European Pokémon Championships Dated and Detailed
If you want to be the very best — and live in Europe — here's how to get there.
The Pokémon Company International just announced European dates and details for the upcoming Pokémon Video Game National Championships, starting next year.
From 3rd March to 1st April 2012, Pokémon Black & White players can step up to the challenge in one of five European cities:
Saturday 3rd March — UK, Birmingham, NEC, Hall 11
Saturday 10th March — Germany, Essen, Messe Essen, Halle 1A
Saturday 17th March — France, Paris, Espace Champerret, Hall C
Saturday 24th March — Spain, Madrid, IFEMA, Pabellón 5
Sunday 1st April — Italy, Milan, Centro Congressi Milanfiori, Strada 1
Players can use Pokémon from the National Pokédex — though certain Mythical and Legendary 'mons are banned — with the top four finishers in each age category winning travel and accommodation to next year's Pokémon World Championships in Hawaii.
Time to start practising.
All tournaments are free to play with entry granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space will be capped so players are encouraged to arrive early for registration. At all European National locations, the Masters Division line opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 8:30 a.m. the Junior and Senior lines open at 12:30 p.m. and close at 1:00 p.m. Go to www.pokemon.co.uk/vgc to review caps on the number of entrants at the National qualifiers for the 2012 Pokémon Video Game Championships.
The tournament will use Double Battles and will take place via Infrared Connection; competitors taking part at the European qualifying events may only use European versions of the video games and must have a Player ID to participate. If players have a Pokémon Trainer Club account but do not have a Player ID, they can obtain one by logging into their account and visiting https://www.pokemon.com/uk/account/upgrade2/. Competitors must bring their Player ID to their event to compete.
For more information about the Pokémon Video Game National Championships, including full conditions of entry, tournament locations, dates and times, prizes, and more, please visit: www.pokemon.co.uk/vgc.
[i]Restrictions are in place on certain Legendary and Mythical Pokémon. Please see pokemon.co.uk/vgc for full details