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“Unova Classic” Online Competition Announced

Trials and tribulations with Triple Battles!

A brand new online competition has been announced on the Pokémon Global Link, it’s the fifth (and possibly final) tribute to battles from days gone by! The “Unova Classic” is a glimpse of the not-to-distant past where only the Pokémon available in Generation V and lower can compete in Triple Battles  – a hectic battle format that made its very debut in this particular Generation.

Unova Classic Banner

Using Pokémon found within the Generation V National Dex (barring the usual banned Mythical and Legendary Pokémon), players compete in the Triple Battle format.  Once again, Mega Stones (as well as the Soul Dew) are not permitted but held items are still allowed, bringing the battles in line with what was seen during the glory days of Pokémon Black 2 & White 2.

Here’s the list of rules you need to know for this online competition:

  • All battles are Triple Battles played in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.
  • You can bring in Pokémon from earlier games via Poké Transporter.
  • All Pokémon above Lv. 50 will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the match.
  • You can only use Pokémon with National Pokédex number 1 through 649; Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect are banned.
  • Held items are allowed, but Mega Stones are banned.  Soul Dew is banned, too.

Sign-ups for the Unova Classic begins on Thursday, August 18, 2016.  Those who sign up and compete for at least three matches will receive a special Pokémon: N’s Darmanitan!  This Pokémon is styled after N’s Darmanitan from Pokémon Black 2 & White 2, complete with its mysterious Hidden Ability, Zen Mode.


Lv. 35
Original Trainer: N
Ability: Zen Mode
Moves: Thrash, Belly Drum, Flare Blitz, Hammer Arm

For more details, visit the official Pokémon Global Link page.

The Unova Classic online competition begins on Friday, August 26, 2016.

Good luck to everyone competing! Since the Triple Battle format isn’t as common as Singles or Doubles, you might want to check out places like Smogon’s Forums or even Nugget Bridge for tips and strategies!

Sources:, Pokémon Global Link
Cover Image:
Darmanitan Sprite: The Pokémon Wiki