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Pokémon Championship Series

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 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!

2018 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series Overview

Pokémon video game players will be able to compete in more events than ever as the series expands to new cities and countries around the world. Championship Series events will use the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games.

The full breakdown of the season Video Game Championship Points structure can be found here.

2018 Pokémon TCG Championship Series Overview

The 2018 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 XY—BREAKthrough expansion forward, XY Series promo cards numbered XY67 and higher, and all Sun & Moon Series promo cards. 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 2018 season.

The full breakdown of the season's Pokémon TCG Championship Points structure can be found here.

Championship Series Events

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