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A Pokémon League, often casually referred to simply as League, is a periodic gathering, typically weekly, of players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon games. During a Pokémon League session, players battle and trade for fun. It is not a structured tournament and there are no regular "prizes" for winning. However, each player is issued a Score Card upon registering, on which the League Leader will stamp a mark for each game won, eventually resulting in minor prizes.

Most Pokémon Leagues meet once a week, year round, though some meet more or less than that, with some Leagues running once a month during only a certain time period.

Players at a League in Seattle, Washington

League Leader

A League Leader is the person in charge of maintaining a Pokémon League. The League Leader takes care of organizing League dates, to maintain that Play! Pokémon is aware of the League's existence, in order to receive player rewards and other League materials. Additionally, the League Leader is expected to stamp players' cards when they play games, and to hand out the promotional cards and other supplied League rewards once they have been earned.

Score Card

A current Pokémon League card

Upon registering with a Pokémon League, players receive a Score Card. This card is a foldable piece of card stock approximately the size of a small greeting card. The outer design of this card provides space for the player's name and Player ID. Inside the card are two sides, one for TCG matches and one for video game battles. Completing any row earns the player a League Promo.

Current rewards

Promotional foil cards

Promotional cards earned in Pokémon Leagues, dubbed "League Promos," are exclusive to Pokémon Leagues. The cards are not traditional Black Star promotional cards; instead, these cards are foil, Play! Pokémon branded versions of existing set cards.

2009-2010 cycle

2010-2011 cycle

2011-2012 cycle

2012-2013 cycle

Players were rewarded with a total of 4 Pokémon Trading Card Game Online code cards in this cycle. A code from its respective season will unlock the following:

2013-2014 cycle

Online Codes

During the 2012-2013 season online codes for special league promos were introduced. These code cards can be used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online and rewarded the player with a set of digital league promo cards. New code cards were distributed for the 2013-2014 season, albeit only 1 could be obtained by a player at each league, as opposed to 4.

2012-2013

  • Aspertia Gym Season: 2 Lillipup (BCR # 120), 1 Aspertia City Gym, 4 Fire Energy card
  • Virbank Gym Season: 2 Venipede (BCR # 72), 1 Full Heal (BLW #95), 4 Psychic Energy card
  • Castelia Gym Season: 2 Swadloon (NVI # 2), 1 Pokemon Catcher (EPO #95), 4 Grass Energy card
  • Nimbasa Gym Season: 2 Emolga (DRX # 45), 1 N (NVI #92), 4 Lightning Energy card
  • Driftveil Gym Season: 2 Sandslash (BCR #79), 1 Rocky Helmet (NVI #94), 4 Fighting Energy card
  • Mistralton Gym Season: 2 Swanna (DEX #36), 1 Skyla (BCR #134), 4 Metal Energy card
  • Opelucid Gym Season: 2 Flygon (BCR #99), 1 Heavy Ball (NEX #88), 4 Darkness Energy card
  • Humilau Gym Season: 2 Wailord (DRX #26), 1 Super Rod (NVI #95), 4 Water Energy card

2013-2014

Key Chains

During the 2013-2014 cycle key chains where introduced as League promotional items. The key chains featured the Pokémon from that season.

2013-2014

  • Chespin Key Chain
  • Fennekin Key Chain
  • Froakie Key Chain
  • Xerneas Key Chain
  • Yveltal Key Chain
  • Chesnaught Key Chain
  • Delphox Key Chain
  • Greninja Key Chain

Discontinued rewards

POP booster packs

If the player plays a certain number of games, they will receive a booster pack of POP cards. As the exclusivity of each POP set's distribution ceased, the remaining packs were sold as part of repackaged TCG merchandise, like the EX Collector's Box, or repacks made by third-party manufacturers.

Patches

Starting in the 2010-2011 cycle, a heat seal patch is given out that matches the League Season. The patch, while technically a heat seal, can also be hand-ironed. Patches were discontinued for Trio Season, in the 2011-2012 cycle.

Promotional Nintendo DS skin

These adhesive skins are designed to decorate a player's Nintendo DS. Criteria for winning these depend on what the League Leader would like to do, though traditionally the skins are given after completing an entire side on a card.

Badges

Badges are obtained in a Pokémon League once a player completes their League Card and reaches the Badge symbol at the end. Badges in the Pokémon League often, but not always, correspond with Badges in the Pokémon games. Records of a player's earned Badges would be kept in a Badge Book.

2000-2001 Kanto Region cycle

2000-2001 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Generation I games.

  • Season 1: Boulder Badge
  • Season 2: Cascade Badge
  • Season 3: Thunder Badge
  • Season 4: Rainbow Badge
  • Season 5: Soul Badge
  • Season 6: Marsh Badge
  • Season 7: Volcano Badge
  • Season 8: Earth Badge

2001-2002 Johto Region cycle

2001-2002 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Generation II games.

  • Season 1: Zephyr Badge
  • Season 2: Hive Badge
  • Season 3: Plain Badge
  • Season 4: Fog Badge
  • Season 5: Storm Badge
  • Season 6: Mineral Badge
  • Season 7: Glacier Badge
  • Season 8: Rising Badge

2003-2004 Hoenn Region cycle

2003-2004 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Hoenn central Generation III games.

  • Season 1: Stone Badge
  • Season 2: Knuckle Badge
  • Season 3: Dynamo Badge
  • Season 4: Heat Badge
  • Season 5: Balance Badge
  • Season 6: Feather Badge
  • Season 7: Mind Badge
  • Season 8: Rain Badge

2004-2005 Sevii Islands cycle

2004-2005 cycle Badges

These Badges were named after the Sevii Islands in FireRed and LeafGreen. However, their appearance is based on different types of Poké Balls.

  • Season 1: Knot Island Badge
  • Season 2: Boon Island Badge
  • Season 3: Kin Island Badge
  • Season 4: Floe Island Badge
  • Season 5: Chrono Island Badge
  • Season 6: Fortune Island Badge
  • Season 7: Quest Island Badge
  • Season 8: Trainer Tower Badge

2005-2006 Battle Frontier cycle

2005-2006 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Frontier Symbols from the Hoenn Battle Frontier, featured in Pokémon Emerald.

  • Season 1: Tactics Badge
  • Season 2: Guts Badge
  • Season 3: Luck Badge
  • Season 4: Knowledge Badge
  • Season 5: Spirit Badge
  • Season 6: Ability Badge
  • Season 7: Brave Badge

2006-2007 Kanto Region cycle

2006-2007 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Generation I remakes, FireRed and LeafGreen.

  • Season 1: Boulder Badge
  • Season 2: Cascade Badge
  • Season 3: Thunder Badge
  • Season 4: Rainbow Badge
  • Season 5: Soul Badge
  • Season 6: Marsh Badge
  • Season 7: Volcano Badge
  • Season 8: Earth Badge

2007-2008 Sinnoh Region cycle

2007-2008 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the Badges appearing in the Sinnoh central Generation IV games.

  • Season 1: Coal Badge
  • Season 2: Forest Badge
  • Season 3: Cobble Badge
  • Season 4: Fen Badge
  • Season 5: Relic Badge
  • Season 6: Mine Badge
  • Season 7: Icicle Badge
  • Season 8: Beacon Badge

2008-2009 Energy cycle

2008-2009 cycle Badges

These Badges were based on the symbols appearing on Energy cards.

  • Season 1: Grass Badge
  • Season 2: Fire Badge
  • Season 3: Water Badge
  • Season 4: Lightning Badge
  • Season 5: Psychic Badge
  • Season 6: Fighting Badge
  • Season 7: Dark Badge
  • Season 8: Steel Badge

2011-2012 Unova Region cycle

Starting with the 2011-2012 cycle, Badges are reintroduced into the League promotional items. All of the new Badges are featured in the games Pokémon Black and White Versions and Pokémon Black and White Versions 2, in the respective league cycles.

  • Trio Badge
  • Basic Badge
  • Insect Badge
  • Bolt Badge
  • Quake Badge
  • Jet Badge
  • Freeze Badge
  • Legend Badge

2012-2013 Unova Gym cycle

During this cycle it was possible to order a free badge case from the official Pokémon site, to be delivered to their chosen league, if the player was registered in a Pokémon League, and had a Pokémon Trainer Club account. This case holds all 8 badges and has 2 spots in the lid for Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS game cards. Badges in this cycle are no longer pins, instead they have the same shape as they do in the games.

  • Aspertia Badge (Second version of Basic Badge)
  • Virbank Badge (First version, Toxic Badge in the games)
  • Castelia Badge (Second version of Insect Badge)
  • Nimbasa Badge (Second version of Bolt Badge)
  • Driftveil Badge (Second version of Quake Badge)
  • Mistralton Badge (Second version of Jet Badge)
  • Opelucid Badge (Second version of Legend Badge)
  • Humilau Badge (First version, Wave Badge in the games)

Reverse Holographic Energy Cards

2002-2003 Energize Your Game cycle

No Badges were given out this cycle. Instead, players were awarded Reverse Holographic Energy cards, and Pokémon Licenses took the place of Badge Books.

2011-2012 Unova Region Cycle

Players were given these energy cards in addition to their badge for completing the first 4 of 8 rows on either (or partially both) of the 2 sides of their league card.


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