VGC18 Details – Changes and Preparation

Details regarding the Pokémon Video Game Championships format for the 2018 season have just been announced! The announcement on the Pokémon website gives a brief overview of what to expect. This includes the release of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in November, though the exact list of Pokémon and moves allowed cannot be confirmed. Here, all of the details announced on the Pokémon website will be analysed with known and unknown information provided.

VGC18 Regulations

  • Double Battles.
  • National Dex, with Alola Symbol. No Mythical Pokemon allowed.
  • No duplicate Pokemon or items.
  • All Pokemon set to Lv. 50
  • Player Time is 5 minutes

Introduction of the National Dex

What We Know
  • All non-Mythical Pokémon that can be caught or bred in Sun and Moon or Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are allowed.
  • All Mega Pokémon and Ultra Beasts are allowed.
  • Mythical Pokémon including Solgaleo, Lunala and Necrozma are banned.
  • Moves that could only be obtained via TM/HM in Gen 6 that are no longer a TM/HM are banned. This includes primarily Power-Up Punch.
What We Don’t Know
  • Access to Legendary Pokémon such as Landorus, Cresselia, Zapdos, etc is unknown. Their eligibility in VGC18 will be dependent on their ability to be caught in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Access to Kanto Form Marowak, Raichu and Exeggutor.
  • Access to move tutors.
  • Access to potentially new items.

Player Time Changes

Player Time was introduced for VGC17 and allocated 15 minutes total for each player to decide their moves per game. This 15-minute timer has been dropped to 5 minutes for VGC18. Players who spend the full 45 seconds to make their move may find themselves very low in Player Time after 6-7 turns, and thus need to adjust.

Preparation for Next Year


Despite not knowing the full list of legal Pokémon, one thing is for certain; Megas will make a huge impact. Starting to breed Mega Pokémon that have seen success in the past such as Kangaskhan, Salamence, Metagross and Charizard may prove useful when deciding on a team for your first few VGC events. Other Pokémon that have proven their worth regardless of the VGC format will most likely still be common in VGC18. Amoonguss, Aegislash, Tyranitar and any Pokémon you’ve liked using in previous formats can be bred with optimal IVs and Natures, with an EV spread that can be adjusted later.


Although the format isn’t fully known, Battle Spot Doubles is currently the closest format that is playable. Keep in mind that any Pokémon transferred from X&Y or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will not be legal in VGC18. Regardless, experience with Pokémon you may not have seen since VGC15 is a good start if you’re looking for a strong year in 2018.

We will be bringing you more details on the VGC 2018 season as they come, so stay tuned!


About BargensVGC

Bailey started playing competitive Pokemon at the age of 11 under the alias of Bargens, with a primary focus on singles, before moving to VGC in 2014 at the age of 14. Bailey has become a much bigger VGC nerd since then, focusing on understand the metagame.
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