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 Curtain Up, Unova League! to A Unova League Evolution! in the anime.

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The preliminary round match-ups
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 Pokémon 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 qualifying rounds.

Qualifying rounds

The qualifying rounds are divided in three portions consisting of Single Battles. In the first two, the competing Trainers must use two Pokémon, while in the third portion they have to use three Pokémon. Trainers are knocked out of the tournament when all of their Pokémon are left unable to battle. The winning Trainers proceed to the final rounds.

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.

Known contestants

Virgil, the winner, with the Vertress Championship Trophy
Trainer Place
Virgil Winner
Dino Runner-Up
Cameron Top 4
Ramone Top 4
Russet Top 8
Antonio Top 8
Katharine Top 8
Ash 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
Kendrick Top 128
Ultimo Top 128
Mikael Top 128
Radley Top 128

In the games

The You Challenge the Isshu League Too! in the Pokémon World Tournament is based on the Vertress Conference. This tournament was downloadable for the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 games from December 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013 and featured Trip, Stephan, Cameron, and Virgil as the opponents in the tournament.


  • This is the only League where Ash regresses in his League placement, placing in the Top 8 after having previously placed in the Top 4.
  • This is the shortest Pokémon League Conference in the anime, lasting only 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.
  • This is the only conference that does not have themed battlefields.

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