2018 International Challenge January Online Competition announced for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Try new tactics using the 2018 Championship Series format in the 2018 International Challenge January Online Competition. With the new regulations in place, Pokémon throughout the National Pokédex—excluding Mythical Pokémon and some Legendary Pokémon—are permitted in battle. It’s a great opportunity to showcase new strategies and try out fresh ideas.

The competition features Double Battles with teams of six Pokémon, of which four will participate in each match. Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter are not permitted. See the competition regulations for a complete list of eligible Pokémon. All Pokémon above and below Lv. 50 will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the battles. There are no item restrictions except that no duplicate items are allowed. There will be a 5-minute player clock and 45-second turns.

The top players in each age division will receive Championship Points, which contribute toward the chances of earning an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships. Players must be opted in to the Play! Pokémon program and have a Player ID at the time the competition begins to be eligible for Championship Points. All qualified competitors will also earn 50 Battle Points.

Registration for the 2018 International Challenge January begins Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 00:00 UTC.

The competition goes from Friday, January 26, 2018, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 23:59 UTC. Trainers will be limited to 15 battles per day. Junior and Senior Division players (born in 2003 or later) are limited to playing between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.

All Trainers will need a Pokémon Trainer Club account, a wireless internet connection, and their own Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon video game with a party of eligible Pokémon. See the competition regulations for more details.

Good luck, Trainers!

Competition Information

Sign-Up Period

Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 23:59 UTC

• You must sign up during this period to participate in the competition.

• You may sign up for the competition once per game registered to your PGL account.

Competition Period

Friday, January 26, 2018, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 23:59 UTC

Participation Gift

Qualified participants will be eligible to earn Championship Points. All qualified participants will also receive 50 Battle Points. To qualify, eligible players must earn a place in the rankings by completing at least three battles.

Age Divisions

Junior/Senior Division: Born 2003 or later

Masters Division: Born 2002 or earlier

• Junior/Senior Division players are limited to playing between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., based on the easternmost time zone in each player’s country.

Ranking Results Announcement

February 2018 (subject to change)

Compatible Games

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon

Competition Rules

• This competition uses Double Battle format.

• Eligible Pokémon are restricted to those that were caught, traded, hatched from Eggs, or received as a Mystery Gift in Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon. Each Pokémon must have the black clover symbol on its Summary page. Pokémon from the National Pokédex No. 001 through 806 are permitted.

• Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Magearna, Marshadow, and Ash-Greninja cannot be used.

• Items are allowed, but Trainers may not have duplicate items in their Battle Team.

• Register four to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.

• No two Pokémon on your team may have the same National Pokédex number.

• All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.

• Four of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Team will be chosen to battle in each match.

• A 5-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.

• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select four Pokémon to battle with.

• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player’s selections have not been made by the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.

• Players may battle up to 15 times per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.

• For additional details, please come back to check the competition’s regulations page when registration opens.

Participation Requirements

• A Pokémon Trainer Club membership

• A wireless internet connection

• A Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon game with a Game Sync ID registered in the Pokémon Global Link (PGL)

• The birth date you have registered in your Pokémon Trainer Club account will determine the age division in which you play. If it’s discovered during the competition that your birthdate information is incorrect, you may be disqualified from the competition and future competitions.

Source: Pokémon Global Link

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