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Another round of friendly Pokémon battling will be taking place later this month in Pokémon Sword and Shield! Sign-ups for June 2020’s International Friendly competition have begun via Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Battle Stadium. Players from all around the world can compete, save for Pokémon Trainers in Japan as they’ll be partaking in a different tournament, Japan Decisive Battle 2020 Qualifier.

Currently, the complete rules have been shared via the Pokémon HOME app. We’ve transcribed them as well as converted the times to PT and ET in a separate section for ease.

Sign-up Period

  • Starts: Wednesday, June 10th at 10 p.m. PT | Thursday, June 11th at 1 a.m. ET
  • Ends: Thursday, June 25th at 4:59 p.m. PT | 7:59 p.m. ET

Competition Period

  • Starts: Thursday, June 25th at 5 p.m. PT | 8 p.m. ET
  • Ends: Sunday, June 28th at 4:59 p.m. PT | 7:59 p.m. ET

Official Information and Rules from Pokémon HOME app:

Sign-Up Period

Thursday, June 11, at 5:00 UTC until Thursday, June 25, at 23:59 UTC Entry into the competition is not allowed once the competition has started, so be sure to complete sign-up during the sign-up period. 

To register:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Enter the VS menu.
  3. Select Battle Stadium.
  4. Select Online Competitions.
  5. Select Search Official Competitions.

Competition Period

Friday, June 26, at 00:00 UTC until Sunday, June 28, at 23:59 UTC

  • You can register your Battle Team after the start of the competition.


Juniors: Players born January 1, 2005 or later

Masters: Players born December 31, 2004, or earlier

Ranking Results

July 2020 (subject to change)

To view your rankings:

  1. Launch your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game.
  2. Enter the VS menu.
  3. Select Battle Stadium.
  4. Select Online Competitions.
  5. Select Search Official Competitions.

Participation Gift

50 Battle Points

  • You must complete at least one battle to receive the in-game gift.
  • Gifts can be redeemed once rankings are announced.

To redeem your gift:

  1. Select Mystery Gift.
  2. Select Get Battle Stadium Rewards.

Competition Format

  • Double Battles
  • 4 – 6 Pokémon of Lv. 1 – 100
  • All Pokémon will become Lv. 50 for the duration of each battle.
  • Four Pokémon will be selected per battle.

Eligible Pokémon

  • Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex No. 001 – 397 and the following Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Ivysaud, Venusaur, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Slowpoke (Galarian Form), Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye, Litten, Torracat, Incineroar, Popplio, Brionne, and Primarina.
  • Only Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield (either caught, hatched from Eggs, or received as an official Myster Gift) are eligible, excluding Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
  • These Pokémon capable of Gigantamaxing may be used: Charizard, Butterfree, Pikachu, Meowth, Machamp, Gengar, Kingler, Lapras, Eevee, Snorlax, Garbodor, Corviknight, Orbettle, Drednaw, Coalossal, Flapple, Appletun, Sandaconda, Toxtricity, Centiskorch, Hatterene, Grimmsnarl, Alcremie, Copperajah, and Buraludon. 


Total Time: 20 minutes

Player Time: 7 minutes

Preview Time: 90 seconds

Turn Time: 45 seconds

Battles per day: maximum of 15

  • Any remaining battles under the daily limit can be carried over to the following day.
  • Each day changes over at 00:00 UTC.
  • Only one NIntendo Account per each Nintendo Switch™ system my participate.
  • When using one Nintendo Account to play both Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you can enter with each game.
  • Battle data and results will be provided to Nintendo Co., Ltd., and The Pokémon Company (and their subsidiaries). 
  • Players may battle up to 15 times per day. A new day begins at 00:00 UTC. Remaining battles from previous days will be carried over to following days.

Players engaging in or exhibiting the following may receive penalties and be restricted from participating in future online events.

  • Use of unauthorized methods to alter game save data, use of Pokémon that have data altered via altering code, or Pokémon created through the use of altering code
  • Significantly large number of disconnects during battle, from when your opponent has been decided to when the match results have been fully sent to the server (please ensure a stable connection environment when connecting to the internet)
  • Troubling behavior that could affect other participants or make others feel unpleasant
  • Actions that would obstruct battles and operations, such as hacking
  • Registering with incorrect information or impersonating another player
  • Other actions that operation hosts determine to be inappropriate

Source: In-game notifications


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)