Pokémon Sword and Shield: Series 7 Rules and Start Date


Play! Pokémon has just announced the rules for Series 7 of Competitive Ranked Battled in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Series 7 of Ranked play will begin November 1st. For Series 7, Pokémon that were banned in Series 6 will return, making all Pokémon that were legal in Series 5 usable once again. Mythical Pokémon remain excluded but many Pokémon from The Crown Tundra will now be allowed. This includes a large number of Legendary Pokémon.

Eligible Pokémon

  • Pokémon need to have either the Galar symbol; showing that they were caught, received, or hatched in the Galar region; or the battle-ready symbol, showing that they were transferred from another game and adapted to battles in the Galar region
  • All Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex, the Isle of Armor Pokédex, and the Crown Tundra Pokédex as well as certain other Pokémon are permitted except for Mythical Pokémon and certain Legendary Pokémon
  • Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor are permitted
  • All Pokémon will be set to Lv. 50, including Pokémon below Lv. 50
  • Duplicate Pokémon are not allowed
  • Duplicate held items are not allowed

Timer Regulations

  • Each battle begins with a 90-second Team Preview phase
  • In each battle, players have the following time limits
  • 7 minutes of Your Time
  • 45 seconds of Move Time
  • 15 minutes of Game Time

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