Compete against other Pokémon TCG and video game players in the Pokémon Championship Series!
Test your Pokémon battling skills
Be a part of the competitive Pokémon community
Win prizes, Travel Awards, and more
Earn an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships
Meet Pokémon players from around the world
Events take place throughout the year
Competitions for players of all skill levels
It's easy to get started in the Pokémon Championship Series! Use the Event Locator to find out where you can compete in your area.
Most smaller tournaments require no advance registration—all you need to do is show up with a valid Pokémon TCG deck or video game and system. Tournaments at the Regionals level and above may require advance registration; be sure to check the tournament listing for details.
Most Pokémon Championship Series events are operated by independent Tournament Organizers. Please contact the Tournament Organizers for specific information about their venue or scheduling. Entry fees are at the discretion of the Tournament Organizer.
The following Play! Pokémon Championship Series events are open to all players:
The best players throughout the season can earn invitations to the Pokémon World Championships! Competitors who have earned the requisite number of Championship Points during the season will receive an invitation to compete, but all fans are welcome to come witness the excitement of the most prestigious event in the Pokémon Championship Series.
Information for Competitors
Before you attend a Championship Series event, here are some guidelines you should know that apply to every competition.
A player's Pokémon TCG deck must comply with the format assigned for the given tournament as outlined in the Pokémon Tournament Rules. A video game player's team must comply with the regulations for each event.
Every player is encouraged to provide their Player ID and have a Pokémon Trainer Club account, and must be in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program. It is helpful for players to bring their Player ID card, if they have one. If they have not previously been given a Player ID, they can request one here or obtain one at the event.
Players should review the Pokémon Tournament Rules for more information about what to bring to an event.
Every qualified player must have an updated Pokémon Trainer Club account in order to be eligible for a Travel Award, Travel Stipend, cash award, scholarship, or event invitation.
To get started in the Pokémon Championship Series, find an event near you and join the fun. Good luck, Trainers!
2020 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series Overview
Pokémon Video Game Championship Series events will begin the season using the 2019 Ultra Series Format on the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games on systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. Events will transition to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield on the Nintendo Switch system beginning on January 4, 2020.
The full breakdown of the season's Video Game Championship Points structure can be found here.
2020 Pokémon TCG Championship Series Overview
The 2020 Pokémon TCG Championship Series will continue to host competitions featuring both the Standard and Expanded format. Consult the event listing to see which format the competition will use.
The current Standard format includes all cards from the Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism expansion forward and all Black Star Promo cards numbered SM94 and up. The current Expanded format includes all cards from the Black & White expansion forward, and all promo cards from the Black & White Series, XY Series, and Sun & Moon Series. See the complete list of legal cards for the 2020 season.
The full breakdown of the season's Pokémon TCG Championship Points structure can be found here.