Thousands of Pokémon trainers, players, supporters, and fans across the United States will converge on Sunday, January 20 for the Pokémon Video Game Winter Regional Championships. Competitors will be battling using Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2.

Competitors from three different age divisions will be battling for the title of Pokémon Winter Regional Champion, with first place finishers in each division receiving Travel Awards to the 2013 Pokémon U.S. National Championships, which take place July 5 -7 in Indianapolis, Ind. A number of top finishers will also earn Championship Points, improving their chances of receiving an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this August.


Hosting cities for this weekend’s Pokémon Video Game Winter Regional Championships, as well as the Pokémon Trading Card Game Winter Regional Championships which begin on Saturday, January 19, include Long Beach, Calif., Lake Buena Vista, Fla., St. Charles, Mo., Salem, Ore., and Sandston, Va. More information, including location addresses, can be viewed online with the Video Game Event Locator and TCG Event Locator. The Pokémon TCG and Video Game Winter Regional Championships are open to all players wishing to compete, and players who remain in good standing at the event are guaranteed to battle in multiple rounds.

Special Cloyster Character Distribution at Pokémon Video Game Winter Regional Championships:

To celebrate this weekend’s Pokémon Video Game Winter Regional Championships, attendees at all five locations who bring their Nintendo DS or 3DS system and a copy of Pokémon BlackPokémon WhitePokémon Black 2, or Pokémon White 2 video game to the event can get a special Cloyster based off of the one Abram Burrows used in his 2012 Junior Division World Championship team! The Cloyster will be holding a Choice Scarf and comes ready with Icicle Spear, Rock Blast, Hidden Power, and Razor Shell, a rare and difficult-to-obtain combination of moves. This character mimics competitive Pokémon used by World Champions and shows newer players what Pokémon and move-sets are being utilized in world-class competitive Pokémon Video Game play.

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