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The 2012 Pokémon World Championships was the ninth annual invitation-only championships for players in the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon video games, marking the fourth consecutive year of this international event. The event was held in August 2012 at Waikoloa, Hawaii. This was the fourth time that the city hosted the World Championships, the previous three years being 2006, 2007, and 2010.
Trading Card Game Championships
The Pokémon Trading Card Game continued with the 2011-12 Modified format introduced this year using all cards from HeartGold & SoulSilver onward. Players were able to receive invites from outstanding performances at their country's National Championships, the previous year's World Championships, or through the number of Championship Points they have compared to others in their region.
Video Game Championships
The 2012 Video Game Championships were held from 10th to 12th August at Waikaloa, Hawaii.
As there are no new versions of the game released this year, participants used the Black and White Versions for the tournament.
All matches were conducted via Double Battles and any Pokémon in the National Pokédex could be entered, with the exception of 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 and Genesect.
Similar to Flat Battle mode, Pokémon of Levels 51 and above were temporarily reduced to Level 50, while Pokémon Level 50 and below retained their levels. Held items may be used, but no two Pokémon from the same team may hold the same held item. Players were not allowed to change their held items after they have registered, and can only use items from within the game and those received at an official Pokémon event or promotion.
Moves were restricted to those learnt from the game through leveling up, breeding, TMs and HMs, from a character in the game or from an official event or promotion. Sky Drop and Dark Void were banned in this format, with Sky Drop being banned due to a glitch.
The Wonder Launcher may not be used.