- Competition Dates
- 00:00 UTC, Thursday, May 10 through
23:59 UTC, Monday, May 14, 2012
- Registration Period
- 00:00 UTC, Wednesday, May 2 through
23:59 UTC, Wednesday, May 9, 2012
- To participate, you must first register for the competition on the Pokémon Global Link (PGL).
- Entry is on a first come, first served basis. Once the participant limit is reached, registration will be closed.
- No one can enter the competition once it has begun. You must register for the competition on the PGL during the registration period.
- Participant Limit
- 35,000 (limit subject to change; first come, first served).
- Ranking Results Announcement
- 00:00 UTC, Thursday, May 24, 2012
(Announcement time subject to change)
- No prizes will be distributed to top-ranking players.
- Compatible Game Cards
- Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version
- Competition Rules
- Battle Format: Double Battle
- Rankings will be decided based on player Ratings at the end of the competition.
- Players may use Pokémon found in the Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version National Pokédex, from No. 001–646.
- The following Pokémon cannot be used in this competition: Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Chatot, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem.
- For details, check the Rules section.
- Participation Requirements
- A Pokémon Trainer Club membership
- A wireless Internet connection.
- A Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version Game Card with a Game Sync ID registered in the PGL.
- If you have registered both Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version to a single PGL account, please choose only one version to use in this competition.
- There are no restrictions based on age. The 2012 Spring Friendly is available in all countries supported by the Pokémon Trainer Club.
Once you are matched with an opponent, do not turn off the power or disconnect until the match is completed and the results have uploaded. Turning off the power or disconnecting before a match is completed may result in penalties.
- If you absolutely must forfeit a match, choose the Run command on your turn and then select the option to forfeit. Forfeiting a match counts as a loss. Please avoid forfeiting as much as possible by only playing matches when you have enough time to finish the match.
- Players who behave inappropriately or attempt to obstruct the competition may be penalized.
- Players with a significant number of disconnects may be removed from the final Rankings. Read the "1. Once you have an opponent, finish the match!" section carefully, follow the rules, and avoid disconnecting during a match. Play matches using a stable Wi-Fi Internet connection, and fully charge your system before beginning a match.
- If a player is found to be behaving in a way not befitting a Pokémon Trainer at any time, he or she may be disqualified from participating in all current and future competitions.
About the Rankings
*Please check the "Once you have an opponent, finish the match!" part of the Wi-Fi Competition Etiquette section for more information about disconnections.
*Outside of the criteria listed above, if a player is found, by The Pokémon Company International, to be behaving in an inappropriate way that harms the environment, he or she may be excluded from the Rankings.