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VGC The "2020 Video Pokémon VGC Rules, Format, and Penalty Guidelines" document is now available

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    May Demon Buster Trainee Staff Member Admin Pokémon Trainer Wiki Contributor

    May 14, 2014
    Generation Started:
    1st Generation
    Favorite Pokémon:
    Pikachu and Rayquaza
    PkmnGO Team:
    The 2020 Video Game Championship rules have been announced on the official Pokémon wesbite.
    Players will be competing using Pokémon Sword and Shield. All live tournaments will transition to these new rules on January 4, 2020.
    The entire 2020 Pokémon VGC rules document is now available on the rules and resources page official website.
    Here's a brief summary of the new regulations:
    • All battles will be Double Battles played in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
    • Each player will need their own Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite and a physical or digital version of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield to compete.
    • Pokémon will need to have the Galar symbol, showing they were caught in the Galar region.
    • All Pokémon from the Galar Regional Pokédex will be permitted except for Mythical Pokémon and certain Legendary Pokémon.
    • All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
    • Duplicate Pokémon will not be allowed.
    • Duplicate held items will not be allowed.
    • Each battle will begin with a 90-second Team Preview phase.
    • Players will have 7 minutes of Your Time, 45 seconds of Move Time, and (now returning to the VGC) 15 minutes of Game Time in each battle.
    • The list of species permitted to Gigantamax will expand every few months based on events in which these Pokémon become more common. Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing are not legal until they are included in the Play! Pokémon VG Rules and Formats document.
      The following Pokémon, with the Gigantamax Factor, are permitted to compete:
      • Butterfree
      • Corviknight
      • Drednaw
      • Centiskorch
      • Meowth
      • Pikachu
      • Eevee
      • Snorlax
      • Sandaconda
      • Charizard (only permitted with the Ability Blaze)

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