Pokémon players to receive another free upgrade to competitive battles


POKÉMON has announced the new ruleset for the upcoming season of competitive ranked battles.

A number of new powerful Pokémon have been unbanned, which will change the way tournaments are held.

We think that Hisuian Zoroark will be banned from the format.

Fans are excited about the change as they have been practicing with these Pokémon in friendly competition.

Series C will start on Saturday, April 1, 2023, and will run all the way until Friday, June 30,2023, giving players three months with the ruleset.

The four Treasures of Ruin will be able to take part in battle, though some Paradox Pokémon are still excluded.

Koraidon and Miraidon, the box art legendaries, are still unavailable, and Walking Wake and Iron Leaves are not able to enter.

Here are all the playable and banned Pokémon under the new ruleset:

Pokémon SV: Useable Pokémon Series C

  • Paldean Pokémon
  • Paradox Pokémon *excluding Walking Wake and Iron Leaves
  • Treasures of Ruin (Chi-Yu, Wo-Chien, Ting-Lu, Chien-Pao)

Pokémon SV: Banned Pokémon Series C

  • Miraidon and Koraidon
  • Walking Wake and Iron Leaves
  • Quagsire and Perrserker
  • Pokémon obtained in seven-star raids

This last point means Pokémon such as Charizard, Cinderace, Greninja, Decidueye, Samurott, and any raids that come out between now and July cannot be used.

The only Pokémon that the rules are unclear on is Hisuian Zoroark.

This is a limited Pokémon only given to those who pre-order the DLC. However, it is assumed that these ‘mons will also be banned.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.