First Pokémon Sword And Shield Online Competition Sign-Up Starts On November 15th

Zacian Zamazenta Pokémon Sword and Shield Screenshot

The Pokémon Company International and Game Freak have revealed details about the first official Online Competition for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

This Online Competition will be called Galar Beginnings, and, with the sign-up period running from Friday 15th November – Thursday 5th December, will have a Single Battle format in which you can use nearly any Pokémon that you catch in the upcoming pocket monster adventures.

Competition Name: Galar Beginnings
Sign-Up Period: Friday, November 15, at 00:00 GMT to Thursday, December 5, at 23:59 GMT
Competition Period: Friday, December 6, at 00:00 GMT to Sunday, December 8, at 23:59 GMT
Battle Format: Single Battle
Eligible Pokémon: Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

  • Zacian, Zamazenta, Mew (contained in the Poké Ball Plus), and some other special Pokémon are not eligible.
  • Players can register three to six of their Pokémon to their Battle Team.
  • All Pokémon in this competition will automatically become Lv. 50 for the duration of each match.

Ranking Results Announcement: December 2019

You will not need to register on the Pokémon Global Link to participate, but a Nintendo Switch Online membership and Nintendo Account are required to use the game’s online features – accessed by opening the X menu in your game and selecting VS, Battle Stadium, and then Online Competitions.

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you will choose between three starter Pokémon – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – before having the chance to explore the Galar region – with its idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. Challenging the Gyms in the region, you will once again look to become Champion.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide on November 15th.

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