These are the rules for the VGC 2019 format. All Trainer Tower tournaments will default to these rules for the VGC 2019 season during each particular series, unless otherwise indicated by an individual tournament's specific rules. Should these rules be broken in a tournament setting, appropriate penalties may be issued, including game loss, match loss, or tournament disqualification. VGC '19 (Generic) To play VGC 2019, either of the following most be used: Pokemon Ultra Sun's or Pokemon Ultra Moon's VGC 2019 downloadable rules in Festival Plaza for the appropriate series, or When permitted, the appropriate series' VGC 2019 format on Pokemon Showdown Species clause (No two Pokemon on a team may share a National Pokedex number) Item clause (No two Pokemon on a team may share the same item) Pokemon must have been obtained in Generation VII (display the black clover in the summary screen) All Pokemon are allowed, excluding the banned Pokemon listed below and at most two of the restricted Pokemon listed below Pokemon are autoleveled to level 50 A player's team cannot contain two Pokemon with the same nickname A player's team cannot contain a Pokemon nicknamed with the name of another Pokemon (e.g. a Dhelmise nicknamed "Trevenant") Pokemon may only use moves currently obtainable in Generation VII (e.g. Light Of Ruin Smeargle is disallowed) The following Pokemon are disallowed in VGC 2019: Spoiler: Banned Pokemon Battle Bond Greninja, Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Magearna, Marshadow, and Zeraora Up to two of these Pokemon are allowed per team in VGC 2019: Spoiler: Restricted Pokemon Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma VGC '19 - Sun Series (September 4, 2018 - January 7, 2019) The following items are disallowed: Red Orb, Blue Orb, all Z-crystals, and all Mega Stones. Dragon Ascent is disallowed on both Rayquaza and Smeargle. VGC '19 - Moon Series (January 8, 2019 - April 1, 2019) The following items are disallowed: Red Orb, Blue Orb, Ultranecrozium Z, and all Mega Stones. Dragon Ascent is disallowed on both Rayquaza and Smeargle. VGC '19 - Ultra Series (April 2, 2019 - Worlds) All released items and moves are legal.