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[[File:PlayVideo PokemonGame Championships logo.png|thumb|Playright|The Pokémon Video Game Championships logo]]
​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 removed/newupdates to {{bp|VGC}} 2017 rules are as follows:
 
'''1.'''*​The "Pokémonstandard maybattle notformat holdstyle awill Megabe Stone."Double hasBattles beenusing removedPokémon 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.
'''2.'''* "A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same AlolaNational Pokédex number." changedand toany "APokémon player’sin teamthe cannotNational containPokédex twocan be use except {{bp|Mythical Pokémon}}, with{{bp|Special Pokémon|Special}} {{bp|Legendary Pokémon}} and {{bp|Ash-Greninja|Greninja}} provided they are caught or hatched in the samegame Nationalor Pokédexreceived numberat an official event or distribution."
*If Pokémon have a {{bp|regional variant|Regional variant}}, either form may be used.
'''3.''' New rules have been added about what Pokémon can be used "*Players may usebe Pokémonpenalised withor thedisqualified followingdue Nationalto Pokédexnot numbers,updating providedtheir they are caughtsystem or hatchedUltra in the gameSun or receivedUltra atMoon angame officialto eventthe orlatest distributionupdate. #001 - #149, #152 - #248, #293–299, #252 - #381, #387 - #482, #485 - #486, #488, #495 - #642, #645, #650 - #715, #722 - #788, #793 - #799, #803 - #806"
*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.
'''4.'''*​Pokémon "Ashthat are below and above Level 50 will be auto-Greninjaleveled up and down to 50 for isthe prohibitedduration fromof usebattle."
*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.
'''5.'''*Before "Whereentering Pokémonofficial havePlay! aPokémon regionaltournaments variant,each eitherplayer's formTeam maylists should be usedcompleted 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:
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contained in a Master Ball or a Cherish Ball.
'''7.''' "Player time (“Your Time”) limit: 5 minutes". It has changed from 10 to 5 minutes. They have also mentioned, "In the interest*Any of maintaining an enjoyable tournament environment,these Pokémon Organizedthat Play may decide to make revisions to this limit duringhas the seasonfollowing basedin-game on feedback from Organizers.".level:
**{{p|Dragonite}} under Lv. 55.
'''8.'''**{{p|Tyranitar}} Notunder allowed to have "Any Pokémon with an attack, Ability, Nature, or other attribute that cannot be obtained through normal gameplay or officialLv. promotion55."
**{{p|Bisharp}} under Lv. 52.
'''9**{{p|Braviary}} under Lv.''' "Manual Hack Check considerations have been updated for the 2018 format54."
**{{p|Mandibuzz}} under Lv. 54.
Please**{{p|Hydriegon}} bearunder inLv. mind, the changes introduced will apply to the VGC Standard format from January 1st, 201864.
**{{p|Volcarona}} under Lv. 59.
Happy*Any battlingPokémon Trainers!with a {{bp|move}}, {{bp|Ability}}, {{bp|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
move:
**{{p|Type:Null}} or {{p|Silvally}}
**{{p|Tapu Koko}}, {{p|Tapu Lele}}, {{p|Tapu Bulu}} and {{p|Tapu Fini}}
**{{p|Nihilego}}, {{p|Buzzwole}}, {{p|Pheromosa}}, {{p|Xurkitree}}, {{p|Celesteela}}, {{p|Kartana}} and {{p|Guzzlord}}
**{{p|Poipole}}, {{p|Naganadel}}, {{p|Stakataka}}, and {{p|Blacephalon}}.