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Pokémon Sword and Shield (ポケットモンスター ソード シールド)
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Developer: Publisher: Platform: Release Date(s): Mode(s): Rating(s): Controller(s):
GAME FREAK Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Nintendo Switch November 15th, 2019 (Worldwide) Single player
Multiplayer
CERO: A (JPN)
ESRB: E (US)
PEGI: 7 (EUR)
ACB: PG (AUS)
GRAC: ALL (KOR)
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8th Generation Online Competitions

Participants of the tournaments need to register to participate by going to the VS menu in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield and selecting Battle Stadium, Online Competitions, and finally Search Official Competitions.

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.


Galar Beginnings

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Region: International
Registration Period: Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 00:00 UTC, to Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 00:00 UTC, to Sunday, December 8th, 2019 at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: December 2019
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Mew, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus
Entry Gift: Qualified participants received 50 Battle Points.
Description
The first official competition for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield! In the Galar Beginnings competition, you’ll be able to make your Pokémon huge by Dynamaxing them—or even have their form change by Gigantamaxing them! These effects will last for only three turns per battle, so be sure to use them wisely!
Competition Rules
• Certain special Pokémon will not be allowed.
• Register three to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• Three of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Membership in the Nintendo Switch Online (paid) service is required for Online Competition participation.
• You’ll be able to join the competition by opening the X menu in your game and selecting VS, Battle Stadium, and then Online Competitions. There’s no need to register on the Pokémon Global Link.

Galar Newcomers

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PST until Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Tournament Period: Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, January 26th, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Ranking Results Announcement: February 2019
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon first discovered in the Galar region and Galarian forms of previously discovered Pokémon can be used.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants received 50 Battle Points.
Description
The second Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Online Competition is a Double Battle competition, where only Pokémon first discovered in the Galar region and Galarian forms of previously discovered Pokémon can be on the teams. Show off what you've learned from your first Galar battles by composing a team of your newest allies. Has your training revealed the best new battling tricks?
Competition Rules
• Certain special Pokémon will not be permitted, including Zacian and Zamazenta.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• No two Pokémon in your Battle Team can hold the same item.
• Players are permitted to use any of your Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor, and they'll be able to Gigantamax in battle!

2020 International Challenge February

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PST until Thursday, February 27th, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Tournament Period: Thursday, February 27th, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, March 1st, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Ranking Results Announcement: March 2019
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon caught in the Galar region will be eligible to compete.
Entry Gift: Everyone who registered and completes at least one battle received a fashionable T-shirt featuring Ball Guy for their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield character to wear.
Description
Compete in the International Challenge February against Trainers from around the world in the 2020 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series format. The International Challenge February is a great chance to practice for your next live tournament while competing for Championship Points toward qualification for the 2020 Pokémon World Championships.
Competition Rules
• Unlike at live events, players in this competition will be permitted to use Charizard with both the Gigantamax Factor and the Solar Power Ability.

Extreme Speed! Single Battles!! Online Competition (しんそく!シングルバトル!!)

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Region: International
Registration Period: March 11th, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. PDT until March 19th, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: March 19th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PDT until March 22nd, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Ranking Results Announcement: April 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: All Pokémon that are capable of moving to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield via Pokémon HOME are permitted (excluding Legendary and Mythical Pokémon)
Entry Gift: Qualified participants received 50 Battle Points.
Description
With only 10 seconds per turn to select a move, you'll have to think fast and make quick decisions. To speed up games even more, there won't be a Pokémon Team Preview period, and your Pokémon won't be able to Dynamax.
Competition Rules
• Only 10 seconds per turn to select a move.
• No Pokémon Team Preview period.
• Pokémon can't Dynamax.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Membership in the Nintendo Switch Online (paid) service is required for Online Competition participation.
• 15 battles per day and remaining battles under the daily limit can be carried over to the following day.

2020 International Challenge May Online Competition

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, May 13th, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, May 21st, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT/.
Ranking Results Announcement: June 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Official Double Battle Format
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon obtained in the Galar region will be eligible to compete
Entry Gift: In-game Trainer clothing: a Casual Tee (Ultra Ball Guy)
Description
Put your skills to the test and earn an in-game item by taking on players from all over the world using the official battle format.

Like in all Video Game Championships tournaments, battles in the International Challenge May will use the Double Battle format. However, only Pokémon obtained in the Galar region will be eligible to compete.

Please be aware that unlike live competitions, there are only two divisions in this online competition: Juniors and Masters. Players born January 1, 2005, or later are in the Juniors division while players born December 31, 2004, or earlier are in the Masters division.

Also, players may receive penalties and be restricted from participating in future online events if there are a significantly large number of disconnects during battle, starting from when your opponent has been decided until match results have been fully sent to the server. Please ensure a stable connection environment when connecting to the internet.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield 2020 International Friendly Online Competition

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Region: International, excluding Japan
Registration Period: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, June 25th, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Tournament Period: Thursday, June 25th, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, June 28th, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Ranking Results Announcement: July 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Double Battle Format
Banned Pokémon: players were permitted to use Pokémon No. 001–397 in the Galar Pokédex, as well as Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Slowpoke (Galarian Form), Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, and Primarina. The following Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing may be also used: Charizard, Butterfree, Pikachu, Meowth, Machamp, Gengar, Kingler, Lapras, Eevee, Snorlax, Garbodor, Corviknight, Orbeetle, Drednaw, Coalossal, Flapple, Appletun, Sandaconda, Toxtricity, Centiskorch, Hatterene, Grimmsnarl, Alcremie, Copperajah, and Duraludon.
Entry Gift: Trainers who complete at least one battle in the International Friendly will earn 50 Battle Points.
Description
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players can challenge Trainers from around the world in the International Friendly Online Competition. This competition, which runs from Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, June 28, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, will use similar rules and regulations as the current Championship Series format. This competition is a great opportunity to see how you can do in a format similar to the Video Game Championships without the pressure of Championship Points up for grabs. In addition to battling for pride, Trainers who complete at least one battle in the International Friendly will earn 50 Battle Points.

Pokémon Japan Decisive Battle 2020 (ポケモン日本一決定戦2020)

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Region: Japan
Tournament Period: Preliminaries: Thursday, June 11th, 2020 at 2:00p.m. until Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 8:59a.m.
Main Tournament: Saturday, August 1st, 2020
Championship Round: Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned Pokémon: Pokémon added in the Isle of Armor DLC cannot be used
Battle Type: Preliminaries: Double Battle Ranked Battle Series 4 Rules
Championship: Double Battle Ranked Battle Series 5 Rules
Description
To participate, you must be a resident of Japan during the tournament period and the "Country/Region" of your Nintendo Account is "Japan". The number of players eligible to participate is as follows:
Top 30 in each category of the 2020 International Challenge February
Top 30 in each category of the 2020 International Challenge April
Top 30 in each category of 2020 International Challenge May
Top 60 in each category of the Pokémon Nihon Ichiban Qualifier 2020

Armor Beginnings

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, July 23rd, 202 at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Tournament Period: Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, July 26th, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Ranking Results Announcement: August 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Isle of Armor DLC
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon that can be registered to the Isle of Armor Pokédex are eligible for the competition. These Pokémon must have been obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or have the battle-ready symbol to be eligible.
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: Trainers who complete at least one battle in the Armor Beginnings will earn 50 Battle Points.
Description
Earn Battle Points by testing your skills against other Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players from around the world.

To celebrate the release of The Isle of Armor, the first part of the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, you can now challenge Trainers from around the world in the Armor Beginnings Online Competition! Please note that you do not need to own an Expansion Pass to take part in this competition. By competing in at least one battle in Armor Beginnings, you will earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.

Only Pokémon that can be registered to the Isle of Armor Pokédex are eligible for the competition. These Pokémon must have been obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield (either caught, hatched from Eggs, or received as an official Mystery Gift) or have the battle-ready symbol to be eligible.

By speaking with the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower, you can make Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series forget moves and receive the battle-ready symbol. Pokémon with the battle-ready symbol can participate in Ranked Battles and Online Competitions, which previously only allowed Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. Be aware that moves that cannot be used in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be forgotten when the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon. These moves cannot be remembered.

Additionally, all Gigantamax Pokémon that are eligible to participate may be used. You can also bring Legendary Pokémon into battle, but Mythical Pokémon are not allowed.

Pokémon Players Cup II Qualifier Online Competition

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, September 9th, at 10:00 p.m. PDT and going until Thursday, September 24th, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Tournament Period: Thursday, September 24th, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, September 27th, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Ranking Results Announcement: October 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Isle of Armor DLC
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield (excluding certain Legendary or Mythical Pokémon) or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible that align with the Ranked Battles Series 6 rules.
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: All Trainers who participate in the competition will receive 50 Battle Points, which can be redeemed after rankings are announced. Players must participate in at least one battle to receive the Battle Points.
Description
The Pokémon Players Cup II Qualifier Online Competition will be comprised of Double Battles. Each Trainer can bring a lineup of four to six Pokémon of Lv. 1–100, and all Pokémon will become Lv. 50 for the duration of each battle. Four Pokémon will be selected per battle. Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield (excluding certain Legendary or Mythical Pokémon) or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. For a list of Pokémon prohibited from competing, view the Ranked Battles Series 6 rules.

Total time per battle is 20 minutes. Each Trainer will be allotted seven minutes in total. Preview time is 90 seconds, and turn time is 45 seconds. Trainers can compete in a maximum of 15 battles per day. Trainers who don't reach the daily limit can carry additional battles over to the following day. Each battle day ends at 5:00 p.m. PDT.


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