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2016 VGC Rules, Format, and Penalty Guidelines2017 Pokémon VGC Rules, Format, and Penalty Guidelines
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Table of ContentsTable of Contents
1. Team Construction ................................................................................................................................ 21. Team Construction ................................................................................................................................ 2
1.1. Battle Box Setup ................................................................................................................................ 21.1. Battle Team Setup ............................................................................................................................. 2
1.2. Nicknames ......................................................................................................................................... 21.2. Nicknames ......................................................................................................................................... 2
1.3. Items ................................................................................................................................................. 21.3. Items ................................................................................................................................................. 2
1.4. Pokémon ........................................................................................................................................... 21.4. Pokémon ........................................................................................................................................... 2
2. Equipment Rules ................................................................................................................................... 32. Equipment Rules ................................................................................................................................... 3
2.1. Game Cards ....................................................................................................................................... 32.1. Game Cards ....................................................................................................................................... 3
2.2. Game Systems ................................................................................................................................... 32.2. Game Systems ................................................................................................................................... 3
2.3. Game Patches and Updates .............................................................................................................. 42.3. Game Patches and Updates .............................................................................................................. 3
2.4. Headphone Use ................................................................................................................................. 42.4. Headphone Use ................................................................................................................................. 3
2.5. Notes ................................................................................................................................................. 42.5. Notes ................................................................................................................................................. 3
2.6. Objects in Play Area .......................................................................................................................... 42.6. Objects in Play Area .......................................................................................................................... 4
3. Match Play ............................................................................................................................................ 43. Match Play ............................................................................................................................................ 4
3.1. Double Battle Format ........................................................................................................................ 43.1. Double Battle Format ........................................................................................................................ 4
3.2. Tethered Tournaments ..................................................................................................................... 43.2. Tethered Tournaments ..................................................................................................................... 4
3.3. Untethered Tournaments ................................................................................................................. 53.3. Untethered Tournaments ................................................................................................................. 4
3.3.1. Untethered Time Limits ................................................................................................................ 53.3.1. Untethered Time Limits ................................................................................................................ 4
4.1. Illegally Manipulated Pokémon ........................................................................................................ 64.1. Illegally Manipulated Pokémon ........................................................................................................ 6
4.2. Electronic Hack Checking .................................................................................................................. 64.2. Electronic Hack Checking .................................................................................................................. 6
4.3. Manual Hack Checking ...................................................................................................................... 64.3. Manual Hack Checking ...................................................................................................................... 6
4.4. Reporting Suspected Hacks ............................................................................................................... 64.4. Reporting Suspected Hacks ............................................................................................................... 6
5. Manual Hack Checking Appendix .......................................................................................................... 65. Manual Hack Checking Appendix .......................................................................................................... 6
5.1. Case 1 – Severe Tier 2 ....................................................................................................................... 65.1. Case 1 – Severe Tier 2 ....................................................................................................................... 6
5.2. Case 2 – Severe Tier 2 ....................................................................................................................... 75.2. Case 2 – Severe Tier 2 ....................................................................................................................... 6
5.3. Case 3 – Severe Tier 1 ....................................................................................................................... 75.3. Case 3 – Severe Tier 1 ....................................................................................................................... 7
5.4. Case 4 – Severe Tier 1 ....................................................................................................................... 75.4. Case 4 – Severe Tier 1 ....................................................................................................................... 7
5.5. Case 5 – Severe Tier 1 ....................................................................................................................... 75.5. Case 5 – Severe Tier 1 ....................................................................................................................... 7
6. Penalty Guidelines ................................................................................................................................ 76. Penalty Guidelines ................................................................................................................................ 7
1. Team Construction1. Team Construction
Players are responsible for ensuring that their team adheres to any restrictions set forth by the tournament format and this document. The rules and restrictions that follow are considered the “Standard format.”Players are responsible for ensuring that their team adheres to any restrictions set forth by the tournament format and this document. The rules and restrictions that follow are considered the “Standard format.”
1.1. Battle Box Setup1.1. Battle Team Setup
o A player’s team must be placed in the Battle Box and remain in the Battle Box unchanged from the beginning to the end of the event.o A player must designate a Battle Team and keep the Battle Team unchanged from the beginning to the end of the event.
o Teams must have a minimum of 4 Pokémon.o Teams must have a minimum of 4 Pokémon.
1.2. Nicknames1.2. Nicknames
o A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname.o A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname.
o A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”).o A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”).
o Players must avoid the use of potentially inappropriate, obscene, or otherwise offensive words or phrases when naming their Trainer or their Pokémon.o Players must avoid the use of potentially inappropriate, obscene, or otherwise offensive words or phrases when naming their Trainer or their Pokémon.
1.3. Items1.3. Items
o Each Pokémon may hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item.o Each Pokémon may hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item.
o Players may only use items that have been officially released via Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, the Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or promotion.o Players may only use items that can be obtained through regular gameplay (including the Pokémon Global Link and related functions of games released by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo) or that have been awarded as part of a distribution or special event.
 The item Soul Dew cannot be usedo Pokémon may not hold a Mega Stone.
1.4. Pokémon1.4. Pokémon
o A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number.o A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Alola Pokédex number.
o Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through normal gameplay or from an official Pokémon event or promotion.o Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through normal gameplay or from an official Pokémon event or promotion.
o Pokémon may have Hidden Abilitieso Pokémon may have Hidden Abilities.
o Pokémon may Mega Evolve and use Primal Reversion.o Pokémon may use Z-Moves.
o Pokémon must have the blue pentagon on their summary screen.o Pokémon must have the black clover on their summary screen.
o Pokémon above Level 50 are permitted, but will be auto-leveled down to Level 50 during battle.o Pokémon above and below Level 50 are permitted, but will be auto-leveled to Level 50 during battle.
o Pokémon below Level 50 are permitted, but will not be auto-leveled up to Level 50 during battle.o Players may use Pokémon from the Alola Pokédex, from No. 001–204, No. 206 - 288 and No. 293 - 299, that are caught or hatched in the game or received at an official event or distribution.
o Players may use Pokémon from the National Pokédex, from No. 001–720, that are caught in the game, transferred from a previous Pokémon title, or received at an official event or distribution.
o The following Pokémon are banned:
Pokédex #
Species
Pokédex #
Species
Pokédex #
Species
151
Mew
490
Manaphy
647
Keldeo
251
Celebi
491
Darkrai
648
Meloetta
385
Jirachi
492
Shaymin
649
Genesect
386
Deoxys
493
Arceus
719
Diancie
489
Phione
494
Victini
720
Hoopa
o Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon in the Battle Box:
Pokédex #
Species
Pokédex #
Species
Pokédex #
Species
150
Mewtwo
384
Rayquaza
644
Zekrom
249
Lugia
483
Dialga
646
Kyurem
250
Ho-Oh
484
Palkia
716
Xerneas
382
Kyogre
487
Giratina
717
Yveltal
383
Groudon
643
Reshiram
718
Zygarde
2. Equipment Rules2. Equipment Rules
2.1. Game Cards2.1. Game Cards
o Only legitimate versions of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire can be used in Play! Pokémon tournaments. This includes Game Cards and downloadable versions of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Players are restricted on which region Game Cards they can use, based on the country where they are playing.o Only legitimate versions of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon can be used in Play! Pokémon tournaments. This includes Game Cards and downloadable versions of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon. Players are restricted on which region Game Cards they can use, based on the country where they are playing.
 Players at European events may only use European Game Cards. Players at European events may only use European Game Cards.
 Players at North American events may only use North American Game Cards. Players at North American events may only use North American Game Cards.
 Players in APAC and Latin America may only use Game Cards distributed in their local market. Players in the Oceania, Latin America, South Africa, and Russia rating zones may only use Game Cards distributed in their local market.
 Players at the World Championships may only use Game Cards that are distributed in their local markets. Players at the World Championships or International Championships may only use Game Cards that are distributed in their local markets.
2.2. Game systems2.2. Game Systems
o Players may use any system in the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems during the competition. This includes the New Nintendo 3DS™, New Nintendo 3DS XL™, Nintendo 3DS™, Nintendo 3DS XL™, and Nintendo 2DS™. Players are responsible for bringing a charger that is compatible with their system.o Players may use any system in the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems during the competition. This includes the New Nintendo 3DS™, New Nintendo 3DS XL™, Nintendo 3DS™, Nintendo 3DS XL™, and Nintendo 2DS™. Players are responsible for bringing a charger that is compatible with their system.
o Players at European events may only use systems in the European Nintendo 3DS™ family.o Players at European events may only use systems in the European Nintendo 3DS™ family.
o Players at North American events may only use systems in the North American Nintendo 3DS™ family.o Players at North American events may only use systems in the North American Nintendo 3DS™ family.
o Players at APAC and Latin America events may only use systems distributed in their local market.o Players in the Oceania, Latin America, South Africa, and Russia rating zones may only use systems distributed in their local market.
o Players at the World Championships may only use Game Cards and systems that are distributed in their local markets.o Players at the World Championships or International Championships may only use Game Cards and systems that are distributed in their local markets.
2.3. Game Patches and Updates2.3. Game Patches and Updates
o Players are responsible for ensuring their version of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire has the latest game update downloaded prior to the start of the tournament. Players may be penalized, including disqualification, in the event their game does not have the latest update.o Players are responsible for ensuring their version of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon has the latest game update downloaded prior to the start of the tournament. Players may be penalized, including disqualification, in the event their game does not have the latest update.
2.4. Headphone Use2.4. Headphone Use
o Headphones may be worn by players only if they are wired and plugged directly into their game system. The headphone wire must be clearly visible.o Headphones may be worn by players only if they are wired and plugged directly into their game system. The headphone wire must be clearly visible.
2.5. Notes2.5. Notes
o Players may take notes at any time during their match but must begin each match with a blank sheet. Lined, ruled, or grid paper are permitted. No written or printed aids, including type charts, are permitted in the play space.o Players may take notes at any time during their match but must begin each match with a blank sheet. Lined, ruled, or grid paper are permitted. No written or printed aids, including type charts, are permitted in the play space.
2.6. Objects in Play Area2.6. Objects in Play Area
o Players are permitted to have good luck charms or objects in the play space but must keep the play space neat. Players must avoid objects obstructing the IR port connection between game systems.o Players are permitted to have good luck charms or objects in the play space but must keep the play space neat. Players must avoid objects obstructing the IR port connection between game systems.
3. Match Play3. Match Play
3.1. Double Battle Format3.1. Double Battle Format
o Each player selects four Pokémon from their Battle Box team to battle with. At the start of the battle, players send out the first two Pokémon in their party, making a total of four Pokémon on the battlefield. Gameplay continues until a player makes all four of their opponent’s Pokémon faint or the game time limit has expired.o Each player selects four Pokémon from their Battle Team to battle with. At the start of the battle, players send out the first two Pokémon in their party, making a total of four Pokémon on the battlefield. Gameplay continues until a player makes all four of their opponent’s Pokémon faint or one player’s time limit has expired.
3.2. Tethered Tournaments3.2. Tethered Tournaments
o A tethered tournament is a tournament where the Battle Box is locked electronically.o A tethered tournament is a tournament where the Battle Team is locked electronically.
o “Cancelling Participation” after the Battle Box is locked may result in disqualification.o “Cancelling Participation” after the Battle Team is locked may result in disqualification.
3.2.1. Tethered Time Limits3.2.1. Game Time Limits
 Tethered tournaments will automatically enforce the following time limits: Tethered tournaments will automatically enforce the following time limits:
 Team preview: 90 seconds Team preview: 90 seconds
Turn time limit: 45 secondsMove time limit: 45 seconds
Game time limit: 15 minutesPlayer time limit: 10 minutes
 Players may take notes at any time during a turn. Players may take notes at any time during a turn.
 Players may use as much time as allowed each turn. Players may use as much time as allowed each turn.
3.2.2. Round Time Limits
 There is a round time limit of 50 minutes for best-of-three matches and 20 minutes for best-of-one matches. When round time is called, players will have 3 additional turns to complete the current game.
3.3. Untethered Tournaments3.3. Untethered Tournaments
o An untethered tournament is a tournament where the Battle Box is not locked electronically. Players must select Normal rules when setting up a battle and all Pokémon will be leveled to 50.o An untethered tournament is a tournament where the Battle Team is not locked electronically. Players should use Festival Plaza and select Battle – Link Battle - Double Battle - 2017 World Championships Rules when setting up a battle. Players should download the “2017 World Championships Rules” from the Festival Plaza prior to attending the event.
o Players must submit Team Sheets at the start of the tournament that matches the player’s Pokémon, items, and moves as they appear in the Battle Box.o Players must submit Team Sheets at the start of the tournament that matches the player’s Pokémon, items, and moves as they appear in the Battle Team.
3.3.1. Untethered Time Limits3.3.1. Untethered Time Limits
 Untethered tournaments should use the following time limits: Untethered tournaments should use the following time limits:
 Game Enforced Game Enforced
o Team Preview: 99 secondso Team Preview: 1 minute 30 seconds
o Move time limit: 45 seconds
o Player time: 10 minutes
 Organizer or Judge Enforced Organizer or Judge Enforced
o Turn time limit: 45 secondso Single game round limit: 20 minutes + three turns
o Game time limit: 20 minuteso Best-of-three round time limit: 50 minutes + three turns
 Players may take notes at any time during a turn. Players may take notes at any time during a turn.
 Players may use as much organizer- or judge-enforced time as allowed each turn.
3.4. Match Resolution3.4. Match Resolution
o Players are unable to resolve a match with an intentional draw (ID).
o A player wins by making their opponent’s final Pokémon faint.o A player wins by making their opponent’s final Pokémon faint.
o If both players’ Pokémon faint during the last turn of a match, the player whose Pokémon faints last wins the game.o If both players’ Pokémon faint during the last turn of a match, the player whose Pokémon faints last wins the game.
3.4.1. Time outs3.4.1. Resolving Time Outs
o Should the time limit expire before a player makes his or her opponent’s final Pokémon faint, the winner of the game is determined based on the criteria listed below. The game will automatically perform the below calculations at tethered tournaments. At untethered tournaments, the organizer or judge must perform the below calculations after time is called and the current turn is resolved.o The player time will automatically count down the time left in the game.
 Remaining Pokémono A player who runs out of time will lose at the end of the turn. If both players run out of time on the same turn, the game will automatically determine the winner using the following conditions in hierarchical order. At untethered tournaments, the organizer or judge must perform the below calculations after time is called and the final turn is resolved.
 If one player has more remaining Pokémon than the other, that player wins the game.1. Whoever has the most Pokémon remaining wins.
If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining, the result of the game is determined by average percentage of HP remaining, as described below.2. If both Trainers have the same number of Pokémon remaining, the Trainer with the highest ratio of total HP remaining / total maximum HP for all Pokémon in his or her party wins.
 Average percentage of HP remaining
 If one player’s team has a higher average percentage of HP remaining, using the following formula, that player wins the game.
o (Current HP of remaining Pokémon) / (Maximum HP of all four Pokémon brought to battle)o (Current HP of remaining Pokémon) / (Maximum HP of all four Pokémon brought to battle)
 If both players’ teams have the same average percentage of HP remaining, the result of the game is determined by the amount of HP remaining, as described below.3. If there is no clear winner from conditions 1 or 2, then the Trainer with the highest total HP remaining wins.
 Amount of total HP remaining4. If there is still no clear winner, the battle will be a draw.
 If one player’s team has a higher total HP remaining, that player wins the game.3.4.2. Resolving Best-of-Three
 If both players’ teams have the same total HP remaining, the result of the game is a tie.
3.4.2. Tie Breakers
o Best-of-Three Matcheso Best-of-Three Matches
 Use the following criteria, in order, to determine the outcome of a match that is unresolved after any given game has ended. After one of the criteria has been met, none of the others are applied. Use the following criteria, in order, to determine the outcome of a match that is unresolved after any given game has ended. After one of the criteria has been met, none of the others are applied.
 GAME 1: GAME 1:
o The players proceed to game 2.o The players proceed to Game 2.
 GAME 2: GAME 2:
o If the winner of game 2 also won game 1, that player wins the match. If the winner of game 2 did not win game 1, or either game ended in a tie, players proceed to game 3.o If the winner of Game 2 also won Game 1, that player wins the match. If the winner of Game 2 did not win Game 1, or either game ended in a tie, players proceed to Game 3.
o During Swiss rounds, if players are tied after Game 2 has been completed and round time has been called, players will play a Sudden Death game. This will only occur if there is a tie during Swiss rounds after two games are played.
 GAME 3: GAME 3:
o The winner of game 3 wins the match if there were no ties. If there was a tie in one game continue to play games until one player has more wins than their opponent. If there was a tie in two games the player who won the single game wins the match. If all three games ended in a tie, continue to play games until one player wins a game.o The winner of Game 3 wins the match if there were no ties. If there was a tie in one game continue to play games until one player has more wins than their opponent. If there was a tie in two games the player who won the single game wins the match.
4. Illegal Pokémon During Single Elimination, if players have won the same number of games after either Game 2 or Game 3 have completed and round time has been called, players will play a Sudden Death game.
3.4.3. Sudden Death
o During Sudden Death, players begin a new game. Players are required to gain an advantage in number of remaining Pokémon over their opponent. Tournament staff will evaluate the game at the end of each turn to determine if an advantage has been gained.
After each turn has been completed, the tournament staff will determine the number of Pokémon that each player has remaining.
 If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining at the end of the turn, the game continues for another turn.
 If a player has more remaining Pokémon than the opponent at the end of any turn, that player wins the game.
Illegal Pokémon
4.1. Illegally Manipulated Pokémon4.1. Illegally Manipulated Pokémon
o The use of external devices, such as a mobile app, to modify or create items or Pokémon in a player’s Battle Box is expressly forbidden. Players found to have Pokémon or items that have been tampered with may be disqualified from competition, regardless of whether the Pokémon or items belong to that player or were traded for.o The use of external devices, such as a mobile app, to modify or create items or Pokémon in a player’s Battle Team is expressly forbidden. Players found to have Pokémon or items that have been tampered with may be disqualified from competition, regardless of whether the Pokémon or items belong to that player or were traded for.
4.2. Electronic Hack Checking4.2. Electronic Hack Checking
o A player’s Battle Box may be checked at any time for illegal Pokémon using an electronic hack check.o A player’s Battle Team may be checked at any time for illegal Pokémon using an electronic hack check.
o If you are unable to connect to the Internet due to device error or are blacklisted from game online functionality you will not be able to participate in the event.o If you are unable to connect to the Internet due to device error or are blacklisted from game online functionality you will not be able to participate in the event.
4.3. Manual Hack Checking4.3. Manual Hack Checking
o A player’s Battle Box may be manually checked by an organizer or a judge for known hacks as outlined in the appendix below. Only hacks outlined in the Manual Hack Checking Appendix or uncovered through the electronic hack check may be penalized.o A player’s Battle Team may be manually checked by an organizer or a judge for known hacks as outlined in the appendix below. Only hacks outlined in the Manual Hack Checking Appendix or uncovered through the electronic hack check may be penalized.
4.4. Reporting Suspected Hacks4.4. Reporting Suspected Hacks
o Suspected new hacks should be reported to Pokémon Organized Play (POP) through Customer Support – support.pokemon.como Suspected new hacks should be reported to Pokémon Organized Play (POP) through Customer Support – support.pokemon.com
5. Manual Hack Checking Appendix5. Manual Hack Checking Appendix
This appendix outlines known hacks which are not currently caught by the electronic hack check.This appendix outlines known hacks which are not currently caught by the electronic hack check.
5.1. Case 1 – Severe Tier 25.1. Case 1 – Severe Tier 2
o Any of the following Pokémon (with the blue pentagon) that has the listed Hidden Abilityo Any Alola Pokémon with a move that cannot be learned prior to the launch of Pokémon Bank in 2017.
 Landorus: Sheer Forceo Any Alola Pokémon with Hidden Abilities that cannot be obtained through normal gameplay.
 Thundurus: Defiant
 Tornadus: Defiant
 Dialga: Telepathy (unless in a Cherish Ball with Modest Nature)
 Palkia: Telepathy (unless in a Cherish Ball with Timid Nature)
 Giratina: Telepathy (unless in a Cherish Ball with Brave Nature)
5.2. Case 2 – Severe Tier 25.2. Case 2 – Severe Tier 2
o Any Legendary or Mythical Pokémon (with the blue pentagon) that has Hidden Power as a Fighting-type moveo Any Legendary or Mythical Pokémon (with the black clover) that has Hidden Power as a Fighting-type move.
5.3. Case 3 – Severe Tier 15.3. Case 3 – Severe Tier 1
o Any of these Pokémon (with the blue pentagon) that is also shinyo Any of these Alola Pokédex numbers (with the black clover) that is also shiny
Articuno#285 - #288
 Zapdos #293 - #299
 Moltres
 Zygarde
 Groudon
 Kyogre
 Yveltal (unless in Cherish Ball)
 Xerneas (unless in Cherish Ball)
 Rayquaza (unless in Cherish Ball)
5.4. Case 4 – Severe Tier 15.4. Case 4 – Severe Tier 1
o Any Pokémon that lists “From: Day Care helpers” on its summary screen and that is contained in a Master Ball or a Cherish Ballo Any Pokémon that lists “From: Nursery Helpers” on its summary screen and that is contained in a Master Ball or a Cherish Ball.
5.5. Case 5 – Severe Tier 15.5. Case 5 – Severe Tier 1
o Any of these Pokémon (with the blue pentagon) that has the following real levelo Any of these Pokémon (with the black clover) that has the following real level.
o Volcarona under Lv. 59o #076 under Lv. 54
o Hydreigon under Lv. 64o #078 under Lv. 54
 Under level 59 if obtained on Victory Road
o Dragonite under Lv. 55
o Mandibuzz under Lv. 54
o Braviary under Lv. 54
 Under Lv. 45 if obtained while using Soar
o Bisharp under level 52
 Under Lv. 50 if traded for in Snowbelle City
6. Penalty Guidelines6. Penalty Guidelines
6.1. Penalty types6.1. Penalty Types
o Cautiono Caution
 Verbal warning to inform the player that they did something wrong. Verbal warning to inform the player that they did something wrong.
o Warningo Warning
 Must be reported to POP by the Head Judge or Tournament Organizer of the event in which they occur. Must be reported to POP by the Head Judge or Tournament Organizer of the event in which they occur.
o Game Losso Game Loss
 Game loss for the current game (or next immediate game in best of three). If the penalty is issued between rounds, the penalty will be applied to the player’s next game. Game loss for the current game (or next immediate game in best of three). If the penalty is issued between rounds, the penalty will be applied to the player’s next game.
o Disqualificationo Disqualification
 Players who receive this penalty are removed from the tournament and become ineligible to receive any prizes. Players who receive this penalty are removed from the tournament and become ineligible to receive any prizes.
6.2. Game Play Error6.2. Game Play Error
o Minoro Minor
 Holding/Moving your game system in a way that results in a fixable frozen match delay) Holding/Moving your game system in a way that results in a fixable frozen match delay
 Attempting to view your opponents screen to gain an advantage Double Frozen Game State – If both players’ game systems are stuck in an unfixable frozen game state and it cannot be determined which player’s Game Card or system is responsible for the frozen state, both players will receive a tie for that game.
 Attempting to view your opponent’s screen to gain an advantage
 Recommended Penalty Recommended Penalty
o Tier 1 – Cautiono Tier 1 – Caution
o Tier 2 – Warningo Tier 2 – Warning
o Tier 3 – Game Loss for the current game (or next game in best of three)o Tier 3 – Game Loss for the current game (or next game in best of three)
o Majoro Major
 Removal of Game Card mid-game Removal of Game Card mid-game
 Loss of power to game system Loss of power to game system
 Holding/Moving your game system in a way that results in an unfixable frozen game state Holding/Moving your game system in a way that results in an unfixable frozen game state
 Recommended penalty Recommended penalty
o Tier 1 – Game loss for the current game.o Tier 1 – Game loss for the current game.
o Severeo Severe
 Pokémon or item that does not match the team list. Pokémon or item that does not match the team list.
 Recommended Penalty Recommended Penalty
o Tier 1 – Remove incorrect Pokémon or item from party and apply a game loss. Also use if Manual Hack Checking Appendix Case 3, 4 or 5 apply.o Tier 1 – Remove incorrect Pokémon or item from party and apply a game loss. Also use if Manual Hack Checking Appendix Case 3, 4 or 5 apply.
o Tier 2 – If fewer than 4 Pokémon remain, apply a game loss and disqualify player from event. Also use if Manual Hack Checking Appendix Case 1 or 2 apply.o Tier 2 – If fewer than 4 Pokémon remain, apply a game loss and disqualify player from event. Also use if Manual Hack Checking Appendix Case 1 or 2 apply.
All rules in this document take precedence over the General Event Rules document. General Event Rules still apply where there is no contradicting information.All rules in this document take precedence over the General Event Rules document. General Event Rules still apply where there is no contradicting information.
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