The Johto Classic Tournament Sign-ups Begin May 19

Battle like it’s 1999 in the upcoming Johto Classic. Pokémon Gold and Silver were originally released in Japan before the new millennium. It was a hotly anticipated sequel to the craze that was Pokémon Red and Blue. The Johto Classic runs similarly to the Kanto Classic which was held this past February.

The contest pits players against one another only using Pokémon from the National Pokédex. That means any and all Pokémon are allowed to compete as long as they hail from Kanto or Johto, however Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-oh, and Celebi are banned from battling.

You will compete in singles matches with only three of your party members able to fight. You may bring Pokémon to the competition that hail from earlier games via the Poké Transporter as long as their Pokédex number matches up. The battling will only take place on Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions.

The sign-up period opens May 19 and ends on May 26 with the actual competition beginning the next day. It will be open to 50,000 trainers on a first come first serve basis. For a full list of rules and guidelines visit the official announcement page for the Johto Classic.