What’s the Hype?

Get your very own Trainer Card and use it to challenge Pokemon Professors for stamps and prove that you’re the best Trainer around! These expert Professors will put all their skill into a special team and your assignment is to take them down! Want extra credit and a better chance to win some money? Then topple other Trainers to gain a high enough grade to graduate into Sunday’s Final Exam Tournament. You could not only win prizes and money, but the ability to call yourself the LVL UP EXPO 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 instead we have gathered a group of the smartest Pokemon Professors we could find, and asked them to create the PERFECT teams, and use those teams to test any trainer brave enough to challenge them. Be prepared to fight against all Pokémon types, as our Professors will be using the best of the best! 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

Players are expected to understand the rules when participating in a competition, so please read on:

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 Nintendo Switch platform.
  • You must have the Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield 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

The Pokemon Academy Challenge will consist of 6v6 or 3v3 battles against other trainers and the conventions Pokemon Professors.
No Pokemon are banned for these battles.
Step 1: Visit the Pokemon Center on Friday or Saturday to obtain your very own Academy trainer card. You’ll be using this to track how many Professors you’ve beaten and how many extra credit trainer fights you have won. (Remember that if you show up Friday, you’ll have an extra day to complete your trainer card.)
Step 2: Ask one of our Professors for a battle. After the battle is done, the Professors will stamp trainer card. If you beat another trainer for extra credit, You can have any professor or Pokemon Center worker initial your card after you confirm with them who won and who lost.
Step 3: There is no requirement to get entered into the Sunday Final Exam Tournament, but your first goal should be to defeat all of the Professors. You can choose to get extra credit by challenging other trainers. The fuller your Academy Trainer card is, the more likely you’ll get into the tournament, and if you do REALLY well, you might even get a first round bye.
Step 4: Once you feel like you’ve done enough battles, visit the Pokemon Center! Turn in your Academy Trainer card and you’ll be entered into Sunday’s Final Exam Tournament to become this year’s League Champion.

Sunday Tournament

The Final Exam 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 Trainers that gets entered, you will compete with other trainers and see who will become the LVL UP EXPO Academy Champion!

Finals Rules and Regulations

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. Note: Event staff may alter a Battle Team to apply a penalty earned by the player.Teams must have between four and six Pokémon, depending on the event format.

1.2. Items
Each Pokémon may hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item.Players may only use items that can be obtained through regular gameplay (including—but not limited to—rewards earned through participation in online battles and other functions of games released by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo) or items that have been awarded as part of a distribution or special event.

1.3. Pokémon
A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same GalarPokédex number.Pokémonmay only use moves that have been learned through normal gameplay or from an official Pokémon event or promotion.Pokémon may have Hidden Abilities.Pokémon must have the black Galar symbolon their summary screento signify that they originated in the Galar region.Pokémon above and below Lv. 50 are permitted but will be auto-leveled to Lv. 50 during battle.Players may use Pokémon with the following Galar Pokédex numbers, provided they werecaught or hatched in the game or were received atan official event or distribution.#001–397

Pokémon have a regional variant, anyform available in the Galar region may be used.
Additionally, the list of Pokémon species permitted to Gigantamax in Championship Series events will expand periodically as the season continues, based on the availability of those Pokémon and taking into account a grace period for players to train their new Pokémon. Presently, the following are the only Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor that are permitted in Championship Series events:

oCharizard(only permitted with the Ability Blaze—Charizard with the Ability Solar Power are not permitted to Gigantamax under the current ruleset)

Players using a Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor that is not on this list during a game will be subject to penalties. As more Pokémon become permissible, this rules document will be updated with additions to the list above.

Participants are expected to familiarize themselves with the full Play! Pokemon VG Rules


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