Pokemon World Championship Series dated

Warm up your Bidoofs and polish off your Pawniards, because it's time to start preparing your flock of collectable pocket monsters for the 2012 Pokemon Championship Series! Comprised of a series of battles held across Europe, the top 4 trainers from each tournament will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pokemon World Championship in sunny, distinctly non-european Hawaii, USA.

Players are separated into three divisions based on age: Junior, for those born after 2001, Senior, for those born between 1997 and 2000, and Master, for grizzled old Poke-veterans born before 1996. All participants must bring their own (3)DS and must battle using their regions' version of Pokemon Black/White. The latest National Pokedex has been opened for use, meaning that all all 646 Pokemon are eligible for ranked tournament battles, save for a small handfull of legendary and extremely rare monsters. Check out this PDF for the complete rules and jump past the break for tournament dates and locations.
  • Birmingham, UK - NEC, Hall 11 (Saturday, March 3)
  • Essen, Germany - Messe Essen, Halle 1A (Saturday, March 10)
  • Paris, France - Espace Champerret, Hall C (Saturday, March 17)
  • Madrid, Spain - IFEMA, Pabellón 5 (Saturday, March 24)
  • Milan, Italy - Centro Congressi Milanfiori, Strada 1 (Sunday, April 1)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.