Pokemon 2020 International ChallengeSource: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon's 2020 International Challenge starts this week and runs from Thursday, February 27, at 4:00 p.m. PST until March 1, at 3:59 p.m. PST! Players from around the world will battle against each other to prove who really is the best. Top competitors can earn points towards an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships. However, to participate in the 2020 International Challenge, players must sign up before Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST. Here's how to sign up.

How to sign-up

Players must sign up before Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST.

  1. Open Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Press the A button to get past the loading screen.

    Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur SquirtlePokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur SquirtleSource: iMore

  3. Once your game loads up, press the X button on the right Joy-Con.
  4. Select VS menu

    Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur SquirtleHow To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020Source: iMore and VS menu

  5. Select Battle Stadium
  6. Press A when it says, "You're now connected to the internet."

    How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020Source: Battle Stadium

  7. If you haven't been to this menu before, a tutorial will pop up. Press A to get through the tutorial.
  8. Select Online Competitions.

    How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020Source: Tutorials and Online Competitions

  9. If you haven't been to this menu before, a tutorial will pop up. Press A to get through the tutorial.
  10. Select Search Official Competitions.

    How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020Source: Tutorials and Search Official Competitions

  11. Select 2020 Intenational Challenge Feb. Masters Division.
  12. This screen will pop up showing the challenge details. Press A to enter the challenge.

    How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020Source: 2020 International Challenge Feb Masters Division and Regulations

  13. Several notices will pop up. Make sure to read through them. Press A to get past them.
  14. Select Enter.

    How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020Source: Notices and Enter

  15. Press A when it says, "Your entry is complete!"

    How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020Source: Sign-up complete

Now that you've signed up for the 2020 International Challenge, you'll be able to battle against other players and see just how good of a Pokémon trainer you are. You'll be able to participate in the challenge as soon as it starts on February 27, 2020. Good luck out there and have fun.

Additional Equipment

You can greatly enhance your Nintendo Switch gaming sessions with awesome accessories. These are some that I personally love.

SanDisk 128GB micoSD Card ($26 at Amazon)

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Hori Compact Playstand ($13 at Amazon)

Prop up your Nintendo Switch while playing in tabletop mode or when watching Hulu or YouTube. I love this stand since it folds flat and offers three different viewing angles.

PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller - Pikachu vs. Mewtwo ($45 at Amazon)

Take down the competition with this awesome controller. It's wireless and features an epic battle between Pikachu and Mewtwo. It's the perfect controller for competitive Pokémon battles.

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