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

  • World's Staff
    The application for 2017 World's Staff is now available. All are encouraged to apply! 
    Posted Jun 8, 2017, 11:13 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Pokémon North American International Championships
    The Pokémon North American International Championships are the fourth and final International Championships event of the 2017 Championship Series season. This event will also be the last opportunity to earn Championship Points in the 2017 season.

    This event, one of the season's largest, will take place at the Indiana Convention Center from June 30 to July 2, 2017. It will feature high Championship Point payouts and a prize pool value of up to $200,000 (based on attendance). Anyone in good standing with the Play! Pokémon program can participate!

    Register now for the 2017 North American Pokémon International Championships!

    TCG competitor registration
    VG competitor registration
    Spectator registration

    Event location

    Indiana Convention Center, Halls H and I
    100 South Capitol Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46225

    The closest entrance to the event space is at the intersection of West Georgia Street and South Capitol Avenue. The primary event hall will open at 8 a.m. Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, and at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 2.

    All Pokémon TCG competitors will begin play on Friday, June 30. Video game Masters Division players will also begin play on Friday, June 30. Video game Junior and Senior Division players will begin play on Saturday, July 1.


    Entry to this event will require a badge for all attendees, including competitors in the main event and spectators. Children age 5 and under will be given a wristband, free of charge, to allow entry into the event space.

    Side Events

    Side events will take place throughout the weekend (Friday through Sunday). See the full schedule of side events for the weekend here!


    Follow the action on Pokemon.com/Live all weekend long! There will be three live streams for the event: a Pokémon TCG stream, a VGC stream, and the Main Stage stream. The live streams will include all finals matches on Sunday.

    Event Registration

    Registration for this event will take place entirely online. Competitor registration will be open for all age divisions until player caps are met or until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 28, whichever comes first. All entry fees are non-refundable. Badges can only be purchased online using a credit or debit card, and can only be picked up on site at the event. Cash or check payments for badges will not be accepted.

    Registration fees for competitors in the main event:

    Masters Division (Pokémon TCG and VGC): $60
    Junior and Senior Divisions (Pokémon TCG and VGC): $45

    All competitors who register will receive a badge, lanyard, player pin, deck box, set of card sleeves, and either a playmat (for Pokémon TCG competitors) or a hat (for VGC competitors). Items will be distributed on site at the event. Substitute product may be provided if necessary.

    Competitors will be required to provide their name, player ID number, and some form of ID to pick up their competitor badge. Junior and Senior Division competitors must also have a guardian present to pick up their competitor badge.

    All registered competitors under age 18 will also receive a spectator badge and lanyard, at no additional charge, for a parent or guardian. This spectator badge will not include any other items. Any additional spectator badges must be purchased online.

    Registration fees for spectators at the event are as follows:

    Spectators age 16 or over: $15
    Spectators age 15 or under: $10

    Spectator registration will also be entirely online, and is limited. Spectator registration will be open until badges sell out. Until that time, they will continue to be available (for online purchase only) throughout the event weekend, until 1 p.m. Sunday, July 2.

    Spectators age 16 or over will receive three Pokémon TCG booster packs when they pick up their badge. Spectators age 15 or under will receive two booster packs when they pick up their badge. A registration confirmation email (sent after spectator registration is completed via the registration website) will be required to pick up spectator badges. A maximum of six spectator badges can be purchased at one time.

    Children age 5 and under do not need to be registered in advance, and will instead be given wristbands on site at the event. Children age 5 and under do not receive any additional items.

    Competitors and spectators can pick up their badges at the following locations and times:

    Thursday, June 29, 1–7 p.m.: Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Union Station (123 W. Louisiana St., Indianapolis, IN 46225), in the Grand Hall Ballroom
    Friday, June 30, 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m.: outside Halls H and I at the Indiana Convention Center
    Saturday, July 1, 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m.: outside Halls H and I at the Indiana Convention Center
    Sunday, July 2, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.: outside Halls H and I at the Indiana Convention Center

    When a competitor picks up their badge, they will also receive a lanyard and a Participation Item Voucher. This voucher can be exchanged for the remaining Participation Items inside the Event Hall during its open hours, starting 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, and ending 1 p.m. Sunday, July 2.

    Register now for the 2017 North American Pokémon International Championships!

    TCG competitor registration
    VG competitor registration
    Spectator registration

    Good luck to all competitors at the 2017 North American International Championships!
    Posted Jun 1, 2017, 12:55 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Rule Change effective May 19, 2017
    The term “any effects” will no longer include effects that alter Weakness and Resistance.

    Example 1: Bruxish's (Sun & Moon, 48/149) Psychic Fangs attack says, “This attack's damage isn't affected by any effects on your opponent's Active Pokémon.” If this attack is used against an Incineroar (Sun & Moon, 26/149) that has a Weakness Policy (XY—Primal Clash, 142/160) attached to it, the Psychic Fangs attack will do 90 damage. If Incineroar did not have Weakness Policy attached to it, the Psychic Fangs attack would do 180 damage to Incineroar.

    Example 2: Hydreigon-EX's (XY—Roaring Skies, 62/108) Shred attack says, “This attack's damage isn't affected by any effects on your opponent's Active Pokémon.” If this attack is used against a Hydreigon (Black & White—Dragons Exalted, 97/124) that has Darkness Energy attached, and the Shadow Circle (XY, 126/146) Stadium card is in play, the Shred attack will do 80 damage. If Shadow Circle were not in play, the Shred attack would do 160 damage to Hydreigon.

    Example 3: Zebstrika's (XY—BREAKpoint, 49/122) Zap Zone Ability says, “Damage from the attacks of your Lightning-type Pokémon isn't affected by any effects on your opponent's Active Pokémon.” Its Crashing Bolt attack says, “If your opponent's Active Pokémon has Fighting-type Resistance, this attack does 60 more damage.” If the Crashing Bolt attack is used against Lunala-GX (Sun & Moon, 66/149) when the Magnetic Storm (XY—Flashfire, 91/106) Stadium card is in play, the Crashing Bolt attack will do 50 damage. If Magnetic Storm were not in play, the Crashing Bolt attack would do 110 damage to Lunala-GX.

    This rule change was made in Japan, so it is being adopted worldwide to create a unified Pokémon TCG gameplay experience. It affects all Pokémon TCG formats, effective May 19, 2017.

    The above is part of an article appearing on May 3 on pokemon.com. Sun & Moon--Guardians Rising is legal for tournament play starting on May 19, 2017.
    Posted May 8, 2017, 7:40 PM by Tim Copeland
  • Procrastination doesn't pay
    So you're headed to the Blue Ridge Regional Championships on Saturday in Roanoke? Great, it's going to be an amazing event!

    Have you registered yet? Everyone who wants to play in the main TCG or VG Regional Championships must register online at www.BlueRidgePokemon.com in order to participate on Saturday. This includes folks who just decide on Saturday to drop by; everyone needs to register online. There will not be an "in-person" registration line at the event. In fact, if you show up on Saturday morning, the staff won't even let you in the line to check-in until you have registered online! So why are are pushing this so hard now?

    The math is simple: registration costs $30 for Masters and $25 for Juniors and Seniors, but only until midnight on Wednesday, April 3. After that time, you have entered the "Late Registration" period and registration increases to $40 for Masters and $35 for Juniors and Seniors. Don't wait, register now! You don't have to pick your deck or team until Saturday, but if you're coming, you'd better register!

    -Marthe Honts
    Posted May 2, 2017, 8:12 AM by Tim Copeland
  • Guardians Rising
    Prerelease events for Pokémon TCG's new expansion set, Sun & Moon--Guardians Rising, have been scheduled in Virginia. At latest check, 20 locations will host 25 flights of the newest TCG set. See our Guardians Rising Prerelease page for full details as they come in from pokemon.com.

    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.

    Events start on Saturday, April 22 at The Fantastic Store in Chantilly, Sage Mantis Game Haven in Fredericksburg, Atomic Comics Emporium in Hampton, Star Port in Lynchburg, Atomic Comics Emporium in Newport News, Collector's Heaven in Richmond, and Kaboom in Virginia Beach. Events on Sunday, April 23 will be held at Hobby Works in Fairfax, and Fincastle Library in Fincastle.

    The following weekend, prerelease events will be held on Saturday, April 29 at Gaming & Comics in Gainesville, Atomic Comics Emporium in Hampton; Richmond Comix in Midlothian, Atomic Comics Emporium II in Newport News, Atlantis Games & Comics in Portsmouth, Collector's Heaven in Richmond; Star City Games in Roanoke; Huzzah Jr in Sterling; HobbyTown USA in Virginia Beach; and Jersey's Gaming, Cards & Comics in Yorktown. Winding up the second prerelease weekend will be events on Sunday, April 30 at The End Games in Charlottesville, Agora Downtown Market in Harrisonburg (hosted by 8 Bit Oasis), Atlantis Games & Comics in Norfolk, Huzzah Jr in Sterling, and G2K Games in Waynesboro.

    Check out all the local events - Prereleases as well as League Challenges, Premier Challenges, League Cups, Midseason Showdowns, and Regional Championship tournaments - you can preregister for through Virginia Pokemon.

    Sun & Moon--Guardians Rising products are slated to be released for retail sale nationwide on May 3, but some (not all) stores who held prerelease events have special permission to start retail sales on May 2. Guardians Rising cards become legal for Sanctioned Pokémon TCG tournaments on May 19.
    Posted Apr 18, 2017, 12:33 PM by Tim Copeland
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International Championships
Jun 30-Jul 2: Indianapolis, USA

TCG League Cups
To Be Announced

League Challenge
TCG League Challenges
To Be Announced

Jul 22 (Sat): Fredericksburg
Jul 22 (Sat): Sterling
Jul 22 (Sat): Richmond
Jul 22 (Sat): Hampton
Jul 22 (Sat): Portsmouth
Jul 22 (Sat): Chantilly
Jul 22 (Sat): Yorktown
Jul 22 (Sat): Lynchburg
Jul 22 (Sat): Roanoke
Jul 22 (Sat): Virginia Beach
Jul 22 (Sat): Newport News
Jul 23 (Sun): Fairfax
Jul 23 (Sun): Norfolk
Jul 23 (Sun): Sterling
Jul 23 (Sun): Woodbridge
Jul 23 (Sun): Fincastle
Jul 24 (Mon): Lexington
Jul 29 (Sat): Falls Church
Jul 29 (Sat): Sterling
Jul 29 (Sat): Richmond
Jul 29 (Sat): Hampton
Jul 29 (Sat): Chantilly
Jul 29 (Sat): Winchester
Jul 29 (Sat): Lynchburg 2
Jul 29 (Sat): Midlothian
Jul 29 (Sat): Newport News
Jul 30 (Sun): Harrisonburg
Jul 30 (Sun): Charlottesville
Jul 30 (Sun): Gainesville
Jul 30 (Sun): Virginia Beach

World Championships
August 18-20: Anaheim, USA

VG Premier Challenges
To Be Announced

VG Midseason Showdowns
To Be Announced

Regional Championships
To Be Announced

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