Available for anyone with a wireless internet connection, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, and a Pokémon Trainer Club membership, the 2016 International Challenge March is coming!
Championship Points will be handed out to the best battlers, and all matches will be double battles. Pokémon from earlier games may not be used, as all team members must have the blue pentagon. All Pokémon 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 to six of your Lv. 1–100 Pokémon to your Battle Box.
• All Pokémon above and below 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.
• For additional details, please come back to check the competition’s regulations page when registration opens.
Begins: Thursday, March 17th, at 7:00PM EST / 6:00PM CST / 4:00PM PST / 00:00AM UTC.
Ends: Thursday, March 24th, at 6:59PM EST / 5:59PM CST / 3:59PM PST / 23:59PM UTC.
Begins: Friday, March 25th, at 7:00PM EST / 6:00PM CST / 4:00PM PST / 00:00AM UTC.
Ends: Sunday, March 27th, 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 sometime during April of 2016.
Will you be participating in International Challenge March? Let us know in the comments below!