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2016 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series




The Pokémon Video Game Championship Series returns to Australia and New Zealand in 2016 giving Pokémon fans the chance to compete using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for travel awards to the 2016 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in San Francisco, U.S.!

The 2015 series saw over 1000 Pokémon trainers compete across 3 different age divisions around Australia and New Zealand, with the season culminating in an exciting three-day experience at Melbourne Park.

The Melbourne Park Function Centre will once again play host to an epic weekend of Pokémon action in 2016, with both the Video Game and Trading Card Game National Championships taking place on the weekend of July 2 & 3.

In 2016, Pokémon Trainers can once again test their skills against some of the best players across Australia and New Zealand in Premier, Regional and National events in order to earn coveted World Championships invitations, and players who place in the top 2 in each age division at each Regional event will receive flights and accommodation to the 2016 Pokémon Australian National Championships in Melbourne.

At the end of the season, players who reach a certain Championship Points standing will receive an invitation to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships based on their Championship Points standing across 3 age divisions.

Masters Division: Born in 2000 or earlier
Senior Division: Born in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Junior Division: Born in 2005 or later

In addition to their qualification, the top four placed players in each age division from the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone will receive a travel award to the World Championships!

Regardless of your experience in competitive play, the Pokémon Video Game Championship Series provides a great opportunity for Pokémon fans to learn about competitive play and enjoy playing and trading with other Pokémon fans. Discover the Regional & National championship schedule below!







    

2016 Regional Schedule

Note: Players are recommended to print, complete and bring a registration form to their regional event. Registration forms will also be available on the day for players to complete.

Adelaide

Sunday, May 1
The Ellington
Hackney
Registration open 9am - 10am

Auckland (NZ)

Saturday, May 7
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
Auckland
Registration open 9am - 10am

Sydney

Saturday, May 14
Paddington Town Hall
Paddington
Registration open 9am - 10am

Brisbane

Saturday, May 21
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Southbank
Registration open 9am - 10am

Melbourne

Sunday, May 29
Collingwood Town Hall
Collingwood
Registration open 9am - 10am

Perth

Sunday, June 5
Perth Town Hall
Perth
Registration open 9am - 10am



    

2016 Pokémon Australian
national championships

Melbourne

Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3
Melbourne Park Function Centre
Melbourne






Free entry
spectators welcome

General Information


Who can play?

Anyone can play - there is no pre-requisite to be able to enter the 2016 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series. Players will just need to bring one of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems (fully charged!) and either Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Card or Download version.

How to prepare and what to bring:

  • A Nintendo 3DS system (fully charged!)
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Game Card or Download version
  • A printed, complete registration form.
    Note: Registration forms will also be available on the day for players to complete.
  • Play! Pokémon Identification Number (Player ID)

    Players will need to have a Play! Pokémon Identification Number (Player ID) to track their tournament play throughout the season - players should bring this Player ID number to all events they attend

    If you don't have a Player ID, you will need to register a Pokémon Trainer Club account, and the player ID number can be found in the Play! Pokémon Account tab.

    Please visit: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-trainer-club/sign-up/

What games will be played?

The 2016 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series will be played exclusively using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS systems.

What are the age divisions?

Masters Division: Born in 2000 or earlier
Senior Division: Born in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Junior Division: Born in 2005 or later

What are the rules?

To read the rules in full, please click here.

Key Rules:

  • Battles will take place in Double Battle format, where each player selects four Pokémon from his or her party of six to battle with.
  • Pokémon used must have a blue pentagon in the Pokémon summary screen.
  • Pokémon above Level 50 are permitted, but they are auto-leveled down to 50 for the duration of battle.
  • No two Pokémon may hold the same item.
  • The following Pokémon are banned:

    • 151 - Mew
    • 251 - Celebi
    • 385 - Jirachi
    • 386 - Deoxys
    • 489 - Phione
    • 490 - Manaphy
    • 491 - Darkrai
    • 492 - Shaymin
    • 493 - Arceus
    • 494 - Victini
    • 647 - Keldeo
    • 648 - Meloetta
    • 649 - Genesect
    • 719 - Diancie
    • 720 - Hoopa
  • Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon in the Battle Box:

    • 150 - Mewtwo
    • 249 - Lugia
    • 250 - Ho-Oh
    • 382 - Kyogre
    • 383 - Groudon
    • 384 - Rayquaza
    • 483 - Dialga
    • 484 - Palkia
    • 487 - Giratina
    • 643 - Reshiram
    • 644 - Zekrom
    • 646 - Kyurem
    • 716 - Xerneas
    • 717 - Yveltal
    • 718 - Zygarde

How do Championship Points work?

Players in Australia and New Zealand will compete in the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone, with players who reach a certain Championship Points standing set to receive an invitation to the Pokémon Video Game World Championships at the end of the season.

For more information regarding the accrual of Championship Points, please visit: http://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-events/pokemon-tournaments/earn-championship-points-vg/

What are the prizes?

Just for competing, all players will receive a Pokémon Video Game Championship Series lanyard and competitor card.

Players who place in the top 2 in each age division at each Regional Championship event will receive flights and accommodation to the 2016 Pokémon Video Game Australian National Championships."

In addition, at the end of the season, the top four placed players in each age division from the Asia-Pacific Rating Zone will receive a travel award to the 2016 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in San Francisco, U.S.!

Premier Challenge Tournaments

Premier Challenges allow specially approved Tournament Organisers to run video game events at locations in Australia and New Zealand, with top placed players receiving Championship Points for participating. Premier Challenges will provide a good opportunity for players to enjoy playing Pokémon with other fans and gain valuable experience at smaller events in the lead up to the Regional and National Championships

Keep up to date with the details and locations of Premier Challenges at: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/pokemon-events/find-an-event/




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