Pokémon X and Y Global Link Tournament Details Revealed

Pokemon Global Link

On January 28 the Pokémon Company announced that February will be the first month when Pokémon X and Pokémon Y pokémon from the new Kalos region will be allowed to be used in its online tournament called the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Beta Competition.

The tournament, which will make use of the Global Link feature in order to allow pokémon trainers from all over the world to battle each other online, is scheduled to start on Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. Eastern time.  Players of all skill levels are invited to participate.

Many players have already qualified for the tournament by earning high ranking in online Global Showdown events and registering their copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y to their Global Link account.  The Pokémon Company announcement notes, however, there is still room for more players in the competition.  Beginning on January 31, 2014, players who haven’t already been invited can learn how to register by going to the Pokémon Global Link website, which is listed below in the sources.  Space is limited so those who want to participate should head over to the Pokémon Global Link website as soon as possible when registration opens.  The full rules and regulations for the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Beta Competition will also become available at that time.

Although the official rules have not yet been announced, it appears that they may been revealed accidentally by the official Korean Pokémon site.  The rules that were revealed on that site, according to Serebii.net, include the fact that battles will be Double Battles in which players can use any pokémon found in their National Pokédex, with the exception of Mewtwo, Xerneas, Yveltal or Zygarde.  In addition, pokémon cannot be transferred from previous generations.  In order to level the playing field, all pokémon will be made to be Level 30.  Also, there will be a new regulation stating that players can only fight in 20 battles for each day of competition.  But if players fail to play 20 battles in a given day, they will be allowed to roll the rest of their daily quota over to the following day.  The site further stated that there would be user surveys conducted between February 28th and March 7th gauging player satisfaction with how the tournament was run.

Pokémon Global Link is a multiplayer feature which is run using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.  It first became available in the Generation V games and replaced the Global Terminal from Generation VI.  On January 14, 2014, the Pokémon Global Link service was closed down for Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, and Pokémon White 2.  However, services for Global Trade Station, Wi-Fi Random Matchups in Free Mode and Wi-Fi Club remain available.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are the two new Generation VI games which became available worldwide on October 12, 2013.  Pokémon fans have been eagerly awaiting two new apps for the games called Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter, which will allow players to transfer and store their pokémon through a cloud service which is available for a $4.99 annual fee.  Unfortunately the new apps have been delayed with no known release date since December 27, 2013 when heavy holiday traffic prevented them from being released on time.  Now that details about the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y  Global Link tournament are starting to be revealed, perhaps Pokémon fans will have something new to look forward to as they while away the time until Pokémon Bank finally gets its worldwide release.

By Nancy Schimelpfening

Sources:

The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Global Link

Gamedynamo

CVG

The Christian Post

Bulbapedia

10 Responses to "Pokémon X and Y Global Link Tournament Details Revealed"

  1. selkie   January 31, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Would be great if someone could confirm if these matches are full team or 4 pokes only… doesn’t even say on the main website.

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  2. Boudicca   January 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

    For all of you saying that “Asia will have an advantage because they have access to pokemon bank”: The tournament rules state that you can’t use your pokemon from previous games, which means that move tutor moves, special event moves, and pokemon that do not appear in the Kalos National Dex are not going to be legal for this tournament. Any advantages to having access to the bank are relegated to the following criteria:

    1. Smeargle can have Dark Void. This is a pretty big one, and I think Nintendo will ban the use of the most broken move for doubles going forward. This may be their “test” to see if it is.
    2. Pokemon with perfect IVs make breeding easier. First of all, hacked pokemon shouldn’t be transferable, but I’ve heard that some have slipped through. Even then, it’s so easy to generate “perfect” pokemon in this generation that the advantage is marginal.
    3. Access to hidden abilities that cannot be access in X and Y. The only one I can come up with is Rain Dish for Tentacruel, but there may be others. So, so few others.

    So, all of the “advantages” to having bank are really a non-issue, bar one move on one pokemon. Also, reports are stating that Nintendo is working on their network on February 4th to do something “for two games”. Hmmm… I wonder what those two games could be…

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  3. John   January 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I bet thats the real reason they deleyed bank for everone but asia and japan,so they can beat everyone else!

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    • Boudicca   January 31, 2014 at 9:42 am

      The tournament rules state that you can’t use your pokemon from previous games, which means that move tutor moves, special event moves, and pokemon that do not appear in the Kalos National Dex are not going to be legal for this tournament. Any advantages to having access to the bank are relegated to the following criteria:

      1. Smeargle can have Dark Void. This is a pretty big one, and I think Nintendo will ban the use of the most broken move for doubles going forward. This may be their “test” to see if it is.
      2. Pokemon with perfect IVs make breeding easier. First of all, hacked pokemon shouldn’t be transferable, but I’ve heard that some have slipped through. Even then, it’s so easy to generate “perfect” pokemon in this generation that the advantage is marginal.
      3. Access to hidden abilities that cannot be access in X and Y. The only one I can come up with is Rain Dish for Tentacruel, but there may be others. So, so few others.

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  4. Edgardo   January 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I agree with Twiztid Jester, asians have huge advantage on wi-fi battles. They can now use moves that can only be tutored or obtained in previous gens like a Zapdos with heat wave… Dragonite with Extreemspeed… etc., etc., pretty unfair and one-sided. That’s a no for me.

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    • Boudicca   January 31, 2014 at 9:42 am

      The tournament rules state that you can’t use your pokemon from previous games, which means that move tutor moves, special event moves, and pokemon that do not appear in the Kalos National Dex are not going to be legal for this tournament. Any advantages to having access to the bank are relegated to the following criteria:

      1. Smeargle can have Dark Void. This is a pretty big one, and I think Nintendo will ban the use of the most broken move for doubles going forward. This may be their “test” to see if it is.
      2. Pokemon with perfect IVs make breeding easier. First of all, hacked pokemon shouldn’t be transferable, but I’ve heard that some have slipped through. Even then, it’s so easy to generate “perfect” pokemon in this generation that the advantage is marginal.
      3. Access to hidden abilities that cannot be access in X and Y. The only one I can come up with is Rain Dish for Tentacruel, but there may be others. So, so few others.

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    • selkie   January 31, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Extreme speed is an egg move on dratini. I have a few with it already. That isn’t an unfair advantage. And if some of you would stop and think about it before you open your mouths, BW2 tutor moves will be impossible to use since the pokemon has to be “born” in Kalos to be used in this competition. If it doesn’t have the blue pentagon, it can’t play.

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  5. Alec   January 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I’m not participating in any tournament until Pokemon Bank is actually released worldwide. Those who have, even if they can’t use Pokemon directly transferred from old games, they can breed their all 31 IV Pokemon with the destiny knot to get an almost perfect Pokemon. So again this tournament is lopsided with the odds greatly favoring those Asians who actually have it.

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  6. Twiztid Jester   January 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I refuse to participate in any wi-fi battles until the PokeBank is released worldwide. Even through they said transferred Pokemon aren’t allowed, the Japanese still have a highly unfair advantage in normal wi-fi battles, so I refuse to take part in them until everyone has the same access.

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  7. Ruger   January 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    As fun as the Tournament sounds I dont like to battle other people unless i know them. As for the Pokemoin Bank, THe rumors have been proven false almost every time but I am pretty sure that it will be here eventually and hopefully before February 27th so many people can test the service. I hope that I will soon be able to transfer my pokemon from Ruby andf Emerald to X and Y so I can have my League team again.

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