VGC 2018 rules have been updated for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
The official Play! Pokémon rules and formats for the 2017-2018 season of Video Game Championships (VGC) tournaments have been updated for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon by the official site and this update will be applied from 1 January 2018. The updates to VGC 2017 rules are as follows:
- The standard battle format style will be Double Battles using Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- Pokémon can now hold a Mega Stone or Soul Dew as well as any other item that have been officially released via Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon however every Pokémon must hold a different item.
- A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same National Pokédex number and any Pokémon in the National Pokédex can be use except Mythical Pokémon, Special Legendary Pokémon and Greninja provided they are caught or hatched in the game or received at an official event or distribution.
- If Pokémon have a Regional variant, either form may be used.
- Players may be penalised or disqualified due to not updating their system or Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon game to the latest update.
- Battles will be conducted using 5 minutes of "Your Time" instead of 10 minutes. This is a time limit that is only deducted while each player is making a decision on a Pokémon move or switching Pokémon. In order to maintain an enjoyable tournament environment this time limit might changed later in the season based on feedback from VGC tournament organisers.
- Pokémon that are below and above Level 50 will be auto-leveled up and down to 50 for the duration of battle.
- Each player is not allowed to have any Pokémon with a move, Ability, Nature, or other attribute that cannot be obtained through normal gameplay or official promotion.
- Before entering official Play! Pokémon tournaments each player's Team lists should be completed using the language to which that player's game is set.
- Manual Hack Check considerations have been updated for the 2018 format as shown below:
- Any Pokémon that lists “From: Nursery Helpers” on its Summary screen and that is
contained in a Master Ball or a Cherish Ball.
- Any of these Pokémon that has the following in-game level:
- Any Pokémon with a move, Ability, Nature or other attribute that cannot be obtained
through normal gameplay or official event.
- Any of the following Pokémon that has Hidden Power as a Fighting type