Top Pokémon Competitors Crowned at the 2022 Pokémon World Championships
New Game Mechanic Unveiled for the Pokémon Trading Card Game; More Details Shared for the Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet Video Games
London, UK—August 22, 2022—The 2022 Pokémon World Championships came to a close yesterday following four days of intense matches and friendly competition in London, UK. The best Trainers from around the world attended the annual event to take part in the premier tournament for Pokémon video games and the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG). This year’s event featured the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, the Pokémon TCG, Pokémon GO, Pokkén Tournament DX and Pokémon UNITE. Winners of each division can be found here.
New information for the highly anticipated Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet video games was revealed during the closing ceremony, introducing a new regional Pokémon, a deeper look at the Terastal Phenomenon and more. The Pokémon Company and Creatures also announced the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG): Scarlet & Violet Series, launching in 2023. The Scarlet & Violet Series will become the new Standard format for competitive play.
The Pokémon World Championships is an invitation-only event held in a different location every year, for which players can qualify by competing in various local, regional and international tournaments in the Play! Pokémon program. This year’s champions were awarded a one-of-a-kind Pokémon World Championships trophy and a portion of a prize pool totaling more than $1,000,000.
The location of the 2023 Pokémon World Championships was also announced during the closing ceremony on Sunday evening, to be held in Yokohama, Japan.
For more information about Play! Pokémon, please visit: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/
Pokémon Trading Card Game: Scarlet & Violet Series and Pokémon ex Gameplay Mechanic Unveiled
Unveiled during the Pokémon World Championships was Pokémon ex, a new gameplay mechanic that will release in the Scarlet & Violet Series. Featuring fan-favorite Pokémon and newly discovered ones, Pokémon ex will appear in each stage of evolution and have high HP, as well as powerful attacks and Abilities.
While getting a Pokémon ex Knocked Out by an opponent can cost two Prize cards, Stage 2 Pokémon ex have the power to quickly turn the tide of the battle with high HP and powerful attacks that require little Energy. The theme of “comebacks” will be a key focus for the Scarlet & Violet Series, as players will encounter various Pokémon, Trainer, and Energy cards that can create critical turning points in the game.
Trainers can watch the trailer for the Scarlet & Violet Series and Pokémon ex on the official Pokémon YouTube channel here.
Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet Video Games
Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet take a new evolutionary step in the Pokémon main series. Trainers can explore an open world where various towns with no borders blend seamlessly into the wilderness.
A New Pokémon Revealed: Cyclizar
Cyclizar has lived in many households in the Paldea region since ancient times. It has a mild disposition, and people riding Cyclizar are a very common sight. It appears Cyclizar don’t mind being ridden because the warmth of a rider helps stave off the cold.
Category: Mount Pokémon
Weight: 138.9 lbs.
Ability: Shed Skin
Battle with Pokémon Trainers from All over the World in the Battle Stadium
Ranked Battles, which players have had the chance to enjoy in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, will be returning in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. Players will also be able to take on battles in modes like Casual Battles and Online Competitions as well.
Master Using the Terastal Phenomenon in Battle
Terastallizing is a phenomenon in the Paldea region that makes Pokémon shine and glimmer like gems. The primary feature of Terastallizing in battle is that it changes a Pokémon’s type to its Tera Type. Pokémon don’t outwardly show what their Tera Type is until they Terastallize—a fact that players can use to take opponents by surprise in battle.
Tera Blast is a Normal-type move that can be learned with a TM. When used by a Terastallized Pokémon, it becomes a move of the same type as the Pokémon’s Tera Type. Tera Blast inflicts damage using the Attack or Sp. Atk stat—whichever is higher for the user.
Introducing New Held Items
- Mirror Herb
This herb will allow the holder to mirror an opponent’s stat increases and boost its own stats–but only once.
- Covert Cloak
This hooded cloak conceals the holder, protecting it from the additional effects of moves.
- Loaded Dice
If a Pokémon holding this item uses a multistrike move, that move will be more likely to hit more times.
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.
A paid Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the Battle Stadium. To use the Battle Stadium, players may need to install update data that may become available on or after the games’ release date. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players cannot battle with Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet players.
2022 Pokémon World Championships Closing Ceremony Recap
New Pokémon TCG news, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet updates, and the location of next year’s competition.
The 2022 Pokémon World Championships have wrapped up, but not before Tsunekazu Ishihara, President of The Pokémon Company, shared some exciting news during the event’s closing ceremony. In addition to announcing the return of a classic Pokémon Trading Card Game play mechanic and delivering an update on Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, Mr. Ishihara also revealed the location of the 2023 Pokémon World Championships!
As you can see in the video above, Pokémon ex are returning to the Pokémon TCG in the Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet Series. Pokémon ex will appear in each stage of Evolution—as Basic, Stage 1, and Stage 2 Pokémon. They have high HP, along with powerful attacks and Abilities, and when one of them is Knocked Out, two Prize cards are taken. These Pokémon have the power to turn the tide of battle in an instant! Pokémon ex will provide all sorts of new strategies as players adjust their decks to utilize (and counter!) these new cards.
You’d better be ready to battle when exploring the Paldea region in the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, because the Battle Stadium will provide plenty of fierce competition! If your battling skills are good enough, you might even be able to join other players next year at the 2023 Pokémon World Championships in Yokohama, Japan. This will be the first time that the Pokémon World Championships take place in Japan, so it’s bound to be an incredible event!
For more details about all the excitement from the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, visit the official Worlds website.
- Shed Tail: Create a substitute, then swap places with a party Pokémon in waiting
- Tera Blast: Changes type when the user has Terastallized
- Mirror Herb: Copies an opponent’s stat increases when consumed
- Loaded Dice: Makes multistrike moves more likely to hit more times
Competitive Play Trailer | Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
The game’s about to change in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet!
Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet — Coming in 2023! ❤️💜
(ex)pect the unexpected, #PokemonTCG: Scarlet & Violet!
The new standard is coming in 2023.
During the 2022 Pokémon World Championships closing ceremonies on August 21, 2022, President and CEO of The Pokémon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara revealed new details about the Pokémon Trading Card Game as well as the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games due to release worldwide on November 18, 2022.