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The official Pokémon website has announced the Spooky Cup (トリックリリック) for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Our 8th Generation Online Competitions page has been updated with these details.

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Bring Your Spookiest Pokémon to the Spooky Cup Competition

Load up your team with your most spine-chilling Pokémon and take on other Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players.

Just in time for the Halloween season comes a Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield in-game competition in which only the spookiest Pokémon can participate. The aptly named Spooky Cup has Trainers taking part in Double Battles with their scariest-looking Pokémon partners. As an added twist, only the final evolved forms of Pokémon can battle—for example, you can have Crobat on your team, but not Zubat or Golbat. Trainers who participate in at least one Battle, regardless of whether they win or lose, will earn 50 Battle Points, so assemble your best team and prepare for a challenge!

How to Register

The sign-up period for the Spooky Cup in-game competition is from Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. until Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.

To register for the competition, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Online Competitions.
  6. Select Search Official Competitions.

The competition takes place from Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. until Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.

The competition is comprised of Double Battles. Duplicate Pokémon and duplicate items are not permitted.

Eligible Pokémon

The eligible Pokémon for the Spooky Cup are:

Vileplume, Tentacruel, Gengar, Marowak, Weezing, Mr. Mime, Pinsir, Ditto, Omastar, Kabutops, Aerodactyl, Noctowl, Crobat, Espeon, Umbreon, Wobbuffet, Shiftry, Shedinja, Exploud, Sableye, Mawile, Sharpedo, Lunatone, Crawdaunt, Baltoy, Claydol, Absol, Glalie, Drifblim, Skuntank, Spiritomb, Drapion, Toxicroak, Abomasnow, Weavile, Tangrowth, Electivire, Magmortar, Dusknoir, Froslass, Rotom, Liepard, Gigalith, Swoobat, Scolipede, Basculin, Krookodile, Sigilyph, Cofagrigus, Garbodor, Zoroark, Gothitelle, Jellicent, Galvantula, Beheeyem, Chandelure, Golurk, Bisharp, Mandibuzz, Hydreigon, Volcarona, Pangoro, Meowstic, Aegislash, Slurpuff, Malamar, Trevenant, Gourgeist, Noivern, Decidueye, Incineroar, Lycanroc, Toxapex, Araquanid, Shiinotic, Salazzle, Bewear, Golisopod, Palossand, Silvally, Mimikyu, Dhelmise, Nihilego, Xurkitree, Guzzlord, Poipole, Naganadel, Blacephalon, Corviknight, Orbeetle, Thievul, Coalossal, Centiskorch, Grapploct, Polteageist, Hatterene, Grimmsnarl, Obstagoon, Cursola, Mr. Rime, Runerigus, Dracovish, Dragapult, and Spectrier.

Each Pokémon in your Battle Team must have the Galar symbol or battle-ready symbol. Review the Eligible Pokémon section of the competition rules from within your game for details.

Results and Gifts

To view your rankings after the competition has ended, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Online Competitions.
  6. Select Search Official Competitions.

To receive your participation gift after the competition, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.

Put your spookiest Pokémon in your Battle Team and creep out the competition. Good luck in the Spooky Cup!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/bring-your-spookiest-pokemon-to-the-spooky-cup-competition/

The official Pokémon websites have confirmed the broadcast dates and player roster for the Pokémon Global Exhibition taking place October 30th and 31st, 2021.

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Pokémon Global Exhibition - Broadcast dates and player roster

The Pokémon Global Exhibition is taking place in October! The broadcast date and player roster for the Pokémon Global Exhibition, where players from all over the world who excelled in Pokémon battles on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for Nintendo Switch, has been decided!

Details on the broadcast time will be announced on a later date. Stay tuned for more updates!

Broadcast Date

October 30 (Sat), 31 (Sun)

Player Roster

Jirawiwat Thitasiri - Thailand - "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021" Champion
Chin Wei Ho - Taiwan - "Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021" Finalist
Leonardo Bonanomi - Italy - "Pokémon Players Cup 4" Top-ranking player in Europe
Enrique Grimaldo - United States of America - "Pokémon Players Cup 4" Top-ranking player in North America
Renzo Navarro - Peru - "Pokémon Players Cup 4" Champion (and top-ranking player in Latin America)
Luke Iuele - Australia - "Pokémon Players Cup 4" Top-ranking player in Oceania Region
Kohei Fujita - Japan - "Pokémon Japan Championship 2021" Champion
Wonseok Jung - South Korea - "Pokémon Trainers Cup 2021" Champion

Sources: https://sg.portal-pokemon.com/topics/game/210924141053_broadcast_date_and_player_roster_of_pokemon_global_exhibition_announced.html and https://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2021/09/210924_e01.html

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The Korean Pokémon Trainers Cup 2021 broadcast announced the Porygon-Z serial code which players of Pokémon Sword and Shield can use from August 21st, 2021 until August 22nd, 2021 at 23:59. The Porygon-Z is based on the one used by last year's tournament winner Jeong Sang-yoon. The serial code is: 1STPTCCHAMP

Event Pokémon Details:

Pokémon: Porygon-Z
OT: 정상윤
ID: 210807
Level: 50
Ability: Adaptability
Nature: Timid
Held Item: Silk Scarf
Moves: Hyper Beam, Thunderbolt, Dark Pulse and Nasty Plot
Ribbon: Battle Champion Ribbon

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The Pokémon Asia Players Cup 2021 is the very first online tournament for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield over multi-regions in Asia taking place from August 28th, 2021 to September 11th, 2021.

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Players from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand will have the opportunity to prove their mettle as Pokémon Trainers. Battle against other Trainers around Asia to win the ticket to the Pokémon Global Exhibition in October and the Travel award to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships!

Qualifiers to decide the top players from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand will be held on August 28th, August 29th and September, 4th and 5th, 2021.

The Grand Finale is happening on September 11th, 2021 where the top 8 players from each region will battle to be crowned the best Pokémon trainer in Asia.

All the 8 players competing in the Grand Finale will be awarded with the invitation to Day 1 of the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, a physical copy of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Double Pack​* and a physical copy of Pokémon Legends: Arceus*. The champion of the Grand Finale will receive an invitation to the Pokémon Global Exhibition, and Invitation to Day 2 of the 2022 Pokémon World Championships with flights and accommodation fee.

Game Rules

  • The game format will be a Double Battle format.
  • Players must have between four and six Pokémon.
  • Pokémon above and below Lv. 50 are permitted but will be auto-leveled to Lv. 50 during battle.
  • Players are not allowed to use duplicate Pokémon.
  • Players are not allowed to have duplicate held items.
  • The game time limit: 20 minutes
  • Team Preview: 90 seconds
  • Move time limit: 45 seconds
  • Player time (Your Time) limit: 7 minutes
  • Players may use Pokémon with the following Pokédex numbers, provided the Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield were received at an official event or distribution.
    • Galar Pokédex numbers: #001–397
    • Isle of Armor Pokédex numbers: #001–210
    • Crown Tundra Pokédex numbers: #001–209
    • National Pokédex numbers: #243–245, #252–260, #380–381, #480–482, #485, #488, #638–642, #645, #722–730, #785–788, #793–799, #803–806
  • Players may use Rental Teams during Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 Qualifiers. If using a Rental Team, the player is responsible to ensure the team is legal for tournament and the player should fill out the Team List with the Rental Team Pokémon as those Pokémon appear in battle (i.e at Lv.50). Rental Teams are not allowed for use in the Grand Finale.
  • Players are required to use the same team throughout Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 Qualifier. Opponents will have an opportunity to view each other's team lists (excluding stats) before playing. If you detect that your opponent is using something that differs from their list, you should immediately call a tournament admin for assistance.

Sources: https://play.eslgaming.com/pokemon/asia/players-cup-2021 and https://www.facebook.com/Pokemon.official.Singapore/photos/a.1922667874726799/2969872103339699/

The official Pokémon website has announced the Same Double Beat Online Competition for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Our 8th Generation Online Competitions page has been updated with these details.

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Test Your Pokémon Double Battles Skill in the Same Double Beat Competition

Bring duplicate Pokémon and items into battle as you face off against other Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players.

Get ready for double trouble in the next Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield in-game competition, which has been dubbed Same Double Beat. As the name suggests, this latest competition lets Trainers show off their skills in a series of Double Battles. You're allowed to have duplicate Pokémon on your team, and you can come equipped with duplicate items. However, Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon are prohibited from this competition. Participants will earn 50 Battle Points, so assemble your best team and prepare for a challenge!

How to Register

The sign-up period for the Same Double Beat in-game competition is from Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.

To register for the competition, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Online Competitions.
  6. Select Search Official Competitions.

The competition takes place from Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, August 15, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.

The competition will be comprised of Double Battles, and you can have duplicate Pokémon on your Battle Team. Your Pokémon can also be holding more than one of the same item.

Eligible Pokémon

Galar Pokédex No. 001–380 and 383–397, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–099 and 102–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–196 are eligible for battle.

Each Pokémon in your Battle Team must have the Galar symbol or battle-ready symbol. Review the Eligible Pokémon section of the competition rules from within your game for details.

Results and Gifts

To view your rankings after the competition has ended, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Online Competitions.
  6. Select Search Official Competitions.

To receive your participation gift after the competition, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.

Which Pokémon and items will you bring into these Double Battles? Choose wisely, and good luck in the Same Double Beat competition!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/test-your-pokemon-double-battles-skill-in-the-same-double-beat-competition/

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Fans can watch broadcasts of exciting matches from the Region and Global Final rounds of the Pokémon Players Cup IV. Matches from each competition—the Pokémon TCG competition, the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video game competition, and Pokkén Tournament DX—will be streamed on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter with commentary from the Pokémon Company's team of Pokémon experts.

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During the Pokémon Players Cup IV - VG Region Finals Day 1 broadcast, a serial code was revealed that allowed all players of Pokémon Sword and Shield to get a Gold Bottle Cap. The code was active from July 17th, 2021 until July 19th, 2021. The code is: PLAYERSCH01CEPC

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At the end of the Pokémon Players Cup IV - TCG Region Finals Day 1 broadcast, a serial code was revealed that allowed Pokémon Trading Card Game Online players to get a Marnie Full Art Supporter card. The code was active from July 17th, 2021 until July 26th, 2021 but only for 50,000 redemptions. The code is: PC4YOURCHOICE

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-players-cup-iv/streaming/

The official Pokémon website has announce the Players Cup 25th Anniversary Invitational will take place on August 13th, 2021 to August 15th, 2021 and will feature the top 8 Video Game and TCG players from around the world.

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Players Cup 25th Anniversary Invitational Features Celebrated Pokémon TCG and Video Game Players

Don't miss a showcase of some of the best players ever when the matches stream in August.
Continuing the celebration of 25 years of Pokémon, an exciting event is on the way spotlighting some of the best competitive Pokémon players ever. The Pokémon Players Cup 25th Anniversary Invitational will feature eight top Pokémon TCG players and eight top video game players from around the world in exciting head-to-head matches. They'll face off in a double-elimination bracket as they seek to prove who is truly the champion of champions!

You won't want to miss some of the biggest names in Pokémon when the action starts in August. It will be broadcast on Twitch.tv/Pokemon on August 13–15.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/players-cup-25th-anniversary-invitational-features-celebrated-pokemon-tcg-and-video-game-players/

The Pokémon Company has announced the Pokémon Sword and Shield - Pokémon Global Exhibition where top players from around the world will complete in this exclusive competition in October 2021.

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Watch the Pokémon Global Exhibition This October

The top Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players from around the world will face off against each other in this exclusive competition.

This October, our celebration of 25 years of Pokémon continues with the Pokemon Global Exhibition. This thrilling tournament will feature eight of the best Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players from around the world.

Competitors will include the highest-ranking players from each of the four regions participating in the Pokémon Players Cup IV Global Finals (Europe, North America, Latin America, and Oceania). They will be joined by other incredible players from around the world, including players from Japan.

Tune in to the Pokémon Global Exhibition to see some of the world's best Pokémon Trainers in action

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/watch-the-pokemon-global-exhibition-this-october/

The official Pokémon website has announced the Fair and Square Pokémon Competition takes place from Thursday, June 17th, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, June 20th, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT. Details of this competition have been added to our 8th Generation Online Competitions page.

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Register for the Fair and Square Pokémon Competition

Put together your perfect team to battle against Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players from around the world.

A new challenge is on the way for Trainers to show their skills in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games. The Fair and Square competition provides an interesting ruleset for Single Battles that will truly put your battling prowess to the test. Unlike in the Series 9 regulations, duplicate Pokémon and duplicate items are allowed. And Legendary Pokémon are prohibited—including typically permitted Pokémon, such as Zapdos, Urshifu, Silvally, and the Ultra Beasts. By taking part in this challenge, you'll earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.

How to Register

The sign-up period for the Fair and Square competition is from Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.

To register for the competition, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Online Competitions.
  6. Select Search Official Competitions.

The Fair and Square competition takes place from Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT. This competition is comprised of Single Battles in which your Battle Team can have more than one of the same Pokémon and more than one of the same held item.

Eligible Pokémon

Galar Pokédex No. 001–380 and 383–397, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–099 and 102–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–196 are eligible for battle, as well as the following Pokémon: Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, and Primarina.

Each Pokémon in your Battle Team must have the Galar symbol or battle-ready symbol. Review the Eligible Pokémon section of the competition rules from within your game for details.

Results and Gifts

To view your rankings after the competition has ended, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select VS.
  4. Select Battle Stadium.
  5. Select Online Competitions.
  6. Select Search Official Competitions.
To receive your participation gift after the competition, follow these steps:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Open the X menu.
  3. Select Mystery Gift.
  4. Select Get a Mystery Gift.
  5. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.
See what kind of Battle Team you can assemble to take advantage of these competitive rules and win. Good luck, and remember to keep things fair and square!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/register-for-the-fair-and-square-pokemon-competition/

The Pokémon Company has announced the 2021 Play! Pokémon Professor Cup Tournaments which will take place online and are open to Professors in the Play! Pokémon program.

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Complete in 2021 Play! Pokémon Professor Cup Tournaments

These global online Pokémon TCG tournaments are open to Professors in the Play! Pokémon program. Pokémon Professors, pay heed. Prepare to participate in playoffs to prove your Pokémon Trading Card Game proficiency. That's right—Pokémon Professors from around the world are invited to take part in the new 2021 series of online Professor Cup tournaments. These events are a way to say thanks to the Professors who have helped fans and players enjoy Play! Pokémon activities during the hiatus of the Championship Series.

Schedule and Prizes

Professors will have four opportunities to compete in these online events throughout the year, and everyone who does will receive a special in-game set of card sleeves and a deck box for their Pokémon Trading Game Online account. The highest-placing Professors will also earn commemorative trophies and an exclusive messenger bag featuring the powerful Water-type Pokémon Blastoise. Other prizes, such as Professor-branded playmats, notebooks, and booster packs of the latest Pokémon TCG expansion, are also available to win.

The online Professor Cup tournaments will take place at the following times:

  • Professor Cup Spring
    • Saturday, April 17, 2021, beginning at 8 a.m. PDT (with top cut on April 24, 2021)
  • Professor Cup Summer
    • Saturday, July 10, 2021, beginning at 11 a.m. PDT (with top cut on July 17, 2021)
  • Professor Cup Fall
    • Saturday, October 2, 2021, beginning at 4 p.m. PDT (with top cut on October 9, 2021)
  • Professor Cup Winter
    • Saturday, December 11, 2021, beginning at 3 a.m. PST (with top cut on December 18, 2021)

Qualifications and Registration

The online Professor Cup tournaments are open to all Professors in good standing with Play! Pokémon who meet either of the following criteria:

  • Have a Stage 1 or Stage 2 certification
  • Have earned 50 or more Professor Points since:
    • January 1, 2021 (for Professor Cup Spring)
    • April 1, 2021 (for Professor Cup Summer)
    • July 1, 2021 (for Professor Cup Fall)
    • October 1, 2021 (for Professor Cup Winter)
Visit the Professor Cup section of the Pokémon Organized Play forums for more details, to register for these special tournaments, and to find opportunities to earn Professor Points.

Pokémon Professor Webinars and Seminars

You can keep in touch and learn alongside your fellow Professors with the Pokémon Professor Webinar Series. These monthly sessions focus on a distinct topic relevant to Professors, providing valuable insight from experts and program veterans. Attendees will receive 10 Professor Points for each Webinar they attend.

You can take a look at the Pokémon Professor Webinar schedule, and be sure to check back often as more sessions will be added as the season progresses.

Pokémon Professors from around the world also continue to help one another learn, grow, and strengthen their local communities by running regular monthly activities including seminars and workshops within the program. Each activity offers at leave five Professor Points to all who participate.

Visit the Professor Seminar section of the Pokémon Organized Play forums for more details, including topics, timing, and registration.

Thank you again, Pokémon Professors, for your hard work and dedication. Good luck in the Professor Cup tournaments!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/complete-in-2021-play-pokemon-professor-cup-tournaments/
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