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

  • Get registered for Regionals!
    It's just one week away! The Virginia Regional Championships Series returns next weekend to the Exhibition Hall at Meadow Event Park in Doswell. Doors open at 8:00 AM on Saturday for the TCG Championships, and at 8:00 AM on Sunday for the VG Championships. Players compete in age divisions based on their year of birth (Juniors: 2005 or later, Seniors: 2001 to 2004, and Masters: 2000 and earlier).

    TCG participants are advised to register online at http://labs.pokegym.net/register/16-02-000045 and VG participants should register online at http://labs.pokegym.net/register/16-02-000046. Online registration helps speed up the start of events by avoiding manual entry of each player's name, birth date, and Play! ID#. Help us speed up your events!

    This year, entry fees for each TCG and VG main event is $20.00. Please bring exact change! There is an ATM on site (which is usually depleted quickly, so plan ahead.) Participants in both TCG and VG events receive a TCG playmat with a Regional Championship design while supplies last. Door prize tickets will be distributed at the players' meetings each day, around 10:00 AM.

    Anyone in good standing with the Play! Pokémon Program is welcome to participate in either or both the TCG and VG Regional Championships. There is no qualifying event or invitation required for either the TCG or VG event. You may play no matter what state you live in; State residency or residency in a neighboring state is not a requirement. For the TCG, the Regional Championships is a Tier 2 Premier tournament event so some experience in Tier 1 Premier tournaments or other Sanctioned events, where playing by the rulebook (XY version or later) and Tournament Rules are used, is recommended.

    The official vendor for this year's Virginia Regional Championships is Troll and Toad! T&T has a huge internet store in addition to offering a wide selection of deck boxes, card sleeves, sealed TCG packs and gift sets, TCG singles, and more. Visit trollandtoad.com for more information!

    See you next weekend!
    Posted Feb 6, 2016, 7:41 PM by Tim Copeland
  • We return to your regularly scheduled activity!
    Preliminary information for the National Championship Series has finally been released. Nationals will be held July 1-3, 2016 in Columbus, OH at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Additionally, there will be a Pokkén Tournament competition included among the activities! Pokemon.com expects to release more details in the coming weeks.

    Local events:
    As the snow and ice melts from last weekend's weather, we're looking ahead to getting the remaining BREAKpoint prereleases run this weekend as well as several League Challenges before the end of January.

    First on this Thursday, January 28 is a League Challenge at The End Games in Charlottesville. League Challenges are also set for this Friday, January 29 at James L. Hamner Library in Amelia, Fincastle Library in Fincastle, and Foster's Grille in Vienna.

    Next this Saturday, January 30: Prerelease events at Victory Comics in Falls Church, 8 Bit Oasis in Harrisonburg, Bardic Tales, Inc. in Hopewell, The Valiant Pug Toys and Games in Midlothian, Star City Games in Roanoke, and Jersey's Gaming, Cards and Comics in Yorktown. In addition, there will be League Challenges at The Fantastic Store in Chantilly, and HobbyTown USA in Virginia Beach.

    Winding up on Sunday, January 31 will be the final Prereleases at The End Games in Charlottesville, Fincastle Library in Fincastle, Sage Mantis Game Haven in Fredericksburg, Richmond Comix in Midlothian, Collector's Heaven in Richmond, and Comic Kung Fu in Winchester. League Challenges at Hobby Works in Fairfax, and Collector's Heaven in Richmond, will also conclude.

    After all this is completed, we'll be down to just three events on our schedule (the VG Premier Challenge in Midlothian on February 6, and the TCG and VG Regional Championship Series in Doswell starting February 13) until more events are created for Parallel Season, which begins on February 1. Visitors to our home page can notice the calendar will be shrinking rapidly as events are completed this weekend, and growing next week as new events are added.
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 1:14 PM by Tim Copeland
  • The Point
    There is severe winter weather on the way to Virginia this weekend, disrupting scheduled tournaments and league play.


    Because safety is our top priority, we at Virginia Pokémon are posting the cancellations and postponements this weekend at the top of the page, so you can find the news as soon as we verify it.

    Vienna - League Challenge (Fri) January 22 - cancelled.
    Amelia - League Challenge (Fri) January 22 - rescheduled to (Fri) January 29.
    Amelia - League (Fri) January 22 - cancelled.
    Gainesville - League (Fri) January 22 - cancelled.
    Midlothian (Pug) - League (Fri) January 22 - cancelled.
    Fairfax - BREAKpoint Prerelease (Sat) January 23 - cancelled.
    Roanoke - BREAKpoint Prerelease (Sat) January 23 - rescheduled to (Sat) January 30.
    Richmond - BREAKpoint Prerelease (Sat) January 23 - rescheduled to (Sun) January 31.
    Richmond - League Challenge (Sat) January 23 - rescheduled to (Sun) January 31.
    Richmond - League (Sat) January 23 - cancelled.
    Chantilly - League (Sat) January 23 - cancelled.
    Chantilly - BREAKpoint Prerelease (Sun) January 24 - cancelled.
    Midlothian (RCX) - BREAKpoint Prerelease (Sun) January 24 - rescheduled (Sun) January 31
    Midlothian (RCX) - League (Sun) January 24 - cancelled.
    Posted Jan 24, 2016, 10:07 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Happy New Year!
    2016 opens with the Virginia Beach City Championships for TCG on Saturday, January 2, and the first VG Premier Challenge using the 2016 format in Midlothian on Sunday, January 3.

    TCG City Championships continue next weekend with Abingdon on Saturday, January 9, and Fincastle on Sunday, January 10. Fincastle also hosts a VG Premier Challenge later that day!

    Cities conclude the following weekend, with Fairfax on Saturday, January 16, and Chantilly on Sunday, January 17.

    Online registration is offered for all of these City Championships events, and capacity will be reached on some!  Don't be disappointed because you are turned away, register now!

    Two weekends of XY- BREAKpoint prerelease events (17 venues!) begin Saturday, January 23 all around Virginia!  All of Team Tuskey's events (in Fairfax, Chantilly, Harrisonburg, and Winchester) will feature great door prizes from Japan.  One item will be given away per 15 players!  Will it be the Toys-R-Us exclusive Mega Rayquaza deck box or the cute Substitute card sleeves?

    Team Tuskey prerelease door prizes

    Capacity may be limited for all BREAKpoint prerelease events, so online registration is highly recommended, or contact your local venue to see if they offer a sign-up list. Check the schedule on the right of our home page for complete listings as we get them, or visit our BREAKpoint Prerelease page.

    Prerelease tournaments are exciting events designed for players to be creative with the newest Pokémon cards before they are released in stores. These tournaments are casual events, making them ideal for new players to learn how tournaments work as well as give experienced players a chance to experiment with new strategies and trade cards.

    Details on the Winter Regional Championships for TCG and VG have also been posted, which will be held in Doswell, VA at the Meadow Event Park's Main Hall on February 13-14. Some details such as prizes will be subject to change when official news is released by The Pokémon Company, Inc.  Also, information about the schedule and special hotel rates are still outstanding, so subscribe to Virginia Pokémon News and Website Updates for the latest information.

    The Regional Championships are Premier events in the Play! Pokémon tournament cycle, taking place in Autumn, Winter, and Spring, one per region as decided by the Play! Pokémon Program.  Players can earn Championship Points and build their Premier Rating at these events, determining who receives invitations to the Pokémon World Championships.
    Posted Jan 9, 2016, 3:16 PM by David Tuskey
  • 2016 VGC format announced
    The format for the 2016 Video Game Championship season has been announced. As of January 1, 2016, players competing in Play! Pokémon video game competitions will need to follow these new rules and regulations when building their teams and during battle. This will be the official format for the 2016 Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco, CA, as well as the Virginia Regional Championships coming in February!

    The complete rules will be posted shortly on the Play! Pokémon rules and regulations page. Competitors are expected to have read these rules prior to attending a Play! Pokémon competition.

    Prepare for an exciting, unpredictable 2016 season in the Pokémon Video Game Championships! For the first time since 2010, the Pokémon Video Game Championship Series will allow players to use some of the Legendary Pokémon that are normally prohibited from play. Players will still be competing using Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, so be sure to check out the guides on training and breeding to get ready for tournaments this season.

    Under the 2016 Championship Series regulations, each Trainer will be allowed to select only two of the following Pokémon for their teams: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde.

    Note that only the Legendary Pokémon listed above are restricted—you'll still be able to use as many other Legendary Pokémon (such as Thundurus or Cresselia) on your team as you wish. The only Pokémon that still aren't allowed at all are the Mythical Pokémon, so Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, and Hoopa still won't be eligible to enter the competition this season.
    Posted Dec 9, 2015, 4:33 PM by David Tuskey
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TCG Regional Championships
Feb 13 (Sat): Doswell
VG Regional Championships
Feb 14 (Sun): Doswell

Premier Challenge Alpha
VG Premier Challenges
Feb 27 (Sat): Chantilly
VG Midseason Showdowns
Mar 12 Sat): Chantilly
Mar 26 (Sat): Midlothian
Apr 10 (Sun): Chantilly

League Challenge
TCG League Challenges
Feb 20 (Sat): Richmond
Feb 26 (Fri): Amelia
Feb 27 (Sat): Newport News
Feb 27 (Sat): Virginia Beach

Play! Pokémon program logo
Special Sanctioned Events

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