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GAME FREAK Nintendo / The Pokémon Company Nintendo Switch November 15th, 2019 (Worldwide) Single player
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8th Generation Online Competitions

Participants of the tournaments need to register to participate by going to the VS menu in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield and selecting Battle Stadium, Online Competitions, and finally Search Official Competitions.

List of Tournaments

Below is a list of the tournaments that took place throughout the world. Each description details the specific rules for the competition as each one had their own list.

Galar Beginnings

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Region: International
Registration Period: Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 00:00 UTC, to Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 00:00 UTC, to Sunday, December 8th, 2019 at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: December 2019
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: Mew, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus
Entry Gift: Qualified participants received 50 Battle Points.
Description
The first official competition for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield! In the Galar Beginnings competition, you’ll be able to make your Pokémon huge by Dynamaxing them—or even have their form change by Gigantamaxing them! These effects will last for only three turns per battle, so be sure to use them wisely!
Competition Rules
• Certain special Pokémon will not be allowed.
• Register three to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.
• Three of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Membership in the Nintendo Switch Online (paid) service is required for Online Competition participation.
• You’ll be able to join the competition by opening the X menu in your game and selecting VS, Battle Stadium, and then Online Competitions. There’s no need to register on the Pokémon Global Link.

Galar Newcomers

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PST until Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Tournament Period: Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, January 26th, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Ranking Results Announcement: February 2019
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon first discovered in the Galar region and Galarian forms of previously discovered Pokémon can be used.
Entry Gift: Qualified participants received 50 Battle Points.
Description
The second Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Online Competition is a Double Battle competition, where only Pokémon first discovered in the Galar region and Galarian forms of previously discovered Pokémon can be on the teams. Show off what you've learned from your first Galar battles by composing a team of your newest allies. Has your training revealed the best new battling tricks?
Competition Rules
• Certain special Pokémon will not be permitted, including Zacian and Zamazenta.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• No two Pokémon in your Battle Team can hold the same item.
• Players are permitted to use any of your Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor, and they'll be able to Gigantamax in battle!

2020 International Challenge February

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PST until Thursday, February 27th, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Tournament Period: Thursday, February 27th, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, March 1st, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Ranking Results Announcement: March 2019
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Double Battle
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon caught in the Galar region will be eligible to compete.
Entry Gift: Everyone who registered and completes at least one battle received a fashionable T-shirt featuring Ball Guy for their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield character to wear.
Description
Compete in the International Challenge February against Trainers from around the world in the 2020 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series format. The International Challenge February is a great chance to practice for your next live tournament while competing for Championship Points toward qualification for the 2020 Pokémon World Championships.
Competition Rules
• Unlike at live events, players in this competition will be permitted to use Charizard with both the Gigantamax Factor and the Solar Power Ability.

Extreme Speed! Single Battles!! Online Competition (しんそく!シングルバトル!!)

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Region: International
Registration Period: March 11th, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. PDT until March 19th, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: March 19th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PDT until March 22nd, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Ranking Results Announcement: April 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Single Battle
Banned Pokémon: All Pokémon that are capable of moving to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield via Pokémon HOME are permitted (excluding Legendary and Mythical Pokémon)
Entry Gift: Qualified participants received 50 Battle Points.
Description
With only 10 seconds per turn to select a move, you'll have to think fast and make quick decisions. To speed up games even more, there won't be a Pokémon Team Preview period, and your Pokémon won't be able to Dynamax.
Competition Rules
• Only 10 seconds per turn to select a move.
• No Pokémon Team Preview period.
• Pokémon can't Dynamax.
• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Membership in the Nintendo Switch Online (paid) service is required for Online Competition participation.
• 15 battles per day and remaining battles under the daily limit can be carried over to the following day.

2020 International Challenge May Online Competition

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, May 13th, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, May 21st, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT/.
Ranking Results Announcement: June 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Official Double Battle Format
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon obtained in the Galar region will be eligible to compete
Entry Gift: In-game Trainer clothing: a Casual Tee (Ultra Ball Guy)
Description
Put your skills to the test and earn an in-game item by taking on players from all over the world using the official battle format.

Like in all Video Game Championships tournaments, battles in the International Challenge May will use the Double Battle format. However, only Pokémon obtained in the Galar region will be eligible to compete.

Please be aware that unlike live competitions, there are only two divisions in this online competition: Juniors and Masters. Players born January 1, 2005, or later are in the Juniors division while players born December 31, 2004, or earlier are in the Masters division.

Also, players may receive penalties and be restricted from participating in future online events if there are a significantly large number of disconnects during battle, starting from when your opponent has been decided until match results have been fully sent to the server. Please ensure a stable connection environment when connecting to the internet.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield 2020 International Friendly Online Competition

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Region: International, excluding Japan
Registration Period: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, June 25th, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Tournament Period: Thursday, June 25th, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, June 28th, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Ranking Results Announcement: July 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Battle Type: Double Battle Format
Banned Pokémon: players were permitted to use Pokémon No. 001–397 in the Galar Pokédex, as well as Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Slowpoke (Galarian Form), Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, and Primarina. The following Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing may be also used: Charizard, Butterfree, Pikachu, Meowth, Machamp, Gengar, Kingler, Lapras, Eevee, Snorlax, Garbodor, Corviknight, Orbeetle, Drednaw, Coalossal, Flapple, Appletun, Sandaconda, Toxtricity, Centiskorch, Hatterene, Grimmsnarl, Alcremie, Copperajah, and Duraludon.
Entry Gift: Trainers who complete at least one battle in the International Friendly will earn 50 Battle Points.
Description
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players can challenge Trainers from around the world in the International Friendly Online Competition. This competition, which runs from Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, June 28, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT, will use similar rules and regulations as the current Championship Series format. This competition is a great opportunity to see how you can do in a format similar to the Video Game Championships without the pressure of Championship Points up for grabs. In addition to battling for pride, Trainers who complete at least one battle in the International Friendly will earn 50 Battle Points.

Pokémon Japan Decisive Battle 2020 (ポケモン日本一決定戦2020)

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Region: Japan
Tournament Period: Preliminaries: Thursday, June 11th, 2020 at 2:00p.m. until Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 8:59a.m.
Main Tournament: Saturday, August 1st, 2020
Championship Round: Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned Pokémon: Pokémon added in the Isle of Armor DLC cannot be used
Battle Type: Preliminaries: Double Battle Ranked Battle Series 4 Rules
Championship: Double Battle Ranked Battle Series 5 Rules
Description
To participate, you must be a resident of Japan during the tournament period and the "Country/Region" of your Nintendo Account is "Japan". The number of players eligible to participate is as follows:
Top 30 in each category of the 2020 International Challenge February
Top 30 in each category of the 2020 International Challenge April
Top 30 in each category of 2020 International Challenge May
Top 60 in each category of the Pokémon Nihon Ichiban Qualifier 2020

Armor Beginnings

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, July 23rd, 202 at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Tournament Period: Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, July 26th, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Ranking Results Announcement: August 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Isle of Armor DLC
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon that can be registered to the Isle of Armor Pokédex are eligible for the competition. These Pokémon must have been obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or have the battle-ready symbol to be eligible.
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: Trainers who complete at least one battle in the Armor Beginnings will earn 50 Battle Points.
Description
Earn Battle Points by testing your skills against other Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players from around the world.

To celebrate the release of The Isle of Armor, the first part of the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, you can now challenge Trainers from around the world in the Armor Beginnings Online Competition! Please note that you do not need to own an Expansion Pass to take part in this competition. By competing in at least one battle in Armor Beginnings, you will earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.

Only Pokémon that can be registered to the Isle of Armor Pokédex are eligible for the competition. These Pokémon must have been obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield (either caught, hatched from Eggs, or received as an official Mystery Gift) or have the battle-ready symbol to be eligible.

By speaking with the character next to the door in the center of the Battle Tower, you can make Pokémon from previous games in the Pokémon series forget moves and receive the battle-ready symbol. Pokémon with the battle-ready symbol can participate in Ranked Battles and Online Competitions, which previously only allowed Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. Be aware that moves that cannot be used in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be forgotten when the battle-ready symbol is applied to your Pokémon. These moves cannot be remembered.

Additionally, all Gigantamax Pokémon that are eligible to participate may be used. You can also bring Legendary Pokémon into battle, but Mythical Pokémon are not allowed.

Pokémon Players Cup II Qualifier Online Competition

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, September 9th, at 10:00 p.m. PDT and going until Thursday, September 24th, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Tournament Period: Thursday, September 24th, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, September 27th, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Ranking Results Announcement: October 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Isle of Armor DLC
Banned Pokémon: Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield (excluding certain Legendary or Mythical Pokémon) or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible that align with the Ranked Battles Series 6 rules.
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: All Trainers who participate in the competition will receive 50 Battle Points, which can be redeemed after rankings are announced. Players must participate in at least one battle to receive the Battle Points.
Description
The Pokémon Players Cup II Qualifier Online Competition will be comprised of Double Battles. Each Trainer can bring a lineup of four to six Pokémon of Lv. 1–100, and all Pokémon will become Lv. 50 for the duration of each battle. Four Pokémon will be selected per battle. Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield (excluding certain Legendary or Mythical Pokémon) or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible. For a list of Pokémon prohibited from competing, view the Ranked Battles Series 6 rules.

Total time per battle is 20 minutes. Each Trainer will be allotted seven minutes in total. Preview time is 90 seconds, and turn time is 45 seconds. Trainers can compete in a maximum of 15 battles per day. Trainers who don't reach the daily limit can carry additional battles over to the following day. Each battle day ends at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Battle of Legends

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, October 18th, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Ranking Results Announcement: November 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned Pokémon: Any Pokémon that was obtained in the Galar region or that has the battle-ready symbol is eligible for the competition. However, you can have only one of the following special Pokémon registered to your Battle Team: Mewtwo, Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Magearna, Marshadow, Zeraora, Meltan, Melmetal, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, Zarude.
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: By competing in at least one battle in the Battle of Legends, players will earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
Get ready to face some powerful opponents when you take part in the Battle of Legends Online Competition for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. This competition allows each Trainer to have one Legendary Pokémon or Mythical Pokémon on their Battle Team, so prepare to test your mettle against the likes of Mewtwo, Lunala, and Zacian! This global event pits Pokémon Trainers from around the world against one another in a weekend of action-packed battles.

Tundra Tourney (カンムリビギニング)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Thursday, October 29th, 2020 until November 12th, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Tournament Period: November 12th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. PST though November 15th, 2020 at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Ranking Results Announcement: December 2020
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon include Pokémon in the Crown Tundra Pokédex (excluding certain special Pokémon). Calyrex is banned.
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: If you battle in the Tundra Tourney, you'll receive a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
Celebrate the release of The Crown Tundra for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield with the Tundra Tourney Online Competition. This competition offers you the opportunity to battle with a team of Pokémon from the Crown Tundra Pokédex.

Dragon King Cup

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Region: International
Registration Period: November 30th, 2020 through December 10th, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Tournament Period: December 10th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. PST through December 13th, 2020 at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Ranking Results Announcement: January 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned Pokémon: Eligible Pokémon include Galar Pokédex No. 001–400, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210, as well as Mewtwo, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Regigigas, Giratina, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Necrozma, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon.
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: If you battle in the Dragon King Cup, you'll receive a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
Will you reign in the Dragon King Cup Online Competition? Register and compete to see if you have what it takes! This online tournament allows Trainers to select one powerful Pokémon that is usually not permitted on their Battle Team. This includes many of the awesome Pokémon that Trainers can encounter in The Crown Tundra, the second part of the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass.

Global Challenge Winter 2021

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Region: International
Registration Period: February 10, 2021, at 9:00 p.m. PST to February 25, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Tournament Period: February 25, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. PST to February 28, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Ranking Results Announcement: March 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned Pokémon: The event follows Series 8 regulations and you can choose one of Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, or Calyrex to include on your team.
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: If you battle in the Global Challenge Winter 2021, you'll receive a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
A new opportunity is here to battle with your favorite Legendary Pokémon at your side in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield! This casual competition has no Championship Points on the line, so it's an opportunity to have fun and maybe experiment with a new battle lineup. And with the competition taking place February 25 to 28, 2021, you can spend Pokémon Day battling for glory with the chosen Legendary Pokémon at your side.

Spikemuth Cup

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 9:00 p.m. PST until Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Tournament Period: Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PDT through Sunday, March 21, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Ranking Results Announcement: April 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned Pokémon: Galar Pokédex No. 001–397, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–209 are eligible for battle. Trainers are not allowed to use Dynamax or Gigantamax during this event.
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: Trainers who participate in at least one Spikemuth Cup battle will earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
Things are going to get rowdy when you take part in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's Spikemuth Cup. Named after the home of the raucous Team Yell, this Online Competition shares the same restriction that all Gym Challengers must face when battling in Spikemuth—Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing are not permitted. So put your skills to the test and make some noise during this global event, because it's sure to be a weekend filled with action-packed battles worth yelling about.

Fair and Square

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Ranking Results Announcement: July 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned 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.
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: By taking part in this challenge, you'll earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
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..

Water Paradise (ウォーターパラダイス)

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Region: International
Registration Period: July 1st, 2021 at 05:00 UTC until July 15th, 2021 at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: July 16th, 2021 until July 18th, 2021 at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: August 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned Pokémon: Available National Pokédex. Pokémon must have Galar or Battle Ready Mark. Must be Water-type (including Dual-type)
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: By taking part in this challenge, you'll earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
During this summer competition, players could participate using only Water-type Pokémon.

Same Double Beat

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, July 28th, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Thursday, August 12th, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Tournament Period: Thursday, August 12th, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, August 15th, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT.
Ranking Results Announcement: September 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned 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.
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: By taking part in this challenge, you'll earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
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!

Mythical Melee (レジェンド オブ ラウンド)

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Region: International
Registration Period: August 26th, 2021 05:00 UTC until September 9th, 2021 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: September 10th, 2021 until September 12th, 2021 at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: October 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Banned Pokémon: Available National Pokédex. Pokémon must have Galar or Battle Ready Mark. Legendary or Mythical Pokémon only.
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: By taking part in this challenge, you'll earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
This is a single battle where only Legendary and Mythical Pokémon can be used!

Spooky Cup (トリックリリック)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. until Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. until Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Ranking Results Announcement: October 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: 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 the Battle Team must have the Galar symbol or battle-ready symbol.
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: Trainers who participate in at least one Battle, regardless of whether they win or lose, will earn 50 Battle Points.
Description
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!

Gym Challenge (ジムチャレンジ)

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. PDT until Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Tournament Period: Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Ranking Results Announcement: December 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Ninetales, Arcanine, Machamp, Ponyta (Galarian Form), Rapidash (Galarian Form), Gengar, Weezing (Galarian Form), Goldeen, Seaking, Lapras, Bellossom, Quagsire, Shuckle, Hitmontop, Tyranitar, Ludicolo, Shiftry, Pelipper, Gardevoir, Mawile, Torkoal, Flygon, Cherrim, Skuntank, Croagunk, Toxicroak, Togekiss, Dusknoir, Liepard, Gigalith, Darmanitan (Galarian Form), Scraggy, Scrafty, Yamask (Galarian Form), Gothita, Gothorita, Solosis, Duosion, Chandelure, Pangoro, Malamar, Barbaracle, Sylveon, Hawlucha, Goodra, Toxapex, Salazzle, Tsareena, Golisopod, Turtonator, Mimikyu, Gossifleur, Eldegoss, Drednaw, Coalossal, Flapple, Appletun, Sandaconda, Arrokuda, Barraskewda, Toxtricity (Low Key Form), Centiskorch, Grapploct, Polteageist, Hatenna, Hattrem, Hatterene, Grimmsnarl, Obstagoon, Cursola, Sirfetch'd, Mr. Rime, Runerigus, Alcremie, Falinks, Frosmoth, Stonjourner, Eiscue, Morpeko, and Duraludon are eligible. Each Pokémon in the Battle Team must have the Galar symbol or battle-ready symbol.
Battle Type: Single Battle
Entry Gift: By taking part in this Gym Challenge, you'll earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
Take on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players with Pokémon used by Galar’s Gym Leaders.

Battle like some of the Galar region's finest Pokémon Trainers in the latest Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Online Competition: the Gym Challenge. During this event, your battle team can be comprised only of Pokémon used by Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Gym Leaders. No duplicate Pokémon or items are allowed during this competition, which is comprised of Single Battles.

Tiny Tourney

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Region: International
Registration Period: Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 9:00 p.m. PST until Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Tournament Period: Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Ranking Results Announcement: December 2021
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Caterpie, Sandshrew, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Vulpix, Zubat, Oddish, Diglett, Meowth, Psyduck, Growlithe, Poliwag, Abra, Machop, Tentacool, Ponyta, Magnemite, Farfetch'd (Galarian Form), Shellder, Krabby, Exeggcute, Cubone, Koffing, Rhyhorn, Tangela, Horsea, Goldeen, Staryu, Magikarp, Eevee, Porygon, Omanyte, Kabuto, Hoothoot, Chinchou, Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Natu, Wooper, Sneasel, Swinub, Corsola (Galarian Form), Remoraid, Tyrogue, Smoochum, Elekid, Magby, Larvitar, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Zigzagoon, Lotad, Seedot, Wingull, Ralts, Nincada, Whismur, Azurill, Aron, Electrike, Carvanha, Trapinch, Swablu, Barboach, Corphish, Baltoy, Lileep, Anorith, Feebas, Duskull, Wynaut, Snorunt, Spheal, Bagon, Beldum, Shinx, Budew, Combee, Cherubi, Shellos, Drifloon, Buneary, Stunky, Bronzor, Bonsly, Mime Jr., Happiny, Gible, Munchlax, Riolu, Hippopotas, Skorupi, Croagunk, Mantyke, Snover, Lillipup, Purrloin, Munna, Pidove, Roggenrola, Woobat, Drilbur, Timburr, Tympole, Venipede, Cottonee, Petilil, Sandile, Darumaka, Dwebble, Scraggy, Yamask, Tirtouga, Archen, Trubbish, Zorua, Minccino, Gothita, Solosis, Vanillite, Karrablast, Foongus, Joltik, Ferroseed, Klink, Elgyem, Litwick, Axew, Cubchoo, Shelmet, Mienfoo, Golett, Pawniard, Rufflet, Vullaby, Deino, Bunnelby, Fletchling, Pancham, Espurr, Honedge, Spritzee, Swirlix, Inkay, Binacle, Skrelp, Clauncher, Helioptile, Tyrunt, Goomy, Phantump, Pumpkaboo, Bergmite, Noibat, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Grubbin, Cutiefly, Rockruff, Mareanie, Mudbray, Dewpider, Fomantis, Morelull, Salandit, Stufful, Bounsweet, Wimpod, Sandygast, Jangmo-o, Poipole, Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble, Skwovet, Rookidee, Blipbug, Nickit, Gossifleur, Wooloo, Chewtle, Yamper, Rolycoly, Applin, Arrokuda, Toxel, Sizzlipede, Clobbopus, Sinistea, Hatenna, Impidimp, Milcery, Snom, Dreepy, and Kubfu are eligible. Each Pokémon in your Battle Team must have the Galar symbol or battle-ready symbol.
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: By taking part in this Gym Challenge, you'll earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
Trainers have until 3:59 p.m. PST on December 9, 2021, to register for the latest iteration of the Tiny Tourney Online Competition in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. During this event, petite Pokémon get a chance to show off their skills—your Battle Team can only contain Pokémon three feet, three inches tall or smaller that have not evolved but are able to. This competition is comprised of Double Battles, and qualified participants will earn 50 Battle Points. Are you ready to go big with small Pokémon? Sign up for the Tiny Tourney and find out!

Test Your Luck!

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Region: International
Registration Period: December 23rd, 2021 at 5:00 UTC until January 6th, 2022 at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: January 7th, 2022 until January 9th, 2022 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: February 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Clefairy, Clefable, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, Machop, Machoke, Machamp, Gengar, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Chansey, Mr. Mime, Jynx, Snorlax, Cleffa, Togepi, Togetic, Politoed, Smoochum, Miltank, Blissey, Ludicolo, Sableye, Dusclops, Happiny, Munchlax, Togekiss, Dusknoir, Aromatisse, Slurpuff, Inteleon, Sinistea, Polteageist, Impidimp, Morgrem, Grimmsnarl, Mr. Rime, Alcremie, Indeedee
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: By taking part in this online competition, you'll earn a participation gift of 50 Battle Points.
Description
Official details of this event were not posted on the official English website.

2022 International Challenge February

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Region: International
Registration Period: February 3rd, 2022 until February 18th, 2022 JST
Tournament Period: February 18th, 2022 until February 21st, 2022 JST
Ranking Results Announcement: March 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Only Two of the following are allowed on a team: 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
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: Players who participated in the 2022 February International Challenge received a Shiny Galarian Articuno.
Battle Team: 4 to 6 Pokémon with Levels 1 to 100
All Pokémon will automatically be set to Level 50.
4 Pokémon to be selected for battle.
Total Battle Time: Maximum 20 minutes
Match Time: 7 minutes per match.
Time to Select a Pokémon for Battle: 90 seconds
Time to Select a Pokémon per turn: 45 seconds
Number of battles allowed per day: 15

2022 International Challenge March)

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Region: International
Registration Period: March 1st, 2022 until March 10, 2022, at 3:59 p.m. PST
Tournament Period: March 10, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. PST to March 13, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Ranking Results Announcement: April 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Pokémon: Ranked Battles Series 12 regulations
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: Qualifying players who participate in at least three battles during the event will receive a Shiny Galarian Zapdos.
Description
Get a Shiny Galarian Zapdos in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Participate in the 2022 International Challenge March in-game competition to receive this powerful Pokémon. This in-game competition lets you test your skills against Trainers from around the world using the Ranked Battles Series 12 regulations, which allow you to battle with two Legendary Pokémon that are not usually permitted in competitive matches. One of your Pokémon will also be allowed to Dynamax or Gigantamax during these battles.

Qualifying players who participate in at least three battles during the event will receive a Shiny Galarian Zapdos in their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game (please note that you will qualify to receive this Pokémon regardless of whether you win or lose your matches). Competitors can also earn Championship Points for participating in this event.

2022 International Challenge April

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Region: International
Registration Period: April 1st, 2022 until April 14th, 2022 JST
Tournament Period: April 15th, 2022 until April 17th, 2022 JST
Ranking Results Announcement: May 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Only Two of the following are allowed on a team: 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
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: Players who participated in the 2022 April International Challenge received a Shiny Galarian Moltres.
Battle Team: 4 to 6 Pokémon with Levels 1 to 100
All Pokémon will automatically be set to Level 50.
4 Pokémon to be selected for battle.
Total Battle Time: Maximum 20 minutes
Match Time: 7 minutes per match.
Time to Select a Pokémon for Battle: 90 seconds
Time to Select a Pokémon per turn: 45 seconds
Number of battles allowed per day: 15

Global Challenge 2022 Spring

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Region: International
Registration Period: April 21st, 2022, at 5:00 until May 5th, 2022, at 23:59 UTC
Tournament Period: May 6th, 2022 until May 8th, 2022, at 23:59 UTC
Ranking Results Announcement: May 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Galar Pokédex No. 001–400, Isle of Armor Pokédex No. 001–210, and Crown Tundra Pokédex No. 001–210 are eligible for battle, as well as the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile, Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Regigigas, Giratina, Cresselia, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Landorus, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Necrozma, Poipole, Naganadel, Stakataka, and Blacephalon.
Only two of the following special Pokémon may be registered to your Battle Team: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, and Calyrex.
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: Players who participated in the Global Challenge 2022 Spring will receive 50 Battle Points.
Take on Pokémon Trainers from around the world in the Global Challenge 2022 Spring. This in-game competition will follow the Ranked Battles Series 12 regulations, matching the current Championship Series season format. Qualifying players who participate in at least three battles during the event will receive 50 BP. Competitors can also earn Championship Points for participating in this event.

Single Battle Cup

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Region: International
Registration Period: June 10th, 2022 until June 23, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: June 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. to June 26, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT,
Ranking Results Announcement: July 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Ranked Battles Series 9 - All Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex, excluding the following Pokémon: 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
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: Qualifying players who participate in at least one battle during the event will receive 50 BP whether they win or lose.
In this in-game competition, you can take on Trainers from around the world using the Ranked Battles Series 9 regulations, which means that Mythical Pokémon and the more powerful Legendary Pokémon are not permitted in battle. Put together a team without any of these restricted Pokémon and prepare to show off your skills!

Jump! Magikarp! (とびはねろ!コイキング)

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Region: International
Registration Period: July 7th, 2022 until July 21st, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: July 22nd, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. to July 24th, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT,
Ranking Results Announcement: August 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Available National Pokédex with a Galar Mark or Battle Ready Mark. No Legendary or Mythical Pokémon. 1 Magikarp must be on the team.
Battle Type: Double Battles
Entry Gift: Qualifying players who participate in the event will receive 50 BP whether they win or lose.
The Jump! Magikarp! online competition is a Doubles Battle competition which requires players to bring a Magikarp into battle. Players may only bring two Pokémon to battle as well.

I Choose 'Chu! (ピカチュウ対戦チュウ!)

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Region: International
Registration Period: July 28th, 2022 until August 11th, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: August 12th, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. to August 14th, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT,
Ranking Results Announcement: August 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Only Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu can participate in this single battle!
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: Qualifying players who participate in at least one battle during the event will receive 50 BP whether they win or lose.
Get charged up to face off against Pokémon Trainers from around the world in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's upcoming I Choose ’Chu! Online Competition. You can register now to take part in these electrifying Single Battles—just remember that your team can only consist of Pichu, Pikachu, and either Raichu or Alolan Raichu! Qualifying players who participate in at least one battle during the event will receive 50 BP whether they win or lose.

Champion League Online Competition)

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Region: International
Registration Period: September 8th, 2022 until September 22, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Tournament Period: September 22nd, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. to September 25th, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. PDT
Ranking Results Announcement: October 2022
Compatible Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Eligible Pokémon: Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Sandslash, Ninetales, Arcanine, Alakazam, Tentacruel, Magneton, Cloyster, Exeggutor, Rhydon, Gyarados, Lapras, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Aerodactyl, Dragonite, Heracross, Skarmory, Tyranitar, Ludicolo, Aggron, Wailord, Altaria, Whiscash, Claydol, Cradily, Armaldo, Milotic, Salamence, Metagross, Roserade, Gastrodon, Spiritomb, Garchomp, Lucario, Rhyperior, Togekiss, Seismitoad, Archeops, Vanilluxe, Escavalier, Haxorus, Accelgor, Druddigon, Bouffalant, Hydreigon, Volcarona, Aegislash, Tyrantrum, Aurorus, Hawlucha, Carbink, Goodra, Gourgeist, Rillaboom, Cinderace, Inteleon, Mr. Rime, and Dragapult.
Battle Type: Single Battles
Entry Gift: Qualifying players who participate in at least one battle during the event will receive 50 BP whether they win or lose.
Prepare to take on Pokémon Trainers from around the world in the Champion League Online Competition. You can register now to take part in these thrilling Single Battles—just remember that your team can only consist of Pokémon used by past Champions from the Pokémon video game series!


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