Vertress Conference

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The setting for the competition

The Vertress Conference (Japanese: イッシュリーグ・ヒガキ大会 Isshu League Higaki Conference) is the Unova League general championship competition. All Pokémon Trainers who have earned eight Gym Badges from the Unova region are eligible to enter.

It is held annually in Vertress City. Competing Trainers are housed in lodgings in small villages similar to previous League locations. In Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!, Jervis informed Ash about the tournament. It took place from Curtain Up, Unova League! to A Unova League Evolution!.

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Competition

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.

Rounds

Preliminary round

In the preliminary round, which consists of Single Battles, Trainers must use only one Pokémon. 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 Trainer who wins all of the final rounds is declared the winner of the Vertress Conference, earning the chance to participate in Unova's Champion League.

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.

Trivia

  • This is the only Pokémon League Conference where:
    • Ash regresses in his placement through the anime, placing in the Top 8 after having previously placed in the Top 4.
    • The Team Rocket trio is not featured, due to them having returned to Kanto at the time of the Conference.
  • This is the shortest Pokémon League Conference to date, lasting only six episodes.
  • This is the first League in which Charles Goodshow does not appear.


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Participation
TrainerBattleGym Leaders
GymsBadgesReferee
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Champion League
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the Valley
VertressLumioseManalo
Regional Pokémon Leagues
IndigoOrange*JohtoHoennSinnoh
UnovaKalosAlolaGalar
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateHall of Fame
Palace of VictoryCerulean Cave
Others
Pokémon Association
Pokémon Inspection Agency

Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon Baccer World CupPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
Kanto Beach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceIndigo Plateau Conference
Kanto Grand FestivalP1 Grand PrixPokémon OrienteeringQueen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep Festival
Pokémon Balloon RacePokémon Beauty ContestSeaking Catching DaySilver Conference
Sumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Crossgate PokéRingerEver Grande ConferenceHoenn Grand Festival
Sinnoh Croagunk FestivalFestival Battle ChallengeHearthome City Tag Battle CompetitionHearthome Collection
Lily of the Valley ConferencePokémon Dress-Up ContestPokémon Ping Pong TournamentPokémon Summer
Academy
Pokémon TriathlonSinnoh Grand FestivalSinnoh Pokémon HustleSquallville PokéRinger
Unova Club BattleClubsplosionPokémon Performance CompetitionPokémon World Tournament Junior Cup
Vertress ConferenceWishing Bell Festival
Decolore Marine Cup TournamentPokémon Sumo TournamentScalchop King Competition
Kalos Lumiose ConferencePoké Puff ContestPokémon ShowcasePokémon Sky RelayPokémon Summer Camp
Alola Alola Bread FestivalCharjabug raceManalo Conference‎‎Pokémon Pancake RacePokémon Ping-Pong
tournament
Pokémon Sled Jump GamesVikavolt race
Unknown Pokémon Catch Race

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