Come out and meet other Pokémon fans in a weekend filled with Pokémon fun, excitement, and competition! The Video Game National Championships will be held in three European locations in May and June. These National Championships are open to all players, regardless of residency, and are free to enter! Players competing in the VG National Championships can win great prizes like a Nintendo Wii U or 3DS XL system. Players will also earn Championship Points toward an invitation or Travel Award to the 2014 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in Washington, DC, on August 16–17, 2014. All VG players also have a chance to win special door prizes just for playing!
- Germany VG National Championships: May 3–4, 2014
Stadionring 20, 44791 Bochum, Germany
- UK VG National Championships: May 24–25, 2014
Phoenix Way, Barton Dock Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 7TB
- Italy VG National Championships: May 31–June 1, 2014
via G. di Vittorio, 6 - 20090 Assago (MI), Italy
The VG National Championships will feature players competing in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y over two days. The specific tournament time schedules may vary and will be posted at a later date. Pokémon VG players will compete in two phases of play:
Swiss Rounds: Occurring on Saturday at each VG National Championships. With Swiss rounds, every player is guaranteed several matches—no one goes home after just one or two games!
Top Cut: Occurring on Sunday. After the Swiss rounds are completed, the top 16 to 32 players (depending on attendance numbers) will play in a single-elimination, best-of-three tournament that determines the National Champions!
How do I earn a bye for the VG National Championships?
The top 16 players based on Championship Points ranking per age division will receive a first-round bye. Players can earn Championship Points by playing in live tournaments or select Online Competitions. Make sure to inform the judges and confirm that you will receive your bye before the start of the tournament.
The top 2 players from Nintendo’s Ultimate Pokémon Expert and Junior Expert divisions at the London Grand Final on April 26 will also receive first-round byes to the UK VG National Championships.
Are there other VG National Championships?
Yes. Australia and South Africa will be holding VG National Championships with additional details forthcoming.
What are the prizes?
Prizes are awarded to the top 4 players in each division unless otherwise noted.
The divisions are as follows:
Junior Division: Born in 2003 or later
Senior Division: Born in 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002
Masters Division: Born in 1998 or earlier
A Pokémon VG National Championships First-Place Trophy
A Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set
480 Championship Points
A Pokémon VG National Championships Second-Place Trophy
A Nintendo 3DS XL system
440 Championship Points
3rd & 4th Place
A Pokémon VG National Championships Semi-Finalist Trophy
A Nintendo 3DS XL system
360 Championship Points
5th through 8th Place
210 Championship Points
9th through 16th Place
150 Championship Points
17th through 32nd Place
90 Championship Points
33rd through 64th Place
30 Championship Points (if division attendance is 128 or greater)
65th through 128th Place
15 Championship Points (if division attendance is 256 or greater)
Who is eligible to play at the National Championships?
There are no eligibility requirements for players in good standing for the Pokémon video game.
Registration will be guaranteed to the first 270 Junior Division players, 270 Senior Division players, and 540 Masters Division players. While we will attempt to accommodate every player who wishes to participate, we cannot guarantee seating beyond these limits.
The Pokémon VG National Championships are open to anyone regardless of their country of residency.
What are the rules?
Please be sure to review the following rules documents:
How can I construct my team?
For the 2014 season, the official Pokémon video game format requires the following (make sure to read the Rules and Formats document for more specific details):
Timed Double Battles
Players may only use the following Pokémon: Central Kalos Pokédex #001 to #150, Coastal Kalos Pokédex #001 to #153, and Mountain Kalos Pokédex #001 to #147.
Players may only use Pokémon that are native to Kalos. Pokémon that have been sent from other games via Poké Transporter cannot be used.
Pokémon are leveled down to 50.
Teams may not have two or more Pokémon with the same National Pokédex number.
Pokémon may hold items, but each held item must be unique.
How are Travel Awards and Stipends awarded?
Beginning in the 2014 season, World Championships invitations and Travel Awards will be awarded based on the final season Championship Point rankings. The rankings for Europe will be pulled on July 14, 2014, after all Nationals and other events have completed.
Players ranked 1st–16th in Europe will receive an invitation and Travel Award to the 2014 World Championships.
Players ranked 17th–32nd in Europe will receive an invitation to the 2014 World Championships.