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Pokémon Sword and Shield: How to sign up for the 2020 International Challenge

Pokemon 2020 International Challenge
Pokemon 2020 International Challenge (Image credit: 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.Source: iMore

Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur Squirtle (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur Squirtle (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Once your game loads up, press the X button on the right Joy-Con.
  2. Select VS menuSource: iMore and VS menu

Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur Squirtle (Image credit: iMore)

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: VS menu)
  1. Select Battle Stadium
  2. Press A when it says, "You're now connected to the internet."Source: Battle Stadium

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: Battle Stadium)

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: Battle Stadium)
  1. If you haven't been to this menu before, a tutorial will pop up. Press A to get through the tutorial.
  2. Select Online Competitions.Source: Tutorials and Online Competitions

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: Tutorials)

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: Online Competitions)
  1. If you haven't been to this menu before, a tutorial will pop up. Press A to get through the tutorial.
  2. Select Search Official Competitions.Source: Tutorials and Search Official Competitions

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: Tutorials)

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: Search Official Competitions)
  1. Select 2020 Intenational Challenge Feb. Masters Division.
  2. This screen will pop up showing the challenge details. Press A to enter the challenge.Source: 2020 International Challenge Feb Masters Division and Regulations

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: 2020 International Challenge Feb Masters Division)

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: Regulations)
  1. Several notices will pop up. Make sure to read through them. Press A to get past them.
  2. Select Enter.Source: Notices and Enter

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: Notices)

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: Enter)
  1. Press A when it says, "Your entry is complete!"

How To Sign Up Pokemon International Challenge February 2020 (Image credit: 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.

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Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.