Pokémon Legends: Arceus may not include competitive multiplayer, but there are plenty of ways to organize a tournament without it. Streamer Pokemen7 and Wolfe Glick, the 2016 Pokémon Video Game Championship (VGC) champion, have announced the format for their March 5 Pokémon Legends: Arceus tournament.
The Legends: Arceus Invitational will have content creators race against the clock to catch the best team of six Pokémon possible. They’ll have 30 minutes to scour the map for some of the most competitively viable pocket monsters before having to fight one another on Pokémon Showdown — a third party service that includes hundreds and hundreds of Pokémon. Even new Pokémon found within Arceus are available to pick up.
Pokemen7 and Glick put out a video demonstrating the format.
No PVP, no problem: The first Arceus tournament
Each player will need to build out their team, including adding moves for each Pokémon, within Pokémon Showdown, after they catch their full team in Arceus. Once that’s done, players will take a trip back in time to play a doubles match within Showdown; something that’s not possible in the single player adventure in Arceus.
The semi-open world adventure came out to positive reviews in late January, giving Pokémon content creators plenty of content to build streams and videos around. The new Pokémon currently has upwards of 17,000 viewers on Twitch.
Time will tell whether the new Pokémon introduced in Arceus will make their way to the competitive scene. We’ll have to wait and see whether Nintendo, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company decide to add them to the next entry that includes competitive multiplayer.