The rules for the Pokémon 2018 Video Game Championship format have been announced!
These rules will replace the current VGC17 rules on January 1st, 2018 for all sanctioned VG events.
The VGC 2017 ruleset resembles Battle Spot Doubles as played on Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, though Pokémon from previous generations are unable to be used. This excludes Pokémon such as Static Zapdos and others from VGC play. Nonetheless, the return of competitor favourites such as Cresselia and Landorus-Therian to the format brings back familiarity. Gameplay is expected to be slightly slower due to the generalised increase in bulk, alongside the buff to Wide Guard reducing the nuking capabilities of many Z-moves.
Overview of changes:
- Matches will be Double Battles played only on Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
- Notably, all of the new Ultra Beasts will be allowed alongside the majority of the National Pokédex.
- Both Z-crystals and Mega Evolution will be able to be used.
- Either regional variant (Alolan or otherwise) can be used in battle. The word ‘Alolan’ MUST be written on the team sheet at all VGC18 events.
- The black clover icon must be present on the summary screen of any Pokemon, designating that it MUST be caught or hatched in the 7th Generation games.
- There have also been some further changes to the “your time” system with the new games. In the interest of keeping games stall-free, the “your time” has been lowered to 5 minutes.
- Premier Challenges will continue to be controlled using QR codes as to lock boxes.
- Additionally, changes in game data have caused Wide Guard to lower the power of a Z-move to 25% as if the Pokemon used Protect.
- These Pokémon are available legitimately in-game, but are currently ineligible in VGC until ruleset amendments are made. Thanks to Joe Merrick at Serebii for noting this.
- Volcarona lower than Level 59 (can be caught at Level 41 in Lush Jungle)
- Bisharp lower than Level 54 (can be caught at Level 33 on Route 17)
- Dragonite lower than Level 55 (can be caught at Level 10 at Poni Gauntlet)
Original document from TCPi can be found here.