Pokémon Video Game Championship - 2019 Series (2024)

2019 Series

The 2019 VGC World Championship Series is the second utilising Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon games and adopts the GS Cup format once more, allowing for players to use two restricted Legendary Pokémon. With this, the series, for the first time, is set into three different series each with restrictions. First bans all Mega Evolutions, Primals and Z-Moves, second bans all Mega Evolutions, Primals and Ultra Necrozma and the third allows for everything. The 2019 World Championships are to be held in Washington D.C.

VGC Rule Set: (From January 1st 2019)

Usable Games

Pokémon Ultra Sun


Pokémon Ultra Moon

Battle Type: Double Battle
Pokémon Restrictions: National Pokédex.
Pokémon Limits: Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala & Necrozma.
Banned Pokémon: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Magearna, Marshadow, Zearora or Ash-Greninja, Pokémon not captured or hatched in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Note: There are also special rulesets that change with each series
Sun Series - September 4th 2018 through January 7th 2019
Banned Items: All Z-Crystals, All Mega Stones, Red Orb, Blue Orb
Banned Moves: Dragon Ascent

Moon Series - January 8th 2019 - April 1st 2019
Banned Items: All Mega Stones, Red Orb, Blue Orb, Ultranecrozium Z
Banned Moves: Dragon Ascent

Ultra Series - April 2nd 2019 - Worlds 2019
Banned Items: None
Banned Moves: None

VGC Winners
Junior: Pi Wu (Taiwan)
Senior: Ko Tsukide (Japan)
Master: Naoto Mizobuchi (Japan)

TCG Winners
Junior: Haruki Miyamoto (Japan)
Senior: Kaya Lichtleitner (Germany)
Master: Henry Brand (Australia)

Pokkén Tournament
Master: Hiroki Ishida (Subutan)
Senior: Collin Jones (ashninja1)

Pokémon GO Invitational
Master: PogoKieng

Pokémon Video Game Championship - 2019 Series (1)

Online Competitions

Throughout the Play! Pokémon series, there were numerous online competitions that will give CP to players if their Play! Pokémon account is linked to their Organised Play ID. The CP is organised to the top 256 players worldwide, regardless of region.

Best Finish Limit: None
CP Prize5045403530252010521
NameDateEntry GiftCP Given?
2018 International Challenge NovemberNovember 30th - Decemeber 2nd 2018Shiny Tapu LeleYes
2019 International Challenge FebruaryFebruary 22nd - 24th 2018Shiny Tapu BuluYes

Premier Challenges

Premier Challenges are small competitions dotted around the various countries in the world. These competitions typically happen once a month or so depending on the organisers and can provide a small amount of CP which can then be used to help participate in the Worlds Championships.

Standard Premier Challenge
Best Finish Limit: 2 Per Series
CP Prize301612864
Min Entry

Regionals Details

Regional Championships are set up across the world, mostly in North America, to provide small competitions beyond the Premier Challenges to allow for players to earn CP. There are a number of Regional competitions each year and they all follow the standard format. They often have side events for all players.

Midseason Showdown
Best Finish Limit: 8 (2 Per Series)
CP Prize50403225201613
Min Entry
Best Finish Limit: 8
CP Prize2001601301008060504030
Min Entry
NameLocationCountryDateDistribution PokémonStreamed?
Philadelphia Regional ChampionshipsOaks, PhiladelphiaUnited StatesSeptember 14 2018 - September 16 2018Unknown
Frankfurt Regional ChampionshipsFrankfurt, GermanyGermanySeptember 29 2018 - September 30 2018Unknown
Memphis Regional ChampionshipsMemphis, TennesseeUnited StatesOctober 5 2018 - October 7 2018Unknown
Portland Regional ChampionshipsPortland, OreganUnited StatesOctober 26 2018 - October 28 2018Unknown
Roanoke Regional ChampionshipsRoanoke, VirginiaUnited StatesNovember 24 2018 - November 25 2018Unknown
Anaheim Regional ChampionshipsAnaheim, CaliforniaUnited StatesDecember 15 2018 - December 16 2018Unknown
Harrogate Regional ChampionshipsHarrogate, EnglandUnited KingdomDecember 15 2018 - December 16 2018Unknown
Dallas Regional ChampionshipsDallas, TexasUnited StatesJanuary 19 2019 - January 20 2019Unknown
Collinsville Regional ChampionshipsCollinsville, IllinoisUnited StatesFebruary 22 2019 - February 24 2019Unknown
Ontario Regional ChampionshipsBrampton, OntarioCanadaMarch 8 2019 - March 10 2019Unknown
Greensboro Regional ChampionshipsGreensboro, North CarolinaUnited StatesMarch 15 2019 - March 17 2019Unknown
Daytona Beach Regional ChampionshipsDaytona Beach, FloridaUnited StatesApril 19 2019 - April 21 2019Unknown
Hartford Regional ChampionshipsHartford, ConnecticutUnited StatesMay 3 2019 - May 5 2019Unknown
Bristol Regional ChampionshipsBristol, EnglandUnited KingdomMay 11 2018 - May 12 2019Unknown
Santa Clara Regional ChampionshipsSanta Clara, CaliforniaUnited StatesMay 18 2019 - May 19 2019Unknown
Madison Regional ChampionshipsMadison WisconsinUnited StatesMay 31 2019 - June 2 2019Unknown

Nationals Details

National Championships are where the best players in the respective country or area come to compete. No CP is required to enter but a massive amount of CP is given to the winners. The winners in areas outside of the US will often receive travel awards for the World Championships.

Best Finish Limit: 4
CP Prize5004003202502001601301008060
Min Entry
NameLocationCountryDateDistribution PokémonStreamed?

Championship Details

Following the removal of the National Championship Series, four special Championships are to be held. These will get special points akin to that of Nationals and high prize payouts.

Best Finish Limit: 4
CP Prize5004003202502001601301008060
Min Entry
NameLocationCountryDateDistribution PokémonStreamed?
Latin America International ChampionshipsSao PaoloBrazilNovember 16th - November 18th 2018Unknown
Oceania International ChampionshipsMelbourneAustraliaFebruary 15th - 17th 2019Unknown
European International ChampionshipsBerlinGermanyApril 26th - 28th 2019Unknown
North American International ChampionshipsColumbus, OhioUnited StatesJune 2019Unknown

Worlds Details

The World Championships are where the best of the world come to participate and fight it off to become World Champion. Participation in the events is by invitation based on CP.

NameLocationCountryDateDistribution PokémonStreamed?
World ChampionshipsWashington D.C.United StatesAugust 2019NoneYes
Pokémon Video Game Championship - 2019 Series (2024)


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