From 2017 Pokémon VGC Rules, Format, and Penalty Guidelines (Revised 2017-01-31)
Only Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon game cards or downloadable versions are permitted.
Format uses Double Battles: players select four Pokémon from their parties of six 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 all of one player’s Pokémon faint.
Players may use Pokémon from the Alola Pokédex, from No. 001–204, 206-288, and 293-299, that are caught or hatched in the game, or received at an official event or distribution.
- Only the Alola Formes of Pokémon with regional variants may be used.
Pokémon must have a black clover in the Pokémon summary screen to indicate that the Pokémon was acquired in Generation VII.
Pokémon may have Hidden Abilities.
Pokémon may only use moves acquired in normal gameplay or from an official event or promotion.
The levels of all Pokémon will be set to 50 for the duration of battle.
A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number or nickname.
A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”), or anything potentially offensive.
Players may use items that have been acquired in normal gameplay or from an official event or promotion.
Each Pokémon on a player’s team can hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item.
Pokémon may not hold Mega Stones.