Nintendo UK has announced that they are searching for the very best Pokémon Experts and newcomers to participate in the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014. Tournament consists of 4 different categories: Ultimate Pokémon Expert, Junior Pokémon Expert, Pokémon Apprentice and Ultimate Pokémon Team.

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Regional Heats

The Regional Heats are single elimination knock-out for each tournament category. All tournament rules adhere to the official rules for the Pokémon Video Game '14 Season unless stated otherwise. The winner of each tournament heat is entered into the Grand Final in London on April 26th, 2014.

Qualification Locations:

  • Bullring, Birmingham – 1st March
  • GAME Churchill Square, Brighton – 1st March
  • GAME Murraygate, Dundee – 2nd March
  • Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle – 8th March
  • GAME Hamleys, London – 8th March
  • GAME St. David’s Centre, Cardiff – 8th March
  • WestQuay, Southampton – 15th March
  • GAME Meadowhall, Sheffield – 15th March
  • GAME Castle Street, Banbury – 15th March
  • Bluewater, Kent – 22nd March
  • GAME Back Of The Inns, Norwich – 22nd March
  • GAME Victoria Centre, Nottingham – 22nd March
  • Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester – 29th March
  • GAME Westfield Stratford City, London – 29th March
  • Intu Braehead, Glasgow – 5th April
  • GAME Cribbs Causeway, Bristol – 5th April

Ultimate Pokémon Expert

Ultimate Pokémon Expert is for players aged 13 and over. Players must bring their own console and copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for use in the tournament. The battles are conducted under Double Battle Flat Rules. The Grand Final prize is a trip to Tokyo for two people for seven nights, including flights, accommodation and a trip to the Pokémon Centre. The winner and runner-up at the Grand Final will receive fast track entries to the second round of the Official Play! Pokémon UK VCG Championships in May 2014. Winners will be placed in the appropriate age category for the Play! Pokémon series events based on The Pokémon Company International rules set for the season.

Junior Pokémon Expert

Junior Pokémon Expert is for players aged 12 or under. Players must bring their own console and copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for use in the tournament. The battles are conducted under Double Battle Flat Rules. The Grand Final prize is a family trip for four to The Alton Towers Theme Park & Resort, including 3 nights' accommodation and weekend access to the theme parks. The winner and runner-up at the Grand Final will receive fast track entries to the second round of the Official Play! Pokémon UK VCG Championships in May 2014. Winners will be placed in the appropriate age category for the Play! Pokémon series events based on The Pokémon Company International rules set for the season.

Pokémon Apprentice

Players can bring their own console and copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for use in the tournament, or they will provide players with a console and game with a pre-set team. Battles are conducted under Double Battle Normal Rules. All Pokémon entered as part of the team may not hold items, including Mega Stones, or exceed Level 50 in their normal state. The Grand Final prize is a bundle of Nintendo 3DS games coming out in 2014, plus a collection of Pokémon Trading Card Game packs.

Ultimate Pokémon Team

The Ultimate Pokémon Team is for family teams of two. The older player must be aged 16+, and the younger aged 12 or under. Players can bring their own console and copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for use in the tournament, or they provide players with a console and game with a pre-set team. Battles are conducted under Four Player, Double Battle Normal Rules. All Pokémon entered as part of the team may not hold items, including Mega Stones. The younger team member's Pokémon may not exceed Level 50 in their normal state. The older team member can enter Pokémon at any level. The Grand Final prize is £250 of Nintendo UK Online Store Vouchers, plus a trip for four to London including tickets to the EGX London exhibition.

Full tournament rules are available on Nintendo's website. Players can also register at the Battle Tournament website.

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Source: https://microsite.nintendo-europe.com/pokemontournament/