VGC 2020 Rules

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Announced today and starting January 4th, 2020, we will be shifting to the 2020 format on Pokémon Sword and Shield. This is the format players will use to battle their way to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships in the United Kingdom! This will be the first season players get to battle on the Nintendo Switch using the following rules:

  • All battles will be Double Battles on Pokémon Sword and Shield.
  • Players will need their own Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite with a physical or digital copy of Pokémon Sword and Shield.
  • All Pokémon will need to have the Galar Region indicating they were caught in the Galar Region.
  • All Pokémon that are in the Galar Region's Pokédex is allowed except Mythical and certain Legendary Pokémon.
    • This means Mew, Mewtwo, Zacian, Zamanenta, and Eternatus are not allowed.
  • All Pokémon in battle will be set to level 50, including Pokémon above and below level 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon will not be allowed.
  • Duplicate held items will not be allowed.
  • Battles will begin with a 90-second Team Preview.
  • In battle, players have 7 minutes of total your time, 45 minutes of time to pick moves, and returning to VGC, 15 minutes of game time in battle.

Dynamax and Gigantamax

While Dynamax is allowed for all Pokémon, certain special Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing are allowed as well. For example, starting November 15 until early January 2020, players are able to encounter Gigantamax Drednaw in their copy of Pokémon Sword, Gigantamax Corviknight in their copy of Pokémon Shield, and Gigantamax Butterfree on both versions.

As new Gigantamax are available to be obtained, they will be allowed for use in the 2020 format so as of January 4, 2020, the following Pokémon capable of Gigantamax are allowed to be used.
  • Butterfree
  • Corviknight
  • Drednaw
  • Centiskorch
  • Meowth
  • Pikachu
  • Eevee
  • Snorlax
  • Sandaconda
  • Charizard (Only with the Blaze ability)

Battles in the Video Game Championships will switch to Pokémon Sword and Shield in just a few weeks on January 4th, 2020, so check back to Nimbasa City Post between now and then for helpful articles to help you on your path to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships!


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