Compete against other Pokémon TCG and video game players in the Pokémon Championship Series! The Championship Series consists of tournaments around the world that offer a competitive atmosphere where players can demonstrate their Pokémon gaming skills. Players who consistently perform well in the Championship Series can earn prizes, as well as invitations to the Pokémon World Championships, the pinnacle of Pokémon competitive play.
Pokémon Championship Series tournaments take place year-round. There are multiple tiers of events to give players plenty of opportunities to compete, from smaller Premier and League Challenges to larger Regional Championships. Above that, there are four Pokémon International Championships that attract players from around the world. These are open events with minimal participation requirements, but top players may also qualify for a Travel Award to participate in these events. At the end of the season, the top-performing players from each region will be invited to the Pokémon World Championships in August to compete for the largest prizes in the Pokémon Championship Series and for the title of Pokémon World Champion. Use the Event Locator to find out where you can compete in your area.
Most Championship Series tournaments are open to players of all skill levels. Additionally, most smaller tournaments require no advance registration—all you need to do is show up with a valid Pokémon TCG deck or video game and system. Tournaments at the Regionals level and above may require advanced registration; be sure to check the tournament listing for details. Entry fees are at the discretion of the Tournament Organizer.
To participate in any Championship Series tournament, you must be a player in good standing and abide by the Pokémon Tournament Rules and all other applicable event rules. Players who are found to be in violation of the rules of eligibility are subject to suspension from the Play! Pokémon program and to the loss of prizes, including, but not limited to, invitations and Travel Awards.
Most Pokémon Championship Series events are operated by independent Tournament Organizers. Please contact the Tournament Organizers for specific information about their venue or scheduling.
The following Play! Pokémon Championship Series events are open to all players:
The Pokémon World Championships are exclusive to competitors who have earned a high amount of Championship Points during the season, but all fans are welcome to come witness the excitement of the most prestigious event in the Pokémon Championship Series. Please review the Pokémon World Championships FAQ to learn more.
Information for Competitors
A player's Pokémon TCG deck must comply with the format assigned for the given tournament as outlined in the Pokémon Tournament Rules. A video game player's team must comply with the regulations for each event.
All players must provide their Player ID, have a Pokémon Trainer Club account, and be in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program. It is helpful for players to bring their Player ID card, if they have one. If they have not previously been given a Player ID, they can request one here or obtain one at the event.
Players should review the Pokémon Tournament Rules for more information about what to bring to an event.
Every qualified player must have an updated Pokémon Trainer Club account in order to be eligible for a Travel Award, Travel Stipend, cash award, scholarship, or event invitation.
To get started in the Pokémon Championship Series, find an event near you and join the fun. Good luck, Trainers!
2017 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series Overview
Pokémon video game players will be able to compete in more events than ever as the series expands to new cities and countries around the world. Championship Series events will use Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire until November 30, 2016. On December 1, 2016, the format will change to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and all video game players will compete using those games through the remainder of the Championship Season.
The full breakdown of the season Video Game Championship Points structure can be found here.
2017 Pokémon TCG Championship Series Overview
The 2017 Pokémon TCG Championship Series will continue to host competitions featuring both the Standard and Expanded format. It's important to consult the event listing to see which format the competition will use.
The current Standard format includes all cards from the XY—Primal Clash expansion forward and XY Series promo cards numbered XY36 and higher. The current Expanded format includes all cards from the Black & White expansion forward and all Black & White Series and XY Series promo cards. See the complete list of legal cards for the 2017 season.
The full breakdown of the season's Pokémon TCG Championship Points structure can be found here.