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This article is consistently updated with information about upcoming Online Competitions available for Pokemon Sword and Shield, including the 2020 International Challenge in February.

All Upcoming Competitions

Currently, the 2020 International Challenge in February is the only upcoming Online Competition currently announced. This page will be updated with new information as soon as future tournaments are announced.

2020 International Challenge

2020 International Challenge is the first international challenge to be held in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Here you can challenge players around the globe with the Pokemon you got from the Galar Region. This competition will use the same rules as the current championship series format.

Basic Information

  • Only one account can join per Nintendo Switch.
  • Players can sign up both their Pokemon Sword and Shield game in one console to enter the game.

Sign Up Duration

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PST until Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST

How to Sign Up

How to Sign Up
1 Press X button to go to the menu.
2 Choose the Vs option in the menu.
3 Select Battle Stadium.
4 Select Online Competition
5 Select Search official competition.

Competition Duration

February 27, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST


Junior 15 or younger.
Master 16 and older.

Ranking Results

March 2020

Competition Reward

The top competitors can get a total of 50 championship points in total. Be sure to connect your Pokemon Trainer Club to your Nintendo account .

Participation Reward

Players who participated in at least one match with either win or loss will receive the casual tee (Poke Ball Guy).

Competition Format

Battle Format

Double Battles
4-6 Pokemon of Lvl. 1 - 100.
All Pokemon will be turned to level 50 in the match.
Only 4 Pokemon will be selected for battle.

Eligible Pokemon

Pokemon 1 - 397 from the Galar Pokedex is eligible to join in the competition. Gigantamax Charizard, Butterfree, Pikachu, Meowth, Eevee, Snorlax, Corviknight, Drednaw, Sandaconda, and Centiskorch are eligible to be used in the competition.

Only Pokemon who were initially obtained by you or another trainer in one of the following ways will be allowed in the competition.

  • Caught in-game
  • Hatched from an egg in-game
  • Received as an official Mystery Gift


Player Time 7 Minutes.
Preview Time 90 seconds.
Turn Time 45 seconds.

Battles Per Day

Players are allowed to play 15 games per day. Games that are not finished within the day will be carried to the next day.

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