Pokémon VGC Resources

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Are you looking to get into Pokémon VGC or get better at the game but don't know where to find resources? Then you've come to the right place! Throughout this article, you'll find great resources from articles, content creators, and websites that will help make sure you can find the best links to improve your VGC game.


Websites and Tools

  • Damage Calculator  This allows you to optimize your EV Spreads by seeing how much damage a Pokémon takes from an attack and how much damage an attack will do.
  • Liberty Note  A VGC website that's dedicated to Japanese players and their community.
  • Limitless VGC  Includes a detailed history of previous VGC tournaments and players.
  • Nugget Bridge  Highly quality VGC articles and team reports from 2012 to 2015.
  • Pikalytics  A website compiling usage stats from both Pokémon Showdown and online ranked battles.
  • Pokémon Liquidpedia The official Pokémon wiki on Liquidpedia.
  • Pokémon Showdown  An online battle simulator that allows players to battle and test teams without the need to breed them for both VGC and Smogon.
  • r/VGC  A VGC-focused subreddit, moderated by Aaron Traylor.
  • Smogon VGC  A subforum dedicated to VGC on the most popular competitive Pokémon website.
  • Trainer Tower  A spiritual successor to Nugget Bridge designed to pick up where they left off.
  • VGCguide  A VGC website that's perfect for players of all skill levels to learn the important aspects of competitive Pokémon at their own pace.
  • Victory Road  A VGC website in English and Spanish features real-time event coverage, team report, and event results.

Content Creators and Podcasts

Not all channels may be currently active, but do contain helpful, informative, and entertaining content for players of all skill levels.

Event Streams

Follow these accounts to watch some of the game's best players battle it out from the local to the national stage.
  • CriticalHitGG – YouTube | Twitch
  • Pokémon – Twitch
  • Pokémon VGC – Twitch
  • Pokémon VGC Europe – Twitch
  • Summit City Gym – Twitch (Streams Midwest events)
  • Liberty Garden – Twitch (Streams East Coast events)
  • Pokémon Labs – Twitch (Streams West Coast events)
  • Portugal Battle League – Twitch (Streams Portugal's events)

Facebook and Discord

  • Chicago VGC  A Discord server dedicated to the Midwest VGC community, but open to players of all backgrounds.
  • Joco's Chilling Lounge  A Discord server created by Jocario to promote his Twitch that has evolved into a general community hangout.
  • Pokémon VGC Group  The largest Facebook group dedicated to Pokémon VGC.
  • r/VGC  A Discord server from the r/VGC subreddit that's great for players of all skill levels.
  • Smogon VGC  A Discord server for the Pokémon VGC's subsection of Smogon.
  • SoCal VGC  A Discord server dedicated to Southern California's VGC community, but open to players of all backgrounds.
  • The Trainer Shed  A Discord server for growing and connecting Singapore's VGC community.
  • UK & Ireland VGC  A Facebook group dedicated to VGC players that live in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • US Pokémon Association A Discord server dedicated to growing the American VGC community.

VGC Coaching

The following VGC players are offering coaching sessions where at different prices, they can help you improve in areas in your game and overall become a better player. Check out their accomplishments below and schedule your coaching session today!
  • Aaron Traylor  2015 St. Louis Regional Champion, 2nd Place 2016 US Nationals, Top 8 2016 World Championships, Top 16 2019 World Championships, 2020 Dallas Regional Champion, 2nd Place 2022 Salt Lake City Regionals
  • Alex Arand  Top 8 2018 Collinsville Regionals, Top 16 2018 Toronto Regionals, Top 4 2019 Collinsville Regionals, Top 4 2020 Costa Rica Special Event, Top 4 2020 Collinsville Regionals, Top 4 2022 Salt Lake City Regionals
  • Alexander Kuhn – Top 4 2015 Würzbürg Regionals, Top 4 2016 Arnhem Regionals, Top 4 2016 Perganziol Regionals, Top 16 2016 German Nationals, Top 64 2016 World Championships
  • Eduardo Cunha  Top 4 2016 World Championships, 2017 Madrid Special Event Champion, 2019 Oceania International Champion, Top 16 2019 World Championships, 2nd Place 2020 Oceania Internationals
  • Francesco Pardini – 2011 Italy National Champion, Top 8 2011 World Championships, 2015 Italy National Champion, Top 16 2022 European Internationals
  • Graham Amedee Top 16 2018 & 2019 Oceania Internationals, 2nd Place 2019 North American Internationals, Top 32 2019 World Championships, Top 8 Players Cup Oceania Qualifiers
  • Jiseok Lee – Top 4 2016 Korean Autumn League, 1st Place 2016 Korean Nationals, 2nd Place Players Cup Finals, 7th Place Players Cup III North American Qualifiers, 1st Place 2022 March International Challenge
  • Joseph Ugarte  2020 Portland Regional Champion, Top 16 Players Cup Finals, Top 16 Players Cup III Global Finals, Top 4 2022 Salt Lake City Regionals, Top 4 2022 European Internationals, Top 16 2022 Indianapolis Regionals
  • Lee Provost  Top 4 2010 UK Nationals, Top 4 2013 UK Nationals, Top 4 2014 World Championships, 2nd Place 2016 Glasgow Regionals, Top 4 2016 Dublin Regionals, 2nd Place 2018 Sheffield Regionals
  • Marco Silva – Top 32 2019 European Internationals, 1st Place 2019 Jönköping Regionals, Top 32 2019 North American Internationals, Top 32 2019 World Championships, 1st Place 2020 Oceania Internationals, 1st Place 2022 February International Challenge
  • Melvin Keh – 3x Special Event Champion, Top 4 2018 Latin American Internationals, Top 8 2019 North American Internationals, Top 16 2018 World Championships, Top 8 2019 Latin American Internationals, Top 4 2019 European Internationals, Top 8 2019 North American Internationals, Top 16 2019 World Championships
  • Oliver Eskolin – 2018 Oceania International Champion, Top 4 2019 Lille Special Event, Top 8 2020 Sheffield Regionals, 2nd Place 2022 European Internationals, Top 4 2022 Milwaukee Regionals, Top 32 2022 North American Internationals
  • Paul Chua – 6x Regional Champion, Top 8 2013 Seniors World Championships, Top 16 2015 US Nationals, 2nd Place 2017 North American Internationals, Top 4 2018 North American Internationals, Top 16 2018 World Championships
  • Paul Ruiz – 1st Place 2016 Peru Regionals, Top 4 2017 World Championships, 2018 World Champion, Top 4 2019 Latin American Internationals, Top 16 2019 Oceania Internationals, 3rd Place Players Cup 25th Anniversary Invitational, Top 8 2022 Indianapolis Regionals
  • Sejun Park – 2nd Place 2011 Seniors World Championships, Top 8 2012 World Championships, 1st Place 2013 Korean Nationals, Top 8 2013 World Championships, 1st Place 2014 Korean Nationals, 1st Place 2014 World Championships, 1st Place 2016 Korean Autumn League, Top 4 2017 Korean Nationals, 1st Place 2018 Korean Winter League
  • Wolfe Glick – 6x Regional Champion, 2011-2012 US National Champion, 2nd Place 2012 World Championships, 2016 World Champion, 2019 North American International Champion, Players Cup 2 Champion
  • Wonseok Jang – 1st Place 2012 Korean Nationals, Top 32 2014 World Championships, Top 32 2016 World Championships, Top 16 2017 World Championships, 1st Place 2019 Korean League Season 1, 2nd Place 2020 Trainers Cup

Articles and Guides

  • AchiEVing Perfection  DaWoblefet talks about how to create great EV Spreads for your Pokémon.
  • Defend Yourself with a Question  Braverius talks about justifying the decisions you make in battle.
  • Glossary  A collection of common terminology you'll hear when attending events.
  • How to Win a Regional  Aaron Zheng talks about some helpful steps to take to win a Regional (This information applies to other types of events).
  • Hurting Yourself in Confusion  Jiwa talks about certain unknown biases that players have that stops them from success and how to get rid of them.
  • VGC Teambuilding Guide  Designed for the 2020 season, Aaron Zheng gives an in-depth guide to building a battle-ready VGC team.
  • Key Differences between Singles and Doubles  This article talks about the main differences in both Smogon Singles and the Double battles of VGC.
  • Momentum Management  SuperIntegration talks about maintaining the advantage over your opponent in battle.
  • Player’s Psychology  Psychologist and veteran player Ruben Yanguas talks about how situational positioning and Beck's Cognitive Theory applies to Pokémon.
  • Playing to Win  Zog talks about developing a good attitude as a player.
  • Taking Care of the Pennies  Jiwa talks about the small probability in Pokémon and how it can change the course of any match.
  • Small Ways to Improve Your Game  DaWoblefet talks about the small steps you can take to become a better player (Written in 2013 but still applicable to now).
  • Tournament Survival Guide  Wolfe Glick talks about how to prepare and pack for attending tournaments.
  • Tournament Tips: Breakfast Nutrition  Lee Provost talks about improving your eating habits and possibly improving your tournament run.
  • Training for Pokémon like an Elite Athlete  Olympic athlete Rhydian Cowley talks about how his preparation for the Olympics translates to Pokémon.
  • VGC 2020 Circuit Overview  Official commentator Gabby Snyder goes over the 2020 circuit for players who may not know the insights about the scene.

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