Vertress Conference

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The setting for the competition

The Vertress Conference (Japanese: ヒガキ大会 Higaki Conference) is the Unova League general championship competition.

The conference is held in Vertress City. Competing Trainers are housed in lodgings in small villages similar to previous Leagues. The conference took place from BW103 to BW108 in the anime.

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The preliminary round match-ups
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The 8 Trainers qualified for the final rounds
The scoreboard for the Full Battles

Opening ceremonies

The opening ceremony consists of Freddy O'Martian jumping down from a helicopter and Officer Jenny lighting the League torch.


Preliminary round

The preliminary round consists of one-on-one battles. All the 128 competitors are randomly matched up by a computer. The 64 winning Trainers move on to the next round.

Qualifying rounds

First round

The first round consists of Single Battles with two Pokémon used by each Trainer. The 32 winning Trainers move on the next round.

Second round

The second round consists of Single Battles with two Pokémon used by each Trainer. The 16 winning Trainers move on the next round.

Third round

The third round consists of Single Battles with three Pokémon used by each Trainer. The 8 winning Trainers move on the next round.

Final rounds

The final rounds are a series of Full Battles with the Top 8 Trainers participating. The winner of the Vertress Conference is the Trainer that wins all of the final rounds.

Trainers who have participated in the Vertress Conference

Virgil, the winner, with the Vertress Championship Trophy
Trainer Place
Virgil Winner
Dino Runner-up
Cameron Top 4
Ramone Top 4
Ash Ketchum Top 8
Antonio Top 8
Katharine Top 8
Imotarō Top 8
Manning Top 16
Kenton Top 16
Flora Top 16
Stephan Top 16
Geraldo Top 32 or Top 64
Emmanuel Top 32 or Top 64
Bianca Top 64
Trip Top 128
Kenō Top 128
Ultimo Top 128
Michael Top 128
Raul Top 128

In the games

The Unova League Tournament in the Pokémon World Tournament is based on the Vertress Conference. This tournament can be downloaded for the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 games from December 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013 and features Trip, Stephan, Cameron, and Virgil as the opponents in the tournament.


  • This is the only league featuring major characters of the day previously introduced.
  • This is the only conference so far in which Charles Goodshow does not appear.
  • This is the only conference since its debut that a Quilava does not appear battling in.
  • This is the first league where Ash regresses in his league placement.
  • This is currently the shortest league conference in the anime history, having only lasted six episodes.
  • This is the only league which does not feature the Team Rocket trio, due to them having returned to Kanto.
  • This is the only league in which Ash was not shown battling a female trainer.
    • It is also where Ash did not get to battle his league rival.

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