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Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (ポケットモンスター サン・ムーン)
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Developer: Publisher: Platform: Release Date(s): Mode(s): Rating(s): Controller(s):
GAME FREAK Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 2DS
November 18th, 2016 (JPN)
November 18th, 2016 (USA)
November 23rd, 2016 (EUR)
November 18th, 2016 (AUS)
November 18th, 2016 (KOR)
Single player
Multiplayer
CERO: A (JPN)
ESRB: E (US)
PEGI: 3+ (EUR)
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 2DS
Table of Contents:
Sun / Moon Main Page - Description - Story/Information - Pokémon Bank / Poké Transporter - Patches - Features - Screenshots - Z-Ring - Z-Power Ring - Pokémon Z-Ring TOMY - Pokémon Z-Power Ring TOMY - Z-Crystal - Z-Crystal 3-Packs TOMY - Z-Moves
Pokémon Global Link
Poké Miles Store - Balloon Popping - Graffiti Eraser - Mine Cart Adventure - Poké Doll Grabber - Online Tournaments


7th Generation Online Competitions

Online competitions are held on the Pokémon Global Link. Participants of the tournaments need to register on the Pokémon Global Link by going to the Online Competitions links provided for that tournament while logged into the site.

List of Tournaments

Below is a list of the tournaments that took place throughout the world. Each description details the specific rules for the competition as each one had their own list. Some tournaments are only available for certain games.


Battle of Alola (アローラビギニング)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, December 16, 2016, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 23:59 UTC
Max number of participants: 50 000
Ranking Results Announcement: December 2016
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Players may use Ash-Greninja and Pokémon with Alola Pokédex numbers 1–204, 206–288, and 293–299; players are allowed to include one special Pokémon in their Battle Team.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants in the Battle of Alola Online Competition will receive 50 Battle Points. To qualify, players must earn a place in the rankings by completing at least three battles.
Description
Pokémon Online Competitions have returned for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon with the Battle of Alola! In this first tournament to use the new games, naturally the only Pokémon that will be permitted are ones you’ve found in the Alola region. Registration for this tournament has begun, so sign up today. Everyone who participates will receive 50 Battle Points in their game.

Kicking off a new era of Online Competitions, the Battle of Alola features the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games. Create a team using only the Pokémon found in the Alola region. The battles will be Single Battles, and only three of the six Pokémon in your party will enter each battle. All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the battle. Plus, items will not be allowed. Good luck in the Battle of Alola!
Competition Rules
• Register three to six of your Lv. 1–100 Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Three of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. If the outcome has not been determined when the time limit expires, the game will automatically apply tiebreakers to determine a winner.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select three Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 60 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made his or her selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

Alola Friendly (アローラフレンドリー)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, January 27, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Max number of participants: 50 000
Ranking Results Announcement: February 2017
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Players may use only Pokémon from the Alolan Pokédex. All Mythical and Legendary Pokémon are not allowed. Mega Stones are not allowed.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants in the Alola Friendly Online Competition will receive 50 Battle Points. To qualify, players must earn a place in the rankings by completing at least three battles.
Description
Get ready to battle once again with Pokémon from the Alola region in the Alola Friendly Online Competition! This tournament will be played using the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games, using only Pokémon found in the Alola Pokédex.
Competition Rules
• Items are allowed, but Trainers may not have duplicate items in their Battle Team.
• Register three to six of your Lv. 1–100 Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Three of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. If the outcome has not been determined when the time limit expires, the game will automatically apply tiebreakers to determine a winner.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select three Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 60 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made his or her selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

2017 International Challenge February

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, February 24, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Max number of participants: 50 000
Ranking Results Announcement: March 2017
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Players could only use Pokémon from the Alolan Pokédex. Only the Alola Form of Pokémon with regional variants could be used. Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma and Magearna could not be used. Mega Stones were not allowed.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants in the 2017 International Challenge February Online Competition will receive a Mawilite Mega Stone and a Beedrillite Mega Stone.
Description
The first International Challenge featuring the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games is here! The 2017 International Challenge February will use the same rules and regulations as Pokémon Video Game Championship Series events, and you can even earn Championship Points toward an invitation to the 2017 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in August.
Competition Rules
• Items are allowed, but Trainers may not have duplicate items in their Battle Team.
• Register three to six of your Lv. 1–100 Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Three of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select three Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 60 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made his or her selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

Kanto x Alola Regional Rumble (カントー×アローラ)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, March 17, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Max number of participants: 50 000
Ranking Results Announcement: April 2017
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Players could only use Pokémon from the Kanto and Alola region Pokédexes. Mewtwo, Mew, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, and Magearna could not be used. Mega Stones were not allowed.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants in the Kanto x Alola Regional Rumble Online Competition will receive the Mega Stones Pidgeotite and Steelixite. To qualify, players must earn a place in the rankings by completing at least three battles.
Description
Get ready to compete in the Kanto x Alola Regional Rumble Online Competition! In this competition, the only Pokémon you can use are those you could discover in the Kanto region in Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, or Pokémon Yellow, along with Pokémon of the Alola region you can find in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. All qualified participants will earn a Pidgeotite and a Steelixite for playing. These Mega Stones allow your Pidgeot and Steelix to Mega Evolve during battle.
Competition Rules
• Items are allowed, but Trainers may not have duplicate items in their Battle Team.
• Register three to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Three of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the sta
rt of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game. • At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select three Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle.
If a player has not made their selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

Pokémon Japan Championships 2017 Qualifying (ポケモンジャパンチャンピオンシップス2017予選)

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Region: Japan
Registration Period: Junior Category / Senior Category - Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 14:00 until Friday, April 28th at 8:59 JST
Master Category: Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 14:00 until Saturday, April 15th at 8:59 JST
Tournament Period: Junior Category / Senior Category: April 28th, 2017 at 9:00 until May 1st, 2017 at 8:59 JST
Master Category Schedule A: April 15th, 2017 at 9:00 until April 17th, 2017 at 8:59 JST
Master Category Schedule B: April 21st, 2017 at 9:00 until April 23rd, 2017 at 8:59 JST
Master Category Schedule C: April 26th, 2017 at 9:00 until April 28th, 2017 at 8:59 JST
Master Category Schedule D: April 30th, 2017 at 9:00 until May 2nd, 2017 at 8:59 JST
Master Category Schedule E: May 6th, 2017 at 9:00 until May 8th, 2017 at 8:59 JST
Ranking Results Announcement: Late May 2017
Player divisions: Junior Division: Born 2006 or later
Senior: Born on or after January 1st, 2002 til December 31st, 2005.
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Players could only use Pokémon No. 01 to 301 from the Alola region Pokédex. Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, and Magearna could not be used. Pokémon must also be the Alola Form.
Description
Pokémon Japan Championships 2017 Qualifying is a tournament that decides the best Pokémon trainers in Japan. The results of this competition will determine who gets to compete as a representative of Japan against the world's best Pokémon trainers at the Pokémon World Championships being held in Anaheim, California, USA in August 2017.

The top 50 players in each category will be invited to participate in the PJCS2017 live event. It is not necessary to participate in all five Master Category schedules to earn the right to participate in the live competition in the Master Category. If a player participates in at least three schedules and plays at least 3 games or more in each schedule, the ranking results will be calculated and published.
Competition Rules
• Register four to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Four of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• Mega Stones are not permitted.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select three Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle.
If a player has not made their selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 9am JST.
• Up to 20 matches in total can be played in each schedule.
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2017 International Challenge April

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, April 28, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: May 2017
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon were restricted to those that were caught, traded, hatched from Eggs, or received as a Mystery Gift in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon. Each Pokémon must have a black clover symbol on its Summary page. Players could use only Pokémon from the Alola Pokédex. Only the Alola form of Pokémon with regional variants could be used. Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, and Magearna could not be used. Mega Stones were not allowed.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants in the 2017 International Challenge April Online Competition will receive a Sceptilite Mega Stone, a Blazikenite Mega Stone, and a Swampertite Mega Stone. Additionally, participants will be eligible to earn Championship Points.
Description
This Online Competition features Trainers from around the world using the 2017 Championship Series format, featuring Double Battles with Pokémon found in the Alola Pokédex. Pokémon must have been acquired in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon (they must have the black clover on their Summary page).

The top players in each age division will receive Championship Points, which contribute toward the chances of earning an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships. Players must be opted in to the Play! Pokémon program and have a Player ID at the time the competition begins to be eligible for Championship Points. Additionally, all qualified Trainers who play in at least three battles will earn Sceptilite, Blazikenite, and Swampertite Mega Stones, the items needed to make Sceptile, Blaziken, and Swampert Mega Evolve in battle.
Competition Rules
• Items are allowed, but Trainers may not have duplicate items in their Battle Team.
• Register four to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Four of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select four Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle.
If a player has not made their selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

2017 International Challenge May

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, May 26, 2017 at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: June 2017
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon are restricted to those that were caught, traded, hatched from Eggs, or received as a Mystery Gift in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon. Each Pokémon must have a black clover symbol on its Summary page. Players may use only Pokémon from the Alola Pokédex. Only the Alola form of Pokémon with regional variants can be used. Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, and Magearna could not be used. Mega Stones were not allowed.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants in the 2017 International Challenge May Online Competition will receive Tyranitarite, Abomasite, and Manectite Mega Stones. Additionally, participants will be eligible to earn Championship Points. To qualify, players must earn a place in the rankings by completing at least three battles.
Description
Get ready to battle in the 2017 International Challenge May Online Competition to earn Championship Points, as well as three Mega Stones! Trainers will compete using the 2017 Championship Series format, featuring Double Battles with Pokémon found in the Alola Pokédex.

The top players in each age division will receive Championship Points, which contribute toward the chances of earning an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships. Players must be opted in to the Play! Pokémon program and have a Player ID at the time the competition begins to be eligible for Championship Points. Additionally, all qualified Trainers who play in at least three battles will earn Tyranitarite, Abomasite, and Manectite Mega Stones, the items needed to make Tyranitar, Abomasnow, and Manectric Mega Evolve in battle.
Competition Rules
• Items are allowed, but Trainers may not have duplicate items in their Battle Team.
• Register four to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Four of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select four Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made their selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

tiny tourney (プリティプリマ)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, June 23, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: July 2017
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon are restricted to National Pokédex No. 001 through 801, excluding Pokémon over 1 meter (3'03") tall, all Mythical Pokémon and some Legendary Pokémon.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants in the tiny tourney Online Competition will receive a Galladite, a Gardevoirite, and a Lopunnite Mega Stone. To qualify, players must complete at least three battles.
Description
Starting June 23 at 00:00 UTC, the next Online Competition is the tiny tourney, a Double Battle competition permitting only Pokémon that are equal to or less than one meter (3'03") in height. Mythical Pokémon and some Legendary Pokémon will be prohibited from competing. You can even earn a Galladite, Gardevoirite, and a Lopunnite just for signing up and playing a few games, so read on to find out more about this exciting competition.

With a name like the “tiny tourney,” you might be imagining battles between small, cute Pokémon like Clefairy, Pikachu, and Trubbish. But like any other Online Competition, Trainers aiming for high ratings will look for the most effective Pokémon available under the constraints of the competition.

Here are some key Pokémon to remember as you prepare for the tiny tourney. Whether you include these Pokémon on your team or not, you’ll have better results if your team is prepared to battle against these miniature behemoths.

Keep Up with Kartana A majority of the most powerful Pokémon aren’t permitted in the tiny tourney, but the tiniest Ultra Beast fits this competition’s unique criteria perfectly. Expect Kartana to make a sizable impact on this competition.

Kartana’s high Attack and Speed could make it the most dangerous attacker available. The Drawn Sword Pokémon is normally taught attacks from three different types—Grass, Steel, and Fighting. Keep an eye out for Substitute as well, a tactic Trainers in the Video Game Championships have used to successfully defend this frail Ultra Beast.

Include Pokémon that can resist Kartana’s Grass- and Steel-type attacks on your team—they’ll help against opposing Ferrothorn, too. Heat Rotom, Flareon, Chandelure, or a Ferrothorn of your own are all great choices. If you’re looking for more ways to stop Kartana from slicing through your team, try giving a Choice Scarf or Focus Sash to a Pokémon that knows a Fire-type attack.

Make Room for Rotom
Washing machines and microwave ovens probably aren’t the first objects you’d think of as “tiny,” but the small body of Rotom itself is a perfect fit for this competition. We anticipate many Trainers will quickly add the popular poltergeist to their teams, but selecting which electronic device Rotom should inhabit is trickier. ​

Trainers looking to improve their matchups against Kartana should look to Heat Rotom. It takes little damage from Kartana’s attacks and can fire back with Overheat. Plus, it can use its Electric-type attacks to fight other Fire-type Pokémon or even deal heavy damage to most opposing Water-type Pokémon.

Wash Rotom is often the most popular Rotom form for tournaments, but its normally manageable weakness to Grass-type attacks is more significant in this competition. It’s still strong against the Fire-type Pokémon Trainers may bring to check Kartana and Ferrothorn, so it may still be a popular choice to use alongside these Pokémon on teams that have answers to them.

Each Rotom form is best battled differently, so make sure your team can handle pairings of Electric- with Fire-, Water-, or even Grass-type attacks.

Tricky Trick Room
The Pokémon that can use Trick Room in this competition are powerful—especially with Chandelure and Reuniclus available—but it’s a little tougher to find Pokémon to score knockouts. Trainers forming Trick Room teams should give Azumarill, Ferrothorn, Escavalier, Wishiwashi, and Marowak a longer look than they otherwise might in a different competition.

Double Battles are often won by the Trainer who can better control the Speed of the Pokémon on the battlefield. The pool of Pokémon available in the tiny tourney may leave Trainers short on Pokémon to execute their usual strategies, but Porygon2 and Mimikyu are still available to form the core of Trick Room teams.

With so many strong Pokémon capable of learning Trick Room available, make sure you don’t create a team of only quick, frail Pokémon. You may even want to consider teaching a Pokémon Taunt, Roar, or Whirlwind to stop Trick Room from ever activating.

Parting Shots
If you’re having a hard time thinking of Pokémon for your team, here are some extra ideas.

Porygon2 isn’t the only Pokémon to consider giving the Eviolite item to in the tiny tourney. Many Pokémon get larger when they evolve, becoming ineligible for this competition in the process. Pokémon you may normally rule out, like Doublade, Misdreavus, and Pokémon with weather-changing Abilities, may be worth considering without their evolved forms available.

Mega Evolution is prohibited during the tiny tourney, but Z-Moves are not, so keep an eye out for unconventional tactics. Teams built around Eevee and its Extreme Evoboost will be difficult to stop in this competition. And Porygon-Z’s Z-Conversion can be equally tough to shut down, so try not to give it uncontested turns on the battlefield.

Trainers will likely pair Eevee with Clefairy, one of the only Pokémon available that can redirect attacks away from its teammates. The combination of the move Follow Me and the Friend Guard Ability allow Clefairy to defend its teammates from all kinds of attacks, so it’s a great option for all kinds of teams in this competition. ​

The only Legendary Pokémon permitted in the competition are Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit. In addition to great stats, each of these Pokémon can also learn Trick Room. Using Trick Room while it is already active returns the field to normal, allowing these Pokémon to help fast teams stay faster against teams built around Trick Room. Azelf deserves extra attention—it’s naturally quicker than Kartana and capable of learning Flamethrower.

Azumarill faces some stiff challenges from Rotom, Kartana, and Ferrothorn in this competition, but don’t count out the Aqua Rabbit Pokémon. The combination of Belly Drum and Aqua Jet is too powerful to be ignored in any competition, so make sure you have some answers to this Pokémon on your team. ​

No Pokémon represents a greater risk than Shedinja, but the Shed Pokémon is a fun rogue choice when fewer Pokémon are permitted. Its Wonder Guard Ability will leave you wondering which opposing Pokémon are packing surprise Fire-type attacks for Kartana, but the impact Shedinja has in the team preview phase can be valuable even if you don’t bring it to battle.

These are just some of the great Pokémon available in the tiny tourney. Check out the regulations to find out exactly which Pokémon are permitted in this Online Competition. Try to come up with your own strategies that other Trainers aren’t expecting before the tournament starts—you may even come up with the winning strategy! And don’t forget to sign up and battle to get your hands on a Galladite, Gardevoirite, and Lopunnite.
Competition Rules
• Mega Stones are not allowed.
• Items are allowed, but Trainers may not have duplicate items in their Battle Team. • Register four to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Four of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select four Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made their selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

Weakness Cup

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, July 28, 2017 at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 23:59 UT
Ranking Results Announcement: August 2017
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon are restricted to National Pokédex No. 001 through 799 with five or more weaknesses. Mythical and some Legendary Pokémon cannot be used.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will receive Ampharosite, Altarianite, Latiosite, and Latiasite Mega Stones. To qualify, players must complete at least three battles.
Description
Be on guard in the Weakness Cup Online Competition, where every Pokémon in battle is weak to at least five types. Trainers will assemble a team from a limited list of Pokémon, and duke it out in Double Battles. The battles will take place in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter are permitted in battle. All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of each match. The complete list of eligible Pokémon will be available in the competition regulations.

Edit Note: The official site initially announced that this tournament would be Single Battles but later in the day on July 4th, 2017, they changed it to Double Battles.

Original Quote: "Be on guard in the Weakness Cup Online Competition, where every Pokémon in battle is weak to at least five types. Trainers will assemble a team from a limited list of Pokémon, and go head-to-head in Single Battles where an unexpected attack could mean an instant knockout. The battles will take place in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter are permitted in battle. All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of each match."
Competition Rules
• Mega Stones are not allowed.
• Items are restricted to Weakness Policy and any Berries that lessen the damage taken from supereffective attacks (for example, Babiri Berry, Charti Berry, or Occa Berry). A Trainer’s Battle Team may not have duplicate items.
• Register three to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select three Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made their selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

2017 No Holds Barred (シャドースチール)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, August 24th, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, August 27th, 2017, at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: September 2017
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon are restricted to National Pokédex No. 001 through 802, except Arceus and some Legendary Pokémon. Duplicate Pokémon are permitted.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will receive 50 Battle Points. To qualify, players must complete at least one battle.
Description
It's an all-out brawl in the 2017 No Holds Barred Online Competition. Get ready to battle with (nearly) everything you got—with the exception of several Legendary Pokémon and Arceus, the whole Pokédex is eligible for you to include on your toughest team. Plus, you can use duplicate Pokémon and duplicate items, and every Pokémon will be set to Lv. 100 for the duration of these Single Battle clashes. The battles will take place in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter are permitted in battle. The complete list of eligible Pokémon will be available in the competition regulations.

All qualified participants in the 2017 No Holds Barred competition will receive 50 Battle Points. Players must complete at least one battle to qualify.
Competition Rules
• Items are permitted, including Mega Stones and Z-Crystals.
• A Trainer’s Battle Team may have duplicate items.
• Register three to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 100 for the duration of each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select three Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 30 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made their selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

Mega Melee (メガランブル)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, September 21st, 2017, at 23:59 UTC.
Tournament Period: Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, September 24th, 2017, at 23:59 UTC.
Ranking Results Announcement: October 2017
Player divisions: Junior/Senior Division: Born 2002 or later
Masters Division: Born 2001 or earlier
Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon are restricted to Pokémon that can Mega Evolve.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will receive 50 Battle Points. To qualify, players must complete at least one battle.
Description
Get ready for epic battles with only Pokémon that can Mega Evolve in the Mega Melee Online Competition. Only one of the Pokémon from your team will enter battle, so pay close attention during the Team Preview and choose your Pokémon wisely! Duplicate Pokémon and items are not permitted, and every Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of these Single Battle clashes. The battles will take place in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter are permitted in battle. The complete list of eligible Pokémon will be available in the competition regulations.

All qualified participants in the Mega Melee competition will receive 50 Battle Points. Players must complete at least one battle to qualify.
Competition Rules
• Mythical and Legendary Pokémon are not eligible.
• Duplicate Pokémon are not permitted.
• Duplicate items are not permitted.
• Items are permitted, including Mega Stones and Z-Crystals.
• Register three to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Only one of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team can be used during each match.
• A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select one Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 30 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made their selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.


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