Although not necessarily the main way of playing Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the competitive has been gaining weight in the franchise as generations advance. More and more community members who have grown with the Game Freak collectible monster franchise are entering the official VGC championships.

The interest is revived with each new release of a main Pokémon game, and ninth generation monsters are no exception. The developers know this and that is why, just two weeks after the launch, the first rules of the tournaments have been revealed, including competitive Pokémon.

This will be the competitive Pokémon Scarlet and Purple

Firstly, it was revealed that the competitive Pokémon Scarlet and Purple will work similarly to Sword and Shield in the sense that it will be divided by series. Those responsible for the tournaments have decided to bet on this dynamic format in which, over the months, they change the creatures that will be available or the rules when creating teams. For example, the Series 1 that is starting now will be exclusively Pale Pokédex and some restrictions that will probably be relaxed in the future.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s VGC Series 1 will take place from December 2 to January 31 and will be the restricted format of recent years. There will be dozens of forbidden creatures that fall into three categories.

  • Any creatures outside Pale’s Pokédex: Even if they can be captured in Scarlet and Violet, creatures that are not among the 400 chosen Pokédex may not be used in the official competitive format.
  • Legendary: Portion, Myrmidon, Chainsaw, Ting-Lu, Cochin and Chimu are out.
  • Pokémon Paradox: Great Tusk, ute Bonnet, Stand Shocks, Scream Tail, Flutter Mane, Slither Wing and Roaring Moon.


The truth is that the restrictions are quite striking. Although the most powerful legendary have always been banned at the beginning of each generation, it is surprising to see that even the less powerful paradox or legendary Pokémon cannot be used. This is a situation that changes the expectations of many professional players, who had the use of monsters such as tingle or chainsaw in their first competitive teams. Also, expect the teams to become somewhat predictable, with several canine (for intimidate) and amongst (for spore) composing the base of the teams.

Like it or not, what is clear is that VCG Series 1 Pokémon Scarlet and Purple won’t last long. When the big tournaments begin in 2023, new teams will emerge, and there is hope that some competitive rules will be changed to Pecos, with the weaker legendary and paradox Pokémon being released, perhaps.