Get ready to battle!
It was announced today by Pokemon that the Pokemon World Champion series will be returning in early 2022. Players will be able to complete for prize and glory in the four pillars of battle: TCG, VGC, Pokken Tournament and Pokemon GO.
The Champion Series will pick up right where it left off in 2020. This means that Championship Points from the 2019-2020 season will carry over to the 2021-2020 season. Please remember that the 2019-2020 season was cancelled due to COVID pandemic.
Some players will be aged up due to the time gap between the two seasons.
If you are planning to attend an official Pokemon tournament or event then you are expected to follow Pokemon’s COVID guidelines. This includes that all players are to be vaccinated. Also, some events may have mask mandates and social distancing.
We ask that you look below for details involving Pokemon’s COVID Guidelines.
For large championship events (300+ attendees and staff), venues are to institute the following vaccination policy:
- Live attendance at Play! Pokémon events by players, audience, and staff should be restricted to individuals who are vaccinated.
- Attendees must present evidence confirming that at least two weeks before the start date of the event, they received the final dose of a vaccine that is recognized on the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL). Current vaccines on the WHO EUL list (as of June 18, 2021) include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen (J&J), Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
General COVID-19 policy:
- All present (players, audience, and staff) are to wear appropriate face coverings at all times.
- No eating or drinking inside the venue is allowed during the event for players and staff, unless there is a clearly separated food service space operated in strict accordance with local health regulations and ordinances. In that case, eating or drinking inside the venue is permissible; however, it must remain clearly separated from the event.
- Players are required to sanitize their hands after switching opponents and to forgo the traditional pregame handshake. Each match is to be at least 3 feet (0.91 m) apart from other matches, spectators, or other places where people may congregate.
- This information is subject to change.
Below is a video going over Pokemon’s COVID guidelines for events.
All competitors, vendors, staff, and spectators must comply with The Pokémon Company International’s COVID-19 policy1 to ensure the health and safety of all attendees.
The 2022 Season is expected to be a short season. Because of this, players can only early travel awards based on the point totals from when events start up through April 24, 2022. At the time, this will mostly be in effect for the North American International Championship tournament.
It is planned that the European International Championship tournament will take place in April 2022. Though, there will be no travel awards given for this event. That is because the travel awards were given out prior to the event back in April 2020 when the event was originally planned for.
Pokkén Tournament DX returns to Worlds in 2022. Players who already earned a travel award from the Oceania Championship will have that award honored for the 2022 World Championship.
Pokemon GO on the World Stage
For the first time ever, you can now take part at the World Championships with Pokemon GO.
The 2022 Pokemon World Championships will kick off the first official Pokémon GO Championship Series. Qualifier events for the 2022 Pokémon GO World Championships will be held around the world at some Regional and International Championships. Players who place highly at these events can earn prize money as well as an invitation to compete at Worlds in London in August.
Additionally, as previously announced, access to early registration will be granted to Pokémon GO players who perform well in the GO Battle League. For the first batch of events, players must achieve Legend Rank in Season 9 in order to qualify. Details for later events will be added once information about the corresponding GO Battle League season is announced.
Tournaments for Pokémon GO will operate Senior and Masters age divisions and run the Great League format. For specific format details, stay tuned for the rules document that will be available soon. To ensure an even playing field, participants at most Qualifiers will be required to log in to their Pokémon GO account and battle using smart devices provided onsite. If this is not the case for a specific event, the organizer of that event will announce that separately. Specific details on provided devices will be included in the upcoming rules document.
Please note, all information stated here is subject to change due to current world situation.
Get ready to battle trainers! The World Championship series will start before you know it!