Pokémon Regional Championships

After the Pokémon International Championships, the Pokémon Regional Championships are the largest events in terms of both attendance and Championship Point payouts. Regional Championships may offer up to $50,000 in prize money, scholarships, and Travel Awards (based on attendance). All players in good standing are welcome to participate; there are no qualifications or residency restrictions at any Regional Championships event. Pokémon TCG players need to bring their own 60-card deck that matches the format listed below; Pokémon video game players must bring their own system and a legal team.

Regional Championships events take place about once per weekend in various places around the world. In previous years, the Regional Championships in North America were grouped together in short seasons; now they will be spread throughout the entire tournament season to give players more chances to compete.

2017 Pokémon Regional Championships Schedule

At the Pokémon Regional Championships, Tournament Organizers have the option of conducting Pokémon TCG events under the Expanded or Standard format. On the video game side, competitors will continue to use Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire through 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. Keep checking Pokemon.com for more information on the new format and for the announcement of more Regional Championships events.

Most Regional Championships have both Pokémon TCG and video game competitions, although some events may be exclusive to Pokémon TCG players. Please check the Event Locator for more information about events.

North American Regional Championships Schedule

DateLocationPokémon TCG Format
10/1/2016Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZExpanded
10/15/2016Doubletree by Hilton (at Universal Orlando), Orlando, FLStandard
11/5/2016Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PAExpanded
11/26/2016Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, INStandard
12/17/2016San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CAExpanded
12/31/2016Hyatt Regency DFW Airport, Dallas, TXStandard
1/14/2017Classic Center, Athens, GAStandard
2/18/2017Business Expo Center, Anaheim, CAStandard
3/4/2017Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL (near St. Louis, MO)Expanded
3/25/2017Oregon Convention Center, Portland, ORExpanded
4/8/2017Utah State Fairpark, Salt Lake City, UTStandard
5/6/2017Berglund Center, Roanoke, VAStandard
5/13/2017International Plaza Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaExpanded
5/27/2017Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WAStandard
6/3/2017Monona Terrace, Madison, WIStandard
6/3/2017Centro de Convenciones Expo Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico
Standard

Dates and locations subject to change.

European Regional Championships Schedule

DateLocationPokémon TCG Format
11/5/2016Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Liverpool, United KingdomStandard
11/19/2016Westfalenhalle Dortmund, Dortmund, GermanyStandard
1/14/2017Leipzig Trade Fair, Leipzig, GermanyStandard
3/4/2017Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, United Kingdom Standard
3/18/2017Amiralen Malmö, Malmö, SwedenStandard
6/3/2017NEC, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom Standard

Dates and locations subject to change.

Latin American Regional Championships Schedule

DateLocationPokémon TCG Format
2/4/2017Centro de Negócios do Sebrae, Fortaleza, Brazil* Standard

* TCG Only

2017 Pokémon TCG Regional Championships CP

The Pokémon TCG Regional Championships have a Best Finish Limit of 8. This is the maximum number of scores that will count for this level of event, with higher-scoring placements replacing lower finishes.

The Championship Point payout for the Pokémon TCG Regional Championships remains unchanged from the 2016 Championship Series season.

PlacementChampionship PointsKicker (# of participants)
12000
21604
3–41208
5–88032
9–164064
17–3232128
33–6424256
65–12816512
129–25681,024

Point totals subject to change.

2017 Pokémon VG Regional Championships CP

The Pokémon VG Regional Championships have a Best Finish Limit of 4. This is the maximum number of scores that will count for this level of event, with higher-scoring placements replacing lower scores.

The Championship Point payout for the Pokémon VG Regional Championships is:

PlacementChampionship PointsKicker (# of participants)
12000
21600
3–41200
5–81000
9–168064
17–3250128
33–6430256
65–12820512
129–256101,024

Championship Point totals subject to change.

What is the entry fee?

Entry fees are determined by the Tournament Organizer. Please contact the Tournament Organizer or visit the event page for more information.

Registrants will receive exclusive Regionals item(s) with entry, while supplies last.

What are the prizes?

Prizes are awarded to the top players in each of three age divisions. Players must have a Pokémon Trainer Club account with a Player ID attached, and must have opted in to the Play! Pokémon program in order to earn points and awards.

For the Pokémon TCG and Video Game Regional Championships, the format of each prize is dependent on the age of the recipient. Here are the Regionals prizes for the 2017 Play! Pokémon Championship Series season.

18 years of age and older:

  • Awards of $5,000 or more: Choice of scholarship or cash

  • Awards under $5,000: Cash

Under 18 years of age:

  • Awards of $5,000 or more: Choice of scholarship or Visa Gift Card

  • Awards under $5,000: Visa Gift Card

Prizes and prize distribution may be subject to change.

All participants will receive 3 Play! Points and a Pokémon Regional Championships promo card (while supplies last), just for playing!

Prizes are based on attendance per age division. All prizes are paid in US dollars and subject to applicable tax withholding. Prize winners should consult a qualified tax professional regarding their tax obligations.

Pokémon TCG Regional Championships Award Values

Placement17–32 players33–6465–128129–226227–499500+
1$500$1,000$1,500$2,500$5,000$5,000
2$250$500$750$1,500$2,500$2,500
3–4 $250$250$750$1,000$1,000
5–8 $250$500$750
9–16 $250$500
17–64 $250

Subject to change.

Pokémon TCG Regional Championships with age division attendance of fewer than 17 players will not receive prize money.

Additionally, the top 64 Pokémon TCG players will receive Pokémon TCG booster packs, regardless of attendance.

1st–8th place: 108 booster packs

9th–16th place: 72 booster packs

17th–32nd place: 36 booster packs

33rd–64th: 18 booster packs

Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships Award Values

Placement33–64 players65–128129–226227–499500+
1$250$1,000$1,000$3,000$3,000
2 $500$750$1,000$1,000
3–4 $250$500$750$750
5–8 $250$500$500
9–16 $250$250
17-64 $250

Subject to change.

VG Regional Championships with age division attendance of fewer than 33 players will not receive prize money.

Additionally, the top 16 video game players will receive Pokémon TCG booster packs, regardless of attendance.

1st–2nd place: 72 booster packs

3rd–4th place: 36 booster packs

5th–8th place: 18 booster packs

9th–16th place: 9 booster packs


Last Updated December 13, 2016

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