Pokémon League (TCG)

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A Pokémon League, often casually referred to simply as a League, is a periodic gathering, typically weekly, of players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon video games. During a Pokémon League session, players battle and trade for fun. It is not a structured tournament and there are no regular "prizes" for winning. However, each player can obtain an official Player ID. Event organizers will upload player event play information to Play! Pokémon, eventually resulting in minor prizes.

Pokémon League logo

Most Pokémon Leagues meet once a week, year round, though some meet more or less than that. Some Leagues running once a month during only a certain time period. A lot of the time Pokémon leagues do tournaments called League Challenges that happens once a month. If you get in the best 4 players of this tournament, you get a "League Challenge Promo" stamped with your final placement. Leagues can also run "bigger" tournaments once every three months that are called League Cups. You get Championship Points in both of these tournaments and so, a league is the starting point to get a qualification for the World Championships.

Players at a League in Seattle, Washington

League Owner

A League Owner is the person who creates the League and who is in charge of maintaining a Pokémon League. The League Owner takes care of organizing League dates, to ensure that Play! Pokémon is aware of the League's existence in order to receive player rewards and other League materials. Additionally, the League Owner is expected to upload play information to Play! Pokémon when players play games and to hand out the promotions materials supplied to the League's players once they have been earned. The League Owner can designate other Professors to be League Leader and can assign some of these roles to them. A League can be deleted by the League Owner.

League Leader

A League Leader is the person, designated by the League Owner, in charge of helping the League Owner in maintaining a Pokémon League. League Leader has limited power, in the League, compared to League Owner. A League can't be deleted by the League Leader.

My Play! Pokémon

A current Pokémon League card
Main article: player ID

Upon registering with a Pokémon League, players receive a Play! Pokémon Player ID. Event organizers upload player event information that may then be viewed by a player, including games played, a player's Rankings, Premier Ratings, Tournaments (for Tournament Organizers only), or Leagues (for League Leaders only) on the Pokémon.com website.

At one time, players receive a physical Score Card made of a fold-able piece of card stock approximately the size of a small greeting card. The outer design of this card provided space for the player's name and Player ID. Inside the card were two sides, one for TCG matches and one for video game battles. Completing any row earned the player a League promotional reward. This entire tracking system has been replaced with the Play! Pokémon on-line tracking system.

Current rewards

Promotional foil cards

Promotional cards earned in Pokémon Leagues, dubbed "League Promos", are exclusive to Pokémon Leagues. The cards are not traditional Black Star promotional cards; instead, these cards are foil, Play! Pokémon branded versions of existing set cards.





  • Aspertia Gym Season: unknown
  • Virbank Gym Season: unknown
  • Castelia Gym Season: unknown
  • Nimbasa Gym Season: unknown
  • Driftveil Gym Season: unknown
  • Mistralton Gym Season: unknown
  • Opelucid Gym Season: unknown
  • Humilau Gym Season: unknown








Online Codes

During the 2012-2013 season online codes for special league promos were introduced. These code cards can be used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online and rewarded the player with a set of digital league promo cards. New code cards were distributed for the 2013-2014 season, albeit only 1 could be obtained by a player at each league, as opposed to 4.





  • Nature Season: 4 Flabébé, 2015 Nature Season Card Sleeves
  • Tech Season: 4 Floette, 2015 Tech Season Coin
  • BREAK Season: 4 Florges, 2015 BREAK Season Deck Box
  • Parallel Season: 4 Chikorita, 2016 Parallel Season Card Sleeves
  • Rift Season: 4 Bayleef, 2016 Rift Season Deck Box
  • Worlds Collide Season: 4 Meganium, 2016 Worlds Collide Season Coin
  • New Friends Season: 4 Fennekin, 2016 New Friends Season Card Sleeves
  • Alakazam! Season: 4 Braixen, 2016 Alakazam! Season Deck Box
  • Closure Season: 4 Delphox, 2016 Closure Season Coin
  • Steam Siege Season: 4 Yveltal, 2016 Steam Siege Season Card Sleeves
  • Gear Season: 4 Xerneas, 2016 Gear Season Deck Box
  • Rescue Season: 4 Volcanion, Red Volcanion Coin


  • Boulder Season: 4 Pikachu, 4 Gym Badge, 4 Gym Badge, Evolution Season 1 Card Sleeves (Pikachu)
  • Thunder Season: 4 Gym Badge, 4 Gym Badge, 4 Gym Badge, Evolution Season 2 Deck Box (Pikachu)
  • Marsh Season: 4 Gym Badge, 4 Gym Badge, 4 Gym Badge, Evolution Season 3 Coin (Pikachu)
  • Sun & Moon Season 1: 4 Decidueye, 2017 Sun & Moon Season 1 Deck Box
  • Sun & Moon Season 2: 4 Incineroar
  • Sun & Moon Season 3: 4 Primarina, 2017 Sun & Moon Season 3 Card Sleeves
  • Guardians Rising Season 1: 4 Oricorio, 2017 Guardians Rising Season 1 Deck Box
  • Guardians Rising Season 2: 4 Oricorio, 2017 Guardians Rising Season 2 Coin (Sun&Moon starters)
  • Guardians Rising Season 3: 4 Oricorio, 2017 Guardians Rising Season 3 Card Sleeves


  • Burning Shadows Season 1: 4 Darkrai, 2017 Burning Shadows Season 1 Deck Box
  • Burning Shadows Season 2: 4 Diancie, Gold Ho-oh Coin
  • Burning Shadows Season 3: 4 Zygarde, 2017 Burning Shadows Season 3 Card Sleeves
  • Crimson Invasion Season 1: 4 Regice, Crimson Invasion Deck Box
  • Crimson Invasion Season 2: 4 Regirock, Silver Accelgor/Escavalier Coin
  • Crimson Invasion Season 3: 4 Registeel, Crimson Invasion Card Sleeves
  • Ultra Prism Season 1: 4 Torterra, Ultra Prism Deck Box
  • Ultra Prism Season 2: 4 Infernape, Gold Sinnoh Partners Coin
  • Ultra Prism Season 3: 4 Empoleon, Ultra Prism Sleeves


  • Forbidden Light Season 1: 4 Buzzwole, Forbidden Light Deck Box
  • Forbidden Light Season 2: 4 Guzzlord, Gold Kalos Partners Coin
  • Forbidden Light Season 3: 4 Beast Ring, Forbidden Light Sleeves
  • Celestial Storm Season 1: 4 Celesteela, Celestial Storm Deck Box
  • Celestial Storm Season 2: 4 Metagross, Silver Pixel Metagross Coin
  • Celestial Storm Season 3: 4 Steven's Resolve, Celestial Storm Sleeves
  • Lost Thunder Season 1: 4 Jumpluff, Lost Thunder Deck Box
  • Lost Thunder Season 2: 4 Lost Blender, Coin
  • Lost Thunder Season 3: 4 Naganadel, Lost Thunder Sleeves
  • Team Up Season 1: 4 Field Blower, Team Up Deck Box
  • Team Up Season 2: 4 Enhanced Hammer, Red Yveltal Coin
  • Team Up Season 3: 4 Max Potion, Team Up Sleeves
  • Unbroken Bonds Season 1: 4 Metal Frying Pan, Unbroken Bonds Deck Box
  • Unbroken Bonds Season 2: 4 Rescue Stretcher, Coin
  • Unbroken Bonds Season 3: 4 Kiawe, Unbroken Bonds Sleeves


  • Unified Minds Season 1: 4 Electropower, Unified Minds Deck Box
  • Unified Minds Season 2: 4 Mysterious Treasure, Mew Light Blue Coin
  • Unified Minds Season 3: 4 Net Ball, Unified Minds Sleeves
  • Cosmic Eclipse Season 1: 4 Acro Bike, Cosmic Eclipse Deck Box
  • Cosmic Eclipse Season 2: 4 Escape Board, Reshiram and Zekrom Bronze Coin
  • Cosmic Eclipse Season 3: 4 Fiery Flint, Cosmic Eclipse Sleeves
  • Sword & Shield Season 1: 4 Rillaboom, Sword & Shield Deck Box
  • Sword & Shield Season 2: 4 Cinderace, Coin
  • Sword & Shield Season 3: 4 Inteleon, Sword & Shield Sleeves

Discontinued rewards

POP booster packs

If players played a certain number of games, they received a booster pack of Pokémon Organized Play cards. When the exclusivity of each POP set's distribution ceased, the remaining packs were sold as part of repackaged TCG merchandise, like the EX Collector's Box, or repacks made by third-party manufacturers.

Key Chains

2013-2014 cycle Keychains

During the 2013-2014 cycle key chains where introduced as League promotional items. The key chains featured the Pokémon from that season.

  • Chespin Key Chain
  • Fennekin Key Chain
  • Froakie Key Chain
  • Xerneas Key Chain
  • Yveltal Key Chain
  • Chesnaught Key Chain
  • Delphox Key Chain
  • Greninja Key Chain


During the 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 cycles, heat seal patches were given out that matches the League Season. The patch, while technically a heat seal, could also be hand-ironed.

2014-2015 Hoenn Region Patches

2014-2015 cycle Patches
  • Rustoboro Gym Season: Stone Badge
  • Dewford Gym Season: Knuckle Badge
  • Mauville Gym Season: Dynamo Badge
  • Lavaridge Gym Season: Heat Badge
  • Petalburg Gym Season: Balance Badge
  • Fortree Gym Season: Feather Badge
  • Mossdeep Gym Season: Mind Badge
  • Sootopolis Gym Season: Rain Badge

2010-2011 Pokéthlon and Unova starter Patches

  • Ring Drop Season: Ring Drop (Croconaw & Larvitar)
  • Hurdle Jump Season: Hurdle Jump (Raichu)
  • Snow Throw Season: Snow Throw (Charizard & Bellsprout)
  • Block Smash Season: Block Smash (Typhlosion)
  • Disc Catch Season: Disc Catch (Houndoom)
  • Snivy Season: Snivy
  • Tepig Season: Tepig
  • Oshawott Season: Oshawott

Promotional Nintendo DS skin

During the 2009-2010 cycle, adhesive skins designed to decorate a player's Nintendo DS were a prize during certain seasons. Criteria for winning these depended the League Leader, though traditionally the skins were given after completing an entire side on a card.

Holofoil Energy cards

Holofoil Energy cards were given as prizes during some league cycles in addition to other promotional cards. Unlike other promos, these Energy cards are not marked as part of any expansion or have an event stamp.

2007-2008 Sinnoh Region cycle

These Energy cards were awarded to players for completing challenges after they received that season's badge.

2002 Energize Your Game cycle

No Badges were given out this cycle. Instead, players were awarded Wizards Black Star Promos and Holofoil Energy cards, and Pokémon Licenses took the place of Badge Books. As Rainbow Energy already had a standard Holo print in the Team Rocket expansion, this promo has the Holofoil applied to the entire card.


Badges were obtained in a Pokémon League once a player completed their League Card and reached the Badge symbol at the end. Badges in the Pokémon League often, but not always, corresponded with Badges in the Pokémon games. Records of a player's earned Badges would be kept in a Badge Book.

2012-2013 Unova Gym cycle

2012-2013 cycle Badges

During this cycle it was possible to order a free Badge case from the official Pokémon site, to be delivered to their chosen league, if the player was registered in a Pokémon League, and had a Pokémon Trainer Club account. This case holds all 8 badges and has 2 spots in the lid for Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS game cards. Badges in this cycle were no longer pins, instead they have the same shape as they do in the games.

  • Aspertia Gym Season: Basic Badge
  • Virbank Gym Season: Toxic Badge
  • Castelia Gym Season: Insect Badge
  • Nimbasa Gym Season: Bolt Badge
  • Driftveil Gym Season: Quake Badge
  • Mistralton Gym Season: Jet Badge
  • Opelucid Gym Season: Legend Badge
  • Humilau Gym Season: Wave Badge

2011-2012 Unova Region cycle

2011-2012 cycle Badges

Starting with the 2011-2012 cycle, Badges were reintroduced into the League promotional items. All of the new Badges were featured in the games Pokémon Black and White Versions and Pokémon Black and White Versions 2, in the respective league cycles.

  • Trio Season: Trio Badge
  • Basic Season: Basic Badge
  • Insect Season: Insect Badge
  • Bolt Season: Bolt Badge
  • Quake Season: Quake Badge
  • Jet Season: Jet Badge
  • Freeze Season: Freeze Badge
  • Legend Season: Legend Badge

2008-2009 Energy cycle

2008-2009 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the TCG's type symbols.

  • Grass Season: Grass Badge
  • Fire Season: Fire Badge
  • Water Season: Water Badge
  • Lightning Season: Lightning Badge
  • Psychic Season: Psychic Badge
  • Fighting Season: Fighting Badge
  • Darkness Season: Darkness Badge
  • Metal Season: Metal Badge

2007-2008 Sinnoh Region cycle

2007-2008 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Sinnoh central Generation IV games.

  • Season 1: Coal Badge
  • Season 2: Forest Badge
  • Season 3: Cobble Badge
  • Season 4: Fen Badge
  • Season 5: Relic Badge
  • Season 6: Mine Badge
  • Season 7: Icicle Badge
  • Season 8: Beacon Badge

2006-2007 Kanto Region cycle

2006-2007 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Generation I remakes, FireRed and LeafGreen.

  • Season 1: Boulder Badge
  • Season 2: Cascade Badge
  • Season 3: Thunder Badge
  • Season 4: Rainbow Badge
  • Season 5: Soul Badge
  • Season 6: Marsh Badge
  • Season 7: Volcano Badge
  • Season 8: Earth Badge

2005-2006 Battle Frontier cycle

2005-2006 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Frontier Symbols from the Hoenn Battle Frontier, featured in Pokémon Emerald.

  • Season 1: Tactics Symbol Badge
  • Season 2: Guts Symbol Badge
  • Season 3: Luck Symbol Badge
  • Season 4: Knowledge Symbol Badge
  • Season 5: Spirit Symbol Badge
  • Season 6: Ability Symbol Badge
  • Season 7: Brave Symbol Badge

2004-2005 Sevii Islands cycle

2004-2005 cycle Badges

These Badges were named after the Sevii Islands in FireRed and LeafGreen. However, their appearance was based on different types of Poké Balls.

  • Season 1: Knot Island Badge
  • Season 2: Boon Island Badge
  • Season 3: Kin Island Badge
  • Season 4: Floe Island Badge
  • Season 5: Chrono Island Badge
  • Season 6: Fortune Island Badge
  • Season 7: Quest Island Badge
  • Season 8: Trainer Tower Badge

2003-2004 Hoenn Region cycle

2003-2004 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Hoenn central Generation III games.

  • Season 1: Stone Badge
  • Season 2: Knuckle Badge
  • Season 3: Dynamo Badge
  • Season 4: Heat Badge
  • Season 5: Balance Badge
  • Season 6: Feather Badge
  • Season 7: Mind Badge
  • Season 8: Rain Badge

2001 Johto Region cycle

2001 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Generation II games. For the 2001 League cycle, badges were acquired at a certain number of points gained during that particular season. The points required per badge were:

  • Season 1: Zephyr Badge — 400 Points
  • Season 2: Hive Badge — 430 Points
  • Season 3: Plain Badge — 480 Points
  • Season 4: Fog Badge — 550 Points
  • Season 5: Storm Badge — 650 Points
  • Season 6: Mineral Badge — 680 Points
  • Season 7: Glacier Badge — 930 Points
  • Season 8: Rising Badge — 1100 Points

For each 50 points gained in a particular season beyond the necessary points required for that particular badge, 10 points was added to the next season.

2000 Kanto Region cycle

2000 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Generation I games.

  • Season 1: Boulder Badge
  • Season 2: Cascade Badge
  • Season 3: Thunder Badge
  • Season 4: Rainbow Badge
  • Season 5: Soul Badge
  • Season 6: Marsh Badge
  • Season 7: Volcano Badge
  • Season 8: Earth Badge

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