- If you were looking for the anime competition known as the "Pokémon World Championships" in Japanese, see World Coronation Series.
The Pokémon World Championships (Japanese: ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス Pokémon World Championships) are an annual event held by the Play! Pokémon organized play division of The Pokémon Company International. They function as the finals for both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game Championships. Since 2015, the World Championships have also featured events for spin-off Pokémon games, namely Pokkén Tournament, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon UNITE. The Pokémon World Championships are held annually, occurring every August.
Competitors usually must qualify for the event based in their performance in other events in the same season, such as regional championships, national championships, dedicated qualifying tournaments, or the previous year's World Championships. The exact qualification requirements depend on the exact year, the region the player is from, and the game in which they are playing.
While the Pokémon World Championships are held as a single unified event featuring multiple different games, each of the games are run as an entirely separate tournament. Competitors compete in only one of the featured games, and the qualification requirements of each are entirely separate. Additionally, competitors usually are separated into one of three age groups, meaning that three world champions are crowned for each game each year.
Minor announcements are usually made during the events, such as upcoming VGC mechanics and variants of TCG cards, the ruleset of the following VGC format, and the city where the next World Championships will be hosted.
Before the introduction of the modern Pokémon World Championships, both the TCG and video games held some international competitions.
For the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon Tropical Mega Battle was an international Pokémon Trading Card Game tournament held annually from 1999 to 2002 in Hawaii by Wizards of the Coast (the distributor of the Pokémon Trading Card Game in many regions outside of Japan at the time). Players from Canada, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Japan were invited to the event. After Wizards of the Coast's license to distribute the Pokémon Trading Card Game reverted to The Pokémon Company in 2003, this event was replaced by the Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships.
In September 2000, to coincide with the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the first ever Pokémon World Championship was also held in Sydney. Players from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States competed using Pokémon Red and Blue and Pokémon Yellow. This was a one-time event, with a video game World Championship not being held again until 2009.
Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships
In August 2002, Wizards of the Coast held the first Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championship in Seattle, Washington in the United States.
Due to the transfer of the licensing of the Pokémon Trading Card Game from Wizards to Nintendo, no World Championship was held in 2003. Now with control of the Pokémon Trading Card Game licence, Pokémon USA formed Pokémon Organized Play to manage Pokémon Trading Card Game events.
In August 2004, Pokémon Organized Play held the 2004 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships. From 2004 to 2008, the event was titled the Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships, reflecting the fact that it was specifically for the Pokémon Trading Card Game only.
At the 2008 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships, a special video game event called the Pokémon Video Game Showdown 2008 was held. This event featured players from the United States and Japan competing with Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. However, since only two countries were involved, the winner was not awarded the title of world champion.
Pokémon World Championships
In August 2009, the first unified Pokémon World Championships were held, featuring both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the Pokémon Video Game Championships. This format has continued until the present.
From 2015 to 2022, Pokkén Tournament was also featured at the Pokémon World Championships. In 2015, the Pokkén Tournament competition was run as an invitational due to the lack of preliminary events. After the 2022 World Championships, it was announced that Pokkén Tournament would no longer appear at the Pokémon World Championships.
Starting in 2019, Pokémon GO was added to the Pokémon World Championships. In 2019, the Pokémon GO competition was run as an invitational due to the lack of preliminary events.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned 2020 Pokémon World Championships to be held in London, England were cancelled, and the event also was not held in 2021. The World Championships returned with the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, held in London, England like the original 2020 plan.
Starting in 2022, Pokémon UNITE was added to the Pokémon World Championships.
Since 2004, the Pokémon World Championships have been held annually, except in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|2000||September 22, 2000||University of Sydney||Sydney||New South Wales||Australia||VGC|
|2002||August 3 to 4, 2002||Seattle Convention Center||Seattle||Washington||United States||TCG|
|2004||August 20 to 22, 2004||Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa||Orlando||Florida||United States||TCG|
|2005||August 19 to 21, 2005||Town and Country Resort and Convention Center||San Diego||California||United States||TCG|
|2006||August 18 to 20, 2006||Hilton Anaheim||Anaheim||California||United States||TCG|
|2007||August 10 to 12, 2007||Hilton Waikoloa Village||Waikoloa Village||Hawaii||United States||TCG|
|2008||August 15 to 17, 2008||Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista||Orlando||Florida||United States||TCG|
|2009||August 13 to 15, 2009||Hilton San Diego Bayfront||San Diego||California||United States||TCG, VGC|
|2010||August 13 to 15, 2010||Hilton Waikoloa Village||Waikoloa Village||Hawaii||United States||TCG, VGC|
|2011||August 12 to 14, 2011||Hilton San Diego Bayfront||San Diego||California||United States||TCG, VGC|
|2012||August 13 to 15, 2012||Hilton Waikoloa Village||Waikoloa Village||Hawaii||United States||TCG, VGC|
|2013||August 9 to 11, 2013||Vancouver Convention Centre||Vancouver||British Columbia||Canada||TCG, VGC|
|2014||August 15 to 17, 2014||Walter E. Washington Convention Center||Washington, D.C.||United States||TCG, VGC|
|2015||August 21 to 23, 2015||Hynes Convention Center||Boston||Massachusetts||United States||TCG, VGC, Pokkén|
|2016||August 19 to 21, 2016||San Francisco Marriott Marquis||San Francisco||California||United States||TCG, VGC, Pokkén|
|2017||August 18 to 20, 2017||Anaheim Convention Center||Anaheim||California||United States||TCG, VGC, Pokkén|
|2018||August 24 to 26, 2018||Music City Center||Nashville||Tennessee||United States||TCG, VGC, Pokkén|
|2019||August 16 to 19, 2019||Walter E. Washington Convention Center||Washington, D.C.||United States||TCG, VGC, Pokkén, GO|
|2022||August 18 to 21, 2022||ExCeL London||London||England||United Kingdom||TCG, VGC, Pokkén, GO, UNITE|
|2023||August 11 to 13, 2023||Pacifico Yokohama||Yokohama||Kanagawa||Japan||TCG, VGC, GO, UNITE|
Video Game Championship
The core series Pokémon games were first featured at a Nintendo-organized World Championship event in 2000 with single battles, and later returning as Pokémon Video Game Showdown (VGS) in 2008 as a side-event to the 2008 Trading Card Game World Championships with double battles. Starting in 2009, the events were renamed the Video Game Championships (VGC).
Battles use the following rules in general:
- The format is Double Battles. A player must bring between 4 and 6 Pokémon and select 4 of them just before the battle. In games that use Team Preview (Generation V onward), this selection is made after viewing the opponent's 6 Pokémon.
- Two Pokémon may not have the same Pokédex number. Special Pokémon, Mythical Pokémon, and Ash-Greninja are disallowed (but not Dusk Form Lycanroc) unless the format has an exception.
- Between Generation VI and Generation VIII, Pokémon must have an origin mark matching the games used for the competition. This may be substituted with the battle-ready symbol.
- Two Pokémon may not have the same held item.
- Pokémon cannot battle above level 50.
- In 2008 and 2009, there was no auto-leveling and Pokémon above level 50 were disallowed outright.
- Between 2010 and 2016, Pokémon above level 50 were auto-leveled down to 50, but Pokémon below level 50 were not auto-leveled up.
- From 2017 onward, all Pokémon are auto-leveled to 50.
- Two Pokémon may not have the same nickname. A Pokémon may not be nicknamed the name of a different Pokémon, and nicknames and Trainer names may not be inappropriate.
- 2008 — Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
- For this year only, players were only allowed to bring exactly 4 Pokémon, instead of bringing 6 and choosing 4 just before the battle.
- Dragonite and Tyranitar were specifically disallowed, preventing players from using the (at the time) Japan-exclusive level 50 Dragonite event. (It was not possible to obtain Tyranitar at or below level 50 until a Generation VI event.)
- The Japan-only (at the time) Micle Berry, Custap Berry, and Sketching Seed Flare were disallowed.
- 2009 — Pokémon Platinum
- Event-exclusive level 50 Dragonite were allowed this year.
- All forms of Rotom, including the normal form, were disallowed.
- The Japan-only (at the time) Jaboca Berry, Rowap Berry, and Sketching Judgment were disallowed. The Custap Berry was also disallowed.
- The Custap Berry had not yet been distributed to French, German, Italian, or Spanish-language games at the time, though the level 50 Dragonite event was also never distributed in these languages.
- 2010 — Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
- Up to two Special Pokémon were allowed. Uniquely for this year, a player's team of 6 could list up to 4 Special Pokémon, as long as no more than 2 were chosen before battle.
- The Jaboca Berry was allowed this year despite still being Japan-only at the time.
- 2011 — Pokémon Black and White
- 2012 — Pokémon Black and White
- Sky Drop and Dark Void were both disallowed.
- 2013 — Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
- 2014 — Pokémon X and Y
- Only Kalos Pokédex Pokémon were allowed. Dark Void once again became allowed.
- 2015 — Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
- 2016 — Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
- Up to two Special Pokémon were allowed in a team of six.
- 2017 — Pokémon Sun and Moon
- 2018 — Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
- 2019 — Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
- Up to two Special Pokémon were allowed. In addition, the season was split into three series:
- Sun Series (Sep 4, 2018 - Jan 7, 2019): Mega Stones, Primal Reversion, Rayquaza with Dragon Ascent, and Z-Crystals were disallowed.
- Moon Series (Jan 8 - Apr 1, 2019): Z-Crystals other than Ultranecrozium Z became allowed.
- Ultra Series (Apr 2, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020): All Mega Evolution, Primal Reversion, and Z-Moves became allowed.
- Up to two Special Pokémon were allowed. In addition, the season was split into three series:
- 2022 — Pokémon Sword and Shield
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 World Championships were canceled and the season was eventually extended to last three years with several different series.
- All Pokémon that were obtainable at the beginning of a series were allowed for that series, including those not in any of the Galar Pokédexes, as long as they met all other requirements (such as having the Galar symbol/battle-ready symbol and not being Special/Mythical). As a result:
- Version 1.1.0 and Pokémon HOME released before Series 3, The Isle of Armor released before Series 5, and The Crown Tundra released before Series 7.
- Between Series 1 and 2, only Galar Pokédex Pokémon were allowed due to the only obtainable Pokémon outside the Galar Pokédex being Mew. The only non-Galarian forms allowed were Kantonian Meowth, Persian, Mr. Mime, and Unovan Yamask due to those being the only obtainable ones at the time.
- Between Series 3 and 4, all non-Galarian forms of compatible Pokémon were allowed except three: Alolan Raichu and Kantonian Weezing were not obtainable with the Galar symbol at the time, and Kantonian Slowpoke was not compatible with Sword and Shield at the time (only Galarian Slowpoke was). Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion were compatible but disallowed due to the battle-ready symbol not existing at the time.
- List of series:
- Series 1 (Nov 19 - Dec 31, 2019): All Gigantamax Pokémon were disallowed.
- Series 2 (Jan 4 - Feb 29, 2020): Gigantamax Pikachu, Eevee, Butterfree, Drednaw, Corviknight, Sandaconda, Centiskorch, Blaze Charizard, Meowth (event-only), and Snorlax (event-only) became allowed.
- Series 3 (Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2020): Gigantamax Coalossal, Lapras, Flapple, Appletun, Alcremie, Kingler, Orbeetle, Grimmsnarl, Hatterene, Solar Power Charizard, and Toxtricity (event-only) became allowed.
- Series 4 (May 1 - Jun 30, 2020): All Gigantamax Pokémon became allowed (the remaining five at the time being Machamp, Gengar, Garbodor, Copperajah, and Duraludon).
- Series 5 (Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2020)
- Series 6 (Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2020): The most used Pokémon from the previous series were disallowed: Venusaur, Gyarados, Porygon2, Tyranitar, Torkoal, Hippowdon, Magnezone, Togekiss, Excadrill, Whimsicott, Incineroar, Mimikyu, Rillaboom, Cinderace, Indeedee, and Dragapult.
- Series 7 (Nov 1, 2020 - Jan 31, 2021): The above 16 Pokémon became re-allowed.
- Series 8 (Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2021): Up to one Special Pokémon was allowed.
- Series 9 (May 1 - Jul 31, 2021): No Special Pokémon were allowed. (identical to Series 7)
- Series 10 (Aug 1 - Oct 31, 2021): Up to one Special Pokémon was allowed. Dynamax and Gigantamax were disallowed.
- Series 11 (Nov 1, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022): Up to one Special Pokémon was allowed. Dynamax and Gigantamax became re-allowed. (identical to Series 8)
- Series 12 (Feb 1 - Aug 31, 2022): Up to two Special Pokémon were allowed.
- Series 13 (Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2022): Any number of Special Pokémon and any number of Mythical Pokémon were allowed. VGC events taking place during this time period count toward the next year's Championships.
- Series 14 (Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2022): Up to two Special Pokémon were allowed. Mythical Pokémon were disallowed. (identical to Series 12)
- 2023 — Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
- Both players must disclose their team to their opponent (including Tera Type, species, forms, moves, Abilities, and held items, but excluding stats).
- On March 1, 2023, series were renamed Regulation Sets (レギュレーション Regulations), with Series 1 and Series 2 retroactively renamed. The season was split into the following series:
- Regulation Set A (Dec 2, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023): Only Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex were allowed. Pokémon and regional forms not in the Paldea Pokédex, such as Quagsire and Johtonian Wooper, were disallowed. Paradox Pokémon and the Treasures of Ruin were also disallowed.
- Regulation Set B (Feb 1 - Mar 31, 2023): Paradox Pokémon became allowed.
- Regulation Set C (Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2023): The Treasures of Ruin became allowed.
- Prior to the release of Pokémon HOME compatibility, the Japanese and Chinese rulesets consistently stated (for all three regulation sets) that a Scarlet and Violet origin mark was required, while the English/French/Italian/German/Spanish rulesets consistently stated (for all three regulation sets) that Pokémon transferred from HOME would become allowed when the feature was released. (No ruleset was published in Korean due to all Korean Scarlet/Violet tournaments up to that point being conducted online.)
- When HOME compatibility was released, the English/French/Italian/German/Spanish ruleset was changed to state that a Scarlet and Violet origin mark was required for the rest of the series (with the only competitive effect being to disallow Roaming Form Gimmighoul).
- Regardless of these regional inconsistencies and changes, the HOME update also caused Plates and six certain Egg Moves (Heal Bell, Simple Beam, Cosmic Power, Raging Fury, Barb Barrage, and Psyshield Bash) to become newly available and allowed immediately in all regions, at approximately 4pm JST May 30.
- Players competing in events in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Hong Kong between June 3-4, who were required to lock in their teams by 9am May 31, were sent an email at 11:10pm May 30 stating that the newly available Plates and Egg Moves would be disallowed for those events. Players competing in Japan between June 10-11 were sent a similar email on June 1. Events in other locations on the same days were unaffected and Plates/the Egg Moves were allowed.
- Regulation Set D (Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2023): Pokémon and forms outside the Paldea Pokédex became allowed, except Walking Wake and Iron Leaves.
- Before the release of The Teal Mask on September 13, a "Temporary Post-Release Restriction Clause" was added to the ruleset disallowing any traits exclusive to The Teal Mask for the rest of the series (Pokémon, forms, moves, and items).
- Regulation Set E (Oct 1, 2023 - Jan 2, 2024): Pokémon in the Kitakami Pokédex and Pokémon made available in the 2.0.1 update became allowed.
When series may overlap at the start or end of a year, events may use either of the two formats. For example, the Korean League Season 1 on December 15-16, 2019 used 2020 Series 1 rules, while the Kuala Lumpur Regionals on December 21-22, 2019 used 2019 Ultra Series rules.
- In 2008, for at least the semifinals onward, players connected their Nintendo DSes to Pokémon Battle Revolution. No Battle Revolution-specific clauses were set.
- In 2009, for at least the semifinals onward, players connected their Nintendo DSes to a modified, unreleased version of Pokémon Battle Revolution. The modified game featured Platinum outfits for Dawn and Lucas as well as no region- or language-locking.
- Between 2010 and 2019, only the top screen of the Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS was broadcast in order to prevent revealing a player's move selections.
- From 2022 onward, a third console is connected to the two competitors' consoles in LAN spectator mode in order to prevent revealing a player's move selections (for western tournaments in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the game is displayed from the perspective of one player's console, but Asian tournaments and the top 16 in the 2023 World Championships used the spectator mode).
As of the 2023 season, 45 champions have been crowned during the core series games' tenure as one of the games in the World Championships roster, with Ray Rizzo being the most successful, winning the title three times.
|2000||Sydney, Australia||Darryn Van Vuuren||Edwin Krause||Sergio García Maroto|
|2008||Orlando, Florida||Izuru Yoshimura||Yasuhito Kajiwara||Hideaki Shimizu|
|2009||San Diego, California||Kazuyuki Tsuji||Tasuku Mano||Steven Wasserloos|
|2010||Waikoloa Village, Hawaii||Ray Rizzo||Yasuki Tochigi||Isao Yoshioka|
|2011||San Diego, California||Ray Rizzo||Matteo Gini||Matt Coyle|
|2012||Waikoloa Village, Hawaii||Ray Rizzo||Wolfe Glick||Abel Martin Sanz|
|2013||Vancouver, Canada||Arash Ommati||Ryosuke Kosuge||Aaron Zheng|
|2014||Washington, D.C.||Se Jun Park||Jeudy Azzarelli||Collin Heier|
|2015||Boston, Massachusetts||Shoma Honami||Hideyuki Taida||Yosuke Isagi|
|2016||San Francisco, California||Wolfe Glick||Jonathan Evans||Markus Stadter|
|2017||Anaheim, California||Ryota Otsubo||Sam Pandelis||Paul Ruiz|
|2018||Nashville, Tennessee||Paul Ruiz||Emilio Forbes||Nils Dunlop|
|2019||Washington, D.C.||Naoto Mizobuchi||Hirofumi Kimura||James Baek|
|2022||London, UK||Eduardo Cunha||Guillermo Castilla Díaz||James Baek|
|2023||Yokohama, Japan||Shohei Kimura||Michael Kelsch||Mao Harada|
In the games
In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the top four competitors from each division of the Video Game Championships from the 2012 World Championships were featured in the World Championships Tournaments in the Pokémon World Tournament. In the Generation VI games, unused text exists for the top three competitors as opponents in the Battle Maison.
- It is possible for moves to become event-exclusive at a World Championship format despite not being event-exclusive normally. For example, Bounce was an event-exclusive move on Gyarados in VGC 2017 only, as it otherwise needs a Move Tutor to learn Bounce and so could not have the black clover at the time.
- The Kalos starter Pokémon were effectively event-exclusive between 2023 Regulation Sets D and E, due to being unobtainable in any previous Switch game and requiring an old install of Pokémon Bank.
- While event-exclusive Pokémon, moves, and items have been disallowed, event-exclusive Hidden Abilities have always been allowed.
- The first half of 2020 is the only time that non-event Pokémon have been disallowed because of rarity. Specifically, Gigantamax Pokémon that were rarely available normally in-game did not become allowed until the start of the first Wild Area News event that temporarily made them more common. This would become moot with the release of The Isle of Armor, which would make all relevant Gigantamax Pokémon available without relying on rarity.
- Between approximately October 2020 and March 2021, at least the English language rulebook mistakenly implied Regigigas was disallowed (by omitting its National Pokédex number from the list of allowed Pokémon that do not have a Galar/Isle of Armor/Crown Tundra Pokédex number). This was fixed sometime in or before February 2022.
- Coincidentally, in the 2022 edition's Masters Division finals for the core series video games, players Eduardo Cunha and Guillermo Castilla Diaz represented the basis of the Paldea region (the Iberian Peninsula), the setting of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games.
- From Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire onwards, each VGC game contains a special battlefield that is only activated during the World Championships, for either the entire tournament or only for players who have reached the latter stages (Top 32, Top 16, etc.). Notable battlefields include a custom-made Wyndon Stadium for Pokémon Sword and Shield and a festive Mesagoza in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Trading Card Game
All Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championship events are staged utilizing that year's Standard format.
The first World Championships for the TCG was held in 2002 by Wizards of the Coast, while subsequent World Championships, starting 2004, are organized by The Pokémon Company International through their Play! Pokémon division.
- 2002 — Neo Genesis to Legendary Collection
- 2004 — Expedition to EX Hidden Legends
- 2005 — EX Ruby & Sapphire to EX Emerald
- 2006 — EX Hidden Legends to EX Holon Phantoms
- 2007 — EX Deoxys to Diamond & Pearl
- 2008 — EX Holon Phantoms to Majestic Dawn
- 2009 — Diamond & Pearl to Rising Rivals
- 2010 — Diamond & Pearl to Unleashed
- 2011 — HeartGold & SoulSilver to Black & White
- 2012 — HeartGold & SoulSilver to Dark Explorers
- 2013 — Black & White to Plasma Freeze
- 2014 — Next Destinies to Flashfire
- 2015 — Boundaries Crossed to Roaring Skies
- 2016 — XY to Steam Siege
- 2017 — Primal Clash to Burning Shadows
- 2018 — BREAKthrough to Celestial Storm
- 2019 — Ultra Prism to Unified Minds
- 2022 — Regulation marks D, E and F; up to Pokémon GO
- 2023 — Regulation marks E, F and G; up to Paldea Evolved
As of 2023, 54 World Champions have been crowned across all three age divisions, with Jason Klaczynski from the United States being the only player to win the title more than once.
|2002||Seattle, WA||—||Dylan Austin||Mindy Lambkee|
|2004||Orlando, FL||Tsuguyoshi Yamato||Takuya Yoneda||Hayato Sato|
|2005||San Diego, CA||Jeremy Maron||Stuart Benson||Curran Hill|
|2006||Anaheim, CA||Jason Klaczynski||Miska Saari||Hiroki Yano|
|2007||Waikoloa Village, HI||Tom Roos||Jeremy Scharff-Kim||Jun Hasebe|
|2008||Orlando, FL||Jason Klaczynski||Dylan Lefavour||Tristan Robinson|
|2009||San Diego, CA||Stephen Silvestro||Takuto Itagaki||Tsubasa Nakamura|
|2010||Waikoloa Village, HI||Yuta Komatsuda||Jacob Lesage||Yuka Furusawa|
|2011||San Diego, CA||David Cohen||Christopher Kan||Gustavo Wada|
|2012||Waikoloa Village, HI||Igor Costa||Chase Moloney||Shuto Itagaki|
|2013||Vancouver, BC||Jason Klaczynski||Kaiwen Cabbabe||Ondrej Kujal|
|2014||Washington, D.C.||Andrew Estrada||Trent Orndorff||Haruto Kobayashi|
|2015||Boston, MA||Jacob Van Wagner||Patrick Martinez||Rowan Stavenow|
|2016||San Francisco, CA||Shintaro Ito||Jesper Eriksen||Shunto Sadahiro|
|2017||Anaheim, CA||Diego Cassiraga||Zachary Bokhari||Tobias Strømdahl|
|2018||Nashville, TN||Robin Schulz||Magnus Pedersen||Naohito Inoue|
|2019||Washington, D.C.||Henry Brand||Kaya Lichtleitner||Haruki Miyamoto|
|2022||London, UK||Ondřej Škubal||Liam Halliburton||Rikuto Ohashi|
|2023||Yokohama, Japan||Vance Kelley||Gabriel Fernandez||Shao Tong Yen|
World Championship decks
- Main article: World Championships Deck (TCG)
World Championship decks are purchasable non-tournament-legal prints of 60-card decks used by World Championship players.
- 2015 - Pokkén Tournament (arcade version, invitational only)
- 2016 - Pokkén Tournament
- 2017 - Pokkén Tournament
- 2018 - Pokkén Tournament DX
- 2019 - Pokkén Tournament DX
- 2022 - Pokkén Tournament DX
10 World Champions have been crowned across both age divisions.
|2016||San Francisco, CA||Potetin||woomy!gun|
|2017||Anaheim, CA||Ryota Otsubo||—|
- 2019 (invitational only)
As of 2023, 5 World Champions have been crowned across both age divisions.
As of the 2023 season, 4 champions teams have been crowned.
|2022||London, UK||BLVKHVND||Nouns Esports|
|2023||Yokohama, Japan||Luminosity Gaming||OMO Abyssinian|
Scheduling and matchups
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The Championships are set over three days (four starting with the 2022 event) with a last chance qualifier (known to players as "The Grinder") on the Friday to fill seats left vacant for various reasons (no travel, local qualifiers) until all seats are filled. The second day is limited to Swiss Pairings over a set number of rounds, and the top players (16 each in the Junior and Senior Divisions, as well as the top 32 in the Masters division) move onto the Sunday rounds. The format for this final is single elimination, until the finals, which are a best two matches out of three to decide the World Champion. There are three divisions: Junior (known as the 10 Years Old and Under Division until 2006), Senior (known as the 11 to 14 Year Old Division until 2006) and Masters (called the 15 Years and Older Division until 2006). In 2010, a Last Chance Qualifier was held on Friday to fill all vacant spots. In 2011, a Masters age Division was added to the VGC scene to parallel the TCG. The event format consists of Swiss rounds, followed by a single elimination tournament. In 2009, the top two advanced to play the finals on Sunday, whereas since 2010, the top eight advance to play in a head-to-head single elimination event to decide the World Champions.
In the anime
- Main article: World Coronation Series
In Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Ash participated in the Pokémon World Coronation Series (Japanese: ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス Pokémon World Championships). In Partners in Time!, he became the current World Champion by defeating Leon and becoming the latest Monarch.
Pokémon: Path to the Peak
The real World Championships was first mentioned in The Club.
In Regionals, Ava, her father, and Celestine participated in the regional Pokémon TCG championship. In the first round of competition, players initially face their opponents based on predetermined matches and the tournament follows with the other participants in the elimination round scheme. The final is held with a best of three between the two finalists.
Notable competitors (Regional)
Notable competitors (Worlds)
Ava as a World Champion
In other languages
- First-Ever Pokemon Trading Card Game World Champion Titles Won by Dylan Austin, 14 of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Mindy Lambkee, 10 of Kent, Washington
- Rules- 2008 Pokémon Video Game Showdown Qualifier Regulations - Pokémon.com
- Pokémon Video Game Championships 2009 - Rules and Regulations - PokémonVGC.com
- Pokémon Organized Play Tournament Rules - Revised: November 01, 2011 - Pokémon.com
- Play! Pokémon VG Tournament Rules & Formats - Revised: February 4, 2013 - Pokémon.com
- 2023 Play! Pokémon Season Structure - By Alberto Núñez, VictoryRoadVGC.com, September 1, 2022.
- 2023 Tainan Regionals - By Alberto Núñez, VictoryRoadVGC.com, December 1, 2022.
- 2023 Singapore National Championships - By Alberto Núñez, VictoryRoadVGC.com, April 28, 2023.
- Pokémon VGC events for the 2020 Season - By Victory Road, VictoryRoadVGC.com, September 6, 2019.
- 571 - The VGC 2009 Battle Revolution Platinum mystery + LIVE! Shiny Rotom after 20,948 SRs! - YouTube.com
- Video Game Rules, Formats & Penalty Guidelines - Date of last revision: October 23, 2020 - Pokémon.com
- Video Game Rules, Formats & Penalty Guidelines - Date of last revision: January 25, 2021 - Pokémon.com
- Video Game Rules, Formats & Penalty Guidelines - Date of last revision: March 29, 2021 - Pokémon.com
- Video Game Rules, Formats & Penalty Guidelines - Date of last revision: February 15, 2022 - Pokémon.com
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