2014 International Challenge May Regulations

Competition Dates

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 00:00:00 through
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 23:59:00 UTC

Registration Period

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 00:00:00 through
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 23:59:00 UTC

  • To participate, you must first register for the competition at the Pokémon Global Link (PGL).

  • Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the participant limit is reached, registration will be closed.

  • No one can enter the competition after it has begun. You must register for the competition at the PGL during the registration period.

Participant Limit

50,000 (limit subject to change; first come, first served)

Ranking Results Announcement

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 00:00:00 UTC

(announcement time subject to change)

Compatible Games:

Pokémon X or Pokémon Y

Rules for This Competition

  • This competition will use Double Battle format.

  • Players must use a copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y.

  • Players may use only Pokémon found in the Kalos Pokédexes of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y.

  • Register 4–6 of your Lv. 1–100 Pokémon to your Battle Box.

  • Pokémon will automatically be lowered to Level 50 during battles.

  • Nicknames you have given to your Pokémon will not be displayed.

  • A 15-minute time limit for each match will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. If the outcome has not been determined when the time limit expires, the game will automatically apply tiebreakers to determine a winner.

  • At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select 4 Pokémon to battle with.

  • At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made his or her selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.

  • The following Pokémon cannot be used in this competition: Mewtwo, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde

  • Junior Division players will be limited to playing between the hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time).

Age Divisions

Players competing in the 2014 International Challenge May will be divided into two age divisions:

  • Junior/Senior Division: Born 1999 or later.

  • Masters Division: Born 1998 or earlier.

Battles and Result Tracking

  • Players may battle up to 20 games per day of the competition.

  • Competition results will be tracked separately from Rating Battles, and the competition ranking will be displayed in the Competition Status section.

Usable Pokémon

  • Players may use only Pokémon found in the Kalos Pokédexes of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y.

  • Exceptions: You cannot use Pokémon that were brought to Pokémon X or Pokémon Y using the Nintendo 3DS downloadable software Poké Transporter.

  • The following Pokémon cannot be used in this competition: Mewtwo, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde

  • A player's team may not contain two Pokémon with the same National Pokédex number.

  • Pokémon may use only moves learned by one of these methods:

    1. By leveling up

    2. By TM or HM

    3. As an Egg Move, through breeding

    4. From a character in the game

    5. Already known by a Pokémon received at an official Pokémon event or promotion

Battle Box

  • Before the battle starts, the Pokémon on each player’s team will be displayed briefly to his or her opponent. Moves and held items are not displayed.

  • When you register your Pokémon for the Online Competition after receiving the Digital Player ID, your Battle Box will be locked. You will no longer be able to change your Pokémon’s moves or held items. Do not change the order of moves for Pokémon in your locked Battle Box during the competition, or errors may occur that prevent you from completing your battles.

Items

  • Each Pokémon on a player’s team may use held items, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item during battle.

  • All items must have been acquired in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y, through the Pokémon Global Link, or at an official Pokémon event or promotion.

Move Effects

  • The move Nature Power will turn into Earthquake.

  • The move Secret Power has a 30% chance of lowering the opponent's accuracy by one level.

  • The move Camouflage changes the user's type to Ground type.

Winner in Special Cases

  • If a player’s final Pokémon used Self-Destruct, Explosion, Destiny Bond, or Final Gambit, and both players’ final Pokémon faint as a result, the player who used the move loses that game.

  • If a player’s final Pokémon used Double-Edge, Volt Tackle, Flare Blitz, Take Down, Submission, Brave Bird, Wood Hammer, Head Smash, Struggle, or Wild Charge, or was holding Life Orb, and both players’ final Pokémon faint as a result, the player who used the move wins that game.

  • If both players’ final Pokémon faint due to damage from a weather condition such as hail or sandstorm, the player whose Pokémon faints last wins the game.

  • If a Pokémon’s Ability (such as Rough Skin, Aftermath, Liquid Ooze, or Iron Barbs) or held item (such as Rocky Helmet), results in both players' final Pokémon fainting, the player whose Pokémon had the Ability or held item wins the game.

Time Limit

The tournament timer automatically counts down during your battle. If time runs out before either player causes the opponent’s final Pokémon to faint, the winner of the game will be determined by the criteria below.

  • Remaining Pokémon

    • If one player has more Pokémon remaining than the other, that player wins the game.

    • If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining, the winner is determined by average percentage of HP remaining.

  • Average Percentage of HP Remaining

    • If one player’s team has a higher average percentage of HP remaining, that player wins the game.

    • If both players’ teams have the same average HP remaining, the result of the game is determined by total HP remaining.

  • Total HP Remaining

    • If one player’s team has a higher total HP remaining, that player wins the game.

    • If both players’ teams have the same total HP remaining, the game is a tie.

Turn Timer

  • The timer counts down while players are choosing moves.

  • If time runs out, a move is automatically chosen, so be careful.

Participation Requirements

  • A Pokémon Trainer Club membership.

  • A wireless Internet connection.

  • Pokémon X or Pokémon Y game with a Game Sync ID registered in the PGL.

  • If you have registered both Pokémon X and Pokémon Y to a single PGL account, please choose only one version to use in this competition.

  • To receive Championship Points, you must have a Player ID and be opted into the Play! Pokémon program.

How to Enter

1. After logging into the Pokémon Global Link (PGL), go to Online Competitions to enter the competition.

Caution: No one can enter the competition after it has begun.

2. Set Up Your Battle Box!

Once in the game, go to a Pokémon Center and access the PC. Select "Someone’s PC" or "Cassius’s PC," and then select "Organize Boxes." Your Battle Box is located one spot to the left of your first PC Box. Choose up to 6 Pokémon and move them to your Battle Box, then close the PC menu.

3. Download Your Digital Player ID

Within the game, tap the PSS button at the top of the Player Search System screen to open the PSS menu. Select "Battle Spot." (If asked to connect to the Internet, answer "Yes.") Select "Online Competition," then "Participate," and the Digital Player ID download will begin.

4. Register Your Battle Box

After downloading your Digital Player ID, confirm that the Pokémon in your Battle Box are the ones you want to use in the competition, and then register your Battle Box. To do this, select "Battle Spot" from the PSS menu. (If asked to connect to the Internet, answer "Yes.") Select "Online Competition," then "Battle," and you'll be asked if you want to register.

Note: Once your Battle Box has been registered, it will be locked until the competition is completed.

5. Participate in the Competition!

Once the competition starts, select "Battle Spot" from the PSS menu. (If asked to connect to the Internet, answer "Yes.") Select "Online Competition," then "Battle" to be matched with an opponent!

This Online Competition will be held at the Pokémon Global Link. To register for the Pokémon Global Link, you first need a Pokémon Trainer Club account and password. To register a new Pokémon Trainer Club account, click the Pokémon Trainer Club Registration button.

After registering for the Pokémon Trainer Club, you will see a Pokémon Global Link registration page.

If you already have a Pokémon Trainer Club account, use your Trainer Club user name and password to log in to the Pokémon Global Link. You'll be prompted to register a PGL account.

If you have a copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y, have your Game Sync ID ready when you log in to the Pokémon Global Link.

About Ranking Details

The conditions for entering the ranking of the 2014 International Challenge May are listed below:

  1. Players must complete a minimum of 1 match that ends in a win or loss. Players who do not complete a minimum of 1 match will not be included in the rankings.

  2. Players who consistently play in matches that are interrupted or disconnected may be restricted from future Online Competitions.

Beyond the criteria listed above, if The Pokémon Company International finds a player to be behaving in an inappropriate way that harms the overall gameplay experience, he or she may be excluded from the rankings.

Rewards

  1. Players who enter the rankings will receive an Enigma Berry.

  2. The top 128 players in each age division in (separately for North America and Europe) will receive Championship Points. Players must be opted into the Play! Pokémon program and have a Player ID at the time the competition begins.

Notes

You may be penalized or disqualified from all future competitions for the following behaviors:

  • Using third-party hardware or software to modify saved game data to modify or create Pokémon.

  • Having a significant number of disconnects during matches (after you are matched with an opponent but before the match results are uploaded). Do not use an unstable Internet connection, or you may be penalized.

  • Harassing other players or behaving inappropriately.

  • Software cracking or obstructing the competition in any way.

  • Registering under a false name or using other false information during registration.

  • Not following proper battle etiquette and playing fairly.

  • Not being considerate of your opponents. Do not harass, insult, or slander other players on Internet message boards, blogs, or anywhere else. Show your excellent sportsmanship even after a match ends.

  • If you absolutely must forfeit a match, choose the Run command on your turn and then select the option to forfeit. Forfeiting a match counts as a loss. Please avoid forfeiting as much as possible by only playing matches when you have enough time to finish the match.

  • If you are found to be behaving in a way not befitting a Pokémon Trainer at any time through any other behavior that is inappropriate or disruptive to the competition, you may be disqualified from participating in all current and future competitions.

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