2016 International Challenge – March Announced


The second International Challenge for the 2016 has been announced. Players will be competing for Championship Points, which contribute towards the chances of earning an invitation to the Pokémon World Championship!

Details are as follows:

Sign-Up Period: March 17 11am AEDT – March 24 10:59am AEDT
Competition Period: Friday March 25 AEDT – Sunday March 27 10:59 AEDT
Participant Limit: 50,000 (limit subject to change; first come, first served)
Battle Type: Double Battles
Battle Limits: 15 battles per day

Competition Rules
  • 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 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 (which is 11am AEDT).

The top 256 players in each division will receive Championship Points. Championship Point Distribution is as follows:

Placement 1 2 3-4 5-8 9-16 17-32 33-64 65-128 129-256
CP 45 40 36 32 26 16 10 6 3


Check out the 2016 International Challenge – March regulations page for complete details.

About MachopFan

Hailing from the outer suburbs of Melbourne, MachopFan became a Pokémon fan in 1999. He joined the competitive scene during the 2007 DS Connection Tour, a week after Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were released in Australia. After learning that Australia was not in the Video Game World Championship, he played a major role in the campaign to include Australia. MachopFan competed in Australia's first National Championship, placing in the Top 8.
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