Pokémon League Conference

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A Pokémon League Conference (Japanese: ポケモンリーグの大会 Pokémon League Tournament) is an anime-exclusive championship tournament that is hosted seemingly annually in several regions in the Pokémon world.


The general structure of each League Conference is similar: Trainers must register for the region's Pokémon League before they earn any of the region's Badges, something which they can do at seemingly any Pokémon Center or with a Pokémon Professor, and then must win at least eight of the region's Badges in order to be able to register for the competition.

The tournament competition itself has an opening and closing ceremony, as well as a torch with the flame of Moltres or Ho-Oh that burns during the entire tournament, a reference to the real world's Olympic Games. Each tournament competition so far except the Vertress Conference has been seen to be presided over by Charles Goodshow, the president of the Pokémon League, an analogue of the International Olympic Committee president.

The day after the ceremonial torch has been lit, in some of the regional leagues the qualifying rounds begin so as to weed out Trainers who have gotten the required eight Badges, but are not yet skilled enough to continue, and those who survive move on to the preliminary rounds. In other regional leagues, instead, the preliminary rounds will begin right away, and will continue for several days until the top sixteen Trainers have been decided. At this point, there is a short break in the competition so that the Trainers and their Pokémon may rest, followed by the start of the final rounds.

In the final rounds, most, if not all, battles are Full Battles, with each Trainer competing with six Pokémon on each side. All battles are conducted in the main stadium, and Trainers move up the tournament tree in single-elimination style. The winning Trainer, upon defeat of their opponent, is awarded a trophy by Mr. Goodshow himself, and the following day the closing ceremonies begin.

Only those who win the Pokémon League can officially challenge the Elite Four and Champion of that region.

List of League Conferences

Region Conference Location Starting episode Final episode Winner Ash's placing
Kanto Indigo Plateau Conference Indigo Plateau All Fired Up!
All Fired Up!
Friends to the End
Friends to the End
Unknown Top 16
Johto Silver Conference Silver Town Pop Goes the Sneasel
Pop Goes The Sneasel
Johto Photo Finish
Johto Photo Finish
Jon Dickson Top 8
Hoenn Ever Grande Conference Ever Grande City Like a Meowth to a Flame
Like a Meowth to a Flame
At the End of the Fray
At the End of the Fray
Tyson Top 8
Sinnoh Lily of the Valley Conference Lily of the Valley Island An Old Family Blend!
An Old Family Blend!
The Semi-Final Frontier!
The Semi-Final Frontier!
Tobias Top 4
Unova Vertress Conference Vertress City Curtain Up, Unova League!
Curtain Up, Unova League!
A Unova League Evolution!
A Unova League Evolution!
Virgil Top 8
Kalos Lumiose Conference Lumiose City XY125.png


  • Vertress Conference is the only Pokémon League tournament where Ash's placing has been lower than in the previous one.

In other languages

Language Title
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Liga Konferenz
Italy Flag.png Italian Conferenza della Lega Pokémon
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Conferência da Liga Pokémon
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Conferencia de la liga Pokémon
Spain Flag.png Spain Congreso de la liga Pokémon

See also

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TrainerBattleGym Leaders
GymsBadgesHall of Fame
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Pokémon World Tournament
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver Grande
Lily of the ValleyVertressLumiose
Pokémon League locations
Indigo PlateauPummelo Stadium*Mt. Silver*
Ever GrandePokémon League*/Lily of the Valley*
Pokémon League*/Vertress*Pokémon League/Lumiose*
Regional Pokémon Leagues
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateCerulean Cave

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