Pokémon World Championships 2019: Start Time, Schedule and How to Watch Online

The Pokémon community gathers this weekend for 2019's World Championships in Washington D.C.

The best Pokémon players from around the world converge in the nation's capital to prove they are the very best like no one ever was. Starting Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18, competitors from over 45 countries will battle it out to determine who the best Pokémon TCG, Pokémon VGC and Pokken Tournament players are.

Pokémon Go fans will also want to check out the first Pokémon Go Invitational taking place on Day 1 of the World Championships. This will likely act as a testing ground for possible future Pokémon Go tournaments.

If you're interested to watch all the festivities and action, here's everything you need to know including the full schedule and how to watch online.

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The 2019 Pokémon World Championships begin Friday, August 16 at 9 a.m. EDT with the Opening Ceremony and runs through Sunday, August 18 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Day 1 consists of the Opening Ceremony, the aforementioned Pokémon Go Invitational and the Pokémon VG and TCG Swiss Rounds. Itl also features the Last Chance Qualifiers for the Pokken Tournament competition.

Day 2 continues the Pokémon TCG and VG rounds and the conclusion of the Pokken Tournament competition. The final day will crown the champions of the Pokémon TCG and VG tournaments in all three age groups.

Here's the entire 2019 Pokémon World Championship schedule. (all times in EDT)


Main Stage Stream:

  • 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.:
    • o 9 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
    • o 9:30 a.m.: Preshow
    • o 9:45 a.m.: Pokémon GO Invitational
    • o 11:45 a.m.: VG & TCG Swiss Rounds

Pokémon VG Stream:

  • 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: VG Swiss Rounds

Pokémon TCG Stream:

  • 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: TCG Swiss Rounds

Pokkén Tournament DXStream:

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Last Chance Qualifier


Main Stage Stream:

  • 8:45 a.m. – 9 p.m.:
    • o 9 a.m.: VG & TCG Swiss Rounds
    • o 3 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament DX Senior and Masters Division Finals
    • o 6 p.m.: VG Top Cut

Pokémon VG Stream:

  • 8:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.: Swiss Rounds and Top Cut

Pokémon TCG Stream:

  • 11:15 a.m. – 10 p.m.: Swiss Rounds and Top Cut

Pokkén Tournament DXStream:

  • 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Championship Bracket (moves to Main Stage Stream at 3 p.m.)


Main Stage Stream:

  • Starting at 9 a.m., the following matches will be played in order, with an estimated finish of 4 p.m.:
    • o TCG Junior Finals
    • o TCG Senior Finals
    • o TCG Masters Finals
    • o VG Junior Finals
    • o VG Senior Finals
    • o VG Masters Finals
  • 4 p.m.: Closing Ceremony


There will be four different Twitch channels covering the entirety of the 2019 Pokémon World Championships. Each channel focuses on one aspect of the championships with the main Pokémon Twitch channel being the main place to watch the ceremonies. Although, the opening ceremonies will be streamed on all four channels.

Of course, fans can watch the streams through the Twitch app on their mobile devices or gaming consoles. You can also watch the various dedicated streams below.

Main Stage

The main Pokémon Twitch channel is the landing spot for those looking to watch the Pokémon Go Invitational, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. It'll be the only place to watch the final day competition.

But on Day 1 and 2, the main stage channel will alternate between different matches.

Pokémon VG

Watch the best Pokémon players go head-to-head in traditional double battles. Here is where fans will see the most used Pokémon face off.

Pokémon TCG

Fans can watch the best trading card game players of the three age groups square off. Which cards and decks will reign supreme?

Pokken Tournament DX

The youngest of the Pokémon competitions at the World Championships, fighting game fans will want to check out the Pokken Tournament DX competition.

Are you excited for this weekend's competition? Let us know what you are looking forward to in the comments section.