Welcome to the Nashicon Pokémon League! This is an event at Nashicon 2017 that includes both our usual 3DS-based Pokémon League event as well as other events that may or may not require you to have a 3DS! Information will be updated and events will be added as we approach the 2017 convention, so keep checking back! You can also join our Facebook group for up-to-date information!
2017 Pokémon League Events:
Nashicon League: Friday – Sunday
Pokédex Hunt: Friday – Sunday
Flash Tournament: Saturday, 7pm
Nashicon Trial Challenge: Friday – Sunday
Evil Team Takeover Event: Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Pokémon Go Bug-catching Contest: Saturday – Sunday
Non-League Pokémon Events:
The Pokémon Raiders’ Rumble: Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Panel 2
Bring your 3DS and your copy of Pokémon Sun or Moon to this King of the Ring tournament where you and one of your Pokémon have a chance to become The Raiders’ Rumble Champions and attain a wondrous prize. Sign-ups will start at event time.
Pokémon Photoshoot: Saturday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, upstairs lobby
Gotta Catch Ém All 6: Alola!: Saturday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Panel 1
Hosted by the League organizer and Grass gym leader Kim Poulter, this is the sixth year of the Pokémon panel! Come hear about all the latest Pokémon news, discuss the new games, reminisce about Pokémon throughout the years, and win some cool prizes!
Calling all Pokémon Trainers! Do you want to be the very best, like no-one ever was? Do you have a copy of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon? Do you want a chance at winning free admission to Nashicon 2018, and other cool prizes? Challenge the Nashicon Pokémon League at Nashicon 2017!
Hey, I want to be a Gym Leader!
All of our Gym Leader spots are currently filled for 2017. Better luck next year!
How to Enter:
- You must have a Nashicon 2017 badge
- There is an entry fee of $5 to enter the League. You get one free continue, after that it is $1 to continue if you lose
- You can enter and pick up your League Booklet beginning at 5pm Friday at the Pokémon League table
- You will need to write down your name, email and address (so we can send you cool stuff if you win), as well as list the nine Pokémon you will be using to challenge the League.
What do I get if I win?
- If you defeat at least 8 gym leaders and 2 of the Elite 4, you will get your own special Nashicon League Trainer Card mailed to you after the convention!
- If you defeat at least 8 gym leaders, all of the Elite 4 and the Champion, you will get free admission to Nashicon 2017!
- If you collect all of the badges (14 from the Gym Leaders, 4 from the Elite 4 and 1 from the Champion), you’ll get a special Shiny Pokémon! What is it? You’ll find out at the convention!
- Remember that every member of the League is a volunteer, and just like you they want to have fun! Please don’t intentionally use annoying strategies or exploit loopholes in our rules just to win faster.
- You must have either Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon
- When you sign up for the League, you will need to list nine Pokémon – those are the ONLY Pokémon you are allowed to use while you are challenging the League. If a League member finds that you have changed to a different Pokémon than what is listed on your trainer sheet, you will be immediately disqualified and blacklisted.
- If you lose your League booklet, you can be issued a replacement for $1. Any badges that you earned previously must be earned again.
- You will be disqualified and blacklisted if you use any banned Pokémon or items. Please consult the list of banned Pokémon and items below for more information.
- You will be disqualified and blacklisted if you are found to be using any hacked, banned or unreleased Pokémon, items, moves or abilities. Even if you got it in a trade from someone else, you’ll be disqualified, no exceptions.
- To challenge the Elite 4 you need all eight badges, and to challenge the Champion you must have all eight normal badges and all four Elite 4 badges
- You are allowed one rematch per League member. So, if you lose once to a Gym Leader, you can re-challenge the same Gym Leader one more time. If you lose the second time you can either challenge a different Gym Leader or pay a $1 fee to re-challenge the same Gym Leader again. Same goes for the Elite 4 and the Champion.
- If the League member is busy or has other challengers waiting to battle them, you may not immediately rematch them.
- If at any time a League member that is on Staff needs to quit the battle for staff-related reasons, you are allowed to rematch them later with no penalty; the match does not count toward your continues.
- Gym Leaders, Elite 4 and the Champion will stop accepting challengers Sunday at 3pm
THIS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY POINT
Unless specified, all forms, including Mega Evolutions, of the following Pokémon are banned:
- AZ’s Floette (unobtainable)
- Marshadow (currently unreleased)
- Zygarde 100% and 50% forms
- Speed Boost Blaziken
- Protean Greninja
- Sky Forme Shaymin
- ANY Hacked Pokémon (even if you got it in trade from another player)
You are restricted to using only ONE of these Pokémon per team, including in your reserves:
- Tapu Koko
- Tapu Lele
- Tapu Bulu
- Tapu Fini
Banned Mega Stones:
- Available in Sun/Moon and Banned: Gengarite, Kangaskhanite, Lucarionite, Salamencite
- Still banned even if made available in Sun/Moon at any point: Blazikenite, Diancite, Latiasite, Latiosite, Mawilite, Mewtwonite X, Mewtwonite Y
- Currently unavailable in Sun/Moon, but if made LEGALLY available will not be banned: Abomasite, Aggronite, Altarianite, Ampharosite, Audinite, Banettite, Cameruptite, Galladite, Gardevoirite, Heracronite, Houndoomite, Lopunnite, Manectite, Medichamite, Pidgeotite, Sablenite, Sceptilite, Steelixite, Swampertite, Tyranitarite
Swagger, Double Team, Minimize, Fissure, Sheer Cold, Horn Drill, Guillotine
- Moody, Sand Veil, Snow Cloak
- Pokémon with unreleased hidden abilities: Raikou with Volt Absorb, Entei with Flash Fire, Suicune with Water Absorb, Heatran with Flame Body, Rowlet/Dartrix/Decidueye with Long Reach, Litten/Torracat/Incineroar with Intimidate, Popplio/Brionne/Primarina with Liquid Voice, Oranguru with Symbiosis, Passimian with Defiant, Tapu Koko/Tapu Lele/Tapu Bulu/Tapu Fini with Telepathy.
The following clauses are in effect:
- 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 – You may not have two Pokemon with the same Pokedex number on the same team.
- Endless Battle Clause – Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned.
- Item Clause – You may not have two or more of the same held item(s) on your team at the same time
No 3DS? No problem! You can still catch ém all! Returning by popular demand for 2017, we’ll have our Pokédex hunt. There will be at Pokémon hidden around the convention center for you to find. Pick up a Pokédex at the Pokémon League headquarters, then take pictures of them with your phone or camera and show the pictures to the attendant at the League Headquarters to fill up your Pokédex and win some cool prizes. The Dex Hunt will start on Friday night and continuing until the end of the convention on Sunday.
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What is a flash-style tournament? It’s a tournament where each participant can only use one Pokémon for the entire tournament! The tournament will start a 7pm Saturday. You can sign up at any point prior to the start of the tournament to participate. Participation is free. You must have a 3DS and a copy of Sun or Moon to participate. The winner will receive a badge for Nashicon 2018 and a Nashicon 2017 t-shirt, and second place will receive their choice of a badge for Nashicon 2018 or a Nashicon 2017 t-shirt. Other mystery prizes may be involved! To make things fair and fun for everyone, we have a list of banned Pokémon, items, moves and abilities that cannot be used during the Flash-style tournament:
- Any Pokémon, moves, abilties and items banned from our Pokémon League (see above)
- Any mega stones/mega evolved Pokémon
- Tapu Koko, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Lele, or Tapu Fini
- Perish Song
Note that this list is not finalized and may change at any time up until the dates of the convention.
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New for 2017, in the spirit of Pokémon Sun and Moon, we will be having a Trial Challenge! Like the Island Challenge in Sun and Moon, challengers will have to find our eight Trial Captains and four Kahunas throughout the convention, and complete tasks in order to obtain Trial Badges. Unlike the Pokémon League challenge, the Trial Challenge can be done without a 3DS! If you can complete the eight Trials and take on the Nashi Kahunas, you can win awesome prizes!
Hey, I want to be a Trial Captain!
All of our Trial Captain spots are currently filled for 2017. Better luck next year!
How to Enter:
- You must have a Nashicon 2017 badge
- There is an entry fee of $5 to take on the Trial Challenge. You get one free continue, after that it is $1 to continue if you lose.
- You can enter and pick up your Field Guide beginning at 5pm Friday at the Pokémon League table.
- You will need to write down your name, email and address (so we can send you cool stuff if you win).
What do I get if I win?
- If you pass all eight Trials and four Grand Trials, you will win either free admission to Nashicon 2018 or one of our awesome Nashicon 2017 t-shirts!
- Remember that every member of the League is a volunteer, and just like you they want to have fun! Please be respectful and patient.
- If you lose your Field Guide, you can be issued a replacement for $1. Any badges that you earned previously must be earned again.
- You are allowed one rematch per League member. So, if you lose once to a Trial Captain, you can re-challenge the same Captain one more time. Same goes for the Kahunas.
- If the League member is busy or is giving a challenge to another Trialgoer, you may not immediately rematch them.
- If at any time a League member that is on Staff needs to quit a challenge for staff-related reasons, you are allowed to rematch them later with no penalty; the match does not count toward your continues.
- Captains and Kahunas will stop accepting challengers Sunday at 3pm
- Please don’t give advice, answers, or spoil any of the challenges for other Trialgoers! Not only is it rude, it takes away the fun of the challenge. Something like pointing out where a Trial Captain is, for example, does not count, but giving the answer to a quiz does.
- If you are caught giving advice, answers, or spoiling any of the challenges to another Trialgoer, you will be immediately disqualified and banned from participating in any Pokémon League events.
- If you are unable to complete a Challenge due to a disability, please let the Captain/Kahuna know!
- If any parts or pieces of a Challenge appear to be broken, damaged or missing, let the Captain/Kahuna know, or if you can’t find them, please let a member of the League know!
- If you complete the Nashicon Trial Challenge, you are not allowed to play a second time.
Oh no! Nashicon is overrun with villains! Denizens of evil organizations from Kanto to Alola are invading Nashicon, and we need your help to stop them! …well, if you have a 3DS, that is. Battle your way through waves and waves of Zubats, and Rattatas, and…Zubats…and more Zubats…oh, that one has a Drowzee! Neat! Anyway, battle against these foes with your copy of Pokémon Sun or Moon. Whoever collects the most stamps from the defeated Grunts and Leaders will receive an amazing prize! You don’t need to be participating in our Pokémon League challenge to join the cause, but the banlist still applies!
How do I play?
The invasion of villains will take place on Saturday afternoon from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. You’ll have the two hours to defeat as many villains as possible. At 2:50pm, we’ll count up everyone’s stamps, and announce the winner! It doesn’t cost anything to play, and you don’t need to sign up ahead of time.
Can I participate as a villain?
Sure! Stop by the Pokémon League at any point on Friday to sign up. You’ll also need a 3DS and a copy of Pokémon Sun or Moon. You’ll need to be cosplaying as a member of an evil organization from any generation of Pokémon. So you can be cosplaying a Grunt, Admin, or Leader of Team Rocket, Aqua, Magma, Galactic, Plasma, Neo-Plasma, Flair, Skull or the Aether Foundation. Characters that work with one of the teams but that aren’t actually a part of the team, such as Silph Co. Scientists, N, or Sabrina, Koga and Lt. Surge from the Pokémon Adventures manga, can also count. When you sign up, you’ll need to let us know which character you’ll be cosplaying and what your team will be like (we strongly encourage a party of six Zubats for grunts, for example). If you are participating as a villain, you won’t be allowed to play the event or be eligible for the prize.
What is the prize?
You’ll have to play the event to find out! But we promise, it’s amazing.
No, seriously, what’s the prize?
If you know your Pokémon Trivia, you can probably guess what the prize is.
We’ll be hosting a Bug-Catching Contest on Saturday and Sunday during Nashicon. Each person can enter one bug-type Pokémon (you can change your entry throughout the weekend if you want to). We’ll be giving away prizes at the Pokémon League table at 8pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday for the heaviest, lightest, tallest, and shortest Pokémon, along with some other to-be-announced categories. Be sure to read the rules below:
- Pokémon must have a capture date of either 4/1/2017 or 4/2/2017 to qualify.
- Pokémon must have been captured in Columbia, South Carolina, United States to qualify.
- The Pokémon must be a bug-type to qualify.
- Each person may enter with one Pokémon each. You may change your entry at any point.
- Each Pokémon can only win in ONE category (so even if the Pokémon is the shortest AND lightest, it can only win for one)
- If you win on Saturday, you can’t also win on Sunday.
- Nicknames are encouraged, however, remember that Nashicon is a family-friendly convention!