Pokémon World Championships

The Pokémon World Championships are the pinnacle of competitive Pokémon play. Typically occurring in August of each year, the Pokémon World Championships feature the best Pokémon TCG and video game players from around the world who have qualified through outstanding play throughout the Championship Series season. Players will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, the title of Pokémon World Champion, and return invitations for the following year's Worlds.

Pokémon TCG and video game players qualify for Worlds in the same way: by earning Championship Points at events throughout the Championship Series season. The number of Championship Points required to receive an invitation is based on both geographical rating zone and age division. The very best players will automatically advance to Day Two and will receive a Travel Award to attend the event.

The 2017 Pokémon World Championships will take place August 18–20, when top Pokémon TCG and video game players from around the globe will battle at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Those who can't make it to the event will be able to watch live streams of the action on all three days.

2017 Pokémon TCG World Championships Qualifications

Invitations will be awarded to all Pokémon TCG players in good standing who have earned at least the following Championship Points (CP):

Rating ZoneMasters DivisionSenior DivisionJunior Division
US and Canada500 CP400 CP350 CP
Europe350 CP250 CP200 CP
Latin America350 CP250 CP200 CP
Oceania350 CP250 CP200 CP
South Africa250 CP150 CP150 CP

*Championship Point requirements subject to change.

Day Two Invitations

Day Two invitations are divided by rating zone as follows:

  • The Top 16 players from the US and Canada rating zone

  • The Top 22 players from the Europe rating zone

  • The Top 8 players from the Latin America rating zone

  • The Top 8 players from the Oceania rating zone

Players in Japan and South Korea will be awarded both Friday invitations and Day Two invitations as determined by each country's organized play system.

Players with invitations from the 2016 World Championships will play on Friday unless they qualify for Day Two based on Championship Points.

2017 Pokémon Video Game World Championships Qualifications

Invitations will be awarded to all Pokémon video game players in good standing who have earned at least the following Championship Points (CP):

Rating ZoneMasters DivisionSenior DivisionJunior Division
US and Canada500 CP375 CP250 CP
Europe400 CP250 CP150 CP
Latin America400 CP250 CP150 CP
Oceania300 CP250 CP150 CP
South Africa200 CP150 CP100 CP

*Championship Point requirements subject to change.

Day Two Invitations

Day Two invitations are divided by rating zone as follows:

  • The Top 8 players from the US and Canada rating zone

  • The Top 16 players from the Europe rating zone

  • The Top 8 players from the Latin America rating zone

  • The Top 8 players from the Oceania rating zone

Players in Japan and South Korea will be awarded both Friday invitations and Day Two invitations as determined by each country's organized play system.

Players with invitations from the 2016 World Championships will play on Friday unless they qualify for Day Two based on 2017 Championship Points.

Check back for information on the event format, regulations, schedule, and other details.


Last Updated May 4, 2017

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