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The official Pokémon website has announced the details for Ranked Battles Series 10 in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield which begins on August 1st, 2021. Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax in this season but tough Legendary Pokémon usually not permitted in competitive matches are featured in this season.

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Trainers Can Once Again Use a Restricted Pokémon in Ranked Battles Series 10, Starting August 1, 2021

Choose wisely and play hard in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield with the latest Ranked Battles Series.

Ranked Battles Series 10 begins on August 1, 2021, in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and with it comes another chance to battle together with tough Legendary Pokémon usually not permitted in competitive matches. As previously seen in Ranked Battles Series 8, Trainers can include one Pokémon from the Restricted Pokémon list below on their Battle Team. Note that this is different from previous GS Cup regulations where two of these Pokémon were permitted on a Battle Team.

As an added twist to the Series 10 regulations, Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax!

Eligible Pokémon

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Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, Calyrex

  • Mythical Pokémon are not permitted in battle.
  • All other Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex as well as certain other Pokémon are permitted.
  • Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible.
  • Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax.
  • All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.

Timer Regulations

  • Each battle begins with a 90-second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have the following time limits:
    • 7 minutes of Your Time
    • 45 seconds of Move Time
    • 20 minutes of Game Time

Good luck battling in Pokémon Ranked Battles Series 10 starting August 1

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/trainers-can-once-again-use-a-restricted-pokemon-in-ranked-battles-series-10-starting-august-1-2021/

The official Pokémon website has announced that Standard Battle regulations return to Video Game Battles in May 2021.

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Standard Battle Regulations Return to Video Game Battles in May

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players can plan ahead for future Ranked Battles and tournaments.

Competitions using Ranked Battles Series 8 are just getting started, but it's not too early to start planning for Ranked Battles Series 9, starting on May 1, 2021. The new competitive video game format will be a return to the more standard regulations of play identical to Ranked Battles Series 7, with the more powerful Legendary Pokémon not permitted in battle. Mythical Pokémon will continue to be restricted. It might be a familiar format, but it's always exciting to see what new strategies will emerge!

Ranked Battles Series rules are the basis for core Pokémon video game competitions, whether they are Ranked Battles, Players Cup events, or in-person Championship Series tournaments. Some competitions and Ranked Battles Seasons can have modified or completely different rules, but these are the standard regulations for all Pokémon video game competitive play.

For a summary of all video game tournament rules, see below. You can also check out the Play! Pokémon Rules & Resources page to see complete Play! Pokémon VG rules and formats.

Eligible Pokémon

  • Pokémon need to have either the Galar symbol—showing that they were caught, received, or hatched in the Galar region or the battle-ready symbol, showing that they were transferred from another game and adapted to battles in the Galar region.
  • All Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex, excluding the following Pokémon:

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    and all Mythical Pokémon.
  • Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor are permitted.
  • All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.

Timer Regulations

  • Each battle begins with a 90-second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have the following time limits:
    • 7 minutes of Your Time
    • 45 seconds of Move Time
    • 20 minutes of Game Time
Look forward to battles using Ranked Battles Series 9 regulations starting May 1, 2021!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/standard-battle-regulations-return-to-video-game-battles-in-may/

The majestic Legendary Pokémon Lugia and Ho-Oh complete the incredible run of Legendary Pokémon distributions. Visit a participating store in November and you can receive a code that will let you get Lugia in your Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Sun game or Ho-Oh in your Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon game.

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United States: GameStop - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
Canada: EB Games - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
Germany: GameStop - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
France: Micromania - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
Spain: GAME - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
UK: GAME - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
Ireland: GameStop - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
Italy: GameStop - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
Australia: EB Games - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
Mexico: gamers - November 2nd to 25th, 2018
Chile: MICROPLAY
Guatemala: El Duende
Colombia: PePe ganga
Panama: Felix Estigames
Costa Rica: Vertigo
Peru: iToys Store
Honduras: Game Station

How to get Lugia or Ho-Oh

1. Open your Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
3. Select Receive Gift.
4. Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, then Yes again to connect to the internet.
5. Enter your code.
6. Watch as the Legendary Pokémon arrives in your game!
7. Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Legendary Pokémon.
8. Be sure to save your game.

Lugia and Ho-Oh - Level / Moves:


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YouTube Trailer - Ho-Oh and Lugia conclude a year of Legendary Pokémon


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU5EK8WHXU4

The Legendary Pokémon Zekrom and Reshiram appeared first in the Unova region, and now you can add them to your Alolan adventure in October. During October 19-28, 2018, you can get Zekrom for your Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Sun game, or Reshiram for your Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon game.

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United States: Target - October 19th to 28th, 2018
Canada: PTC Newsletter - October 2018
UK/Ireland: Nintendo Network - October 5th to 21st, 2018
Germany/Spain/France/Italy: Nintendo Network - October 5th to 21st, 2018
Australia: Nintendo Network - October 5th to 21st, 2018
Mexico: Best Buy - October 12th to 31st, 2018
Chile: weplay store
Guatemala: El Duende
Colombia: PePe ganga
Panama: Felix Estigames
Costa Rica: Vertigo
Peru: iToys Store
Honduras: Game Station

How to get Zekrom or Reshiram

1. Open your Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
3. Select Receive Gift.
4. Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, then Yes again to connect to the internet.
5. Enter your code.
6. Watch as the Legendary Pokémon arrives in your game!
7. Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Legendary Pokémon.
8. Be sure to save your game.

Reshiram and Zekrom - Level / Moves:


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YouTube Trailer - Reshiram and Zekrom Join the Fray in October!


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikLhwutD4CQ

The Legendary duo of Kyogre and Groudon has dominated the land and seas since originally appearing in the Hoenn region. Now you can get one of them via a code from your local participating store. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Sun players can get Kyogre, and Pokémon Ultra Moon and Pokémon Moon players can get Groudon.

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United States: GameStop - August 3rd to 26th, 2018
Canada: EB Games
UK: GAME
Ireland: GameStop
Germany: GameStop
Spain: GAME
France: Micromania
Italy: GameStop
Australia: EB Games
Mexico: Best Buy
Chile: weplay store
Guatemala: El Duende
Colombia: Alkosto HiperAhorro
Panama: Felix Estigames
Costa Rica: Vertigo
Peru: Phantom
Honduras: Game Station

How to Get Kyogre or Groudon

1. Open your Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
3. Select Receive Gift.
4. Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, then Yes again to connect to the internet.
5. Enter your code.
6. Watch as the Legendary Pokémon arrives in your game!
7. Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Legendary Pokémon.
8. Be sure to save your game.

Kyogre and Groudon - Level / Moves:


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YouTube Trailer - Kyogre and Groudon await you in August!


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGWEd15g44U

Depending on which country of the world you live in, between July 1st, 2018 and July 30th, 2018, the Legendary Pokémon Thundurus and Tornadus will be available to get in Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon.

United States: Target - July 13th, 2018 until July 28th, 2018
Canada: PTC Newsletter July 2018
UK/Australia/NZ/Europe: Nintendo Network - July 6th, 2018 until July 22nd, 2018
Mexico: Best Buy - July 1st, 2018 until July 30th, 2018
Chile: Microplay
Guatemala: El Duende
Peru: Phantom
Colombia: Alkosto HiperAhorro
Panama: Felix Estigames
Costa Rica: Vertigo
Nicaragua: Zona Cool
Honduras: Game Station

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Add Thundurus or Tornadus to your collection this July

​​​​​​​From 6 July to 22 July, Trainers will be able to grab one of two Legendary Pokémon—Thundurus or Tornadus—and add them to their Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon game.

Thundurus will be available to Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Sun players and distributed with the following characteristics:

Pokémon Ultra Sun
Level: 100
Ability: Prankster
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Moves: Thunderbolt, Focus Blast, Grass Knot, Nasty Plot

Pokémon Sun
Level: 60
Ability: Prankster
Moves: Discharge, Crunch, Charge, Nasty Plot


Tornadus will be available for Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon players and distributed with the following characteristics:

Pokémon Ultra Moon
Level: 100
Ability: Prankster
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Moves: Hurricane, Heat Wave, Grass Knot, Tailwind

Pokémon Moon
Level: 60
Ability: Prankster
Moves: Air Slash, Crunch, Tailwind, Rain Dance


How to claim Thundurus or Tornadus:
1. Open your Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
3. Select Receive Gift.
4. Select Get via Internet, then Yes to connect to the internet.
5. Watch as the Legendary Pokémon arrives in your game!
6. Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Legendary Pokémon.
7. Be sure to save your game.

Thundurus and Tornadus - Level / Moves:


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YouTube Trailer - Storm Ahead with Thundurus and Tornadus this July!


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dz2CYbfHjI

From June 21st, 2018 until July 19th, 2018, players of Pokémon GO will be able to battle Regice in Raid Battles. Regirock and Registeel will be available later in the summer.

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The Legendary Pokémon Regice Is Ready for Bone-Chilling Raid Battles!

Trainers, Pokémon’s legendary year continues with three Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region harnessing their power to take over Raid Battles in Pokémon GO, starting with Regice on June 21!

Regice, the Iceberg Pokémon, has awakened from its slumber and will be the first to appear in Raid Battles across the world until July 19. This Ice-type Legendary Pokémon has a strong defense, but is weak to Fire-, Fighting-, Rock-, and Steel-type attacks.

The presence of this defensive powerhouse kicks off a summer of earth-shattering events, as Regirock and Registeel will also roar into Gyms worldwide!

Don’t miss this chance to catch this Legendary Pokémon before it returns to another long slumber! Stay safe, and happy exploring!

Source: https://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/legendary-regice/

From June 1st, 2018 until June 24th, 2018, the Legendary Pokémon Shiny Zygarde will be available to get at participating stores around the world via a code to obtain it in Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon.

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Canada / Australia: EB Games
Germany / Italy / United States: GameStop
United Kingdom / Spain: GAME
France: Micromania

Grab the Legendary Pokémon Shiny Zygarde This June!

Trainers can add the incredible Legendary Pokémon Shiny Zygarde to their collection in Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon this June. Zygarde is the Order Pokémon and was originally discovered in the Kalos region.

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, Shiny Zygarde will be distributed with the following characteristics:
Level: 100
Ability: Aura Break
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Moves: Thousand Arrows, Outrage, Extreme Speed, Dragon Dance

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Shiny Zygarde will be distributed with the following characteristics:
Level: 60
Ability: Aura Break
Moves: Land’s Wrath, Glare, Safeguard, Dragon Breath

How to claim Shiny Zygarde:
1. Open your Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
3. Select Receive Gift.
4. Select Get via Internet, then Yes to connect to the internet.
5. Watch as Shiny Zygarde arrives in your game!
6. Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Shiny Zygarde.
7. Be sure to save your game.

Zygarde - Level / Moves:

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YouTube Trailer - Shiny Zygarde Joins the Year of Legendary Pokémon in June 2018!


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYYsy6ny1g0

From May 4th, 2018 until May 27th, 2018, Yveltal and Xerneas will be available to get at participating stores around the world via a code to obtain Yveltal in Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Sun or Xerneas in Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon.

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Canada / Australia: EB Games
Germany / Italy / United States: GameStop
United Kingdom / Spain: GAME
France: Micromania

LEGENDARY POKÉMON YVELTAL AND XERNEAS CHARACTER DISTRIBUTION COMING IN MAY

PLUS YVELTAL AND XERNEAS BOOSTERS ARE AVAILABLE IN LATEST POKÉMON DUEL BOOSTER The Pokémon Company International announced today that Yveltal and Xerneas will be the next Pokémon featured in the yearlong celebration of Legendary Pokémon. Beginning May 4 until May 26, players can receive either Yveltal or Xerneas* in their Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems. Code cards will be available at GAME in the UK and GameStop in Ireland.

In addition, both Yveltal and Xerneas are two of the 11 new Boosters available from today in Pokémon Duel as part of the game’s latest update.

These Legendary Pokémon first appeared in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. When the wings and tail feathers of Yveltal spread wide and glow red, it can absorb the life force of living creatures. Xerneas is a Fairy-type Pokémon, and it is said it can share eternal life when the horns on its head shine in seven colours.

Yveltal and Xerneas - Level / Moves:


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YouTube Trailer - Add Xerneas or Yveltal to Your Pokémon Game in the Year of Legendary Pokémon!


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4iX3qqwtTc

From April 4th, 2018 until April 25th, 2018, Entei and Raikou will be available to get wirelessly via the Nintendo Network on the Nintendo 3DS in Europe while players in the United States must obtain them from participating Target stores. Players in Canada can get them in the Pokémon Trainer Club Newsletter. Players of Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Sun will be able to get Entei while players of Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon can get Raikou.

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LEGENDARY POKÉMON ENTEI AND RAIKOU CHARACTER DISTRIBUTION COMING VIA WIFI IN APRIL

The Pokémon Company International today announced that Entei and Raikou will be the next Pokémon featured in the yearlong celebration of Legendary Pokémon. Beginning April 4 until April 25, the Legendary Pokémon Entei or Raikou will be wirelessly distributed via Nintendo Network for Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon games for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of system.

Both powerful Legendary Pokémon from the Johto region, Raikou can shoot bolts of lightning from the rain clouds on its back and Entei is thought to have been born inside an erupting volcano. Each is a significant addition to any Trainer’s lineup. Players will receive one of these Legendary Pokémon in their game, which one determined by the version they have, as well as an extra gift if redeeming in Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon.

On April 6, The Pokémon TCG: Legends of Johto GX Collection will be available at participating retailers. This impressive collection includes never-before-seen foil promo cards featuring Entei-GX and Raikou-GX and much more.

Boosters featuring Entei and Raikou are also available for in-app purchase in Pokémon Duel, the exciting mobile strategy game in which fans deploy digital Pokémon figures and battle based on strategic moves to reach a goal in the opponent’s territory.

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YouTube Trailer - Entei and Raikou Join the 2018 Legendary Pokémon Celebration!


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omkIB_wAguA
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