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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Pokémon.com shares its TCG and Video Game Worlds Power Rankings

Know your opponents

Pokemon.com has put together two separate features to help out players who are planning on attending upcoming tournament events. The Pokemon experts have gone over all things Pokemon in the world of video games and trading cards to find out the ultimate power rankings for this year. These are the Pokemon you're going to want to look out for, as they can cause a whole world of trouble!

Check out the TCG feature here and the video game feature here

Pokemon World Championships 2019 distribution detailed, registration now open

Trainers, at the ready...

We've got two tidbits of info on the upcoming Pokémon World Championships in Washington D.C. to share, with the first being tied to a distribution. Players will be given an Aerodactyl with the Hidden Ability Unnerve, and it comes with the moves Celebrate, Ancient Power, Rock Polish and Wide Guard. It is Level 50 and comes with the Rare Bone.

Next up, registration for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships is now live. The event takes place in Washington D.C. from August 16th to 18th. You can check out all registration info here.

Pokemon Sword & Shield demo to be on-hand at Gamepolis

Game on

Nintendo and Pokemon Co. are bringing a Pokemon Sword & Shield demo to Gamepolis, which takes place in Spain on July 19th to 21st, 2019. This will be the same demo that Nintendo showcased at E3 2019 and other recent events, so we shouldn't expect any new info to come from it.

Meet Your Pokemon 2019 North America International Champions

Congrats to the winners!

The final matches have concluded at the 2019 North America International Championships! The Pokémon TCG, video game, and Pokkén Tournament finalists battled it out on stage in front of excited fans here in Columbus, Ohio. Great prizes were on the line, as well as for Championship Points toward invitations to the Pokémon World Championships.

Congratulations to all of our new Pokémon TCG, video game, and Pokkén Tournament Champions!

Pokémon TCG Junior Division Finals

Champion: Benny Billinger (Canada)
Deck: Zapdos and Ultra Beasts

Runner-up: Evan Pavelski (United States)
Deck: Spiritomb and Umbreon

Pokémon TCG Senior Division Finals

Champion: Isaiah Bradner (United States)
Deck: Zoroark-GX / Persian-GX

Runner-up: Regan Retzloff (United States)
Deck: Weezing

Pokémon TCG Masters Division Finals

Champion: Stéphane Ivanoff (France)
Deck: Zoroark-GX / Persian-GX

Runner-up: Emery Taylor (United States)
Deck: Pikachu & Zekrom-GX

Pokémon Video Game Junior Division Finals

Champion: Connor Yuen (Singapore)
Restricted Pokémon: Xerenas / Groudon

Runner-up: Kenneth Fung (Canada)
Restricted Pokémon: Yveltal / Kyogre

Pokémon Video Game Senior Division Finals

Champion: Kareem Muakkit (United States)
Restricted Pokémon: Xerneas / Lunala

Runner-up: Quentin Colón (United States)
Restricted Pokémon: Rayquaza / Kyogre

Pokémon Video Game Masters Division Finals

Champion: Wolfe Glick (United States)
Restricted Pokémon: Rayquaza / Kyogre

Runner-up: Graham Amedee (Australia)
Restricted Pokémon: Lunala / Kyogre

Pokkén Tournament Senior Division Finals

Champion: Collin “Ashgreninja1” Jones (United States)

Runner-up: Emma “Kitty” Cox (United States)

Pokkén Tournament Masters Division Finals

Champion: Chaz “Mewtater” Wright (United States)

Runner-up: Motochika “ELM” Nabeshima (Japan)

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - Shiny Tapu Fini gift, Special Battle Season 16 details

It's time to shine

We have two bits of info on Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon today. Check out the rundown of those tidbits below.

Shiny Tapu Fini

- available to those who participated in the recent 2019 International Challenge May
- obtain the Pokemon after logging into the Global Link
- this is the first time a Shiny Tapu Fini has been available internationally
- comes at Level 60 with the moves Nature's Madness, Muddy Water, Aqua Ring, Hydro Pump
- holds a Misty Seed
- can be redeemed until July 30th

Special Battle Season 16

- Battle Spot Special Battle rules for Season 16 have been revealed
- will run from June 18th through September 2nd
- runs on Sun & Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, with rankings separate from each other
- only allows Pokémon that haven't ranked in top 30 during Seasons 7 to 15 in Single Battles
- Pokémon Restrictions: No Venusaur, Charizard, Cloyster, Gengar, Kangaskhan, Gyarados, Snorlax, Zapdos, Dragonite, Azumarill, Scizor, Skarmory, Porygon2, Tyranitar, Blaziken, Breloom, Mawile, Salamence, Metagross, Garchomp, Lucario, Hippowdon, Gliscor, Mamoswine, Rotom, Heatran, Serperior, Excadrill, Ferrothorn, Hydreigon, Volcarona, Thundurus, Landorus, Greninja, Aegislash, Toxapex, Mimikyu, Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Fini, Celesteela, Kartana, and Naganadel or 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.
- other standard rules apply, including all set to Level 50 if above that
- you choose 1 Pokémon out of your 6, and you cannot have two Pokémon holding the same hold item
- battles have a 10 minute duration, with turns having a 60 second timer
- Pokémon transferred through Pokémon Bank are usable in this ruleset

Pokemon News - New Grookey move, Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon/Sun/Moon distribution, North American championships info, Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION screening

The Pokemon world keeps on buzzing

New move for Grookey

- found via a screenshot on the Japanese site for Pokemon Sword and Shield
- move is used by Grookey and is shown to do decent damage
- no official name for this move yet

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon 2019 North American International Championships distribution

- 2019 North American International Championships distrubtion for Columbus, Ohio revealed
- all players and visitors in attendance will be able to download an East Sea Gastrodon
- this is based on the Gastrodon used by 2018 World Champion Paul Ruiz
- Gastrodon comes at Level 50 with the Modest Nature, Storm Drain Ability and the moves Earth Power, Ice Beam, Recover, Protect
- you don't need a badge to receive the Gastrodon

Pokémon Championships streaming info

- running from June 21st through 23rd, 2019
- VGC commentators are Adam Dorricott, Scott Glaza, Duy Ha, Gabby Snyder & Aaron Zheng
- TCG commentators are Cora Georgiou, Jeremy Jallen, Josue Rojano, Kyle Sabelhaus, Kyle Sucevich & Kenny Wisdom
- Pokken Tournament DX commentators are Michael “H2” Graf, Evan “WonderChef” Hashimoto, Brendan “Burnside” Hansen
- Friday June 21st from 09:15 EDT will be Pokémon TCG and Pokémon video game match coverage
- Saturday June 22nd from 08:45 EDT will be Pokkén Tournament DX, Pokémon TCG, and Pokémon VG match coverage
- Sunday June 23rd from 10:00 EDT will be Final matches for Pokkén Tournament DX, Pokémon TCG, and Pokémon VG

Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION special screening

- movie to be screened during Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 4th, 2019
- there will be a Q&A and autograph session with Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara, the movie's directors
- Rica Matsumoto, the Japanese voice actor for Ash, will be present as well
- takes place in Hall B in the Los Angeles Convention Center


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