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2017 Spring Pennsylvania VGC MidSeason Showdown 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Harrisburg Comic Con

23501 Paxton St, Harrisburg East Mall, PA  17111


Registration Time: 10:00 am - 10:30 am, Play to start by 10:40 am

Entry fee: $10  (with additional $10 for Comic Con gaming area)

The entry for Midseason Showdown is $10 inside the Convention. 

Prizes are given based on player attendance.

The gaming area for the Harrisburg Comic Con has a lot of place so that we can include more players. 

How to get your tickets:

Step 1: Provide the Harrisburg Comic Com ticket online (bring this ticket) to enter the Game area. You can pay at the door, but it takes longer in the queue.

  • Comic Con - Saturday ($30), Weekend ($45)
  • Saturday Gamer Pass ($10)
  • Weekend Gamer Pass ($15)

Tickets for the Comic Con

Step 2: In the Gaming area, you pay $10 Cash for the MidSeason Spring Tournament.
We encourage you to pre-register online for
so that we can add our players set up in our computer (help getting player ids if you need that)
We will be able to email you any rules changes, and information you need to be ready at the event
Pre-register on the link, give your information, (pay $10 later at the event), and make sure we have enough chairs for everyone!

Link for pre-register

The Comic Con opens at 10:00am. So please get the convention online ticket.
We would like to have our registration set up by 10:45am.

Getting ready for the event

Please bring to the event:

  • A completed Team list (see link below to download a form to complete)
  • A fully charged game system
  • A game system that has the latest game updates applied


Game requirements:

  • Nintendo 3DS or New 3DS
  • A copy of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon with legal team (digital or cartridge)


All Pokémon VG Midseason Showdowns use the following methods to determine a champion:

  • Age-modified Swiss pairings, with best of 3 for all matches.  In the swiss rounds you get to play every round even if you lose every game.
  • After Swiss rounds, a single-elimination top cut will be held, attendance permitting.  The top cut Single-elimination will be run as best-of-three matches.
  • While the Convention runs from 10am to 6pm, we are working to continue staying in the gamer room to complete the top cut.

Format is Double Team Battles.  Team lists are required. Click the link below for a printable team list - be prepared and bring a team list with you. Blank team lists will be available at the event.  See below for additional rules on team composition.

Note: Hack checks will be performed throughout the event.  

Please be sure that you have applied the latest updates for your system and game.

Additional Prizes: based on attendance, Play! Points: 3

Please note that prizes and Championship points are awarded to the 3 different age groups (Juniors, Seniors, Masters)

Midseason Showdown events are a step up from Premier Challenge competitions, featuring an increased Championship Point payout and a larger attendance. 

The Best Finish Limit for the 2017 Pokemon VG Midseason Showdown is 4. 

Championship Point Distribution:

  • 1st wins 50 Championship Points (Kicker - 0)
  • 2nd wins 45 Championship Points (Kicker - 0)
  • 3–4 each win 40 Championship Points (Kicker - 0)
  • 5–8 each win 35 Championship Points (Kicker - 16) 
  • 9–16 each win 30 Championship Points (Kicker - 32 players)
  • 17-32 each win 18 Championship Points (Kicker - 64 players)
  • 33-64 each win 12 Championship Points (Kicker - 128 Players)
  • 65-128 each win 6 Championship Points (Kicker - 256 Players)

The kicker means that this is the number of players that need to be playing in the age group for the championship points to be awarded.

Have your team ready

In the 2017 Championship Series season, all battles will be Double Battles.

Players must compose their teams using only Pokémon found in the Alola Regional Pokédex that have been caught in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. 

This means that even if you have a Pokémon found in the Alola Regional Pokédex from a previous game, you'll have to catch it again in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon for it to be eligible for competition. Some Legendary Pokémon will not be allowed, including Solgaleo and Lunala.
Mythical Pokémon will not be allowed either, including Magearna. Other Pokémon that have yet to be revealed may also be banned from competition.


This season, a new player time system will be used to control the length of each battle. Similar to a chess clock, each player will have 10 total minutes to choose their moves within a game. You'll need to manage your time carefully throughout the match to make sure you have plenty of time in later rounds!

2017 VGC format summary:

All battles played with Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon

  • Double Battles
  • Alola Regional Pokédex
  • Z-Crystals allowed
  • Mega Stones not allowed
  • Some Legendary and Mythical Pokémon banned, including Solgaleo, Lunala, and Magearna
  • 10-minute player time system

Standard Team Construction Rules -

Complete rules document has now been viewed on - go to

and view  Play!Pokemon VG Rules and Formats

2017 World Championships Rules

Game: Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon
Battle Format: Double

About Pokemon
Eligible Pokémon: Only Pokémon from the Alola Pokédex can be used. However, certain special Pokémon such as Solgaleo and Lunala may not be used.

Eligible Pokémon
Pokémon in your current team or registered to your Battle Team: From 4 to 6 Pokémon. All Pokémon will have their level automatically set to Lv. 50 during battles.
Eligible Pokémon are restricted to those that you caught, hatched from Eggs, or received as a Mystery Gift in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.

Pokémon for Battles4 Pokémon

About Battle Times: Your Time: Max 10 minutes

Selection Time: Each Trainer gets 90 seconds to select Pokémon.

Turn Time: Each Trainer gets 45 seconds to select an action each turn.

About Distribution Regulations
To download distribution regulations, go to Festival Plaza, select "Battle," and then "Download Rules" in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon. Up to 12 downloaded regulations can be saved on the SD Card in your system. You can select a regulation to be the rules when you battle with your friend in Festival Plaza or via
Quick Link.


About the Pokémon that may participate
For more information on which Pokémon are allowed to enter, please see the list of eligible Pokémon.

Eligible Pokémon

  • Eligible Pokémon are restricted to those that you caught, hatched from Eggs, or received as a Mystery Gift in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.
  • During battle, all Pokémon will have their level automatically set to Lv. 50. Any eligible Pokémon will still know any moves they have learned, despite their level being changed to Lv. 50.
  • You cannot use two or more Pokémon with the same Pokédex number.
  • You cannot use any Pokémon except those that can be obtained through regular gameplay (including the Pokémon Global Link and related functions of games released by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo), or that have been awarded as part of a public distribution or special event.
  • Pokémon that have learned moves in any way other than the following cannot be used:

1) Learned by leveling up
2) Learned by using a TM
3) Learned as an Egg Move
4) Taught by an in-game character
5) Specially learned as part of a public distribution or special event
6) Learned by Smeargle using the move Sketch (note that only moves known by Pokémon that can be obtained through regular gameplay or that have been awarded as a part of a public distribution and that fulfill conditions 1–5 above can be learned using Sketch)

About Items
You may give your Pokémon items to hold in this competition. However, no two Pokémon that will participate in the competition can hold the same item.

You cannot use any items except those that can be obtained through regular gameplay (including the Pokémon Global Link and related functions of games released by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo) or that have been awarded as part of a public distribution or special event.

Note that you cannot use Pokémon holding any of the following items:

  • Gengarite
  • Venusaurite 
  • CharizarditeX 
  • Blastoisinite 
  • Scizorite 
  • Pinsirite 
  • Aerodactylite 
  • Lucarionite 
  • Kangaskhanite 
  • Gyaradosite 
  • Absolite 
  • CharizarditeY 
  • Alakazite 
  • Garchompite 
  • Sablenite 
  • Metagrossite 
  • Sharpedonite 
  • Slowbronite 
  • Glalitite 
  • Salamencite

About Move Effects

  • Moves affected by the environment in which they are used will behave in the following ways.
  • Nature Power will become Tri Attack.
  • Secret Power will have a 30% chance of afflicting an opposing Pokémon with paralysis.
  • Camouflage will change the user's type to Normal.


About Losses
If both Pokémon faint in the same turn as the result of a move The user loses if the move was: 

  • Self-Destruct
  •  Explosion
  •  Destiny 
  • Bond
  • or Final Gambit.

The user wins if the move was: Double-Edge, Volt Tackle, Flare Blitz, Take Down, Submission, Brave Bird, Wood Hammer, Head Smash, Struggle, Wild Charge, Head Charge, or any move while holding a Life Orb.

If both Pokémon faint in the same turn as the result of the weather or other conditions.
If weather conditions or status conditions cause both Pokémon to faint at the end of the same turn due to damage taken, then whichever Trainer had all of his or her Pokémon faint first will be the loser. (This includes the use of Perish Song.)

If both Pokémon faint in the same turn due to reflexive damage dealt by an Ability or item.
The Pokémon that dealt damage through Rough Skin, Aftermath, Liquid Ooze, Iron Barbs, Innards Out, or Rocky Helmet will be declared the loser.

About Battle Time
A timer will automatically count down the time left in the game.
A player who runs out of time will lose at the end of the turn.
If both players run out of time on the same turn, the game will automatically determine the winner using the following conditions in hierarchical order.

  • 1) Whoever has the most Pokémon remaining wins.
  • 2) If both Trainers have the same number of Pokémon remaining, the Trainer with the highest ratio of total HP remaining / total maximum HP for all Pokémon in his or her party wins.
  • 3) If there is no clear winner from conditions 1 or 2, then the Trainer with the highest total HP remaining wins.
  • If there is still no clear winner, the battle will be a draw.

About Turn Time
The time that is allotted for each turn will be automatically counted down within the game.
If you run out of time to make your selection, a move will automatically be chosen for you.