The Pokémon Video Game Championship Series events will begin the season using the 2019 Ultra Series Format with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games on the Nintendo 3ds.
Events will transition to Pokémon Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch beginning January 4 2020.
VGC19 Ultra Series – Ruleset Overview
(Until January 4 2020)
- All matches are to be played as Double Battles in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
- All Pokémon must have the black clover icon, meaning they must be caught or hatched in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon, or obtained from an event distribution in these games.
- For all series formats, GS Cup rules apply, meaning only two restricted Pokémon can be used per team: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma
- Mythical Pokémon are banned.
- The “your timer” system has been changed, with the maximum player time increased from 5 minutes to 7 minutes.
- Z-crystals are allowed
- Mega stones are allowed
- Red Orb and Blue Orb are allowed
|Latin America||PRO MAGNO Centro de Eventos, São Paulo, Brazil||November 15–17, 2019|
|Oceania||Melbourne, Australia||February 21–23, 2020|
|Europe||Berlin, Germany||April 17–19, 2020|
|North America||USA||June 26–28, 2020|
Championship Point Breakdown
Video Game Championship Points are awarded to players based on how well they finish at each Play! Pokémon Event.
Qualification Periods and Travel Awards
In the 2020 season, awards for travel to the International Championships will be based on stand-alone qualification periods.
|Latin America||April 29 2019||June 30 2019|
|Oceania||July 1 2019||November 17 2019|
|Europe||November 18 2019||February 23 2020|
|North America||February 24 2020||April 19 2020|
Qualifying for the 2020 World Championship
Invitations will be awarded to all Pokémon video game players who have earned at least the following Championship Points (CP):
|Rating Zone||Day 1||Day 2|
|US and Canada||400||Top 8 players|
|Europe||300||Top 16 players|
|Latin America||400||Top 8 players|
|Oceania||300||Top 8 players|
Players who finish in the Top 4 of the 2019 Pokémon World Championships will receive an invitation and award for travel to the 2020 World Championships.
Players in Japan and South Korea will be awarded both Friday invitations and Day Two invitations as determined by each country’s organized play system.