February 2020 International Challenge

February 2020 International Challenge

Challenge Trainers from around the world in the 2020 International Challenge February. This is the first International Challenge to be played using the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games. Create a team using Pokémon you’ve found in the Galar region and test your battling skills. This competition will use the same rules and regulations as the current Championship Series format, making it a great way to tune up for your next live tournament.

Top competitors can earn Championship Points toward an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships. Before the battle begins, be sure to link your Nintendo Account to your Pokémon Trainer Club account at Pokemon.com to ensure that you are awarded Championship Points correctly.

Sign-Up Period

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PST until Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST

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

Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST

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

March 2020 (subject to change)

To view your rankings:

  1. Enter the VS menu
  2. Select Battle Stadium
  3. Select Online Competitions
  4. Select Search Official Competitions

Competition Reward

Top competitors can earn up to 50 Championship Points. Before battling, be sure to link your Nintendo Account to your Pokémon Trainer Club account at Pokemon.com.

Participation Gift

In-game Trainer clothing: Casual Tee (Poké Ball Guy)

You must complete at least one battle resulting in a win or a loss to be eligible.

Gifts can be redeemed once rankings are announced. To redeem your gift, select Mystery Gift, then Get Battle Stadium Rewards.


Double Battles

4-6 Pokémon of Lv. 1–100.

All Pokémon will become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.

Four Pokémon will be selected for battle.

Eligible Pokémon

Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex No. 001–397 (As of February 1, 2020, this is limited to Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield)

Gigantamax Pokémon: Charizard, Butterfree, Pikachu, Meowth, Eevee, Snorlax, Corviknight, Drednaw, Sandaconda, and Centiskorch may be used.

Only Pokémon caught or hatched from Eggs or received as an official Mystery Gift within Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield are eligible.


  • Player Time: 7 minutes
  • Preview Time: 90 seconds
  • Turn Time: 45 seconds

Battles per day: 15

Any remaining battles under the daily limit can be carried over to the following day. Each day changes over at 4:00 p.m. PST.

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