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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.

Johto x Alola (ジョウト×アローラ)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 00:00 UTC through Thursday, December 14th, 2017 at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, December 15th, 2017 at 00:00 UTC through Sunday, December 17th, 2017 at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: December 2017
Player divisions: Junior Division: Born 2003 or later
Masters Division: Born 2002 or earlier
Junior 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 Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon are restricted to Pokémon found in the Johto and Alola Pokédexes. Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Lugia, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma and all Mythical Pokémon cannot be used.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will receive 50 Battle Points. To qualify, players must complete at least one battle.
Description
The first Online Competition featuring the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games brings together Pokémon from two regions. In the Johto x Alola Competition, Trainers create a team using only Pokémon found in the Johto and Alola Pokédexes, excluding Mythical Pokémon and some Legendary Pokémon. It’s a great opportunity to put Pokémon you may have caught in the recently rereleased Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver into action!

With new Pokémon adventures come new Pokémon Global Link Online Competitions! It’s time to get ready for the Johto x Alola Online Competition, the first Online Competition to feature Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. This Double Battle tournament will permit the Pokémon found in the Alola region’s expanded Pokédex. And to celebrate the recent release of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver on Virtual Console, it’ll permit Pokémon originally discovered in Johto and Kanto, too.

Pokémon transferred through Poké Transporter will be permitted in this competition. All held items will be permitted—including Mega Stones and Z-Crystals. Mythical Pokémon and some Legendary Pokémon will be prohibited, so you should check out the regulations for full details before you start planning your team.

Adjusting to the unusual group of Pokémon available for this competition is sure to be a fun challenge for veterans and first-time participants alike. We’ll go over some key elements to consider when constructing your team for this competition: Mega-Evolved Pokémon, the new Ultra Beasts, and Move Tutors found in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, and some other key Pokémon likely to be major players in the Johto x Alola Online Competition.

Make Room for Mega-Evolved Pokémon
After a year off from most competitions, expect Mega-Evolved Pokémon to be major factors in the Johto x Alola Online Competition. Many powerful Mega-Evolved Pokémon are available for this competition, so you should make sure your team has a plan against each of them.

Mega Salamence is one of the most powerful Mega-Evolved Pokémon, and it could be especially effective in this competition because Mega Gardevoir isn’t permitted. The Aerilate Ability causes Hyper Voice and Double-Edge to deal sky-high damage, and Mega Salamence’s attacks will come quick thanks to its breakneck Speed. Even the Intimidate Ability most Salamence have is sure to be highly coveted because the competition bars Landorus.

Battles using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games rarely featured Mega Metagross, but the discovery of Tapu Lele has made it a more formidable opponent. Zen Headbutt deals incredible damage on Psychic Terrain, and Mega Metagross’s Steel-type attacks are impactful against the bevy of Fairy-type Pokémon in modern battles. It’s sure to stand out with Aegislash and many of the most powerful Ground-type Pokémon unavailable for this competition, but you can pair it with Tapu Bulu’s Grassy Surge if you’re still concerned about Earthquake attacks.

Mega Charizard Y is a dominant attacker under the harsh sunlight summoned by its Drought Ability, and it too has some unique advantages in this competition. Teams based around the Drizzle Ability are missing Ludicolo and Swampert for this competition, while teams built around Sandstorm are missing Excadrill. This could cause fewer Trainers to bring teams featuring Abilities that change the weather and keep the skies clear for Trainers employing Charizard, who may only have to worry about Tyranitar.

Most Pokémon we often see holding Mega Stones in competitions have been spotted in Alola, too. Perhaps the biggest beneficiary of Landorus’s and Heatran’s absences is Mega Mawile, which is likely to be the premier Mega-Evolved Pokémon on teams focused around Trick Room. Teams built around Mega Gengar’s Shadow Tag will be missing out on Gothitelle and Liepard in this competition, but Whimsicott’s presence ensures some Trainers will try out the tricky Ghost type. And plenty of less frequently seen Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be available to resourceful Trainers, including Mega Ampharos, Mega Manectric, Mega Lopunny, Mega Houndoom, Mega Sableye, Mega Steelix, and Mega Tyranitar.

New Challengers Approach
The Johto x Alola Online Competition will be the first opportunity for Trainers to try out the newly discovered Ultra Beasts in tournament play. Each are sure to be worthy competitors. Don’t forget that each of them has the Beast Boost Ability, which increases the Ultra Beast’s highest stat after it knocks out a foe.

The capacity to learn Trick Room and strong scores in key stats may enable UB Assembly to overcome its challenging type combination in this competition. Trainers may seize the opportunity to try it out in a tournament where so few other Pokémon that can learn Trick Room are permitted—especially with Aegislash, Landorus, and Terrakion prohibited.

UB Burst might have been more hotly anticipated when the Alola region featured fewer Fire-type Pokémon than it does now, but its Special Attack and types may still allow it to heat up the tournament. Its type combination should enable it to be a key attacker against Metagross, Tapu Lele, and Charizard, and it can learn Will-O-Wisp to slow down physical attackers like Kangaskhan.

Several previously introduced Alolan Pokémon moved up the roster a little thanks to new discoveries. Two new Z-Moves could garner some attention. Kommo-o’s Clangorous Soulblaze boosts all its stats and damages both foes, so Trainers may take the chance to try out stat-boosting strategies that require less commitment than Eevee’s Extreme Evoboost. Mimikyu has a new Z-Move, too, and we expect to see some Trainers try it given how popular Fairium Z was. And don’t forget to check out the new Move Tutors—Tapu Fini and Primarina can now learn Icy Wind, Togedemaru can learn Electroweb, and Silvally can learn Tailwind.

Regional Reinforcements
Several hundred Pokémon are eligible for this competition, so it can be tricky to know which ones to focus on as you prepare. There are a few more Pokémon to give special attention.

Arcanine was one of the most popular Pokémon in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon competitions, largely because few other Pokémon with the Intimidate Ability were permitted. It’s still likely to be a popular choice in the Johto x Alola Online Competition, but expect the additions of Hitmontop and Scrafty to diversify the field. Both are also capable of learning Fake Out, making them better choices for strategies that take a few turns to get going.

Teams looking to combat Intimidate have the option of selecting Bisharp for its Defiant Ability, but we’ve seen more Trainers stick with Milotic’s Competitive Ability recently (even when both Pokémon are available). Jellicent’s Cursed Body could be another key Ability in longer battles in this competition: the Floating Pokémon has been a much more popular choice for battles in Alola than it was in Hoenn or Kalos.

Keep an eye out for some tricky combinations available in this competition. We often see Trainers pair a Volcarona that knows Quiver Dance with a Pokémon that knows Fake Out to help it safely raise its Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed. An Azumarill that knows Belly Drum and Aqua Jet can be almost unstoppable if you don’t take it down quickly, so be careful if you see one paired with a Pokémon that knows Follow Me or Rage Powder.

Most of Kanto and Johto’s Legendary Pokémon are permitted in this competition, and many of them will join the tapu as this tournament’s preeminent threats. Zapdos is normally selected because it can use Tailwind, but it’s a tricky foe because it can do heavy damage with Electrium Z or hunker down for a long battle with Misty or Psychic Seed (keep an eye out for Hawlucha using similar strategies). Entei’s Sacred Fire makes it an amazing Fire-type attacker, while Suicune’s appeal is incredible stoutness combined with Tailwind or Icy Wind.

Veteran competitors are probably used to fighting the tapu and their Surge Abilities by now. Each are important enough that we’d suggest brushing up on Terrains if you’re not sure how each of them work. Keep an eye out for Abilities that change the weather as well—Charizard and Tyranitar are likely to be frequent combatants in the Johto x Alola Online Competition. Pelipper, Politoed, Torkoal, Ninetales, and Alolan Ninetales could all make appearances, too.

Don’t forget to register for the Johto x Alola Online Competition between Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 23:59 UTC so you don’t miss out. Battles will start on Friday, December 15, 2017, and you’ll net an easy 50 BP if you complete at least one battle. Good luck in the competition, and check back once rankings are posted to find out which strategies were victorious.
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.


2018 International Challenge January

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, January 26, 2018, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: February 2018
Player divisions: Junior Division: Born 2003 or later
Masters Division: Born 2002 or earlier
Junior 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 Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra 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 Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon. Each Pokémon must have the black clover symbol on its Summary page. Pokémon from the National Pokédex No. 001 through 806 are permitted.

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, and Ash-Greninja cannot be used.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will receive 50 Battle Points. To qualify, players must complete at least one battle.
Description
Try new tactics using the 2018 Championship Series format in the 2018 International Challenge January Online Competition. With the new regulations in place, Pokémon throughout the National Pokédex—excluding Mythical Pokémon and some Legendary Pokémon—are permitted in battle. It’s a great opportunity to showcase new strategies and try out fresh ideas.

The 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 above and below Lv. 50 will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the battles. There are no item restrictions except that no duplicate items are allowed. There will be a 5-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 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. All qualified competitors will also earn 50 Battle Points.

Registration for the 2018 International Challenge January begins Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 00:00 UTC.

The competition goes from Friday, January 26, 2018, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 23:59 UTC. Trainers will be limited to 15 battles per day. Junior and Senior Division players (born in 2003 or later) are limited to playing between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.
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.
• No two Pokémon on your team may have the same National Pokédex number.
• 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 5-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 to battle with.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player’s selections have not been made by the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 times per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

Ultra Sinnoh Classic

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 00:00 UTC through Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at 00:00 UTC through Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: March 2018
Player divisions: Junior Division: Born 2003 or later
Masters Division: Born 2002 or earlier
Junior 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 Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon are restricted to Pokémon found in the Sinnoh Pokédex. Regional variants of eligible Pokémon are prohibited. Mythical and some Legendary Pokémon cannot be used.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will receive 50 Battle Points. Players must complete at least one battle to qualify.
Description
In the Ultra Sinnoh Classic Competition, Trainers create a team using only Pokémon found in the Sinnoh Pokédex, excluding Mythical and some Legendary Pokémon.

The competition features Single Battles with teams of three to six Pokémon, of which three will compete in each match. Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter will be permitted in battle. All Pokémon above and below Lv. 50 will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the battles. There are no item restrictions except that Mega Stones and Z-Crystals are banned, and no duplicate items are allowed. There will be a 10-minute player clock, with 60-second turns.

All qualified participants in the Ultra Sinnoh Classic Online Competition will receive 50 Battle Points. Players must complete at least one battle to qualify. Registration for the Ultra Sinnoh Classic Online Competition starts Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 00:00 UTC.
Competition Rules
• Items are allowed, but Mega Stones, Z-Crystals, and duplicate items in a Battle Team are prohibited.
• 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 60 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 times per day of the competition. Any unplayed games carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

2018 International Challenge March

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 00:00 UTC through Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 00:00 UTC through Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: April 2018
Player divisions: Junior Division: Born 2003 or later
Masters Division: Born 2002 or earlier
Junior 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 Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra 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 Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon. Each Pokémon must have the black clover symbol on its Summary page. Pokémon from the National Pokédex No. 001 through 806 are permitted.

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, and Ash-Greninja cannot be used.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will be eligible to earn Championship Points. All qualified participants will also receive 50 Battle Points. To qualify, eligible players must earn a place in the rankings by completing at least three battles.
Description
In the 2018 International Challenge March, Pokémon throughout the National Pokédex—excluding Mythical Pokémon and some Legendary Pokémon—are permitted in battle. Put together your best team and shoot for the top of the leaderboards!

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. There are no item restrictions except that no duplicate items are allowed. There will be a 5-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 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. All qualified competitors will also earn 50 Battle Points.
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.
• No two Pokémon on your team may have the same National Pokédex number.
• 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 5-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 to battle with.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player’s selections have not been made by the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 times 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 2018 Qualifications (ポケモンジャパンチャンピオンシップス2018予選)

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Region: Japan
Registration Period: Friday, April 6th, 2018 at 14:00 JST through Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 8:59 JST
Tournament Period: Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 9:00 JST through Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 8:59 JST
Ranking Results Announcement: May 2018
Player divisions: Junior Division: Born 2007 or later
Senior Division: Born between 2003 and 2006
Masters Division: Born 2002 or earlier
Junior players cannot play between 23:00PM and 6:00AM.
Compatible Games: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra 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 Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon. Pokémon from the National Pokédex No. 001 through 806 are permitted.

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, and Ash-Greninja cannot be used.
Entry Gift: All qualified participants will also receive 50 Battle Points.
Description
The Pokémon Japan Championships 2018 Qualifications allowed players to battle for positions for the 2018 Japan Championships which were held on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 and Sunday, June 10th, 2018. All qualified competitors also earned 50 Battle Points.
Competition Rules
• Register four to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team from Level 1 to 100.
• 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 5-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 to battle with.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player’s selections have not been made by the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 times per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC (9AM JST).

Ultra Kalos Classic

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 00:00 UTC through Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, April 27th, 2018 at 00:00 UTC through Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: May 2018
Player divisions: Junior Division: Born 2003 or later
Masters Division: Born 2002 or earlier
Junior 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 Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon are restricted to Pokémon found in the Kalos Pokédex. Regional variants of eligible Pokémon are prohibited. Mythical and some Legendary Pokémon cannot be used.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will receive 50 Battle Points. Players must complete at least one battle to qualify.
Description
We’re going back to Kalos with the Ultra Kalos Classic Online Competition hosted at the PGL. Only Pokémon from the Kalos region will be allowed in this tournament, but no region symbol is required, so you can bring in Pokémon from other games via Poké Transporter as long as they’re in the Kalos Pokédex. For this Single Battle competition, players will make a team of six Pokémon, of which three will compete in each match.

Although Greninja is famously from the Kalos region, the special Ash-Greninja will not be allowed to battle. Mythical Pokémon, some Legendary Pokémon, and the Alolan variants of any Pokémon will not be permitted. All Pokémon above and below Lv. 50 will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the battles.
Competition Rules
• Z-Crystals are prohibited.
• Duplicate items are prohibited.
• 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 60 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 times per day of the competition. Any unplayed games carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

Ultra No Holds Barred

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, May 17th, 2018 at 00:00 (UTC) through Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 23:59 (UTC)
Tournament Period: Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 00:00 (UTC) through Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 23:59 (UTC)
Ranking Results Announcement: June 2018
Player divisions: Junior Division: Born 2003 or later
Masters Division: Born 2002 or earlier
Junior 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 Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon are restricted to National Pokédex No. 001 through 806, except Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Arceus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Solgaleo, and Lunala.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will receive 50 Battle Points. To qualify, players must complete at least one battle.
Description
In the Ultra No Holds Barred Online Competition, Trainers create a team using Pokémon from the National Pokédex No. 001 through 806, excluding Arceus and some Legendary Pokémon.
Competition Rules
• Duplicate Pokémon are permitted.
• Duplicate items are permitted.
• 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 to battle with.
• 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).

2018 International Challenge June

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at 00:00 (UTC) through Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 23:59 (UTC)
Tournament Period: Friday, June 15th, 2018 at 00:00 (UTC) through Sunday, June 17th, 2018 at 23:59 (UTC)
Ranking Results Announcement: July 2018
Player divisions: Junior Division: Born 2003 or later
Masters Division: Born 2002 or earlier
Junior 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 Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra 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 inPokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon. Each Pokémon must have the black clover symbol on its Summary page. Pokémon from the National Pokédex No. 001 through 806 are permitted.

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, and Ash-Greninja cannot be used.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants will receive 50 Battle Points.
Description
In the 2018 International Challenge June, Pokémon throughout the National Pokédex—excluding Mythical Pokémon and some Legendary Pokémon—are permitted in battle. Put together your best team and shoot for the top of the leaderboards!

The 2018 International Challenge June Online Competition promises exciting online battles using the 2018 Championship Series format. 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. There are no item restrictions except that no duplicate items are allowed. There will be a 5-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 2018 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. All qualified competitors will also earn 50 Battle Points.
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.
• No two Pokémon on your team may have the same National Pokédex number.
• 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 5-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 to battle with.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player’s selections have not been made by the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 times 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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