Platform and schedule
The tournament is held online, in your Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet game, at the Online competitions section of the Poké Portal’s Battle Stadium.
The tournament starts on 21 May 2023 at 9:00 PHT (01:00 UTC). You are able to play up to 10 battles until 15:00 PHT (07:00 UTC).
You need to complete at least 5 battles to be eligible for prizes.
This event is an official Online Competition, and is part of the 2023 official circuit in the Philippines.
As a participation prize, any player that finishes at least 5 battles will receive 10,000 League Points.
Additionally, the top 64 players qualify to the 2023 Philippines National Championships, to be held online on 3 June.
|1st to 64th||Philippines Nationals invite|
The 2023 Philippines Nationals Qualifiers is an official Online Competition featuring double battles, and is region-locked. It is the fifth Online Competition in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games for players in the Philippines, and the first one relevant in the VGC circuit for them.
Online Competitions are usually a part of the casual gameplay, but they have been featured in the official circuit for some years now. Region-locked Online Competitions are something new to Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, and they have been chosen to act as qualifiers to the National Championships in South East Asia or even as National Championships themselves.
The previous edition of the Philippines National Championships was open to everyone. This is the first time that a qualifying method has been implemented. Initially, this was announced to be the National Championship itself. However, the structure was changed on 12 May to announce this would be the Qualifier to a further stage on 3 June.
A little bit of history
The Philippines has been one of the regions hosting an the official TPC circuit since June 2020, and it was part of the Oceania region of the official TPCI circuit before that. Since the TPC takeover, it has taken part in Asia online tournaments, such as the Asia Players Cup, and has hosted the first-ever live event in 2022, the National Championship. The Philippines’ greatest VGC success was Patrick Elegado‘s 2022 National Championship win.
The most recent tournament held in the Philippines was the 2022 Philippines National Championships, played online (Swiss rounds) and in Quezon City (top cut) with the Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield VGC Series 12 ruleset in May and June 2022. The finals saw Filipino Patrick Elegado defeat fellow countryman James Credo to be crowned as first-ever Philippines National Champion.
Sign-ups for the event are done through your own Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet game, starting on 15 May 2023 at 9:00 PHT (01:00 UTC). To register, enter the Poké Portal → Battle Stadium → Online competitions → Search for a competition (in the Official Competitions column).
Note that the tournament is only available if your region is set to the Philippines!
You need to register and lock a team at the time of registration.
Sign-ups close on 21 May 2023 at 8:59 PHT (00:59 UTC).