Philadelphia Pokemon

Autumn Video Game Regionals - October 5, 2014

at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA


Masters - Registration 8:00 am to 9:00am. players meeting at 9:30am

Juniors and Seniors - Registration 8:00am to 9:00 am. players meeting at 9:30am

Entry is FREE for all age groups. You do not need to qualify to play. Everyone is welcome.

You can pre-register for this event online and print out a registration form.  You will need a Pokemon Player id and a valid email to preregister.  If you do not have a Player ID then you can get one online at  - click here.
Get your Fast Pass to the front of the line  - details
Please be sure to print your pre-registration ticket and bring it with you to the event. There will be a separate line for pre-registered players. 

What to bring

Players must bring their Nintendo 3DS,  a Pokemon game card for X or Y, and a charger. Please be sure that your 3DS is fully charged. Players are restricted on what Pokemon can be used - only pokemon from the Kalos pokedex, and no Legendary pokemon.

This tournament will be run using Age Modified Swiss (single game) pairings and a cut to a Top 8 (attendance allowing) single elimination finals. Single elimination finals will be run as best 2 out of 3.

Swiss rounds means that you get to play every round even if you lose every game. The first round you are paired at random. Round 2 (and later rounds) you are paired to battle someone with a similiar match score to you. So, for example, if you won round one, then in round two you will play someone who also won round one.

Three Age Groups

 (Players are grouped so that they only play people in their age group)

Junior Division: Born in 2004 or later
Senior Division: Born in 2000, 2001, 2002, or 2003
Masters Division: Born in 1999 or earlier

All Age groups - You can win Championship points at these events!

Championship Points will determine which players earn video game Travel Awards and Travel Stipends to the next Pokémon World Championships (based on their season’s Championship Point rankings at the end of the Spring Regional Championships. )

PRIZES, Trophies, and Championship Points - pictures of prizes

- for each of the three age groups

All participants will receive 3 Play! Points and a Pokémon Regional Championships promo card (while supplies last), just for playing!

Each Regional Championships will have the following prizes for each age division:

  • 1st Place
    • A Pokémon VG Regional Championships 1st Place award
    • A Nintendo 3DS XL system
    • A combination of 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • 120 Championship Points
    • A pokemon themed hat
  • 2nd Place
    • A Pokémon VG Regional Championships 2nd Place award
    • A combination of 72 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • 100 Championship Points
    • a pokemon themed hat
  • 3rd and 4th Place
    • A Pokémon VG Regional Championships 3rd or 4th Place award
    • A combination of 36 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • 80 Championship Points
    • A pokemon themed hat
  • 5th Place through 8th Place
    • A combination of 18 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • 60 Championship Points
    • a pokemon themed hat
  • 9th Place through 16th Place
    • A combination of 9 booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions
    • 40 Championship Points
  • 17th Place through 32nd Place
    • 30 Championship Points (if division attendance is 64 or greater)
  • 33rd Place through 64th Place
    • 20 Championship Points (if division attendance is 128 or greater)
  • 65th Place through 128th Place
    • 10 Championship Points (if division attendance is 256 or greater)

Have your team ready

Format: The Modified format is the standard tournament format for PLAY! Pokémon video game events. Details will be posted here and on 

All sanctioned Pokémon video game tournaments require players to assemble a team of Pokémon, with items, prior to the start of the event. Download a Team list - shown below and have your team ready. You will need to turn in your team list at the beginning of the tournament (round 1).

Battle Box Team Registration

Before the first round of a tournament, Battle Box team registration will occur. All players must set up their Battle Box, including all Pokémon and held items they intend to use, before they register for the tournament. This Battle Box will then be locked by a member of the tournament staff. After the Battle Box has been locked,  players are not allowed to change their Pokémon or items at any time during a tournament. In addition, after the Battle Box is locked, players may not select “Cancel Participation” unless they intend to drop from the tournament.

The standard format style for all PLAY! Pokémon tournaments is Double Battle. In Double Battles, each player selects four Pokémon from his or her party of six 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. Game play continues until a player makes all four of his or her opponent’s Pokémon faint. 

Standard Team Construction Rules -

When building a team for a PLAY! Pokémon tournament, all players must adhere to these standard construction rules.

    • A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number
    • Each Pokémon on a player’s team can hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item
    • A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname
    • A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”)
    • Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods:
      1. By leveling up
      2. By TM or HM
      3. As an Egg move, through breeding
      4. From a character in the game
      5. A move already known by a Pokémon received at an official Pokémon event or promotion
The Standard format is the standard tournament format for Play! Pokémon video game events. This
format will be used at all premier events unless specified otherwise. The Standard format for the 2014 season will use the following restrictions:
  • Only Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Game Cards or downloadable versions are permitted for use.
  • Players may only use Pokémon from the Central Kalos Pokédex from #001 to #150, Coastal Kalos 
  • Pokédex from #001 to #153, or Mountain Kalos Pokédex from #001 to #147.
  • Pokémon must be placed in the Battle Box.8
  • Pokémon are allowed to Mega Evolve.
  • Pokémon above Level 50 are permitted, but they are auto-leveled down to 50 for the duration 
  • of battle.
  • Players may use Pokémon with Hidden Abilities.
  • Players may use items that have been officially released via Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, the 
  • Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or promotion

Pokémon used in the Standard Format must be native to the Kalos region in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. A native Pokémon is a Pokémon that is hatched, distributed to, or caught in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y. Pokémon that have been transferred to Pokémon X or Pokémon Y via Pokémon Bank or Poké
Transporter are not native

External Devices: the use of external devices to modify or create items or Pokemon in a player's party is expressly forbidden. Players found to have Pokemon or items that have been tampered with will be disqualified from competition, regardless or whether the Pokemon or items belong to that player or were traded for. POP recommends players only use Pokemon that they have raised themselves and items that they have received through normal game play. It is always the player's responsibility to have legal Pokemon and items during the competition.


At the start of each tournament, a player’s Battle Box will be checked for illegal Pokémon. Any Masters Division player who fails this check may be immediately disqualified and be unable to participate in the tournament.