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Pokémon Master

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Pokémon Master (Japanese: ポケモンマスター Pokémon Master) is a title in the Pokémon world. It is the goal of many Pokémon Trainers, including Ash Ketchum, to become a Pokémon Master. However, exactly what this position is and how one attains it is vague and never fully explained.

In response to an email sent to Poké's mailbag, Poké posted the following:

"I'm very sorry, but the Pokémon Company does not answer questions of this nature. It is the intent of the Pokémon creators that such questions be left to the imaginations and interpretations of Pokémon fans, adding more excitement and mystery to the Pokémon universe."


  • In Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen, after defeating Lance he says "I hate to admit it, but you are a POKéMON master!".
  • In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, after defeating all the Electrode in the Team Rocket HQ, Lance says "The journey to becoming the Pokémon Master is long and difficult. Knowing that, will you keep going?"
    • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he instead says "The journey to becoming the Pokémon Champion is long and difficult. Knowing that, will you keep going?"
  • Extreme Pokémon: The Guide for the Ultimate Fan calls Prima a Pokémon Master.
  • The Official Pokémon Handbook states that a Trainer would deserve the title of Pokémon Master upon defeating or capturing Mewtwo. The handbook also refers to the Elite Four members as "Master Trainers".
  • According to A Sneak Peek at Pokémon, one of the tasks to become a Pokémon Master is to capture all Pokémon.
  • The book Charizard, Go! states that a Pokémon Master must catch one of every kind of Pokémon and become a member of the Pokémon League.
  • According to The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, a Pokémon Master is simply an elite Trainer who is considered a professional and regularly takes part in Pokémon League competitions.
  • In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Nurse Joy (while brainwashed) invites the Trainers to have a battle against the world's greatest Pokémon Master on New Island, who is later revealed to be Mewtwo.
  • In The Legend of Thunder!, Marina called Lance a great Pokémon Master.
  • In the Diamond & Pearl series, Ash explicitly stated that by becoming a Pokémon Champion, he will become a Pokémon Master.
  • In Memories are Made of Bliss!, Cynthia is defined as a "Champion Master," someone who has defeated all opponents including the Elite Four and defends their title against all opposing Trainers. In a sense, they are undefeated by any Trainer that has officially challenged them to claim their "Champion Master" title, though it is unspecific whether it is a regional or national title, it is implied to be a national foundation. Ash states that if he became a Champion Master, he could finally become a Pokémon Master.
  • In The Name's N!, N shows displeasure in hearing that Ash dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master.


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There is no solid evidence for or against some parts of this article.

In other languages

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Pokémon-mestari
France Flag.png French Maître Pokémon
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon-Meister
Italy Flag.png Italian Maestro Pokémon
Spain Flag.png Spanish Maestro Pokémon
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Pokémon-mästare