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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

Winners Crowned at the Pokémon Europe International Championships

And your winners are...

From April 26 to 28, Pokémon players and fans from around the globe gathered at the Estrel Berlin, Germany, for the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships. The premier event on the European calendar saw three days of competitive play in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon video games, and the Pokkén Tournament DX video game across a number of categories.

European champions, alongside other successful attendees from around the world, boosted their Championship Points with the aim of securing a place at this year’s Pokémon World Championships, taking place in Washington, DC, from August 16 to 18.

The final list of winners from the weekend is as follows:

Video Game Junior Division Top 4:
Champion: Teddy French [UK]
Finalist: Justin Miranda-Radbord [CA]
Semifinalist: Felipe Reyes Castro [CL]
Semifinalist: Pietro Nihal Kaludura Silva [IT]

Video Game Senior Division Top 4:
Champion: Alfredo Chang-Gonzalez [AU]
Finalist: Luca Paz [US]
Semifinalist: Artur Hoffmann [PL]
Semifinalist: Quentin Colon [US]

Video Game Masters Division Top 4:
Champion: Flavio Del Pidio [IT]
Finalist: Davide Carrer [IT]
Semifinalist: Melvin Keh [SG]
Semifinalist: Wolfe Glick [US]

Trading Card Game Junior Division Top 4:
Champion: Šimon Belanyi [SK]
Finalist: Daniel Magda [CZ]
Semifinalist: Noah Donen [CA]
Semifinalist: Roan Godfrey-Robbins [US]

Trading Card Game Senior Division Top 4:
Champion: Tanner Hurley [US]
Finalist: Lewis Mason [UK]
Semifinalist: Julius Mo Krag [DK]
Semifinalist: Kaya Lichtleitner [DE]

Trading Card Game Masters Division Top 4:
Champion: Gustavo Wada [BR]
Finalist: Philipp Leciejewski [DE]
Semifinalist: Alex Silva [BR]
Semifinalist: Ondrej Skubal [CZ]

Pokkén Tournament DX Senior Division Top 4:
Champion: Mantas Mickevicius – YvelX [LT]
Finalist: Emma Cox – Kitty [US]
3rd Place: Indigo Staples – Indigomega [UK]
4th Place: Reuben Staples – FruitPrime [UK]

Pokkén Tournament DX Masters Division Top 4:
Champion: Niklas Franz Laerbusch – DefenderOfEU (Wingtide) [DE]
Finalist: Masami Sato – Potetin [JP]
3rd Place: Kota Arakaki – TARUTARO [JP]
4th Place: Fabian Zahn -Fabilous [DE]

For more information about the Pokémon Championship Series, including rules, tournament locations, dates, times, prizes, and more, please visit www.pokemon.com/uk/play-pokemon.

2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships: Day 2 Stream Now Live

Watch live video from PokemonTCG on www.twitch.tv

Watch live Pokémon video game action at the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships in Berlin, Germany. This is the third International Championships of the season as players continue to battle for a chance to become the next Pokémon World Champion.

2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships Stream Now Live

Let's see which trainers are the best!

Watch live Pokémon video game action at the 2019 Pokémon Europe International Championships in Berlin, Germany. This is the third International Championships of the season as players continue to battle for a chance to become the next Pokémon World Champion.

Check out the full schedule here

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

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