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Pokemon UNITE - Tournament Mode

Pokemon UNITE has added a new Tournament Mode that Trainers can use to host tournament-style games. Read on to know what tournament mode is, how tournament mode works, what rules can be imposed, who can be added as admin and their responsibilities, and more!

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Tournament Mode Duration and End Date

Tournament Ends in:

According to the in-game timer, the Tournament is slated to end on April 27, 2022 at 12:00AM UTC!

What is Tournament Mode?

An All-New Game Mode

Tournament Mode is an all-new game mode that allows players to create custom lobbies with five watchers (or Admins) to watch and/or broadcast the game in real time. This mode does not differ much with Friendly Matches in the past except that Admins can now spectate the match in real time.

Will Be Used in the 2022 World Championship Series

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This is UNITE's game mode for when they decide to start qualifier tournaments for the Pokemon UNITE World Championship series! For more information, check out our article:

2022 World Championship Qualifiers Mechanics and Rules

Has Three Different Roles

There are three roles that you can have when you start a battle in tournament mode: Admin, Player, and Team Leader.


Admins are the watchers of the game. They will not participate in the match but will be able to spectate the game in real time. Broadcasters, shoutcasters, and referees should take this role to watch the battle!


Players are people that participate in tournaments. They see the game like how we usually do whenever we play without any special permissions.

Team Leader

The team leader has the most control in Tournament Mode. They are the only one capable of setting and changing the custom rules for the tournament. Team Leaders are denoted by a star under their name/icon.

Add Custom Tournament Rules

Tournament Mode would add custom Tournament rules that only the Team Leader can change. Only the team leader can choose to check all rules to apply them or just pick any combination of rules!

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No Bans and Draft Picks

While experimenting on this new mode, there seems to be no bans and draft picks for this mode. Pokemon picks will continue to work like usual - blind picks.

Real-Time Spectate Mode

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Tournament Mode offers something quite unique - real time spectate mode. In the usual spectate mode, there is a mandatory delay to avoid stream sniping. Here, the Admins can watch the game in real time - seeing the action and the state of the game in great detail.

No Random Matchmaking Features

This mode is only useable if you want to host your own custom tournament. Matchmaking with other players will only happen on the usual Ranked, Standard, and Quick Battle game modes.

Game Modes:
Standard, Ranked, and Quick Battle

How to Use Tournament Mode

Access From the Home Screen

Tournament Mode is accessible from the Home Screen by choosing the Pokemon UNITE Championship Series icon beside Unite Battle.

Invite Players to the Lobby

You can invite your friends to join the lobby by clicking any slot with a plus sign on it or the blue friends icon on the left. You can also invite other players by sharing the Lobby ID.

How to Get the Lobby ID

Get the room's Lobby ID by clicking the blue friend icon on the left and choosing Invite Other Friends. The Lobby ID should show!

You May Also Add Bots!

If you're missing players, you can opt to add bots if you're the Team Leader!

Assign Players Roles

As a team leader, you may assign roles to people in your lobby. You may assign admins, players, and also give the team leadership to someone else!

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