2017 Standard Format Rules

2017 Standard Format

Download the official rules document here.

The following is taken directly from the official rules document. Last updated on 1/17/2017.

1. Team Construction

Players are responsible for ensuring that their team adheres to any restrictions set forth by the tournament format and this document. The rules and restrictions that follow are considered the “Standard format.”

1.1. Battle Team Setup

  • A player must designate a Battle Team and keep the Battle Team unchanged from the beginning to the end of the event.
  • Teams must have a minimum of 4 Pokémon.

1.2. Nicknames

  • A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname.
  • A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (for example, an Unfezant named “Pidove”).
  • Players must avoid the use of potentially inappropriate, obscene, or otherwise offensive words or phrases when naming their Trainer or their Pokémon.

1.3. Items

  • Each Pokémon may hold an item, though no two Pokémon may hold the same item.
  • Players may only use items that can be obtained through regular gameplay (including the Pokémon Global Link and related functions of games released by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo) or that have been awarded as part of a distribution or special event.
  • Pokémon may not hold a Mega Stone.

1.4. Pokémon

  • A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Alola Pokédex number.
  • Pokémon may only use moves that have been learned through normal gameplay or from an official Pokémon event or promotion.
  • Pokémon may have Hidden Abilities.
  • Pokémon may use Z-Moves.
  • Pokémon must have the black clover on their summary screen.
  • Pokémon above and below Level 50 are permitted, but will be auto-leveled to Level 50 during battle.
  • Players may use Pokémon from the Alola Pokédex, from No. 001–204, No. 206 – 288 and No. 293 – 299, that are caught or hatched in the game or received at an official event or distribution.

Pokémon.com Tournament Rules & Resources Page