Digital Pokemon Tournament Rules

Plan on competing in the Digital Pokemon Tournament this year? It’s a little different from last year, so please read the rules below.

  1. The digital tournament will be carried out on Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, Alpha Sapphire, or Omega Ruby. Unfortunately, other non-3DS editions (Black, Black 2, White, White 2, etc.) will not be accommodated.
  2. There are 8 gym leaders in total. In order to participate in the bracket-style knockout tournament, you will need at least 4 badges to enter. This number is subject to change with sufficient notice on the day of the tournament.
  3. Battles will be carried out in a 3-on-3 format, with the exception of the rotation-battle gym where it will be 6-on-6.
  4. Level caps
    1. Every Pokemon will have a level cap of level 50.
    2. If a trainer has a Pokemon that is under level 50, it will be bumped up to the appropriate level. If it is over 50, it will be taken down to level 50.
    3. If you are unaware of how to do this, consult your gym leader or tournament director.
  5. There will be trainer cards provided for badges to be placed on. They will be available in the gaming room of the convention. Badges will be in the form of stickers that are to be put on the card. It is highly recommended that you put your name on the card, so that if it is lost, we may be able to provide contact.
  6. Gym leaders will be identifiable by a blue ribbon. An example of the ribbon will be posted in the gaming room on the day of the tournament. You may battle a gym leader an unlimited amount of times, however, if there is a queue of trainers that are waiting to battle a given gym leader, you must go to the end of the queue.
  7. It is at the gym leader’s discretion of whether or not they want to battle multiple trainers at once. Please do not assume that just because a gym leader has 2 systems, they are going to be willing to do this.
  8. Certain Pokemon, moves, and items are forbidden:
    1. Banned Pokemon: Arceus, Genesect, Darkrai, Yveltal, Hoopa, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem,Zygarde, Entei, Raikou, Suicune, Xerneas, Diancie, Mewtwo, Mew, Keldeo, Meloea, Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, Ho-Oh, Victini, Volcanion, Lugia, Shaymin, Groudon, Regice, Regigigas, Regirock, Registeel, Jirachi, Deoxys, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Kyogre, Phione, Manaphy, Latios, Latias,Thundurus, Landorus, Tornadus, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Cresselia, Heatran, and Celebi. This includes all mega forms of any of these Pokemon.
    2. Species Clause: Each Pokemon on a player’s team must have a different National Pokedex number.
    3. Item Clause: Each Pokemon on a player’s team must be holding a different item going into a match. The following
    4. Items are also banned: Eject Button, Red Card and Soul Dew.
    5. Self-KO Clause: The player automatically loses if their last Pokemon use Self Destruct or Explosion. Destiny Bond and Perish Song also fail when used by the last Pokemon.
    6. Sleep Clause: Each player can only have 1 opponent’s Pokemon be put to sleep at a time. Exceptions are Pokemon using Rest or self induced moves.
    7. Evasion Clause: Moves such as Double Team, Minimize, Sand Attack or any other moves that decrease accuracy and/or raise evasiveness are banned.
    8. OHKO Clause: Moves such as Fissure, Horn Drill, Guillotine and Sheer Cold are banned.
    9. If you are found to be using a banned Pokemon or banned item, you will be asked once not to use said Pokemon or item. Repeated violations will be subject to tournament expulsion.
  9. Anyone who is found to be in violation of these rules is subject to expulsion from the tournament. Any infractions that are deemed to be in violation of the convention itself will be deferred to the convention rules. Threatening, violent, abusive, or hostile behavior of any kind will result in expulsion from the convention, regardless of appeal.
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