January 15, 2021

The Pokémon Players Cup III Qualifier Online Competition Is On in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Top Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Trainers are competing through January 17 at 3:59 P.M. PST to earn an invitation to the Pokémon Players Cup III.

Registration for the Pokémon Players Cup III Qualifier Online Competition has concluded, and battling has begun between Masters Division Trainers looking to advance to the Pokémon Players Cup III. If you registered, it's time to test your skills as a Pokémon Trainer—and try to earn an opportunity to play in the Pokémon Players Cup III if you're eligible. Battles will take place until Sunday, January 17, at 3:59 p.m. PST.


Competition Format

The Pokémon Players Cup III Qualifier Online Competition will be comprised of Double Battles. Each Trainer can bring a lineup of four to six Pokémon of Lv. 1–100, and all Pokémon will become Lv. 50 for the duration of each battle. Four Pokémon will be selected per battle. Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield or those with the battle-ready symbol are eligible (excluding certain Legendary and all Mythical Pokémon). Many Pokémon from The Crown Tundra are fair game, including a number of Legendary Pokémon. For a list of Pokémon eligible to compete, view the Ranked Battles Series 7 rules.

Total game time per battle is 20 minutes. Each Trainer will be allotted seven minutes in total. Preview time is 90 seconds, and turn time is 45 seconds. Trainers can compete in a maximum of 15 battles per day. Trainers who don't reach the daily limit can carry additional battles over to the following day. Each battle day starts at 4:00 p.m. PST and ends at 3:59 p.m. PST on the following day.

Following the conclusion of the Pokémon Players Cup III Qualifier Online Competition, Trainers who have earned the opportunity to advance to the Pokémon Players Cup III Region Qualifiers will be notified.

Best of luck to you and your Pokémon!

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