Pokémon Regional Championships

2024 Pokémon Regional Championships Frequently Asked Questions

I have never played in a Pokémon tournament, where do I start?

The first step in participating in a Play! Pokémon event such as a Pokémon Regional Championship is to set up a Pokémon Trainer Club account, which allows you to attend and earn Championship Points and Play! Points.

Once logged in, the next step is to create a Pokémon Player ID, which is used to track your progress, rewards and achievements in Play! Pokémon events. To do this:

  • Complete the instructions found on this document to create your Player ID
  • Congratulations! You are ready to register to play in Play! Pokémon Events!

How do I register for the Pokémon Regional Championships?

Players must register online via the respective RK9 event page to secure themselves a tournament entry.

Please ensure you have your Pokémon Player ID available.

How does Tournament Check-in work?

Mark your calendars for Friday check-in!

All players must check in at the event venue on Friday, the day before the tournament. Check-in times are available on each city’s event page.

A late check-in window is available for instances beyond the player’s control from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Saturday and players must request organiser approval in advance via email at [email protected], latecomers risk round losses.

Do I need to have a guardian present?

Players in the Junior divisions need a guardian who is over the age of 18 with them at all times. While Senior division players don’t require a guardian in attendance, their designated guardian’s contact details must be made available and they must be contactable at all times.

All Junior and Senior division players receive one complimentary spectator pass to the event for their Guardian. Children who are not competing in the main tournament or side events under the age of 12 get free admission, no need for a spectator pass.

What is the tournament structure?

For TCG & VG the tournament structure will be Best of 3 Swiss Rounds, with Best of 3 Single Elimination.

Pokémon GO will be run as Double Elimination until Final Brackets, Final Brackets Best of 5.

What do I need to bring with me to play in a tournament?

All Players:

  • Photo Identification
  • Player ID

VGC Players:

  • A copy (physical or digital) of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet for the Nintendo Switch with the latest game patch installed
  • A fully charged Nintendo Switch with a working USB-C port
  • A team of tournament-legal Pokémon (see the Tournament Rules and check back regularly before the event for updated rules)
  • Players are strongly encouraged to bring a charger for their systems, as tournament staff will not have chargers available for loan
  • Players are strongly encouraged to bring a wired Nintendo Switch Pro controller to improve their gameplay experience

TCG Players:

  • A completed decklist, for which further details can be found here. This will be submitted in an online format in the 2024  Season.
  • A 60-card, standard-format deck
  • A Playmat

GO Players:

Players must be of or above the age of digital consent in their home market to participate in Pokémon GO Championship Series events. 

  • GO Account level 30+

The tournament is full, is there any way I can register?

Registration occurs in three waves, offering multiple chances for players to sign up. Please note that additional tickets may become available in each wave, however, this is not guaranteed. 

  • Wave 1 – 8 weeks before the event weekend
  • Wave 2 – 6 weeks before the event weekend
  • Wave 3 – 2 weeks before the event weekend

Specific dates for each registration wave and the release of any additional tickets will be announced on our Facebook, Twitter and Discord platforms. Please note, there is no waitlist system available for the event. All registrations are first-come, first-served.

Are these family-friendly events?

The Pokémon Regional Championships are family-friendly events, with attendees consisting of a diverse range of ages and cultural backgrounds.

Drugs and alcohol will not be permitted at these events. Persons who are found in possession of or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol will be asked to leave the venue.

Likewise, inappropriate or offensive language will not be tolerated.

For assistance, please email [email protected]

What does a spectator pass get me access to?

Spectator passes gain you entry to the event across Saturday and Sunday, as well as receiving two card packs.

Spectator passes do not grant you access to any tournament or side-event matches. If you wish to play in a side event during the event, you must register for these separately on-site and are subject to availability.

Can I bring in outside food and drink?

The venue does not permit external food and beverages to be brought in.

Feel free to explore the on-site cafes.

I can no longer make it to the tournament I registered for, what can I do?

Refund requests must be received by the deadline outlined on the RK9 tournament page and subsequent registration confirmation. Refund requests received by the deadline will be granted for any reason and will have a 30% administration fee deducted from the entry fee.

After this deadline, refund requests may be denied at the organizer’s discretion.
To request a refund, please email your request to [email protected] with your full name, Player ID and the tournament you have registered for (TCG, VGC, GO).

Spectator Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.