An exciting time for competitive Pokémon players as early last night the official Pokémon Video Game Championships – 2014 rules were revealed for the first time. The rules aren’t too different to previous VGC rules, battles will still be held in a Double Battles format and we’ll be using the latest games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The 2014 rules look like this:
Battles will be held in the standard Double Battles format with players having a team of six Pokémon and using four in battle. All Pokémon will be level 50 for the battle.
Mega Pokémon will be allowed, as are all currently released Hidden Abilities.
Players are limited to only using Pokémon found in the Kalos Pokédex, this means anything from #001 to #150 in the Central Kalos Pokédex, #001 to #153 in the Coastal Kalos Pokédex, and #001 to #147 in the Mountain Kalos Pokédex. This means the only banned Pokémon this season are Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygrade, and Mewtwo.
While Pokémon from past generations of Pokémon games are in the Kalos Pokédex, all Pokémon this season must have been caught or hatched in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. Meaning you can’t use Pokémon transferred to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y via Pokémon Bank and the Poké Transporter.
With Nintendo hosting the Pokémon Winter Championship in London next month, many of us have already been using and adjusting to rules very alike the above. Nevertheless it’s nice to have the official ruleset.
If you wish to read more about the rules then you can do so right here.