2022 Pokémon World Championships official schedules revealed for main events and side events

The Pokémon Company has revealed more details regarding the 2022 Pokémon World Championships. Read on below to learn more:

2022 Pokémon World Championships Schedule

Doors open at 8 a.m. each day from Thursday, August 18, through Saturday, August 20. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 21.

All Pokémon TCG and VGC final matches will be played on the main stage on Sunday, August 21. Side events will take place during all four days of the World Championships.

All times are approximate and subject to change.

Pokémon TCG

Wednesday, August 17

5–8 p.m. Welcome Kit pickup and check-in
8 p.m. Deadline to submit online deck lists for Day 1 players

Thursday, August 18

8 a.m. Doors open
9 a.m. Opening ceremony
9:45 a.m. Day 1 players seated for Round 1 of Swiss

A lunch break will occur

7:30 p.m. Estimated finish time for TCG Junior and Senior Divisions
8:45 p.m. Estimated finish time for TCG Masters Division

Friday, August 19

8 a.m. Doors open
8:45 a.m. Round 1 pairings posted for Day 2 players
9 a.m. Up to 9 rounds of Swiss. Records equal to 8th place at the end of Swiss will advance to Top Cut.

A lunch break will occur

8 p.m. Estimated finish time for TCG Junior and Senior Divisions
9:15 p.m. Estimated finish time for TCG Masters Division

Saturday, August 20

8 a.m. Doors open
8:45 a.m. Players seated for Top Cut
9 a.m. Single-elimination Top Cut will be played until 2 players remain

No planned lunch break

2 p.m. Estimated finish time for TCG Junior and Senior Divisions
7 p.m. Estimated finish time for TCG Masters Division

*Schedule is subject to change. If the schedule runs behind on Friday, some Swiss rounds may be played on Saturday.

Pokémon VGC

Wednesday, August 17

5–8 p.m. Welcome Kit pickup and check-in, Battle Team locking for Day 1 players
8 p.m. Deadline to submit online team lists

Thursday, August 18

8 a.m. Doors open
9 a.m. Opening ceremony
9:30 a.m. Day 1 players seated for Round 1 of Swiss

A lunch break will occur

5 p.m. Estimated finish time for VGC Junior and Senior Divisions
8 p.m. Estimated finish time for VGC Masters Division

Friday, August 19

8 a.m. Doors open. Players need to be in line by 8:15 a.m. in the VGC tournament area to have Battle Teams locked.
9 a.m. Up to 9 rounds of Swiss. At the end of Swiss, players with 2 or fewer losses and no ties will advance to Top Cut.

A lunch break will occur

5 p.m. Estimated finish time for VGC Junior and Senior Divisions
6 p.m. Estimated finish time for VGC Masters Divisions

Saturday, August 20

8 a.m. Doors open
8:45 a.m. Players seated for Top Cut
9 a.m. Single-elimination Top Cut will be played until 2 players remain

No planned lunch break

12 p.m. Estimated finish time for VGC Junior and Senior Divisions
3 p.m. Estimated finish time for VGC Masters Division

Finals Sunday—Pokémon TCG and VGC, All Divisions*

Sunday, August 21

9 a.m. TCG Junior Division finals
Followed by TCG Senior Division finals
TCG Masters Division finals
VGC Junior Division finals
VGC Senior Division finals
VGC Masters Division finals
4 p.m. Closing ceremony

*Matches will be played sequentially, and the schedule may run faster if possible.

Pokkén Tournament DX—Masters and Senior Divisions

See the Pokkén Tournament DX competitor info page.

Pokémon GO—Masters and Senior Divisions

See the Pokémon GO competitor info page.

Pokémon UNITE

See the Pokémon UNITE competitor info page.

Source: Pokemon.com

Pokémon World Championships Side Events

The Pokémon World Championships host a full schedule of side events open to all attendees who have an official event badge, regardless of whether you’re playing in the main event. Come battle for a variety of awesome prizes in Pokémon TCG, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video game, Pokkén Tournament DX, and Pokémon GO competitions throughout the weekend. It’s a great opportunity to play with Trainers from around the world.

Trading Card Game players can jump into Standard format pickup games or Build & Battle tournaments, take on the single-pack and four-pack versions of Ditto Draft, team up with a friend in the Team Format, or join forces with a group and take on an oversize Raid Format boss. Those looking for a singular challenge can test their mettle in the Gym Leader Challenge, where each Expanded format deck can include Pokémon of only one type, and only a single copy of any card other than basic Energy. For the Gym Leader Challenge at this event, players may use any tournament-legal card regardless of which language it is printed in. For details on all of these formats, make sure to check out the new Pokémon TCG Alternative Play Handbook on the Rules & Resources page!

Fans of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield who have brought their own Nintendo Switch system and game can get in the action with pickup games all weekend or take part in one of three different tournament formats. Spikemuth Doubles uses the Series 12 rules but takes it a step further, prohibiting the Series 12 restricted list and outlawing Dynamaxing! The Catch Cup gives players just 30 minutes to catch and train a new team, limited to a specific area in the game, before jumping into a three-round tournament. Lastly, Malamar Cup takes the tournament and turns it on its head, as players must play with their Nintendo Switch held upside down the entire time.

Pokkén Tournament DX side event pods will be in the Team Battle format, but we’re taking this to the next level with both King of the Hill and Crew Battle events. Sign your crew up in groups of 3, with each of you controlling one Pokémon on the team, and face off against rival groups. When your Pokémon faints, the next teammate takes over the controller. If you think you’re tough enough to go it alone, King of the Hill sees the winner of the round get to stay and take on a new opponent. Points are earned for each win, and there’s even a bonus for those who manage to reach the maximum win streak. All side events will be held in the Pokkén Tournament DX area of the hall.

For those who prefer a smaller screen, Pokémon GO events will be held throughout the weekend. Whether you enjoy battling other players or conducting Field Research, we have a variety of chances for you to get involved. Our popular scavenger hunt activity from the North America International Championships is making a return, with a modified task list to get you into the spirit of the event.

Finally, making its triumphant debut, Pokémon UNITE will jump from the main stage to side events on Sunday. For those looking to get into this new way to experience Pokémon, make sure to come by and talk with our Professors, who can walk you through downloading the game and give tips to help get you into the action.

For more information on each of these formats, please refer to the appropriate schedules and event details below.

All times BST. Times are subject to change. Registration for side events will close approximately one hour before side events end.

Pokémon TCG Side Events

Thursday, August 18

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Standard £5
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Ditto Draft, Single Booster £5
10 a.m. Ditto Draft, Four Boosters £20
12:30 p.m. Team Format £5 per person
2 p.m. Build & Battle £20
2 p.m. Raid Format £5 per person
4:30 p.m. Raid Format £5 per person
6 p.m. Ditto Draft, Four Boosters £20
6:30 p.m. Raid Format £5 per person

Friday, August 19

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Standard £5
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Standard, Juniors only Free
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Ditto Draft, Single Booster £5
10 a.m. Gym Leader Challenge £5
10:30 a.m. Ditto Draft Four Boosters £20
1 p.m. Raid Format £5 per person
2 p.m. Team Format £5 per person
2:30 p.m. Build & Battle £20
4 p.m. Ditto Draft, Four Boosters £20
4 p.m. Gym Leader Challenge £5
4:30 p.m. Raid Format £5 per person
6 p.m. Build & Battle £20
6:30 p.m. Raid Format £5 per person

Saturday, August 20

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. London Open See the London Open page for details

Sunday, August 21

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pickup Pods—Standard £5
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pickup Pods—Standard, Juniors only Free
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pickup Pods—Ditto Draft, Single Booster £5
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pickup Pods—Raid Format £5 per person
9 a.m. Build & Battle £20
9:30 a.m. Team Format £5 per person
10 a.m. Gym Leader Challenge £5
12 p.m. Ditto Draft, Four Boosters £20

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Video Game Side Events

Thursday, August 18

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Series 12 £5
11 a.m. Catch Cup—Routes 7, 8, 9 £5
3:30 p.m. Spikemuth Doubles £5

Friday, August 19

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Series 12 £5
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Series 12, Juniors only Free
12 p.m. Malamar Cup £5
4:30 p.m. Catch Cup—Routes 3, 4, 5 £5

Saturday, August 20

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. London Open See the London Open page for details

Sunday, August 21

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pickup Pods—Series 12 £5
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pickup Pods—Series 12, Juniors only Free
9 a.m. Spikemuth Doubles £5
10 a.m. Malamar Cup £5

Pokkén Tournament DX Side Events

Thursday, August 18

9:30 a.m. Last Chance Qualifier See the Last Chance Qualifier page for details

Saturday, August 20

9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Basic Battle £5
11 a.m. King of the Hill £5
3 p.m. Crew Battle £5 per player

Sunday, August 21

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pickup Pods—Basic Battle £5
9:30 a.m. King of the Hill £5

Pokémon GO Side Events

Thursday, August 18

9:30 a.m. Last Chance Qualifier See the Last Chance Qualifier page for details
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Scavenger Hunt Activity £5

Friday, August 19

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Scavenger Hunt Activity £5
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Great League £5

Saturday, August 20

9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Scavenger Hunt Activity £5
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pickup Pods—Great League £5

Sunday, August 21

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Scavenger Hunt Activity £5
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pickup Pods—Great League £5

Pokémon UNITE Side Events

Sunday, August 21

10 a.m. Learn to Play Free

Source: Pokemon.com

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