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VGC 2020 rules have been updated for Sword and Shield
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These new rules will be used from 4 January and will be updated again every few months to include certain Gigantamax Pokémon
The official Play! Pokémon rules and formats for the 2019-2020 season of VGC tournaments have been updated by the official site. The VGC 2020 rules will be changing on January 4 so that everyone will be playing Pokémon Sword and Shield and the standard battle format style will be Double Battles. Players will be able to use Pokémon from the Galarian Pokédex except for certain Mythical and Legendary Pokémon. Players will be able to Dynamax their Pokémon but since players will be more likely to encounter certain Gigantamax Pokémon than others until early January then there will be a list of Gigantamax Pokémon that can be used although this list will be updated with other Gigantamax Pokémon every few months in the Play! Pokémon VG Tournament Rules and Formats document.

Reported on Bulbanews by Water Max on Thursday

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791
Eclipse Shiny Solgaleo Korean Korean
Nov. 15 — Dec. 31 Moon and Ultra Moon
Serial code: Sword and Shield preorder
792
Eclipse Shiny Lunala Korean Korean
Nov. 15 — Dec. 31 Sun and Ultra Sun
Serial code: Sword and Shield preorder
800
Eclipse Shiny Necrozma Korean Korean
Nov. 15 — Dec. 31 Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Serial code: Sword and Shield preorder
791
Eclipse Shiny Solgaleo American American
Oct. 21, 2019 — Jan. 15, 2020 Moon and Ultra Moon
Serial code: GameStop
792
Eclipse Shiny Lunala American American
Oct. 21, 2019 — Jan. 15, 2020 Sun and Ultra Sun
Serial code: GameStop
Quick Ball
12 Download Version Quick Balls Japan Japan
Nov. 15, 2019 — Jan. 15, 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: Sword and Shield eShop download
Quick Ball
12 Download Version Quick Balls United States United States
Nov. 15, 2019 — Jan. 15, 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: Sword and Shield eShop download
Quick Ball
12 Download Version Quick Balls Europe Europe
Nov. 15, 2019 — Jan. 15, 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: Sword and Shield eShop download
Quick Ball
12 Download Version Quick Balls South Korea South Korea
Nov. 15, 2019 — Jan. 15, 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: Sword and Shield eShop download
Quick Ball
12 Download Version Quick Balls Taiwan Taiwan
Nov. 15, 2019 — Jan. 15, 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: Sword and Shield eShop download
052
Gigantamax Meowth Worldwide Worldwide
Nov. 15, 2019 — Jan. 15, 2020 Sword and Shield
Internet
143Gi
Wild Area Gigantamax Snorlax Worldwide Worldwide
Dec. 4, 2019 — Jan. 25, 2020 Sword and Shield
Wild Area Max Raid Battle
012Gi
Wild Area Gigantamax Butterfree Worldwide Worldwide
Nov. 15, 2019 — Jan. , 2020 Sword and Shield
Wild Area Max Raid Battle
823Gi
Wild Area Gigantamax Corviknight Worldwide Worldwide
Nov. 15, 2019 — Jan. , 2020 Shield only
Wild Area Max Raid Battle
834Gi
Wild Area Gigantamax Drednaw Worldwide Worldwide
Nov. 15, 2019 — Jan. , 2020 Sword only
Wild Area Max Raid Battle
800
Secret Shiny Necrozma Japanese Japanese
Sept. 6, 2019 — Feb. 3, 2020 Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Serial code: select players
098
Secret Shiny Krabby Japan Japan
Oct. 4, 2019 — Feb. 3, 2020 Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Serial code: select players
791
7-Eleven Shiny Solgaleo Japanese Japanese
Oct. 26, 2019 — Feb. 3, 2020 Moon and Ultra Moon
Serial code: 7-11 lottery
792
7-Eleven Shiny Lunala Japanese Japanese
Oct. 26, 2019 — Feb. 3, 2020 Sun and Ultra Sun
Serial code: 7-11 lottery
Contest Costume M
Pokémon Quest T-Shirt Japan Japan
Nov. 15, 2019 — Feb. , 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: preorder, Secret Member Club membership
150
Pokémon Pass Mewtwo United States United States
Nov. 4, 2019 — March 5, 2020 Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Serial code: Best Buy Pokémon Pass
Poké Ball
100 Poké Balls Japan Japan
Dec. 8, 2019 — March 30, 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: New series anime book purchase
Contest Costume M
Pre-order Tracksuit Outfit United States United States
Nov. 15, 2019 — March 31, 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: Walmart Pokémon Pass, Weplay website
150
Giovanni's Mewtwo PAL PAL
Aug. 9, 2019 — April 30, 2020 Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Serial code: participating stores
025
Pokémon Center Birthday Pikachu Japan Japan
Nov. 15, 2019 — Nov. 14, 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: Pokémon Center stores
133
Pokémon Center Birthday Eevee Japan Japan
Nov. 15, 2019 — Nov. 14, 2020 Sword and Shield
Serial code: Pokémon Center stores
Dynamax Crystal
Larvitar Dynamax Crystal Japan Japan
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Dynamax Crystal
Larvitar Dynamax Crystal United States United States
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Dynamax Crystal
Larvitar Dynamax Crystal Europe Europe
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Dynamax Crystal
Larvitar Dynamax Crystal South Korea South Korea
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Dynamax Crystal
Larvitar Dynamax Crystal Taiwan Taiwan
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Dynamax Crystal
Jangmo-o Dynamax Crystal Japan Japan
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Dynamax Crystal
Jangmo-o Dynamax Crystal United States United States
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Dynamax Crystal
Jangmo-o Dynamax Crystal Europe Europe
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Dynamax Crystal
Jangmo-o Dynamax Crystal South Korea South Korea
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Dynamax Crystal
Jangmo-o Dynamax Crystal Taiwan Taiwan
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Dual Pack Steelbook Edition purchase
Contest Costume M
Pre-order Tracksuit Outfit Japan Japan
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: 7 Net Shopping pre-order
Contest Costume M
Pre-order Tracksuit Outfit Europe Europe
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: select stores pre-order
Forage Bag
Gold Stud Backpack Japan Japan
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Amazon purchase
Forage Bag
Gold Stud Backpack United States United States
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Amazon Double Pack pre-order
Nanab Berry
Special Curry ingredients Japan Japan
Nov. 15 — ??? Sword and Shield
Serial code: Pokémon Center stores