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Pokémon VGC Series 6 ban list and ruleset revealed

Pokémon VGC Series 6 ban list and ruleset revealed
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In the run up to the next season of the Pokémon Video Game Championships (VGC), GameFreak have revealed their official list of banned Pokémon — and some players aren't happy at all.

Pokémon VGC Series 6 ban list and ruleset revealed

As it does each season, Pokémon developer GameFreak reveals its list of banned Pokémon alongside the ruleset for Ranked Battle. 

This time, the list excludes the ten most-used Pokémon from Series 5/Season 8 from both Singles and Doubles. 

The Pokémon banned are:

  • Venusaur
  • Gyarados
  • Porygon2
  • Tyranitar
  • Torkoal
  • Hippowdon
  • Magnezone
  • Togekiss
  • Excadrill
  • Whimsicott
  • Incineroar
  • Mimikyu
  • Rillaboom
  • Cinderace
  • Indeedee
  • Dragapult

These are naturally joined by the Legendary Pokémon, such as Sword and Shield's Eternatus, Zacian and Zamazenta.

Howwever, the controversy surrounds the use of Singles to curate this list, as competitive Pokémon has exclusively used Doubles for some time now. Some of the Pokémon included aren't exactly anything to shout home about in competitive play, while others (Porygon2) are widely used.

Another quirk is that Porygon2 is now banned — despite GameFreak giving away an IV-prepared, competitive-ready version this weekend to celebrate the finals of the Players Cup.

You can find all details of the ruleset for Series 6 over on Serebii.

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tomcat13666 2 years ago

So I'm playing some ranked doubles on Pokemon Sword... and just fought an Indeedee...isn't that supposed to be banned?

tomcat13666 2 years ago

So I'm playing some ranked doubles on Pokemon Sword... and just fought an Indeedee...isn't that supposed to be banned?

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