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A Special Announcement regarding Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Rating Battle Season 17

Info on a mistake

Thank you for participating in Pokémon Global Link (PGL). We have an important announcement regarding the Rating Battle Season 17 Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon League that began on September 3, 2019, after the end of maintenance.

Thursday, September 5, through Monday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m. JST, Season 16 regulations were mistakenly being sent to Pokémon Ultra Sun instead of the Season 17 regulations.

This affected matches in the following ways:

Pokémon Ultra Sun vs. Pokémon Ultra Sun

· Teams were matched based on Season 16 regulations. We are currently investigating how this will affect the Season 16 rankings.

· As a result, the final release of the Season 16 rankings will be delayed. We thank you for your patience as our investigation continues.

Pokémon Ultra Sun vs. Pokémon Ultra Moon

· Players were paired up, but matches were deemed invalid because the regulations were not the same.

Pokémon Ultra Moon vs. Pokémon Ultra Moon

· These matches were not affected.

We would like to apologize for this issue, but please know that we are working to take care of it. Again, we thank you for your patience.

If you would like to learn more about Rating Battle Season 17, you can read about the Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon League and its special format regulations and the Sun/Moon League and its special format regulations .

Go For It All in the Ultra Final Online Competition for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Its all come to this

You can now register for the Ultra Final Online Competition, where the whole Pokédex is eligible for you to use to make your team. Plus, you can use duplicate Pokémon and duplicate items. And every Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of these Single Battles.

All qualified participants in the Ultra Final Online Competition will receive a Shiny Tapu Koko. Players must complete at least one battle to qualify.

To register, log on to your account from the PGL home page and select Online Competitions in the main menu. You’ll then be able to read and accept the regulations on the PGL. You’ll need a Pokémon Trainer Club account, your own Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon video game, and a Battle Team of eligible Pokémon. Accept the regulations on the Pokémon Global Link by Thursday, October 3, at 23:59 UTC, and get ready to battle!

The competition goes from Friday, October 4, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, October 6, at 23:59 UTC.

Good luck in the Ultra Final Online Competition, Trainers!

Competition Information
Sign-Up Period

Friday, September 27, at 00:00 UTC, through Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 23:59 UTC

•You must sign up during this period to participate in the competition.

•You may sign up for the competition once per game registered to your PGL account.

Competition Period

Friday, October 4, at 00:00 UTC, through Sunday, October 6, 2019, at 23:59 UTC

Participation Gift

Qualified participants will receive a Shiny Tapu Koko. To qualify, players must complete at least one battle.

Ranking Results Announcement

October 2019 (announcement time subject to change)

Compatible Games

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon

Competition Rules

•This competition uses Single Battle format.

•Every Pokémon in the National Pokédex No. 001 through 807 is permitted.

•Duplicate Pokémon are permitted.

•Items are permitted, including Mega Stones and Z-Crystals.

•A Trainer’s Battle Team may have duplicate items.

•Register three to six of your Pokémon to your Battle Team.

•All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.

•A 10-minute time limit for each player will automatically be enforced in-game, beginning at the start of each battle. When a player’s time limit expires, that player will lose the game.

•At the beginning of each battle, players have 90 seconds to select three Pokémon with which to battle.

•At the beginning of each turn, players have 30 seconds to select a move or change the Pokémon in battle. If a player has not made their 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.

Participation Requirements

•A Pokémon Trainer Club account

•A wireless internet connection

•A Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon game with a Game Sync ID registered in the Pokémon Global Link (PGL)

•The birth date you have registered in your Pokémon Trainer Club account will determine the age division in which you play. If it’s discovered during the competition that your birth date information is incorrect, you may be disqualified from the competition and from future competitions.

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon/Sun/Moon distribution announced for FirstLook Festival

Codes up for grabs

Its been confirmed that those attending FirstLook Festival will be able to obtain Shiny Solgaleo or Shiny Lunala via code distribution. You'll get Lunala in Sun & Ultra Sun and Solgaleo in Moon & Ultra Moon. Lunala is Lv. 60 and knows the moves Moongeist Beam, Psyshock, Moonblast, and Moonlight. and Solgaleo is Lv. 60 and knows the moves Sunsteel Strike, Zen Headbutt, Noble Roar, and Morning Sun.

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon "Shiny Necrozma" distribution available in Japan

Shine on

A new offer for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon players is now available in Japan. Those who preorder Pokemon Sword and Shield and are part of the Japanese Secret Members Club will receive the code between September 6th 2019 and November 14th 2019 netting them a Shiny Necrozma. It will be a Level 75 with the moves Light Screen, Substitute & Moonlight.

Get Shiny Lunala or Shiny Solgaleo at GameStop via Pokémon Pass

Shine on

Take a trip back to the Alola region with the help of Shiny Lunala or Shiny Solgaleo! Get one of these two Legendary Pokémon when you visit a participating GameStop store from October 21 through November 10, 2019. When you get there, open the Pokémon Pass app on your iOS or Android device to receive the code.

When you enter this code into Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Sun, you'll receive Shiny Lunala. Or enter the code into Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon to receive Shiny Solgaleo. Each code can be used only once. Shiny Lunala will be Lv. 60 and know the moves Moongeist Beam, Psyshock, Moonblast, and Moonlight. Shiny Solgaleo will also be Lv. 60 and know the moves Sunsteel Strike, Zen Headbutt, Noble Roar, and Morning Sun.

Get details on the free Pokémon Pass app, which you'll need to have installed to receive the code. And while you're at GameStop, be sure to check out new Pokémon TCG products, including the just-announced Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse expansion launching November 1. Plus, don't miss preorder opportunities for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for Nintendo Switch, launching November 15!

Use these steps, along with your code, to get Shiny Lunala or Shiny Solgaleo:

Open your Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon game.
Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
Select Receive Gift.
Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, then Yes again to connect to the internet.
Enter your code.
Watch as the Legendary Pokémon arrives in your game.
Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Legendary Pokémon.
Be sure to save your game.
Let your Pokémon collection shine with a Legendary Pokémon at GameStop!

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon "Special Battle Season 17" rules revealed

Pokemon at the ready

Pokemon Co. has revealed the Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon "Special Battle Season 17" rules. Check out the details below.

- Season 17 will run from September 3rd through November 25th
- runs on Sun & Moon and Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, with rankings separate from each other
- this ruleset is only for Level 1 Pokémon
- Battle type: Single Battle
- Pokémon Restrictions: No 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, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Magearna, Marshadow, Zeraora, and Ash-Greninja.
- Banned Moves: Sonic Boom, Dragon Rage
- choose 3 Pokémon out of your 6, and you cannot have two Pokémon holding the same hold item
- battles have a 10 minute duration, with turns using a 60 second timer
- Pokémon transferred through Pokémon Bank are permitted

2019 Pokemon World Championships - Day 2 VGC/TCG recap

Day 2 was even more intense!

Day Two of the 2019 Pokémon World Championships is in the books as a field of nearly 200 Trainers across all age divisions was whittled down to only two per division, each hoping to etch their names into Pokémon history and take the title of World Champion.

For players in the Masters Division who didn't earn an automatic invite to the second day of the tournament, the World Championships started on Friday with the first rounds of Swiss. They had to make it through nine rounds of Swiss on Day One, then seven more on Day Two, before finally making it into the single elimination top cut bracket.

Full feature here

The 2019 Pokémon World Championships have continued to excite Pokémon fans around the world. The second day of intense competition at the Walter. E Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. has concluded, but the best Pokémon Trading Card Game matches are yet to come. On championship Sunday, the finalists in each division will compete for the title of World Champion and a place in the Pokémon history books

Full feature here

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon teased a small change in Pokemon Sword and Shield

A sneaky tease

Looks like Game Freak snuck in a tease about Pokemon Sword and Shield into Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and it ties into Rotom. Check out the video above for the neat nod to the future!

More Pokémon VGC Action On the Way at 2019 Worlds

Day one is done, day two is on!

The 2019 Pokémon Video Game World Championships kicked off in dramatic fashion in Washington, D.C., with battles and experiences worthy of being displayed in a museum. The last time the World Championships landed in the US capitol, in 2014, Sejun Park of South Korea charmed the hearts of Pokémon fans worldwide with his innovative Pachirisu-featured team.

With the battles now on Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon—using the GS Cup format that permits the use of two of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon—the tournament may more closely resemble the 2016 World Championships in San Francisco, won by Wolfe Glick.

But before anyone can join these esteemed players in the history books as our next World Champion, they'll need to get through a grueling, nine-round, best-of-three Swiss tournament populated by one of the most talented fields of Trainers ever.

Don't miss Day 2 of the action here in Washington D.C. when coverage resumes on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. on Pokemon.com/Live.

Full feature here

Pokemon Co. kicks off "Trainer Spotlight: The Road to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships" video series

Stiff competition

Want to learn about the best of the best attending the Pokemon World Championships? Pokemon Co. has started a video series spotlighting some of the major players you can expect to see climb the ranks at these tournaments. Check out two more installments in this video series below.


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