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Pokemon Video Game Championships 2018 Ruleset Announced

The official Pokemon website has outlined the ruleset for the Pokemon Video Game Championship and there’s some notable changes. The Pokemon Company says that all live tournaments will transition to these new rules on January 1, 2018. Here’s what’s changed and what has been added:

  • All battles will be Double Battles played in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon
  • All Pokémon in the National Pokédex are allowed, with the following restrictions:
    • Pokémon must have the Alola symbol showing they were caught in the Alola region
    • Mythical Pokémon, some Legendary Pokémon, and Ash-Greninja are not allowed
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed
  • All items are allowed, but duplicate items are not allowed
  • All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50
  • Player time is 5 minutes

The entire 2018 Pokémon VGC rules document will be available on the rules and resources page in December. Players are expected to understand the rules when participating in a competition, so take a look at them before your next event.



  1. King Kalas X3 {I only buy exclusives that interest me on Switch. For everything else that interests me, there is PS4.} says:

    “Pokémon must have the Alola symbol showing they were caught in the Alola region” What kind of bullshit rule is that!?

    1. It’s been like that since X and Y, it’s so you can’t transfer hacked pokemon or pokemon with special moves only available in really old events that newer players won’t have access to.

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