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Pokémon Handheld Tournament Rules

This year, the Pokémon Handheld Tournament will be hosted by Game Quest. For more information, please see their Facebook page, give them a call, or stop by their booth tomorrow at AMA-Con!


OverUsed Rules
OverUsed, or OU, is Smogon’s standard tier. The highest level of play is generally seen in this tier, and it is the basis for all other tiers. The most powerful Pokémon are banned from this tier up to Ubers. Pokemon cannot rise from OU to Ubers based on usage. Most of the cover legendaries in addition to select other Pokémon are on the banlist.

Play Restrictions
• Endless Battle Clause: Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. Thus:
 A Pokémon may not carry Recycle and hold a Leppa Berry in conjunction with Heal Pulse and Milk Drink, Moonlight, Morning Sun, Recover, Roost, Slack Off, Soft-Boiled, or Wish.
 A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Pain Split on its moveset.
 A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Fling on its moveset.
• Evasion Clause: The moves Double Team and Minimize, in addition to the abilities Sand Veil and Snow Cloak, are not permitted in play.
• Moody Clause: Pokémon with the ability Moody are not permitted.
• OHKO Clause: A Pokemon may not have the moves Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, or Sheer Cold in its moveset.
• Sleep Clause: Only one Pokémon may be put to sleep on the opposing team at a time, if not induced by a move such as Rest.
• Species Clause: Players cannot have two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number on the same team.
• Pokémon may be up to level 100.
Banned Pokémon
• Arceus
• Blaziken
• Darkrai
• Deoxys
• Deoxys-A
• Dialga
• Genesect
• Giratina
• Giratina-O
• Groudon
• Ho-Oh
• Kyogre
• Kyurem-W
• Lugia
• Mewtwo
• Palkia
• Rayquaza
• Reshiram
• Shaymin-S
• Xerneas
• Yveltal
• Zekrom

Banned Items
• Gengarite
• Kangaskhanite
• Lucarionite

Banned Moves
• Swagger

Pokémon Tournament Rules and Guidelines


All participants must pay the $5.00 AMA-Con admission fee in order to participate.

Any registration will be held on-site starting at 10:00AM. Registration will be limited to 32 contestants per age group and registration will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be no pre-registration process. Contestants under the age of 16 must sign up for the JUNIOR Tourney, and contestants ages 16 and over must sign up for the MASTER Tourney. Contestants who register for the MASTER Tourney must bring valid photo identification with birthdate to registration or they will not be permitted to compete. JUNIOR Tourney contestants are encouraged to bring valid school identification with them, but if this is not possible, a parent or guardian must be present at registration.

Contestants must have their tourney Pokémon team assembled before time of registration. Judges will evaluate each Pokémon team to be sure it conforms to tourney rules. Judges will also make a record of contestants Pokémon team, held items, and Pokémon’s moveset. If a team does not meet Tourney standards, they will not be able to register and compete in the AMA-CON 2013 Pokémon Tourney; the team may be adjusted and resubmitted to the judges for approval, however the contestant must restart the registration process. Once a team has been recorded and approved by the judges, contestants may NOT adjust their Pokémon teams or items. If a contestant is caught adjusting their team or items after it has been officially registered or during tourney gameplay, they will be automatically disqualified.

Contestants will provide their own Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DS/i XL, Nintendo 3DS, or Nintendo 3DS XL, and a valid North American game cartridge of Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2. Contestants may not play with teams located on game cartridges of Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Diamond, Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon Heart Gold, or Pokémon Soul Silver. AMA-CON 2013 cannot provide equipment (DS or 3DS system and/or Pokémon game cartridges) to tourney contestants. Contestants will be responsible for the management of their tourney hardware. AMA-CON 2013 is not responsible for lost or stolen handheld game consoles, game chargers, or Pokémon game cartridges.

Tourney bracket placement will be determined by random selection. Players will be expected to uphold the Amarillo Public Library’s Code of Conduct for the duration for the tourney. Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disqualification from the AMA-CON 2013 Pokémon Tourney. Tourney matches will be monitored by judges.



This tourney requires players to assemble a team of Pokémon, with held items, prior to the start of the event.

Pokémon above level 50 will be brought down to level 50 for the match while those below 50 will maintain their level status.

Tourney battle will be conducted in single battle format. In single battles, each player selects six Pokémon on a team. Players will view their opponent’s team and then select three Pokémon to use to battle each opponent. Matches will be conducted 3 versus 3. Game play continues until a player knocks out all three of his or her opponent’s selected Pokémon. Tourney battles will be limited to 10 minutes of gameplay. Should a battle go over the 10 minute limit, please see TIEBREAKERS/SUDDEN DEATH rules.

When building a team for a Pokémon tournament, all players must adhere to these standard construction rules :

– A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same Pokedex number.

– Each Pokémon on a player’s team can hold an item.
– A player’s team cannot contain two Pokémon with the same nickname.
— AMA-CON 2013 requires all competing Pokémon to have family-appropriate nicknames.
– A player’s team cannot contain a Pokémon nicknamed with the name of another Pokémon (ex. an Unfezant named ‘Pidove’)
– Pokémon  may only use moves that have been learned through one of the following methods:

— by leveling up
— by TM (Technical Machine) or HM (Hidden Machine)
— as an Egg move through breeding
— from a character in-game.
— move learned as a result of an official Pokémon event or promotion.
– Pokémon may not know the moves SKY DROP or DARK VOID.

– Players may use Pokémon with Hidden Abilities that have been officially released via Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, the Pokémon Global Link, or an official event or promotion.

Only Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version game cartridges are permitted for use. Players may use Pokémon from the National Pokedex, from #001 – #646, that are caught in the game, transferred from a previous Pokémon title, or received at an official event or distribution.

To promote fairness. the following Pokémon may not be on a player’s team : Mewtwo (150), Mew (151), Lugia (249), Ho-Oh (250), Celebi (251), Kyogre (382), Groudon (383), Rayquaza (384), Jirachi (385), Deoxys (386), Chatot (441), Garchomp (445), Dialga (483), Palkia (484), Giratina (487), Phione (489), Manaphy (490), Darkrai (491), Shaymin (492), Arceus (493), Victini (494), Reshiram (643), Zekrom (644), Kyurem (646), Keldeo (647), Meloetta (648), or Genesect (649)

To promote fairness, the following clauses will be put into effect for the duration of the AMA-CON 2013 Pokémon Tourney.

– SPECIES CLAUSE : No two Pokémon on a team may be of the same Pokedex number.
– LAUNCHER CLAUSE : Contestants will not be permitted to use items via the Wonder Launcher in battle.
– ONE HIT KO CLAUSE : One-hit KO moves (Horn Drill, Fissure, Sheer Cold, and Guillotine) may not be used.



Single-battle matches will held at a 10 minute limit. Each game will be timed individually and monitored by judges individually.

A player wins by knocking out his or her opponent’s final Pokémon.

If the player’s final Pokémon used Selfdestruct, Explosion, Destiny Bond, or Final Gambit, and both players’ final Pokémon are knocked out as a result, that player loses the match.

If a player’s final Pokémon used Double-Edge, Volt Tackle, Flare Blitz, Take Down, Submission, Brave Bird, Wood Hammer, Head Smash, Struggle, or Wild Charge, or was holding Life Orb, and both players’ final Pokémon are knocked out as a result, that player wins the match.

If both players’ final Pokémon is knocked out by a weather condition such as Hail or Sandstorm, the player whose Pokémon is knocked out last wins the match.

If a Pokémon’s Ability or held item, such as Rough Skin, Aftermath, Liquid Ooze, Iron Barbs, or Rocky Helmet, results in each player’s final Pokémon being knocked out, the player with the Ability or held item will win the match.



Should the time limit (10 minutes) expire before a player knocks out his or her opponent’s final Pokémon, the winner of the game is determined by the criteria below.

If one player has more remaining Pokémon than the other, that player wins the game.

If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining, the result of the game is determined by the average percentage of HP remaining. If one player’s team has a higher average percentage of HP remaining for total Pokémon, that player wins the match.

If both players’ teams have the same average percentage of HP remaining for total Pokémon, a Sudden Death match will occur.

A single Sudden Death game is played to determine the winner of the match. Players are required to gain an advantage in number of remaining Pokémon over their opponent. Tournament staff will evaluate the game at the end of each turn to determine if an advantage has been gained. After each turn has been completed, the tournament staff will determine the number of Pokémon that each player has remaining.

If both players have the same number of Pokémon remaining at the end of the turn, the game continues for another turn.

If a player has more remaining Pokémon than his or her opponent at the end of any turn, that player wins the match.



The tournament will function on a Swiss Style Tournament bracket system, with 1st place winners in each bracket receiving a certificate and “bragging rights”.  Since this is a Pokémon-sanctioned tournament, winners’ stats will be included in the national database.


If you have any questions, please contact Summer Fenwick at pokeprof.skfenwick@gmail.com or call (806) 378-3089.