Pokémon VG National Championships—Europe

Pokémon TCG National Championships

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 2015 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in Boston, MA, on August 21–23, 2015. All VG players also have a chance to win special door prizes just for playing!

Carl Benz Arena
Mercedesstraße 73 d
Stuttgart, 70372, Germany

Phoenix Way
Barton Dock Road, Manchester
M41 7TB, UK

Mediolanum Forum
via G. di Vittorio, 6
20090 Assago (MI), Italy

The VG National Championships will feature players competing in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire over two days. Players should refer to the event listing for the most up-to-date tournament information, including time schedules. 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 players (depending on attendance numbers) will play in a single-elimination, best-of-three tournament that determines the National Champions!

    • If attendance in an age division exceeds 65 players, all players with two or fewer losses (and no ties) will advance to the single-elimination top cut.

The Pokémon VG National Championships run concurrent with the Pokémon TCG National Championships. Unlike the Pokémon Video Game National Championships, the TCG events may require a minimum number of Play! Points to enter. Players must also be residents of the country hosting the TCG competition. View event details on the German, UK, and Italian National Championships events.

How do I earn a bye for the VG National Championships?

No byes will be awarded for the 2015 VG National Championships.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top 4 players in each age division unless otherwise noted.

The divisions are as follows:

Junior Division: Born in 2004 or later
Senior Division: Born in 2001, 2001, 2002, or 2003
Masters Division: Born in 1999 or earlier

1st Place

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships First-Place Trophy

  • A Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set

  • 600 Championship Points

2nd Place

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships Second-Place Trophy

  • A Nintendo 3DS XL system

  • 500 Championship Points

3rd & 4th Place

  • A Pokémon VG National Championships Semi-Finalist Trophy

  • A Nintendo 3DS XL system

  • 400 Championship Points

5th through 8th Place

  • 300 Championship Points

9th through 16th Place

  • 200 Championship Points

17th through 32nd Place

  • 150 Championship Points

33rd through 64th Place

  • 100 Championship Points (if division attendance is 128 or greater)

65th through 128th Place

  • 50 Championship Points (if division attendance is 256 or greater)

Who is eligible to play at the National Championships?

Registration will be guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis to a limited number of players depending on the event. While we will attempt to accommodate every player who wishes to participate, we cannot guarantee seating beyond these limits.

EventMasters DivisionSenior DivisionJunior Division
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  • There are no eligibility requirements for players in good standing for the Pokémon video game.

  • 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 2015 season, the official Pokémon video game format requires the following (be sure to read the Rules and Formats document for more specific details):

  • Timed Double Battles

  • Standard Format

  • Players may use any Pokémon from the National Pokédex except for the following Pokémon:

    • Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, and Diancie

  • A blue pentagon must be present on each Pokémon's summary screen (located under the Pokémon's image)

How are Travel Awards and Stipends awarded?

The top 60 Masters Division players, top 60 Senior Division players, and top 36 Junior Division players will earn an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships, based on Championship Point totals calculated at the end of the Play! Pokémon season. The top 16 players from Europe in each age division will also get Travel Awards.

Invitations will be finalized on July 13, 2015. Players must report all Play! Pokémon account issues to Customer Service by June 1, 2015.

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