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Pokémon Champion

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A Champion's Room, where Trainers may defeat the Champion and win the Pokémon League

A Pokémon League Champion (Japanese: リーグ優勝者 League Champion), normally referred to as simply Champion or Pokémon Champion (Japanese: チャンピオン Champion), is the highest known level of rank for a Pokémon Trainer. The title is also colloquially referred to as League Champ (Japanese: ポケモン リーグの ちょうてん Pokémon League's Greatest).

It usually refers to a Trainer who has completed a Pokémon League by collecting all the necessary Badges, and either winning a regional Pokémon tournament or defeating the Elite Four and the previous Champion (if there is one). Kanto and Johto share a Champion, while other regions have their own. If a Champion is defeated, they must relinquish their title to the victor; however, the victor can refuse the title, as N did in Pokémon Black and White.

The Champion is assumed to have to periodically defend the title against challengers, although this is never explicitly stated.

In the games

Champion is a Trainer class that first debuted in the Generation I games. It is the title held by the Trainer who last defeated the Elite Four and the previous Pokémon Champion. Each Champion is always stronger than the Elite Four members and most other Trainers, and has a party of six Pokémon to test their opponents' strength. To challenge the Champion, Trainers must defeat all four Elite Four members without leaving the Pokémon League area, and cannot access the Pokémon League Pokémon Center and Poké Mart until after defeating the Champion or losing at any point during the challenge. If a challenger is defeated by the Champion, just like the Elite Four, they must start over.

Since in every core series game the player goes on to defeat the standing Champion, every player character is considered a Champion and subsequently entered into the Hall of Fame, along with the player's party. However, for players, becoming the Champion is mostly a symbolic honor, as they are unable to battle challengers or take up any other league duties. In addition, the former Champion will still remain at the Pokémon League, retaining the title of Pokémon Champion at least in newer generations (in Generations I and III, Blue clearly stated his reign was over). The player may battle the Elite Four and Champion as many times as they like, and on each success will be re-entered into the Hall of Fame with whatever team was used in that challenge.

In Black and White, Cynthia tells the player that once every few years, the Champions from all the regions come together and battle to find the strongest among them. In the Pokémon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2, which takes place 2 years later, all the Champions the player battles in previous games participate in the Champions Tournament. This tournament does not include player characters, with the exception of Red.

Known non-player Champions in the games:

Indigo League Hoenn League Sinnoh League Unova League Kalos League
Gen I and III Gen II and IV Storyline* Ruby and Sapphire
Gen VI
Emerald Black and White Black 2 and White 2
Blue Lance Red Steven Wallace Cynthia Alder Iris Diantha
FireRed LeafGreen Blue.png HeartGold SoulSilver Lance.png FireRed LeafGreen Red.png Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Steven.png Emerald Wallace.png Diamond Pearl Cynthia.png Black White Alder.png Black 2 White 2 Iris.png XY Diantha.png
Various Dragon Various Steel Water Various Various Dragon Various

In the anime

Virgil, with the Vertress Championship Trophy

In the anime, there can only be one regional Champion at a time, although the case of the less conventional Orange League is unclear. While Trainers can freely request a battle from the Champion, much more popular events are the regional tournaments, which can be entered by Trainers with at least 8 Gym Badges (excluding the Orange League). The tournament Champion then enters the Champion League to face off the Elite Four and, if successful, the regional Champion. Most members of the Sinnoh Elite Four have also been shown challenging Cynthia for the title.

So far, the only mentions of the Champion League have been in An Elite Meet and Greet!, A Trainer and Child Reunion!, Ash and Trip's Third Battle! and Ash Versus the Champion!.

In addition to gathering all the Gym Badges, at least the Indigo League is also known to accept Trainers passing the Pokémon League Admissions Exam and those graduating from Pokémon Tech. There is also a smaller tournament in Unova called the Junior Cup, where the winner gets to battle Alder straight away.

Known Champions in the anime (including any previous ones):

Name Hometown League
Captain Orange League
Drake Pummelo Island Orange League
Ash Ketchum Pallet Town Orange League and Battle Frontier
Lance Blackthorn City Indigo League
Jon Dickson Sento Cherry Town Silver Conference
Steven Stone Mossdeep City Hoenn League
Tyson Mauville City Ever Grande Conference
Cynthia Celestic Town Sinnoh League
Wallace Sootopolis City Hoenn League
Tobias Lily of the Valley Conference
Alder Floccesy Town Unova League
Virgil Vertress Conference
Diantha Kalos League

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Wallace wearing the "Champion's Cloak"

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, the Champion of each region is the winner of an elimination tournament held every three years in each region. In the Ruby & Sapphire chapter, it was the determined that the winners of each tournament would have to face the Elite Four before challenging the Champion. The main characters that took part in a Pokémon League tournament so far are Blue, Green, Black, and Red. Of the four, Red won a tournament became a Champion.

The following are the known Champions in the Pokémon Adventures manga:

Name League
Professor Oak First Triennial Indigo League
Red Ninth Triennial Indigo League
Steven Stone Hoenn League
Wallace Hoenn League, awarded by Steven
Cynthia Sinnoh League
Alder Unova League
Diantha Kalos League

Trivia

  • In every Pokémon game to date, the player meets the Champion before challenging the Elite Four.
  • In French localizations, Gym Leader is translated to Champion, while Champion is translated to Maître, meaning "master".
  • Diantha has the highest leveled Pokémon out of all the Champions. Her lowest level is 64, and her highest is 68.
    • Although Alder has Pokémon above level 70, he is not battled as Champion until after the credits.
  • Lance has the lowest leveled Pokémon out of all the Champions. His lowest level is 44 in Generation II, and 46 in Generation IV. His highest is level 50 in both generations.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese チャンピオン
Mandarin Chinese 冠軍 Guàn​jūn
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Kampioen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Mestari
France Flag.png French Maître
Germany Flag.png German Champ
Greece Flag.png Greek Πρωταθλητής
Italy Flag.png Italian Campione ()
Campionessa ()
South Korea Flag.png Korean 챔피언 Champion
Poland Flag.png Polish Czempion
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Campeão / Campeã
Romania Flag.png Romanian Campion
Spain Flag.png Spanish Campeón ()
Campeona ()
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Mästare


Pokémon Champions
Games: BlueLanceRedStevenWallace
CynthiaAlderIrisDiantha
Anime: CaptainDrakeAsh KetchumLanceJon DicksonTyson
CynthiaWallaceTobiasAlderVirgilDianthaSteven
Origins: BlueRed
Adventures: Professor OakRedSteven
WallaceCynthiaAlderDiantha
EToP: DrakeAsh Ketchum


Trainer classes in the Pokémon main series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSS
ChannelerCue BallElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanHikerJugglerLass
LeaderGSCFRLGHGSSPicnicker*Poké Maniac*PKMN TrainerGSCPsychicRivalRocker
Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSSailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSSPokéfanGSCHGSS
School Kid*GSCHGSSSkierHGSSTeacherGSCHGSSTwinsGSCFRLGHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Beta Trainer class:
ChiefRGBY
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Only in the Battle FrontierHGSS:

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
TuberVeteranWaiterWaitressWorker
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewersKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké FanPoké ManiacPokémon Ranger
Pokémon TrainerPokémon BreederPsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis and BroSwimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORASFree DiverORAS
LorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORASScuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORAS
Secret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefGarçonGardenerMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschoolerPunk Girl
Punk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlTouristWaitressWorker
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBelle & PaBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameraman
CamperChampionClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite Four
FishermanGalactic BossGalactic GruntGentlemanGuitaristHikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassLeader
Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPokéfanPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN Trainer
PolicemanPsychicRancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkier
SocialiteSwimmerTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPt
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBeautyB2W2BikerBlack BeltBoss TrainerB2W2Champion
ClerkCyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanGuitaristB2W2Harlequin
HikerHooligansHoopsterInfielderJanitorLadyLassLeaderLinebackerMaidMotorcyclistMusicianNurse
Nursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
Pokéstar Studios Only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedianFine Actor
Movie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament Only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up
Kalos Ace DuoAce TrainerArtistArtist FamilyBackpackerBattle GirlBeautyBlack BeltBrains & Brawn
ButlerChampionChefDriverElite FourFairy Tale GirlFishermanFurisode GirlGarçonGardener
Hex ManiacHikerHoneymoonersLassLeaderLumiose Gang MemberMysterious SistersOwner
Poké FanPoké Fan FamilyPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon RangerPokémon Trainer
PreschoolerPsychicPunk CouplePunk GirlPunk GuyRangersRising StarRoller Skater
SchoolboySchoolgirlScientistSky TrainerSuccessorSuspicious ChildSuspicious Lady
Suspicious WomanSwimmerTeam FlareTeam Flare AdminTeam Flare BossTeam Flare Grunt
TouristTwinsVeteranWaitressWorkerYoungster
Battle Chateau Ranks:
By Male: BaronViscountEarlMarquisDukeGrand Duke
By Female: BaronessViscountessCountessMarchionessDuchessGrand Duchess
Only in Battle Institute and Battle Maison:
Battle ChatelaineLadyMadameMaidMonsieurRich Boy


LucasChallenge.png The Pokémon League VSLucian.png
Participation
Pokémon TrainerPokémon battle
Gym LeadersGymsBadges
Frontier BrainsSymbolsPrints
Hall of Fame
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Pokémon World Tournament
Battle Frontiers
Hoenn and KantoSinnoh and Johto
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the ValleyVertress
Pokémon League Locations
Indigo PlateauPummelo Stadium*Mt. Silver*
Ever Grande CityPokémon League*/Lily of the Valley Island*
Pokémon League*/Vertress City*Pokémon League
Regional Pokémon Leagues
IndigoOrange*JohtoHoennSinnohUnovaKalos
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateCerulean Cave

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