It has just been announced that the next season of Battle Spot Special will use VGC16 rules! This means that players can practice official VGC16 games online without having to rely on simulators such as Pokémon Showdown! Season 14 starts January 19th and will run to March 15th 2016.
The base rules for this season are as follows:
Battle type: Double Battle
Pokémon Restrictions: National Pokédex.
Pokémon Limits: Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde.
Banned Pokémon: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, and Hoopa, Pokémon not captured or hatched in X, Y, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Other standard rules apply, including reduced to Level 50, choose 4 Pokémon out of your 6, and you cannot have two Pokémon holding the same hold item.
This news comes on top of the January International Challenge which allows players to compete online for Championship Points.
This season is expected to be very useful for anyone of all skill levels to practice for real-life events, as the environment they provide is far more similar to official events than any simulator, providing effective ‘dress rehearsals’ for players.