Pokémon VGC 2021 Format

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Note: VGC 2021 is a continuation of VGC 2020 due to keeping the same numerical Series order

Series 9 (May 1st 2021 - July 31st 2021)[edit]

New Rules[edit]

Restricted Legendaries are now banned.

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 8 (February 1st 2021 - April 30th 2021)[edit]

New Rules[edit]

Every Pokémon team is now allowed one Restricted Legendary Pokémon. The following are regarded as Restricted Legendaries:

  • Mewtwo
  • Lugia
  • Ho-oh
  • Calyrex
  • Calyrex-Ice Rider
  • Calyrex-Shadow Rider
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Giratina
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Kyurem
  • Keldeo
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Zygarde
  • Cosmog
  • Cosmoem
  • Lunala
  • Solgaleo
  • Necrozma
  • Zacian
  • Zamazenta
  • Eternatus

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.