Welcome to Virginia Pokémon! This site serves to promote and inform players of the Pokémon events, Pokémon leagues, and Pokémon tournaments going on in Virginia. Below is a calendar of upcoming events in Virginia.

News and Website Updates

  • 2018 Blue Ridge Regionals registration open
    Registration is now open for the 2018 Blue Ridge Regional Championships. The event takes place in Roanoke, Virginia on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 and 27 at the Berglund Special Events Center. The venue is located at the corner of Orange Ave. and Williamson Rd.

    Side events are scheduled to begin on Friday, May 25 starting at 2:00 PM. From there the full schedule of events commences.
    Posted Mar 2, 2018, 7:50 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Summer’s Biggest Pokémon Tournaments Unveiled
    Announcing the dates and locations of the 2018 North America International Championships and World Championships.

    Make your plans for two of the season's most important Pokémon tournaments: the North America International Championships and the Pokémon World Championships!

    The North America International Championships will be returning to the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, from July 6–8. Huge amounts of Championship Points and thousands of dollars in prizes will be on the line in both the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Video Game Championships (VGC) and Pokémon Trading Card Game competitions. The North America International Championships will also include a Pokkén Tournament DX qualifier for the Pokkén Tournament World Championships. Get more details on the 2018 North America International Championships.

    Top finishers from the North America International Championships will clash with top players around the world at the 2018 Pokémon World Championships. This year's event will take place at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, from August 24–26. The best-performing Pokémon TCG, VGC, and Pokkén Tournament DX competitors from throughout the year will be invited to compete for greater prizes than any other event and the elusive title of World Champion. There will also be a final Pokkén Tournament Championship Series qualifier before the Pokkén Tournament World Championships.

    The 2018 Pokémon World Championships are quickly approaching, and Pokémon TCG and VGC competitors must earn Championship Points to compete. Check out the Event Locator to find events near you, or try your luck at one of the Regional Championships. Stay tuned for more information regarding the 2018 North America International Championships and Pokémon World Championships, including how all attendees will be able to register in advance. Good luck to everyone planning to compete at this year's big events!

    The above article was posted by pokemon.com on February 12, 2018 at https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/summers-biggest-pokemon-tournaments-unveiled/.
    Posted Feb 12, 2018, 11:48 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Play! Pokémon Video Game Rules Update
    The recent move bans have been lifted from Play! Pokémon video game tournaments.

    Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon have been updated to version 1.2. The moves Curse, Forest's Curse, Power Trick, and String Shot are no longer banned from Play! Pokémon video game tournaments. The new update is required to play in tournaments. To update your game, visit the Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon entry on Nintendo eShop and then download the latest patch.

    The full rules can be found on the Play! Pokémon Rules & Resources page.

    The above article was posted by pokemon.com on February 07, 2018 at https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-pokemon-ultra-moon/.
    Posted Feb 12, 2018, 11:50 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Errata for Cyrus Prism Star in Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism
    This text change for the Supporter card Cyrus Prism Star (Cyrus
     ◊) will be effective immediately.

    Due to an error in the card text for Cyrus ◊ (Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism, 120/156), the first part of this card will be changed. The original text for this Supporter card says:

    You can't play this card if you don't have any  or  Pokémon in play.

    Your opponent chooses 2 Benched Pokémon and shuffles the others, and all cards attached to them, into their deck.

    The text will be changed to match the original intention of the card, which is that a player's Active Pokémon must be a 
     or  Pokémon.

    The new Cyrus ◊ text will say:

    You can play this card only if your Active Pokémon is a  or  Pokémon.

    Your opponent chooses 2 Benched Pokémon and shuffles the others, and all cards attached to them, into their deck.

    Effective immediately, Cyrus ◊ will use this updated text instead of the original text. This will be reflected in the Pokémon TCG Errata document.

    The above article was originally posted by pokemon.com on January 24, 2018 at https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/errata-for-cyrus-prism-star-in-pokemon-tcg-sun-moon-ultra-prism/.
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 2:28 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Sun & Moon--Ultra Prism Prerelease preview
    An Early Look at Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism

    Battle in an upcoming Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournament for a hands-on experience with the new expansion before it launches.

    See what new cards are ready to leap from the light when you battle in Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism expansion Prerelease tournaments! These exciting events give players the chance to build decks and battle with the latest cards before they launch. And Prerelease tournaments are casual fun for everyone, even if you've never battled in a live Pokémon competition.

    The Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism expansion launches February 2, and it's packed with awesome new cards that could shape your strategies for a long time. Get ready for powerful Pokémon-GX such as Leafeon-GX and Glaceon-GX, plus many other great Pokémon like Lunala ◇, Trainers, and Energy cards. The Prerelease tournaments for this expansion will take place at game stores near you over the two weekends before launch, January 20-21 and 26-28. With Prerelease tournaments, you'll be among the first to experience some of the awesome cards that the new expansion has to offer.

    Supercharge your deck with the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism expansion and new Prism Star cards that will change the way you play! These Prism Star cards are so powerful that you can have only one of each in your deck—and to ensure that you can only use them once, they go to the Lost Zone rather than the discard pile, never to return! The Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism expansion can be found in booster packs, theme decks, and special collections.

    The Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism expansion includes:
    • Over 150 cards
    • 6 Prism Star cards featuring a new game mechanic
    • 10 Pokémon-GX, including 5 Ultra Beasts
    • 18 Trainer cards and 3 Special Energy cards
    The complete Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism expansion will be available to play in the Pokémon TCG Online when the expansion launches.

    Featured cards

    Leafeon GX

    Everyone loves Eevee’s Evolutions, and there’s no denying that Leafeon-GX is simply adorable. Even though it’s got a serious expression, you’ll want to snuggle up to it as soon as you take one look at those big, brown eyes. Of course, you’d prefer to keep your distance when it unleashes its mighty Solar Beam attack! Leafeon-GX’s Breath of the Leaves Ability will also prove valuable in keeping your Pokémon team healthy—each turn, it allows the player to heal 50 damage from a Pokémon that has Energy attached to it (as long as Leafeon-GX is Active). Finally, its Grand Bloom-GX attack is a quick and easy way to evolve a bunch of Pokémon at once.

    Glaceon GX

    Doesn’t Glaceon-GX look majestic as it stands assertively in the middle of a fierce blizzard? This elegant Pokémon may look slick and stylish, but don’t think that makes it weak. Glaceon-GX has some attacks that can prove devastating to its opponent. Its Freezing Gaze Ability negates the Abilities of any of your opponent’s Pokémon-GX or Pokémon-EX as long as Glaceon-GX is Active. On top of that, its Frost Bullet attack hits your opponent’s Active Pokémon for 90 damage while also doing 30 damage to one of their Benched Pokémon. Ouch! The Polar Spear-GX attack does a massive 50 damage for each damage counter already on the opponent’s Active Pokémon. It’s great for making your opponent’s unfortunate situation a lot worse!

    Lunala ◇

    ◇ (Prism Star) cards are a powerful new addition to the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Ultra Prism expansion: so powerful, in fact, that only one copy of a ◇ card can appear in a deck. Lunala ◇ is a prime example of the strength these cards hold. It’s a Basic Pokémon (like all ◇ Pokémon), so you don’t have to go through the usual Evolution cycle, and its attacks can devastate your opponent. Lunala ◇’s Full Moon Star attack allows the player to pull Energy cards from the discard pile and attach them to their Pokémon, and its Psystorm attack does an incredible 20 damage for each Energy attached to all Pokémon in play! We fear for anyone who must go up against this Legendary Pokémon.

    Super Boost Energy ◇

    It’s important to have access to Energy to pull off your Pokémon’s attacks. The real power of Super Boost Energy ◇ emerges when you attach it to a Stage 2 Pokémon. When you do, the card provides every type of Energy, but only 1 Energy at a time—just like Rainbow Energy. However, if you have 3 or more Stage 2 Pokémon in play, it provides 4 Energy at once—in any combination of types! Imagine some of your strongest Pokémon going from being unable to perform any attack to being able to use their most powerful attacks in just one turn. If played correctly, this card can give you a huge advantage over your opponent.

    Related article: Get an Ultra-Fast Start to the New Pokémon TCG Expansion
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 2:28 PM by Tim Copeland
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Premier Events in Virginia

TCG League Challenges
Apr 26 (Thu): Fredericksburg
Apr 28 (Sat): Richmond

TCG Prereleases
Apr 23 (Mon): Lexington
Apr 27 (Fri): Richmond
Apr 28 (Sat): Chantilly
Apr 28 (Sat): Falls Church
Apr 28 (Sat): Hampton
Apr 28 (Sat): Midlothian
Apr 28 (Sat): Newport News
Apr 28 (Sat): Portsmouth
Apr 28 (Sat): Richmond
Apr 28 (Sat): Sterling
Apr 28 (Sat): Virginia Beach 2
Apr 28 (Sat): Winchester
Apr 29 (Sun): Centreville
Apr 29 (Sun): Charlottesville
Apr 29 (Sun): Hampton
Apr 29 (Sun): Newport News
Apr 29 (Sun): Norfolk
Apr 29 (Sun): Virginia Beach 3

TCG League Cups
May 5 (Sat): Fairfax
May 5 (Sat): Forest
May 12 (Sat): Portsmouth

Regional Championships
May 26-27: Roanoke VA

VG Premier Challenges
To Be Announced

VG Midseason Showdowns
To Be Announced

All Tier 2 Events
Regional Championships
North America
May 5-6: Salt Lake City UT, USA
May 12-13: Toronto ON, Canada
May 26-27: Roanoke VA, USA
Jun 2-3: Madison WI, USA

Europe
Jun 16-17: Sheffield, UK

Latin America
To Be Announced

Oceania
May 26-27: Melbourne, Australia

Special Championships
Europe
May 19-20: Tours, France

International Championships
Apr 27-29: São Paulo, Brazil
Jul 6-8: Columbus OH, USA

Pokkén Tournament
World Championship Qualifiers
Jun 16-17: Sheffield, UK
Jul 6-8: Columbus OH, USA
Aug 24-26: Nashville TN, USA

2018 World Championships
Aug 24-26: Nashville TN, USA

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