.

The Moon Series format—used at February's Oceania International Championships—added Z-Moves to the more limited Sun Series format that kicked off the season. Now the Ultra Series format used at the Europe International Championships also permits both Primal Reversion and Mega Evolution. The only other time both of those were allowed was in 2016, when competitors packed their teams with arguably the most powerful Pokémon we'd seen in any season. While players have noticed some similarities to 2016, the Ultra Series format adds new tools to what players used at that year's Pokémon World Championships, Most notable are Z-Crystals and a bunch of Pokémon that have since been discovered, including Incineroar, Tapu Fini, Stakataka, Nihilego, Lunala and the powerful Ultra Necrozma. All of those new Pokémon ended up making a big impact this past weekend.

Full feature here

Battle in the 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition

May you have great success

Take part in the 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition, the final International Challenge in which players can earn Championship Points toward the 2019 Pokémon World Championships. All qualified participants will also receive a Shiny Tapu Fini for their game.

This competition will use the regulations from the Ultra Series, the final format of the 2019 Championship Series season and the format that will be used at the Pokémon World Championships in August. Pokémon throughout the National Pokédex—including a limited number of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon—are permitted in battle. Held items, including Z-Crystals, Mega Stones, the Blue Orb, and the Red Orb, are permitted. Also, Rayquaza may know the move Dragon Ascent, which allows it to Mega Evolve.

This competition features Double Battles with teams of six Pokémon, of which four will participate in each match. Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter are not permitted. See the competition regulations for a complete list of eligible Pokémon. All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the battles. No duplicate items are allowed. There will be a 7-minute player clock and 45-second turns.

The top players in each age division will receive Championship Points, which contribute toward the chances of earning an invitation to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships. Players must have opted in to the Play! Pokémon program and have a Player ID at the time the competition begins to be eligible for Championship Points.

Registration for the 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition begins Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 00:00 UTC.

The competition goes from Friday, May 24, 2019, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 23:59 UTC. Trainers will be limited to 15 battles per day.

All Trainers will need a Pokémon Trainer Club account, a wireless internet connection, and their own Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon video game with a party of eligible Pokémon.

Good luck, Trainers!

Full details here