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How to Earn an Invite to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships

Some competitive Pokemon trainers are eager to earn an invite to the 2022 Pokemon World Championships.
Some competitive Pokemon trainers are eager to earn an invite to the 2022 Pokemon World Championships. / Niantic Labs, The Pokemon Company

Some competitive Pokemon trainers are eager to earn an invite to the 2022 Pokemon World Championships.

The Play! Pokemon World Championship games have returned, giving dedicated trainers and Pokemon fans the chance to showcase their abilities on a national and international stage. The cash prizes, of course, aren’t too bad, either.

First, however, before taking those glorious steps onto the battle platform, trainers will need to prove themselves worthy of an invitation.

How to Earn an Invite to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships

There are two ways to earn an invitation to the Championships with each depending on which section the trainer wants to compete in.

Trading Card Game (TGC) and video game platform trainers simply need to compete in matches throughout the 2022 Championship season to earn Champion Points (CP). Each region has its own requirements regarding the CP threshold needed to qualify for an invitation to the World Championship games, specifically.

For Pokemon GO, players, it’s a bit more complicated and hinges on their performance in GO Battle League Season 9. Those who achieve Legend rank or above will be eligible for early entry-registration for the live, official Play! Pokemon champion events during a short window period encompassing the first few months of 2022. Afterward, other trainers can register to fill the remaining slots—if any.

Season 9 concludes on Nov. 29. Trainers have until that date to reach Legend rank and be eligible for the champion matches. Season 10 will feature the same chance to enter a “second batch of live events,” according to Niantic Labs’ news blog post.

Regardless of platform, all trainers should have an active Pokemon Trainer account and Play! Pokemon ID to register for events with and/or link to their existing Pokemon GO account.

More information about the Championships can be found on the official Pokemon website. The 2022 games will take place in London, England.