The first official Online Competition for Pokémon Sword and Shield, Galar Beginnings, will be held in December 2019 and will be accepting participants from across the globe. Meanwhile, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have revealed that Pokémon Sword and Shield have a LAN mode for Live Competitions. Players will also be able to spectate Competition battles if you have access to the correlating code. Read on below for more details about the first Online Competition:
Competition Name: Galar Beginnings
Sign-Up Period: Friday, November 15, at 00:00 GMT to Thursday, December 5, at 23:59 GMT
Competition Period: Friday, December 6, at 00:00 GMT to Sunday, December 8, at 23:59 GMT
Battle Format: Single Battle
Eligible Pokémon: Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
- Zacian, Zamazenta, Mew (contained in the Poké Ball Plus), and some other special Pokémon are not eligible.
- Players can register three to six of their Pokémon to their Battle Team.
- All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
Ranking Results Announcement: December 2019
Players will be able to join the competition by opening the X menu in their game and selecting VS, Battle Stadium, and then Online Competitions. There is no need to register on the Pokémon Global Link. Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.
Source: The Pokémon Company International