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Pokémon VGC 2021 Format: Series 10

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Ranked Battles Series 10 (August 1 − October 31, 2021)[edit]

Ranked Battles Series 10 (or VGC 2021 Series 10) is a double battle ruleset for VGC on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The rules are similar to Series 8 in which restricted Pokémon such as Mewtwo and Xerneas are allowed in battle. However, Pokémon are not allowed to Dynamax.

  • All battles are Double Battles played on 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.


The following are the rulings for Ranked Battles Series 10[1] acquired verbatim from Pokemon.com:

Eligible Pokémon[edit]

  • Similar to VGC 2021 Series 8, players can include one of the following Restricted 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
  • Mythical Pokémon are not permitted in battle.
  • All other Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex as well as certain other Pokémon are permitted.
  • Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible.
  • Pokémon will not be allowed to Dynamax.
  • All Pokémon are set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50.
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed.
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed.

Timer Regulations[edit]

  • Each battle begins with a 90-second Team Preview phase.
  • In each battle, players have the following time limits:
    • 7 minutes of Your Time
    • 45 seconds of Move Time
    • 20 minutes of Game Time