2016 Standard Format Rules

2016 Standard Format: Double Battle, Normal Rules

* Only Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Game Cards or downloadable versions are permitted for use.
* Players may use Pokémon from the National Pokédex, from No. 001–721, that are caught in the game, transferred from a previous Pokémon title, or received at an official event or distribution.
* The following Pokémon may not be on a player’s team:
o 151 – Mew
o 251 – Celebi
o 385 – Jirachi
o 386 – Deoxys
o 489 – Phione
o 490 – Manaphy
o 491 – Darkrai
o 492 – Shaymin
o 493 – Arceus
o 494 – Victini
o 647 – Keldeo
o 648 – Meloetta
o 649 – Genesect
o 719 – Diancie
o 720 – Hoopa (both forms)
o 721 – Volcanion

* Pokémon must be placed in the Battle Box.
* Pokémon are allowed to Mega Evolve.
* Pokémon are allowed to undergo Primal Reversion.
* Pokémon may not hold the item Soul Dew.
* Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter will not be permitted (the blue pentagon is required).
* Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde.
* Pokémon above Level 50 are permitted, but they are auto-leveled down to 50 for the duration of battle.
* Players may use Pokémon with Hidden Abilities (as long as these Hidden Abilities are available on a Pokémon with a Blue Pentagon).
* Players may use items that have been officially released via Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, the Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or promotion.

** Blue Pentagon **
Pokémon used in the Standard format must have a blue pentagon in the Pokémon summary screen. This indicates that the Pokémon was caught during regular gameplay, hatched from an Egg, obtained within the game, or was officially gifted in either Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

** Game Versions **
Only legitimate versions of Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire can be used in Play! Pokémon tournaments. This includes downloadable versions of Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire.

** Game Systems **
Players may use any system in the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems during the competition. This includes the Nintendo 3DS™, Nintendo 3DS XL™, and Nintendo 2DS™. Players are responsible for bringing a charger that is compatible with their system.

** Team Restrictions **
Players may only use Pokémon that are legal for the tournament format. Players are responsible for ensuring that their team adheres to any restrictions set forth by the tournament format and this document.

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