Posted August 21, 2017 by Lex Reyes in Gaming

2017 Pokémon World Championships Goes to Anaheim


Last weekend, Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, became the Victory Road for the Pokemon World Championships. Yes, folks, after over ten years, the Pokémon World Championships found itself back in this West Coast city, but this time with three main events: the Trading Card Game (TCG), the Video Game (VG), and the Pokkén Tournament World Championships.

The three-day competition is invitation-only for young Pokémon masters who have racked up the requisite Championship points from the Regional competition and events circuit all throughout the 2017 season. The best of them after the Day One heat will receive Day Two invites to determine the best of the best in each division who will be competing in the Final rounds on Day Three (except the Pokkén Tournament which will conclude on day Two).

Significant changes were also made this year to the VG and Pokkén Championships. All matches in the VG Championships will be conducted via Double Battles using Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon masters may use any Pokémon in the National Pokédex, so long as these have the black clover (Alolan) symbol on their summary screen. Legendaries and Mythicals may not be used, as well as Mega Evolutions, instead, Pokémon are permitted to use powerful Z-Moves. As for the Pokkén Tournament Championships, the age divisions have been removed so expect really interesting match-ups on that stage.

Aside from the main events, the Anaheim Open side-event will be held to get our young heroes started on their 2018 Championship season, and a Pokémon Center set up for the rest to stock up on adorable Pokémon merchandise.

The 2017 Pokémon World Championships was held last August 18 to 20 at the Anaheim Convention Center Hall D, with the events streamed real-time at Pokemon.com.

Lex Reyes

Listens to 90s Seattle grunge, film score, April Boy Regino, anisong, heavy, death and thrash metal, Miley Cyrus, video game music, Sara MacLachlan, punk rock, and AM radio. Weird, right? Also, quit drinking and smoking 01 August 2017, so... um... yay?