Pokémon VGC 2016 Rules Announced

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The Pokémon Company International has finally released the new ruleset for the upcoming 2016 VGC season! These rules will come into effect on January 1st 2016. As some of you will already be aware, these rules are a massive throwback to the days of VGC’10, but with some minor changes. Here are the rules regarding team construction:

  • Trainers will play either on Pokémon Alpha Sapphire or Pokémon Omega Ruby for battles.
  • Trainers will be allowed to use up to two of the following Pokémon on their teams:

Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde.

Unlike VGC’10 where you could have 4 “ubers” as long as you only brought 2 after team preview, here it’s a maximum of 2 TOTAL. This means that ideally every game, you’ll want to be bringing your two ubers into the game, with the remaining 2 Pokemon to be used as supports for these.

    • The following Pokémon remain banned:

Mythical Pokémon such as Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victina, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, and Hoopa.

  • The limit of two Pokémon from the first list does not apply to other legendary Pokémon from VGC15 such as Cresselia, Heatran and Landorus, meaning you can use up to two from the above list, plus as many of last season’s legends as you want. Though the addition of certain legends leaves a few of these options very outclassed.
  • Each Pokémon must have a different item for your team. Every item is allowed except Soul Dew.
  • The blue pentagon rule still applies, with only Pokémon caught or bred in Pokémon Y, X, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby eligible for play.

As aforementioned, the format is similar to the VGC’10 format, except that we now have Primal and Mega Evolutions! There is still some content on the web of teams dating back to 2010, we highly suggest watching some YouTube videos and reading up on Nugget Bridge for some inspiration.

As far as announcements have been, there is no in-game laddering system for VGC16 YET. To ensure Australian players still have a system to practice, we recommend Pokémon Showdown as a resource until an in-game ladder is established, likely via the “Special Battle” function as we saw with VGC’14.

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What do you think about the new ruleset? Do you think it will be interesting to be able to use Cover Legendaries like Kyogre and Dialga? It certainly is a shift from last season’s format. Expect some cool new strategies, and have fun playing with the most powerful Pokemon in the game!

About FloristtheBudew

Howdy friends. My name's Brendan Webb and I first started in the VGC 2015 season. I was fortunate enough to Top Cut the 15' Australian Nationals with a 6th placement and managed to qualify for worlds. Something I am eternally grateful for. I'm one of the few Tasmanian's who play so if you are interested in my views. You can follow me on twitter @FloristtheBudew
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