Pokémon VGC 2020 Format

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Series 2 (January 4th 2020 - February 29th 2020)[edit]

About[edit]

Battles in the Pokémon Video Game Championships will change on January 4, 2020, as they will move to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for the Nintendo Switch.

Rules[edit]

Tournaments in the 2020 Video Game Championships will include the following rules:

  • 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.


Additional restrictions apply to Pokémon that are capable of Gigantamaxing. While such Pokémon are very rare, there are sometimes opportunities to find them more frequently. The Play! Pokémon VG Rules and Formats document on the Play! Pokémon Rules & Resources page will be updated every few months to indicate when these Pokémon are permitted for use. Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing are not legal until they are included in the Play! Pokémon VG Rules and Formats document. As of January 4, 2020, the following are the only Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor that are permitted to compete:

  • Butterfree
  • Centiskorch
  • Charizard (Only with the Blaze ability)
  • Corviknight
  • Drednaw
  • Eevee
  • Meowth
  • Pikachu
  • Sandaconda
  • Snorlax

Series 3 (March 1st 2020 - April 30th 2020)[edit]

New Rules[edit]

New Pokemon[edit]

  • All available regional variants of Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex, including those that weren't available before the launch of Pokémon HOME including:
    • Alolan Vulpix/Ninetales
    • Alolan Diglet/Dugtrio
    • Alolan Raichu
  • The first partner Pokémon from the Kanto and Alola regions. Including:
    • Bulbasaur/Ivysaur/Venusaur
    • Squirtle/Wartortle/Blastoise
    • Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard
    • Rowlet/Dartrix/Decidueye
    • Popplio/Brionne/Primarina
    • Litten/Torracat/Incineroar
  • The newest Galarian Form: Galarian Slowpoke
  • The following Pokémon when they have the Gigantamax Factor:
    • Kingler
    • Lapras
    • Orbeetle
    • Flapple
    • Appletun
    • Toxtricity
    • Hatterene
    • Grimmsnarl
    • Alcremie
  • Charizard that have both the Gigantamax Factor and the Hidden Ability Solar Power
  • Pokémon that inherited Moves or Abilities from Pokémon that originated from Pokémon HOME

Returning Rules[edit]

  • All battles are Double Battles played in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • Each player needs their own Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite and a physical or digital version of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield to compete.
  • Pokémon need to have the Galar symbol, showing they were caught, received, or hatched in the Galar region.
  • All Pokémon from the Galar Regional Pokédex are permitted except for Mythical Pokémon and certain Legendary Pokémon.
  • All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.
  • Each battle begins with a 90 second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have 7 minutes of Your Time, 45 seconds of Move Time, and 15 minutes of Game Time.

Series 4 (May 1st 2020 - June 30th 2020)[edit]

New Rules[edit]

New Pokemon[edit]

  • Starter Pokemon with their Hidden Abilities:
    • Grookey
    • Thwackey
    • Rillaboom
    • Scorbunny
    • Raboot
    • Cinderace
    • Sobble
    • Drizzile
    • Inteleon
  • The following Pokémon when they have the Gigantamax Factor:
    • Machamp
    • Garbodor
    • Copperajah
    • Duraludon
    • Gengar

Returning Rules[edit]

  • All battles are Double Battles played in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • Each player needs their own Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite and a physical or digital version of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield to compete.
  • Pokémon need to have the Galar symbol, showing they were caught, received, or hatched in the Galar region.
  • All Pokémon from the Galar Regional Pokédex are permitted except for Mythical Pokémon and certain Legendary Pokémon.
  • All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.
  • Each battle begins with a 90 second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have 7 minutes of Your Time, 45 seconds of Move Time, and 15 minutes of Game Time.


Series 5 (July 1st 2020 - August 31st 2020)[edit]

New Pokemon[edit]

  • Pokemon in the Isle of Armor Pokedex
    • #001 - #210
  • Cobalion
  • Virizion
  • Terrakion
  • All Alolan Forms
  • The following Pokémon when they have the Gigantamax Factor:
    • Venusaur
    • Blastoise
    • Rillaboom
    • Cinderace
    • Inteleon
    • Urshifu-Rapid-Strike
    • Urshifu-Single-Strike

Returning Rules[edit]

  • All battles are Double Battles played in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • Each player needs their own Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite and a physical or digital version of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield to compete.
  • Pokémon need to have the Galar symbol, showing they were caught, received, or hatched in the Galar region.
  • All Pokémon from the Galar Regional Pokédex are permitted except for Mythical Pokémon and certain Legendary Pokémon.
  • All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.
  • Each battle begins with a 90 second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have 7 minutes of Your Time, 45 seconds of Move Time, and 15 minutes of Game Time.


Series 6 (September 1st 2020 - October 31st 2020)[edit]

New Rules[edit]

  • As of September 1st, 2020, these 16 Pokémon will be banned from the Official Video Game Championships/Battle Stadium Formats
    • Cinderace
    • Dragapult
    • Excadrill
    • Gyarados
    • Hippowdon
    • Incineroar
    • Indeedee
    • Magnezone
    • Mimikyu
    • Porygon2
    • Rillaboom
    • Togekiss
    • Torkoal
    • Tyranitar
    • Venusaur
    • Whimsicott

Returning Rules[edit]

  • All battles are Double Battles played in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • Each player needs their own Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite and a physical or digital version of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield to compete.
  • Pokémon need to have the Galar symbol, showing they were caught, received, or hatched in the Galar region.
  • All Pokémon from the Galar Regional Pokédex are permitted except for Mythical Pokémon and certain Legendary Pokémon.
  • All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.
  • Each battle begins with a 90 second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have 7 minutes of Your Time, 45 seconds of Move Time, and 15 minutes of Game Time.


Series 7 (November 1st 2020 - January 31st 2021)[edit]

New Rules[edit]

New Pokemon[edit]

  • Pokemon in the Crown Tundra Pokedex
    • #001 - 209
  • Articuno-Kanto
  • Zapdos-Kanto
  • Moltres-Kanto
  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Latios
  • Latias
  • Uxie
  • Mesprit
  • Azelf
  • Heatran
  • Regigigas
  • Cresselia
  • Tornadus-Incarnate
  • Tornadus-Therian
  • Thundurus-Incarnate
  • Thundurus-Therian
  • Landorus-Incarnate
  • Landorus-Therian
  • Tapu Koko
  • Tapu Lele
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Tapu Fini
  • Nihilego
  • Buzzwole
  • Pheromosa
  • Xurkitree
  • Celesteela
  • Guzzlord
  • Poipole
  • Naganadel
  • Blacephalon
  • Stakataka

Banned Pokemon[edit]

  • Mewtwo
  • Mew
  • Lugia
  • Ho-oh
  • Calyrex
  • Calyrex-Ice Rider
  • Calyrex-Shadow Rider
  • Celebi
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza
  • Jirachi
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Giratina
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Kyurem
  • Keldeo
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Zygarde
  • Cosmog
  • Cosmoem
  • Lunala
  • Solgaleo
  • Necrozma
  • Magearna
  • Marshadow
  • Zeraora
  • Meltan
  • Melmetal
  • Zacian
  • Zamazenta
  • Eternatus
  • Zarude

Returning Rules[edit]

  • All battles are Double Battles played in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • Each player needs their own Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite and a physical or digital version of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield to compete.
  • Pokémon need to have the Galar symbol, showing they were caught, received, or hatched in the Galar region.
  • All Pokémon from the Galar Regional Pokédex are permitted except for Mythical Pokémon and certain Legendary Pokémon.
  • All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.
  • Each battle begins with a 90 second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have 7 minutes of Your Time, 45 seconds of Move Time, and 15 minutes of Game Time.