Pokemon Gym Leader Challenge (Check Back for 2018 Updated Rules)

Have you ever wanted to be a real life Pokémon Trainer? Travel the world with your favorite Pokémon and challenge trainers and Gym Leaders? Well, LVL UP EXPO has made your dreams come true with this year’s Gym Leader Challenge!

What’s the Hype?

Get your very own Trainer Card and use it to challenge Gym Leaders for badges and prove that you’re the best Trainer around! Beat Gym Leaders and topple other Trainers to gain enough XP to have Nurse Joy enter your Trainer Card into Sunday’s League Champion Tournament. You could not only win prizes and money, but the ability to call yourself the LVL UP EXPO League Champion! Normally we invite Gym Leaders from regions all around the Pokémon world, but you trainers have proven to be SO STRONG that none of them were brave enough to show up this year! So, for the very first time, LVL UP EXPO will have it’s very own Gym Leaders ready to take your challenge. Be prepared to fight against all Pokémon types -our Gym Leaders will be dressed as their favorites! The rules are simple and this tournament is fun and free… so pay attention:

Here’s What You Could Win!

$500 Prize Split

1st Place: $300 + Trophy

2nd Place: $150 + Trophy

3rd Place: $50 + Trophy

Additional Prizes
4th, 5th, and 6th: (Shh..It’s a surprise)

What You Need to Know

  • This tournament is FREE TO ENTER! But you must purchase a convention badge here to enter the premises and participate.
  • This tournament is for the 3DS/2DS platform.
  • You must have the Sun and Moon game carts to play.
  • It is BYOC– Bring your own charger! We will have a limited amount of chargers for trainers to borrow and outlets to use.
  • Lastly no RSVP is required, trainers can register at the Pokemon Center days of our event.

Friday and Saturday Tournament Rules

The Pokemon Gym Leader Challenge will consist of 6v6 battles against other trainers and the conventions Gym Leaders.
No Pokemon are banned for these battles.
Step 1: Visit the Pokemon Center on Friday or Saturday to obtain your very own trainer card from Nurse Joy You’ll be using this to track the other trainers and Gym Leaders you defeat. (Remember that if you show up Friday, you’ll have an extra day to complete your trainer card.)

Step 2: Journey around the convention center battling fellow trainers. After the battle is done, report to the Pokemon Center and the Professors will initial the winner’s trainer card or you can report to any Gym Leader to have your win confirmed as well.

Step 3: Gym Leaders can be located at 4 different Gyms spread throughout the Exhibit Hall. There is a total of 8 Gym Leaders to battle and defeat and 2 will be stationed at each Gym. Gym Leaders will be in full cosplay and stamp your trainer card upon defeat.

Step 4: Once you have defeated enough trainers and the Gym Leaders to complete your trainer card, visit the Pokemon Center! Be one of the first 32 individuals to defeat the required number of trainers and all of the Gym Leaders, and you’ll be entered into the Sunday Tournament to become this year’s League Champion.

Sunday Tournament Rules

The Free-For-All Tournament will follow a more traditional and structured set of competitive rules. If you have competed in a Pokemon tournament before, you may be familiar with it! If you are skilled enough to be one of the first 32 people to complete your trainer card on Friday and/or Saturday, you will be entered into this tournament to compete with other trainers and see who will become the LVL UP EXPO League Champion!

Sunday Team Format Rules are as follows:

Team Construction

Players are responsible for ensuring that their team adheres to any restrictions set forth by the tournament format and this document. The rules and restrictions that follow are considered the “Standard format.”

1.1. Battle Team Setup: A player must designate a Battle Team and keep the Battle Team unchanged from the beginning to the end of the event. Teams must have a minimum of 4 Pokémon.

1.2. Nicknames: A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname. o A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”). o Players must avoid the use of potentially inappropriate, obscene, or otherwise offensive words or phrases when naming their Trainer or their Pokémon.

1.3. Items: Each Pokémon may hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item. o Players may only use items that can be obtained through regular gameplay (including the Pokémon Global Link and related functions of games released by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo) or that have been awarded as part of a distribution or special event. o Pokémon may not hold a Mega Stone.

1.4. Pokémon: A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Alola Pokédex number.  Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through normal gameplay or from an official Pokémon event or promotion.  Pokémon may have Hidden Abilities.  Pokémon may use Z-Moves.  Pokémon must have the black clover on their summary screen.  Pokémon above and below Level 50 are permitted, but will be auto-leveled to Level 50 during battle.  Players may only use Pokémon from the Alola Pokédex, from No. 001–204, No. 206 – 288 and No. 293 – 299, that are caught or hatched in the game or received at an official event or distribution. Only the Alola Form of Pokémon with regional variants can be used.

Equipment Rules

2.1. Game Cards Only legitimate versions of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon can be used in Play! Pokémon tournaments. This includes Game Cards and downloadable versions of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon. Players are restricted on which region Game Cards they can use, based on the country where they are playing.  – Players at European events may only use European Game Cards. – Players at North American events may only use North American Game Cards. – Players in the Oceania, Latin America, South Africa, and Russia rating zones may only use Game Cards distributed in their local market. – Players at the World Championships or International Championships may only use Game Cards that are distributed in their local markets.

2.2. Game Systems: Players may use any system in the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems during the competition. This includes the New Nintendo 3DS™, New Nintendo 3DS XL™, Nintendo 3DS™, Nintendo 3DS XL™, and Nintendo 2DS™. Players are responsible for bringing a charger that is compatible with their system. Players at North American events may only use systems in the North American Nintendo 3DS™ family.

2.3. Game Patches and Updates: Players are responsible for ensuring their version of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon has the latest game update downloaded prior to the start of the tournament. Players may be penalized, including disqualification, in the event their game does not have the latest update.

2.4. Headphone Use: Headphones may be worn by players only if they are wired and plugged directly into their game system. The headphone wire must be clearly visible.

2.5. Notes:  Players may take notes at any time during their match but must begin each match with a blank sheet. Lined, ruled, or grid paper are permitted. No written or printed aids, including type charts, are permitted in the play space.

2.6. Objects in Play Area: Players are permitted to have good luck charms or objects in the play space but must keep the play space neat. Players must avoid objects obstructing the IR port connection between game systems.

Match Play

3.1. Double Battle Format: Each player selects four Pokémon from their Battle Team to battle with. At the start of the battle, players send out the first two Pokémon in their party, making a total of four Pokémon on the battlefield. Gameplay continues until a player makes all four of their opponent’s Pokémon faint or one player’s time limit has expired.

3.4. Match Resolution: Players are unable to resolve a match with an intentional draw (ID).  A player wins by making their opponent’s final Pokémon faint. If both players’ Pokémon faint during the last turn of a match, the player whose Pokémon faints last wins the game.

Illegal Pokémon

4.1. Illegally Manipulated Pokémon: The use of external devices, such as a mobile app, to modify or create items or Pokémon in a player’s Battle Team is expressly forbidden. Players found to have Pokémon or items that have been tampered with may be disqualified from competition, regardless of whether the Pokémon or items belong to that player or were traded for.

4.3. Manual Hack Checking: A player’s Battle Team may be manually checked by an Pokémon Professor at anytime and can be disqualified immediately if it is determined that cheating has knowingly occurred.


6.2. Game Play Error: If any form of error happens that causes a disconnect, make a Professor aware and they will determine how the match will continue. Depending on the the specific details of disconnect issues, the match may be restarted, the players may be disqualified, or the Paper Clause may be put into play.

6.3: Undetermined Illegal Teams: In the event that your team is being deemed illegal but the source of the illegal Pokémon, item or move is unable to be determined, the player will be allowed to attempt his battle with a rental team provided to him by the Professor overseeing his match.

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