Welcome to the vgc thread! In here, we talk about everything vgc based, including teams, results, tournaments and yadadada.....
So what is vgc? It's basically Nintendo's 'sanctioned' game format. It's a double battle format, everything levelled to 50. The rules are changed every year to make things interesting, so this year's rules would be that only kalos pokedex pokemon are allowed (including stuff like charizard, venesaur, the big hitters). In short -
- Only Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Game Cards or downloadable versions are permitted for use.
- Players may use Pokémon from the Central Kalos Pokédex from #001 to #150, Coastal Kalos Pokédex from #001 to #153, or Mountain Kalos Pokédex from #001 to #147.
- Pokémon must be placed in the Battle Box.
- Pokémon are allowed to Mega Evolve.
- 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.
- Players may use items that have been officially released via Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, the Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or promotion.
Why vgc instead of singles? It's true that singles have been touted to be the 'original' style of play (no thanks to smogon), but i found that vgc has much more complexity and strategies than a single format. Of course, the single format definitely have its advantages, but there's a ton of stuff in vgc (fake out/speed boost/protect) strats that work and are fun! Also, there have been many different online tournaments out there by Nintendo (once every month i think), so its easily accessible for everyone to get to. These tournaments aren't just limited to online, but live too! Things like the Hawaii nationals are the big ones, but Nintendo has given many different smaller tournaments for you to enjoy.
So let's discuss about vgc strats, the most irritating pokes and everything else!