2019 Pokémon Video Game World Championships Player Information

The 2019 Pokémon VGC World Championships will begin on Friday, August 16, for all age divisions. Players must be in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program to participate, and they must have an active Play! Pokémon account with current and accurate information.


Pokémon VGC players may qualify through competitions in the 2019 Championship Series season. Players earn invitations to this prestigious event by performing at an exceptional level throughout the Championship Series season.

Top video game players from different rating zones receive invitations based on their Championship Points standing at the end of the season. Invitations will be divided into two tiers. Players who reach a certain Championship Points (CP) total receive an invitation to play in Day One on Friday. Invitations will be distributed based on the number of CP earned, as follows:

Championship Points Table

Rating ZoneJuniorSeniorMasters
US and Canada200250400
Latin America200250400
South Africa100150250

*Championship Point requirements subject to change.

Day Two Invitations

The best players in each zone will earn an invitation that allows them to advance directly to Day Two without playing in Friday's rounds. These invitations will also include Travel Awards. 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 who earned invitations from the 2018 World Championships will play on Friday unless they qualify for Day Two based on Championship Points.

Competition Format

This competition will use the rules and format for the 2019 Video Game Championships Ultra Series. Players must have the following things with them to participate in this tournament:

  • A Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon game (physical or digital) for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems with the latest game update installed

  • A fully charged system in the Nintendo 3DS family

  • A team of tournament-legal Pokémon (see the Tournament Rules, and check back regularly before the event for updated rules)

Players are strongly encouraged to bring a charger for their systems, as tournament staff will not have chargers available for loan.

Check-In, Battle Teams, and Team Sheets

All players must check in on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

Check back for more information on the 2019 Pokémon VGC World Championships.

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