Available for anyone with a Pokémon Trainer Club membership, wireless Internet connection, and Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, the 2016 International Challenge January competition will be hosted in the latest Video Game Championships (VGC) double battle format.
All registered Pokémon, which are required to have the blue pentagon, will automatically be set to level 50 for the matches.
The Two Age Divisions
Junior/Senior Division: Born from 2001 onward. This division is limited to play only from 6:00AM to 11:00PM in their country's most eastern time zone.
Masters Division: Born in 2000 or earlier.
The rules of the competition, taken directly from Pokémon Global Link's website, are as follows:
• This competition uses Double Battle format.
• Players may use Pokémon with National Pokédex number 1 through 720, with the exception of the following: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, and Hoopa.
• Players can register a maximum of two Pokémon to the Battle Box from the following list: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde.
• Pokémon brought over from Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, or Pokémon White 2 via Poké Transporter may not participate in this competition.
• Register four–six of your Lv. 1–100 Pokémon to your Battle Box.
• All Pokémon above Lv. 50 in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.
• Only four of the Pokémon you register to your Battle Box can be used during each match.
• A 15-minute time limit for each match will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. If the outcome has not been determined when the time limit expires, the game will automatically apply tiebreakers to determine a winner.
• At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select four Pokémon with which to battle.
• At the beginning of each turn, players have 45 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made his or her selections at the end of this period, the game will automatically make selections for the player.
• Players may battle up to 15 games per day of the competition. Any unplayed games will carry over to the following day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC.
Begins: Thursday, January 21st, at 7:00PM EST / 6:00PM CST / 4:00PM PST / 00:00AM UTC.
Ends: Thursday, January 28th, at 6:59PM EST / 5:59PM CST / 3:59PM PST / 23:59PM UTC.
You must sign up in between these times to participate. There is a 50,000 player participation limit, so get in there while you can!
Begins: Friday, January 29th, at 7:00PM EST / 6:00PM CST / 4:00PM PST / 00:00AM UTC.
Ends: Sunday, January 31st, at 6:59PM EST / 5:59PM CST / 3:59PM PST / 23:59PM UTC.
All qualified participants—those who have completed at least one battle—will receive 2,000 Pokémiles, which may be used on Pokémon Global Link's PokéMileage Club.
Results will be announced in February of 2016. In each age division, the best 256 players will receive Championship Points, which are used to get into events such as the annual Pokémon World Championships. If a more precise announcement date is released, we will let you know.
Are you planning on competing? Let us know in the comments below!